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 …

Major Virtual Reality Game Announcements Expected at E3 2014 Next Week, Road to VR Will Be on the Scene

Two years ago, a legendary programmer occupied an unassuming booth at the world's biggest gaming show. It was John Carmack from id Software telling anyone who'd listen that virtual reality was back and that the equally unassuming black box, an early prototype Oculus Rift, was the catalyst. As more and more journalists got wind of the duct tapped demo, news about Carmack's 'magic hat' began to spread very fast indeed. By E3 2012's close, the Oculus Rift was one of the biggest stories of the … Read the full article …

News Bits: Loading Human Kickstarter Passes Goal, Announces Omni Support with 3 Days Left

The darling of virtual reality enthusiasts right now, Untold Games' Loading Human, is a first person adventure which is attempting to pave the way for compelling human interaction within virtual spaces. Its ambition we spoke about recently, as well as the game's recent very attractive transition to Unreal Engine 4. The Kickstarter campaign for the new title actually passed its $30k goal a couple of weeks back, but the team have just announced that, in addition to Oculus Rift, Sixense STEM and … Read the full article …

News Bits: Virtuix Announce Omni Shipping Delay, Teases E3 News

The fantastically successful Virtuix Omni Kickstarter, the omni-directional treadmill, was one of the earlier VR related crowd funding hits. They attracted over 3000 backers and finished with a cool $1.1M, their original goal was just $150k. Original backers who pledged against an Omni unit were given an estimate of January 2014 until their units began shipping. It was an ambitious target given the complexity of the design and sure enough 11 months after the original Kickstarter completed, … Read the full article …

Creating Games and Software with Cross-VR Headset Compatibility

With multiple consumer VR headsets now on the horizon, many users will soon be choosing to go with one over others. Will it be difficult for developers to support multiple VR headsets from a single application, rather than creating custom distributables for each individual headset? … Read the full article …