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Montreal Virtual Reality Market shines light to city’s movement in AR/VR

November saw the third instalment of the Montreal Virtual Reality Market – an industry gathering held in Montreal. With over 50 virtual- and augmented reality companies located in the city, Montreal is well positioned to burst in the VR industry: four engineering schools, massive video gaming industry (Ubisoft, EA, A2M, Gameloft to name a few), world-renowned filmmaking and developed IT market surely makes for a lot of qualified skills floating around here. We visited the event nestled at Societe Des Arts Technologique (Technological Arts Society) to check up with the AR/VR startups coming out of this French-speaking city and converse with some of them. Drone

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Event, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

VR gains foothold in destination marketing at Miami Art Week

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), announced yesterday that they will be unveiling what they herald as a “groundbreaking destination marketing program” at Miami Art Week (Dec 7-9, 2017). Entitled “Vegas: Alter Your Reality,” the experience consists of five, two to three-minute long VR content pieces showcasing various aspects of Las Vegas. “We are committed to constantly exploring new and innovative avenues through which we can reach potential visitors,” said Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing at the LVCVA. “By uniting art and virtual technology to reflect the vibrancy of the destination, Vegas: Alter Your Reality will inspire travelers to create their

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Artificial Intelligence, Auto, Business, Companies, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), News

Toyota Yui wants to know how you feel

After unveiling a concept model for a new line of autonomous vehicles, Toyota expects to start testing these driverless cars in 2020.  Toyota is supposedly combining their Concept-i cars with an AI called “Yui” — the product of spending billions on a venture capital arm meant for AI development. Yui isn’t your typical autonomous driving system. Toyota wants their AI to be able to chat with drivers and get to know them better by using their preferences, emotions, and habits, which Yui builds through deep learning. The company says the Concept-i series is based on its Learn-Protect-Inspire technology that understands people, uses automated driving technology to increase safety and can

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Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Companies, Entertainment, Event, , News, Oculus, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Facebook to Open AI Lab in Montreal

Facebook announced that in the future, they want to replace clicking buttons and tapping on screens with natural conversations. The idea, according to Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, is that users could ask Facebook for an update on a family member, the news or even to suggest a friend they haven’t seen in while they might want to catch up with. “I think of it as a full-time, 24/7 personal assistant that helps me stay connected with all the things I care about in the world. That is beyond the reach of current technology” Schroepfer said. Now, a Montreal-based team will be working to

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Artificial Intelligence, Business, Companies, Education, Entertainment, Event, News, , VR World

Branson: Basic Income is crucial for the rise of AI

Richard Branson has backed the introduction of a universal basic income and said it is crucial to tackling the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). The billionaire said it could help protect people whose jobs will be lost as a result of new technology. Another reason the world should look to the Nordics, according to Branson, is its experiments with universal basic income — which can help counter the effects of AI. “In Finland you are experimenting with it in at least one city at the moment,” says Branson, who recently announced his support for the idea. “Basic income is going to be all the more important. If a lot more wealth is created

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Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Companies, Entertainment, Event, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables

Magic Leap and Madefire delivering VR Comic

Secretive augmented-reality start-up Magic Leap is partnering with online comic book publisher Madefire to deliver mixed reality comics to Magic Leap’s devices when they launch. According to Rolling Stone, the news sort of snuck out during a Friday night New York Comic-Con panel with a deliberately vague name: “The Future of Comics in New Realities.” Madefire already has VR apps for the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, but Magic Leap advisor Andy Lanning has revealed a couple of key differences at the con. The Magic Leap version will apparently feature spatial sound and comics will appear much crisper and more readable on it. So far, Magic

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Entertainment, Event, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

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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Companies, Entertainment, Event, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

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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Apple, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Event, Google, Hardware, iOS, Mobile, News, Smartphones

Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X will Boost AR Market

iPhone X

At the very first event in Steve Jobs Theater at its new headquarters, Apple Inc. announced a series of devices, including the new smartwatch “Watch Series 3”, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (realistically, these are iPhone 7S and 7S Plus) refreshments, and the king of the event – a $1000 iPhone X (pronounced ten), with X marking 10th anniversary since iPhone 2G came to market. All three phones are powered by a powerful A11 Bionic SoC processor, bringing a set of next-generation features to all three phones, with Augmented Reality and FaceID perhaps being the most impressive ones. Augmented Reality, in that way, superimposes digital

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What Are Virtual Reality Casinos Really Like?

