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‘L.A. 2097′ is Your Own Little Slice of ‘Blade Runner’

L.A. 2097 is VR experience loosely based on the tech-noir classic film Blade Runner (1982), and although offering only a single re-imagined scene from the film—Rick Deckard’s high-rise apartment balcony—the demo holds a surprisingly tight grip on the imagination. We spoke with project creator E’van Johnston to learn more about his atmospheric sci-fi balcony and where it’s headed next. E’van Johnston (aka ‘Deepfield‘) is a New Zealand-based developer at mobile games studio PikPok. L.A. 2097 is a personal hobby project that Johnston says has seen sporadic development since he started it in 2015. The Download ‘L.A. 2097′ What made you want to start developing L.A. 2097? I bought a second hand DK2 and tried a few demos and the like, but found I easily felt sick from the motion-based experiences. I…

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‘Casino VR’ Now Offers In-App Chip Purchases

Casino VR, a free multiplayer poker game for Gear VR and Oculus Rift, now allows you to buy chips to fuel your need for table dominance. And no, you can’t spend them (yet). Users who’ve signed up with a valid email address automatically receive 5,000 free chips to start, but can then purchase up to 50,000 chips at a time for $9.99. And if you play poker, you know that staying on the table often times means needing deep pockets. See Also: First Look at Casino VR, Where Social VR Meets Texas Hold’em While you can’t buy anything, or cash out for real world money with the virtual chips, Casino VR co-founder Hamza Siddiqui told us that purchasable in-game perks like virtual items are coming soon….

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Building Storyworlds with Lawnmower Man’s Brett Leonard

Brett Leonard’s journey into VR all started when he moved to Santa Cruz and started partying and smoking pot with some of the elite visionaries from the Silicon Valley technology scene. He was an aspiring writer and film director who got inspired by Jaron Lanier’s evangelism of virtual reality technologies. Brett got to try out a lot of cutting edge VR and then went on to help popularize the term “virtual reality” on a global scale with his 1992 film The Lawnmower Man, which is a dark cautionary tale that also contains many prophetic predictions. It’s still one of the earliest and most accurate portrayal of the potential of VR as an immersive video game medium, and Palmer Luckey has…

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Update Opens the Door for Enhanced Roomscale Tracking with Rift and Touch

A recent update to Oculus Home has enabled support for tracking the Rift and Touch with up to four trackers, enabling robust coverage of a roomscale space. While Oculus doesn’t officially support ‘roomscale’ experiences like those on the HTC Vive, a new update to the Oculus Home software will be a boost for those wanting to use their Rift with Steam’s roomscale games. See Also: Including Controllers, Vive and Rift Could be Evenly Matched on Price Steam supports the Oculus Rift, but due to tracking by only a single ‘Sensor’ (the camera which Oculus uses for tracking)—and lack of VR motion controllers—few of the Steam VR games which technically support the Rift make much sense to play with anything but…

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Odyssey Will Be Samsung’s Standalone VR Headset

According to reports, Samsung confirmed in its last developer conference that it was making a standalone VR headset, and a new trademark filing confirms it and revealed its name. The tech giant is making a standalone Virtual Reality headset called Odyssey. Photo Credit: Android Community The Odyssey VR Headset Won’t Require a PC Considering that there wasn’t even a market for the mobile headset engineered for Samsung by Oculus in 2014, the Gear VR has been rather successful. It went from a luxury item exclusively for enthusiasts, to a popular device that actually helped sell some Samsung phones. Even though Samsung has been happy with a VR headset that only works with Samsung phones, there are many that want to…

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Samsung’s New Standalone VR Headset May be Called ‘Odyssey’

Samsung reportedly confirmed back at the company’s own developer conference that a new, standalone VR headset was on it’s way and new trademark filings may indicate it’s name. Considering the non existent market that Samsung’s ‘Oculus Engineered’ mobile headset entered when it was released in it’s initial ‘Innovator Edition’ back in 2014, the Gear VR has done remarkably well. It’s moved beyond enthusiast-only territory to a device that can actually help sell phones, something unfathomable just 3 years ago. But while Samsung have up to now been content to sell new revisions of their headset to accommodate their relentless hardware refresh cycle, what about those who want mobile VR without the phone? At Samsung’s developer conference this year, one of the…

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Facebook CEO: ‘In Five to Ten Years AR Will Be Where VR is Today’

Photo courtesy Mark Zuckerberg Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company is working seriously on augmented reality R&D, but he believes it will take time for the technology to catch up to where VR is today. In an interview with The Verge’s Casey Newton, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg talked about his views on the future of virtual and augmented reality. When it comes to augmented reality, Zuckerberg says that the company is “researching AR very seriously,” but sees consumerization of the technology lagging behind where VR is today. “[With] AR, there’s still more science questions that need to be worked out, and I’m optimistic that we’ll have the answers to that pretty soon,” he told Newton. “Within the next five or 10 years, we’ll…

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Will Virtual Reality Shopping Crush Brick and Mortar Retailers?

We are currently in the second wave of Virtual Reality (the failed era of Nintendo’s “Virtual Boy” being the first) and some big companies have started to look for ways to incorporate VR into their future marketing plans, especially after watching the impact that the internet had on the world’s retail stores. (It’s for this reason that I purchased the domain vrprivatejet.com, thinking that someone might want it for a VR walkthrough of their planes.) No company wants to be caught flat-footed again when there’s another paradigm shift in how people buy books, electronics, clothing, like what happened when so much retail moved to the internet and certain retail sectors such as music and books were crushed. Will VR bring…

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Best 3D Scanners For VR In The Market Under $500

3D Scanning is basically the process of capturing data from the real world and turning that data into a 3D model. This process has been used for many years in commercial and industrial applications. People and companies make 3D scans of objects, pieces of art, landscapes, buildings and even crime scenes to better analize them in a computer or print them using a 3D printer. Photo Credit: Pinterest 3D Scanners are no longer exclusive for companies 3D scanning devices are usually very expensive but since 3D printing became a common issue, the market provided for cheaper ways to obtain this images. While there are still powerful 3D scanners that cost more than $15,000; we made a list of the cheapest…

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The Home Depot App Now Includes Augmented Reality

Knowing when to upgrade certain parts of your house is fairly easy. But deciding which products to update them with is tougher than it seems. We can always see new pretty things that we like on stores; but it’s really hard to imagine what they will look like after being installed.  So a mobile app with Augmented Reality for Home Depot products can be an amazing help. Home Depot Youtube Channel Augmented Reality and The Home Depot Shopping App The augmented reality feature works for patio furniture, vanities, doors, faucets and a lot of other products from Home Depot stores. Download the The Home Depot Mobile App from their website. The app uses your phone’s camera and augmented reality to…