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Leap Motion’s Open Source Virtual Reality support gets real

Leap Motion’s Open Source Virtual Reality support gets real

Right up front - attached at the faceplate - that's where you'll find the Leap Motion tracker on the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit later this year. An announcement has been made by the Open Source Virtual Reality group that suggests Leap Motion is fully onboard - supporting the initiative and preparing their motion tracking equipment to ship with the first developer-aimed hardware later this year. This would make the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit the first VR headset to ship with Leap Motion attached - supposing Oculus VR doesn't get there first.

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Cmoar VR headset uses any smartphone to deliver more

Cmoar VR headset uses any smartphone to deliver more

We've seen many a VR headset that try to utilize the computers that we already have in our pockets, our smartphones, but almost all of those cater to a small subset of smartphones, sometimes even just one. Cmoar is yet another such VR headset, but, as you might have guessed, it is doing a few things quite differently. It does make use of smartphones for displays but it can actually accommodate any smartphone within a certain size range. It can even make room for iPhones!

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Open Source Virtual Reality gets massive with Unity and Unreal Engine

Open Source Virtual Reality gets massive with Unity and Unreal Engine

Plugins for both Unity 5 and Unreal Engine 4 have been released to the public for OSVR, the Open Source Virtual Reality program. This system was first initiated by the folks at Razer, appearing at CES 2015 with a brand new OSVR Dev Kit virtual reality headset. In the very short time between then and now, they've racked up quite a few heavy-hitting partners. This system also works with Vuzix technology and has racked up partners like Ubisoft, Seven Hill Games, Homido, and castAR.

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Oculus Rift might not land in 2015 after all

Oculus Rift might not land in 2015 after all

The music, film, and interactive festival that is South by South West, more popularly known by its SxSW acronym, is happening and, given the growing hype around virtual reality for the past few month, you'd expect Oculus would have some great announcement to make at Austin. If you were one of those who expected such, you might have walked away pretty disappointed. But more than just the admission of having nothing to announce at SxSW, it might be the implication that there might not be anything to announce in 2015 that has some fans worried.

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Samsung Gear VR allows father to see son’s birth in real-time

Samsung Gear VR allows father to see son’s birth in real-time

Witnessing the birth of one's own child is often said to be one of the most unforgettable experiences a person can have. An event that one should drop everything for in order to attend. Sadly, life isn't always so simple, and there are circumstances that can't help but get in the way. Take, for example, Jason Larke, whose job requires that he be away from home for four weeks at a time. This was to result in his missing the birth of his third child back in February, but Samsung stepped in and offered to let him experience the event in the second-best possible way: live-streamed in virtual reality.

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YouTube 360-degree video activated, ripe with VR potential

YouTube 360-degree video activated, ripe with VR potential

Today Google activated 360-degree video on YouTube. This system works with a number of 360-degree or otherwise bubble-lens camera video media available to consumers now, and will be coming your way via SlashGear imminently. We've got a couple on hand, that is to say, and we'll be presenting large amounts of video from events, hands-on experiences, and much more in the near future. For now you're going to want to check out some of the most basic media uploaded to YouTube by a variety of artists.

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Google Cardboard: amazing places to go with Google Maps Street View

Google Cardboard: amazing places to go with Google Maps Street View

Several months ago, Google Maps added a Virtual Reality switch for their Street View platform. With this switch, users are able to view any Street View-enabled location with their Google Cardboard headset. What we've done here is to compile some of the most awesome places you're able to visit right this minute with your Android smartphone with (or without) a VR headset like Google Cardboard. Today's collection begins with a set of bullet trains in Japan - it's time you stepped inside to see what luxurious speed is all about.

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Why I refuse to believe VR is the future of gaming

Why I refuse to believe VR is the future of gaming

Virtual reality was all the talk at the Game Developers Conference this week. From Sony to Valve to Oculus to Sulon, a slew of companies showed off virtual reality technology that they say, will carry us well into the future.

Of course, this is something we’ve heard before from hardware makers. Oculus has shown its Rift product off for years, arguing that it can succeed in virtual reality where so many other companies have failed. Now several other companies are arguing the same.

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Google tipped in Android for virtual reality project

Google tipped in Android for virtual reality project

Google is working on Android for virtual reality, according to sources that have surfaced. The work is being done by a small team presently, they say; the Android version being worked on is destined to power VR applications. The team has been described as "tens of engineers", meaning that while small it is not only a handful of people -- this new platform, whenever it should arise, will be made freely available. Google has declined commenting on the rumor, which follows Facebook's own heavy investment in VR.

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PS4 PlayRoom VR: our first look as Augmented becomes Virtual

PS4 PlayRoom VR: our first look as Augmented becomes Virtual

Back in late 2013 we had our first opportunity to bring a magical experience to our living room with the PS4 game "PlayRoom." This game worked with the PlayStation 4 Camera, showing us our living room onscreen with augmented reality characters and objects galore. This week we've been given our first glimpse of what PlayRoom will look like in virtual reality, with Project Morpheus in 2016. These demos were the last part of the collection of early visions we were shown by Japan Studio, the same group of developers that made The PlayRoom.

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