Interesting articles about VR – week #49

AWS launches Amazon Sumerian to build AR, VR and 3D apps quickly


We’d heard months ago that Amazon would be using its Re:Invent AWS event to roll out some a new service related to building in mixed reality — augmented reality and virtual reality. And on the eve of the conference kicking off, it’s done just that. Today the company announced Amazon Sumerian, a new platform for developers to build and host VR, AR and 3D apps quickly and with minimal coding, for smartphones and tablets, head-based displays, digital signage and web browsers. As with many other AWS services, Sumerian is “free” to use: you pay only for the storage for what you create.

Scientists Have Built a ‘Hallucination Machine’ For a Drug-Free Brain Trip


Using some deep Google AI trickery and a virtual reality headset, scientists have built a device they’re calling the Hallucination Machine – an experience a lot like tripping out, but without any of the actual drugs.



Think you know virtual reality? We’ve pulled together some of the most surprising virtual reality facts out there. From virtual reality marketing to the technology itself, you’re certain to find something interesting.



JARON LANIER MAY not have sired the term virtual reality—that honor generally goes to French playwright Antonin Artaud in 1938—but he’s one hell of a father figure. As the founder of legendary VR company VPL Research, he both popularized the term and helped create most of the enduring icons of early VR, from The Lawnmower Man’s snazzy headset and gear to the ill-fated Nintendo Power Glove. Now, 25 years after stepping away from the VR field, Lanier has re­­entered the alternate universe he so famously evangelized. 

HTC’s latest VR investments include a brain control startup


HTC is continuing its quest to fund promising VR startups, and its latest batch includes a few pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in virtual spaces. The Vive X program is backing 26 companies that include Neurable, the company building a brain control system for the Vive headset — they’ll have help fulfilling their vision of wand-free VR. Other notable investment targets include eLoupes’ light-field based surgery imaging system, QuarkVR’s 4K-per-eye simultaneous video streaming and Wewod’s location-based VR (which has served customers like Disney and Nintendo).

How to watch movies in VR – Best VR movies Apps


The latest trend has been the introduction of VR into watching movies giving cinemas a run for their money. People are now discovering how interesting it is on VR movies. If you do not have a theater at home or enough money to buy 3D TVs then getting the VR headset is what you need.

Google’s Daydream Impact Project Aims to Bolster Philanthropic Efforts With VR


Google’s newly announced Daydream Impact program is a philanthropy project that provides organizations, nonprofits, and advocates for change with resources, tools, and training to create immersive VR content to support their cause. Instead of just creating advertisements, organizations using the program can now immerse users into a situation, with the hope of generating a greater empathetic response in viewers than traditional media.

Japanese firm uses VR simulations to offer a glimpse into the world of dementia


On a moderately crowded train, I’ve just woken up after dozing off, but I can’t remember where I am or where I’m going. Apart from the noise of the moving train, it’s quiet, and the other passengers are half asleep, fiddling with their phones or spacing out.

8 Best augmented reality SDK for AR development for iOS and Android in


Have you ever dreamed of making your own AR app? But you don’t know how to start? So, let’s see our massive investigation of Augmented reality SDK. 
This article will help you increase your knowledge on Unity 3D and augmented reality development.This guide would be equally useful for beginner and for skilled IT-specialist (for example, for Ruby on Rails developer)

BBC launches VR division with ISS spacewalk experience


The BBC is getting serious about VR content production. Today, the broadcaster has released a spacewalk experience and formally announced a VR team that will work with filmers, showrunners and “digital experts” on new pieces. Home — A VR Spacewalk was developed by the BBC and digital production studio Rewind for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift last year. It’s based on NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) training programs — yes, the same ones used by astronaut Tim Peake — and takes you through a repair on the outside of the ISS. It’s been shown at various film festivals but hasn’t been available to the public before today.

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