XR for Media Newsfeed – November 17, 2019

This week’s news includes VR in Space; Nissan puts drivers in the VR seat; Watchmen AR “Liveboards”; John Carmack pivots to AI; Doctor Who VR review; David Bowie motion capture; Virtual Dioramas; and Yahoo’s immersive news initiative:

VentureBeat: AR and VR will make spatial journalism the future of reporting

Space.com: Virtual Reality Project Shows Life and Science on the Space Station

Forbes: The VR Companies Shaking Up Location-Based Entertainment

MediaPost: Nissan Puts Drivers In The Virtual Reality Seat

UploadVR: Report: Apple Targeting 2022 For Oculus Quest Competitor, 2023 For AR Glasses

Th3rdEyeXR: Watchmen AR “Liveboards” Surprise City Commuters in LA, NYC

PC Gamer: John Carmack says he’s not ‘satisfied with the pace of progress’ in VR development

BoingBoing: Oculus headset giving you a headache? Come see ye olde analog virtual reality in Los Angeles!

CNBC: There’s a race to replace our iPhones with smart glasses we wear everywhere

UploadVR: Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time Review: A Few Sonic Screws Short Of A Winner

VRScout: Real-Time Motion Capture Brings David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust Back To Life

VR/focus: Oculus Quest & A Fisherman’s Take Among VR Awards 2019 Winners

VRScout: Warner Bros. SCOOB! Trailer The First To Come Embedded With YouTube AR Experience

The Verge: John Carmack stepping down as CTO of Oculus to work on AI

blooloop: Turnkey solutions, immersive experiences and HOLOGATE BLITZ: How one company is leading the way in VR

Hackaday: ASK HACKADAY: IS ANYONE SAD PHONE VR IS DEAD?

VR/focus: VR Days Europe’s Virtual Dioramas Exhibition Looks To Redefine Immersive Art

VRScout: World Bank Turns To VR Filmmaking To Fight Global Poverty

Variety: Yahoo News Kicks off Immersive News Initiative With Camp Fire AR Story (EXCLUSIVE)

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Roy Kachur is a Media Technologist, IT Architect, and VR Evangelist. He has worked in the information technology field since the 1990’s, and in the media industry since 2014. He believes that VR will play a significant role in the future of media.

XR for Media Newsfeed – November 9, 2019

Stories this week include an exciting Apple/Valve partnership rumor; a new Jumanji experience at The VOID; Disney debuts a new Disney VR short; Wolves in the Walls wraps up; new Star Trek and Terminator location-based VR experiences; and Microsoft Hololens 2 launches:

MacRumors: DigiTimes: Apple Partnering With Valve to Develop AR Headset

ChannelNewsAsia: Commentary: E-sports is the future of all sports

Variety: The Void Teams Up With Sony Pictures on ‘Jumanji’ VR Experience (EXCLUSIVE)

VRScout: Play As A Transformer In This Upcoming Multiplayer Location-Based VR Game

Immerse: What Can the First Years of VR Nonfiction Tell Us About Its Future?

Delish: Panera To Start Using Augmented Reality To Let Customers See Nutrition Facts

UploadVR: Sky Series Britannia Gets Free VR Tie-In With Impressive Volumetric Capture

Immersive Shooter: XR/AR/VR event calendar 2020

AWN: New Disney VR Short ‘Myth: A Frozen Tale’ Debuts Tonight at ‘Frozen 2’ World Premiere

VRScout: The Final Chapter Of Wolves In The Walls Arrives On Oculus Headsets

UploadVR: Star Trek: Discovery Away Mission Review — Engaging Trekkies At SandboxVR

Variety: VRstudios Launches ‘Terminator’ VR Experience at Dave & Buster’s (EXCLUSIVE)

Animation Magazine: XRDC 2019: The Future of Immersive Technology

c|net: HoloLens 2: Microsoft’s augmented reality headset launches, but it’s $3,500

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Roy Kachur is a Media Technologist, IT Architect, and VR Evangelist. He has worked in the information technology field since the 1990’s, and in the media industry since 2014. He believes that VR will play a significant role in the future of media.

