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Currency venues fight for survival – Hypergrid Business

Currency venues fight for survival – Hypergrid Business | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
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Asil's curator insight, May 11, 2013 5:05 PM

This is a tough one, because people outside the U.S. can have real difficulty buying Lindens directly from the Lab.  However, I know of two SL users who had their Linden's drained by another avatar (using a scripted object), who then traded out what they'd taken via one of these exchanges.  The exchange wasn't a direct party to the theft, just the mechanism the thief used before the Lab was able to remove the avatar from the grid. 

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Harvard's New 'Flat Lens' Could Give VR Headsets Better Image Quality, Making Them Lighter and More Compact - Road to VR

Harvard's New 'Flat Lens' Could Give VR Headsets Better Image Quality, Making Them Lighter and More Compact - Road to VR | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
The lenses in VR headsets may be getting clearer, lighter, and wafer thing, with the help of a new manufacturing process that uses nanotechnology to not only shrink the thickness of the lens, but also correct for the sort of color distortions common to the lenses currently used in VR headsets. The news came out… Read the full article …
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Valve to Reveal "SteamVR Dev Kit" Next Week at GDC 2015 - Road to VR

Valve to Reveal "SteamVR Dev Kit" Next Week at GDC 2015 - Road to VR | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Gaming giant Valve has announced that they’ll be revealing a “previously-unannounced SteamVR hardware system” at GDC 2015. The company has been actively engaged in R&D in the AR/VR space but hasn’t previously broken into the hardware market. This new information makes it look like they might be gearing up to do just that. Valve, creators of… Read the full article …
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13 More Partners Join OSVR, Academia Program to Give 10 VR Headsets to Each Eligible University

13 More Partners Join OSVR, Academia Program to Give 10 VR Headsets to Each Eligible University | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
After the announcement of the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) initiative last month during CES, it seems that the idea might be catching on. Today OSVR is announcing the addition of 13 new partners, like Jaunt and VisiSonics, and the organization is also launching the OSVR Academia Program which it says will provide 10 of its ‘Hacker Development… Read the full article …
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Sensics CEO Yuval Boger: The Dual-Element Optics of the OSVR HDK

Sensics CEO Yuval Boger: The Dual-Element Optics of the OSVR HDK | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Announced last month at CES 2015, the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) project encompasses a $199 ‘hacker development kit’ (HDK) VR headset, and an SDK designed to interoperate with a range of headsets, peripherals, and game engines. Both facets of the project are open source, with their components freely available to be modified and redistributed.… Read the full article …
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Bridging Boundaries

Bridging Boundaries | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Sim Street Journal #13 bridges the boundaries between the virtual and the real. In music, Dj’s incorporate; in literature, communities congregate; in visuals, artists compete. All examine relevance...
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Two Companies Working on Products that are Eerily Similar to Microsoft's HoloLens - Road to Virtual Reality

Two Companies Working on Products that are Eerily Similar to Microsoft's HoloLens - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
HoloLens, a newly announced augmented reality device from Microsoft, is definitely turning some heads to the possibility of interacting with floating apps and games. We can’t help but notice though that there seems to be an eerie convergence of technology, leaving us with a serious case of déjà vu. Here we take a closer look… Read the full article …
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CES 2015: Hands-On with '3D Rudder' the Motion Controller for your Feet - Road to Virtual Reality

CES 2015: Hands-On with '3D Rudder' the Motion Controller for your Feet - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
CES is officially underway and at the press preview event ‘CES Unveiled’  last night I got the chance to get my hands and feet on with the new 3d Rudder motion controller. It always amazes me that a place as big as Las Vegas can host events that feel so short of space. CES Unveiled is a… Read the full article …
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At the End of 2014, Tech Giants Sony, Facebook, Google, Samsung, Apple, and Microsoft All Have a Hand in VR

At the End of 2014, Tech Giants Sony, Facebook, Google, Samsung, Apple, and Microsoft All Have a Hand in VR | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Having tracked the emerging consumer VR market for more than three years now, it’s hard to believe how fast it’s taking off. VR is steadily transforming from a promising technology to a disruptive one. And the proof is now plain for anyone to see: some of the biggest tech companies in the world have deemed… Read the full article …
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What it Feels Like to Roll Through a Virtual World in the Virtusphere

