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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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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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VIDEO – Unblocked, Unchained – June 7, 2014 | skefi'a

VIDEO – Unblocked, Unchained – June 7, 2014 | skefi'a | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
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News Bits: Loading Human Kickstarter Passes Goal, Announces Omni Support with 3 Days Left - Road to Virtual Reality

News Bits: Loading Human Kickstarter Passes Goal, Announces Omni Support with 3 Days Left - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
The darling of virtual reality enthusiasts right now, Untold Games’ Loading Human, is a first person adventure which is attempting to pave the way for compelling human interaction within virtual spaces. Its ambition we spoke about recently, as well as the game’s recent very attractive transition to Unreal Engine 4. The Kickstarter campaign for the… Read the full article …
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Fashion | Virtual Reality Ventures

Fashion | Virtual Reality Ventures | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
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When is a Grid, not a Grid? - Hypergrid Business

When is a Grid, not a Grid? - Hypergrid Business | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
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Secretive A.I. Company Backed by Elon Musk, Zuckerberg & Ashton Kutcher to Replicate Neocortex

Secretive A.I. Company Backed by Elon Musk, Zuckerberg & Ashton Kutcher to Replicate Neocortex | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
“ The three are joining in a $40 million investment in Vicarious FPC, a secretive artificial-intelligence company. The funding round, the second major infu”
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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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Major Virtual Reality Game Announcements Expected at E3 2014 Next Week

Major Virtual Reality Game Announcements Expected at E3 2014 Next Week | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Two years ago, a legendary programmer occupied an unassuming booth at the world’s biggest gaming show. It was John Carmack from id Software telling anyone who’d listen that virtual reality was back and that the equally unassuming black box, an early prototype Oculus Rift, was the catalyst. As more and more journalists got wind of the duct… Read the full article …
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Will We See Games and Software with Cross-VR Headset Compatibility?

Will We See Games and Software with Cross-VR Headset Compatibility? | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Will it be difficult for virtual reality developers to support multiple VR headsets from a single application?
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News Bits: Zenimax Files Suit Against Oculus VR, Claims Its Tech Crucial to Rift's Success - Road to Virtual Reality

News Bits: Zenimax Files Suit Against Oculus VR, Claims Its Tech Crucial to Rift's Success - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
It looks as if all the posturing shown by both games publisher Zenimax and virtual reality startup Oculus VR over the last couple of weeks hasn’t resulted in an amicable agreement between the two companies. In a press release issued a couple of days ago, Zenimax media assert that they have now filed suit against Oculus VR for what… Read the full article …
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Quantum Entanglement Drives the Arrow of Time, Scientists Say | Simons Foundation

Quantum Entanglement Drives the Arrow of Time, Scientists Say | Simons Foundation | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
“ A new theory explains the seemingly irreversible arrow of time while yielding insights into entropy, quantum computers, black holes, and the past-future divide.”
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