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Japanese Engineers Create A Headset-Free VR Experience

Tyler Lee July 18, 2017

The thing about virtual reality (VR) right now is that it requires a headset in order to experience it. This means that in terms of freedom of movement, it can be a bit limiting since headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift require it to be tethered to a computer, which can feel a bit unnatural since VR is meant to simulate reality (albeit a different kind).

However it seems that over in Japan, engineers have managed to create a VR experience which does not involve a headset. Put together by the engineers at the Wonder Vision Techno Laboratory, this headset-free VR experience involves two swivelling chairs that are placed in front of a semi-spherical screen that pretty much covers your entire field of vision.

According to Makoto Nakahira, one of the engineers at the company, “Unlike the conventional flat screen, you can see images coming closer to you physically in this dome screen. This is a system in which you can experience visuals that you have never seen before.” In a way it is almost similar to those rides that you might have experienced at theme parks, except maybe a tad more immersive.

Unfortunately this also means that this setup is clearly not designed for homes in mind, but we guess it does have the potential to be a ride for theme parks in the future.

Japanese Engineers Create A Headset-Free VR Experience , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Japanese Engineers Create A Headset-Free VR Experience

Tyler Lee July 18, 2017

The thing about virtual reality (VR) right now is that it requires a headset in order to experience it. This means that in terms of freedom of movement, it can be a bit limiting since headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift require it to be tethered to a computer, which can feel a bit unnatural since VR is meant to simulate reality (albeit a different kind).

However it seems that over in Japan, engineers have managed to create a VR experience which does not involve a headset. Put together by the engineers at the Wonder Vision Techno Laboratory, this headset-free VR experience involves two swivelling chairs that are placed in front of a semi-spherical screen that pretty much covers your entire field of vision.

According to Makoto Nakahira, one of the engineers at the company, “Unlike the conventional flat screen, you can see images coming closer to you physically in this dome screen. This is a system in which you can experience visuals that you have never seen before.” In a way it is almost similar to those rides that you might have experienced at theme parks, except maybe a tad more immersive.

Unfortunately this also means that this setup is clearly not designed for homes in mind, but we guess it does have the potential to be a ride for theme parks in the future.

Japanese Engineers Create A Headset-Free VR Experience , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook Reportedly Developing $200 Standalone Oculus VR Headset

Adnan Farooqui July 13, 2017


Facebook cemented its position in the virtual reality market with the acquisition of Oculus. The company already sells a full-fledged virtual reality headset but since that’s an expensive proposition, it can certainly do more to get VR to as many people as possible. To that end, Facebook-owned Oculus is said to be working with Xiaomi on a new wireless standalone VR headset that it’s going to release for $200 next year.

Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the development, that the new virtual reality headset from Oculus is going to be a standalone unit so it will not require a smartphone or PC to function.

Like the existing Rift headset from Oculus, the new headset will be developed for immersive gaming, social networking, and video consumption. The device is reportedly codenamed “Pacific” and is said to look like a more compact version of the Rift. It’s even said to be lighter than Samsung’s Gear VR.

The report does mention that the design and features of this headset haven’t been finalized as yet and could be changed, however, the idea behind this product is that a user should be able to pull the headset out of their bag and watch movies or play VR games on a flight.

Oculus is said to work with Xiaomi to produce this unnamed headset for global distribution. Facebook, Oculus, and Xiaomi have not yet commented on this report so there has been no official confirmation or denial about this so far.

Facebook Reportedly Developing $200 Standalone Oculus VR Headset , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Check Out What Mario Kart Would Look Like In Virtual Reality

Tyler Lee July 13, 2017

You might have heard that over in Japan, arcade gamers will soon be able to experience Mario Kart in virtual reality. This isn’t some kind of modified version of Mario Kart, but it appears that this is a version of the game designed specifically for VR. Now a new trailer of the game has been released which gives us a better idea of what to expect.

Earlier the video that was shown off only gave us a glimpse at the upcoming game, but this new trailer video pretty much shows us everything. Basically players will be put into a first-person perspective and with motion controllers, they will be able to toss their items at other players to impede their progress, much like you would in the normal game.

