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Next Samsung Mobile VR Headset Will Have Inside-Out Positional Tracking

Adnan Farooqui November 22, 2017


Samsung has already made a name for itself in the mobile VR headset market with the Gear VR. The virtual reality headset relies on a supported Samsung smartphone to power virtual reality experiences. Samsung recently launched a more powerful headset that works with Windows 10, it’s called the Odyssey Mixed Reality Headset. The company has now hinted that its next mobile virtual reality headset is going to feature inside-out positional tracking.

The Samsung Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset features dual 3.5 inch AMOLED panels. It has an up to 110-degree field of view and refresh rate of up to 90Hz. Samsung developed it for the Windows 10 Mixed Reality platform so it’s considerably more powerful than the Gear VR headset.

Samsung Electronics VP Taeyong Kim revealed at Samsung’s Developer Conference recently that the company’s next virtual reality headset is going to feature Six Degrees of Freedom sensor and inside-out positional tracking.

“The question is, how do we combine the benefits of [Gear VR and Odyssey] together for our next VR system?,” he said, adding that this is the question that Samsung is asking itself at this point.

Whether or not Samsung will unveil this new headset at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show 2018 in January remains to be seen. The company hasn’t actually said anything about when this new mobile VR headset might be launched so we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.

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Facebook Testing VR Experiences In News Feed

Adnan Farooqui November 19, 2017


Facebook opened up its platform to immersive video last year when it started supporting 360-degree videos. It has since been improving support for immersive video on the world’s most popular social network. Facebook has enabled livestreaming of 360-degree video on its platform and has even added this feature to its mobile apps. The company has now started testing virtual reality experiences in News Feed.

Placing virtual reality experiences right inside News Feed means that users don’t need to jump through apps. They can immediately be a part of the virtual experience.

The first experiment involves a scavenger hunt game for the upcoming Jumanji movie. Players will jump into a video game with the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle experience. It takes players inside the film where they can find hidden objects and unlock new content which includes behind-the-scenes footage that can’t be found anywhere else.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has been built with the WebVR-based React VR developer kit that Facebook released in April. The experience works in 360-degree video as well as with virtual reality headsets.

Players can roam around in the jungle and collect items to learn more about the movie’s world. Facebook says that while it has started testing this out, this News Feed integration remains in the experimentation phase so if there are any issues, adopt a patient attitude.

Facebook Testing VR Experiences In News Feed , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Paramount Pictures To Launch A Virtual Reality Movie Theater

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

We’ll admit that while TVs have come a long way in being able to offer better color reproduction, clarity, resolution, and size, sometimes it’s hard to beat the experience you get when you go to a cinema. This is where virtual reality (VR) comes in, where it can offer users an immersive experience without leaving their home.

Now VR cinemas aren’t new and we have seen several concepts launched before, so it really doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that Paramount Pictures has announced plans for their own VR movie theater. The company will be teaming up with Bigscreen to create a VR movie theater, where users can experience pretty much every aspect of going to a theater in person.

This includes walking into a movie theater, going to your seat, and even watching trailers that are typically played before a movie starts, and also being able to chat with the person seated next to you. This is versus some of the existing VR experiences which basically just puts you in a seat and the movie plays.

This experience is expected to kick off on the 3rd of December where if you own a VR headset (it seems that any brand will do), you can head on over to Bigscreen’s website and sign up and be able to watch Top Gun 3D for free. No doubt that this is a trial of sorts where Paramount is trying to gauge how such an experience will be like.

According to Tom Hayes, SVP New Media at Paramount, “It launches a possible new platform for the film business. Obviously, you can add all sorts of bonus content with the filmmakers Q&A, games, trivia, for example, afterwards. There’s no limit to what we can do.”

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Ubergizmo Digital Fall: The Future of VR – Overview

Ubergizmo Team November 16, 2017

On November 2, Ubergizmo held the Digital Fall event in San Francisco. Digital Fall is one of the Digital Seasons series of events from Ubergizmo, aimed at entrepreneurs and developers. This one was titled “The Future of VR” and included panelists Han Jin (Lucidcam), Ashley J. Granata (triggar), Hubert Nguyen (Ubergizmo) and moderator Leanne Luce (Fashion Robot). We had a full house – without a doubt, VR is a hot topic!