Oculus Virtual Reality DK2

In recent years, virtual reality has been thrown into the limelight as an evolved technology that offers a very realistic experience for its users. VR has been embraced by developers within the gambling industry to help create a new generation of VR casinos for online gamblers to visit. Casinos currently utilizing the amazing VR technology include Slots Million and Casino VR. But is VR really a good thing? Offering VR is all well and good but to actually grab the opportunity with both own hands and maximize its potential is another thing. Can online casinos offer a futuristic product or is it all an aesthetic

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Breaking, Business, Education, Entertainment, Event, News, Samsung, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

Virtual Winery: Meet the VR Tours Cuvee

GearVR Wine

Virtual Reality had, until recently largely been in the gaming and gambling consumer segment, followed by proliferation of 360 degree videos. Today, we can see many positive externalities happening in different spheres. We read how VR is seen as beneficial to health sector, banking industries, tourism, science, schools etc. It is a definite fact that this technology is moving to the mainstream. The likes of Audi, Coca-Cola and even The New York Times are all using VR for visual marketing, but what about matching Virtual Reality and the reality itself? Just as GoPro and YouTube achieved a symbiotic relationship, propelling both companies to the new

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3D, Audio/Video, Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Event, Exclusive, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, HTC, Microsoft, News, Oculus, Operating Systems, Software Programs, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Windows

Microsoft Prepares VR Partnerships for Windows 10 Holographic Edition

Last winter Microsoft announced that the company started working together with its PC hardware partners to develop headsets that support a mixed mode, between virtual and augmented reality. These headsets run a new version of Microsoft’s software called Windows Mixed Reality, a version of Windows that natively supports both augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences. At the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, or IFA, the biggest annual consumer electronics trade fair in Europe which started last week, this software giant took the center stage. They said that they will include their “Windows Mixed Reality” in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (available from Oct 17).

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Event, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

Producer: VR is Not Competition for Cinema, It’s a New Dimension

Amal, 39, shimmered on the Venetian red carpet wearing a flowing purple frock while George, 56, looked dapper in a suit. The Clooney clan were earlier spotted taking a romantic boat trip on Venice’s iconic waterways and they also dined with Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso during their Italian jaunt. Their stay in the picturesque Italian city for its annual film festival, just three months after Amal gave birth to twins. And while this sounds like another boring star report not usual for VR World – it actually isn’t so. It seems that VR industry is coming to their lives and, no ladies,

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Audio/Video, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Hardware, Mobile, Mobile World Congress, News, Qualcomm, Smartphones, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

Qualcomm Unveils Depth Sensing Spectra Module Camera

Qualcomm’s AR/VR efforts are accelerating. Following the launch of stand-alone Vive with Snapdragon VR 835 platform, the company launched Spectra ISP camera module for smartphone and headset manufacturers. Goal is to enable several new features which may be the key to simplification of how users around the world use their smartphones and headsets. While we mostly know Qualcomm as the manufacturer of Snapdragon processors, the company is also leading manufacturer of image processing systems, i.e. cameras. Second generation Spectra ISP proves that leadership with innovations such as active or passive depth sensing and biometric recognition (iris scan, facial features) – enabling future smart devices to

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Breaking, Event, Gaming, Hardware, HTC, Mobile, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables

HTC Unveils Vive Standalone VR With Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

