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Now this looks interesting. Storytelling meets Transmedia Tourist GPS walk-arounds - TravelPlot

Now this looks interesting. Storytelling meets Transmedia Tourist GPS walk-arounds - TravelPlot | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it

TravelPlot Porto is composed by several platforms such as an iPhone app, a Website, a Map, Live Events and Social Networks (YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest). All of these platforms are free with the exception of the live events.
The objective of TravelPlot Porto is to give tourists a personalized and engaging trip to Porto by getting to know its stories. With 9 story chapters and 42 locations to choose from, tourists will find locations for their particular taste and interest. They can opt to visit the locations near them, the locations that belong to the same chapter of the story, or even check the locations according to the story’s chronologic order.
TravelPlot Porto is also a social responsibility project supporting "A Place for Joãozinho” which aims to become a reference for health for young people. The partners DouroAzul, Vinhas d’Alho and Porto com Arte, will donate 1€ of specific related purchases to TravelPlot Porto to "A Place for Joãozinho”.

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#VR Compels you to be present. The unknown Australian filmmaker who is leading the world in virtual reality

#VR Compels you to be present. The unknown Australian filmmaker who is leading the world in virtual reality | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
Immersing audiences in remarkable experiences has won an Australian filmmaker a prestigious award.
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Quote "Wallworth believes there is potential for filmmakers to place viewers inside mainstream films for certain scenes – she talks about how great it would be for fans of Mad Max: Fury Road to sit next to Furiosa as the truck races through the desert – once headsets become lighter and less clunky. "They could offer you intimate moments that give you a sense of being present in the way you can't get from the [traditional] screen. You couldn't deliver the entire film that way but you could deliver moments.""
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Targeting Wall St with #VR - Google Daydream virtual reality nails both Wall Street and Fantastic Beasts

Targeting Wall St with #VR - Google Daydream virtual reality nails both Wall Street and Fantastic Beasts | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
Fantastic Beasts is fun, but its the new Wall Street Journal VR app that surprisingly transports you to a world of high powered finance.
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Quote "It's an incredibly slick product and rather perfectly targets the Wall Street Journal reader. It's simple enough that there aren't an outrageous amount of moving parts but the layout is so pretty that it's quite easy to sit there reading news until the phone in your Day Dream headset is burning hot from churning out the VR content. Unfortunately, I was unequivocally shunned by aforementioned party-goers over the weekend as I enthusiastically spouted the merits of the Wall Street Journal app. But those same party people are in for a real treat when I've finished casting spells in the Fantastic Beasts app and can recite all the new magical animals at will."
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Nearly there? How are virtual reality and augmented reality shaping the future of entertainment?

Nearly there? How are virtual reality and augmented reality shaping the future of entertainment? | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
Adapting VR and AR so friends or families can enjoy experiences collectively in their living rooms may see these technologies grow in popularity. If you can invite a friend to sit next to you on the sofa in the same virtual environment it becomes a powerful shared experience. Headsets are a practical barrier as people are isolated from one another in the room. Meanwhile metadata is another practical requirement for better VR/AR; it must be used to better understand preferences and hasten content discovery whether users are moving their heads or using voice commands.
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Quote "Whilst both AR and VR are capable of adding new dimensions to the entertainment industry and the way we consume media, there are still limitations to both which should be addressed before they can be fully integrated into everyday life. One current drawback is the lack of inclusion that comes with using a VR device. As the delivery of VR is through a headset, people in the same room sit isolated from one another and are therefore unable to enjoy the experience together."
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"Unscripted #VR is boring" The first major virtual reality TV series, 'Invisible,' from director Doug Liman

"Unscripted #VR is boring" The first major virtual reality TV series, 'Invisible,' from director Doug Liman | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
Invisible is notable because of its auspices - with Liman, Conde Nast and Jaunt behind it, it's a collaboration of Hollywood, media and tech powerhouses - but also because it's really the
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Quote "Among the reasons is VR's potential for multiple events to happen simultaneously. Filmmakers have long found this both promising and vexing, and sought to take advantage of VR's ability for action to take place all around the viewer without distracting from the main event. This 360-degree world — Liman and Wallack dubbed it "the multiverse" — ups the chance for viewer distraction. This is not a huge concern in an experiential piece. But with scripted VR it can be more of a problem. "You can't control whether people are going to look — what do you do when they look away from a key point in your story?" Liman said. One scene early in the series, set in a hospital, seeks to walk this very fine line as it features several critical conversations happening at once. Whether audiences will swivel between them quickly enough — or at all — remains to be seen."
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Lots of coulds, but are they shoulds & needed? Another Long List of Augmented Reality Use Cases

