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Technologies

Vuforia 7

Features:

  • Vuforia Model Targets recognize objects by shape, in contrast to existing methods that rely on detailed visual designs typically found on print media;
  • Vuforia Ground Plane enables digital content to be placed on the ground, floor, or tabletop;
  • Vuforia Fusion, is a new capability designed to solve the problem of fragmentation in AR enabling technologies such as cameras, sensors, chipsets, and software frameworks like ARKit and ARCore.
Vuforia 7

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VorpX

VorpX is a 3D driver which allows users to play their non-VR game library immersively through an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset.

vorpx

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Facebook

Facebook launches social VR ‘Spaces’ on HTC Vive.

Facebook VR ‘Spaces’

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Oculus Rift Core 2.0 Beta

News:

  • Oculus’ biggest Rift software update to date finally arrives as a beta starting today.
  • Rift Core 2.0 is designed from the ground up and consists of three major components that are built natively for Oculus’ intuitive Touch motion controllers.
  • The second is Oculus Dash, a brand-new system interface that makes it simple to switch between different apps at any time.
Oculus Rift Core 2.0 Beta

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Amazon Lumberyard 1.12

Amazon Game Studios has presented Lumberyard 1.12, a brand new version of its game engine, and a video that goes over the engine’s biggest milestones in 2017.

Amazon Lumberyard 1.12

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Valve

Valve is adding custom button mapping for all VR controllers to openVR.

Valve

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BBC

News:

  • Inspired by NASA and ESA training programs and the experiences of real astronauts.
  • A VR Spacewalk enables you would-be astronaut to embark on a spacewalk 250 miles above Earth’s surface.
  • Rewind collaborated with the BBC Science, BBC Learning and BBC Digital Storytelling to create the cinematic and fully interactive 15-minute VR experience.
BBC  VR Spacewalk

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UNIGINE 2.6.1 Released

UNIGINE Corp. has released an update for its game engine. The newest release: brings improved multi-channel rendering, runtime grass modification.

UNIGINE 2.6.1 Released

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GIMP 2.9.8

A new version of GIMP has been released. The update brings on-canvas gradient editing and various enhancements.

GIMP 2.9.8

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Google

News:

  • Pixel 2 and Daydream View: new experiences in AR and VR.
  • ARCore Developer Preview 2.
  • GAPID - new 3D debugging tool
Google. Pixel 2 and Daydream View

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Hardware

LooxidVR

LooxidVR is a phone-based headset created by Looxid Labs. VR headset comes with eye trackers and brain sensors.

LooxidVR

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SEAS

A groundbreaking new lens could make future augmented reality glasses lighter and less obtrusive.

SEAS

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Xiaomi 

Xiaomi to bring Oculus Go to China under its own brand.

Xiaomi Oculus Go

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SteamVR

SteamVR Tracking 2.0 will support 33×33 foot playspaces and 4 base stations.

SteamVR Tracking 2.0

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Google & Lenovo

Google reveal more details on its standalone VR headset created in partnership with Lenovo.

Google & Lenovo VR headsets

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Harvard

News:

  • The metalens can focus the entire visible spectrum of light — including white light — in the same spot.
  • “Metalenses have advantages over traditional lenses,” says Federico Capasso.
  • Harvard team has created a metalens that feature arrays of titanium dioxide nanofins to equally focus wavelengths of light and eliminate chromatic aberration.
Harvard Metalenses

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Oculus

Oculus ‘Handheld Controller’ passes FCC testing, possible Oculus GO 3DoF controller.

Oculus ‘Handheld Controller’

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3dRudder 

3dRudder announces improved ‘Blackhawk’ VR foot controller.

3dRudder ‘Blackhawk’ VR foot controller.

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Pico

Pico’s new 6DoF standalone VR headset is coming westward, including 6DoF controllers.

Pico’s 6DoF VR headset

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HTC 

HTC revealed a new version of the VIVE VR headset at the CES press conference in Las Vegas.

HTC VIVE VR headset

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Tactical Haptic

Tactical Haptics’ new prototype VR controller shapeshifts to fit your game.

Tactical Haptics’ new prototype VR controller

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Vuzix

Vuzix is launching the first Alexa-enabled AR glasses at CES.

Vuzix AR glasses

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News

2018 IGF Finalists Announced

Grand Prize

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy (Bennett Foddy), Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall), West of Loathing (Asymmetric Publications), Into the Breach (Subset Games), Heat Signature (Suspicious Developments), Baba is You (Hempuli)

Excellence in Visual Art

Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall), Cuphead (StudioMDHR), Echo (ULTRA ULTRA), Luna (Funomena), The Gardens Between (The Voxel Agents), Chuchel (Amanita Design)

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January 2018 VR Games Release Dates

  • MGSLeisure1000 – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Jan. 1)*Early Access
  • VR Dunhuang – HTC Vive (Jan. 1)
  • VR Furballs – Demolition – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Jan. 2)
  • Flappy Arms – HTC Vive (Jan. 3)
  • Kitty Hawk – HTC Vive (Jan. 3)*Early Access
  • Battlemage Training – HTC Vive (Jan. 6)*Early Access
  • Unbound – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Jan. 8)*Early Access
  • Westard – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Jan. 10)*Early Access
  • Internal Light VR – Oculus Rift (Jan. 12)
  • Mike was Сursed – Oculus Rift (Jan. 12)
  • Light Tracer – HTC Vive (Jan. 15)
  • Stunt Corgi VR – HTC Vive (Jan. 15)
  • Coaster – HTC Vive (Jan. 18)
  • The Inpatient – PSVR (Jan. 23)
  • SURV1V3 – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Jan. 29)*Early Access
  • Data Thief – HTC Vive (Jan. 30)
  • BattleSky VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (January 2018)*Early Access
  • Day of Destruction – HTC Vive (January 2018)
  • GNOG – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (January 2018)*Already out on PSVR
  • JetX – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (January 2018)
  • Kung Fu All-Star VR – HTC Vive (January 2018)*Early Access
  • LIV Client – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (January 2018)
  • Primordian – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (January 2018)*Early Access
  • Rosebaker’s Icy Treats – HTC Vive (January 2018)

Announces

VOID 

The VOID opens downtown Disney location today hosting new Star Wars VR experience.

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Department of Homeland Security

Homeland Security releasing VR School Shooting Training Simulator.

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HoloLens

HoloLens App Brings Doctors To Life-Threatening Situations.

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