The Proto Awards Submission Deadline Extended to September 2nd

The Proto Awards are being held by the Virtual Reality Foundation, a non-profit organization formed by the founding members of VRLA. The organization has extended the deadline for submissions to September 2nd and encourages "all developers to submit their VR experiences, even in an unpolished state." … Read the full article …

News Bits: Birthday Celebration for Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Included in Connect Conference Schedule

Oculus VR hosts its inaugural Connect developer conference in September. The company has remained quiet about the schedule until recently posting the initial itinerary which features keynotes from John Carmack (CTO), Michael Abrash (Chief Scientist), and Brendan Iribe (CEO), along with a birthday toast for Palmer Luckey (Founder) on the conference's opening day.  … Read the full article …

Leap Motion’s Next-gen ‘Dragonfly’ Sensor is Designed for VR Headsets

Leap Motion creates a gesture camera for hand tracking input. The company has been progressively pivoting their technology toward virtual reality, and now appear to be going all-in on the emerging industry with a tease of a next-generation sensor, codenamed 'Dragonfly', along with a VR Mount for the Oculus Rift and VR-focused updates to the company's SDK. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift DK2 Positional Tracking “adds Significantly to the Sense of Immersion” in Second Life with CtrlAltStudio Viewer Update, Official Support on the Way

David Rowe continues to develop the unofficial CtrlAltStudio Viewer, the first viewer to bring Oculus Rift DK1 and DK2 support to Second Life. The latest alpha release of the viewer supports positional tracking on the Oculus Rift DK2, which Rowe says "adds significantly to the sense of immersion." Today Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg also confirmed that DK2 support is in the works for the official Second Life viewer. … Read the full article …

Rewind FX Uses Lidar-scanning and UE4 for Red Bull Air Race VR Experience

Road to VR was invited to an event at Red Bull Studios London to be among the first to try the latest version of the Red Bull Air Race VR Experience with positional tracking and the Oculus Rift DK2, an experiential marketing application developed by Rewind FX. Road to VR's Jon Tustain sits down to speak with Solomon Rogers, founder of Rewind FX, about the company's work with virtual reality experiences. … Read the full article …

Rev VR Podcast (Ep.77): Adventures in Kickstarting with Justin Moravetz, the Creator of Proton Pulse and Vanguard V

Now that both of our Kickstarters are over, Justin Moravetz, the creator of Proton Pulse and Vanguard V, and I decide to go back and examine what worked, what didn't, and give some tips to potential Kickstarters in the VR community. … Read the full article …

Exclusive: Homido Launches VR Smartphone Adapter and Sleek App for VR Video with Web Browser on iOS and Android (video)

Today Homido is launching a new VR smartphone adapter along with a sleek app designed to play 360 degree, cylindrical, 3D, and 2D videos in a virtual reality format on iOS and Android smartphones. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift DK2 Comes to the Philly VR Meetup Wednesday, August 27th

The VR Philly Meetup is holding its second gathering tomorrow, August 27th, the group's first meeting since the launch of the Oculus Rift DK2. The new headset will be on display at the Meetup, along with guest speakers and community networking time. … Read the full article …

VorpX Update Released – DK2 Support, Early Positional Tracking, DX11 G3D Support and More (video)

The new version of VorpX, the 3D driver that lets you play non-VR games on your Oculus Rift, has just been released and it adds early support for the DK2, Geometry 3D support for DirectX 11 games and positional tracking for Skyrim. … Read the full article …

Jaunt Raises Additional $27.8 Million in Series B Funding Round

Jaunt VR, a company dedicated to creating a platform for the production of cinematic virtual reality content, today announced that it has closed a series B funding round, raising $27.8 million, led by Highland Capital Partners with participation by Google Ventures. … Read the full article …

Virtual Reality Netflix Prototype for Oculus Rift Built in Less Than 24 Hours During Company’s Hackathon

Netflix Hack Day is a recurring event at the popular video-streaming company where employees spend 24 hours building cool experiments for the platform. One such experiment is 'Oculix' a virtual reality version of Netflix which supports the Oculus Rift and the Leap Motion gesture controller. … Read the full article …

$227,000 Worth of Oculus Rift DK2s Sold on Ebay Despite Oculus VR Prohibiting Resales

As with any free-market system, the law of supply and demand will drive prices up when supply is short and demand is high. The Oculus Rift DK2 is a hot commodity, and even with the company pumping out the popular VR headset as quickly as possible, some folks are willing to pay a huge premium to get one without waiting. … Read the full article …

Immersion-Vrelia Aims 120 Degree ‘Pro Blue Sky’ VR Headset Toward the Commercial Entertainment Sector

While the Oculus Rift is poised to invade the homes of gamers, we're increasingly seeing the DK1 and DK2 used in promotional 'out-of-home' venues. Immersion-Vrelia have announced a new division dedicated to developing a VR headset designed for out-of-home use in venues like arcades and theme parks. … Read the full article …

Preliminary Oculus Rift DK2 Support Comes to Second Life and OpenSim

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. … Read the full article …