Mindshow first look

Mindshow from Visionary VR is the virtual reality software I didn’t know my life was missing. Shown publicly for the first time at the massive VRLA meetup this weekend, I found Mindshow accessed a part of my personality that’s been hidden below a veneer of seriousness for too long.

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On the Waterfront: A Historical Virtual Reality Tour of New York Harbor

Even life-long residents of New York manage to forget the city centers around an island. Experience a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) tour of the waterfront as time slips into the river’s flow.

Explore the ageless coast of New York City aboard the Classic Harbor Line Yacht Manhattan. Gaze out over sunset while floating past the Statue of Liberty and cruising beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Listen as architectural historian John Kriskiewicz reveals a history of New York’s evolving skyline amid the changing tides of industry, commerce and culture.

Watch in full 360-degree video here or in VR with the Jaunt app for iOS, Android and Samsung Gear.

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At a Concert, Floating Through Outer Space in Virtual Reality

On Saturday night, some 6,000 people gathered on the Prospect Park Bandshell’s grassy knoll and waited to be beamed up into space. Via Google Cardboard VR headsets, they would float through the Orion Nebula, a Milky Way star cluster more than 1,000 light years away. As they floated, they would listen to a Norwegian string orchestra, a choir of 100 and two Metropolitan Opera stars singing about the parallel life cycles of stars and humans.

This was the Hubble Cantata, a staggeringly ambitious work that attempted to bring the cosmos down to Brooklyn and make sweaty crowds bordered by beer tents and porta-potties feel like astronauts. Part of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series, the event fused music by composer Paola Prestini with astrophysics and a finale in virtual reality.

Prestini’s operatic score, with a libretto by Royce Vavrek, did not encourage the “astronauts,” as the MC called the audience, to sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight: Instead, it was a thundering opus that obliquely told the story of a woman losing her child and committing suicide. The 20-person orchestra was silhouetted behind a translucent screen projected with Sasha Arutyunova’s ghostly black-and-white photographs of a couple in despair, hands forming shadow puppets, and a glowing pregnant belly. This human tragedy was framed by a parallel narrative charting the birth, life, and death of a star, narrated by the Hubble’s lead astrophysicist, Dr. Mario Livio.

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HYPERALLERGIC

Face-Tracking VR Headset Camera From BinaryVR Launches Pre-Orders Today

Tracking the intricate movements of your face is a major area of investment by a number of companies, from Snapchat and MSQRD’s filters to Apple’s Faceshift and the major performance gains possible with foveated rendering.

With virtual reality headsets, transferring the full emotion of the human face is going to be challenging. A creative app like Mindshow, for example, lets you embody characters whose facial expressions are changed with the touch of a button on a controller. If you want to develop VR experiences that depend on facial expressions, using a controller to tell the computer your expression is the kind of work-around needed until face tracking gets cheaper and easier.

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Veye is a high-end 360-degree streaming VR camera from I-mmersive

Berlin’s I-mmersive has unveiled its all-in-one 360-degree virtual reality video streaming solution. The company has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money to launch a bundle of three products: the Veye 360-degree VR camera, a base stand, and a cardboard Go viewer for a smartphone.

The 4K camera has an ultra-portable design that allows you to stream live VR photos and videos. It is compatible with social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook.

The company is trying to raise $35,000 on Indiegogo in the next month. The camera will come with an app, and it will allow users to monetize and connect with an audience for streamed live events. I-mmersive says it can stream with no stitching or post-processing using 4K resolution.

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Next Summer: Aliens Invade in Panoramic, VR Format

Alien Invasion Sci-Fi Movie The Recall To Be Shot In Immersive New Format

Minds Eye Entertainment, Bridgegate Pictures and VMI Worldwide have revealed that cameras are now rolling in Canada on a new, immersive horror sci-fi movie The Recall. The movie, featuring action movie star Wesley Snipes, will be filmed entirely for the Barco Escape panoramic theatrical system.

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GoPro to start selling its six-camera VR rig on August 17th

GoPro has announced that it will open up sales of its six-camera “Omni” virtual reality rig when the company starts shipping preorder units on August 17th. The $5,000 setup includes six Hero 4 Black cameras, the cube-shaped metal housing, and all the hardware and software that is necessary to film and stitch the 360-degree footage that Omni captures.

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Virtual reality is coming to your movie theater lobby

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Virtual Reality Los Angeles has been holding seasonal conventions to introduce people to VR for more than two years. Usually the shows have focused on evangelizing on behalf of the technology — touting its transformative potential in gaming, storytelling, and industrial applications. But this year’s VLRA Summer Expo found itself addressing an industry that has transitioned from theoretical to actual, with retail versions of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive landing in living rooms, and Sony’s PlayStation VR waiting just around the corner. Virtual reality isn’t just a futuristic concept anymore, but an actual market. And so the speakers at VRLA shifted their focus from niche technology tastemakers, to the endless buying potential of mainstream consumers.

“VR is now, but it always doesn’t feel like right now,” acknowledged Roy Taylor, AMD’s corporate vice president of alliances, during the show’s opening keynote last Friday. “But I’m going to talk to you today about bringing VR into a place where it’s truly an industry. A trillion-dollar industry.”

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