Category: Virtual Reality

This German town replicated itself in VR to keep its tourism alive


This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. Tourists may soon be able to explore the picturesque cross-timbered houses and historic churches of Herrenberg via virtual reality (VR), thanks to a digital twin developed with the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS). Nicolai Reith, Head of the Control and Communication department and advisor to the Mayor of Herrenberg, told Cities Today: “You don’t…

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This haptic device uses strings to let you ‘feel’ objects in VR


A new haptic device simulates the feel of objects in VR by pulling on strings attached to a hand. The shoulder-mounted system is equipped with spring-loaded retractors like those used on neck cord ID badges. These retractors unwind a string to each fingertip, one to the palm, and another to the wrist. A motion sensor on the VR headset then tracks the user’s hand movements and sends the signals to the springs. When it senses that the user’s close to an object, the ratchets lock the strings to mimic the feeling of the surface. [Read next: This AI suitcase could help visually-impaired people to travel] This mechanism…

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Explore Notre-Dame in this 360 video from Ubisoft’s VR experience


It’s been a year since a devastating fire destroyed the historic cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. Today Ubisoft teased a release of its VR tour, which was originally made using assets from Assassin’s Creed Unity. So if you’ve been missing an inside look at the cathedral’s interior, here’s your chance for a look. The video description calls it a “360° video teaser of Ubisoft’s VR experience, based on Notre-Dame de Paris 3D reconstitution from the videogame Assassin’s Creed: Unity.” Ubisoft debuted the VR experience last year to visitors at the UNESCO headquarters, but has so far not made it public, but that…

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How VR is bringing ancient cities back to life


Around 3,300 years ago, the port city of Ugarit was a vibrant urban center, located strategically on the overland network linking Egypt with Asia Minor and on the route between Persia and India in the east and Greece and Cyprus in the west. The city’s origins date back to 3000BC and the first alphabet and alphabetic writing system are believed to have developed there in the 14th century BC. Today Ugarit is a Bronze Age archaeological site in northwest Syria, first excavated in 1929. It can tell us a huge amount about the past, but Ugarit is also a place…

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Purdue offers online students a VR graduation ceremony


Purdue University is offering some of its online students the chance to walk the stage at this week’s commencement ceremonies with the help of virtual reality. They’ll get the full experience, down to a Purdue-branded VR headset. Students and staff with ITaP’s Research Computing Envision Center helped create technology for @purdueglobal graduates to take part in virtual reality commencement. @PurdueAlumnihttps://t.co/4tnbpWjCqo — Purdue U. News (@PurdueUnivNews) February 24, 2020 With this pilot program, graduates who cannot attend the Los Angeles-based commencement ceremonies that take place on Thursday will be able to participate via provided VR headsets. The ceremonies include students graduating…

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Facebook wants to use your Oculus data for ads because of course it does


Oculus this week revealed it’s rolling out a batch of new social features tied to Facebook. While the features themselves seem innocuous enough, they come with the caveat that you have to allow Facebook access to your Oculus data. Oculus‘s new features include chats with friends, Events and Groups that let you arrange multiplayer sessions with your friends, links you can share with your friends that let them join you exactly where you are in any given VR app — basically there’s lots of stuff involving friends. You can also livestream your gameplay directly to Facebook, or share photos or…

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Viveport Infinity now supports Oculus Quest


HTC today announced its Viveport Infinity VR gaming subscription service will now officially support the Oculus Quest headset through the Oculus Link beta. Viveport Infinity is a system-agnostic VR subscription service offering hundreds of games and apps for a $12.99 monthly fee. Now that it’s added the Quest, it supports every major headset including Rift, Rift S, Index, and Windows Mixed Media devices. Infinity is the best bargain in VR gaming thanks to its diverse lineup. At launch my biggest complaint was that the VR field only had a handful of hit AAA titles and the majority of them weren’t…

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How this VR video game is transforming indoor cycle training


Welcome to Riding Nerdy, TNW’s fortnightly dive into bicycle-based tech, where we go into too much detail and geek out on all things related to pedal-powered gadgets. I need to make a confession. When it comes to cycling, I err on the side of old-school. Lots of cyclists these days pride themselves on having the latest tech, gadgets, equipment, and using the most progressive training regimes. Like much of the tech industry, manufacturers make money and stay in business by selling new iterations of equipment and gadgets which have marginal improvements over last year’s models. I, on the other hand,…

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Valve’s VR extravaganza, Half-Life: Alyx, arrives March 2020


The day has finally arrived, friends. Valve today officially revealed the first images of Half-Life: Alyx, its new “flagship VR” game in the Half-Life universe. It’s a prequel to Half-Life 2, and will be released next March. According to Valve, the game takes place between Half-Lives 1 & 2, and stars, as the name suggests, future Freeman ally Alyx Vance. The official description of the story reads: In the shadow of a rising Combine fortress known as the Citadel, residents of City 17 learn to live under the rule of their invaders. But among this scattered population are two of Earth’s most resourceful scientists: Dr. Eli Vance…

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