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  • VR Car Viewer RelayCars Is Heading To Magic Leap
    VR Car Viewer RelayCars Is Heading To Magic Leap

    One of the first third-party applications for the Magic Leap One AR headset has been announced.

    RelayCars, the virtual car viewer that’s been available on the Gear VR as well as other VR headsets for a few years now, will soon be coming to the device, which itself launched earlier this month. The app will allow users to select from a wide variety of vehicles, place a virtual image of them in their rooms and then view them in close detail, changing features like colors and even watching them drive around the given space like a virtual RC car.

    RelayCars is and has always been an app for car shoppers, not budding racers, so you don’t actually get to drive the vehicles for yourself (not to mention we don’t know how that would even work on Magic Leap). The idea is actually very similar to some of Magic Leap’s existing apps that allow you to pull 3D models of furniture from the web and then digitally place them in your own room as a sort of immersive ‘try before you buy’ experience.

    Look for the app to launch in September. Magic Leap itself isn’t a consumer headset yet, instead sold as a Creator Edition designed specifically for developers. Think of this more of a soft release ahead of the true consumer launch, then.

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  • London’s Raindance Film Festival Welcomes 33 VR Experiences Next Month
    London’s Raindance Film Festival Welcomes 33 VR Experiences Next Month

    Next month’s Raindance Film Festival will bring some of the best VR experiences from events like Tribeca and Sundance to London for the first time.

    The festival this week announced 33 different VR experiences that will be on display in the UK capital from September 26th to October 7th. Many of these include intriguing films and experimental apps that are making their UK premiere, like the next installment in the Arden’s Wake series and Crow: The Legend, which stars Oprah Winfrey and John Legend.

    Raindance will also play host to some all-new experiences like 7 Miracles, the feature-length VR movie being published by Vive Studios that follows Jesus throughout the book of John. The Archivist, meanwhile, is a Twin Peaks-inspired piece that has players explore a surreal mystery. We’re also excited to check out The Apple, a multi-person experience that takes viewers through various stages of life.

    Elsewhere there’s a selection of 360 degree video playlists that showcase the latest the medium has to offer and even a gaming section with interactive content on offer. The latter includes a look at Ubisoft’s Transference and an incredibly nope-looking VR horror game named Kobold.

    Each of the experiences featured in the festival is also up for the Raindance Immersive Stories Awards, covering categories like Best Immersive Story and Best Interactive Narrative Experience. The nominees will be sharing their own stories at a Summit on October 4th, while the Awards Ceremony will kick off on October 6th.

    Tickets to various screenings across the week are available from Raindance’s official website.

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  • Bhaptics Talks About A Modular Approach to Haptics Technology Nina speaks to Stuart Burmeister of Bhaptics about the VR-integrated haptics technology he company is working on.
  • FOIL Meets ACOS: The Future of Immersive Leisure To Run London Event At Autumn Coin-Op Show Kevin Williams brings Las Vegas expo to UK.
  • Acer Reveals OJO 500 Detachable Windows VR Headset
    Acer Reveals OJO 500 Detachable Windows VR Headset

    Less than a year on from the release of Acer’s first Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headset, the company is introducing its successor, the Acer OJO 500.

    Last year’s MR headset was considered to be on the lower end of a range of devices Microsoft introduced with the help of several companies. The OJO 500, meanwhile, builds upon it with an integrated audio system and adjustable interpupillary distance (IPD) that’s measured via an Android app.

    That said, don’t expect a big update in the optic department; the headset has the same 2880×1440 screen as its predecessor, still with a 90Hz refresh rate and 100-degree field of view. Microsoft’s inside-out tracking tech is still used and there are built-in microphones to boot.

    The most curious addition to the device, though, is the ability to actually remove the VR optics, essentially leaving just the headband in place. Why would you want to do this? Acer says it’s mainly for hygiene in location-based VR instances. An arcade, for example, could simply swap out optics as new people jump into experiences and clean the just-used kit while another clean set is being used in its place. It definitely sounds like a more convenient, if more costly, method of keeping VR clean at events. Acer hasn’t yet revealed a scheme to purchase a bulk amount of units.

    We also can’t help but wonder if this could mean Acer could launch future VR headsets with just the optics component in the box, quickly attaching to a user’s existing headband for an upgraded experience. It’d be a pretty smart way to keep the price down in future releases if so. Elsewhere, Acer also recently announced its next-generation StarVR headset, which is built in partnership with StarVR and aimed at location-based experiences.

