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Intel and AltspaceVR Shared Virtual Reality hands-on

Intel and AltspaceVR Shared Virtual Reality hands-on

Every added building block to the Virtual Reality space creates a whole new level of immersion. The folks at AltspaceVR have collaborated with Intel to present not only a virtual reality space with Oculus Rift, not only the Oculus Rift DK2's external camera to track hand movements, but connectivity between users. The people you see here aren't just playing virtual volleyball with each other, they're interacting with another user from the AltspaceVR staff using a headset at their headquarters in California.

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John Carmack endorses Google Cardboard – sort of

John Carmack endorses Google Cardboard – sort of

The Chief Technology Officer of Oculus VR - and Facebook employee - John Carmack has made clear that he's all about Google Cardboard. It wasn't long after Facebook acquired Oculus VR that Google I/O 2014 took place and Google slyly released Cardboard. Google Cardboard product manager Andrew Nartker suggested earlier this month that it was "the first Cardboard prototype" that inspired Google's interest in VR as a whole - not necessarily the Oculus Rift VR headset. Carmack suggests he doesn't mind one way or the other - he's just glad the VR environment is expanding, so to speak.

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Xbox VR headset tipped for 2015

Xbox VR headset tipped for 2015

A new head-worn virtual reality gaming device has been tipped for release next year by Microsoft. This headset would bring features that closely resemble those of Sony's Project Morpheus for PlayStation 4, while Microsoft's device would more likely focus on Xbox One-based gaming. Microsoft would also be competing with Oculus VR and their Oculus Rift head-worn virtual reality system which, like Sony's Project Morpheus, is still in a developer beta mode right this minute as it's readied for a final consumer release.

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Runtastic has a 7-minute VR workout in the works

Runtastic has a 7-minute VR workout in the works

Running on a treadmill in your living room or doing pushups in the bedroom can be boring. Really, really boring. A gym would be better, but it’s just not always possible. Runtastic is about to change the home workout, and is planning to introduce a version of their famous 7-minute workout for the Oculus Rift. As you might imagine, the app will give you an immersive 3D environment for your workout, but won’t be a radical departure from what you might be used to with your existing workout app.

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How Google Cardboard takes you on the VR stage with Paul McCartney

How Google Cardboard takes you on the VR stage with Paul McCartney

This week we've had a chat with Jens Christensen, CEO of Jaunt, the company that's bringing everyday Google Cardboard users to the concert stage with artists like Jack White and Paul McCartney. Jaunt deals in Virtual Reality experiences, collecting events and locations with their unique camera setups, turning that media into video. With Paul McCartney, this journey began with Award-Winning Film Director Mark Romanek. This fellow Romanek is associated with both Paul McCartney and Jaunt, working in the role of one of their advisors. Once McCartney saw Jaunt's technology in action, he invited the crew to his next concert.

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Oculus VR acquisition breaking another wall: hand tracking

Oculus VR acquisition breaking another wall: hand tracking

This week the folks at Oculus VR - creators of the Oculus Rift VR headset - have announced that they've acquired three "key" names in "computer vision." The first two are groups of creators, and the thirds a man by the name of Chris Bregler - so it's more like they hired him than acquired him, but still. It's Nimble VR you'll want to focus on first. They specialize on skeletal hand tracking. This will allow use to take another big step into the virtual reality landscape.

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Apple is looking to hire a VR dev tips job listing

Apple is looking to hire a VR dev tips job listing

Apple plays its cards close to the vest so short of rumors and the occasional leak, one of the only ways we get information about what’s going on in Cupertino is by job listings. Job listings are the one place where the type of personnel that Apple is looking for hint strongly at what is going on inside the secretive company. A recent job posting indicates Apple may be ready to go after Oculus VR.

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Elite: Dangerous Beta 3: experience space in 60fps

Elite: Dangerous Beta 3: experience space in 60fps

So you'd like to experience the newly updated YouTube in all its 60fps glory, yes? How about doing so with what's easily one of the most beautiful games in development today? That's the game "Elite: Dangerous" from the folks at Frontier Developments we're talking about, and you're about to be strapped in. You'll be owning multiple ships and scooping up fuel from stars as you take on the next generation of space-based online gameplay. Don't forget to drop an Oculus Rift on your noggin too, if you do so dare: this game has VR capabilities right out the box.

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Oculus Rift’s first feature film is now available

Oculus Rift’s first feature film is now available

Halloween is upon us, and so many people are pulling out their favorite scary movies for a night or two of frights. Those who own an Oculus Rift will be able to take this to a whole new level, however, with the device's first feature length movie launching today -- and it's not for the faint of heart. The movie is a horror flick called Banshee Chapter, and the Oculus Rift edition is adapted specifically to the VR device. The movie first came out in 2013, and enjoys a healthy 5.5 stars on IMDB.

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Oculus used to demo Lexus RC F in virtual reality

Oculus used to demo Lexus RC F in virtual reality

Welcome to your daily dose of virtual reality. Today you’re going to see Lexus make use of the Oculus Rift DK2 - still a developer kit, mind you - to show potential drivers what it’ll be like to drive a Lexus RC F. Virtual reality helmet and physical controls instead of on-track driving. How’s that for a compelling use of next-generation technology?

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