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John Carmack's Brilliant Oculus Connect Keynote Goes 'off Message from the Standard PR Plan' - Road to Virtual Reality

John Carmack's Brilliant Oculus Connect Keynote Goes 'off Message from the Standard PR Plan' - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
There are two sorts of people in this world; Those that have listened to John Carmack talk and those who are unenlightened. One of the key minds behind Doom and Quake is a most unlikely orator, but one who has the ability to hold the attention of a room full of geeks like no other.… Read the full article …
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Oculus Open-sources Rift DK1: Mechanical Designs, Firmware, and More All Freely Available

Oculus Open-sources Rift DK1: Mechanical Designs, Firmware, and More All Freely Available | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
During a session at Oculus Connect, the company released the totality of the Oculus Rift DK1 plans to the public. Under an open-source license, anyone can now freely download the blueprints of the company’s first VR headset and even manufacture their own. At Oculus Connect during a session called Building the First Rift Development Kit, Oculus… Read the full article …
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First Hands-on: Oculus Rift Crescent Bay is Incredible - Road to Virtual Reality

First Hands-on: Oculus Rift Crescent Bay is Incredible - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
During a keynote at Oculus Connect, Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe unveiled a headset they believe approaches the holy grail of virtual reality, presence. That is, it delivers an experience that your brain accepts as an alternate reality. This means motion sickness is much reduced or eliminated and the user is utterly immersed in the… Read the full article …
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Totem VR Headset Kickstarter Launches Tomorrow, Hands-on and Interview Coming Soon

Totem VR Headset Kickstarter Launches Tomorrow, Hands-on and Interview Coming Soon | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Last week we met with Vrvana, formerly ‘True Player Gear’, for our first hands-on with the Totem VR headset. We’ve got a juicy interview on the way with Vrvana CEO, Bert Nepveu. The company launches a Kickstarter campaign for their headset starting on Tuesday, September 16th. We first covered the Totem headset back in March when the… Read the full article …
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The Drive Toward Virtual Reality in the Commercial Entertainment Sector - Road to Virtual Reality

The Drive Toward Virtual Reality in the Commercial Entertainment Sector - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Alongside being a guest contributor to RTVR through his A Wider FOV article series; Kevin Williams is a well-known figure in the immersive entertainment community—steering his consultancy KWP, he also is the chairman of the Digital Out-of-Home Entertainment Network Association (DNA), and more recently he has been associated with the launch of the latest Head Mounted… Read the full article …
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A Wider FOV: Special – A Guide to Virtual Reality Demonstrations

A Wider FOV: Special – A Guide to Virtual Reality Demonstrations | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Guest contributor Kevin Williams brings us a detailed guide on the many considerations to be made when giving a mass demonstration of virtual reality hardware to the public. A Wider FOV is a semi-regular feature from Road to VR guest contributor, Kevin Williams, which casts a broader light on the realm of virtual reality and closely… Read the full article …
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Cyberith Virtualizer VR Treadmill Kickstarter is Live, Prices Start at $599 - Road to Virtual Reality

Cyberith Virtualizer VR Treadmill Kickstarter is Live, Prices Start at $599 - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Cyberith has been teasing us with the Virtualizer, an omnidirectional VR treadmill, for what seems like ages. Today the device, which promises to allow you to physically walk around virtual worlds, finally launches on Kickstarter starting at $599.Over the last year we’ve watched the Virtualizer evolve from prototype to a slick looking device that’s nearly… Read the full article …
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VRelia Partners with ImmersiON to Offer VR Headsets and Content - Road to Virtual Reality

VRelia Partners with ImmersiON to Offer VR Headsets and Content - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
VRelia, a Spanish company recently formed with the aim of providing users with high resolution VR Headsets, has announced a partnership with ImmersiON, a startup formed from the key players behind TD Vision, a company with a history in 3D technologies and video codecs. We first covered VRelia back in February, at which time they… Read the full article …
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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, July 13, 12:36 AM

Competition is great, on that we can all agree. But right now it’s simply unclear precisely what this announcement means for the VR Industry.  