Lots of coulds, but are they shoulds & needed? Another Long List of Augmented Reality Use Cases | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
This enormous list of future use cases for augmented reality are likely to arrive within the next 10 to 15 years.
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Quote "These underscore most of the AR use cases in the list, so it’s helpful to understand them: 

1 Sentiment analysis: scan a person, or a group of people, and run apps to analyze body language, micro-expressions, language, and behavior. Get real-time feedback on how that person or group appears to be feeling or reacting, and adjust accordingly. 

2 Facial recognition: scan a face and match it to an existing identity database to learn a person’s name and background information just by looking at him or her. 

3 Object identification: use computer vision to detect and identify objects and track their physical location. This includes tracking the AR user’s location in relation to objects. 

4 Information augmentation and display: once an object or person is identified, automatically search for information about it and display it to the AR user. 

5 Porting from mobile phones to AR headsets: generally, AR moves a user’s attention from downward-facing on a phone to forward-facing in a headset. Almost anything that can be done on a phone (or any display device, really) will be done in AR. 

6 Processing, sensing, and scanning: AR devices will contain their own processing units. To start, they’ll be big, clunky, and may be housed externally and connected to the headset, but they’ll get much smaller until they’re an indistinguishable part of the AR glasses. They’ll also be able to track wearers’ movements and locations and take rapid 3D scans of wearers and environments to project them elsewhere."
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"In the next 10 years the Internet will become #VR" Philip Rosedale (SLife) is back & he's delving into VR

"In the next 10 years the Internet will become #VR" Philip Rosedale (SLife) is back & he's delving into VR | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
High Fidelity will allow you to build infinite shared worlds in virtual reality
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Quote "High Fidelity's structure is intended to resolve two of Second Life's most persistent problems: scale and latency. Because Second Life was built on Linden Lab's servers, there was often a lag between action and response, and no more than 40 or so avatars could be in one place at any time. But Second Life was built before cloud computing. Why doesn't High Fidelity use Google Cloud or Amazon Web Services? Because these giant server farms are too small for what Rosedale has in mind. "In the next ten years we'll see the internet become VR," he says. "That's not a hosted service. The internet is not a hosted service."
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Philip Rosedale (SLife) is back & he's delving into VR
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Social game world meet #VR, give them hands & a body and...I was sexually assaulted in #VR. A big problem

There I was, being virtually assaulted in a snowy fortress with my brother-in-law and husband watching.
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Quote "A few minutes later I started a new QuiVr game, and hit multiplayer mode. In multiplayer mode, other real-time players appear beside you. Every player looks nearly identical with a floating helmet, a persistent bow in one hand, and another free-floating hand. Keep that free-floating hand in the back of your mind. So, there I was shooting down zombies alongside another real-time player named BigBro442. The other players could hear me when I spoke, my voice the only indication of my femaleness. Otherwise, my avatar looked identical to them."
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Laborious Cretin's comment, October 24, 7:53 AM
I wouldn't call that assault as much as a griefer of a type. The online gaming world has degraded some over the years. From political and social groupings to sexist or racist and RL threats. I'm shocked at some of the stuff I see in MMO games these days in local chat. Though what she wrote about seems tame. More of a problem maker type person to block or such. Not like the VR had life like bodies with force feedback and/or tactile feedback systems hooked up. That should be happening some place out there about now, and just imagine the problems that will cause. LOL
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#VR Potatoes. In the future we'll take holidays in virtual reality worlds, full of ads, says report