XR for Media Newsfeed – November 2, 2019

Stories this week include Smart Fabric Technology for Oculus Quest, Augmented Reality for Sports, Facebook Spaces shuts down, how 5G will help VR and AR (or not), Disney Star Wars VR, and Weather Channel’s use of Mixed Reality:

Variety: Virtual Reality Grows in Sophistication but Fees Remain a Challenge, Ji.hlava’s VR Section Chief Says

VRScout: Smart Fabric Technology Brings Touch Haptics To The Oculus Quest

Forbes: Revolutionizing Sports With Augmented Reality

UploadVR: Facebook Spaces Shuts Down To ‘Make Way’ For Facebook Horizon

ImmersiveShooter: XR Journalism is here – get inspired and get to work

RoadToVR: ‘Facebook Spaces’ Has Been Shut Down But Its Lessons Shouldn’t Be Forgotten

RoadToVR: Sifting Reality From Hype: What 5G Does (and Doesn’t) Mean for VR & AR

Orlando Business Journal: Here’s how Disney may refine Star Wars VR experience & more

Variety: How The Weather Channel Is Pioneering Mixed Reality for Live Television

CinemaBlend: New John Wick: Chapter 3 Video Reveals How VR Helped Bring Together An Epic Fight Scene

TIME.com: You Can Now Take a Virtual Tour of the West Bank and Gaza

c|net: Requiem for a Daydream: RIP, phone VR

RoadToVR: New Oculus Social Tools Will Help VR Feel More Like a Place, Less Like a Game

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Roy Kachur is a Media Technologist, IT Architect, and VR Evangelist. He has worked in the information technology field since the 1990’s, and in the media industry since 2014. He believes that VR will play a significant role in the future of media.

XR for Media Newsfeed – October 26, 2019

Stories this week include Microsoft’s DreamWalker VR, a release date announcement for Doctor Who VR game The Edge of Time, new 5G tech solutions for XR, and Apollo 11 on HoloLens 2:

RoadToVR: 360° Live-action Thriller ‘Agent Emerson’ Launches in November, Trailer Here

ArsTechnica: Microsoft’s DreamWalker VR turns your daily commute into a totally different one

TechCrunch: Sandbox VR raises millions more in celebrity party round

EuroGamer: Doctor Who VR game The Edge of Time gets November release date

yahoo!finance: Verizon develops new 5G edge technology that will revolutionize mobility for XR

RoadToVR: Epic’s HoloLens 2 Demo ‘Apollo 11: Mission AR’ Showcases Impressive PC-quality Graphics

RoadToVR: NVIDIA Announces CloudXR for AR/VR Rendering of SteamVR Applications Over 5G

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Roy Kachur is a Media Technologist, IT Architect, and VR Evangelist. He has worked in the information technology field since the 1990’s, and in the media industry since 2014. He believes that VR will play a significant role in the future of media.

XR for Media Newsfeed – October 19, 2019

Stories this week include more on Avengers: Damage Control at The VOID, the shutdown of Google’s Daydream VR platform, the Mona Lisa in VR, BBC ending its two-year VR experiment, and much more below:

Collider: First Impressions: We’ve Played the ‘Avengers: Damage Control’ VR

Wired: Avengers: Damage Control Pushes VR to New Heights 

Variety: Google Ships Pixel 4 Without Daydream VR Support, Stops Selling Daydream Viewer

Engadget: Google’s Daydream VR experiment is over

Engadget: The (Day)dream is over: Phone-based VR is well and truly dead

UploadVR: The Death Of Daydream Isn’t The Death Of The Dream, VR’s Just Growing Up

New York Times: Meeting the ‘Mona Lisa’ for an Intimate (Virtual) Rendezvous

UploadVR: BBC’s VR Work Will Continue As VR Hub Stops Commissioning + Production

Engadget: BBC winds down its in-house VR production team

Forbes: Can Virtual Reality Capture The Experience Of Being In A Museum?

