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 …

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 …

Nvidia Sponsored ‘Proto Awards’ to Honor VR Luminaries in Venue of First Academy Awards

Today the Virtual Reality Foundation has announced the The Proto Awards, a virtual reality award show that will be hosted at the Blossom Ballroom, the site of the first Academy Award ceremony in 1929. … Read the full article …

Jaunt VR Heads to the Red Carpet to Film Guardians of the Galaxy Premiere, Coming to an Oculus Rift Near You

VR Video is garnering a lot of attention at the moment, and you can almost hear the Hollywood populace scrambling to capture the buzz surrounding the Oculus Rift and virtual reality. Jaunt VR are riding the wave of ever growing commercial and creative interest in 3D 360 degree films designed to be viewed in a VR headset. They recently secured $6.8M in VC funding to develop their specialist VR video hardware and software and are currently leading the charge into Hollywood, first with a … Read the full article …

Exploring AR and VR’s Potential: Education and Changing Human Behavior With Virtual Experiences

Amy Westervelt is an award-winning environmental journalist who has written for The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, Slate, and more. Recently she tackled the topic of virtual and augmented reality and its potential to change human behavior. In an article appearing on Climate Confidential, she investigates VR's impact on conservancy efforts, education, and more. Westervelt's article is reproduced here with her permission and under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International … Read the full article …

News Bits: With 5 Days Remaining, Zero Latency Passes Crowdfunding Goal for Full Body Zombie Experience in Melbourne, Australia

Zero Latency, who has been developing a full-body virtual reality zombie experience, has just passed their $25,000 crowdfunding target with five days remaining. The funds are being raised to further develop the system and the backer rewards offer tickets to experience the action for yourself, assuming you're near Melbourne, Australia. … Read the full article …

CastAR AR/VR Headset Anticipates Delays, Hints at Two-camera Tracking Solution

It's the news no Kickstarter backer wants to hear, but every Kickstarter backer ought to be prepared for... delays. Some 62 'Early Dev Glasses' of CastAR, the forthcoming AR/VR headset, were originally planned to be sent out in April and May to gather feedback for the final mass-produced units in September. Now into July, without the early units shipped out, the CastAR team say backers should expect delays. … Read the full article …

VR Philly to Host Philadelphia’s First Virtual Reality Meetup on July 2nd

West coasters are a lucky bunch, the growing popularity of virtual reality has brought forth plenty of great community gatherings to choose from—SVVR, VRLA, SFVR, and OCVR—just to name a few. Now, the East Coast is getting into the spirit. VR Philly will hold Philadelphia's first public VR Meetup next week on July 2nd. … Read the full article …

‘Hello, Again’ by Director Chris Milk is a Revolutionary Virtual Reality Concert Experience Featuring Beck

Director Chris Milk was tasked by Lincoln to reimagine the concert experience, and reimagine it he did. Milk's audacious project, Hello, Again, featuring Beck, is an incredible interactive concert experience that's best viewed through the Oculus Rift. I recently had a chance to put my head inside Hello, Again to witness a concert like I've never never seen before. The result of Milk's work is revolutionary in more ways than one. … Read the full article …

News Bits: ‘Affordable’ Oculus Rift 3D Camera Rig Demonstrated (Video)

Virtual Reality cinema and video is quickly becoming the hot topic. A seemingly endless stream of '360' cameras are spawning, Jaunt VR of course recently won $6M+ backing for it's 3D 360 VR cinema venture and it seems even James Cameron wants to hop along the bandwagon. But for the VR enthusiast on a budget who wants to quickly and cheaply capture reasonable quality 3D footage that looks great on an Oculus Rift, what options are there? Well, the enthusiast in this video claims to have … Read the full article …

News Bits: Cyber Space is a Theme Park Ride Simulator that Tries to Turn Your Stomach, Demo Available Now

One of the things we're written about many times on the site is the possibilities for virtual reality inside the entertainment sphere but outside the scope of traditional games. Virtual Tourism, VR Cinema and Virtual Arcades are all tantalising prospects when the virtual reality experience becomes convincing enough, which by all accounts won't be long at all. Virtual Theme Parks however I'd never specifically considered. Unlike developer Rift Away, who liked the idea so much, they made an … Read the full article …

Kevin Williams – A Wider FOV

This marks the first in a semi-regular feature in what I hope will be covering the wider aspects of the re-emergence of virtual reality into the commercial and consumer sector. My consultancy, KWP, and our news service The Stinger Report are beginning to be invited to a number of events where VR, and those VR headsets hoping to break into the market, are being demonstrated—many of these events would be totally off the radar of most of the VR community. With this series I hope to give a brief … Read the full article …

Two Reasons You Will Want to Buy a New Gaming Rig for the Oculus Rift CV1

Here and there I see threads pop up around the web asking what hardware ought to be bought in preparation for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift (also known as the CV1). If you're looking to get top virtual reality gaming performance, and the most bang for your buck, you'll want to pick up a new gaming rig for the Oculus Rift CV1. Here's why. … Read the full article …

News Bits: New Valve VR Headset Makes an Appearance at Boston VR Bender

Prior to Valve's developer expo Steam Dev Days earlier this year, little was known about the company's hardware R&D in the VR space. However, the now famous Steam Dev Days demo room which housed Valve's latest development prototype, was home to some pretty staggering virtual reality experiences according to the developers lucky enough to try it. It was after this event that the term 'presence' really got a foothold amongst the community as a way to describe a virtual reality experience … Read the full article …