#VR Potatoes. In the future we'll take holidays in virtual reality worlds, full of ads, says report | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
The future of transport and tourism ma
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Quote "The technology has endless applications and the workplace of the future may well only exist in virtual reality, eliminating the need to commute to the office, the HSBC analysts said. Meanwhile, physical transport will become totally autonomous. With less traffic and more AI-driven vehicles, the era of car collisions and deaths on the road will end sometime around 2040, according to the HSBC report. Key to this change is the development of “haptics” — technology that engages all the senses in the virtual world, rather than just sight and sound, to make it feel more real. “With technology rapidly advancing and R&D efforts going into the development of better ‘haptics’, where one will be able to ‘feel’ in the virtual world, we believe that it’s likely that the next generation of ‘VR natives’ may find it preferable to utilise VR to travel virtually rather than physically,” HSBC said."
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Early days now but The High-end VR Room of the Future Looks Like This - UploadVR

Early days now but The High-end VR Room of the Future Looks Like This - UploadVR | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
Today’s VR systems are both fantastic and restrictive: they blow you away, but it’s clear how far they have to go. The HTC Vive is arguably the best out there, but having to buy a souped-up laptop just to run it, paying full price for brief games that feel more like demos, and trailing a huge cable off your head and fumbling to mount trackers on your ceiling…it’s not ideal. But it’s still incredible enough to give a taste of where it’s headed.
Here’s my best guess of what the future high-end VR setup looks like. I’m an early-stage VC focused on virtual and augmented reality, so I pieced this together based on the forward-thinking pitches and demos I’ve been lucky enough to see through my work, plus a lifetime of burning through sci-fi and video games. Check out the bottom of this post for a list of VR inspiration.
Side note that AR will be much bigger than VR, in both the diversity of use cases and market size (analysts predict $30B for VR versus $90B for AR by 2020), but I still believe that most homes will have a dedicated VR space for total immersion.
Body movement
Let’s start from the ground up. Forget the room scale debate: the VR setup of the future moves with you. Maybe it uses an omnidirectional treadmill that adjusts speed and incline based on viewer inputs. To be truly immersive, it needs to be around 8 feet by 8 feet, given that the average sprint stride length for men—the longest possible stride variant—is 93 inches. That gives users more than enough space to walk, run, and even sprint while in VR. Or maybe a section of the floor itself serves as the treadmill, raised up as a platform that controls pitch, yaw, roll, and speed.

Of course, not everyone wants to—or can—be on their feet for long periods, and plenty of immersive entertainment, like watching movies, is sedentary. VR experiences will support a seated and reclining mode when appropriate and shouldn’t be more complicated than pulling up a standard chair. Movement in these modes will likely employ similar mechanics to those we’re beginning to see today, like teleportation via gesture or gaze.
Tactile feedback
Next up is the bodysuit. To mimic the tactile feedback that you experience in real life, you’ll need sensors and haptics all over your body or at least in significant areas, like the face, hands, and feet. Focused, acute pulses simulate sharp points; broader, more distributed ones can simulate sensations like dipping into water. For those who want to push immersion further, optional climate controls mirror environmental conditions (within a safe temperature range).
The first hardware generation attempting to solve the body feedback problem will likely use full bodysuits with haptic responses aligned to the VR experience. The suit’s gloves will simulate gripping objects by restricting finger movement: wrap your hands around a hard plastic cup in VR, and your gloves will freeze at the point where you can’t squeeze any further. Squishier objects will have [...]
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Quote "The first hardware generation attempting to solve the body feedback problem will likely use full bodysuits with haptic responses aligned to the VR experience. The suit’s gloves will simulate gripping objects by restricting finger movement: wrap your hands around a hard plastic cup in VR, and your gloves will freeze at the point where you can’t squeeze any further. Squishier objects will have more give. It’s possible that putting on a full suit will be too much effort for most people, and they’ll find that hand and facial coverage is enough to give them the immersion level they want. Humans have more nerve receptors in our fingers than anywhere else in the body (besides our feet and lips), so covering tactile input in the hands may be enough to make the mind suspend its disbelief while in VR."
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Get used to it, not the whole film, a few bonus #VR experiences 'Blade Runner 2049' film

