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They've Got The Power, Now UK Power Networks Are Looking To VR To Train Staff Safely We've had to build a robot to provide a smooth passage through an office and warehouse, develop a head-cam to help with delivering an insight into a substation and create housing to protect the filming equipment in a switch room. "Overcoming these hurdles was all part of the journey and overall we're delighted with the outcome of the films.
Immotion Group Targets North American Sales With New Hire Examples of this would be like digital out-of-home entertainment specialists The VOID who are continuing their push to grow the business, revealing more and more venues particularly in North America.
'Echo Combat' to Get Second Open Beta Weekend Starting July 20th on Rift If you didn't get a chance to jump into the first open beta last month of Echo Combat, the upcoming online shooter expansion to Ready at Dawn's newly renamed multiplayer game Echo VR, then you'll certainly have a chance this weekend, as the studio is opening up their pod bay doors to all Rift users starting July 20th.
Play VR MMORPG 'OrbusVR' on Rift for Free This Weekend OrbusVR, the MMORPG for PC VR headsets, is getting another free access weekend very soon. OrbusVR's free weekend starts July 19th at 10AM PT and goes through July 22nd at 12AM PT. As the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, OrbusVR went into Early Access late last year to an overall positive effect.
Penrose Studios Raises $10M in Series A Funding San Francisco-based Virtual and Augmented Reality Startup Continues to Climb with Prominent Investors. Penrose Studios, the creator of award-winning virtual reality entertainment, today announces the close of its Series A funding, led by TransLink Capital.
'Black Mirror' Inspired Sci-fi Mystery 'Torn' Confirmed for August Launch on PSVR, Rift & Vive Torn is an upcoming sci-fi mystery puzzle from Aspyr Media that takes inspiration from The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror. Now the studio has confirmed with Road to VR that Torn is indeed launching on all supported platforms next month. We were curious when we saw Torn's pre-order listing on PSN, which cited an August 28th launch date.
Unreal Engine 4.20 Ships With Native Mixed Reality Compositing for VR, New AR/VR SDKs Unreal Engine 4.20 officially launched today with heaps of updates. In the VR realm, the new version brings native mixed reality video compositing for VR applications, and an update to a much newer Oculus SDK. On the AR front, UE 4.20 adds supports for Apple's ARKit 2.0 and Google's ARCore 1.2, along with Magic Leap support.
Study: Virtual reality can help people overcome fear of heights Researchers have found virtual reality exercises can help alleviate a fear of heights, showing the technology can be used as an accessible, affordable tool in mental health treatment. The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, was the first to use virtual reality without a therapist.
E3 expo highlights virtual reality's challenge: to get real LOS ANGELES - When Elizabeth Ching took off her headset, she was panting. She had just finished playing a new virtual reality boxing game called "Creed: Rise to Glory" at E3, the nation's biggest video game convention, and she'd knocked her computer opponent out cold.
Technology and Journalism: Time to Embrace the Future Before we go into how certain technologies we've learned in week one can help us and effect us in a positive light, we need to remember that technology is constantly changing. In other words, it will surpass this blog post, which makes this class and topic that much more interesting.
VR standard promises an end to headset connector headaches Oculus, Valve and other tech giants could put an end to your VR headset's connector mess.
Retirement…slow down or speed up? Not sure what your answer is, but mine is speed up! There are still so many stories I want to tell that another 50 years wouldn't be enough, especially when I'm such a slow writer. And then there's all that new tech coming online… I'm not really a techie, you know.
Wiz Khalifa? NBA Finals? VR Is Here with Those Unattainable Tickets MelodyVR has secured deals with both major record labels and independent musicians, giving users access to a plethora of pre-recorded performances and even private acoustic shows.
Step into the first virtual reality cannabis dispensary Weed VR, a virtual reality dispensary for cannabis, is expected to drop before legalization in October. Toronto-based Occupied VR launched the platform on 4/20 last year. In June, Weed VR - which stands for Weed Virtual Retail - was acquired by Biome Grow, a new company that owns Highland Grow, a licensed producer in Nova Scotia.
Nerf Laser Ops Pro - AR Blasters Make The World Your Laser Tag Arena From ducking, sweating and running as a kid in a backyard with Nerf blasters, to anxiously sitting in a hot station wagon for about an hour and a half on the way to the only laser tag arena in town, Nerf and laser tag are part of many adults fond childhood memories.
Gungrave VR Getting Physical 'Loaded Coffin Edition' Finally confirmed to be coming West back in May, the fast-paced virtual reality shooter by IGGYMOB, Marvelous Entertainment and their "independent-minded" publishing team XSEED Games, Gungrave VR sees a return to a universe that videogame fans first got to visit back on the PlayStation 2 in 2002.
Echo Combat Second Open Beta Coming This Weekend, Starts July 20 According to a blog post from Echo Games on Medium, Echo Combat is getting a second Open Beta period that starts this Friday, July 20th at 10:30AM PT and lasts until Sunday, July 22nd at 10:00AM PT.
Karnage Chronicles Is A Surprisingly Solid VR Co-Op Dungeon Crawler Karnage Chronicles has been in Early Access for a while as a simple little single player action RPG dungeon crawler, but after trying the recent closed multiplayer beta we're very impressed.
AR and MR Training Firm Re'flekt Secure Investment Money With the spin-off of our 360-Video-Unit, Viond, in the first quarter 2018 as well as the opening of our offices in the US, we can now fully focus on our core expertise, Enterprise Augmented Reality and increase our technological lead in the space." For future coverage of new developments in VR, keep checking back with VRFocus.
Oculus Go Support Confirmed for Tokyo Chronos Last week, Japanese virtual reality developer MyDearest and LA-based Sekai Project launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a virtual reality novel videogame called Tokyo Chronos. Being made for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the development team have now confirmed support for Oculus Go.
Modbox Dev Shows Why Valve's Skeletal Input Is So Useful A recent video posted by Lee Vermeulen, the developer behind Modbox, shows how useful Valve's skeletal input can be for developers. For those unfamiliar, Modbox is a sandbox creation game that initially launched in early access back with the HTC Vive in April 2016.
World’s first VR-augmented waterslide is totally unnecessary, but also amazing "Last summer, we were approached by German waterslide manufacturer Wiegand-Maelzer to see if we could build a system that worked on waterslides.
Watch Hulk Have a Smashing Time in Marvel Powers United VR A little earlier today Sanzaru Games revealed two new locations which players would be able to fight in next week when Marvel Powers United VR arrives. While these are designed as teasing reveals, what you really want to see is gameplay footage and that's what VRFocus has for you now, featuring everyone's favourite green skinned character, Hulk.
Unreal Engine Gets Official Mixed Reality Support With Version 4.20 Startups like LIV and Blueprint Reality are working to make capturing and live-streaming mixed reality videos easier, and depth-sensing cameras like the Zed Mini open up the potential to do the same thing without needing a green screen. Here's an example of a mixed reality video using LIV's technology:.
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