Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Yahoo Co-Founder Jerry Yang Is Investing Big In Virtual Reality

Yahoo is a Silicon Valley giant and the man who unleashed it is Jerry Yang, Yahoo’s co-founder, and former chief executive officer. After departing Yahoo fully in 2012, Yang led Ame Cloud Ventures to invest in technology companies. Through Ame (pronounced “ah-may”) Yang has become a mentor to scores of startups while also transforming into one of the Valley’s most notable financial backers.

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VR Game Controllers Should Give us Superhero Capabilities, While be Super Intuitive and Natural

For years the way to move in video games and 3D environments was pretty simple. You’d use a keyboard, a mouse, a 3D-mouse or the joysticks of a gamepad. Those were perfectly suited because of the distance between you and the screen. You were not in the 3D model or in the game, you were looking from the outside in. VR changes all that and requires the industry to come up with new ways of moving.

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Hands-On: ‘Envelop VR’ And How It Differs From ‘Virtual Desktop’ and ‘BigScreen’

Since late last year I’ve been hearing about Envelop VR and its plan for a Windows “VR shell”. It would allow you to operate all the apps on your PC from within VR. Software like Virtual Desktop, BigScreen and even the SteamVR interface itself, mirrors what’s shown on the display outside of VR. Understanding exactly how Envelop VR (which closed a $5.5 million funding round at the start of the year) differs from those other solutions has been difficult…until now.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

This Ridiculous Rig Turns The Rift Wireless Using Kids Toys!

While the Rift and Vive VR headsets are similar in many ways, they differ in one critical aspect. The headsets use dramatically different tracking systems. The Oculus Rift needs a camera connected to the PC to track your movement while the Vive uses laser base stations at either end of the room. The laser boxes don’t need to be connected to the PC, making it easy for HP and Alienware to think up completely wireless backpack PCs that work with the Vive to let you walk freely around large spaces in VR.

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Oculus Partner Hidden Path Discusses The Struggles of VR Game Development

With Virtual Reality in it’s infancy, it’s a bold move for video game companies to dive headfirst into it. However, the people over at “Hidden Path” have made this bold leap! This has started to become a trend, and it’ll be interesting to see what other companies follow this path.

Pokemon Go, Augmented Reality (AR) app for iPhone and Android, crashes on it’s first day!

This game has been in the works for a long time, and with it’s first day of release well underway, it’s already one of the most downloaded Apps in both Australia and Japan! These two regions, as well as New Zealand, have been the only places in the world where the world famous app has been released. Now, people can use their iPhone’s and Androids to catch some of their favorite first generation pokemon!

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Slap Leap Motion’s mounting kit on your Rift or Vive for hand-free VR

The Leap Motion has been available for some time now and was in fact the first tracking solution for those wanting to see their hands in virtual reality. However, following the release of the consumer-grade headsets from Oculus and HTC, it was found that mounting the tracker on them wasn’t very easy. Fortunately, Leap has now released a new mounting kit making it possible to add all sorts of hand-tracking nuances to your virtual experiences.

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