Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Education, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

VR First Goes Independent, Futuremark Joins the Initiative

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VR First launched in January 2016 as a initiative inside troubled Crytek GmbH, with the goal of establishing VR laboratories in universities around the world. Over the past 15 months, VR First helped build 26 labs in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. At this point in time, 14 more locations are in various stages of completion. More lab installations will surely follow as the VR First initiative received over 280 applications thus far, out of almost 600 universities that have applied for the program. The initiative is starting to gain traction in the industry, as legendary benchmark maker Futuremark revealed that it teamed forces with

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Gaming, Opinion, Virtual Reality (VR)

Sofa Sports and the Rise of Live Gaming

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Just two decades ago, if somebody prophesized that reality TV would have the lion’s share of airtime on some channels, a job posting for a soothsayer wouldn’t be too far behind. There’s something bizarre about tuning in to watch others do things we’re capable of doing ourselves, not so much the pro sports of this world but the bundling everybody in the same house (Real World) expanded to sitting on sofas (Big Brother) or partying (Jersey Shore), and the arguing that typifies an hour with the Kardashians. Thus, the question present itself – are eSports and the popular forms of entertainment – actual sports themselves? Twitch

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Audio/Video, Breaking, Entertainment, News, Software Programs, Virtual Reality (VR)

CyberLink Enters VR with the New PowerDVD 17

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CyberLink is one of first software companies coming out of Taiwan that succeeded in becoming a major international player. From the dawn of multi-media and first DVD-ROM drives, PowerDVD software was there to play the content (and yes, we’ll never forget the ability to change the regional lock through software). Just like everything changes with time, PowerDVD gained tens of millions of users. With PowerDVD 17, their flagship movie and media player  is bringing native support for 360 and 3D-360 video for VR headsets, Ultra HD Blu-ray video, as well as HDR10 format support. PowerDVD 17 adds support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets to bring

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Hardware, Microsoft, News, Operating Systems, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Windows

Windows 10 Creators Update with Mixed Reality Launches

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In a bid to cross the chasm between Augmented and Virtual Reality, Microsoft is starting to push the new buzzword: mixed reality. In the April 11th, 2017 update for Windows 10, called “Creators Update,” the company is bringing the mixed reality to the masses. While Hololens Development Edition was Microsoft’s first venture into augmented reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR or MxR), a number of other companies have joined Microsoft to put out their own virtual reality (VR) headsets, including the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. On Tuesday, Microsoft is hitting back. Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update will have several new mixed reality features, enabling the users to

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Breaking, Business, Google, Hardware, Mobile, Mobile Computing, News, Samsung, Smartphones, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables, Wearables

Samsung Disables Google Daydream VR on Galaxy Phones

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While Samsung always had a clear plan that Google and its Android are just some of operating systems the company ships their products with, the company never disabled features that come with Android… until now. When Samsung Galaxy S8 arrives on the market on April 21st, it will probably take the crown of the world’s most powerful Android smartphone on the market… facing a different situation. At the moment, compared to Google’s Daydream, Samsung’s Gear VR is more rounded and polished. However, users that opt for Oculus’s mobile i.e. GearVR platform won’t be able to use Google’s own VR platform, known as Daydream. Just like YouTube platform

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Military, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables, Wearables

ODG Launches Heavy Duty Mixed Reality, VR AR Combo Glasses

ODG R-7HL Rear Perspective

Osterhaut Design Group, or ODG for short is expanding its lineup of combined AR/VR glasses targeting the heavy duty use in industrial markets. After a successful launch of R-7, the company is expanding the product family with R-7HL, short for Hazardous Location. This headset comes with a complete eye protection, shielding its wearers from the most hazardous environments. “ODG built the R-7HL to answer the demands and needs of customers who operate in extreme environments,” said Ralph Osterhout, ODG CEO. “R-7HL brings a durable, hands-free, wearable computing platform to professionals in oil exploration and production, energy, mining, utilities, chemical production and pharmaceuticals and enables heads-up, hands-free checklists, guided

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Business, Entertainment, Exclusive, Gaming, News, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR)

Is gambling ready for VR?

