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+ - 'Genesis' is a VR Immersion-machine That Takes You on a Reality-bending Ride->

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An anonymous reader writes "Kite & Lightning (http://bit.ly/1k6maYX), the developers behind the extraordinary 'Senza Peso' virtual reality mini-opera (http://bit.ly/1kWaRqe), have a metal machine parked in the middle of their office called Genesis. The device, which points eight speakers, two subwoofers, three tactile transducers, and a fan at a user laying down at its center, uses the Oculus Rift and the power of video, audio, and tactile feedback to send you on a wild ride that plays with your sense of what's 'up' and what's 'down'."
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+ - Google Adds Virtual Reality Street View Mode to Google Maps for Android->

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An anonymous reader writes "With the launch of Google’s Cardboard VR smartphone adapter at Google I/O 2014 earlier this week, the company hopes to kickstart VR development for Android. In addition to the Cardboard app, Google has pushed out and updated version of Google Maps which includes a VR mode for Street View."
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+ - Walkmouse is an Elegant, Motorised Omni-Directional Treadmill Built for VR->

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An anonymous reader writes "Road to VR take a look at a new omni-direction treadmill with no harness that lets you move untethered through a virtual environment.

"The device houses 100s of motorised spirals which detect traction and respond by spinning under your feet to simulate the ground moving underneath them. At the same time, the unit reads input data from your actions which can be fed into an application or game experience.""

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+ - 'Hello, Again' is a Virtual Reality Concert Experience Unlike Any Other->

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An anonymous reader writes "'Hello, Again' by Director Chris Milk (http://bit.ly/1lT2njJ) is an audacious virtual reality concert experience featuring Beck playing an arrangement of David Bowie's Sound and Vision. Viewers don the Oculus Rift and are transported to the circular concert venue with Beck at the center and some 170 musicians flanking the audience around him. Recorded with 360 degree camera rigs, and a creepy looking multi-channel binaural audio microphone (http://bit.ly/1nIYpsd) which was invented specifically for the project, viewers can look (and hear) all around them. The spherical binaural audio creates an incredibly accurate soundscape wherein the user can hear and locate specific instruments through sound alone—great when trying to pinpoint the guy playing the musical saw (http://bit.ly/1o7OG0C). There are three 360 degree video/audio rigs placed throughout the venue, two of which are rolling along circular tracks to tour the viewer through the audience and musicians; the user can jump between them at any point, including a vantage point right on stage with Beck. The director, who's known for his high-tech interactive work, says that he's "working on a number of live-action VR projects at the moment.”"
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+ - Sneak Peek at Black Mass, A VR Horror Short By Director of Paranormal Activity 5->

Submitted by muterobert
muterobert (2927951) writes "Road to VR's Ben Lang gets an exclusive viewing of the first made-for-VR horror movies, Black Mass:

"The short snippet of Jaunt’s horror experience that I saw opened with me in the middle of some sort of storage room. Haphazardly organized materials and tools were strewn around the area. In front of me was a young girl in a white dress, maybe 10 years old. She was staring right at me; I wasn’t just an observer, I was to be a participant in this experience. “I think you’re bleeding,” she said.""

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+ - Killing Zombies in VR with the Latest Version of Project Holodeck at E3 2014->

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muterobert (2927951) writes "Ben Lang from Road to VR goes hands on and heads in with virtual reality technology company Survios' newest version of untethered VR system 'Prime 3'. He moves around the virtual space, holding and reloading weapons as you would in real life.

"At one point while playing, I was wielding the shotgun with two hands, with the table of weapons was on my right side. Several zombies were approaching and I needed a bit more fire power. I dropped the shotgun, reached over with my right hand to grab the tommy gun off the table, then virtually tossed it from my right hand to my left hand (because I’m a lefty), then pulled my pistol out of the holster with my right hand and continued to shoot both weapons.""

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+ - E3 2014: First Look GameFace Labs Mark 5 Prototype, VR Never Looked So Good->

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An anonymous reader writes "Let me tell you, 2.5K virtual reality is gorgeous.

