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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Analysis, Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Entertainment, , Google, HTC, News, Samsung, Sony, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables

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

Samsung Disables Google Daydream VR on Galaxy Phones

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), Game Reviews, Gaming, Virtual Reality (VR)

Seven Top Games For Oculus VR Platform

There are quite a few games that were presented at the Oculus Connect event, which took place last week. Among a sea of titles, there were several that caught my eyes and in the end, we picked seven titles that are hitting all the sweet spots on the market, from dreamy adventures to action games. They show the maturing of Oculus VR platform, and need to provide sufficient interest to guarantee sustainability of Oculus as such. Given the quality of titles coming out of Oculus Studios, we’re not too worried as some titles are mighty impressive. Luna First game is called Luna, made by some of

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Augmented Reality (AR), , Gaming, Hardware, Virtual Reality (VR)

Oculus Connect Promises a New Era for VR

This year’s Oculus Connect brought us some really big news for the rising VR industry. Over two hours long keynote session with key executives from Facebook and Oculus covered everything from prices, release dates, new stuff brought into the VR, and more hardware and software news. Mark Zuckeberg started the session strongly by announcing an upcoming standalone VR headset. This 2017 mainstream Rift headset will be affordable, and something in between medium and enthusiast gear but limited Gear VR. It will have position tracking, which is the biggest differentiator between mobile and desktop VR experiences right now outside graphic fidelity. The headset is only in a prototype phase,

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Entertainment, Graphics, Hardware, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

StarVR 5K Headset Launches with IMAX in Q4 2016

Acer, Starbreeze and IMAX recently announced the official rollout of the StarVR headset. This headset comes with the second highest resolution on the market (8.29 Million pixels from PIMAX is the record) but offers the highest optics characteristics on the market. The resolution of 5120×1440 pixels amounts to 3.69 million pixels per eye, almost three times more than what HTC and Oculus offer today (2.84x more). When you pair this resolution with an 210 degree, ultra-wide field of view and other contemporary features you get what might be the best VR experience out of 2016 device range. The range and the levels of freedom are making VR experiences as

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

The World of Mobile VR After Pokemon Go

Virtual Reality Gaming isn’t coming, it’s already here. With the introduction of Google Cardboard and the Daydream VR platform,  Oculus and HTC discrete VR headsets and GearVR headsets for even smartphones like the Samsung’s Galaxy S7, the first tentative steps towards virtual reality gaming are being taken. With Facebook announcing its buy-in of virtual reality technology for a whopping $2 billion, Google has responded with its own VR system, a simple piece of cardboard that can turn your Android phone into a neat virtual reality headset. This all proves that VR gaming is here to stay. Already, the range and quality of available games is encouraging.

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

Three Interesting VR Games No One is Talking About

With the ongoing rollout of VR headsets over the course of 2016, we’ve begun to see dozens of games either released to the public or demo’d for release in the near future. In some cases, these games are essentially little puzzles or creative experiences designed to test out the fundamentals of VR; in others, they’re full-fledged, action-packed games akin to what we expect on major consoles. And inevitably, many of the more ambitious games have emerged at the forefront of our discussions about VR games. But with so many titles already announced and revealed, there are some very interesting games being overlooked. Here are three

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Amazon, AMD, Breaking, E3, , Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, Intel, Nvidia, Virtual Reality (VR)

GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 Shortage Until August?

With the conclusion of E3 2016 trade show, which took place last week in Los Angeles, California – many international guests went on for the hunt for several hot ticketed items – HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and of course, Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. The ‘retail’ mission was the only option after availability from online e-tailers simply did not transpire. HTC Vive is available in 3 out of five Microsoft stores we’ve checked, while Oculus Rift availability was tied to Intel’s Retail Experience. Best Buy in West Hollywood didn’t had Intel Retail Experience and there was no Rift, but the story changed in

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Exclusive, Graphics, Interviews, startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

Can Virtually Live Replace Pay Per View Television?

Couple of years ago, we witnessed a trend of “cutting the cord”, i.e. canceling the cable subscription in the United States. Still to this date, cable subscription is the primary way how majority of households receives its TV channels. Their offering got expanded with the advance of expensive PPV (pay-per-view) programs, such as UFC / MMA fight nights and the shift of Formula 1 World Championship from FTA (free-to-air) to the PPV model. The arrival of Virtual Reality headsets is bringing another possibility – unlike TV, which puts you in a passive position – VR can make you ‘a part of the match’, or a ‘part of

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VR World

New Motion Tracking Enables 50×50 Meter VR Spaces

We received word from WorldViz that they are putting the finishing touches on a Virtual Reality expansion for their PPT (Precision Position Tracking) system. Just in time for E3 2016, WorldViz will bring support for Unreal Engine 4 and Unity 5 on most popular devices such as Google Daydream VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, and Sony PlayStation VR. The new technology from WorldViz enables 50 by 50 meter tracking – that’s 164×164 foot, meaning a $15,000 price tag can cover multiple location inside a shopping mall, factory floor or for example, movie theaters. 2500 sq. meters i.e. 26,910 sq. feet are covered with a

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3D, Breaking, Gaming, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Best VR Experience? Crytek’s The Climb will Give You Vertigo

During the E3 2015 show, we managed to play a beta version of Crytek’s “The Cliff”, a Virtual Reality experience that will play tricks with your senses. This ‘game’ can serve either as a cure of fear of heights, or make you scared of heights to the point where you will no longer look down. 10 months later, Crytek released the final version of the game. The Climb places you in a role of an extreme free solo rock climber, taking on some of most difficult climbs you can imagine. All the in-game locations are inspired by the real world, and they will make you feel like when Tom Cruise climbed the Dead

