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Khronos Group welcomes PlutoVR as newest Associate Member

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The Khronos Group is proud to announce that PlutoVR has joined as an Associate Member. Phone calls, texts, and video chat don’t come close to what it’s like to interact face to face. PlutoVR sees VR and AR as the opportunity to close that gap. With Pluto, you’ll be able to communicate, collaborate, and connect with anyone anywhere, as if you were together in person. PlutoVR is currently hiring.
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OpenXR Panel at Silicon Valley Virtual Reality 2017

Silicon Valley Virtual Reality 2017 (SVVR) will be host to an OpenXR Panel discussions. Kaye Mason, senior software engineer with Khronos member Google will moderate this fifty minute panel on Thursday March 30th.
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Khronos member Sensics looks at Virtual Reality standards and OpenXR

Khronos member Sensics has written a short piece on Virtual Reality (VR) standards: "Too early or long overdue?". Discussing existing and new standards, OSVR and OpenXR.
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Good Things are coming to VR & Mobile Graphics from the Khronos Group


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VRWORKS SDK 2.3 Now Available with Vulkan support

NVIDIA has released the new VRWorks SDK for application and headset developers along with the GeForce driver version 378.78. This release includes added samples demonstrating the following new functionality under Vulkan. Vulkan extensions for VR SLI, Single Pass Stereo and Lens Matched Shading are currently released in experimental form and should not be used in production code. Complete details at NVIDIA GameWorks.
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Google I/O 2017 preview: Everything you need to know about Google’s dev conference

Google I/O 2017 will be here before you know it. 2017's I/O is going to be at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre like it was in 2016. This year VR will be a hot topic. Daydream is just beginning, and Khronos' OpenXR is here to help developers create tools and gear that will work across all platforms.
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Khronos Group Would Welcome Input From Microsoft On OpenXR Standard

During GDC 2017, Khronos Group unveiled OpenXR as the name for their VR/AR API standard that’s currently being developed. UploadVR got the chance to speak with Khronos Group president Neil Trevett to get some questions answered. When asked if there were any specific entities missing that Khronos Group would welcome, Trevett immediately mentioned one of the biggest faces of AR: Microsoft. He noted the company’s input now would be around the emerging Windows Mixed Reality platform, which UploadVR recently did a hands-on with, but they’d obviously be able to bring AR expertise to that 2nd round of the API’s development as well.
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GDC 2017 Developer Day Session videos now online

The Khronos Developer Day Session videos from GDC 2017 are now on YouTube. The videos include "Reach the Largest Gaming Platform of All: The Web. WebGL, WebVR and glTF", "Refocusing on VR Innovation: Can Standards Simplify Cross-Platform Virtual Reality Development?", "Vulkan Game Development on Mobile", "Vulkan on Desktop Deep Dive", "When Vulkan was One: Looking Back, Looking Ahead."
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Tobii Recommends Explicit Consent for Recording Eye Tracking Data

Tobii had some VR demos that they were showing on the GDC Expo Hall floor as well as within Valve’s booth. They were primarily focusing on the new user interaction paradigms that are made available by using eye gazing to select specific objects, direct action, but also locomotion determined by eye gaze. There are a lot of open questions around the intimate data that will be available to application developers and the privacy and consent protocols that will inform users and provide them with some level of transparency and control. It’s an important topic being looked at by the OpenXR standardization process. Listen to the Voices of VR Podcast with Johan Hellqvist, VP products and integrations at Tobii.
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Khronos’ OpenXR gathering was almost without a doubt the most important VR-related event at GDC17

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Last week was GDC, and a ton of new tech, as well as new VR games and apps were announced and broadcast out to millions. But one of the most important stories out of GDC was also one of the least flashy. It was a gathering held by a nonprofit known as The Khronos Group, and it dealt directly with how much new VR hardware and software is being released, and how it is rapidly becoming more and more difficult for developers to keep up. Say Hello to OpenXR.
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