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You Can Now Visit Athens With a Little Help from VR

If you are, like myself, a lover of an ancient architecture, you will sure love the new Lithodomos VR story. If you ever wanted to visit Athens there is a way: parts of ancient Athens like it appeared 2,000 years ago, thanks to this Australian startup is here for you. Think photorealistic and archeologically accurate renditions of famous structures — including the acropolis and agora — delivered straight to your VR headset. “From the beginning, we’ve had one goal: bringing the ancient world to life for everyone,” said Simon Young, Co-founder and CEO of Lithodomos VR. The company’s latest release for Greece features photorealistic, archaeologically correct reconstructions

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Microsoft aquires AltspaceVR

AltspaceVR, the virtual reality social network that hosts events like stand-up comedy or presidential debate-watching parties, is now part of Microsoft. After a sudden shutdown due to a drop in funding in July, Microsoft obviously has now come to the rescue. The Altspace team joined the software giant a few days ago, and is now being tasked with “building the world’s preeminent mixed reality community,” according to Microsoft’s mixed reality lead Alex Kipman, who called Altspace “a pioneer in social mixed reality” Tuesday. As of July, the startup detailed that it had just 35,000 monthly active users. Following the shutdown announcement, the startup let go a significant number of

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Snapchat Launches AR Art Platform

Snapchat plans to launch a new art initiative aimed at using augmented reality to feature art installations around the world. A countdown clock magically appeared, and a snippet of javascript underlying the page appears to confirm that the reveal is a collaboration with renowned artist and big Snapchat fan Jeff Koons. The only piece of art on the site is a photo of Central Park in New York City with people sitting about in an open lawn. However, dogged software engineer and Twitter user Jonah Grant uncovered the secret by setting his clock ahead. According to the screenshots, Snapchat is calling on artists to submit

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IDC: AR/VR Market Rising more than 100%

Worldwide revenues for the augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) market are forecast to increase by 100% or more over each of the next four years, according to the latest update to the Worldwide Semiannual Augmented and Virtual Reality Spending Guide from the International Data Corporation (IDC).  Their forecast calls for the combined AR and VR headset market to reach 13.7 million units by the end of the year, and 81.2 million by 2021 with a compound growth rate of 56.1 percent. The majority of the market will belong to VR, which will account for nine out of 10 headsets until 2019, but AR will pick up

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Intel Making Cases for Wireless VR Experience

While VR is off to a slow start, in Intel they have a strong belief that it will catch on in the long run. Intel recently pivoted away from a tech demo that it called Project Alloy, a stand-alone VR headset, to something entirely different. The first generation of VR headsets, such as the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, are connected to powerful personal computers via wires. Everybody wants those wires to go away, but how you tackle the issue matters. Now, Intel said that they are trying to make the case for wireless PC-based high-end virtual reality. Last week, their  Virtual Reality Center of Excellence

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GoPro starting with its 360-Degree Camera

Action camera specialist GoPro has announced its first model to take 360-degree videos and photos. After several years in development, and a series of delays, Fusion is finally coming to market. Fusion features a built-in image stabilization, spatial audio capture and can be used underwater. GoPro has been talking about since CES 2016  and now it is finally coming to market. It will ship in November, and the price is $699. As CEO Nick Woodman teased onstage at the company’s event in San Francisco, there’s potentially much more than meets the eye to Fusion. GoPro says the Fusion “marks the beginning of a new creative, and

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Microsoft HoloLens optimizes Ford designs

Microsoft; HoloLens; Ford Motor Company

Ford has started equipping its designers with Microsoft’s HoloLens, the augmented reality technology Microsoft is rolling out for commercial and industrial applications. While the companies are purchasing $5,000 HoloLens Commercial Suite headsets, the components themselves are subject to change for specific customers. We’ve heard stories of customers that bought HoloLens Commercial Suite and received (now cancelled) 2nd generation. Then again, all of this is a warm-up for the 3rd generation HoloLens, planned for a commercial market launch as early as next year. This is not new in the world of car industry since HoloLens headset has been slowly pivoting towards commercial markets over the past year. NASA, Volvo, Lowe’s, Audi, and