Get used to it, not the whole film, a few bonus #VR experiences 'Blade Runner 2049' film | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
Follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic is expected in 2017
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Quote "Variety reports that the film will be exclusively distributed with bonus virtual reality experiences from Oculus, the VR company owned by Facebook. "Blade Runner has always pushed the boundaries of cinema, visionary art, design and story and bringing the sequel to this beloved sci-fi property to VR gives us an opportunity to push those boundaries further," says Oculus head of experiences Colum Slevin. "We look forward to giving audiences a new way to experience this iconic title in an entirely new and reimagined way." Read more at http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/-blade-runner-2049-film-to-be-released-on-virtual-/418985#214MssAHdsiWskUy.99"
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Get ready to move your Facebook experience into a MUVE, Social Virtual World, Zuckerberg shows FB in #VR

Get ready to move your Facebook experience into a MUVE, Social Virtual World, Zuckerberg shows FB in #VR | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
On stage at Oculus Connect 3, Facebook CE
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Quote "On stage at Oculus Connect 3, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the world on a tour of how Facebook will work in virtual reality. Facebook owns Oculus, so they have invested loads of time and money into the emerging technology, and now they have something to show for it. Here’s how it’s going to work:"
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Simple. #AR will be ubiquitous #VR will be niche. #AR Rises in Virtual Reality's Shadow - Lovesick Cyborg

Simple. #AR will be ubiquitous #VR will be niche. #AR Rises in Virtual Reality's Shadow - Lovesick Cyborg | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
The hype about virtual reality masks the fact that Silicon Valley is betting big on the future of augmented reality
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Quote "“It’s just really, really tough to ship hardware to hundreds of millions of people and to convince hundreds of millions of people to spend tens or hundreds of dollars to buy your AR or VR goggles,” Ng said in an interview on the Sinica Podcast."
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Man drops 15lbs in 50 days wearing a virtual reality headset, oh and doing some #VR exercises

Man drops 15lbs in 50 days wearing a virtual reality headset, oh and doing some #VR exercises | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
50 days ago one man set out to see how much fit he could be through VR related exercises alone. Today, that man is ready to show his results to the world.
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Travel & Realty - Mixed Reality #VR is here to change everything, property first

Travel & Realty - Mixed Reality #VR is here to change everything, property first | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
The real estate world is about to get a big shake up, but how far will technological advances go?
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Quote "“What we’re looking to do is to push that boundary into VR so customers can not just view their property, but virtually redesign it in one seamless experience,” he says. “Everyone will have a device. Everyone will have goggles; we’ll all be in an augmented or virtual world” Over the next few years, VR viewings will eliminate the need for investors to personally visit a property they intend to buy. They can look around an apartment in London or New York from the comfort of their living room in Singapore or Bangkok. Friends and family members will also be able to tune into the same viewing, making it a shared experience. AR takes this to the next level, making it possible to rearrange the furniture, change the colour of the fabric, and even select furnishings from e-commerce sites to see what it would look like in the room."
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The Big #VR Biz Mod. Why Virtual Reality is the New Frontier of Travel

The Big #VR Biz Mod. Why Virtual Reality is the New Frontier of Travel | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
From planning the vacation to visiting landmarks back in time, here's how VR is changing the way we explore the world.
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Quote "Last week, Australia’s Qantas Airways—the first airline to offer in-flight VR entertainment via Samsung Gear headsets—released the new Qantas VR app allowing customers to explore some of the continent’s scenic views. According to a press release, the free app can be used in a split-screen mode for those who have a headset or Google Cardboard, or in 2D for those viewing on a smartphone (it’s important to note that much of what is billed as VR isn’t true immersive VR, but a translation of the VR experience for 2D use). Some of the videos featured include a stunning helicopter flight over the Uluru sandstone monolith, a sunset river cruise at Yellow Water Billabong, and a climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge."
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Transmedia RIP and name drops: Art Forms Created in Real Time. Long Live #Transmedia

Transmedia RIP and name drops: Art Forms Created in Real Time. Long Live #Transmedia | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
Andrea Phillips answered the question What’s Happened to Transmedia? recently, and having been in the middle of it all, I’ve been chewing on that ever since. I don’t disagree with any of her points…
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Quote "As for the luminaries of transmedia past, some are still working as transmedia producers for Hollywood, television (or digital ) networks, game publishers, or book publishers. Some are creating magnificent new storyworlds, like Blizzard’s Overwatch or whole new parts of others, like Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars contributions. Others are called “executive producers” or “producers,” or “executive vice president,” and are now more known for work on one platform… that happens to be incredibly robust on half-a-dozen other narrative platforms."
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"#VR 's a Man's World" - showing the immaturity of the medium - the lack of female representation in VR

