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 you gotta try diy virtual reality even if you make hideous things
you gotta try diy virtual reality, even if you make hideous things

Most of the VR created by everyday people will be hideous, but it will help the medium grow. The post You Gotta Try DIY Virtual Reality, Even if You Make Hideous Things appeared first on WIRED.

everything you need to know about google cardboard

Google Cardboard brings VR to your phone.Google Cardboard is just one of the many ways that you can now enjoy VR from the comfort of your own home, using your phone to power things. While it's certainly not the most high end way to enjoy VR it is the most accessible, and it's where plenty of folks who enjoy VR got their start. Using phone-based-VR cardboard can catapult you to another world, and let you see things you'd never imagined experiencing. Whether this is your first foray into VR, or you know what you're getting into, there are a few things you ought to know about Google Cardboard.Google made something called Cardboard?Just about every major tech company is interested in some form of Virtual Reality, and Google's interests stretch across several forms of this technology. Cardboard

virtual reality: 5 films you should experience right now

Bashir’s Dream Bashir's DreamAs Virtual Reality is making its bid to become more mainstream, an ever-growing number of experiences are being created. They range in length, aesthetics, narrative style, purpose, interactivity and subject matter. What they do have in common is an unmistakable experimental feel.The grammar of the medium is still being written and debates over best practices can be heated. Last year, at SxSW, Chris Milk, the VR pioneer behind with.in (formerly VRSE), chastised the audience for still using the codes of filmmaking. “With VR, you’re not interpreting the medium: you’re in it; which means that the medium is disappearing, that your consciousness becomes the medium,” he claimed.In fact, there’s no consensus over what qualifies as virtual reality. For some, it’s any 36

virtual reality training for 'safety-critical' jobs

New virtual reality training could help prevent accidents in "safety-critical" industries like the NHS, aviation, the military and nuclear power.

virtual reality training for 'safety-critical' jobs

A man wearing a virtual reality headset. Credit: Cineon TrainingNew virtual reality training could help prevent accidents in "safety-critical" industries like the NHS, aviation, the military and nuclear power.
University of Exeter scientist Dr Sam Vine, Exeter-based Cineon Productions and experts from the nuclear industry have joined up to create a new training and technology organisation called Cineon Training.Cineon Training is developing immersive, 360-degree training through virtual reality headsets to prevent accidents and improve the performance of workers.It also uses technology such as eye tracking and physiological monitoring to help understand how people learn and why they make errors, particularly when under pressure or stress.The team are holding a one-day workshop on 27 Apri

focus is key to blending virtual objects with the real world

Avegant wants to make virtual objects appear more realistic at different distances. It also sounds like what investment-flush Magic Leap has been promising in recent years: more realistic virtual viewing and, most likely, the future of augmented reality. The company is planning on transforming this prototype into a consumer product. (Part of technology comes from its Glyph projector which projected an augmented reality screen for the wearer.) The technology this time is much more advanced, and offers more detailed projections. The company says this makes for a "more realistic and interactive experience".The technology will apparently work across multiple major hardware and software platforms. It doesn't specifically mention any VR (or AR) hardware makers, but it gives a nod to Unity, which

dispatches from gdc 2017: vr creators use film techniques to make immersive game

The co-founders of Steel Wool Studios detail how they used storytelling elements from film to make their virtual reality content more immersive.
People cry at movies — heck, I had myself a good cry the other night with a feature on Hulu. But it's not actually the film that elicits the emotional reaction, it's the story. From the beginning to the end, the point of a worthy narrative is to get us emotionally invested in the outcome of the characters we're watching or reading about. Their actions inspire us, shake us to our core, and sometimes cause us so much grief we need a minute to let it out before moving on to the next thing. That emotional investment is why we sometimes bond to merely mediocre films, or it might inspired us to line up at midnight for the next book in a longstanding ser

popularity of sony's playstation vr surprises even the company

California: There are plenty of people who are skeptical about virtual reality, a technology some have heralded as the biggest thing to come along in years in games and entertainment.Even Andrew House, global chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, the video game division of the Japanese electronics giant, had doubts about how quickly virtual reality would be embraced by the mass market. So when Sony needed to decide how many of a new virtual reality headset to manufacture, House was among those inside the company advising that Sony make fewer of them.
Sony did not anticipate the technology would get as much as attention as it has. Photo: Bloomberg"It's the classic case in any organisation - the guys who are on the front end in sales are getting very excited, very hyped up," H

cnn launches a virtual reality news unit

CNN has been experimenting with virtual reality for years, producing more than 50 news stories in 360-degree video. It also teamed up with VR broadcaster NextVR to live stream the full Democratic presidential debate in 2015. In a Q&A on the Time Warner blog, CNN Vice President of Premium Content Video Jason Farkas said virtual reality provides an opportunity for journalists to transport their audience and leave a lasting impression."I believe VR is the most powerful tool we have to accomplish that goal," he said at the time. "The whole experience feels like time-travel: you put on a headset, and suddenly you are somewhere else, feeling remarkably close to the story. You are in the story - or at least your senses tell you that you are. The viewer walks away feeling the emotional impact much

