Tag: AR/VR

Culture & Gaming

Umbra lets you instantly view complex 3D images on any device

Umbra is launching a tool called Composit that will let you upload a complex 3D model to the cloud and then view it on any device. The Helsinki, Finland-based company makes it a lot easier for dispersed teams of engineers and product designers to work on the same project without having to be tethered to…

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How WebVR is reinvigorating the fine arts

GUEST: Visiting museums, playing the piano, painting portraits and watching the ballet: activities that conjure up images of yore. Perhaps scenes of Maggie Smith and Helena Bonham Carter traipsing through the Tuscan countryside in “A Room with a View”  may spring to mind. Interestingly, what these pastimes have in common is that despite their low-tech…

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The internet of things meets augmented reality as Evrythng partners with Zappar

Evrythng and Zappar are teaming up to blend augmented reality with the internet of things (IoT). How’s that for combining some popular buzzwords? New York-based Evrythng has created a smart products platform that collects, manages, and applies real-time data to drive IoT applications, or everyday objects that are smart and connected. London-based Zappar has created…

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Tech Museum embraces augmented reality with Body Worlds Decoded exhibit

Museums around the world need to use technology to hold the attention of increasingly tech-savvy children. And that’s doubly true for the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California. The museum in the heart of Silicon Valley is opening a 5,000-square-feet exhibit on October 15 that uses groundbreaking augmented reality technology to bring it…

Culture & Gaming

VR modder re-creates Sonic the Hedgehog’s Green Hill Zone

Of all the many platforming heroes we’d love to bring to VR, we have to admit Sonic the Hedgehog wasn’t one we’d previously considered. As we all know, Sega’s Blue Bullet has gotta go fast, a little too fast for VR comfort levels. That hasn’t stopped a fan from making an unofficial version of the…

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Oculus’ Nate Mitchell: VR ‘expectations got ahead of themselves’

Nate Mitchell is one of the Oculus co-founders and continues to be a key leader at Facebook defining the product strategy for VR going forward. While he works closely with the Rift team, he’s also keenly aware of VR’s evolution over the last five years as he’s part of a small group of Oculus executives…

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Game boss interview: Oculus’s Jason Rubin expects a triple-A VR game from Titanfall maker

Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook wants to reach a goal of getting a billion people into virtual reality. Speaking at the fourth annual Oculus Connect event, he said that Facebook is moving VR in that direction with new models such as the $200 standalone VR headset Oculus Go and the upcoming wireless version of the Rift,…

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Magic Leap will have AR comic books from Madefire (whenever it releases, that is)

Magic Leaps’ augmented reality technology still remains a mystery but, whatever it ends up being, you’ll be able to read comics on it. Madefire this weekend announced a partnership  with Magic Leap to release its digital comic book app on the platform at launch. Readers will be able to project the company’s own ‘Motion Books’, which…

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New XR Basefund preps €50 million fund for VR and AR early stage startups

GUEST: A new early stage VR/AR startup fund has announced that it will launch in Europe by the end of the year. Coined the XR Basefund, the €50 million-sized fund is a co-venture between Ariadne Capital, 2SQRS, and the VRBASE. The XR in the name stands for “extended reality” which has become an abbreviation that…

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Thyng is a platform for creating AR scenes

Thyng wants to create the first augmented reality platform. Last week, the studio launched its free app Thyng 4.0 on iOS, which it built using Apple’s ARKit software development kit. It enables users to create AR scenes by dragging and dropping pre-designed 3D objects or personal photos and videos. Ed LaHood is the founder and…