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"Welp, Pokémon Go looks like a toy. Hell, it is a toy. But it’s also the first widespread, massive use case for augmented reality — even though it’s operating on smartphones that aren’t designed for AR. So what’s going to happen as the hardware improves, the software improves, and the architects learn to use these more immersive environments to addict us more fully?"
Pokémon Go is a harbinger of things to come. We are being warned. By Pikachu.
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These early VR prototypes from Valve, working on what would become the HTC Vive, are absolutely amazing in how rough they were.
I just felt like we needed a ridiculously long gallery of Valve's prototypes to satiate the curiosity of our readers.
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Being able to see distant planets where no human has ever visited or likely to visit in our lifetime is I think one of the great examples of what virtual reality can be used for.
 
Stand where no known creature has ever stood in Seeking Pluto's Frigid Heart from #NYTVR. http://nyti.ms/27DL65a
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Wow... EA is bringing Star Wars Battlefront to Playstation VR.
 
Learn how ILMxLAB is using virtual reality to bring the galaxy far, far away a lot closer.
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Pretty amazing live motion capture that looks like movie quality level but with Unreal Engine 4.
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Over 5 million Google Cardboard viewers have shipped. Over 25 million Cardboard apps have been downloaded. 350,000 hours of 360 videos have been watched on YouTube in Google Cardboard.
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pretty sure this is why they are staffing up when it comes to doing VR now :-)
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Tim Cook from Apple on VR: "I don’t think it’s a niche. It’s really cool and has some interesting applications."

This is on top of Apple having for the past year or so quite a number of job postings for virtual reality position and recently hiring VR pioneer Doug Bowman. Google Cardboard is already available for iPhones but I'm still curious what steps Apple might take for their own VR device, perhaps something like the Samsung GearVR?
Apple CEO Tim Cook answered a question related to virtual reality in the company’s quarterly earnings call, offering what is the clearest indication yet the iPhone maker is interested in VR. That said, Apple executives are masters of not giving anything away. Listening to Cook saying these words, he actually sounds relatively unenthusiastic. If you read the words, though, it sounds like a huge endorsement: “I don’t think it’s a niche,” Cook said...
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You just know they are working on something he is just being coy.
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An original Darth Vader VR film from ILMxLab, written by David S. Goyer that is cannon & overseen by those at LucasFilm who are working on the current Star Wars movies. I'm not sure if it can get any bigger or more mainstream than this.

"The sense of presence isn't just a buzzword, and it's surprisingly very emotional. It can make you sad, and make you lean in, and make you feel for a character in a way you haven't before. In a way that you can't really do in any other medium. And it can scare you." - David S. Goyer
Industrial Light & Magic's virtual reality arm xLab is looking to some major Hollywood talent to create its next virtual reality experience, and the subject is as big as it gets. Writer David S....
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Chrome takes another step closer to supporting WebVR.
 
The Chromium team is working on several features to bring the web to VR. They’ve recently added an experimental flag at chrome://flags/#enable-vr-shell to enable a browser shell for VR. This allows users to browse the web while using Cardboard or Daydream-ready viewers.

They’ve also been working towards WebVR¹ support in Chromium and launched VR view² to help web developers embed VR content in their web pages. The team is just getting started on making the web work well for VR so stay tuned, there’s more to come!

¹ https://webvr.info/get-chrome/
² https://developers.googleblog.com/2016/03/introducing-vr-view-embed-immersive.html

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/2030223002
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I love that they are putting a lot behind this! After seeing what they have been work on at Google IO I am pretty excited
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This is one of the best ads I've seen for VR to date. People get the concept immediately and see how cool it is.
 
This is your imagination on #TiltBrush. Paint in 3D space with virtual reality → goo.gl/6E7Zjy
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If at this point you still think VR is a gimmick, or a fad, it’s either because you haven’t tried it at all, or you haven’t tried the right experience. Screenshots can’t do this justice. Video can’t do this justice. My words, no matter how descriptive and colorful and emotional I make them, can’t do this justice.
Step right up and read about the tech journalist who bailed out of the Everest VR demo at GDC 2016 because it was simply too believable and immersive.
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"VR is too important and too powerful a medium to be accessible to only a few."

He says that Google Cardboard obviously isn't the end of the line for Google as far as VR goes, but obviously won't say just yet what is next.
 
"VR is too important and too powerful a medium to be accessible to only a few." VR for everyone.
Cardboard is a hit, but what else is the search giant working on?
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I actually hope they don't go in the direction of high-end. They seem to want to focus on making VR as accessible as possible and in as many hands as possible. So I am betting they will be focusing in that area which is awesome! 

We already have a lot of low-cost versions out their in the wild but a large number of them are based on Cardboard, haha. So it will be nice to see what the next version of it will be.
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I'm a freelance web & mobile app developer from the Toronto area. Lately I've been making PhoneGap apps with jQuery Mobile & Sencha Touch 2. I've also been slowly picking up native Android on the side.
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