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Janus VR An Internet Browser supporting the Oculus Rift

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So over the last few weeks we’ve seen some major accelerations with regards to Virtual Reality. Mainly since Facebook got involved, we have seen alot of new headsets come out and even a couple of Virtual Reality gloves, vests etc. Exciting times to be in. However, now Virtual Reality has really taken a giant step. In my opinion this was what I thought Virtual Reality would be about when thinking about it, and that is browsing the web with a …

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Star Trek Voyager in the Oculus Rift

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Thomas Kadlec’s ‘Starship Bridge Demo’ puts you on the bridge of Star Trek’s Voyager, using the Oculus Rift and the game engine ‘Unreal Engine 4′. Unreal Engine has got alot of Virtual Reality developers talking, mainly for it’s Oculus Rift support. Also, you can compile some breathtaking games for a very reasonable price of just $19 a month. You can view the demo below, however it isn’t quite completed yet, it only shows the bridge as of yet but seems …

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Preview of Oculus Rift SDK v3

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Oculus has launched a preview of their new development kit 3, with improved distortion quality, reduced latency and much more improvements being the main difference. It’s almost important to add that Oculus recently announced that they have sold over 85,000 dev kits. So a clear demand from developers is in place.

The Oculus Rift SDK v0.3.1 preview is only available for Windows and can be downloaded from the Downloads section of the Oculus VR developer portal. Oculus has …

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Virtual Network Computing (VNC)

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Virtual network computing is a graphical desktop sharing system that uses the remote frame buffer protocol to remotely control another computer. It transmits the keyboard and mouse events from one computer to another, relaying the graphical screen updates back in the other direction, over a network.
Oliver Kreylos, a developer who’s been working with 3D software for nearly 30 years, recently demonstrated a Virtual Network Computing (VNC) client that sends a 2D feed of a desktop computer to a 3D …

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Two new Game Engines Support the Oculus Rift

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It’s no surprise that more game engines will be starting to have their own plugins for Oculus Rift. The pace at which Oculus’s reputation is growing is very fast. With more game engines supporting the headset, it increases the possibilities for the developers. TouchDesigner and CopperCube have updated their engines to work with the Oculus Rift. Since we have been mainly using Unity game engine, it will be nice to try these other engines.
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Virtuix Omni virtual reality treadmill shipping this September

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Omni have announced their Virtuix Omni virtual reality treadmill will be shipped in September with Units going for around $499. You will need an Oculus Rift or PC controller to use the treadmill.
The Virtuix Omni supports multi-directional movement with virtual reality support. Players are supported on the treadmill via a back harness and a pair of shoes; all of this is hooked up to tracking software that will allow players to “move” through the game. For more details on …

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A trip down Virtual Reality Past

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Since Facebook’s recent purchase of Oculus Rift has been doing the rounds all over the Internet and how Sony are competing with their headset (Project Morpheus), it seems Virtual Reality is only starting to pick up the attention it needs. However these new headsets are not anything new to Virtual Reality. Virtual Reality has been around for quite a long time but every headset or game has failed. The following article goes into great detail about Virtual Reality since …

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If Oculus is the future of Virtual Reality, then why didn’t Google buy it?

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Excellent Article going through why Google didn’t buy Oculus, given that Google wants to be in almost every industry these days. Expert answers from the Mavens, giving their opinion on recent events. I believe Mark Zuckberg will do anything to have an impact on Silicon Valley, with this recent purchase he may just have one foot in the door.
Read the full Article here.

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Microsoft Targets Enterprise Virtual Reality with Business Oriented VR Headset

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Now, with the recent Facebbok/Oculus aquisition, Microsoft have accelerated the release of Virtual Reality offering, targeting the enterprise market.
Dubbed Microsoft Office© Oculu 2014 Enterprise Edition™, the Oculu boasts hardware specifications comparable to the Oculus Rift DK2 and Sony’s Project Morpheus, only more bland somehow.
Originally aimed at the gaming market, Microsoft has re-imagined the virtual reality headset for the enterprise consumer who is more concerned about productivity than fun. “Imagine seeing pivot tables that actually pivot in 3D,” …

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“First Silicon Valley Virtual Reality ‘Conference And Expo’ Announced for May”

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Since the recent Facebook purchase of Oculus, people have started to think alot more about Virtual Reality and the endless possibilities. The latest Silicon Valley Virtual Reality meetup, announced that it will be holding the first ever Virtual Reality Conference/Expo in May.
The world of virtual reality is moving incredibly quickly, this of course you know. But sometimes it’s difficult keep track of just how far things have moved in just the last 12 months. For me, finding out that …

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