It also offers up a sense of scale, like how big the mushrooms are, or how huge the castle really is, and so on, which should make for a rather interesting experience. Unfortunately it seems that for now the version of the game is limited to Japan where they’ll be available at Bandai Namco’s VR Zone arcades.

However Nintendo Everything is saying that these arcades are also expected to find their way to London, but beyond that we’re not sure if there are plans to bring it to other parts of the world, although we suppose it would be really cool if they did.

Check Out What Mario Kart Would Look Like In Virtual Reality , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Oculus Rift And Touch Bundle Discounted For The Summer

Adnan Farooqui July 10, 2017


If you’ve been looking to purchase a proper virtual reality headset then the latest offer from Oculus is hard to pass up. The Facebook-owned company has discounted the Oculus Rift and Touch bundle significantly. It’s a big price drop and even though it’s temporary, many are certainly going to take advantage of it to get on the virtual reality bandwagon as well.

The Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch bundle has been discounted by almost $200. The bundle can be purchased for $399. This temporary price drop is valid for the next six weeks so there’s ample time for you to decide whether or not this price is one that you’re willing to buy the Rift at.

Oculus vice president of content Jason Rubin has said that the idea behind this price cut is to entice people who “may have been sitting on the sideline because of price.”

The sale is also going to entice those who weren’t thinking about purchasing an Oculus Rift as not only will they be encouraged by the price, but also the growing app and game library of the headset.

In case people get worried that Oculus is discounting the Rift by this much because the device doesn’t have a future should rest assured. Rubin says that “Somebody who goes out and buys a Rift [on sale] is not going to find themselves with hardware that’s outdated any time soon.”

Oculus Rift And Touch Bundle Discounted For The Summer , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Dunkirk VR Experience Created By Intel

Adnan Farooqui July 9, 2017

There’s a lot of hype surrounding Christoper Nolan’s new movie, it’s a Christopher Nolan movie after all, it’s called Dunkirk. As movie tie-in virtual reality experiences are getting popular, it’s no surprise that Dunkirk has received one as well. Intel has created a virtual reality experience for Dunkirk.

The studio Warner Bros. teamed up with Intel, Dell, and Microsoft to create a virtual reality tie-in for the new Christopher Nolan movie. The virtual reality experience will give viewers an idea of what it feels like to be trapped on a beach while enemy soldiers attack during the second world war. It’s going to be intense, to say the least.

Normally, 360-degree virtual reality videos are normally optimized for HD and 4K media. However, the company that produced this virtual reality experience, Practical Magic, stitched images 40 times that resolution.

This was made possible by Intel Xeon processors that were powering Dell’s blade servers and workstations. It required some serious processing power which Intel was able to provide through its Xeon processors.

Christopher Nolan’s new movie isn’t going to be out for a couple of weeks. You can catch Dunkirk at your local theater starting July 21st. The virtual reality experience which drops viewers into “the movie’s three key perspectives — land, sea and air,” is available now. Those who have an Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Gear VR headset can now view it in all its glory.

Dunkirk VR Experience Created By Intel , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Dunkirk VR Experience Created By Intel

Adnan Farooqui July 9, 2017

There’s a lot of hype surrounding Christoper Nolan’s new movie, it’s a Christopher Nolan movie after all, it’s called Dunkirk. As movie tie-in virtual reality experiences are getting popular, it’s no surprise that Dunkirk has received one as well. Intel has created a virtual reality experience for Dunkirk.

The studio Warner Bros. teamed up with Intel, Dell, and Microsoft to create a virtual reality tie-in for the new Christopher Nolan movie. The virtual reality experience will give viewers an idea of what it feels like to be trapped on a beach while enemy soldiers attack during the second world war. It’s going to be intense, to say the least.

Normally, 360-degree virtual reality videos are normally optimized for HD and 4K media. However, the company that produced this virtual reality experience, Practical Magic, stitched images 40 times that resolution.

This was made possible by Intel Xeon processors that were powering Dell’s blade servers and workstations. It required some serious processing power which Intel was able to provide through its Xeon processors.

