Google opens up VR field trip app Expeditions to everyone

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Ever fancied exploring the surface of Mars, venturing to Antarctica or diving to the great barrier reef in VR? Well, you’re in luck, as Google’s opened up its education app Expeditions to everyone.

Until now, it’s only been available to classroom students, but Google announced at the education tech ISTE conference this week that it would bring the app to the Google Play store.

Expeditions is a virtual reality ‘field trip’...

By Rachael Power, 28 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications.

Opinion: The future of VR and the challenges which need to be overcome

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Virtual reality is not a new medium in itself, it’s actually been around for decades with one of the first uses being the Sensorama by Morten Heilig. This crazy machine not only showed visuals and sound but also scent, a real trailblazer. VR went on to be used by NASA, the US army, in gaming arcades and all over popular culture through the 70s, 80s and 90s, apparently falling into obscurity in early 2000s.

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By Henry Stuart, 20 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Ecosystems, Gaming.

zSpace review: Virtual reality learning in the classroom

When I was in school, science class became way more interesting when we had collaborative learning through hands-on labs. Those few group experiences, such as dissecting an actual frog, made science real and always left us hungry for more.  

Fast forward to the present and a company named zSpace. Their Virtual Reality Learning Experience has transformed the classroom lab time into a collaborative VR learning playground, enabling education beyond our wildest dreams and far exceeding the labs...

By Benjamin & Judie Ram, 15 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Devices.

Netflix teases with virtual reality video store for HTC Vive at Hack Day

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Netflix seems like a fun place to work. Every six months or so, it gives its team of engineers and designers the chance to take part in a Hack Day, where they work on various features and improvements to the service.

Unfortunately, many of the hacks aren't kept, used or implemented by Netflix. However, we really wish they'd stick with one of its latest ones, where three developers got together to create a demo of a...

By Rachael Power, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Devices.

Oculus update stops Rift games on Vive, Revive responds with update bypassing DRM

Oculus updated its app last week, which stopped the Revive patch that allowed HTC Vive users to access games from the Oculus store.

Until last week, players could use Revive to access the Oculus store. However, Revive developer CrossVR posted on Reddit last Friday that Oculus’ latest update which included ‘platform integrity checks’, had broken support for Revive.

“Tl;dr: Oculus prevented people who don’t own an Oculus Rift from playing Oculus Home games,”

By Rachael Power, 24 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Devices, Hardware.

YouTube on iOS gets Google Cardboard support for VR videos

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YouTube users on iOS can now experience VR videos on Google Cardboard, thanks to the app’s latest update.

Version 11.18 has launched Google Cardboard support, so viewers can “watch any video in VR”.

YouTube has supported 360 degree videos since May 2015, and late last year the functionality was released for the Android version of the app.

But now, iOS device owners only need...

By Rachael Power, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, iOS.

Live Nation partners with NextVR to livestream concerts

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Ever fancied being fully immersed in a live concert, without all the pushing, shoving and ridiculously tall people standing in front of you?

Going forward, you may well be able to. Global concert search engine Live Nation recently announced a partnership with VR broadcasting startup NextVR, which means it’ll begin streaming “hundreds of live, cutting-edge performances in virtual reality to music fans worldwide”.

It’s unknown yet what concerts and...

By Rachael Power, 17 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications.

VRidge enables Oculus VR games on Cardboard

A new app has been launched that will adapt the Oculus Rift output for use with a Google Cardboard headset.

The new software, VRidge, enables smaller and cheaper virtual reality (VR) headsets such as Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard to be modified to run games like higher-end machines like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Developed by Riftcat, VRidge adapts the head-tracking input and stereoscopic output of the Oculus Rift to an Android smartphone app. Once set up, it can...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, Devices, Gaming.

GAME acquires augmented reality firm Ads Reality

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Gaming retail giant GAME has acquired augmented technology firm Ads Reality for £20m, in a bid to develop its digital engagement strategy.

Ads Reality specialises in the development of augmented reality across the retail, video game and entertainment industries. It’s a five year old operation and its team of developers and engineers will continue to work on developing its technologies.

GAME had originally acquired a minority stake in...

By Rachael Power, 06 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Gaming.