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How one guy got fit and lost over 50 pounds playing a VR game

Fit and gaming aren't usually words that go hand in hand, and fitness is not usually the most advertised use for virtual reality, however Telltale's Job Stauffer says VR saved his life in an interview with PC Gamer. Obviously there is no overnight cure for weight loss and no one can claim that VR is a miracle cure, however VR is certainly beneficial to the health and fitness industry. Mr. Stauffer does not put his successful weight loss not only down [...]

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Jon Favreau delves into virtual reality for movies

Jon Favreau, one of the most successful directors in Hollywood, behind such films as Iron Man and The Jungle Book, is spearheading the way in exploring the unique storytelling aspects of virtual reality. His latest project called "Gnomes and Goblins" is a brief interactive 360 degree scene currently available on the HTC Vive and very soon for Oculus Rift. Clearly both VR and AR have massive potential in every aspect of life as we know it, from gaming to military and [...]

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GDC 2017 virtual reality cords are cut!

GDC (Game Developers Conference) is where the freshest and most exciting tech gets showcased. There has been a virtual reality presence at previous GDC's of course, however at this particular convention there was a change in the air, and certainly there was one aspect of VR that really dominated at GDC 2017, and that was that the technology has broken free, and now it has done this is there any turning back? For gamers the fact that VR tethered them to [...]

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Google is turning new mixed reality headsets invisible, kind of?

Let's be honest if you have ever watched someone wear and use a VR headset, you know how odd they can look, however Google is looking at a new mixed reality tech that removes the headset from a virtual reality experience so that spectators can actually see the wearers' facial expressions in real time. The technology, developed by Google Research and Google Daydream Labs, uses a combination of machine learning, 3D computer vision and advanced rendering techniques to "remove" clunky [...]

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Do you want a trip in to a mixed reality environment?

What is mixed reality? How does it differ from virtual reality and augmented reality? Or is it the same thing? Mixed reality (MR) is where the real and virtual world merges, producing new environments and where physical and digital objects can co-exist and interact in real time, however it does not take place only in the physical or virtual world and is a mix of reality and virtual reality which encompasses both augmented reality and augmented virtuality, essentially combining the [...]

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Has Zuckerburg And Therefore Facebook Slipped Up With VR?

Oculus, the virtual reality Company of Facebook has not started 2017 well. To start, the Company lost a $500 million lawsuit that stemmed from allegations of intellectual property theft, and now the giant American technology retail chain Best Buy are rolling back VR demo stations due to "poor foot traffic" It could be a difficult situation for Oculus, as the thought behind the demo stations was that the key to selling the tech is to get people to try before they [...]

Google Spotlight Story: “Pearl” Gets Oscar Nomination

If you haven't seen this charming 360-degree short film from Google Spotlight, now is a good time to check it out - it just became the first VR film to be nominated for an Academy Award. Created by Patrick Osborne, the same director behind Disney’s Oscar-nominated short film “Feast,” “Pearl” follows a little girl and her folk musician father as they travel around the country, living out of the family car. Using HTC Vive, viewers can look around the car, [...]

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DigiLens raises $22 million to make ‘eyeglass-thin’ augmented reality displays

DigiLens has raised $22 million to create “eyeglass-thin” AR displays for motorcycle helmets, car windshields, AR smartglasses and other innovations. CEO Jonathan Waldern said in an interview, “We enable a massive reduction in size and form factor. This funding allows us to expand our scope to focus on the next areas.” DigiLens plans to use strategic relationships with investors like Sony, Foxconn and Panasonic to bring to market several AR displays and sensors for enterprise, consumer and transportation applications that [...]

Google Moves Into Augmented Reality Shopping

Google, BMW and Gap Moving into Augmented Reality Shopping

BMW is testing a new app that would create a virtual showroom displaying its i3 and i8 vehicles on a smartphone screen, while Gap shoppers would be able to “try on” clothes using a virtual avatar. Google made the announcement at CES, hinting at a broader goal to merge the Tango app's room mapping capabilities with a broader goal of facilitating commerce. Google is rolling out a real world application for its most ambitious virtual reality effort: letting shoppers see what they [...]

Apple Testing Augmented Reality Glasses

"We are high on Augmented Reality for the long run," Tim Cook said. Apple launched its September 2016 event with Tim Cook playing "Carpool Karaoke" with James Corden and Pharrell Williams: According to Apple insiders, Cupertino's next foray into the quickly expanding wearables market will be digital, augmented reality glasses. As Bloomberg reports, Apple has discussed a potential competitor to Snapchat's Spectacles and Google's Project Aura with its hardware suppliers and even ordered "small quantities of near-eye displays" for testing purposes. If [...]