Prior to the panel, attendees were able to experience the Lucidcam hardware and app in the demo area. If you don’t know Lucidcam, it is a 180-degrees 4K 3D-stereoscopic camera that was designed to make VR video-capture more accessible and more intuitive. There is little doubt that most of the VR content in the short-term will be video-based, that is why many companies are competing on that front.

During the panel discussion, our guests discussed a wide variety of VR-related topics. The diversity of opinions made for a great chat. Han Jin builds a video-based product for consumers, Ashley Granata has worked with VR for large enterprises and the military, and Hubert Nguyen has a 3D games graphics engineer background.

Attendees had many questions after the panel session, and one-on-one discussions with the panelists went on until we closed the event. That was a great time to ask specific questions that you often don’t have the opportunity to cover during typical developer or networking events.

We would like to thank all the attendees for coming to Digital Fall 2017, making it a success. We also send thanks to our panelist who covered a broad set of topics and questions. Finally, thanks to Target Open House for hosting Digital Fall 2017, ReadWrite for helping us promote the event and Choyou for co-producing the event.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming Digital Winter and Digital Spring events! We will cover hot topics such as IoT, and VR/AR will surely make a comeback because there is much more to talk about.

You can stay appraised about our Digital Seasons series of events by subscribing to our Ubergizmo facebook page. If your company would like to participate or sponsor an upcoming Digital Seasons event, contact us.

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HTC Vive Tracker Bundles Launched

Adnan Farooqui November 16, 2017


HTC is bringing its tracker device to consumers for the very first time. The company today announced the launch of Vive tracker bundles, the device enables users to attach it to an object and take it with them into the virtual world. It’s basically a motion tracking accessory that can be attached to any real life object. Customers are required to have the HTC Vive virtual reality headset in order to use this tracker.

The Vive Tracker motion tracking accessory creates a wireless connection between the headset and the object. This enables the user to use the real object in the virtual world. It can even be attached to a DSLR camera to create mixed reality videos.

“The Vive Tracker opens up a whole new set of experiences that can take advantage of full body tracking and a number of peripherals that set VR experiences on Vive apart,” said HTC’s Daniel O’Brien.

The first Vive Tracker bundles are available for pre-order starting today. They will ship around mid-December. Each Tracker costs $99 and can be used with dozens of VR games and multiple new accessories such as the Hyper Blaster from Hyperkin, the Racket Sports Set, and Rebuff Reality’s TrackStrap.

The bundle with a Hyper Blaster gun and tracker with Duck Season will retail for $149.99 while the Racket Sports Set bundle with rackets and a tracker is going to cost the same with a copy of Virtual Sports.

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HTC Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset Announced

Tyler Lee November 14, 2017

One of the problems with some of today’s virtual reality (VR) headsets is that they are required to be tethered to either a computer or a console, like the PlayStation 4. This does limit mobility in terms of actually moving around the room, and also taking the headset with you on the go, which is why it was exciting to hear that HTC might have a standalone headset in the works.

It was then suggested that the headset could be announced on the 14th of November, and sure enough it looks like the reports were true as HTC has officially announced their latest standalone VR headset – the HTC Vive Focus. According to HTC, “Vive Focus offers enhanced comfort for extended use, easy on-off capabilities, and is the first commercial standalone device to deliver inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom tracking (6DoF) which Vive calls “world-scale”.”

The headset will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and will utilize HTC’s Vive Wave VR open platform, which is a new VR platform announced by HTC and will see twelve hardware partners in China take advantage of it by integrating it into future products. Unfortunately it seems that for now, the HTC Vive Focus will be focused (pun unintended) on the Chinese market.

There is no word on whether HTC will bring the Vive Focus to other markets, and if you remember HTC initially had plans for a Daydream version of the HTC Vive Focus intended for Western markets, but HTC has since confirmed that those plans have been scrapped.

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New Skyrim VR Trailer Reveals Additional Details

Tyler Lee November 13, 2017

Bethesda’s Skyrim is one of the more beloved RPGs in recent times. The game was originally released back in 2011, but thanks to DLCs, mods, enhanced versions of the game, and also a virtual reality (VR) version of the game, interest in the game has been kept alive and well. In fact in a few days, Skyrim VR is set for a release.

For gamers who are wondering if maybe the VR version of the game is worth their time, the folks at Bethesda have released a new trailer for the game, which combines footage from the game itself as well as interviews with the developers who speak more about the game, what gamers can expect, and how the VR version of the game is different from the original.

