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XR for Media Newsfeed – January 25, 2020

This week’s news includes Sundance 2020 VR experiences; Colin Farrell voicing a VR character; a VR climate change experience; Oculus drops the Go from its business platform; Disney’s “Frozen 2” VR short; Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is the Ultimate VR; and the BBC’s VR learnings from library partnership:

UploadVR: A New Children’s Book Uses VR And AR To Create Immersive Storytelling

UploadVR: Sundance Film Festival 2020 Begins This Week, Featuring Several VR Experiences

Variety: UniFrance Puts Spotlight on Emerging French VR Sector at Rendez-Vous

UploadVR: Watch Colin Farrell Voice VR In Gloomy Eyes Behind-The-Scene Video

UploadVR: Oculus, UN, Sida and XR Impact Present New Climate Change VR Experience, Be Earth

TheVerge: Oculus is dropping the Oculus Go from its business platform

c|Net: Disney’s ‘top secret’ Frozen 2 VR short is heading to Sundance this month

TechCrunch: Disney’s ‘Myth: A Frozen Tale’ should be a case study for anyone filmmaking in VR

VR/focus: CES 2020 Interview: Collaborating In A Mixed Reality World With Spatial

UploadVR: VR Movies Dear Angelica And Henry Arrive On Oculus Quest, But You Should Watch Them With Link

UploadVR: Star Wars: Rise Of The Resistance Shows Why Disney Parks Are The Ultimate VR

BBC: Getting VR to mainstream audiences: what we learnt from our partnership with local libraries

 

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XR for Media Newsfeed – January 18, 2020

This week’s news includes CES 2020 wrap-ups; Disney’s “Frozen 2” VR short; artist uses VR to recreate lost ecosystems; Bigscreen’s VR partnership with Paramount continues; Doctor Who VR Experience “The Runaway”; VRrOOm launces VR platform for immersive live events, and more!

Digital Bodies: Samsung’s AR Glasses Revealed at CES 2020

UploadVR: CES 2020 VR And AR News Roundup: Everything You Might Have Missed

TheGamer: Location Based Virtual Reality Needs Esports To Survive

Animation Magazine: Disney’s ‘Myth’ VR Stirs the Spirits of ‘Frozen II’

Forbes: The Age Of Virtual Reality Tourism Is Fast Approaching

ArtNet News: This Artist Is Using VR to Recreate Lost Ecosystems in the Era of Climate Change

VRScout: Oculus Cinema Takeover Is How The Modern Moviegoing Experience Should Be

VR/focus: Bigscreen Cinema’s Partnership With Paramount Continues Adding More Content

Geek.com: Enter the TARDIS in ‘Doctor Who’ VR Special ‘The Runaway

UploadVR: CES 2020: A Reality Check For The VR And AR Industries

VoyageLA: Meet Christina Heller of Metastage in Sylmar

VRScout: Triton VR Brings Multiplayer Location-Based VR To Quest, Free Alpha Available

UploadVR: Editorial: For A Shot At Survival HTC Vive May Have To Leave Consumers Behind

c|Net: Disney’s ‘top secret’ Frozen 2 VR short is heading to Sundance this month

Broadway World: MelodyVR Launches Virtual Reality Music Discovery Month Feat. Ashnikko and More

a.list: Virtual And Mixed Reality Dominate CES As Consumer Adoption Of Tech Goes Mainstream

VRScout: Bigscreen Announces New Lineup Of Space-Themed Movies Heading To VR Theaters

Hartford Courant: A brand new virtual reality exhibit will take you behind the scenes of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I have a dream’ speech

Variety: VRrOOm to Launch VR Platform for Immersive, Multi-User Streaming of Live Events

 

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VR Review: The Under Presents

The Under Presents is the most unusual VR experience I’ve had in a long time. It’s partly a game, and partly a social environment where you can interact with other people in VR. The primary setting is “The Under”, a cabaret-style nightclub where various musical and entertainment acts perform on a rotating basis. The host, or “MC,” is a strange creature with a large metallic face and misshapen eyes, who guides you through the world of The Under.

Besides the nightclub itself, there is also a story side of the game, comprised of three Acts and and Epilogue. The story mode is accessible from a corner of the nightclub, via a photobooth-like portal called the “Time Boat”. The story takes place on The Aickman, a passenger ship with multiple characters engaged in a mysterious encounter at sea. You are able to navigate almost anywhere on the ship, following various passengers as you watch the story unfold. You can also manipulate time by rewinding or fast-forwarding to any moment within each act.

TUP MC

Although it defies description, the best way to categorize The Under Presents would be to call it “immersive VR theater.” Similar to other games such as The Invisible Hours or Eleven Eleven, this game (if you can call it that) invites you in as an observer, with little if any ability to affect the story. (At least as far as I can tell.) The intriguing nature of the game is that it gives you no instructions or hand-holding, encouraging you to discover the mechanics of interacting and navigating on your own.

This makes it all the more compelling to come back and discover more. Each time you launch the game, you may discover something new by yourself, or be introduced to something surprising by another player.

Weil

Which brings me to the most interesting aspect of the game. For the first four months after launch, you may encounter live actors performing on the stage, or interacting with you directly in the nightclub setting. Developer Tender Claws has partnered with immersive theater company Piehole to bring live actors into the game. As far as I know, this is the first time this has been done in a VR game, and adds an intriguing and entertaining aspect to The Under which really makes it come alive.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Under Presents, and will keep coming back to uncover more of the mystery of this amazing VR experience.

 

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 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.

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