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Cyberith Rebrands, Launches 'Virtualizer' Kickstarter on the 23rd July - Road to Virtual Reality

Cyberith Rebrands, Launches 'Virtualizer' Kickstarter on the 23rd July - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
We’ve been following Austrian company Cyberith and its virtual reality locomotion ‘controller’  the ‘Virtualizer’ for a while now. The Virtualizer is an omnidirectional treadmill which uses a flat base with low friction which enables a user to run, crouch and jump with movement data captured and mapped to in game controls. The team have come… Read the full article …
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Nintendo Patents Eye-Tracking Tech Bringing 3D to 2D Displays - Road to Virtual Reality

Nintendo Patents Eye-Tracking Tech Bringing 3D to 2D Displays - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Nintendo has always danced to a tune all its own. Refusing to accept the status quo in the often relentless inevitability of the gaming world has lead to both incredible successes (introducing natural motion with the Wii) to abject disasters (the Virtual Boy), in either case though the Japanese gaming giant usually intrigues with its… Read the full article …
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Dutch conference on virtual worlds in education

Dutch conference on virtual worlds in education | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
On November 13, 2014 the research group on pedagogy for language education in a changing learning enviroment at the Teacher Education Faculty of Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Tilburg, Ne...
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First Look ‒ GameFace Labs Mark 5 Prototype, VR Never Looked So Good

First Look ‒ GameFace Labs Mark 5 Prototype, VR Never Looked So Good | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
I just got my head out of 2.5k VR and it was beautiful. Road to VR today got the first glimpse at GameFace Lab’s newest ‘Mark 5′ prototype. The unit features a completely new design from what we’ve seen in the past, now with knobs on the sides to adjust eye-to-lens distance and a knob… Read the full article …
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Kevin Williams – A Wider FOV - Road to Virtual Reality

Kevin Williams – A Wider FOV - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
This marks the first in a semi-regular feature in what I hope will be covering the wider aspects of the re-emergence of virtual reality into the commercial and consumer sector. My consultancy, KWP, and our news service The Stinger Report are beginning to be invited to a number of events where VR, and those VR… Read the full article …
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Oculus Shares 5 Key Ingredients for Presence in Virtual Reality

Oculus Shares 5 Key Ingredients for Presence in Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Having open-sourced the design and software that powered their first VR headset, Oculus shares 5 key ingredients that it believes are the baseline for achieving Presence in virtual reality. See Also: Oculus Open-sources Rift DK1: Mechanical Designs, Firmware, and More All Freely Available I’ve been following the Oculus story since before the Kickstarter that launched the… Read the full article …
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Oculus Connect: Oculus 'Platform' Replaces 'Share' as Oculus Plans the Future of VR Content Delivery - Road to Virtual Reality

Oculus Connect: Oculus 'Platform' Replaces 'Share' as Oculus Plans the Future of VR Content Delivery - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
The Wild West of Early VR Oculus Share was launched a little over a year ago as a way to gather together the torrents of content being produced by developers around the world. After the Oculus Rift DK1 shipped, well after it’s hugely successful Kickstarter campaign even Oculus must have been surprised at the sheer amount… Read the full article …
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Oculus Connect Begins Tomorrow, Live Stream Details, Schedule and Speculation - Road to Virtual Reality

It’s upon us. Oculus Connect, probably the most eagerly anticipated event this year (at least for the VR community) and perhaps Oculus VR’s most important event in it’s young life, kicks off at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood, CA tomorrow evening. Connect, Laser Focussed on Developers It’s sometimes easy to forget that the astounding resurgence in… Read the full article …
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AltspaceVR Seed Investment Tops $5.2 Million, Software Details Revealed Today at SVVR #13

AltspaceVR Seed Investment Tops $5.2 Million, Software Details Revealed Today at SVVR #13 | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Altspace VR has today announced significant follow-on funding to their initial investment round which more than doubles the company’s seed funding, putting the total now at $5.2 million. The company, which has been largely in stealth mode, intends to publicly demonstrate their shared virtual reality environment for the first time today at the SVVR Meetup… Read the full article …
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News Bits: Preliminary Oculus Rift DK2 Support Comes to Second Life and OpenSim