Even since I first put my head into Nick Pittom’s Spirited Away VR – Boiler Room Scene, I’ve been dying to see it at a resolution that did it justice. With the demo running on the GameFace Mark 5, that wish was finally answered. In my brief time with the Mark 5 prototype, the screen door effect seemed largely eliminated."

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+ - Control VR is the Virtual Reality Data Glove You Always Wanted->

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An anonymous reader writes "... another solution has launched and it bears more resemblance to how you always imagined your VR gear to look. Control VR is a motion / gesture capture system comprising motion sensors and unique (at present in the consumer space at least) data gloves which track your upper body and finger movement at rotational accuracy, Control VR claim, down to the 10th of a degree."
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+ - New Valve Prototype VR Headset Shows up at VR Meetup in Boston->

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An anonymous reader writes "The last time we saw Valve's prototype VR headset, which they said was built to the spec that could be found in a consumer product by 2015, it was a using an 'inside-out' tracking approach where a camera mounted on the VR headset tracked markers placed all over the walls and ceiling of the demo room. This week, at a VR meetup in Boston, Valve had a new prototype to show (http://bit.ly/SoWDTz), featuring an 'outside-in' tracking approaching where a single camera trackings IR-LEDs built into the case of the VR headset, much like the forthcoming Oculus Rift DK2 (http://bit.ly/PPPhb0). Valve's latest prototype is thought to be using two 1080p displays in portrait orientation, compared to a single 1080p display in the Oculus Rift DK2."
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+ - My Neighbor Totoro in virtual reality – bus stop scene for the Oculus Rift->

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An anonymous reader writes "Nick Pitton, the developer behind the Spirited Away Boiler Room VR experience (http://bit.ly/1nE0v1a), has released his second project: the bus stop seam from Studio Ghibli's famous movie 'My Neighbor Totoro' once again in virtual reality for the Oculus Rift (http://bit.ly/1oenps8). Pittom 'hand-painted' the textures in Photoshop to recreated the painted-background feel of the movie. For the characters (Totoro and the Catbus) he used a cel-shaded approached to approximate the animated look from the movie. For his next project, he plans to recreate the ship and characters from the acclaimed anime, Cowboy Bebop."
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+ - Tegra K1 Powered Mobile VR Headset Heading to E3 with Front-facing Depth Camera

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An anonymous reader writes "GameFace Labs, the company working on an Android-based mobile VR headset, revealed that they'll be bringing their latest 'Mark 5 prototype' to be shown at E3 (http://bit.ly/1oAQ2kq). After being the first to show a VR headset with a 2.5k display (http://bit.ly/1odi6MW), GameFace's new prototype will be built around the Android-based Tegra K1 'Super Chip' and include a front-facing depth camera, custom optics, HDMI-out, micro-USB, and 3.5mm headphone port. GameFace plans to launch a developer kit of their mobile VR headset by the end of 2014."

+ - Duo Sneak an Oculus Rift Onto Roller Coaster for a Wild Ride-> 1

Submitted by bobbrocolli
bobbrocolli (3647945) writes "Equipped with a hidden laptop and Oculus Rift, O’Driscoll may be the first person to have ever gone on a ‘Real VR’ roller coaster with perfect motion feedback. The duo’s system displayed a virtual version of the exact same roller coaster that O’Driscoll and Forder were on. With some practice they managed to sync the virtual reality roller coaster to the real rollercoaster."
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+ - Indie Developer Crashes PAX East With an Oculus Rift and Draws Huge Crowds->

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An anonymous reader writes "[James thought] he'd try his luck at some guerilla PR tactics and crash PAX East with his trusty Oculus Rift and demo rig in tow. After many laps of the PAX East Show floor, James was about ready to give up and go home, but on his final round he spotted a demo station with one lone occupant and his Oculus Rift. This was his chance."
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+ - Build a Smartphone VR Headset That Plays Oculus Rift Games and More for $20->

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An anonymous reader writes "Not everyone can drop a few hundred dollars on a VR headset, but that doesn’t mean they can’t experience VR! For those with the time and a bit of handiwork skill, this DIY guide from guest writer Ohaple will show you how to make a smartphone-based VR headset for as little as $20. Along the way, you’ll learn the hardware and software basics of a VR headset."
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