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Breaking, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

Oculus Rift Retail Box is Bigger than we Expected

When Oculus announced the final specification and launch details of Rift VR headset on CES 2016, the company also announced they will be returning to the carrying case in which Oculus shipped the first Development Kit (DK1). At the Game Developers Conference 2016, we visited the Oculus booth and saw the retail packaging live. First and foremost, materials are of premium quality, and you feel you’re getting your 600 USD worth. But no, you’re not getting the DK1’s protective box. The box is actually bigger than the first or second developer kit (DK1, DK2 or Crescent Bay). The reason for that is simple – previous prototypes did not feature the

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Breaking, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Graphics, News, Reviews, Software Programs, Virtual Reality (VR)

Basemark Launches New VR Benchmark VRScore

At the CryTek event today at GDC 2016, Basemark unveiled VRScore, a VR benchmark. This is a first ultra-demanding, high-resolution, high-texture benchmark coming from the team that worked together on numerous iterations of Futuremark’s 3DMark. They spun of from Futuremark, developing ‘Basemark’ benchmark for mobile devices, and now are entering the dynamic VR scene. “From the first moment sitting down with the Crytek team through the development of VRScore, we’ve been thoroughly impressed with their talent and hard working,” said Tero Sarkkinen, founder of Basemark, “Today, we together put the fruits of this collaboration for the first time for the general public to see and I am

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Breaking, Business, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Cedars-Sinai Hospital Adopts Virtual Reality

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a world-renowned medical institution which is on the forefront of medical research. Alongside with Mayo Clinic and Betty Ford Center, it is perhaps the most known medical ‘brand’ from the United States. There are many theoretical approaches to patient therapy and aiding the healing process, but only research work on the field can bring results or debunk theories. This is exactly what the medical experts at Cedars-Sinai decided to do by launching a virtual reality project. The Center embedded several Virtual Reality devices in different aspects of patient therapy / treatment, and monitored the results. Medical trials included Samsung GearVR device, as well as Oculus Developer

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3D, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

Oculus Launches Rift Pre-Orders on CES 2016

The wait is (almost) over. Two years after Facebook acquired the company in an all-cash, $2 billion transaction, the world waited the arrival of Oculus Rift. On the first day of CES (January 6, 2016) at 8AM Pacific, Oculus opened pre-orders for the Rift Virtual Reality headset. Unlike the DK1 and DK2 editions, the consumer version of Rift will not cost $349. Instead, Rift will retail/e-tail for $250 more, i.e. $599, with the price including the Xbox One wireless controller and the hard shell plastic ‘suitcase’ which Oculus used to ship the original Development Kit 1. Naturally, the design and typing will be updated to fit all

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Augmented Reality (AR), Entertainment, Gaming, Graphics, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Facebook Goes AAA with VR Content, Bundles EVE: Valkyrie with Oculus Rift

The success or death of a platform depends on the content that platform provides. While Facebook is now being used by over 1.4 billion people around the globe, the social media platform would not become nowhere as near as popular if there wasn’t for several multi-billion enterprises that were built on the content which used Facebook to spread – FarmVille might be a laugh, but the game was at one point – the most popular ‘multiplayer’ game on face of the planet, and the same story followed by Candy Crush Saga. Last year, Facebook made a two billion dollar bet on the next platform to expand its

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3D, Gaming, Hardware, Mobile, News, Smartphones, Virtual Reality (VR)

VR hits Magical $99 Price with Samsung’s New GearVR

As we all know, the key to adopting a technology for mass market is hitting the ‘sweet price point’, which is typically based around three figures – $99, $199, $999. $999 was the price point when first VHS demolished Betamax, CD replaced vinyl, DVD replaced VHS, and so on. $199 was the price point that Apple hit with the iPhone and we all know what happened afterwards. $99 however, is a price point where a product becomes a commodity, whatever it is. After launching its first generation GearVR Innovator Edition for $199, Samsung teamed up with Facebook and Oculus to prepare a product which could

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Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Entertainment, Exclusive, , Gaming, Google, Graphics, Hardware, Microsoft, News, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

OPINION: What is the Future of Virtual Reality?

When it comes to emerging technologies, which are the ones that stand out in 2015? While there are a number to choose from, it is undoubtedly virtual reality (VR) that is capturing the imaginations of developers, brands and consumers alike. Even Mark Zuckerberg is stating that “VR is the next step for Facebook.” Not only does this have the potential to be lucrative, for example, but it can also change the lives of customers and the world around us forever. Although the technology behind VR has been in development for more than a decade and remains one of the industries worst kept secrets, during the

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

Could Online Poker Be Odds-On For Some Virtual Reality?

Once upon a time, Virtual Reality meant clunky hardware, patchy software, dodgy films starring Pierce Brosnan, and a seemingly permanent membership of the ‘Next Big Thing’ club. In 2015, however, falling prices and endorsements from the major companies mean that VR is back on the agenda. Film-makers are using VR to make documentaries, Smithsonian is replicating first flight, gaming manufacturers are eyeing up the possibilities, while Mark Zuckerberg has been busy splashing the cash with a $2 billion Facebook acquisition of the Oculus VR start-up firm – which will come out with a retail product in the first quarter of 2016. With Virtual Reality back

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