News Bits: Preliminary Oculus Rift DK2 Support Comes to Second Life and OpenSim | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
David Rowe, the developer behind the unofficial CtrlAltStudio Viewer for Second Life and Open Sim, has released a preliminary build to give Oculus Rift DK2 users their first glimpse into the popular virtual world. David Rowe developed the first unofficial Second Life viewer to offer Oculus Rift DK1 support nearly a year ago, and many… Read the full article …
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Announcing the Virtual Reality Awards Event, Coming Live to Riftmax Theater November 28th

Announcing the Virtual Reality Awards Event, Coming Live to Riftmax Theater November 28th | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Devs, start your engines. Now that the Oculus Rift DK2 is reaching the hands of excited developers around the globe, the VR media community is ready to unveil the Virtual Reality Awards, coming live to Riftmax theater. We are pleased to announce that the very first award event solely dedicated to virtual reality will take… Read the full article …
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Join Road to VR for a Live VR Roundtable Discussion in Virtual Reality

Join Road to VR for a Live VR Roundtable Discussion in Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
This friday, the 18th of July, Road to VR will be hosting a live roundtable discussion about VR, in VR. The entire team will be assembling across half the globe inside the Riftmax virtual reality software to talk VR. Anyone is welcome to be a member of the live audience. One of the most powerful functions… Read the full article …
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Altspace Raises $2.5 Million From Google Ventures, Formation 8, and More for Shared VR Browsing Environment - Road to Virtual Reality

Altspace Raises $2.5 Million From Google Ventures, Formation 8, and More for Shared VR Browsing Environment - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Altspace (formerly Qualia3D) is announcing that they’ve raised $2.5 million in venture capital to develop a shared virtual reality browsing environment. Investors include Google Ventures, Formation 8, Dolby Family Ventures, and more. Altspace is developing a shared VR environment with a heavy focus on browser-based interactivity. Altspace, which began its life as Qualia3D, has been… Read the full article …
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News Bits: Control VR Finished Kickstarter Successfully, 176% Funded - Road to Virtual Reality

News Bits: Control VR Finished Kickstarter Successfully, 176% Funded - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Control VR is one of the first systems we’ve seen to offer a viable and technically promising finger tracking solution, or VR Glove, to VR enthusiasts. In fact, the Control VR team were so confident in their fully upper body tracking system, they sent an open invite to the VR community to come on over… Read the full article …
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Virtual Reality Platform Aims to Create a 3D Interactive Replica of Your City

Virtual Reality Platform Aims to Create a 3D Interactive Replica of Your City | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it

A realistic copy of your city and yourself in 3D, this is what TimeWalk, a new technology start-up, is set to develop in the next years. The TimeWalk developers want to create a unique platform that will allow the creation of an interactive virtual replica of almost every city in the world.


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Anthony Astor Leaman's curator insight, June 25, 5:19 PM

MMM!  doesn't a City have its own automatic copyright on virtual replicas of itself. ?.

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E3 2014: Kor-FX is a Haptic Feedback Vest that Allows You to Feel Every Bullet - Road to Virtual Reality

E3 2014: Kor-FX is a Haptic Feedback Vest that Allows You to Feel Every Bullet - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
The general consensus is that we’re going to see Oculus throw their hat into the VR input ring very soon, possibly right here at E3 2014, but one element of immersive gaming systems that still seems to be missing, that’s any advance in haptic feedback systems. Cue Kor-FX is a new device which claims to allow… Read the full article …
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E3 2014 Day Zero Breakdown - Press Conference Times, Video Streams and What We Might (or Might not) See - Road to Virtual Reality

E3 2014 Day Zero Breakdown - Press Conference Times, Video Streams and What We Might (or Might not) See - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
The gaming calendar’s biggest event is now upon us and as usual the hype train is stoked and ready to steam! Although the E3 show floor proper doesn’t open its doors until tomorrow, as has become customary, the big players in the industry are getting in early with their dedicated press events. We know navigating… Read the full article …
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