"#VR 's a Man's World" - showing the immaturity of the medium - the lack of female representation in VR | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
In an industry where talented women work tirelessly to provide quality work, a board of white males masks their impact.
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Quote "At the heart of all these issues, Luciana believes that the solution is through teaching others: “There are so many cultural-social shifts we need to take place, and I think one of the most important ways we can do that is through education, and confront stereotypes about women in tech/VR with campaigns like #heforshe and #Ilooklikeanengineer… But then again we are talking about inclusion, not just diversity – we are talking about talent and equal opportunity, not just diversity for diversity’s sake.” After years of built-up sexism which manifests as unconscious bias, followed by the number of men who work in the industry, it is important to make sure industry practitioners are educated on the great women who work alongside them. As Luciana states it is not ‘diversity for diversity’s sake’; it is vital to highlight the strong figures who have always played an influential role for the last few years."
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Keep the Game Fresh or...'Pokemon Go' is dying and Niantic Labs is doing little to stop the bleeding

Keep the Game Fresh or...'Pokemon Go' is dying and Niantic Labs is doing little to stop the bleeding | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
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Quote "Unfortunately, all the updates coming to “Pokémon Go” recently have been largely superficial. Niantic has tweaked the capture rates for some Pokémon, and changed how some of the menus and achievements look in-game. But by and large, the game has still stayed the same since July. We’ve reached out to Niantic to learn more about these issues, and any features coming in future updates, but the company was not immediately available to respond. If Niantic wants to bring “Pokémon Go” back to its former glory, it needs to meet the needs of its most hardcore fans, first and foremost. Many people stopped playing because they reached a plateau, making it difficult to 1) level up more, and get more items like lures, and 2) catch more Pokémon they don’t have. Niantic needs to fix these issues to make playing feel like less of a grind, but it also needs to add more features to keep things fresh. More events like the Halloween one would be great, but it’d be even better if those events were longer than just four days."
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Mainstream Time? The real-world uses for virtual reality - BBC News

Mainstream Time? The real-world uses for virtual reality - BBC News | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
VR is increasingly being used in real-world situations by schools, charities, hospitals and... kitchen retailers.
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Quote "Healthcare has become one of the big adopters of VR - using it both as teaching aid and to treat phobias. Surgeon Dr Shafi Ahmed became one of the first to offer a live virtual surgery experience in April 2016 at the Royal London hospital. Some 5,000 people in 14 countries tuned in to watch the operation to remove a tumour. Now the start-up he co-founded, Medical Realities, is launching Virtual Surgeon as a product, hoping that such surgery can reduce the cost of training doctors, reach a much wider audience and ultimately "democratise medicine". Meanwhile, in the US, VR has been used to help soldiers deal with post-traumatic stress disorder and for arachnophobics to overcome their fear of spiders. In one study, 23 people were encouraged to approach a virtual spider and by the end of the experiment, 83% showed significant improvement in how they could tolerate the situation."
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Content with meaning? 'Death Is Only the Beginning' of This #VR Experience | The Creators Project

Two young artists create their a VR piece that tackles current world problems by way of a phenomenological afterlife realm.
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Quote "“We’ve had so many different types of reactions,” Montemayor says. “People were getting very emotional, some crying, opening up, raising conversations about psychedelics or consciousness, for example. This is what we wanted to do, plant these seeds of awakening to raise conversations and also to raise awareness of about what’s happening at the moment in the world.” Their first VR piece, self-taught by way of the internet, was a year in the making, albeit with low resolution. But all of that is changing fast: “I think the beauty and potential of this technology is limitless,” says Montemayor. “Your brain receives the message much stronger. I’ve never experienced such impact in my work then when I’ve worked with this technology. It really takes people out of their daily lives, or their own bubble, and brings them an immersive type of experience.”"
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Caveat: 360 video is NOT Virtual Reality - #VR In The Movies: Compilation 360 YouTube Experience

