Hello and welcome to the first of our weekly VR news links. At the beginning of each week, look forward to a recap on all the need-to-know of everything going on in the VR world.
–Road to VR provides some further analysis of the new Oculus Touch Controller in response to recent updates of the Oculus Rift Developer Guide. Two important takeaways: One, sensors can detect if a user’s finger is touching (but not pressing down) on certain buttons and the joystick. Secondly, in addition to tracking hand movements the controller can also pick up certain types of hand gestures, the firsts of which include index finger points and thumbs down.
You may not be able to flip the bird at someone (YET!) using the Oculus Touch, but you can do the next best thing: give the go-ahead to finish off a fallen gladiator!
-This week marks the start of the NFL regular season and teams are looking down every avenue of modern technology in search of a competitive edge. Especially the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whose 2-14 campaign in 2014 earned them the #1 overall pick of the draft. Said draft pick was used on former Florida State QB and Heisman winner Jameis Winston, who along with others around the league has been training for his NFL debut using the SIDEKIQ quarterback simulator from EON Sports.
-Speaking of the NFL, the Los Angeles Times did a feature on some of the new technology being used by teams and the league as a whole. Included: drone’s for new angles of film study, pylon cameras for broadcasting and the adoption of STRIVR by the Cowboys, 49ers, Vikings, Cardinals, Saints and Jets.
–GoPro has announced it’s Odyssey VR camera. It may cost $15,000 but like anything from GoPro, it’s reeeeaaaaaallllllyyyy cool!
Introducing the latest in “shut up and take my money” technology from GoPro.
-Had a long holiday weekend? Don’t have the mental capacities for reading articles this morning? Well then, the VL Blog has some videos for you! Tech Insider takes a look into The Void, a Utah-based VR content firm that is taking immersion to a new level using mouse-maze like physical environments to complement its virtual gaming world. Meanwhile, Bloomberg’s Emily Chang questions Spark Capital’s Nabeel Hyatt as to the legitimacy of the VR craze. He makes it clear that the future of VR is bright, and coming sooner than you might think.
-Oculus has teamed up with Epic Unreal Engine for content. Tom’s Hardware conducted a few interviews with people at both Epic and Oculus Story Studio highlighting the importance and direction of content moving forward.
–Another investment secured for VRstudios, upping its total to $1.3M raised since March. In addition to gaming and deployment services, VRstudios also has a VRdesign product line intended at enabling architects to inspect their buildings virtually and make the necessary tweaks before any shovels hit the ground.
That’s all from last week in VR news. Be on the lookout for our VR News links post each week!
-Spencer at VL