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What Will Making a VR Game While in Virtual Reality be like?

What Will Making a VR Game While in Virtual Reality be like?

Every­one pret­ty much knows at this point that Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty is final­ly start­ing to take off in a big way and devel­op into the uber-cool piece of futur­is­tic awe­some­ness that we’ve drooled over in sci-fi movies and TV shows for decades. One of the com­pa­nies that has a lot to gain from these advances and is also active­ly adding to them is Uni­ty, cre­ators of one of the top game engines around today. Uni­ty has final­ly released it’s high­ly antic­i­pat­ed suite of VR edit­ing tools in a free down­load for devel­op­ers called Edi­torVR, and it’s incred­i­ble. Build­ing Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty inside VR If you’re not a devel­op­er, the sim­plest way to describe Edi­torVR is as a VR game for VR devel­op­ers. When a gamer plays a VR game, they get to inter­act with their sur­round­ings in an almost real way, pick­ing things up and mov­ing them around as they move their real hands and arms to do the same. That fun inter­ac­tive expe­ri­ence is pos­si­ble because the game devel­op­ers spent end­less hours with a mouse and key­board pro­gram­ming it to work that way, then switch­ing to a VR head­set to check and make sure it worked right. Then switch­ing back to the mouse…

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Disney Research on Augmented Reality Demand you Color Within the Lines

Disney Research on Augmented Reality Demand you Color Within the Lines

That good ol’ com­pa­ny Dis­ney is always on the fore­front of doing some­thing cool. Ear­li­er this month we spoke about their using Li-Fi (Read Li-Fi arti­cle here). Now they’re work­ing with AR for kids who like to col­or in books. Why, you might ask? Because they’ve fig­ure out how to turn 2D flat col­ored images and trans­form them into 3D char­ac­ters that you can manip­u­late. So it takes the image of the char­ac­ter in the col­or­ing book and maps the col­ors applied by the user to a pre-made 3D ani­ma­tion of the char­ac­ter. So a child begins col­or­ing the char­ac­ters, the char­ac­ter itself comes to life before your very eyes – that is, with the help of an AR app on any giv­en device. Essen­tial­ly, as the child draws and col­ors, the Dis­ney char­ac­ter then springs to life in real-time like mag­ic. Dis­ney (jobs at Dis­ney) believes that tech­nolo­gies such as AR could help re-ignite their innate dri­ve at being cre­ative by inte­grat­ing the tech­nol­o­gy with col­or­ing books. By pro­vid­ing a bridge between real-world activ­i­ties and dig­i­tal enhance­ments, Dis­ney hopes the mind of child could equal­ly be enhanced in tan­dem. “[C]hildren spend an increas­ing amount of time pas­sive­ly con­sum­ing con­tent…

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