Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Sansar Partners With Overwatch For Esports VR Streaming

Sansar Partners With Overwatch For Esports VR Streaming

Virtual meet-and-greets, social watch spaces and exclusive Overwatch League merchandise make their way to Linden Labs’ social VR platform. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but the demand for esports is on a meteoric rise. Research predicts the global economy of the industry to reach a staggering $905.6 million by the end of 2018 as…
‘Beat Saber’ Lets You Become the Music Through Puzzles Your Body Solves – Creator Interview

‘Beat Saber’ Lets You Become the Music Through Puzzles Your Body Solves – Creator...

Beat Saber is a rhythm game that plays like an embodied puzzle game which creates a visceral connection to 10 custom music tracks. It’s similar to Soundboxing and Audio Shield, but you use extended lightsabers rather than your fists, which makes you feel like a ninja. I had a chance to talk with the chief programmer…
Student Developers Bring Real-Time AR Pokémon Battles To Smartphones

Student Developers Bring Real-Time AR Pokémon Battles To Smartphones

Your move, Pokemon GO… With it’s two year anniversary just around the corner, Pokémon GO has still managed to retain a fairly dedicated following despite its infrequent release of updates and lack-luster improvements. Sure there’s plenty of new generation monsters to hunt as well as an active gym scene, but the love for the groundbreaking…
Exclusive: Designing Single-handed Shortcuts for VR & AR

Exclusive: Designing Single-handed Shortcuts for VR & AR

For new computing technologies to realize their full potential they need new user interfaces. The most essential interactions in virtual spaces are grounded in direct physical manipulations like pinching and grabbing, as these are universally accessible. However, the team at Leap Motion has also investigated more exotic and exciting interface paradigms from arm HUDs and…
Mercedes-Benz Looks To Replace Owner’s Manual With AR App

Mercedes-Benz Looks To Replace Owner’s Manual With AR App

Mercedes vehicles are even more luxurious with the new ‘Ask Mercedes’ intelligent virtual assistant. Let’s be honest, does anyone actually read the owner’s manual of their car? You might quickly thumb through it after the initial purchase, but other than that it’s destiny is to be shoved into the back of a glove compartment and…
‘Star Trek: Bridge Crew’ Expansion to Bring TNG’s Enterprise-D, Romulans, Borg, and More

‘Star Trek: Bridge Crew’ Expansion to Bring TNG’s Enterprise-D, Romulans, Borg, and More

Don’t abandon ship just yet, because Ubisoft is pushing out its first DLC for Star Trek: Bridge Crew (2017). If you’re a TNG fan, now is probably the time to toss out that synthehol and crack that hidden bottle of Romulan Ale in celebration. Launching on May 22nd on PSVR and PS4, and on July 21st…
Google Teases New AR Features Coming To Google Maps & Lens

Google Teases New AR Features Coming To Google Maps & Lens

Google VR becomes Google AR & VR as the company uses its annual I/O event to tease a new wave of augmented technology. Google wasted no time at this years Google I/O Developer Conference, diving head first into some truly jaw dropping projects that are making their way to our devices. Incredible advancements in artificial…
Google to Support Multi-user Shared AR Apps with ‘Cloud Anchors’ in ARCore

Google to Support Multi-user Shared AR Apps with ‘Cloud Anchors’ in ARCore

Today at Google I/O 2018, Google announced upgrades to its ARCore augmented reality technology, including a new feature called Cloud Anchors which will let developers create multi-user applications where devices can share an augmented environment. ARCore launched earlier this year, bringing AR functionality to 100 million Android smartphones, by Google’s count. The software allows developers…
VRLA 2018 Highlights

VRLA 2018 Highlights

The largest XR-focused conference in the United States returns for another year of VR & AR madness. Despite only having existed three short years, VRLA has already managed to cement itself as the one of, if not the most impactful annual immersive entertainment events in the United States. The Los Angeles-based conference has become a…
Microsoft Introduces New AR/VR Apps for Remote Assistance, Layout Visualization

Microsoft Introduces New AR/VR Apps for Remote Assistance, Layout Visualization

Microsoft appears to be seeing strong traction with HoloLens in the enterprise space, and the company continues to expand its “Mixed Reality” platform in that sector, promising businesses time and money savings. Two new applications from the company aim to bring useful underlying functionality to enterprises. Revealed on the Windows 10 Blog today, Microsoft Remote…

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6 Hidden Gems from our Dev Gallery

6 Hidden Gems from our Dev Gallery

With such a strong global community, we see a stream of creators building and sharing new content all the time. This week, we wanted to showcase some community projects that you may not have seen yet. Betatron Betatron is a 3D immersive puzzle game played by moving beta particles through the environment. Through the use…
Here's how Macy's is using virtual reality to drive sales – Cincinnati Business Courier

Here's how Macy's is using virtual reality to drive sales – Cincinnati Business Courier

Cincinnati Business CourierHere's how Macy's is using virtual reality to drive salesCincinnati Business CourierCincinnati-based retail giant Macy's Inc. is turning to something more at home in Silicon Valley than the home goods section of a department store in order to drive sales: virtual reality. In a call with investors on May 16, Macy's (NYSE: M)…
Does VR Hold The Key To The Future Of Education?

Does VR Hold The Key To The Future Of Education?

  Does VR Hold The Key To The Future Of Education? Twenty years ago, computers in schools were a novelty, not a necessity. By 2014, however, one-third of students in the United States were issued mobile devices by their schools. Some might not agree with children getting access to iPads, but like it or not,…