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Whether the gamers like it or not; their conventional consoles and PC’s now face stiff competition from the emerging giant that is Augmented and Virtual Reality. The totally immersive gaming systems are set to revolutionize the way we play video games but are they also set to affect other parts of the gaming spectrum; gambling for example? We’ve touched on this subject a few times now, and regardless of how one could feel about it – the key to mass market acceptance are exactly applications which could be considered “adult only”, such as live entertainment such as Nanai or gambling. As we all know, betting projects such

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Apple, Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Gaming, iOS, OSx, Virtual Reality (VR)

Apple Macs and Virtual Reality could have a Happy Ending

It’s the gaming revolution that had everyone talking in 2016, but are we really moving towards a virtual reality (VR) world? Well, according to research from Deloitte, VR is now a “billion dollar niche“. Reviewing the state of the market and making predictions on its potential progress back in 2016, the accounting and professional services firm calculated that hardware sales of $700 million would be bolstered by $300 million in content sales. As impressive as this and similar assessments have been, VR isn’t quite the full package. As is often the case, Apple users have been forced to watch from the outside in recent months.

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Android, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, iOS, News, Software Programs, startups, VR World

iStaging AR App Changes the Way You Shop

iStaging VR HMD (Head Mounted Device)

In today’s world, where everything can be ordered online, more and more people are starting to get skeptical about what will arrive once the package arrives at their doorstep. We order things from eBay, Amazon, Gearbest and a bunch of other sites and take a risk that the object of purchase will not be what you hoped for. This concern is spreading especially through online ordering of bulkier items, such as furniture. iStaging is a VR/AR app that positions furniture in the real world environment, enabling perspective correct positioning. This Android and iOS app can help you to show you how furniture looks in real life

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Gaming, News, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

How VR is Evolving All Forms of Gaming

If there is one thing that gamers can be sure about right now, it is that we are going through a golden age of gaming. With consoles getting better and better, the PC showing the cutting edge of technology, and mobile gaming showing so much potential, the future is very bright. If one thing is pushing gaming to the next level, it is arguably VR. Technology has finally caught up with the potential of what Virtual Reality can do, and while most games may feel a little like technology demonstrations they do prove that the new headsets work. With the likes of Resident Evil 7,

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Event, GPU Technology Conference, News, Nvidia, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

NVIDIA GTC 2017 Opens VR Showcase Contest

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2016 will remain known as the year of the GPU. By looking into technology stocks, we can see that the growth of visualization, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning drove GPU to the new heights. Central conference for GPU technologies remains the one organized by NVIDIA, entering its ninth year. From May 8-11, 2017, NVIDIA is getting ready to unveil vast number of news and features coming from the company and its ecosystem. GTC 2017 brings a very interesting opportunity for a few companies or teams that are working on creating new products for Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality. Conference organizers announced a contest where

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Entertainment, Gaming, News, , Virtual Reality (VR)

VR Casino Gaming Has Arrived

NetEnt's Gonzo Quest VR Alpha code

Thanks to digital casino developing giants NetEnt; by the end of 2017 players will be able to completely immerse themselves in the world’s first VR digital slot. The concept of Virtual Reality casinos has been discussed since the technology was first conceptualized and they are finally here for all to see. Virtual Reality has been touted as the next big step in immersive gaming but early applications have been predominantly geared towards the video gamers rather than the online casino customers. The demand for VR is expected to be enormous and the forthcoming NetEnt VR slot only adds to the anticipation. NetEnt are in the testing

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Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Gaming, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

Is IMAX VR the Ultimate VR Experience?

IMAX StarVR Headset

For more than 45 years, The IMAX Corporation was synonymous with the ultimate experience in enjoying the art of film. IMAX believes in VR and needs it to be a new rush, future of the movie theaters. The long-awaited IMAX VR Experience Center opened in Los Angeles, at the first of six Arcade locations opening around the globe. In our conversation with senior executives, we learned that IMAX is aware that in its current form, VR is not ready to become mainstream format for consumption of movies. Cameras, content are not there, and the best ways to consume VR content needs to be created. The

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Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Entertainment, Exclusive, Internet, News, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables

Top Five Industries That Offer Best VR Experiences

When growing up watching Star Trek: Next Generation they introduced us to the world of the Holodeck, a room where the show could take a person anywhere they wanted to go, and do whatever they wanted. This of course is the dream of mixed realities which are starting to gain traction, with the first one being the Virtual Reality. While we’ve had attempts on believable VR for years, the technology has been in its infancy and not really convincing. Things are changing now, and believable worlds are becoming virtually real. With powerful devices like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, as well as more mainstream

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Android, Breaking, Hardware, Mobile, Mobile World Congress, News, Rumors, Smartphones, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

First Look at the Rumored Xiaomi Mi 6

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After our review of OnePlus 3 and 3T, and a little disappointment in the VR department, we decided to look for a phone with that can mix a good price with a better screen. After discussing with several vendors and their retail / e-tail outfits, we came across a few good ones. If the price point is set around $500, we came to conclusion that in that price bracket, there are just two really good phones with high quality displays. First one is ZTE Axon 7, and the third one, the topic of this first look is Xiaomi Mi6. Although this phone has not been released yet

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Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Exclusive, Gaming, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR)

The Future of VR and What it Means for Gaming

While it will be interesting to see can high-resolution Virtual Reality headsets such as the PIMAX 8K or Acer-IMAX-Starbreeze high-resolution StarVR re-enact the plot of TRON; but Virtual Reality is most certainly here and is set to revolutionize gaming faster than anything we’ve ever seen before. As youngsters, the N64 Rumble Pak was enough to blow our minds but we need something a bit more impressive nowadays to take out breath away – VR might just be what we’ve been looking for. Video game developers have been working over the last two decades to create games that look better than ever before and the rapid advancement of

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Breaking, Business, CPU, Gaming, Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

ASUS Expedition Targets eSports and VR Cafes

Gaming is not just popular in China, it’s more widespread than mainstream sports. For example, there are over 540 million registered gamers in China. United States has 325.5 million, while European Union has 510.1 million people. Unlike its western counterparts, massive number of gamers in China play not in their homes, but rather in locations such as iCafes i.e. ‘internet cafes’. According to a report from Niko Partners, the research company in Asian Games Market Intelligence, in 2015 there were 146,000 icafes with 20 million daily users. In 2016., revenues from mobile, PC and console games in China exceeded $26 billion. Besides the mobile gaming, internet cafe is

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Analysis, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Gaming, Google, News, , Virtual Reality (VR)

Pokémon Go Is a Game-Changer, What Can Augmented Reality Do Next?

With Pokémon Go recently breaking a financial milestone – reaching one billion USD in revenue, it may finally be time to say that Augmented Reality (AR) is now reaching mainstream acceptance and acknowledgement. Before the game’s release in July 2016, the words “augmented reality” probably didn’t mean much to the average consumer. Despite being an emerging concept for the last few years, Google’s April Fools-joke-turned-into-reality made the technology a mass hit. According to the numbers, Pokémon Go has a database of more than 500 million, with an average of 20 million players in the US alone powering up the game every day. Although official revenue

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Analysis, Biotech, Breaking, Education, Entertainment, HTC, News, Oculus, , Samsung, Virtual Reality (VR)

Who is Trying to Make Key App for VR?

It’s hard to avoid the hype around virtual reality (VR) headsets like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or its mobile counterpart, Samsung Gear VR; much of that excitement is focused on console, mobile, and PC gaming. However, the technology has applications in most industries. Let’s take a quick look at some of the more significant developments in VR elsewhere in the world, in travel i.e. tourism, medicine, and virtual replacements for smokey casinos. Travel / Tourism Travelling without leaving your seat is one of the big ideas behind VR headsets so it’s perhaps no surprise that Destination BC (British Columbia, Canada) and Visit Australia are

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Analysis, Breaking, Business, Graphics, Hardware, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Pimax Announces World’s First 8K VR Headset

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If there’s one thing certain about VR, that is the pace of development. With the original headsets offering a low resolution of 1K per eye, we’re starting to see new products coming to the market offering higher fidelity. Back in August 2016, PIMAX came out and announced world’s first 4K (2k per eye) VR headset. Few weeks later, we managed to get the product in our labs and post a review of Pimax 4k VR headset. We had some things that bothered us about this VR headset, and now, few months’ later guys from Pimax decided to step it up a notch. In this article, we will

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