The first day of ChinaJoy in Shanghai, China saw the largest number of VR announcements we’ve seen since we started to talk about Virtual Reality. Perhaps the biggest announcement of the first day is HTC, who launched a Vive Standalone headset. The first Vive Standalone VR headset will be available only on the China market, utilizing Viveport as its official content platform, expanding the user case scenario for HTC’s VR strategy. “The new headset is set to deliver an outstanding standalone VR experience, making it the best-in-class premium device for this segment in the China market. Interested VR developers may register at www.viveport.com/standalonevr-cn to apply

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Steven Spielberg Pushes into VR with Ready Player One

During the Cannes Film Festival, Steven Spielberg expressed word of caution when it came to movie industry adopting the Virtual Reality as a medium. Just a few months later on Comic-Con conference, the famous producer is more open on the subject, and is focused on creating a world that can serve both the interactive medium as VR, as well as the “conventional” movie going experience. Steven is directing “Ready Player One”, famous dystopian book which inspired many Sci-Fi movies, including The Matrix. In a world destroyed by global warming, people survive by using Virtual Reality to play The Oasis, a re-imagined 1980s world. This 2011

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Breaking, Entertainment, Event, Gaming, News, Oculus, Virtual Reality (VR)

Powers United VR: Marvel’s Universe to Arrive on Oculus Rift

In 2008, Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) debuted with Robert Downy Jr. playing the role of Tony Star / Iron Man. This action movie started a juggernaut series of movies which took home $11.76 billion after 16 movies. As 2018 will mark full decade of the movie, Oculus joined forces with Walt Disney Pictures and announced their first collaborative title, Powers United VR. This cooperative game puts players in the role of one of dozen heroes or anti-heroes, who must work together to defeat all the opponents in Arena-style levels. In their announcement, Oculus Studios stated the following: “Step inside the Marvel Universe and rage through epic

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Education, Event, News, press releases, startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

VRX 2017 Conference Brings an All Star Cast

VRX 2017, one of world’s premier conferences on the subject of business and technology needed for Virtual Reality, announced the first speakers for a two day event. The conference takes place on December 7th and 8th in San Francisco Marriott Marquis. There’s no doubt that the announcements made on this conference might be the clearest direction where VR/MR/AR are heading as an industry, as it will happen after Microsoft Windows 10 Mixed Reality launches, as well as seeing the first sales results of next generation Oculus Rift headset. The conference is organized by VR Intelligence, London-based firm whose leaders don’t hide that there’s an inflation of

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Breaking, E3, Entertainment, Event, Gaming, HTC, News, Oculus, Sony, Virtual Reality (VR)

Bethesda’s VR World: DOOM VFR, Fallout 4 VR and Skyrim PSVR

Bethesda is one of rare AAA-publishers that announced its full support for the VR technology, and invested heavily in creating VR-versions of its popular franchises. At the 2017 edition of E3 conference, Bethesda announced several titles which are coming for Steam VR / HTC Vive (visible from the moment the VR trailer starts). Given the legal situation between Bethesda and Oculus, we were not surprised to see icy relations and no mention of supporting the Oculus Rift VR headset. While the game development teams are working behind the scenes on new IP which wasn’t ready to be shown, the B-teams are working on re-working the

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Breaking, Companies, Computex Taipei, Hardware, News, VR World

Corsair to Enter Custom Liquid Cooling

If you are a liquid cooling fan, and specifically like All In One (AIO) liquid cooling systems due to their versatility, easy installation and maintenance free operation, then you know that one of the names that immediately comes to mind is Corsair, with their Hydro Series of compact, yet powerful cooling systems for CPUs. In fact, Corsair’s commands a leading market share and is rumored to make for almost half of annual revenue for their now former OEM supplier, Danish-American Asetek. Yet during this year’s Computex Taipei, Corsair had a surprise for all of us expecting the usual redesign of their well-known AIO cooler. This time

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