    Acer is launching the OJO 500 in November for $399, the same price the original headset launched at. Meanwhile, Samsung is also prepping to launch its own follow-up to its first Windows MR headset in the Samsung Odyssey+. Release details on that device are still to be revealed, though.

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  • Researchers Use VR To Help Amputees Embody Prosthetic Limbs Researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne leverage virtual reality to help with treatment.
  • FireSprite Teasing Something ‘Persistence Related’ For Today
    FireSprite Teasing Something ‘Persistence Related’ For Today

    We may all be lost in Firewall Zero Hour at the moment but we certainly shouldn’t forget about the other best VR game of the year so far, The Persistence. In fact, developer FireSprite is promising some news for its sci-fi horror today.

    Yesterday, the studio took to Twitter to tease “something cool” to announce later today (August 30th) that’s “Persistence related…” complete with a Mr. Burns GIF.

    It’s high time we announced something cool, right? It’s been a while.

    But you’ll have to wait until tomorrow.

    The only clue is that it’s Persistence related… pic.twitter.com/1eZVYXsAkM

    — FireSprite (@FireSpriteGames) August 29, 2018

    Okay, let the speculation begin. The way we see it, there are three very real possibilities right now: DLC, ports and non-VR support. DLC could give us new areas and weapons to play within the procedurally-generated PSVR experience, for example, while we’d also welcome Oculus Rift and HTC Vive support. Another game that debuted on PSVR, Moss, only took a few months to transition from PC to console, so that’s certainly possible.

    The last option could see Persistence coming to standard displays, which wouldn’t be very exciting for VR owners but if it helped Firesprite bring in more sales we’d be all for it. Either that, or we’re getting way to ahead of ourselves and its a line of Persistence Funkopop figures.

    Please god don’t let it be that.

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  • San Diego’s Nanome, Inc. Releases “World’s First VR-STEM Software” for Free Download

    The first collaborative VR molecular modelling application was released yesterday, August 29, to encourage hands-on chemistry experimentation. It is open-source so it’s free for download now on Oculus and Steam products. Nanome, Inc., the San Diego-based start-up that built this tool, comprises UCSD professors and researchers, web developers and top-level pharmaceutical executives. “Gamers might be

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  • Trust Me, I’m An Expert: How augmented reality may one day make music a visual, interactive experience Today, we're hearing about a researcher who records birdsong, how tech changes music and why song might help address Indigenous language loss.
  • Firewall Zero Hour Giveaway Livestream: Playing Multiplayer With First Contact Devs!
    Firewall Zero Hour Giveaway Livestream: Playing Multiplayer With First Contact Devs!

    For today’s livestream we’ve got something special. Not only are we giving away FOUR copies of Firewall Zero Hour for PSVR live on the stream, but we’re also playing Contracts PvP multiplayer live with the developers of the game at First Contact Entertainment. That’s right — we’re gonna try to beat the developers at their own game, literally.

    We’ll be livestreaming Firewall Zero Hour on PSVR today using the PS Aim Controller and Ian Hamilton from UploadVR will help monitor chat on the stream. The livestream will be starting at approximately 3:00 PM PT and we’ll aim to last for around an hour or so. We’ll be livestreaming directly to the UploadVR Facebook page so we can keep the audience together. We’ll give away codes based on how many shares the stream itself gets on Facebook. You can see the full stream embedded right here down below once it’s up:

    Embedded livestream coming soon

    You can see our most recent archived streams over on the UploadVR Facebook Gaming portal right here. In the future, we plan on moving back to Restream so that we can hit additional platforms again.

    Let us know which games you want us to livestream next and what you want to see us do, specifically, in this or other VR games. Comment with feedback down below!

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  • Toronto’s International Virtual Reality Film Festival to Return Next Month The event will mark the launch of the newly renovated and rescued historic Matador Ballroom.
  • Shooting Sim Gun Club VR Leaves Early Access There's a limited time discount on Steam.
  • Pixvana Open-Sources its VR Video Streaming SDK It'll allow third-parties to incorporate Pixvana’s cloud-services and VR video streaming technology into their own solutions.
  • Official Beat Saber Arcade Machine Heading To Korea & China

    VR’s most popular rhythm game is heading to VR arcades across Asia in the form of a next-gen arcade machine cabinet. It’s been one hell of a year for block-slashing VR rhythm game, Beat Saber. Along with holding a massive global tournament that involved the participation of over 120 different VR arcades, Beat Games recently

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  • See How Music Is Made In New Gameplay Footage Of Track Lab Master the puzzles and rhythm of Track Lab on PlayStation VR.