virtual reality

LG G5 users get to enjoy 360-degree wallpapers

LG G5 users get to enjoy 360-degree wallpapers

Two of the LG G5's new "Friends" are the 360 CAM and the 360 VR headset, the company's more formal entry into the intersection of mobile and virtual reality markets. But what if you don't have either friend and are left with just the G5? Not to worry because LG is going to let each and every owner enjoy a taste of that VR goodness, alrbeit indirectly, through a set of 360-degree wallpapers to be made available to them via the LG SmartWorld hub starting this month.

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Revive patch lets you play Oculus Rift games on HTC Vive

Revive patch lets you play Oculus Rift games on HTC Vive

Virtual reality might be hailed as the next best thing since sliced bread but the launch of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive might also be heralding a new kind of "console wars". While tied to the more open PC platform, games and apps for each of the two VR giants mostly remain within their own walled gardens. Well, sort of. While it is possible for the Rift to gain access to the Vive's SteamVR platform, the reverse isn't true. Now a homebrew open source project named Revive tries to bridge that gap, at least while Oculus hasn't set its foot down yet.

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Facebook’s Surround 360 camera will cost you $30k

Facebook’s Surround 360 camera will cost you $30k

Another day, another massively expensive 360 (spherical) camera rig you'll never be able to afford as a common citizen. Facebook suggests that this system can be built from camera parts you can buy yourselves, the total cost for the rig reaching somewhere around $30,000. If that's something you're going to be able to toss cash at, you'll be in luck - once you've got the whole system together, you'll be able to use the company's own software to stitch the resulting media you capture together into a single, seamless 3D-360 video. That video will - of course - be easily upload friendly for Facebook immediately after processing.

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Facebook’s vision of social VR is ambitious and cheesy

Facebook’s vision of social VR is ambitious and cheesy

Today you stare at your smartphone screen and stab the "Like" button on your Facebook friends' news with a fingertip; tomorrow, you might high-five them in VR. Mark Zuckerberg outlined his vision of the future of social networking in virtual reality and augmented reality today at the F8 2016 developer conference, and it's a mixture of high-tech and farce.

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Professional baseball team will hold batting practice in VR

Professional baseball team will hold batting practice in VR

As virtual reality continues to gain steam on its path to revolutionize everything from spectating video games to cruise ship entertainment, it's also starting to be incorporated into training exercises by professional sports teams. Major League Baseball, already embracing technology with an Apple deal that supplies teams with iPad Pros, is looking to see how VR headsets can play a part in improving batting practice.

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HTC Vive will hit retailers starting in June

HTC Vive will hit retailers starting in June

While the HTC Vive VR headset is now officially shipping to the first customers, albeit not without some hiccups, there's currently only way to get one: order it online. That's probably fine for the majority of shoppers, but in this day and age there's still a need for physical retail availability. Fortunately HTC has now confirmed that the Vive will be sold at select retailers starting in June.

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HTC Vive also experiencing shipping issues, no need to worry

HTC Vive also experiencing shipping issues, no need to worry

It seems that virtual reality headsets aren't off to a great start. At least as far as actually getting them into users hands in a timely manner is concerned. Following the Oculus Rift, HTC has acknowledge that, it is, indeed, experiencing some problems in the chain, causing some minor problems and a few concerns. However, the good news, if HTC is to be believed, is that there will be no delays in shipping the HTC Vive Which means it that, unlike Oculus, it doesn't have to do anything for compensation.

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Leap Motion just updated to meet the HTC Vive head-on

Leap Motion just updated to meet the HTC Vive head-on

This afternoon the folks at Leap Motion have delivered an update to their VR headset mount hardware - and the software therein. They've made it possible to use the Leap Motion motion tracking device to put your hands in the virtual reality universe. This - you might be thinking - isn't strictly new. You're right. What IS new is the ability to see your hands and work with your hands at the same time as you're using the HTC Vive's wireless controllers.

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Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Those of you worried about being left unaware when you receive a phone call or a text in virtual reality should worry no more. The HTC Vive Phone Companion app has launched - and we've given it a try. What you're about to see is how simple the app is and how effective it's going to be when it comes to giving you a heads-up when your friends are about to barge in your room right after they've given you a call.

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Orah 4i camera livestreams 4K VR videos with 3D audio

Orah 4i camera livestreams 4K VR videos with 3D audio

VideoStitch has launched the Orah 4i, a small camera capable of livestreaming 4K-resolution 360-degree video with 3D audio specifically for virtual reality applications. The company, perhaps best known for its 360-degree VR video software, has put the camera up for preorder at a discounted rate; company CEO Nicolas Burtey said in a statement, “We have developed a solution that
streams 4K resolution live virtual reality video to headsets–all with the push of a button.”

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Three HTC Vive experiences that’ll make you open your wallet

Three HTC Vive experiences that’ll make you open your wallet

HTC Vive is $799. That's a lot of money, especially when you factor in a suitably-potent gaming PC as well, so how do you justify taking the plunge? Consumer-level virtual reality is still in its infancy, and given how experiential the whole thing is, it's not hard to see why many people aren't quite convinced by what they see on-screen.

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Google’s Tilt Brush turns HTC Vive into a psychedelic art machine

Google’s Tilt Brush turns HTC Vive into a psychedelic art machine

Just like the very first smartphones and tablets, today's virtual reality devices are pretty much intended primarily for content consumption. To actually create most content for it, you'd have to take of the goggles and sit down in front of a computer. There are, of course, a few exceptions, like Tilt Brush from Google. As the name might subtly imply, the virtual reality app turns the HTC Vive's controllers into paint brushes, allowing you to not only create masterpieces in full 3D but use any type of material digitally possible. Like stars.

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