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Get Ready for the First VR Concert by Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox Twenty VR Concert

Matchbox Twenty and SwivelVR have teamed up for what is billed as the “first fan-controlled virtual reality experience.” or more simply said, a “VR concert”. Being filmed at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, the concert, set on 4th of October, will allow Matchbox Twenty fans a unique viewpoint for the event, being able to use the SwivelVR app to watch either in 2D, or using a VR headset for the full experience. The app and the way how the concert is recorded will allow fans to change their viewpoint with a simple hands free menu. They will also be able to take snapshots during event and share them on

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First Al Jazeera VR movie Debuts: “I Am Rohingya”

Contrast VR, Al Jazeera Media Network’s immersive studio, has completed its first VR documentary, “I Am Rohingya”. “I Am Rohingya” follows the story of a young woman, Jamalida, as she tells the persecution she faced in Myanmar and shows us her daily life now in a refugee camp in Bangladesh. “I want to talk to you,” she says, “I hope you can tell others my story.” Al Jazeera’s Contrast VR is doing just that with the release of “I Am Rohingya”. Jamalida’s love for dancing, passion for life, and inspiring resilience in the face of unthinkable adversity is the focus of the studio’s first virtual reality documentary. Directed

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The Chinese Room Launches “So Let Us Melt” VR Game

Independent developer The Chinese Room is releasing its first-ever virtual reality game. “So Let Us Melt” is a Sci-Fi parable about a machine lost in a paradise of its own making. This video game development studio is best known for working on experimental first-person games, such as the Half-Life 2 mod Dear Esther, and co-developing its full-fledged remake. Dear Esther was the studio’s hit, coming out as a mod back in 2008, a year after The Chinese Room was formed. From there the group released Korsakovia, another mod, and the survival horror game Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. The studio’s growing visibility and size culminated in Everybody’s Gone To Rapture, a 2015 exploration game created in collaboration with Sony’s Santa

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Amazon Wants You to Wake up and Travel with Alexa

Amazon, hoping to replicate the success of its Echo device, is poised to extend its eyes and ears into every part of your life with the launch of new voice-controlled and camera-equipped Alexa devices designed for bedrooms, living rooms and even your car. Amazon prides itself on its almost pathological focus on what its customers want, rather than what its competitors are doing. But its new Alexa products are clearly a response, at least in part, to new smart speaker offerings from Google and Apple. Amazon is betting that it can defend its franchise by using an old trick – aggressive pricing – and by finding ways

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Rest in Peace, Hugh Hefner, Founder of Playboy

Hugh Hefner, the founder and original editor of Playboy, which brought the post-war sexual revolution onto countless coffee tables around the world, died of natural causes Wednesday. He was 91. The publishing group confirmed their founder’s death. “My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom,” Cooper Hefner, Playboy Enterprises’ chief creative officer and Hugh’s son, said in the statement. Just a few weeks ago, a famous villa known as the Playboy Mansion opened the doors so

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Burberry Integrates Apple AR Tech into its Fashion App

Burberry

Burberry Group Plc is the latest luxury brand to experiment with augmented reality, adding technology from Apple Inc. to its smartphone app as fashion retailers race to find new ways to engage with big spenders online. During the London Fashion Week, the ‘shopability’ (yes, it’s a word) of the show was promoted heavily this season on Facebook Messenger, where both Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger introduced chatbots powered by artificial intelligence. Users could explore both collections via all manner of additional content, including a behind-the-scenes look at life with Gigi Hadid, and a journey through a gamified maze with the models from Burberry. From there they were given nudges to

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AMC Partners Dreamscape, Investing in VR

