virtual reality

New York Times giving away Google Cardboard ahead of VR app

Consider this news something we never thought we'd read about in 2015: The New York Times, as in the newspaper, is going to release it own virtual reality app in the coming weeks. The content itself will be made up of documentary-style short films, but in order prepare readers for the new experience, the NY Times will be shipping Google Cardboard to subscribers who have the paper delivered to their homes.

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PPSSPP VR lets you play PSP titles on the Oculus Rift

With the Oculus Rift inching ever closer to release, and other companies working on their own similar devices, the excitement surrounding virtual reality is growing. Personally, I can't wait to strap on a headset and get transported into my favorite games. While it may take a while before most games are VR-ready, it seems that an unlikely source of past favorites has already been converted.

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Bublcam Review : 360-degrees of spherical camera potential

The Bublcam does one thing very well: describe itself - in its name, in its industrial design, and in its product. While several 360-degree "spherical" cameras are already on the market, Bubl Technology have done the best job in creating a device that's simple to understand and use from start to finish - WITH high-quality results. This device has four cameras, each pointing in a different direction to create videos and photos that are spherical in shape, fully prepared for immersive viewing online and in the new virtual reality ecosystem.

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Canon not only has a resin 3D printer but a VR headset too

If you think of Canon as simply a plain printer and camera company, then you might have been hiding under a rock for the past two years. That or you're not in Europe. The company has been into 3D printers around that time, but mostly as a distributor of 3D Systems' own printers. At the Canon EXPO in Paris, however, it might be trying to say it's ready to break out on its own, unveiling a 3D printer concept that could be the first piece of its "Imaging of Things" plans.

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Microsoft researchers eying multi-person mixed reality

You may have seen and may have even been wowed by the most recent demonstration of HoloLens last week. But as awesome and spectacular Microsoft's take on augmented or mixed reality may be, like all of its kind, it is still primarily a solitary activity that only the wearer can experience fully. Everyone else, in the end, is simply a spectator. Microsoft, however, might not content with simply accepting that restriction. Researchers at the lab of Jarod Lanier, a VR and AR pioneer in th 80s, are working on what could be the world's first multi-person mixed reality system.

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Google’s Cardboard VR support reaches 100 countries

This week Google has announced that their Cardboard VR app for both Android and iOS is available in 100 countries and in 39 languages. The app itself is well over the 15-million installs point, and Google has made a new update to their software developer kit for Cardboard on Android and Unity to improve performance and improve drift correction, making the entire experience just a bit more smooth. Big companies like ZEISS and Mattel have joined in on the fun by producing their own Google-certified virtual reality viewers for the Cardboard universe as well.

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Hulu’s launching a VR app next month

Samsung’s anticipated Gear VR headset is launching next month, and it’ll only cost $99 USD, making it a financial feasibility for most consumers. To go along with it will be Hulu, which is working on a “virtual reality experience” for its subscribers. The video streaming service will launch its own VR app in November, keeping pace with competing services like YouTube that are also dabbling in the virtual world.

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Google Street View now lets you enter virtual reality

With the help of Google Cardboard, iOS and Android users will soon be entering the virtual reality realm with Street View. Recently split off from Google Maps as its own unique entity, Street View version 2.0 now works with Google Cardboard support. This means that when you tap the Cardboard icon when your device is in landscape mode, the screen will be split in two and adapted to allow you to see in a manner which suits your two unique eyes with two slightly different views.

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Microsoft HoloLens release and pricing set for Q1 2016

The first Development Edition of the Microsoft HoloLens headset is set to be released in the first quarter of 2016. This headset's "development edition" will be titled as such because it'll be made for people wishing to create apps and games for the headset before the headset's first full consumer release. This is a similar release setup to Samsung's GearVR and Oculus' Rift developer edition releases, coming first with early editions to get developers interested, following up then with a real headset for consumers later.

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Project Xray is HoloLens’ truly first-person shooter

Microsoft shows off a game by the name of Project Xray with their mixed reality headset HoloLens. This video game shows off what virtual reality, augmented reality, and holography can do when mixed implicitly. In this game, users are invited to take part in a first-person shooter in which a new controller is introduced into the HoloLens equation, one where this controller overlays a holographic gauntlet onto its user's hand. From there, monsters begin to emerge from the walls and the blasting begins.

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Google Expeditions Pioneer Program makes VR educational

Once only associated with gaming and entertainment, virtual reality is now working its way into sports, news, and soon, classrooms. The latter is what Google was aiming for when it revealed its Google Expeditions plan at Google I/O late last May. Those plans are now coming to fruition, as the company formally launches its Expeditions Pioneer Program, inviting teachers and schools to try out the new technology that could almost literally open students' eyes to the vast world existing outside the four corners of their classrooms.

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