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Optonaut Running Kickstarter for Recording 3D Panoramas on Smartphone

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There are still a number of hurdles to overcome before 360 degree photos and videos can be deemed truly ready for viewing through virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs). Progress is undoubtedly being made; this week’s announcement of Google Jump could prove to be hugely relevant in the long run, but issues with stitching and other factors mean it’s not quite ready yet. New VR software Optonaut is also looking to bring its own improvements to viewing 360 degree content with a smartphone. A Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign is currently running for this intriguing new service. READ MORE

Adult Swim Imitates SEGA Master System Packaging with The Virtual Brainload Website

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Following the official launch of the first Adult Swim virtual reality (VR) application, The Virtual Brainload, earlier this week, the broadcaster has created a space to promote the software on it’s official website. As impertinent as most of the company’s output, this one-off page closely imitates the infamous packaging and branding design of 1980’s SEGA Master System software. READ MORE

Doctor Uses Oculus Rift to Help Visually Impaired

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A large part of the virtual reality (VR) experience depends on visuals. Developers need to create immersive environments that cause users to feel as if they have stepped into another world. However, UC San Diego’s Dr. Felipe Medeiros is using the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) not to create the perfect visual experience but to actually help in his study of those suffering from glaucoma, a disease that attacks optic nerves and leaves victims visually impaired and upsets their natural balance. READ MORE

New VR Experience Casts You as a Shot of Jim Beam

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Virtual reality (VR) has already been used to advertise movies, cars, TV shows and much more, but how about alcoholic drinks? It might sound like an unusual application for the tech but that’s exactly what Beam Suntory is using it for. The company has produced a new VR experience using the Gear VR mobile-based head-mounted display (HMD) to promote a new brand of its Jim Bean bourbon whiskey named Jim Beam Devil’s Cut. The piece takes users on a virtual rollercoaster ride as they follow the drink itself on its long journey to a glass. READ MORE

FlatVR Misses Kickstarter Goal

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An Australian high school student, Ethan Bloom, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for his own head-mounted display (HMD). FlatVR is a virtual reality (VR) device that would be made available via 3D printing, however its crowd-funding campaign has not been successful. READ MORE

Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios Hits Gear VR, First Images Arrive

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The world-famous Cirque du Soleil production is already no stranger to virtual reality (VR) technology. Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana was one of the first 360 degree experiences to be made available for the Samsung Gear VR mobile head-mounted display back in 2014, allowing viewers to witness spectacular stunts in VR. Samsung recently teased that a brand new experience from the production was on the way. Today, that experience has launched, with the first images available below. READ MORE

Minority to Demo Time Machine on Oculus Rift Crescent Bay at E3

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Canadian developer Minority has today revealed that not only will they be attending this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Los Angeles, next month, but in addition they will be offering hands-on demos with their virtual reality (VR) project, Time Machine, utilising Oculus VR’s latest head-mounted display (HMD) protoype: Crescent Bay. READ MORE

Plugged Dev Pledges to Push on as Kickstarter Failure Looms

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Late last month indie developer Endtimes Studios launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a new virtual reality (VR) videogame named Plugged. The studio had hoped to raise £20,000 GBP by 30th May in order to bring the title to PC with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display. Sadly, with mere hours to go at the time of writing, it doesn’t look as if Plugged will not be reaching its goal with just under £18,000 left to go. That said, the developer has pledged to continue work on the project. READ MORE