Created by Rishi Kaneria (@rishikaneria) Special thanks to Bill Newsinger for allowing me to use his composition “Memory Thirteen
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Quote " Virtual Reality is an exiting new frontier in technology that is only now finally becoming available to the masses. With the release of the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive and now the PlayStation VR they say 2016 is the year of virtual reality—but the idea of VR has been bouncing around the collective imagination of filmmakers for years. This video is a brief look at the movies that have portrayed VR over the years. And because the medium is the message: it is a 360 video. Think of it as a 360 supercut. This video is just a short experiment for me, but I look forward to seeing how other far more talented video essayists may put this new format to use to tell their stories and convey their ideas and insights using the unique affordances that VR and 360 provide."
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Caveat: 360 video is NOT Virtual Reality - #VR In The Movies: Compilation 360 YouTube Experience
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The real #VR catalyst. Fully immersive gaming on an installed base - Sony joins virtual reality race

The real #VR catalyst. Fully immersive gaming on an installed base - Sony joins virtual reality race | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
Lower price and pool of PS consumers give group an edge over rivals such as Facebook and Google
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Quote "Research firm IHS Technology forecasts Sony will sell 1.4m VR headsets in 2016 and generate $134m in spending on VR entertainment. Overall, researchers at SuperData project global VR revenues will have risen from $2.9bn to more than $40bn by 2020. Still, users such as Mr Fujiyama, who plays a VR game for up to 10 minutes every day, say further improvements to images and the device size are needed, to ensure players do not feel sick, and to bring VR to children. “It does make me dizzy when images move too fast. VR is a great innovation but I think it will take time for mass market acceptance,” Mr Fujiyama added."
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Was great to be a part of this earlier in the week #VR Virtual Reality Development Hack: Top 5 Takeaways

Was great to be a part of this earlier in the week #VR Virtual Reality Development Hack: Top 5 Takeaways | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
All around the world, agencies for international development are becoming attuned to the value of immersive storytelling technologies-- like 360° video, virtual reality, augmented reality, an
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Quote "More than 40 food and nutrition experts, virtual and augmented reality practitioners, and marketers joined us in conversations around how to leverage emerging storytelling tools to address this complex international development challenge. Producers framed the hack as a creative exercise, splitting attendees into five teams. Check out their ideas on LAUNCH's open-source wiki."
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Will be interesting to see which Game Genres rise to the top in #VR Virtual reality's driving force

Will be interesting to see which Game Genres rise to the top in #VR Virtual reality's driving force | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
It is, in purely technical terms, a bit of a shit. The left-hander of Surtees climbs slowly uphill, propelling you into the wilderness of Brands Hatch's Gr…
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Quote "I've been toying around with VR for a short while now, and I haven't been wholly convinced just yet. There are too many barriers in place at present, from the expense to the space required and through to the fact that so much of it still feels like shallow novelty that can be too easily tossed aside as a faddish distraction. The biggest challenge right now, though, is that VR's still not convincingly figured out the controller problem. PlayStation VR's appropriation of Move and the imminent (and expensive) release of Oculus Touch will help, while Vive's full-body immersion works well enough if you've the space, but there's still an abstraction present in both."
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Still no mass appeal & Why Tech Companies Pumping Billions Into VR Could Actually Kill It

Still no mass appeal & Why Tech Companies Pumping Billions Into VR Could Actually Kill It | Pervasive Entertainment Times | Scoop.it
Investors think VR and AR could be the next iPhone. And it's hobbling the potential of both technologies.
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Quote "HISTORY DOESN'T ALWAYS REPEAT ITSELF THE WAY YOU EXPECT When you look at the $1 billion acquisition for Oculus, or a $750 million dollar investment in Magic Leap, you’re seeing bets based on the assumption that these gadgets won’t just be modestly successful when they arrive—they’ll be almost ubiquitous, as the iPhone was. We don’t know how much Microsoft has spent on Hololens, but the very design of the gadget speaks to the expectation that it’ll be a product for the masses. It isn’t tethered to a big computer—it’s meant to be mobile. Its industrial design is also surprisingly slick and lust-worthy. But as well designed as it is, the fact that it’s not tethered means that it’s far too underpowered at present to deliver on the true promise of AR—the promise of having almost limitless data about everything within your gaze, or being able to look through the eyes of another person. Today, most AR and VR demos relegate these devices to the role of a very fancy display gadget for trade fairs, or a novel gaming device for very, very simple games."
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