virtual reality

Star Wars 360 video sends you speeding on Jakku

Star Wars 360 video sends you speeding on Jakku

This morning the first 360-degree immersive Star Wars: The Force Awakens experience was released - and what a doozie it is. This experience comes in the form of a 360-degree Facebook video, created with the technology described in our first ILMxLAB feature. Here you'll be jamming along the sands of Jakku on the speeder you saw in the first couple of teaser trailers for the new movie. You're driving as Rey would, and if you listen closely, you'll hear that the droid BB-8 is along for the ride as well. Watch out for desert marauders while you're out there.

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Epic VR documentary asks: “what is virtual reality?”

Epic VR documentary asks: “what is virtual reality?”

This week the folks at Epic Games have debuted their first documentary series for the virtual reality environment. Not IN the virtual reality realm, but about it. In service to virtual reality, this series of videos will show the world what virtual reality is all about. The first episode goes by the name "A Sense of Presence: What is Virtual Reality?" and attempts to answer just that - in a very short span of time. One of the most major doors VR still needs to unlock for most people is a simple understanding of what this technology is - this video attempts to be the first key.

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PlayStation VR: Sony’s Project Morpheus gets official at Tokyo Game Show

PlayStation VR: Sony’s Project Morpheus gets official at Tokyo Game Show

Just a short time ago, Sony held its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference, where it formally announced its PS4-compatible virtual reality headset as the PlayStation VR. Previously known by the codename Project Morpheus, Sony's headset is still said to be scheduled for release sometime in "early 2016," however the Tokyo Game Show announcement didn't narrow that timeframe down. The most exciting part of the press conference, other than revealing the official name, is that PlayStation VR will be on the show floor later this week to try out.

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Facebook tipped in 360-degree video app project

Facebook tipped in 360-degree video app project

Facebook is developing its own standalone video app that will bring so-called “spherical” videos to one’s mobile device, according to sources. The project is said to be in the early stages at this point, and the goal is an end product that works across multiple platforms, including Android and iOS. The sources stated that it isn’t guaranteed the mobile app will be launched at this point. What the project is named was not revealed.

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Flickr’s developing its own VR experience

Flickr’s developing its own VR experience

If you have Google Cardboard or any sort of more sophisticated virtual reality headset, you've likely used it to watch videos and look at photos. Doing so isn't common at this point, but companies are working quickly to embrace the technology, and Flickr is no different. Over the weekend, Yahoo's photo-hosting service detailed its own virtual reality effort, saying that next year users may be able to view 360-degree panos using Oculus' Rift headset.

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Veteran Disney animator Glen Keane shows how VR and art mix

Veteran Disney animator Glen Keane shows how VR and art mix

Glen Keane, son of Bil Keane, is an American animator who, among other things, is a Disney veteran who helped bring us movies like Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. In a beautiful video, Keane takes us through many things: he touches, briefly, on his own father's animation, then his art and what it means to him, his time at Disney, his process and more. He narrates the video with wonderful candor, but then takes it one step further and dons a VR mask.

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OSVR’s latest “hacker development” headset begins preorders October 1

OSVR’s latest “hacker development” headset begins preorders October 1

OSVR (Open Source Virtual Reality), an open source platform for virtual reality software and hardware, has announced that next month it will begin shipping its latest public prototype version. The headset, which they are calling a "hacker development kit," will see release as HDK 1.3, with pre-orders starting October 1st and shipping to follow shortly after. The new headset is said to improve optics and display, along with offering a larger view box for those with glasses.

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Qualcomm focuses on VR for new flagship Snapdragon

Qualcomm focuses on VR for new flagship Snapdragon

Qualcomm may not be powering the Galaxy Note 5, but the company is looking further afield for applications of its upcoming Snapdragon 820, with an emphasis on VR. The new chip, which is expected to begin appearing in devices in the first half of 2016, is likely to figure strongly in smartphones and tablets - areas in which Qualcomm already has a sizable footprint. However, ambitions for the processor are far broader than that, with specific hardware decisions made to satisfy virtual reality applications.

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