khronos announces openxr initiative for virtual reality

Khronos, the group behind the OpenGL and Vulkan graphics APIs, has unveiled a name for its fledgling open standard virtual reality initiative at GDC 2017. Known as OpenXR, the working group is comprised of a selection of industry leaders, which are working on a royalty-free graphics standard for augmented and virtual reality applications and devices.You will find AMD, ARM, Google, LG, MediaTek, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung, and many others, among the names involved in the OpenXR project. The group believes that standardization is necessary due to the increasing number of virtual reality software engines and hardware products, which is making it increasingly difficult and expensive for content developers to support numerous platforms. Not only that, but the solution is pegged as a boon for con

apple has 1,000 engineers working on ar, may debut in iphone 8 – ubs

A UBS research note seen by Business Insider says that Apple is believed to have more than 1,000 engineers working on an augmented reality project, and that the company’s first AR offering may be seen in the iPhone 8.According to some industry sources, the company may have over 1,000 engineers working on a project in Israel that could be related to AR […] UBS expects Apple could implement new AR products as early as in the next iPhone, expected later this year, which could include “moderate 3D mapping … and possibly an AR software development kit,” the note says.The note is consistent with a KGI one stating that the iPhone 8 will include a ‘revolutionary‘ camera able to sense 3D space …That report suggested that the new camera would be used for facial recognition and to create ‘3D selfies’

oculus rift mission:iss lets you live out your astronaut dreams

Thanks to some historic events in space science, being an astronaut has once again become a “cool” career path. Of course, that chances of actually being chosen for a space mission are very slim. The next best thing? Getting a taste of what it’s like to live and work as an astronaut, made possible with virtual reality. That is exactly the “close enough” experience that Oculus is offering with Mission:ISS, which will let you at least see if you have what it takes to live among the stars.Of course, it’s going to always be an approximation, and some experiences can never be reproduced using VR alone. Things like zero gravity, wearing a space suit, or even actually holding instruments need a different kind of simulation. Still, Oculus tries to be as accurate as it can be in recreating the sigh

finally, vr has a legitimate rts contender in brass tactics

Share this storySAN FRANCISCO—That real-time strategy battling is a solid fit for virtual reality seems like a foregone conclusion. RTS games like Total Annihilation and Starcraft already force players to gaze at their little fighters, armies, and fortifications from high above. So why not let us use VR systems to control all of those battles with our hands, like wartime puppeteers, with greater speed and accuracy than a mouse-and-keyboard could ever give?The developers of Brass Tactics, the first major RTS for the Oculus Touch platform, say that there's a reason gamers haven't seen a major game in the genre in VR's early days. "Real-time strategy is already hard to make," Hidden Path Entertainment co-founder Mark Terrano says. "Virtual reality only adds more challenge."But, by golly, Hidd

ntt docomo demos vr control of robots over 5g

While next-generation 5G cellular will bring faster downloads for consumers, the new networking technology is poised to bring big benefits to business users enabling new uses for cellular networks.At this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Japan's NTT DoCoMo is demonstrating one such use: remote control of robots via a wireless virtual reality system.In one corner of the company's booth was a simulated factory floor with three robots. The area was surrounded by four depth-sensing 3D cameras that together provide enough video for an immersive, all-around virtual reality image.That 3D video, totaling roughly 700Mbps of data, was sent across a 5G radio link to a receiver where it was processed and fed to a VR headset. The radio link was running across a few meters on the crowded expo

visit the iss in virtual reality with an oculus rift

Hollywood visual effects firm Magnopus made sure the virtual ISS is as close to reality as possible by basing its design on NASA models and astronaut descriptions. It also got some help recreating the spacecraft's details from NASA Johnson Space Center's VR Laboratory. Mission:ISS is completely free and is now available from the Oculus Store. But since very few people have a Rift, Oculus has also launched a pilot program in the US that gives high school students the chance to try the experience for themselves.In addition to announcing Mission:ISS, the company has also revealed that it's sending a Rift headset to the actual space station through the French Space Agency. European astronaut Thomas Pesquet will use it to test the effects of zero G on our spatial awareness and balance. Its resu

nvidia brings benchmarking to vr

If you've ever wanted to make sure that your PC's virtual reality setup is running as well as it possibly can, you now have the software you need. NVIDIA has released its promised FCAT VR tool, which can check for dropped or synthesized frames, warp misses and other signs that a VR title isn't running smoothly. It'll even show you how a VR program runs at different detail levels, so you'll know if you need to tone down the graphics setting to get optimal performance.