The world’s largest movie theater company, AMC, is investing in virtual reality. The company recently announced a partnership with the startup Dreamscape Immersive to bring VR experiences to North America and the U.K. As part of the agreement, AMC will be the lead investor in a $20 million series B financing round. It will commit $10 million in equity investment and will finance up to six Dreamscape Immersive VR centers within AMC cinemas and standalone locations in North America and the U.K. over the next 18 months. These locations are in addition to Dreamscape Immersive’s flagship location, which is scheduled to open at the Westfield Century

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Swarovski and MasterCard Create a New VR Shopping Experience

MasterCard and Swarovski disclosed that two companies joined forces up to create a new virtual reality shopping app for browsing through a virtual home filled with crystal objects designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid, designer Tomás Alonso and many others. According to Cnet.com, the app could mean that VR and augmented-reality shopping will start to grow in the luxury markets. Because these crystal pieces are heavy, pricey and difficult to ship (fragile), VR shopping may be a useful step for potential buyers and help Swarovski achieve more sales. In our earlier coverage, IKEA used features from Apple’s new iOS 11 to create an AR furniture shopping

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Air France introduces VR headset for Joon, Their Low Cost Airline

Joon

In July this year, Air France announced plans to launch an airline that specifically targets millennials, raising the question of what, exactly, that actually means. Their spin-off airline called ‘Joon’ is now eager to big-up its partnerships with the likes of Airbnb and Waynabox, allowing passengers to book experiences and trips alongside their flights. “Joon is Air France’s little sister, who breaks with tradition and takes inspiration from the new expectations of travelers to offer an experience that goes beyond the aircraft doors,” Jean-Michel Mathieu, CEO of Joon, said in a statement. It seems that there will be some great news for business class passengers on long-haul flights.

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Marry the Man of Your Dreams Through VR

Virtual romantic avatars for men and women were on display at the 2017 edition of Tokyo Game Show, Reuters stated. Director Taro Kambe commented enthusiastically for Asahi daily magazine whilst checking a scene from his first video made using VR technology: “I have directed hundreds of adult videos but it was my first virtual reality movie.” You can check the Taro Kambe’s photo gallery at IndiaTimes. Japan, always an early adopter market of any new technology, is currently the second biggest market (behind the United States of course) for virtual reality headsets and games. For this reason, both the gaming and the adult movie industry

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Intel Abandons Project Alloy VR as it Canceled Its Mobile Processors

Over the past three months, Intel abandoned or canceled a large number of projects which were hailed as the “future of Intel”. By canceling its low-power mobile processors and shifting away from competing with ARM, projects are getting abandoned ‘en masse’. Last in the list of cuts were plans to create a virtual reality headset. According to a report, this semiconductor giant has shut down Project Alloy virtual reality headset initiative, in which third-party companies were to build VR headsets based on Intel’s hardware blueprints. As stated: “Intel has made the decision to wind down its Project Alloy reference design, however we will continue to

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Business, Entertainment, Google, News, Smartphones, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables, Wearables

Google Enables to Browse the Web in VR with Chrome

Virtual reality is something every gamer is talking about. Sure it’s great to win wars, fly in a space or kill a handful of zombies but, what about everyday usage for not-so-gaming population? Google (who else) is working rapidly on transforming the way we experience the everyday stuff – like watching movies or browsing the web. At Google’s I/O developer conference in May, the company announced that it was working on a VR version of Chrome (Chrome 61) that could work in Daydream. Last week, Chrome development team member and “happiness evangelist” François Beaufort announced that the first set of features are now ready for

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Advrty Designing Non-intrusive Advertising and Product Placement Platform

Advrty, a Swedish-based pioneer of disruptive advertising wants to offer a new avenue of monetization for virtual reality developers, which doesn’t involve full Field-of-View pop-up ads, according to Venturebeat.com. Instead, it’s a software overlay, advertising platform aimed toward designing and incorporating non-intrusive product placement. It’s still in beta. “Initially, think billboards, posters and product placements using images or video,” said CEO and co-founder Niklas Bakos. He also added that the most important thing is not to break immersion. Bakos said that their technology will be able to track where users are looking and what they’re interacting with. It is true that VR is bringing a

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