DreamWorks Reveals Glimpse of 360 Degree ‘Super Cinema’ Rendering for VR Films (video)

On stage at Samsung's 2014 developer conference last week, Warren Mayoss, Head of Technology Product Development at DreamWorks Animation, spoke about the company's initial work with virtual reality on the Oculus Rift and Gear VR. Though they've produced several real-time VR experiences, the studio's bread and butter is high-fidelity pre-rendered CGI. But how to bring that level of quality to virtual reality? One approach may be pre-rendered 360 degree 3D CGI footage which the company calls … Read the full article …

DODOcase Sells More Than 65,000 Cardboard VR Kits, Now Kickstarting New Version and Open-source VR Tools

DODOcase is probably known by most for their phone and tablet cases, but the San Francisco-based company jumped on an opportunity to get Google Cardboard VR kits into the hands of a VR-hungry public. To date, the company has sold more than 65,000 of the kits and has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to spur what they're calling a "DIY Virtual Reality Open Source Future," which includes open software components for VR web development and a newly designed version of Cardboard that has a Leap … Read the full article …

VRLA #4 Heading to House of Moves on December 13th, Big Names in the VR Scene Exhibiting

The VRLA Meetup is holding its forth event come Saturday December 13th. To be hosted at House of Moves, a well known motion capture firm based in Los Angeles, California, 26 exhibitors will be present at the event, including many big names from the VR scene: CastAR, Sixense, Jaunt, Samsung, Unity, and Epic Games among them. … Read the full article …

Sixense Shows off STEM Tracking With Impressive Ping Pong Demo

Sixense, creators of the tracking technology in the Razer Hydra, have been hard at work over the last year developing Hydra's successor, STEM. The company has also recently announced that STEM will be compatible with Samsung's Gear VR for both positional tracking and motion input. The company's latest demo, a ping pong experience, shows off the accuracy and latency of the motion input system. … Read the full article …

5 Insights for New VR Developers from DreamWorks Animation Head of Technology Product Development

At Samsung's 2014 developer conference last week, Warren Mayoss, Head of Technology Product Development at DreamWorks Animation, took to the stage during the second day keynote to talk VR. Mayoss shared some of the initial work that DreamWorks has done with virtual reality, including five insights for new VR developers. … Read the full article …

Exclusive: Preview 3 of Jaunt’s VR Cinema Shorts (video)

Jaunt has been busy shooting several made-for-VR experiences which the company says will be released for VR in trailer form "imminently." Road to VR has the first look at three of Jaunt's forthcoming cinematic VR experiences. … Read the full article …

SDC 2014: Oculus Launches Mobile SDK for Android Development on Gear VR—Breaking

Oculus has just released their long awaited mobile SDK for Android development on Samsung's forthcoming Gear VR headset. … Read the full article …

John Carmack Wants Minecraft on Samsung’s Gear VR

John Carmack, famed developer and Oculus CTO, is known for being open and frank. Having prodded Minecraft developer Mojang on the topic in the past, now that the company has changed hands following its sale to Microsoft, Carmack has once again reached out publicly to ask what needs to be done to get Minecraft on Gear VR. … Read the full article …

Why Rothenberg Ventures is Gung Ho About Investing in Virtual Reality

Rothenberg Ventures is a venture capital firm located in San Francisco, California. Started in 2012 by Mike Rothenberg, the firm has now invested in over 60 technology companies and was recently part of AltspaceVR's $5.2 million seed round. Dylan Flinn, investment professional at Rothenberg Ventures, tells me why the VC firm has its sights firmly set on the virtual reality industry. … Read the full article …

Hands-on with Fove’s First Eye-tracking HMD Prototype

At Engadget Expand 2014 in NYC I got to take a look at Fove, a head mounted display with integrated eye-tracking. This is an older prototype made some time ago, but demonstrates the core technology and potential benefits of eye-tracking in an HMD. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Save $10 on a Leap Motion VR Developer Bundle

Leap has made available a new bundle which will save developers $10 when buying the Leap Motion controller and corresponding VR mount for the Oculus Rift VR headset. … Read the full article …

Avegant Closes $9.37 Million Series A With Participation by Snoop Dogg, Final HMD Design to Be Shown at CES 2015

Avegant, creators of the Glyph head mounted display, have announced the closing of a series A funding round of $9.37 million lead by Intel Capital and NHN Investment, including funding from rap artist Snoop Dogg. The company says that the funds will be used to "help carry Avegant through its manufacturing milestones" for the company's HMD which was funded through Kickstarter in early 2014. … Read the full article …

VisiSonics, Oculus’ 3D Audio Solution, Presents at VR Philly Tomorrow – Wednesday, November 5th

The VR Philly Meetup is holding its third gathering in Philadelphia tomorrow, Wednesday, November 5th. Amidst VR demos, networking, and probably a few pizzas, presentations from VisiSonics and Adebayo Adejare will ensue. … Read the full article …