If you have a couple of minutes to spare, then the video above could be worth checking out. Skyrim VR is set for a release on the PlayStation VR platform come 17th of November, and Sony already has a PlayStation VR bundle that gamers can purchase if they’re interested in getting the game and the headset.

The 17th of November is also the same day that Skyrim (the non-VR version) will arrive for the Nintendo Switch. As for other platforms, Skyrim VR is also expected to find its way onto the HTC Vive in 2018.

New Skyrim VR Trailer Reveals Additional Details , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Air Canada To Use Virtual Reality To Market Its Inflight Experience

Tyler Lee November 10, 2017

First class on one airline does not necessarily offer the same experience on another airline. This is because airlines are competing with each other to offer its passengers a better experience, and for the most part unless you’ve flown that particular airline before, it’s hard to tell what you might be able to expect from your experience.

However Air Canada is hoping to change that by developing a virtual reality (VR) experience that will allow travel agents and potential customers to “try” before they buy. This means that prior to purchasing their ticket, the VR experience will let customers experience three cabins of service that Air Canada offers on board its Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

According to Air Canada, “With the headset on, and controls in hand, the journey begins with an overview of Air Canada’s global route network followed by an exploration of the new Air Canada livery. On the trip users can experience all three cabins: Economy, Premium Economy or International Business. Amenity kits, an Air Canada enRoute magazine, tray tables, and in-flight entertainment are just some of the elements that can be touched, opened and moved, guided by an audio-based flight attendant. Interactive experiences such as dinner service add an extra element of fun.”

This VR experience can be viewed on YouTube with an accompanying VR headset, like the Google Cardboard, for example, or the Daydream View, so if you have any of those devices handy, then check out the videos above and below to take the virtual tour.

Air Canada To Use Virtual Reality To Market Its Inflight Experience , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Sony Unveils PlayStation VR Skyrim VR Bundle

Tyler Lee November 6, 2017

Earlier this year at E3 2017, Bethesda announced that Skyrim would be getting a virtual reality (VR) makeover in the form of Skyrim VR. They also announced that the game will be finding its way onto Sony’s PlayStation VR platform, and for those who have yet to purchase a PlayStation VR kit, Sony has you covered.

Sony has recently announced that they will be selling a PlayStation VR Skyrim VR bundle. According to Sony, “The PlayStation VR Skyrim VR Bundle includes the PS VR system, PlayStation Camera, two PlayStation Move controllers, and Skyrim VR — including the Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn add-ons. Also included is an updated PS VR Demo Disc that features demos from 13 PS VR titles.”

The bundle will cost $450 and will be launched alongside the game on the 17th of November where it will be available in the US and Canada, but pre-orders are currently available. Skyrim VR is essentially the same Skyrim that gamers have come to know and love, except that it will now be playable in VR which should offer up a different experience.

Bethesda has also confirmed that in addition to the game launching on the PlayStation VR platform, it is also expected to find its way onto the HTC Vive in 2018. Given that it will be a while before we see a new The Elder Scrolls title, we guess this will be the next best thing.

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Sony Launches Gran Turismo Sport PlayStation VR Bundle

Adnan Farooqui November 6, 2017


If you’ve yet to purchase Gran Turismo Sport and have also been thinking about getting Sony’s virtual reality headset for its console, how about you get the two together? Sony has launched a Gran Turismo Sport PlayStation VR bundle. The bundle includes the PlayStation VR headset, a copy of Gran Turismo Sport, and an updated PS VR demo disc.

The PlayStation 4-exclusive Gran Turismo Sport was released for the console on October 17th. An open beta was launched prior to the release and it brought in more than one million players, highlighting the huge fanbase that still exists for this franchise.

The Gran Turismo Sport PlayStation VR bundle that Sony has launched will hit shelves later this week. It includes the headset, a PlayStation Camera, a physical copy of Gran Turismo Sport, and an updated version of the PS VR demo disc which features 13 demo experiences for the PlayStation VR.

Sony is going to sell this bundle for $399.99 in the United States. This means that they’re getting the core PS VR bundle without having to pay anything for Gran Turismo Sport.

It goes without saying that a PlayStation 4 console is going to be required in order to play the game. The console is sold separately, just FYI.

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