Virtual and Augmented Reality

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    Virtual reality (VR) typically refers to computer technologies that use software to generate the realistic images, sounds and other sensations that replicate a real environment (or create an imaginary setting), and simulate a user’s physical presence in this environment. VR has been defined as “…a realistic and immersive simulation of a three-dimensional environment, created using interactive software and hardware, and experienced or controlled by movement of the body”[1][2] or as an “immersive, interactive experience generated by a computer”.A person using virtual reality equipment is typically able to “look around” the artificial world, move about in it and interact with features or items that are depicted on a screen or in goggles. Most 2016-era virtual realities are displayed either on a computer monitor, a projector screen, or with a virtual reality headset (also called head-mounted display or HMD). HMDs typically take the form of head-mounted goggles with a screen in front of the eyes. Programs may include audio and sounds through speakers or headphones.

    Advanced haptic systems in the 2010s may include tactile information, generally known as force feedback in medical, video gaming and military training applications. Some VR systems used in video games can transmit vibrations and other sensations to the user via the game controller. Virtual reality also refers to remote communication environments which provide a virtual presence of users with through telepresence and telexistence or the use of a virtual artifact (VA). The immersive environment can be similar to the real world in order to create a lifelike experience or it can differ significantly from reality where gamers can use fictional powers.

    ‘FlyInside Flight Simulator’ Preview – A Promising Start in VR-native Flying

    FlyInside FSX, the crowdfunded VR plugin for Microsoft Flight Simulator X (2006), was built well before first-party VR motion controllers existed, developed back in the DK2-era of 2015 as an ad hoc way of jumping into an already highly-detailed flight sim. Now, the creators of FlyInside FSX have released their own ... Read More

    VR Support for ‘No Man’s Sky’ Being Considered by Developer

    No Man’s Sky, a game which has a history of calls for VR support since its 2016 release, could one day ... Read More

    Media Molecule’s ‘Dreams’ Confirmed to Support PSVR at Launch

    Media Molecule, the creators of LittleBigPlanet (2008) and Tearaway (2013), have been working on their upcoming game/game-creation tool Dreams for PS4 for ... Read More

    ‘Astro Bot’ Ranked 6th Best PS4 Game of 2018, #1 PSVR Game of All Time

    PSVR exclusive ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission has been making waves among critics and players alike since its release at the beginning of ... Read More

    Magic Leap Shows off Upcoming Enterprise Apps Focused on Professional 3D Design

    Magic Leap announced a number of consumer-facing apps and games coming soon to Magic Leap One, the company’s long-awaited AR ... Read More

    Magic Leap Reveals 16 AR Experiences From Wacom, SketchUp, Wingnut AR, and More

    Today at Magic Leap’s first creator conference the company has revealed a bevy of AR content built on the headset—some ... Read More

    ‘Star Wars: Project Porg’ AR “experiment” Announced for Magic Leap

    ILMxLab, Lucasfilm’s immersive media group, today announced Star Wars: Project Porg, an augmented reality “experiment” built for Magic Leap. In the ... Read More

    Oculus Job Listing Reveals Interest in Creating Location-based VR Games

    Oculus published a job listing recently that could mean the company is finally looking to enter the VR arcade space ... Read More

    Stuxnet Documentary ‘Zero Days VR’ Wins an Emmy

    The winner of the 39th annual Emmy Awards are in, and while nominated VR projects were few and far between ... Read More

    Magic Leap to Launch AR Shooter ‘Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders’ Next Week

    Magic Leap’s first annual L.E.A.P. Con dev conference is set to open its doors next week, and while we expected ... Read More

    Vive Pro Data Revealed in Steam Survey, Thins Gap Between Rift and Vive

    In the latest set of data from Vale’s monthly Steam Hardware & Software survey, the Vive Pro has finally made ... Read More

    New PlayStation VR Bundles Now Available: ‘Creed + Superhot’ & ‘Astro Bot + Moss’

    Two new PlayStation VR bundles announced last month are now available. The new PSVR bundles focus on different player tastes, ... Read More

    ‘In Death’ Review: Angelic Beauty, But Devilishly Difficult Roguelike Bow-shooter

    I find roguelikes to be somewhat masochistic. You play as far as you can even when you know death will ... Read More

    Oculus CTO: Quest is ‘In the Neighborhood of Xbox 360 / PS3 Processing Power’

    Speaking on stage at Oculus Connect this morning, Oculus CTO John Carmack gave his signature unscripted talk, somehow going into ... Read More

    Haptic Vest ‘Ryg’ Launches on Kickstarter, Fully Funded in 3 Hours

    Woojer, the company behind the haptic belt Strap, launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this week for a new haptic vest, dubbed ... Read More

    VR Motion Platform ‘Feel Three’ Nearly Quadruples Kickstarter Goal as Campaign Comes to Close

    Feel Three, a 3DOF motion simulator for VR, went live on Kickstarter late last month. And owing to its vision ... Read More

    Oculus CTO Explores Next-gen Oculus Go Feature Wishlist

    Legendary programmer and Oculus CTO John Carmack took the stage today at Oculus Connect to have another one of his ... Read More

    ‘Superhot VR’ is Coming to Oculus Quest

    Superhot VR (2016), the ultra-successful slow-mo VR shooter, is coming to the newly announced Oculus Quest. Speaking to Superhot Team here at ... Read More

    Pimax “5K” Plus Breeds Confusion as Previewers Recommend it Over “8K” Headset

    Just a month before the company expected to begin shipping the first “5K” and “8K” headsets to backers of its Kickstarter ... Read More

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