Variety: AmazeVR Strikes Immersive Content Distribution Deal With Atlas V, Felix & Paul Studios (EXCLUSIVE)

Fortune: Meet the Executive Leading Facebook’s Big Augmented and Virtual Reality Push

a.list: Virtual Reality Marketing In The Time Of Oculus Quest

Motley Fool: AR and VR Are Cool Tech Ideas, but They Are Not Hot Investments

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Roy Kachur is a Media Technologist, IT Architect, and VR Evangelist. He has worked in the information technology field since the 1990’s, and in the media industry since 2014. He believes that VR will play a significant role in the future of media.

XR for Media Newsfeed – October 5, 2019

Stories this week include a VR tour of Verailles, Verizon’s acquisition of Jaunt XR, GoPro Max 360 camera, leadership change at Nomadic, new Avengers VR experience at The VOID, and much more below:

Engadget: Google used photogrammetry to create a detailed VR tour of Versailles

RoadToVR: Verizon Acquires Jaunt XR’s Augmented Reality Tech

Popular Science: 360-Degree cameras haven’t caught on, but GoPro’s Max camera hopes new tricks can change that

Variety: VR Startup Nomadic Replaces CEO Doug Griffin With Former The Void CEO Cliff Plumer

Th3rdEyeXR: Apple Rolls Out AR Dev Platform Reality Composer with iOS

UploadVR: Oculus Quest Firmware Update Adds Stereo Passthrough, 3DoF Mode, Go Apps

VRScout: Discover Your Hogwarts House With An AR Sorting Hat Ceremony, Available Now

UploadVR: The Void Announces Avengers: Damage Control VR Experience, Tickets On Sale Now

VentureBeat: AR is big — 5G will make it huge

ZDNet: How 5G will affect augmented reality and virtual reality

VR/focus: Later This October Post Malone is Live in Concert via Oculus Venues

wccftech: Interview: Magic Leap was a Flop, But More AR/VR Unicorns Are Coming

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Roy Kachur is a Media Technologist, IT Architect, and VR Evangelist. He has worked in the information technology field since the 1990’s, and in the media industry since 2014. He believes that VR will play a significant role in the future of media.

XR for Media Newsfeed – September 28, 2019

The biggest news this week comes from Oculus Connect 6! See below for all the details on announcements, product launches, new headset features, and much more. A few other XR stories from around the web are thrown in for good measure:

NextReality: Terrifying Swarms of Mosquitoes Help David Beckham Fight Malaria with Facebook AR Effect & Billboards

c|Net: Emmy-nominated VR film Traveling While Black puts you in the Jim Crow era

Polygon: Where Oculus VR games go from here

Variety: Google’s VR180 Format Stalls After Camera Manufacturers Pull Back

Th3rdEyeXR: Facebook, Ray-Ban Co-Developing AR Glasses, Named “Orion”

VR/focus: NextVR and NBA Continue League Pass Collaboration Revealing 2019-20 Schedule

c|Net: Mark Zuckerberg sees the future of AR inside VR like Oculus Quest

Variety: Oculus Quest Gets Hand Tracking, Rift/PC Compatibility

engadget: Who needs the Rift S when the Oculus Quest can do everything?

MyTechDecisions: Live Sports Broadcasting VR is an Example of How Virtual Reality Can Dramatically Alter an Industry

RoadToVR: Hands-on: Oculus Link Makes Quest Feel Like a Native PC VR Headset

RoadToVR: PC Tethering on Quest is a Huge Upgrade, Making Rift S a Tough Sell

VRScout: FandangoNow Brings 90,000 Movies And TV Shows To Oculus Quest And Go

arsTechnica: We put Oculus Quest’s two craziest new VR features through their paces

UploadVR: OC6: Oculus Quest Can Run SteamVR Games Via Link, Facebook Says

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Roy Kachur is a Media Technologist, IT Architect, and VR Evangelist. He has worked in the information technology field since the 1990’s, and in the media industry since 2014. He believes that VR will play a significant role in the future of media.