10 best augmented reality games and ar games for android

Augmented reality has been around for a long time. However, it didn’t make a splash as a gaming platform until Pokemon Go in 2016. It’s still young as a gaming platform. However, there are some decent augmented reality games. You can sink your teeth into them to see how AR works. Here are the best AR games for Android!Looking for more apps and games in various realities? Try these! 10 best augmented reality apps and AR apps for Android13 hours ago 15 best VR games for Google CardboardSeptember 5, 2016Bee ReadyPrice: FreeDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYBee Ready is a simple augmented reality game. The game engages your camera and then shows you a bunch of bees. You'll have to shoot the bees in order to win. Sometimes balloons appear and shooting them gives you ammo and health. As an added challenge,

10 best augmented reality games and ar games for android

Augmented reality has been around for a long time. However, it didn’t make a splash as a gaming platform until Pokemon Go in 2016. It’s still young as a gaming platform. However, there are some decent augmented reality games. You can sink your teeth into them to see how AR works. Here are the best AR games for Android!Looking for more apps and games in various realities? Try these! 10 best augmented reality apps and AR apps for Android10 hours ago 15 best VR games for Google CardboardSeptember 5, 2016Bee ReadyPrice: FreeDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYBee Ready is a simple augmented reality game. The game engages your camera and then shows you a bunch of bees. You'll have to shoot the bees in order to win. Sometimes balloons appear and shooting them gives you ammo and health. As an added challenge,

10 best augmented reality games and ar games for android

Augmented reality has been around for a long time. However, it didn’t make a splash as a gaming platform until Pokemon Go in 2016. It’s still young as a gaming platform. However, there are some decent augmented reality games. You can sink your teeth into them to see how AR works. Here are the best AR games for Android!Looking for more apps and games in various realities? Try these! 10 best augmented reality apps and AR apps for Android16 hours ago 15 best VR games for Google CardboardSeptember 5, 2016Bee ReadyPrice: FreeDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYBee Ready is a simple augmented reality game. The game engages your camera and then shows you a bunch of bees. You'll have to shoot the bees in order to win. Sometimes balloons appear and shooting them gives you ammo and health. As an added challenge,

google announces virtual rabbids and three other games coming to daydream

This post was originally published on VRSource.com.At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, Google announced a few new and interesting games coming to the Daydream VR platform. The most interesting one is probably Virtual Rabbids, which was jointly developed by Ubisoft and the original creators of the game. It is a fun title in which you travel around the world with a goal of recovering a stolen nuclear safety password.The next game on the list is called Beartopia and was developed by Spry Fox. It is described as a co-op village game that brings you together with other players so that you can not only form new friendships but also build a prosperous society. Then there’s the Virtual Virtual Reality by Tender Claws, a game in which you try on different VR headsets, and the

nvidia releases a tool to benchmark your vr setup

If you've ever wanted to make sure that your PC's virtual reality setup is running as well as it possibly can, you now have the software you need. NVIDIA has released its promised FCAT VR tool, which can check for dropped or synthesized frames, warp misses and other signs that a VR title isn't running smoothly. It'll even show you how a VR program runs at different detail levels, so you'll know if you need to tone down the graphics setting to get optimal performance.

asus zenfone ar hands-on: google tango sells us a bmw

ASUS launched the ZenFone AR back at CES in January, but the Project Tango phone wasn’t quite ready for its augmented reality close-up. Turns out, there are some ZenFone AR handsets floating around at MWC 2017 this week, not least being used by the team at BMW and Accenture for their iVisualizer demo. Imagine our surprise when the ASUS handset was whipped out – alongside the existing Lenovo Phab 2 Pro – for us to check out on video. There are quite a few pieces coming together to make this BMW iVisualizer demo happen. The ZenFone AR is the second device to use Google’s Tango system, which allows for what amounts to indoor GPS by tracking various cameras and other sensors. That visual positioning makes it ideal for demos of augmented reality objects indoors, such as in a car dealership. So

this vr startup can turn your sofa into a lamborghini

I’m on a whirlwind tour of different realities: a sunlit living room, prehistoric Earth, a tomb filled with Terracotta Warriors. I’m not fooled by my surroundings – I know I’m in a studio – but when I stand up to get out of an Aston Martin, I instinctively crouch down to avoid hitting my head on the door.
“[Chinese companies] are good at making the interactive part […] but no incredible storytelling experience that makes you come back,” says Carlo Maria Rossi, chief creative officer at UltronVR. “This is the basic gap that we have.”
Though China boasted a US$300 million virtual reality market in 2016, a whopping 78 percent of investments went to hardware companies, according to market research firm Niko Partners. And thanks to the launch of Oculus Rift’s headset, many Chinese hardware

augmented reality: next-gen headsets show business promise

Technology entrepreneur Raven Zachary has seen things he has difficulty talking about."It is a profound moment to put on the device and see an object on your table, and then to walk around that object and see that it is fixed there and behaving as if it were real. It is impossible for me to communicate the experience. You have to experience it for yourself," says Zachary, cofounder of software firm Object Theory.Fellow developer Ryan Peterson, head of Finger Food Studios, is a little more grounded. "The Star Trek: Next Generation holodeck is real today," he says. "You can sit down with any corporation and come up with 20 ideas for using it that would transform their business."They're talking about the latest generation of head-mounted displays that let the wearer interact with an enhanced

sky vr now available on google daydream headsets

Sky has slowly been adding virtual reality content to its Sky VR app, but those Star Wars and David Beckham specials have only been available to viewers with Google Cardboard. Fast forward almost five months and the broadcaster has finally done somet...

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