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The New VR Episode Game STORM is Available on Steam to Play!

The new VR episode Game STORM is Available on Steam to Play! Indie developer Anrick Bregman, with the help of a small group of friends, has created the first episode of an indie Virtual Reality game called Storm. Storm is an episodic game that sits somewhere between a film and a game. The first episode focuses on your character waking up in an intense snowstorm. It’s a battle against time in which you try to find ways to survive and figure out who you are, where you are and why you’re here. Few VR episodic games are available for the Vive, but this puzzle/survival/adventure game makes the most the touch capabilities of the Vive. It’s perfect for players learning to interact in a virtual world, as…

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STRIVR Introduces VR Training On and Off the Field

With industries outside of entertainment expected to account for the majority of virtual reality industry revenues, the question of utility seems ever-pressing. How can virtual reality transcend novelty into utility and become truly useful? It’s a question that STRIVR Labs CEO Derek Belch has been asking himself since 2007 when the former Stanford Cardinal kicker took a class about virtual reality from Jeremy Bailenson, the head of Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL). Belch realized the potential of VR for sports training and spent two years working with Bailenson to develop and troubleshoot an effective way to film Stanford Football’s practices in 360-degree, immersive video allowing players to rewatch practice film using a VR headset. And what started as a…

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‘Batman: Arkham VR’ Review

If Playstation VR is Sony’s maiden voyage into virtual reality gaming, Batman: Arkham VR is a strong wind to cast off with. Developed by Rocksteady Studios, the game immerses you the moment you lock on your headset, or rather don the cowl. At face value Batman: Arkham VR offers the Arkham universe’s defined aesthetic and cast of quality voice actors from a very different perspective. Batman: Arkham VR Details: PlayStation Store PageDeveloper: Rocksteady StudiosPublisher: WB GamesAvailable On: PlayStation 4Reviewed on: PlayStation VRRelease Date: October 13th, 2016 Arkham VR differs from series predecessors—which had a healthy mix of fast paced combat balanced by a strong story and interesting puzzles—by focusing heavily on Batman’s detective work. Arkham VR is more of a slow burn then the…

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Google Daydream – Making VR Mainstream

Google unveiled many different hardware pieces on October 4, 2016, including the Pixel line of phones, Google Home, a new Chromecast, and last but not least – the Daydream VR platform and the associated Daydream View headset. Unlike the Cardboard, Daydream is a full-fledged virtual reality platform, with an associated wireless controller. This controller is also able to track movement, just like the Wii console’s remote, and is equipped with two buttons. The Daydream View headset will have to be used with a compatible phone, the first of which will be the Google’s Pixel and Pixel Plus. As Daydream becomes more popular over time due to its ease of access, Daydream compatibility will become an important part of phone specifications….

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Unity Launches VR/AR Event in Beijing

Unity Launches VR/AR Event in Beijing Following the inaugural event in Los Angeles earlier this year, Unity Technologies is bringing its all-inclusive VR/AR industry event to Beijing, China with Vision VR/AR Summit Asia 2016. Designed for artists, engineers, programmers, designers, filmmakers, and more, the Vision VR/AR Summit Asia 2016 is a cross-industry event geared towards furthering the knowledge base of anyone developing virtual or augmented reality content, software, and hardware. Over two days in Beijing December 14-15, 2016, attendees will enjoy feature sessions and talks from technology leaders and innovators at Google, Unity Technologies, Samsung Gear VR, PTC Vuforia, Sony PlayStation VR and Microsoft Hololens, as well as a wide array of informative breakout sessions designed for all skill levels….

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Stanford Leverages WorldViz VR to Create Empathy

Stanford, one of WorldViz’s long-standing academic partners, is at the forefront of scientifically proving that virtual reality can change human behavior. Wearing a virtual reality headset, a researcher tries out the Stanford Ocean Acidification Experience. (Image credit: Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab) For over a decade, WorldViz has collaborated with Stanford on VR content creation, and equipped Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL), with high-end virtual reality technologies and applications utilized in many of Stanford’s communications and social interaction research studies. Today, we are excited to share Stanford’s most recent virtual reality simulation leveraging the transformational and educational powers of VR to spread awareness of the pressing issue of global climate change. Released today on Steam VR and Viveport, the VR…

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Google Goes on VR Hiring Spree Amid Daydream Launch

Google started its virtual reality initiatives early but slowly, announcing the now widely known Cardboard program way back in 2014. As the company nears the launch of Daydream, the next stage in their VR plans, they’re adding significantly to their VR talent pool. Google announced the Daydream initiative earlier this year at their annual I/O conference. The aim is to bring high quality mobile virtual reality to hundreds of millions of Android phones in the next few years. Earlier this month they finally took the wraps off of the first Daydream ready phone, the Google Pixel, and first Daydream headset, the ‘View’. As the company’s VR ambitions ramp up, so too has their internal virtual reality team. Google declines to specify just how…

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Wayfair Opens 3D Model API to Developer Community

Wayfair, the world’s biggest online shop that specializes in home furnishing and decorations, recently announced that it launched its first-party 3D Model API. Wayfair Makes Available Over 10,000 3D Models This platform, developed by Wayfair’s research and development team, will let you access to more than 10,000 3D furniture and décor models. So, if you are a developer, you can freely use these realistic models to integrate them into your application. This is the first API launch ever for Wayfair since the company was founded more than 14 years ago. “Technology innovation is deeply engrained in Wayfair’s culture. Through our team’s dedicated efforts to expand our 3D model library to encompass thousands of products, we now have one of the…

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Vuzix Announces New Partnership with Austria’s ANYLINE to Deliver Mobile OCR Reading to Smart Glasses Users

Vuzix Announces New Partnership with Austria’s ANYLINE to Deliver Mobile OCR Reading to Smart Glasses Users Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), a leading supplier of Smart Glasses, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Austria’s ANYLINE to provide Vuzix M100 and M300 users with the mobile industry’s leading OCR (Optical Character Recognition) application. Whether reading text across a room, a license plate on a car, or a gas meter in a manufacturing plant, the ANYLINE technology is able to deliver a fast and robust alternative to inputting data via voice recognition, typing, or button scrolling. ANYLINE will demo this technology on the Vuzix Smart…

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Squanchtendo’s ‘Accounting’ is Now Available on Steam (for Free)

Squanchtendo Games has released, Accounting, their first game as a new studio. While the game was originally scheduled for release in September, Squanchetendo decided to take a couple of extra weeks to squeeze in a bit more polish, and the game is now available on Steam. Road to VR got an early peek at the game and found it to be a hilarious, narrative-driven adventure with Job Simulator-style interaction. It takes about half an hour to play though the whole thing, but it could be longer if you take the time to listen to all of the dialogue (which you probably should). The experience is well worth your time and is an exciting taste of what the future holds for Squanchtendo…