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OneClimate's Live Coverage of Durban Climate Change Talks in Second Life and Web | Saving the (virtual) world

OneClimate's Live Coverage of Durban Climate Change Talks in Second Life and Web | Saving the (virtual) world | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Since November 28, our Second Life neighbors at OneClimate.net have been doing admirable work sharing information on "COP17" the latest round of climate change government negotiations taking place in Durban, South Africa.
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'Guided Meditation' Proves That 'VR Relaxation' Will Almost Certainly Become Its Own Genre - Road to Virtual Reality

'Guided Meditation' Proves That 'VR Relaxation' Will Almost Certainly Become Its Own Genre - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Guided Meditation is a free Oculus Rift DK2 app which transports players to beautiful environments while gentle narration instructs meditative techniques. If we didn’t already have enough evidence from serene titles like Eden River HD, Guided Meditation is all the proof we need to see that ‘VR Relaxation’ will become its own genre. See Also: Eden River… Read the full article …
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Reportedly on the Verge of a $500m Investment, Here's What We Know About Magic Leap - Road to Virtual Reality

Reportedly on the Verge of a $500m Investment, Here's What We Know About Magic Leap - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, Recode reported that Google is “set to lead a huge investment in Magic Leap.” The article cites “sources” which say that Google could be leading a $500 million funding round for the company, possibly including capital from Andreessen Horowitz which previously invested in Oculus. Magic Leap has been in stealth mode since its inception… Read the full article …
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Second Life Now Has Official Oculus Rift DK2 Support - Road to Virtual Reality

Second Life Now Has Official Oculus Rift DK2 Support - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Second Life is one of the biggest, if not the biggest user-generated virtual world. With tens of thousands of players spending time and money in the world at any given moment, it’s not surprising that there would be demand for a more immersive way to interact with it. This week, the developers behind Second Life… Read the full article …
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All Oculus Connect Keynote Videos Now Officially Available. We Round Up Our Relevant Content. - Road to Virtual Reality

All Oculus Connect Keynote Videos Now Officially Available. We Round Up Our Relevant Content. - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Oculus’ inaugural, dedicated event aimed at bringing together the VR developer community in one place to teach, talk and try VR was by all accounts a great success. But for those of us unlucky enough not to be there (i.e. me) or those that were lucky enough but lacked the ability to clone themselves in order to catch… Read the full article …
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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, 3:36 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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'Holographic' Leap Motion VR Interface Named as "World of Comenius", Developer Shares Details - Road to Virtual Reality

'Holographic' Leap Motion VR Interface Named as "World of Comenius", Developer Shares Details - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
We recently covered a (at that point unnamed) VR project by developer Tomáš “Frooxius” Mariančík, the mind behind the stunning ‘Sightline‘ VR series of demos. The project fused Leap Motion skeletal hand tracking with Oculus Rift DK2 positional tracking to produce an impressively intuitive VR interface. Now, a new video of the interface  shows impressive progress. We… Read the full article …
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Community Q&A: Inventor of the Mad Genius Motion Gaming Controller Answers Your Questions - Road to Virtual Reality

Community Q&A: Inventor of the Mad Genius Motion Gaming Controller Answers Your Questions - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Don Rider is the inventor of the Mad Genius motion controller which caught the attention of the VR community when prototypes of the system were first revealed. Rider has taken his creation to Kickstarter to refine and miniaturize the design for proper manufacturing. The VR community had plenty of questions about the system and we… Read the full article …
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A Preview of Oculus' Newly Licensed Audio Tech Reveals Stunning 3D Sound (download) - Road to Virtual Reality

A Preview of Oculus' Newly Licensed Audio Tech Reveals Stunning 3D Sound (download) - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
After 2 years of Oculus putting their collective brains and talents to solving the “hard problems” of VR displays and low latency head tracking, at Oculus Connect this year, we heard a new topic beginning to garner attention: VR audio. Oculus’ recently revealed ‘Crescent Bay’ prototype is the first from the company to include integrated… Read the full article …
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'SightLine' Dev Creates Incredible 'Holographic' User Interface Powered by Oculus Rift and Leap Motion - Road to Virtual Reality

'SightLine' Dev Creates Incredible 'Holographic' User Interface Powered by Oculus Rift and Leap Motion - Road to Virtual Reality | Metaverse NewsWatch | Scoop.it
Tomáš “Frooxius” Mariančík, creator of the stunning VR experience SightLine: The Chair, is back! This time he’s demoing an educational prototype that aims to provide an intuitive virtual reality user interface that allows you to reach into VR and control the environment with your hands. Reaching in to Virtual Spaces Not content with developing with one of… 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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