What it Feels Like to Roll Through a Virtual World in the Virtusphere | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
During a recent virtual reality hackathon at OCVR, I was able to try out a crazy contraption called the Virtusphere—essentially a giant acrylic human hamster ball that lets the user feel like they are walking through a virtual world. It was an intense and exciting experience that I will never forget. When it comes to… Read the full article …
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The Race to Create the 'YouTube of VR' is On - Road to Virtual Reality

The Race to Create the 'YouTube of VR' is On - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Competitors are lining up to introduce the world to the very first 360 degree video-sharing service, a concept that could soon become an industry standard for both the newly emerging mobile VR scene and PC-driven VR headsets alike. VCEMO (pronounced vee-see-mo) is an early entrant in the race to create the ‘YouTube of VR’, and has recently… Read the full article …
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OSgrid ONLINE!

OSgrid ONLINE! | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
OSgrid is back online and open! We know its been a long, painful, frustrating outage, and we do appreciate your patience, support, and encouragement through some rather bleak months. But the wait i...
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Why Social Virtual Reality is Worth Celebrating - Road to VR

Why Social Virtual Reality is Worth Celebrating - Road to VR | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
When I opened my eyes I suddenly found myself in an art gallery that had been transformed into a full-blown party with thumping music, bright red helium balloons pulling at the furniture, and a menagerie of life forms, humanoid and fantastical, chatting and flitting about. This guest article comes from Chris Madsen who has been… Read the full article …
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VRLA Announces Spring Expo Event, Save 50% on Early-bird Tickets

VRLA Announces Spring Expo Event, Save 50% on Early-bird Tickets | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
VRLA, a virtual reality community organization based in Los Angeles, is firing up a series of quarterly expo events designed to showcase virtual reality and the community creating it. The first expo event will be held at the end of March. You can save 50% on early-bird tickets starting today. The Virtual Reality Foundation is pleased… Read the full article …
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Leap Motion's 'Planetarium' Gives you the Power to Grab Constellations - Road to Virtual Reality

In a new technical demo from Leap Motion’s labs, you can use your hands to soar through space and manipulate entire constellations with mere gestures. The Planetarium aims to illustrate ideas in virtual reality user interfaces and demonstrate the versatility of the company’s motion sensing technology. Leap Motion, having clearly decided that virtual reality is the… Read the full article …
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Ben Delaney's curator insight, February 3, 1:50 PM

But when will LEEP refine their algorithms? Their software seems glitchy to me.

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Microsoft's 'Mixed Reality' HoloLens Garners Mixed Reviews, Incredible Potential Diminished by Small Field of View - Road to Virtual Reality

Microsoft's 'Mixed Reality' HoloLens Garners Mixed Reviews, Incredible Potential Diminished by Small Field of View - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Unfortunately no cameras or phones were allowed inside the press’ special hands-on meeting with Microsoft HoloLens after the device’s announcement on Wednesday, so we can’t show you a single picture of the only verifiably working model of the new augmented reality headset. We do however have some first-hand accounts from the lucky few allowed into Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington… Read the full article …
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Silicon Valley VR Expo 2015 Dates and Venue Announced - Road to Virtual Reality

Silicon Valley VR Expo 2015 Dates and Venue Announced - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
The Silicon Valley Virtual Reality meetup (SVVR), one of the first of its kind back in May 2013, has announced the date and venue for its 2015 Conference and Expo and is aiming to triple attendees. May of 2013. Oculus was just back from their first Game Developers Conference (GDC) a month and a half before,… Read the full article …
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Visionary VR is Reinventing Filmmaking’s Most Fundamental Concept to Tell Stories in Virtual Reality

Visionary VR is Reinventing Filmmaking’s Most Fundamental Concept to Tell Stories in Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
The founders of the VRLA Meetup are today launching Visionary VR, a technology and content development studio which is reinventing the language of filmmaking for effective storytelling in virtual reality. The frame. It’s a simple, but incredibly powerful concept within the world of filmmaking, one that has endured for film’s history of more than 100… Read the full article …
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Latest in Professional Military VR Shown at I/ITSEC 2014 Conference - Road to Virtual Reality

Latest in Professional Military VR Shown at I/ITSEC 2014 Conference - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Deep inside the inlands of Florida, a technology conference was held that brought together a collection of virtual reality headsets and simulations that focused primarily on military applications. The event was called I/ITSEC (Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference) and was touted as the “world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference”. As Florida has several of military… Read the full article …
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