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Google Developing “High Volume” Consumer VR Hardware, New Job Postings Suggest

Google engineers develop the next-generation technologies that change how users connect, explore, and interact with information and one another. As a member of an extraordinarily creative, motivated and talented team, you develop new products that are used by millions of people. We need our engineers to be versatile and passionate to tackle new problems as we continue to push technology forward. If you get excited about building new things and aren’t daunted by the challenge of building something from scratch, then our team might be your next career step. Our consumer hardware team is working on revolutionizing how people interact with their hardware, and looking for engineers to make that a reality. We want to open new ways to interact…

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VR Fest Presenting VR Day W/ Upload @ Park City, UTAH

Photage Film Lounge invites you to explore the exciting world of Virtual Reality on Main Street in Park City during film festival. Join hundreds of VR Filmmakers, Enthusiasts and Technology Developers for this non-stop one day networking event that will feature a compelling VR panel about “BIG HOLLYWOOD VR” with top industry leaders, along with the exciting VR Lounge Exhibits. RSVP now on this page. The day will conclude with a celebrity driven VR Happy Hour featuring Rose McGowan and “The Women of Sundance” followed by VR Party which closes out the night with a bang! VR FEST 2016 Upcoming VR Event List VR Fest is hosting a series of VR events in 2016! The upcoming events are Vision Summit…

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Beyond Room-Scale: Exploring Infinite Worlds with THE VOID

On my way out to cover VR at Sundance this week, I had a chance to try out THE VOID, one of the most advanced out-of-home VR systems today in an industrial park in the middle of Utah. The VOID goes beyond room-scale with their minimum 60×60′ stage which employs ‘redirected walking’ techniques in order to trick you into thinking you’re walking in an even larger physical space. LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF VR PODCAST http://d1icj85yqthyoq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Voices-of-VR-284-James_Jensen.mp3 Inside The VOID, physical walls feel like they’re straight even when you’re touching them while walking around a quarter circle. Every time I reached out for a wall or corner, I found one and it reinforced this primal part of myself that this virtual world…

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Chornobyl 360 Launching Kickstarter – Documenting The Worst Nulcear Disaster In Human History

 The team of young professionals from Ukraine bring to Kickstarter a high-tech project devoted to the 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster. Chornobyl360 is the Ukrainian interactive documentary about the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) and nearby Exclusion Zone filmed by a 360-degree spherical camera. The movie will be available for Virtual Reality (VR) headsets such as Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VRs, Google Cardboards etc. There will also be a version for tablets, smartphones and desktops.   Latest technology gives users an opportunity to plunge into the breathtaking atmosphere through the various scenes from the unique locations of the catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred at the Chornobyl NPP in Ukraine (then officially the Ukrainian SSR). They will have an immersive experience…

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Symphony Between Worlds – Demo

This is a demo of an upcoming project, please understand, and we hope that you enjoy it. Aim to the objects to interact with them. In the first scene aim to the eye and stay there for about 4 seconds, then follow the instructions shown. After all inspect the phonograph, and when the music starts playing inspect your sorroundings (hint: there are 6 things hidden in the scene). Basically, we’re trying to tell a story about memories and music; the demo features contents learned by manipulation of Unity, Blender & other software. Code/ Level Design: Jorge Martinez Choquetarqui Level Design/Models: Diego Bruno Flores Salazar Special Thanks to our future employees (just kidding): Fidel Alejandro Tapia Raul Marco Antonio Colque (Morfeo…

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Preview: ‘The Caretaker’ Recreates the Atmospheric Insanity of ‘The Shining’

Franbo VR, an indie studio based out of Bristol, UK, has created some iconic interiors inspired by The Shining (1980) in a short VR experience called The Caretaker. Distilling some of the film’s atmospheric insanity, the experience lets you walk the halls of the isolated Overlook Hotel. In homage to Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining (1980), The Caretaker throws you into your first day of complete isolation in the mountain hotel. Like Jack Nicholson’s character in the film, I’m painted as a heavy drinker with plenty of empty bottles littering my room to prove it. A pre-recorded message hesitantly mentions that they “didn’t want to get in the way of your drinking to talk business.” As a snow storm sets in, I’m carefully reminded to stick to my duties and not ‘go chasing ghosts’ for fear…

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How to Bet on VR in 2016

When it comes to the virtual reality industry today, the way people are looking at VR is very natural, but also very wrong. While we all incessantly talk and freak out about experiences like flying over the grand canyon in VR, it’s actually user-generated content in VR and new original voices that are set to emerge and lead the coming revolution. Guest Article by Ben Smith Ben is an active investor in VR and digital media, and is based in Los Angeles. Ben was an early Google and YouTube exec, and has founded and led multiple venture backed video startups. His monthly profiles on “why people are great at what they do” are found here. Sure, right now, we want…

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Crytek Announced VR First Program & First Ever VR First Lab @ Istanbul’s Bahçeşehir University

Crytek, a game studio founded by three brothers Avni, Cevat and Faruk Yerli in 1999. Crytek has developed its own game developing software called CRYENGINE, a popular game developing software among game developers and licensees when creating games for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Wii UTM, iOS and Android. “VR First offers a ready-made solution for VR developers, students and researchers who want to unleash their creativity in the fast-emerging field of VR development. Access to powerful PCs, full CRYENGINE source code, and state-of-the-art VR headsets ensures VR First labs are the perfect incubator for ideas that take advantage of VR’s potential to produce the most compelling and immersive interactive experiences imaginable.” By VR First  VR First Lab @ Istanbul’s Bahçeşehir University The game…

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Hands on with EVE: Valkyrie alpha on the Oculus Rift

Expectations for EVE: Valkyrie are sky-high in the build-up to the Oculus Rift launch. Which is understandable, given it’s one of two games to be pre-bundled with the headset (the other being Lucky’s Tale), while promising to bring action-packed space shooting to life in virtual reality. This week we were fortunate enough to get access to the EVE: Valkyrie alpha, and although we were limited to playing the game on the Oculus Rift DK2 headset, we came away impressed by the sheer action, graphical fidelity and VR implementation. Here’s a quick round of the game in action: The alpha is currently limited to basic multiplayer and a single tutorial level, with the single player campaign and objective-based multiplayer launching alongside the final game in March 2016….

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UNESCO awards the use of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality based knowledge transfer solutions

A McKinsey report on Education to Employment, highlighted a paradox of two global crises – high youth unemployment rate and shortage of workforce with critical job skills (Ref 1). In 2013, the global youth unemployment rate was 12.6% – in real numbers, this meant 73.4 million young people were not gainfully employed. This rate is expected to increase to 12.8% in 2018. At the same time, the McKinsey report revealed that 58% of employers surveyed thought entry-level new hires did not have the necessary skills they needed. Such dilemmas are raising serious concerns for many governments. The Institute of Technical Education(ITE), is the leading education and training school for vocational skills in Singapore. Every year ITE educates and trains more…