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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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‘It lets us greatly lower the price of the Rift’

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These words from the creator/founder of the Oculus Rift, Palmer Luckey. Below is a link to the article where Luckey answered questions and concerns regarding the recent acquisition of Oculus by Facebook. Alot of people are torn between the recent news, for Virtual Reality it is huge, finally people will start understanding it more with the media attention it will start to get. However since it is still unclear what Facebook is going to do with it, we must wait …

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Facebook Acquires Oculus VR Inc for $2 Billion

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Facebook has announced that it will buy the Virtual Reality technology company Oculus, for around $2 Billion. The deal gives Facebook leverage in the wearable-technology market so it can compete with the likes of Google Glass.
“Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow,” Zuckerberg said. “Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate.”
It will be interesting to …

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