Friday, September 2, 2016

VR Locomotion Solved with Hybrid "Fourth Wall" Approach

One of the biggest technical problems for VR as identified in the recent VRDC survey is locomotion -- designing a way for players to move in the virtual world that maintains immersion but avoids nausea.  An innovative hybrid solution will be implemented in the upcoming game Runes: the Forgotten Path.

Vantrix partners with SpiderCam and Eye-Live to provide Live 360 for Sports and Concerts

Vantrix recently launched its Vantrix 360 system for capturing live 360 video and today announced partnerships with Spydercam, a leading provider of cable cams, and Eye-Live Media, which is creating the Athletes' Broadcast Network for showcasing athletes through wearable technologies.

Three new sample videos from Nikon Keymission 360

Nikon posted some new sample videos from the Nikon Keymission 360, including an aerial 360 video.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Qualcomm VR820 is a standalone mobile VR headset with positional tracking

​Qualcomm announced the VR820, a reference platform for a standalone VR headset with positional tracking.

Wireless HTC Vive to be announced soon

Soon, you'll be able to use the HTC Vive untethered.

HTC and Quark VR will soon announce an adapter for the HTC Vive that will allow it to be used untethered.

Alcatel announces the most affordable 360 cameras and a standalone VR headset

At the Berlin IFA Consumer Electronics show, Alcatel announced two new affordable 360-degree cameras, and a standalone VR headset.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Insta360 has two new cameras: Insta360 Air for Android and Insta360 Pro

render of Insta360 Air - via ITHome
Insta360, makers of the Insta360 4k and Nano 360-degree cameras, will announce two new products next week at the Berlin IFA Consumer Electronics show, between September 2 to September 7, 2016: the Insta360 Air for Android, and the Insta360 Pro, a pro-grade 360-degree camera.

Update: here is the Insta360 Air and here is the Insta360 Pro.

Waterproof case for LG 360 cam

Check out this cool new dedicated waterproof hardcase / housing for the LG 360 Cam!  

Google Daydream's secret weapon is not its headset

The Google Daydream headset has received a lot of attention ahead of its release.  It looks very similar to the Samsung Gear VR and seems to use similar technology.  But Google Daydream has another component that makes a bigger difference compared to the Gear VR: its controller.

Damaged Core, a new Triple-A game for the Oculus Rift, works on HTC Vive via Revive

One of the hot new releases for the Oculus Rift is a shooter called Damaged Core, a game where you take on the role of a disembodied virus that can take over enemies and use their abilities.  It's easily one of the best VR games on any system, bar none.  UploadVR gave it a rating of 9.5/10, the highest score it has ever given for any VR game.  It's one of those games that makes me envious of Oculus Rift's software library.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

OPINION: The fate of the VR industry rests on the success of the Playstation VR

Is VR just a fad that will fade like 3D TVs?  Or is VR truly here to stay?  In my opinion, we will know the fate of the VR industry by observing what happens to Playstation VR.  In fact, I believe PSVR is the most important test for VR.

BINKO Videook VS-GO Video Stabilizer

360 videos look much better when they're stabilized.  The BINKO Videook VS-GO is a video stabilizer with a non-motorized gimbal and counterweight, similar in design to the StayblCam, but at a lower price.

Lytro Immerge sample video: why I'm not impressed yet

Lytro just posted a sample video from its highly anticipated Immerge 360-degree depth-sensing camera.  TBH, I'm not yet impressed with the demo.  Here's why.

Monday, August 29, 2016

DEALS: Three games for $3 for the HTC Vive

Only for today, you can get three games for the HTC Vive (reviewed here) worth $21 for just $3!

Samsung Gear 360 now available at B&H Photo

The Samsung Gear 360 (reviewed here) is still the most affordable 360-degree camera with 4k video.  You can now buy it from B&H Photo with free expedited shipping and without sales tax if you don't live in New York.  Here's how to check if you can use it.

ELI5: How to play Metroid Prime 3 and other Nintendo games in VR on the HTC Vive

It is possible to play some Nintendo Gamecube and Wii games in VR using an emulator called Dolphin VR.  Strangely, some of the games work very well for VR, almost as if they were designed for VR.

Nico360 shows prototype

photo by Nico360
Nico360 is touted as the world's smallest fully spherical 360 camera.  Its crowdfunding project concluded successfully, raising almost 6 times its funding goal.  However, there were many questions that remained from backers.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Build Minecraft worlds in VR with 3D Sunshine

The detailed lighthouse you see here was built in less than 20 minutes using an amazing tool called 3D Sunshine, an app for the HTC Vive that enables you to create game worlds in VR with no math, as easily and intuitively as you would want it to be.