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

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 …

Exclusive: First-look at Vanguard Valkyrie Gameplay – Zero Transform Brings High Impact Arcade Action to Virtual Reality (video)

Exclusive: First-look at Vanguard Valkyrie Gameplay – Zero Transform Brings High Impact Arcade Action to Virtual Reality (video)

While simulating familiar experiences in virtual reality is interesting in its own right, the technology is also capable of creating experiences that are otherwise impossible—for instance, plummeting to Earth in a futuristic EVA suit while fending off an alien parasite. Vanguard Valkyrie, the first title from Justin Moravetz's VR-dedicated studio, Zero Transform, is making it clear that the arcade action of decades past will come blazing into the VR realm. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Facebook’s $2Bn Acquisition of Oculus VR Now Complete

It's hard to overestimate the impact the news that Facebook, the social media behemoth, had agreed to acquire Oculus VR an 18 month old startup that Kickstarted virtual reality. Although it's fair to say that there's probably no one working for Oculus with illusions about how the news might first be greeted, I suspect more than a few were surprised at the severity and swiftness of the VR community's reaction. There were mock pictures of DK1's being burned, reports emerged of DK2 pre-orders … Read the full article …

VRLA’s Latest VR Meetup Comes Just in Time for First Oculus Rift DK2 Shipment – August 16th at New Deal Studios

VRLA’s Latest VR Meetup Comes Just in Time for First Oculus Rift DK2 Shipment – August 16th at New Deal Studios

VRLA is quickly becoming one of the biggest VR meetups in the LA region. After a successful second event this month, the organization is announcing their third gathering at New Deal Studios on August 16th. Hopefully the timing will be just right for people to try out the Oculus Rift DK2 which is expected to be in developer's hands by the end of this month. … Read the full article …

Trinity Magnum Kickstarter Aims at Low-cost Optical Tracking for VR Input Starting at $80

Trinity Magnum Kickstarter Aims at Low-cost Optical Tracking for VR Input Starting at $80

Today the Trinity Magnum launches on Kickstater. While there are a number of other options in the works, the Trinity Magnum is the first to approach VR input on the PC with an optical tracking solution. Priced at $100, the Magnum aims for affordability. … Read the full article …

Justin Moravetz (of Proton Pulse Fame) Returns with Vanguard Valkyrie, an Exciting VR-Exclusive Title Kickstarting on the 23rd

Justin Moravetz (of Proton Pulse Fame) Returns with Vanguard Valkyrie, an Exciting VR-Exclusive Title Kickstarting on the 23rd

It feels like ages ago that Proton Pulse, one of the Oculus Rift's most beloved early demos, was mysteriously shut down (with backers of the project refunded) after a successful Kickstarter. Justin Moravetz, the mind behind Proton Pulse, is today announcing a new VR-exclusive title called Vanguard Valkyrie. The game takes a completely different approach but maintains the flash and ease of use that made Proton Pulse so alluring. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Ambitious New BMX VR Simulator For Oculus Rift Emerges

Chances are, if you remember virtual reality's first, ultimately abortive attempt to gain traction back in the 90s, you'll also be a child of the 80s. This means you lived through (and survived) drainpipe jeans, luminous socks, Footloose, Ronald Reagan and BMX Bikes. The latter of course never really went away and found it's place among fans across the world where the specific type of cycling style lives on. A small team of developers who still hold a burning passion for the sport are working … Read the full article …

News Bits: New Radial-G Demo With DK2 and Mac Support Due For ‘Soft’ Release Next Week

Both Ben Lang and I have confessed our love for the classic anti-gravity futuristic racing franchise 'Wipeout', and recently Ben waxed enthusiastic about a new Oculus Rift title from UK based developers Tammeka Games. The company launched a £50k Kickstarter for the VR supporting futuristic racer, heavily influenced by Wipeout and F-Zero GX. Tammeka Games just sent an update to backers stating that a demo supporting both Mac OSX and the soon to be released Oculus Rift DK2 is due for a 'soft' … Read the full article …

Surgeon Uses Oculus Rift On Patients, Streams Operation Using Google Glass

Surgeon Uses Oculus Rift On Patients, Streams Operation Using Google Glass

One of the joys of writing about reporting from the cutting-edge of a newly reborn technology like virtual reality is that you're constantly being surprised as what people are finding to do with it. Almost weekly there's some innovation taking VR in yet another direction I'd not yet considered. Well, here's one more. Surgery of any kind is by definition invasive and traumatic and the process can be an incredibly stressful experience for some patients. Those operations that can be performed … Read the full article …

News Bits: Go Off-Road in VR With New WIP Oculus Rift 4×4 Game

Seated experiences, that's the focus of the first wave of virtual reality gaming, at least as far as Oculus VR are concerned. In order to ease the consumer into the wonders of VR and to alleviate limitations of this rapidly evolving technology, the company that's leading the VR revolution stated that being sat is where it's at, which means that certain types of gaming are by default a better fit. Those genres that tend to place the player in a fixed seating position - driving games for … Read the full article …

News Bits: Oculus VR: “Please Update Your Billing Info” – DK2 Shipments May be Imminent

In the last 24 hours, some of those who secured a pre-order for Oculus VR's 2nd Developer Kit (DK2) have received emails from the company requesting that they check their payment and shipping details so that order faced no delays in processing. We are preparing to start shipping the new Oculus Rift Development Kit 2. Please take a moment to update your billing and shipping information on the Order Management page: https://www.oculusvr.com/sales/. Incomplete information or errors with your … Read the full article …

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

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: Oculus Connect Conference Tickets Priced at $249

Oculus VR has confirmed the price for their inaugural developer conference, Oculus Connect. Tickets will be priced at $249. Oculus Connect registration opened on Wednesday without any pricing information. … Read the full article …

Guest Lineup , Attendance Instructions, and Live Stream – Road to VR Live Roundtable Happens Tomorrow, July 18th at 11:30am EST

Guest Lineup , Attendance Instructions, and Live Stream – Road to VR Live Roundtable Happens Tomorrow, July 18th at 11:30am EST

Tomorrow (Friday the 18th), Road to VR is hosting a live roundtable discussion inside of virtual reality. Anyone is welcome to be part of the live virtual audience, whether you have access to VR hardware or not. We will be joined by guests from the VR world representing different topics of discussion. … Read the full article …