Christopher Nolan’s new movie isn’t going to be out for a couple of weeks. You can catch Dunkirk at your local theater starting July 21st. The virtual reality experience which drops viewers into “the movie’s three key perspectives — land, sea and air,” is available now. Those who have an Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Gear VR headset can now view it in all its glory.

Dunkirk VR Experience Created By Intel , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Unveils Standalone VR Headset Reference Design

Adnan Farooqui July 3, 2017


Samsung is known in the VR space for its Gear VR headset which requires one of its many compatible Galaxy smartphones to function. It’s no secret that the company has been working on a standalone VR headset which wouldn’t require a smartphone. Samsung has now unveiled a reference design of its ExynosVR standalone virtual reality headset.

Samsung unveiled the reference design of the ExynosVR headset at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai last week. The specs are said to include an ARM Makli G71 MP20 GPY and a M2 Dual 2.5GHz processor.

Reports suggest that the handset has support for 4K resolution at 75 frames-per-second and Wide Quad High Definition (WQHD) at 90fps. The headset itself appears to have several cameras on its face, they might be there for inside-out positional tracking.

No further information about this handset has been offered as yet by Samsung so it’s unclear what the company’s plans are for this device. It may just be testing its technology with this reference design which will ultimately make its way to a consumer-focused standalone VR headset.

A standalone VR headset would go a long way in improving Samsung’s position in the VR market. For starters, it wouldn’t require people to buy one of its smartphones just to get in on the action. Moreover, from the looks of it, the headset will have more power and will thus be able to power more immersive virtual reality experiences.

Samsung Unveils Standalone VR Headset Reference Design , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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ThermoReal Will Let Users Feel Hot Or Cold In Virtual Reality

Tyler Lee July 2, 2017

Image credit – Engadget

The thing with virtual reality is that while it is an immersive experience, there are certain things that the technology can’t let the user experience. For example while you could be immersed in a virtual reality, you can’t smell the food. Or if there is rain in the game, you won’t get wet in real-life, but that’s something a company by the name of TEGway is trying to change.

In a hands-on demo by Richard Lai of Engadget, the company (which is a spin-off of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) has created a gadget called the ThermoReal that when held, will let users experience hot or cold while immersed in virtual reality. The device (pictured above) can even produce both heat and cold on different areas of the same device at the same time, which apparently can replicate what a pinch feels like.

According to Lai, the demo was apparently pretty impressive, where one demo saw a man dip himself in icy water, in which the ThermoReal got cold, and got colder the deeper into the water the man got. Another demo involved waving a hand over a candle, in which the ThermoReal got hot as you might imagine.

As impressive as it is, it does feel a bit novel and whether or not manufacturers and developers will see the need to adopt ThermoReal into their games or applications remains to be seen.

ThermoReal Will Let Users Feel Hot Or Cold In Virtual Reality , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Experimenting With New Ad Formats For Virtual Reality

Tyler Lee June 28, 2017

For the most part, a lot of Google’s services and products are free to use which probably explains how they’ve managed to amass so many customers over the years. Granted there are some paid Google services, but unless you’re an enterprise user or a power user, most of the time you can get away with using Google’s free options.

Of course the saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” rings pretty true as Google makes money through ads, and it seems that if you’re hoping that maybe virtual reality (VR) will be ad-free, sorry to say but that doesn’t look like it as Google has announced at the company is experimenting with new ad formats designed for VR over at their Area 120 incubator.

One of the examples they’ve come up with comes in the form of a cube that sits at the bottom of an app, and clicking on it or gazing on it for a few seconds will cause it to spring up and expand. “Developers and users have told us they want to avoid disruptive, hard-to-implement ad experiences in VR. So our first idea for a potential format presents a cube to users, with the option to engage with it and then see a video ad. By tapping on the cube or gazing at it for a few seconds, the cube opens a video player where the user can watch, and then easily close, the video.”

This is presumably just one of the ideas Google is experimenting with now, and to be fair we guess it isn’t a bad one as it isn’t particularly disruptive, and users have the choice of interacting with it. Whether or not this is something that gets implemented remains to be seen, but what do you guys think?

Google Experimenting With New Ad Formats For Virtual Reality , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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