virtual reality

Google Daydream Dev Kit first-impressions: Nexus Smooth

Google Daydream Dev Kit first-impressions: Nexus Smooth

Google offers developers their first hands-on opportunity with their newest VR setup, the Daydream Dev Kit. The fact that I'm able to get a Google Daydream "Dev Kit" by doing some simple tweaks to hardware I've already got on-hand today is a real testament to the versatility - and future versatility - this platform is all about. While later this year Google and 3rd-party manufacturers will create consumer-ready Daydream VR kits, today we can make our own. All we need is a Nexus 6P, another Android smartphone, and a desktop or laptop computer - plus some patience.

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See the new YouTube VR app for Daydream

See the new YouTube VR app for Daydream

This morning Google gave a first glance at their newest VR app - YouTube VR for Daydream. This app will show off both spherical 360 videos as well as flat videos all in a virtual space. This release will build on Google's releases of new video and audio formats on YouTube for VR - both Spacial Audio and 360-degree video included. What we're able to see thus far is limited - but extremely encouraging and full of potential.

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How Google will bring Daydream to you

How Google will bring Daydream to you

Google's been hard at work over the past couple of years getting a virtual reality platform ready for the planet - this week they've opened the doors. With Google's "Daydream", developers will be given the keys to the mobile VR vehicle, and smartphone users will be taken for a ride. Not just a flat, smartphone screen ride, but a 3D, spherical, immersive ride, the likes of which have only been available with multi-hundred-dollar headsets before now.

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Google will make its own Daydream VR kit

Google will make its own Daydream VR kit

Google won't be leaving adoption of Daydream, its virtual reality platform built on Android, to chance: it's going to make its own headset, just to be sure. The plans were revealed during a VR-focused session at Google I/O this morning, the company's annual developer event, with VP of VR Clay Bavor confirming that, while third-party firms would be free to develop their own Daydream hardware, they'll face Google-made competition on store shelves.

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The must-read news from Google I/O 2016

The must-read news from Google I/O 2016

At the 2016 Google I/O 2016 developers conference, the company revealed software for their products and specifications for hardware for the future. Today we're running down all the bits and pieces in as simplified a way as possible for the common user - with links to more in-depth data collections for those that wish to go the extra mile. This wrap-up will be updated as Google and friends reveal more information throughout the week, and will be locked up at the end of the event series.

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Google Daydream detailed as Android VR platform, replacing Cardboard

Google Daydream detailed as Android VR platform, replacing Cardboard

This week Google Daydream has been introduced as the new name for Google's platform for Android VR. Software and hardware, that is. This program includes VR optimizations for smartphones, plans for headsets and controllers, and pathways for VR apps for Android - and Daydream. This system includes VR Mode for Android N - that's the next version of Android for all smartphones and tablets - so this is going to be a fully-integrated big deal for the next generation of smart devices.

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Speck launches Pocket-VR viewer for iPhone 6/6s and Galaxy S7

Speck launches Pocket-VR viewer for iPhone 6/6s and Galaxy S7

Google Cardboard is among the easiest and cheapest ways to get in on the virtual reality craze. unfortunately, it's not the sort of thing that you'll want to carry around with you. It's big, bulky, and not exactly made of the finest materials known to man. That's why Speck has launched their own VR adapter for your phone. And it's small enough that you can carry it almost anywhere.

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Disney Movies VR brings iconic spots to HTC Vive, Oculus Rift

Disney Movies VR brings iconic spots to HTC Vive, Oculus Rift

Ever wondered what it would feel like to be snooping around the Avengers HQ, or swinging (or at least walking) around a jungle, or even beating the desert heat of Jakku? Short of actually traveling to preserved studio sets of those fictional places, the only way you'd be able to experience that would be through your imagination. Or, thanks to new technology, virtual reality. Thank your lucky stars, then, that Disney has made available a new Disney Movies VR app that take you to these places at no extra charge. Other than buying an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, of course.

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iPhone gets YouTube VR with “Cardboard” update

iPhone gets YouTube VR with “Cardboard” update

Google has brought on virtual reality-like viewing to the YouTube for iOS app at last, weeks and months after adding such functionality to the Android version of the app. This functionality for the YouTube app for iPhone and iPad is very similar to that of the Android version, adding a "Cardboard" icon to the app's user interface when a video is 360-degree-enabled and the device that's playing it is turned to its side (landscape mode, that is). This move extends VR functionality to iOS just days before Google's big yearly developer conference.

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Acer VR headset made real: StarVR’s rebirth continues

Acer VR headset made real: StarVR’s rebirth continues

This morning the folks at Starbreeze and Acer announced that they'd joined forces to bring their own virtual reality headset to the world. This headset goes by the name StarVR, and there is a chance that you've heard of it before. Starbreeze Studios revealed this headset in an early iteration at E3 2015 (this June), and now with Acer onboard, they'll have a joint venture ready to design, manufacture, promote, market, and sell the StarVR head-mounted-display (VR headset) "to the professional and location-based entertainment market."

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What I want most from Google IO 2016 is…

What I want most from Google IO 2016 is…

This morning we're running down our wants for Google's next developers conference, starting with what's already been asked for and ending with what we'd be surprised by. Two of the most discussed bits thus far that we've seen thanks to Reddit and The Verge are a real iMessage competitor and a new camera app. A decent camera app. One that's not just general for the masses. And what about an iMessage competitor? Don't we already have enough message apps?

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Acer joins Starbreeze in developing VR headset for theme parks, arcades

Acer joins Starbreeze in developing VR headset for theme parks, arcades

Starbreeze isn't a name you may hear very often, but for the last year the game studio has been working on the StarVR system, a high-end headset that will be used in theme parks and arcades. Now they've partnered up with Acer to continue development, the companies have announced. Part of the computer maker's contribution will be building desktops and laptops powerful enough for StarVR to run off of.

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