Facebook announced this week the open-sourcing of Detectron, the company’s platform for computer vision object detection algorithm based on a deep learning framework. The company says that its motive for opening up the project is to accelerate computer vision research, and that teams within Facebook are using the platform for a variety of applications, including […] The post Facebook Open-sources ‘Detectron’ Computer Vision Algorithm for AR Research appeared first on Road to VR.

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Wargaming—the company behind free-to-play titles World of Tanks (2010), World of Warplanes (2013), and World of Warships (2015)—has announced development of a new title, World of Tanks VR, under development for deployment into VR arcades. While the original World of Tanks itself isn’t getting VR support (at least for now), the company has announced the formation of Neurogaming, a new VR […] The post Wargaming to Develop ‘World of Tanks VR’ for VR Arcades appeared first on Road to VR.

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Cubism is an upcoming VR puzzle game from indie developer Thomas Van Bouwel that challenges you to think in 3 dimensions. Inspired by puzzles like the Soma cube, or a cube composed of smaller Tetris-like geometric pieces, Cubism tasks players with assembling increasingly complex shapes in what results in a real brain teaser. First announced a […] The post ‘Cubism’ Aims to Artfully Tickle Your Brain With Its Solid Dissection Puzzles, Demo Now Available appeared first on Road to VR.

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Eric Romo, co-founder and CEO of AltspaceVR, is joining Facebook’s Social VR team. Following financial difficulties, which almost saw the complete shut down of the social VR app, AltspaceVR found new life when it was acquired by Microsoft back in October. Romo, who founded AltspaceVR in January 2013, will be moving to the role of Director of Product at Facebooks’s Social VR team, […] The post AltspaceVR CEO Eric Romo Joins Facebook’s Social VR Team appeared first on Road to VR.

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Gallopin’ Gorgons! An updated version of the Harry Potter Universe game for Daydream, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them VR Experience, is arriving today. Not only that, but owners of Vive, Rift and Gear VR will finally be able to get in on the magic-casting fun too, as the game lands on their respective app stores. Finding yourself […] The post Harry Potter Universe ‘Fantastic Beasts’ VR Experience Comes to Vive, Oculus & Gear VR appeared first on Road to VR.

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With VR’s strengths for cockpit-based games, you’d think that there would be more quality mech titles available to today’s headsets. Alas, a killer VR mech game hasn’t reared its head just yet; Vox Machinae, a promising VR mech combat game that has been running silent on development for a long time, has reappeared, now set for […] The post VR Mech Combat Game ‘Vox Machinae’ is Back with Motion Input, Closed Beta Coming Soon appeared first on Road to VR.

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Claiming to be “the world’s most compact and affordable VR motion simulator,” Yaw VR is a 3DoF motion system using a spherical dome design that allows for unlimited, 360-degree yaw movement and 50 degrees across the horizontal axes. The project is currently running a $150,000 crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Designed and developed by Hungary-based startup […] The post Compact Portable Motion Simulator ‘Yaw VR’ Launches on Kickstarter appeared first on Road to VR.

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Onward, the tactical multiplayer shooter for Vive and Rift, is getting another free weekend – this time for Rift players on Oculus Home. The free weekend begins January 25th at 1:00 PM ET and goes until the 29th at 3:00 AM ET (your time here). Check out Onward on Oculus Home here. Created by Downpour Interactive, Onward offers 5v5 online multiplayer, as well as solo/coop vs AI […] The post Play ‘Onward’ Tactical Multiplayer Shooter for Free on Rift This Weekend appeared first on Road to VR.

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If you’ve been eyeing a Windows VR headset, you’ll be interested to see the huge discounts currently available from Amazon US on every Windows VR headset except for the Samsung Odyssey. The Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets launched just a few months ago, but you can already pick one up with some steep savings currently […] The post Windows VR Headsets See Huge Discounts at Amazon US appeared first on Road to VR.

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Manipulating objects with bare hands lets us leverage a lifetime of physical experience, minimizing the learning curve for users. But there are times when virtual objects will be farther away than arm’s reach, beyond the user’s range of direct manipulation. As part of its interactive design sprints, Leap Motion, creators of the hand-tracking peripheral of […] The post Exclusive: Summoning & Superpowers – Designing VR Interactions at a Distance appeared first on Road to VR.

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Survios, the studio behind Raw Data (2017), announced a closed beta test for Sprint Vector, its multiplayer competitive foot racing game. The closed beta began on January 20th and go through January 28th. Race to find one of 20 closed beta keys that we’ve hidden within. Update (1/22/18): All of the Sprint Vector Closed Beta […] The post Race to Find These 20 ‘Sprint Vector’ Closed Beta Keys appeared first on Road to VR.

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The Sundance Film Festival just kicked off in Park City, Utah, and Oculus announced in a blogpost they’re debuting five experiences at the New Frontier section of Sundance—all of which they helped bring to life. Sundance’s New Frontier hosts a curated selection of works realized in the mediums of VR, AR, MR and AI. You can check out a full […] The post Oculus Sends 5 VR Experiences to Sundance 2018 appeared first on Road to VR.

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Dell and AR headset manufacturer Meta announced a new partnership, allowing Dell to be the first third-party seller of the Meta 2 Augmented Reality Development Kit. Dell says that through the partnership, they’ll also be able to provide both the Meta 2 Dev Kit and the tools necessary to create immersive experiences to businesses involved in sectors […] The post Dell Partners With Meta to Sell Meta 2 AR Dev Kit in February appeared first on Road to VR.

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If you’ve used virtual reality, you’ve probably deampt up a million cool game ideas that the platform’s infinite possibilities could be used for. But did you dream up a rhythm game where you use dual lightsabers to slice blocks to the beat? Didn’t think so. Luckily, indie developer Hyperbolic Magnetism did, and they’ve got the talent […] The post ‘Beat Saber’ is a Fusion of DDR and Lightsaber Combat That We Never Knew We Wanted appeared first on Road to VR.

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In 2017, venture funding of VR/AR companies reached at least $1.9B, ending slightly above 2016. The total number of companies raising venture capital during 2017 outpaced 2016, but the average deal size declined sharply by 35%, according to Greenlight Insights’ annual year-end analysis of individual venture capital deals dating back to 2011. Each year, Greenlight […] The post Investors Poured a Record $2 Billion into VR/AR in 2017, But Early Stage Funding Slowed appeared first on Road to VR.

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