Tag Archives: Virtual Reality

XR for Media Newsfeed – March 22, 2020

This week’s news includes Martin Luther King’s VR March on Washington; the Coronavirus and Virtual Reality; VR arcades closing; Magic Leap’s future in doubt; Virtual Disney attractions; and more:

Immerse: Immersive Non-Fiction Highlights of 2019

CreativePlanetNetwork: Join MLK’s 1963 March on Washington… in Virtual Reality

Digital Bodies: The Coronavirus and Virtual Reality

Venture Beat: Oculus Quest’s best media apps

Forbes: Is VR The Solution To The Impact Coronavirus Is Having On The Events Industry?

Forbes: VR Takes The Stage As Conferences Cancel

VRGear: The NBA Season is Postponed – This is Why VR Should Care

Digital Bodies: Magic Leap’s Future in Doubt with Sale or Partnership

VRScout: CEO Shows Life In China Under Coronavirus Quarantine With 360 VR Video

UploadVR: Vertigo Arcades Offering Relief Packages To LBE VR Customers In Response To Coronavirus Outbreak

TechCrunch: Virtual reality scales back its real world presence

People.com: Stuck on the Couch? Here’s How to Take a Virtual ‘Ride’ On Your Favorite Disney Attractions

Forbes: How Virtual Reality Could Help The Travel & Tourism Industry In The Aftermath Of The Coronavirus Outbreak

McKnight’s: Harnessing the power of virtual reality to reduce social isolation amid a global pandemic

Hackernoon: Will the Corona Virus Aftermath Lead to a Resurgence in Virtual Reality?

 

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XR for Media Newsfeed – March 1, 2020

This week’s news includes Cannes Film Festival VR expansion; Linden Lab spins off “Sansar”; Oculus TV Documentary “Everest VR”; VR Journey “The Dawn of Art” with Daisy Ridley; Sundance VR recap; Boulder International Film Festival, and more:

Variety: Cannes Film Festival Plots Major Expansion to VR Program

RoadToVR: Linden Lab Planning to Spin Off ‘Sansar’ to Refocus on ‘Second Life’

VRScout: Jaw-Dropping Oculus TV Documentary ‘Everest VR’ Is An Absolute Must-Watch

VR and Fun: ‘The Dawn of Art’ Takes You On A VR Journey Voiced By Daisy Ridley From Star Wars

VRScout: VR Multiplayer Art Exhibit ‘Museum of Other Realities’ Now Available On PC VR

CNN: How virtual reality is changing the live music experience

Engadget: Google’s latest VR app lets you gaze at prehistoric paintings

Inverse: AT SUNDANCE, VIRTUAL REALITY DEFIED CATEGORIZATION

Yahoo!: Boulder International Film Festival Showcases the Latest Virtual Reality Films and Augmented Reality Art

 

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XR for Media Newsfeed – February 9, 2020

This week’s news includes the Top 50 XR experiences of 2019; Samsung’s environmentally focused 360 short films; making “The Remedy” VR film; Cinequest Film Festival premieres LIFE-GIVER; Sundance VR/AR recap and more:

Forbes: The Top 50 XR Experiences Of 2019

RoadToVR: Samsung XR and EarthX Debut Environmentally-focused 360 Short Films

CreativePlanetNetwork: Explore the VR Experience “Seven Worlds, One Planet” (and See It Being Created)

RoadToVR: Making ‘The Remedy’ – How A Veteran Illustrator Made one of VR’s Best Short Films With ‘Quill’

VR/focus: Cinequest Film Festival To Premiere VR Movie LIFE-GIVER In March

RoadToVR: Mother Meets Recreation of Her Deceased Child in VR

The Verge: SUNDANCE VR AND AR GOT EXTREMELY WEIRD IN 2020

 

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XR for Media Newsfeed – February 2, 2020

This week’s news includes Rebuilding Notre Dame in VR; more on Disney’s “Frozen 2” VR short film; location-based AmazeVR raises more cash; Amazon’s AR/VR streaming over 5G; “Gloomy Eyes” VR film comes to Quest, Rift, and Vive; and a communal VR music video journey:

UploadVR: Oculus Introduces Rebuilding Notre Dame VR — Before And After Fire

Variety: ‘Frozen 2’-Inspired VR Film ‘Myth’ Creates Beautifully Immersive ‘Fairy Tale Within a Fairy Tale’

c|Net: Disney fans will love Frozen VR. When can they see it? Maybe…never

TechCrunch: Los Angeles’ AmazeVR raises more cash, heads to Incheon for first location-based VR installation

RoadToVR: Amazon Promises “single-digit latency” for AR/VR Streaming Over 5G with AWS Wavelength

AnimationMagazine: ARTE Brings Poetic VR Project ‘Gloomy Eyes’ to Quest, Rift & Vive

VRScout: Communal VR Music Video Took Us On A Volumetric Journey Through Reggae, Classical, Grime, And Calypso

 

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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.

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