virtual reality

Arnold enters VR with Terminator Genisys for Google Cardboard

Arnold enters VR with Terminator Genisys for Google Cardboard

Today the next step in the never-ending Terminator series hits theaters - but before you get there, an experience awaits your smartphone. Today the folks at Specular Theory have a Terminator Genisys full 360-degree video prepared for the masses, created using YouTube Space LA and Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. This is 360 YouTube Chronicles, available to the masses through YouTube today, outside the film. You're going to want to watch this before you head to the movie theater - then you're going to wish that the whole movie was filmed this way.

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360fly acquiring VSN Mobil: VR environment converges

360fly acquiring VSN Mobil: VR environment converges

At this point in the quickly-evolving environment of consumer virtual reality, we're already seeing major convergence. This means companies - like Microsoft and Oculus, Oculus and Facebook, and Microsoft and Valve VR - are high-fiving one another to bring more compatible experiences to the public. Both companies benefit. The consumer benefits. The same this is true of this week's news: the company 360fly will be acquiring VSN Mobil's 360-degree hardware. One hardware company acquires the other and they create a super team that'll make a far better experience for the end user.

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Jaunt Neo VR camera promises pro-quality 360 video

Jaunt Neo VR camera promises pro-quality 360 video

360-degree video may be the future of immersive entertainment but first you need the camera to record it on, and that's what Jaunt is promising with Neo. The fifth-generation of the virtual reality studio's multi-camera rig, and the culmination of two and a half years of development and testing, Neo resembles a flying saucer studded with lenses, and is intended to capture not only what's going on around the scene, but above and below it, too.

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Microsoft has just improved the Oculus Rift’s lenses

Microsoft has just improved the Oculus Rift’s lenses

At E3 earlier this month it became apparent that Microsoft and Oculus have developed quite the buddy-buddy relationship, with the latter's Rift VR headset being compatible with both the Xbox One and Windows 10. Since the companies are good friends now, Oculus shouldn't take offense that Microsoft has developed a better lens for the Rift, offering a sharper image and less chromatic aberration. The design comes from the Microsoft Research group, and offers a decent improvement over the Oculus Rift DK2.

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OnePlus 2 unveiling to happen completely in VR

OnePlus 2 unveiling to happen completely in VR

One cannot claim that Chinese startup OnePlus lacks ambition or imagination. It set itself up as one that challenged the status quo in the smartphone industry, bringing out the OnePlus One as a "flagship killer", a moniker that it was, admittedly, worthy of. Now it wants to repeat that with the OnePlus 2, but it is now also resorting to more marketing gimmicks to bring its product to the spotlight. Aside from just announcing the its July 27 unveiling of the smartphone, it also revealed that it will happen completely in virtual reality.

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Samsung invests in FOVE eye-tracking VR headset

Samsung invests in FOVE eye-tracking VR headset

Samsung may have its own virtual reality tech, but that hasn't stopped it from investing in eye-tracking headset startup FOVE. The head-worn display has already raised almost twice its quarter-million Kickstarter goal of $250,000 with more than a week to spare, but in the meantime its combination of 3D graphics that respond not only where your head is pointing, but where in the scene your eyes are actually looking, has caught the attention of Samsung Ventures, the investment arm of the South Korean firm.

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360fly camera records video for VR

360fly camera records video for VR

360Fly is pining to be the GoPro of 360-degree videos, and with them the nature of watching footage is greatly changed. With an ordinary video, what you see is what you get. With 360-degree video, however, users are able to swipe the footage around to see what was recorded from different angles. The type of video is quickly gaining popularity, and 360fly wants its camera of the same name to be what consumers turn to with their of 360-video recording needs.

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Google is looking for testers to JUMP into its VR camera rig

Google is looking for testers to JUMP into its VR camera rig

Let the puns commence. Virtual Reality is really only as good as the content that's available for that particular experience. With is new found VR push, with the likes of YouTube 360 and Cardboard, Google has very little choice but to help creators stitch up their video masterpieces, hence the introduction of JUMP. Now it is on the hunt for for those creative minds who are willing to make the leap into VR and take its camera rig for a spin. But considering the hardware that's involved, getting in isn't going to be easy.

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FOX, NextVR to livestream US Open in VR style

FOX, NextVR to livestream US Open in VR style

FOX Sports is jumping into VR head first and it will be trying to make it big. Riding on the VR hype train, FOX has announced a partnership with virtual reality specialists NextVR to bring the US Open, which starts today, to the land of virtual reality. It will be first for many reasons. It will be the network's first time to broadcast the USGA event and it will be the first time that the sport will be livestreamed in this rather nascent, or resurging, medium.

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Getty Images will offer 360 degree content for Oculus

Getty Images will offer 360 degree content for Oculus

Getty Images has announced that its 360 degree content will be available on the Oculus Rift. This will give users a large library of 360-degree imagery to use with the VR platform, and especially a more immersive way to check out content from notable moments in recent times and the past. The collection for Oculus is called “360 View by Getty Images”, and presently it can be used with the Gear VR Innovator Edition for Samsung’s Galaxy S6 phones and the Galaxy Note 4. It will also be available for use with the Oculus Rift.

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