Oculus Rift VR Experiences Take Top Spots in Leap Motion ’3D Jam’ Contest

Leap Motion's '3D Jam' dev contest, presented by the independent games festival IndieCade, is now officially over and the results are in. Among the 20 semi-finalists, who were awarded over $75,000 in prizes by a jury composed of Leap Motion staff and members of the IndieCade community, only two teams have received a spot at this year's IndieCade East festival taking place in New York City on February 13-15. … Read the full article …

CES 2015: AltspaceVR CEO Eric Romo Talks Social VR at Intel’s Booth

We had a chance to talk shop with the minds behind AltspaceVR, a yet unreleased social platform for virtual reality, located at the Intel booth at CES 2015 in Las Vegas. Executive Editor and intrepid reporter Ben Lang spoke with Eric Romo, CEO of AltspaceVR about the social aspects of in-game interaction and the importance of non-verbal communication in virtual spaces. … Read the full article …

CES 2015: Virtuix CEO Talks Production-ready Omni, Shipping Expected in March (video)

We caught up with Virtuix who were exhibiting their final, production design for their omnidirectional treadmill, the Omni, at CES 2015. Ben Lang speaks to Virtuix CEO, Jan Goetgeluk to about shipping dates and on how this unit differs from earlier prototypes. … Read the full article …

CES 2015: Hands-On with ’3D Rudder’ the Motion Controller for your Feet

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. … Read the full article …

News Bits: VRClay Beta is Now Available For Download

VRClay, the digital sculpting software built for virtual reality and motion sensing peripherals, has just launched the first public beta. … Read the full article …

IndieCade Announces Top 20 Semi-Finalists in Leap Motion ’3D Jam’

IndieCade announced the top 20 semi-finalists of the Leap Motion '3D Jam' yesterday. The lucky 20 entrants will go on to compete for the first prize of $5,000 cash and $2,500 in travel costs to send them to IndieCade East 2015 conference in New York City, where the team will present their game with Leap Motion. See Also: Leap Motion ’3D Jam’ Dev Contest Offers $75k in Prizes for Leap-Based Experiences, Starts October 19th All 156 entrants, hailing from 40+ nations around the globe, were … Read the full article …

Oculus Acquires Nimble VR and Two Others for Computer Vision Expertise

Yesterday Oculus announced that they're acquiring Nimble VR, which launched a Kickstarter in October to fund creation of their motion input camera designed for VR headsets. Along with Nimble VR, 13th Lab and Chris Bregler also join the Oculus family. … Read the full article …

Nimble Sense Nears End of Kickstarter Campaign, Reaches First $120,000 Stretch Goal

Nimble Sense, the hand tracking controller designed to work with head mounted displays, has surpassed its first stretch goal of $120,000, nearly doubling its base funding goal of $62,500. With only a few days left until the crowdfunding campaign closes, the team behind the mountable sensor are undoubtedly rubbing their virtual hands together in anticipation of what comes next after such a successful Kickstarter -- and for backers, that means getting a few more dials to play with that could … 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 …

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 …

Kickstarter Roundup: Nimble Sense Passes Goal with 38 Days Remaining, Riftmax Theater Moves On to 7th Stretch Goal

Nimble Sense and Riftmax Theater both launched Kickstarter campaigns recently and both are going well. Nimble Sense has passed its goal with plenty of time remaining, and Riftmax Theater is closing in on their 7th stretch goal. … Read the full article …

Nimble Sense Kickstarter Aims to Bring Time-of-Flight Depth-sensing Tech to VR on the Cheap

Today Nimble VR launches a Kickstarter campaign for Nimble Sense, a natural input controller that the company says was designed for virtual reality input. And while Nimble Sense doesn't at first appear to be much different than Leap Motion, the company says they're using 'time-of-flight' depth sensing technology, like what's used in the Kinect 2, which they say has unique benefits. … Read the full article …

Leap Motion ’3D Jam’ Dev Contest Offers $75k in Prizes for Leap-Based Experiences, Starts October 19th

Leap Motion is teaming up with IndieCade for a '3D Jam' dev contest which utilizes the company's motion controller. Leap recently released a 'VR Mount' for their motion controller which connects to the front of the Oculus Rift and the company is hoping to see VR-based and desktop submissions from developers pining for $75,000 in prizes. … Read the full article …

Sixense Releases 3D Printable Components to Create Add-ons for STEM Motion Controller

After a successful Kickstarter in October of 2013, Sixense is nearing completion of their STEM motion controller. Prior to the first units shipping out to backers, the company it's releasing 3D printable components which will allow hobbyists and hardware makers to create add-on accessories, like gun, sword, and other attachments, for the controller and STEM Pack. … Read the full article …