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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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"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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Project Literacy VR project from +Secret Location with VR headsets built inside of giant heads, like something out of an Arcade Fire video.
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Apparently our new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau who was formerly a teacher was once "halfway decent as a coder in C++". He also was looking at a VR tour of the House of Commons in Google Cardboard and got a 3D scan of his head, all at the new Google office in Kitchener.
The Prime Minister said he wants to highlight his government’s promise to invest in innovation and infrastructure
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6 minutes into this clip from Bloomberg tv show Brink is an interview with my boss from +Secret Location, James Milward talking about making VR content and the Sleepy Hollow VR experience that I worked on.
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I'm work +Secret Location was featured on CBC's The National this past Sunday night in a segment on VR! They even featured some projects I've worked on like Sleepy Hollow which is really cool! :-D
Virtual reality is forging ahead into new frontiers these days, making the virtual experience more accessible.David Common explains how a Canadian studio is leading the way.
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VR is cool, I'm just wondering about the resolution of the screen in VR. Seems like the screen used needs to have really high resolution, like higher than what is one phones right now. Do you know if the screens used in 'real' VR headsets are better than smartphone VR headsets?
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At TorontoVR meetup tonight I got to demo the consumer version of the Oculus Rift together with the Oculus Touch controllers for the first time they have been brought up to Canada! I played the first person shooter called Bullet Train. At first I was testing movement and the limits of the hardware, but then the game started and got so wrapped up in the game. You see two virtual hands and it felt so natural without noticeable lag at least for the short time I played it.

The game keeps you in one spot so that you don't move around, so I didn't test how far you could move. There was two cameras up front on either side.
Your hands are wrapped around the controllers with two buttons that it feels a bit like you have pincers. However, it's still good enough that it felt natural to pick things up. In the game you can slow down time and grab at bullets and missiles fired at you and throw them back at people. So there was a lot of grabbing things in the air and throwing, which all felt completely natural.

The headset itself was surprisingly light compared to the DK2. I think even compared to the Gear VR (note I've mainly used the Innovator Edition for the Note 4) it felt really light.

The screen itself was high enough resolution that I couldn't see any pixels like you can in the DK2. When I was aiming the gun in the game at times I was closing one eye to target, only to realize that since this isn't real life, using one eye means it's likely to be off to the side slightly.

Anyways, it was really awesome and I was quite impressed. The future of VR is absolutely amazing.

(First two photos by +simon conlin, which I'm so thankful that he took).
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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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The latest project from my work, Project Literacy‬: The Lives Unseen, uses virtual reality to explore the global issue of illiteracy. It launched recently at the the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 
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Jimmy Fallon demos the HTC Vive on the Tonight Show and paints his name on the moon in VR.
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Star Wars VR! Unfortunately they broke up the experience into 9 pieces and the first piece barely begins before it's over. Also they have the famous scrolling Star Wars text which isn't the easiest to read in VR. Hopefully it will get better in future installments.
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Best Buy and Amazon sold out of stock on the first day of selling the Gear VR. Only no idea how much stock they got but they clearly underestimated the demand.
The dawn of consumer VR is finally here, and people can’t get enough. Less than 24 hours after the device’s release, the Samsung Gear VR has sold out on Amazon and BestBuy.com. If you haven’t gotten yours yet don’t fret, they are still available from Samsung directly. The “Sold Out” marker on major online retailers like Amazon and Best Buy suggests a strong initial demand for the headset, possibly even stronger than anticipated. Reaching out to l...
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I've been going to this store for quite some time despite there being other comic book stores closer to where I live. Their pricing is really great especially for tradepaperbacks. The owner is often working there and is really nice, friendly and helpful. If there is anything they don't have in stock, they will be happy to order it for you.
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One of the absolutely best comic book stores in Toronto. Their selection of titles is really great especially when it comes to independent publishers.
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