XR for Media Newsfeed – September 21, 2019

Interesting week for XR in Media! Here are the articles for this week, including a new location-based VR motion simulator, Cartoon Network’s upcoming VR game, a VR violin performance, AR documentary on homelessness, Björk’s VR album and more:

VR/focus: Hologate Bliz Offers New Immersive Possibilities for VR Arcades

Animation Magazine: Cartoon Network Logs In to ‘Journeys VR’ Oct. 1

VRScout: 400K Live Viewers Tuned In For Lindsey Stirling’s VR Violin Performance

NextReality: Augmented Reality Documentary ‘These Sleepless Nights’ Explores the US Homelessness Epidemic

RoadtoVR: Björk Releases ‘Vulnicura Virtual Reality Album’, A Collection of Immersive Music Videos

NextReality: Snapchat Doubles Down on AR Billboards to Promote Snap Originals Series

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XR for Media Newsfeed – September 13, 2019

Lots of great articles this week, including the Weather Channel’s use of mixed reality for reporting, VR in theme park rides, secrets of the tech behind The VOID, launch info on the new HTC Vive Cosmos, TIME Immersive’s new AR experience, and Adam Savage’s “Tested VR”:

FastCompany: Inside the Weather Channel’s quest to reinvent storm chasing

Forbes.com: The Best and Most Thrilling Virtual Reality (VR) Theme Park Rides In The World

VRespawn: Magic in The VOID: A VR Experience Unmatched

Variety: HTC Replaces Vive With New $699 Vive Cosmos VR Headset

RoadToVR: Hands-on: Vive Cosmos Aims to Reboot the Vive Experience

VRScout: TIME Immersive AR Experience Shines A Spotlight On The Rapidly Shrinking Amazon Rainforest

RoadToVR: Adam Savage’s ‘Tested VR’ Takes You on a Virtual Tour of Maker Workshops

Variety: Hulu Discontinues VR App for Google’s Daydream Headset

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The VOID to add 25 new VR destinations in US and Europe

Location-based virtual reality startup The VOID and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) announced a partnership to launch 25 new VR entertainment centers across the US and Europe. Full roll-out will be completed by 2022.

New pop-ups will open this summer at Westfield shopping centers in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Additional permanent venues will be established in Paris, London, and Stockholm.

More from today’s announcement:

The VOID, a Utah-based venture with experiential content deals spanning entertainment studios, including Disney and Sony, is recognised as the most immersive of virtual reality experiences and represents the future of entertainment. Titles include Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, the award-winning experience by ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm; Ralph Breaks VR, by ILMxLAB created in collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios; Ghostbusters: Dimension, and original content Nicodemus: Demon of Evanishment, with several new experiences still to be released. The partnership will allow The VOID to scale its presence globally, taking advantage of URW’s unique network of flagship destinations. Together with The VOID, URW will offer its visitors a cutting-edge, first-to-market entertainment across its locations, in line with the Group’s strategy to differentiate through exceptional and memorable experiences.

The two companies will kick off their partnership this summer with four temporary pop-ups expected to open in August and September with Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire and Ralph Breaks VR. URW flagship destinations set to debut these pop-ups include Westfield World Trade Center in New York, Westfield San Francisco Centre, Westfield Santa Anita in the Los Angeles metro area and Westfield UTC in San Diego. All of these centres will open permanent The VOID locations in the subsequent months.

Additional permanent locations – to be announced in due time – are slated to include URW centres in cities such as Paris, London, Amsterdam, Chicago, Copenhagen, Oberhausen, San Jose, Stockholm and Vienna.

Last week, The VOID received a $20 million investment from James Murdoch. Location-based virtual reality (LBVR) is proving to be an interesting sector of the VR industry, with companies like DreamscapeZero LatencySPACES and Nomadic joining The VOID in delivering premium multi-player VR experiences for out-of-home customers.

 

Roy Kachur is a Media Technologist, IT Architect, and VR Evangelist. He has worked in the information technology field since the 1990’s, and in the media industry since 2014. He believes that VR will play a significant role in the future of media.

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