Create MetaHuman’s With Epic Games’ Early Access, Cloud-Based app – VRFocus

Creating realistic human characters for videogames isn’t easy, there are so many facets to get right and if one is off, then it just looks weird. Hence why fantasy, sci-fi and other genres are employed, because then it doesn’t matter, you can be as creative as you like. Yet there plenty of times where studios want to create super-realistic characters/avatars but this process tends to be long and expensive. Epic Games has been working on a solution, its MetaHuman Creator, with Early Access launching today. Epic Games offered a teasing…

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Future of Reality: Next-Gen AR smartglasses at CES 2021

“What we’re making now, these next-generation smartglasses, look 100 percent like a pair of regular glasses,” said Paul Travers, the chief executive at augmented reality smartglasses company Vuzix. “The difference is that you get a head-up display like you might in a high-end car or a fighter pilot’s cockpit.” Three years ago, at CES 2018, Rochester, New York-based Vuzix showed off its Vuzix Blade, a pair of Alexa-touting augmented reality (AR) glasses that featured a tiny (but not quite as tiny as it could be) LED projector in the temple…

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NVIDIA Launches Omniverse Summer 2021, CloudXR Expands to Support iOS – VRFocus

NVIDIA’s GPU’s tend to be the most popular when it comes to PC virtual reality (VR) gaming but the company also supports the industry through a range of other initiatives. Today, as part of the company’s GTC 2021 conference CEO Jensen Huang announced the upcoming general availability of NVIDIA Omniverse as well as expanding CloudXR‘s support to Apple devices. CloudXR was launched by NVIDIA last year to facilitate the streaming of immersive XR experiences over 5G and WiFi. With its latest version, CloudXR 2.1 adds support for iOS devices, streaming…

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Best Virtual Tours That You Can Take Without Leaving Home

Need to get out of the house and go on vacation, but finances, health, or other circumstances have you staying at home? Virtual tours are the next best thing. They allow you to travel to exotic locations, including space, without ever leaving home. Here are some of the best ways to take a staycation getaway using virtual tours. Best virtual tour app for Android The Seven Wonders app allows you to travel to the seven wonders of the world from your phone. The app supports the use of Google Cardboard…

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Rhythm Action Noir AGAINST Cuts its Own Path in 2021 – VRFocus

At the end of March, Stride developer Joy Way released a brief gif showcasing a new rhythm action videogame it was working on. No other details were released at the time, but the visual style and gameplay certainly caught people’s attention. Now the studio has made an official announcement, releasing a trailer and more for its upcoming title, Against. Mixing film noir crime drama styling and horror elements, Against is set in the shadowy streets of 1930s New York City where players battle against the Mafia and dark forces. Looking…

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Future of Vision: Augmented Reality Contact Lenses Are Here

Augmented reality contact lenses have been “around the corner” for years. They’re finally set to arrive. Mojo Vision Technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives. Once a week in The Future of series, we examine innovations in important fields, from farming to transportation, and what they will mean in the years and decades to come.  A decade ago, Google’s ambitions seemed unchecked: The company would design self-piloting cars through Waymo, sponsor moonbases, and even conquer death. One of the company’s plans: Smart contact lenses to measure the glucose level of…

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Review: Swarm – VRFocus

Everyone loves a surprise, don’t they? Not the tax reminder kind, more the unexpected gift-wrapped present or kind gesture. The same goes for videogames, where good surprises are quite often the realm of indie titles. Just look at projects like Paper Beast or Cubism as prime examples. When it comes to virtual reality (VR) this can be down to screenshots and even video struggling to portray the gameplay, so that first step inside feels very fresh and astonishing. And that sums up the review of Swarm…or if you want to…

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Hands-on With Microsoft Mesh: Collaboration in Mixed Reality

There’s a fantastic scene in Kingsman: The Golden Circle in which Eggsy and the other leaders of the secret spy agency (Channing Tatum, too, of course) assemble around a board room table — except they’re not really there.  Each and every one of them is a hologram, thanks to incredible technology stuffed into a pair of ordinary-looking eyeglasses. It’s a common trope in cinema, something James Bond and Ethan Hunt have used as well. And it simply isn’t possible with today’s augmented reality technology. Wasn’t possible, I mean. Today at…

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Alvo Hits PlayStation VR Next Week, Oculus Quest & Rift in June – VRFocus

Videogame development can be a rocky road even when a project looks promising and that’s very much been the case for team-based shooter Alvo and its developer Mardonpol Inc. Thankfully that journey will soon bear fruit as the studio is set to launch Alvo next week for PlayStation VR. Originally slated for release back in 2018 before events went awry, Alvo is a purely online tactical virtual reality (VR) first-person shooter (FPS) set across three gameplay modes: Search and Destroy, Team Deathmatch and Free 4 All. Fairly self-explanatory, Search and…

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Microsoft Unveils Mesh, Takes Dive into Mixed Reality

James Cameron “holoports” to join Microsoft’s Alex Kipman on stage at Microsoft Ignite 2021. Microsoft Events have been going virtual for a full year now, with the pandemic preventing physical meetings and forcing companies to innovate. But no one’s taken it quite as far as Microsoft Ignite — which just introduced us to an avatar of the guy who made Avatar. Today at the developer conference, James Cameron — yep, that Titanic dude —  and Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté joined Microsoft for a fully virtual tech conference featuring…

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