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Titans of Space: see our Solar System in VR

Titans of Space: see our Solar System in VR

Google Cardboard has a new app by the name of Titans of Space, an experience which pushes the user through our galaxy in Virtual Reality. This app is available for Oculus Rift, if you do so please, but has become available for mobile devices for the first time this week. This app is free, but also has a Narration Add-On which you can purchase inside the app once you've seen what our system is made of, planet to planet, place to place.

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Oculus holds $1 million competition Mobile VR Jam 2015

Oculus holds $1 million competition Mobile VR Jam 2015

Oculus Rift is hosting their own contest for the most innovative virtual reality games, Mobile VR Jam 2015. Oculus is offering $1 million in prize money. With that much money up for grabs, competition is likely to be stiff. If you'd like to enter but would rather not go solo, Oculus can help you search for a development team. Developers should bring their A-game. This level of prize money and recognition could be a career game changer.

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VSN Mobil V.360 camera hits mobile VR with Google Cardboard

VSN Mobil V.360 camera hits mobile VR with Google Cardboard

This week the 360-degree camera known as V.360 can officially enter the virtual reality space. The developer team at VSN Mobil have updated their V.360 controller app, allowing it to show images and video with full 360 vision. That means you can view the photos like you're inside the camera with a pair of virtual reality goggles on - turn your head to see any one of the 360 degrees of photo or video around you. This works for still images, video, and live surveillance.

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SCAD University launches Virtual Reality engagement program

SCAD University launches Virtual Reality engagement program

It's not Virtual Reality 101 - this isn't a college-level course. Instead, the Savannah College of Art and Design are launching their first virtual reality experience showing prospective students what it'll be like to visit their campuses. This experience is available on the web for multiple platforms, including Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift, and is entirely free - of course. This interactive experience is being sent out to prospective students across the planet in the form of a piece of cardboard - one that can fold up and into a headset that allows the student to enter the virtual reality realm.

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3D printed VR headset for OnePlus One has adjustable lenses

3D printed VR headset for OnePlus One has adjustable lenses

With the popularization and commercialization of 3D printing, you can almost make anything these days. With some patience and time, of course. 3D printers have been used to solve a wide range of problems, and non-problems, like replacement limbs for dogs or even chocolate. It was that same problem-solving thinking that lead Rene Meeh to face one his problems head on, almost literally. Meeh was able to make the first VR headset specifically designed for the OnePlus One smartphone. But it's not just your regular VR headset either.

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Valve will reveal SteamVR at GDC 2015 next week

Valve will reveal SteamVR at GDC 2015 next week

One cannot say that Gabe Newell and Valve are without vision or ambition. At the upcoming Game Developers Conference in March, the company will be delighting the public with updates on its foray beyond digital game distribution and into gaming hardware. While there will indeed be many eyes on its Steam machines and controllers, perhaps the spotlight for that week will be taken by a "previously unannounced" SteamVR hardware system that will put the company in race towards that still young and still unverified virtual reality market.

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NVIDIA VR headset: considering the possibilities

NVIDIA VR headset: considering the possibilities

On the 3rd of March, 2015, NVIDIA may release their first virtual reality headset. Like NVIDIA SHIELD and the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, this device could be the center player for NVIDIA technology in its own unique field. Here lies the opportunity for NVIDIA to place their own "VR Direct" systems in the spotlight. Here lies the opportunity for NVIDIA to beat Oculus VR to the punch with a real working VR headset, one that works with Tegra processors, NVIDIA G-Sync, or both!

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Virtual Reality will “change the world”, so says Tim Sweeney

Virtual Reality will “change the world”, so says Tim Sweeney

Tim Sweeney is the founder and CEO of Epic Games, the creators of Unreal Engine gaming software. Based purely on the demonstration of the Unreal Engine 4 engine software running on the Oculus Rift DK2 and Crescent Bay, we'd say Epic Games knows exactly what's possible in the Virtual Reality universe. Sweeny himself suggests that next year is going to be a "watershed time for VR," and that we've essentially only scratched the surface of what's possible in this VR headset realm.

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Big surprise: Facebook is working on VR apps

Big surprise: Facebook is working on VR apps

When Facebook acquired Oculus last year, many were left scratching their heads at the combination. Regardless of what Facebook's intentions were, it made an unspoken promise to leave Oculus alone to do what it does best: develop VR products and experiences. That doesn't mean, however, that Facebook has no plans to capitalize on that purchase itself. Thus it came as a surprise to no one that Chief Product Officer Chris Cox admitted at the Code/Media conference that Facebook is working on some VR apps. The question, of course, is what for.

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Apple awarded patent for iPhone headset ala Gear VR

Apple awarded patent for iPhone headset ala Gear VR

It seems like almost everyone is getting on the VR trend these days. Surprisingly, even Apple seems to be game, or at least considered the possibility. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just granted Cupertino a patent for a "Head-Mounted Display Apparatus for Retaining a Portable Electronic Device with Display". Or to keep it short, a Samsung Gear VR-like accessory but powered by the iPhone instead. Is Apple now jumping on the virtual reality bandwagon? Probably not yet, but at least the legal groundwork has been established.

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