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A reality check for virtual headsets

• Tags: VR

Games developers know how to engage players and keep them interested, and how to tell stories in a non-linear fashion. And they have for years created content in three dimensions, a basic requirement for VR. Indeed, virtual reality is integrating games and the broader technology industry as never before. “It’s like two continents that were apart, and continental drift is bringing them together,” says Neil Trevett of the Khronos Group, a non-profit industry group.   Read More

Khronos Group welcomes the Portland Oregon Chapter

• Tags: OpenXR VR

The Khronos Group would like to introduce the latest Khronos Portland Chapter to the family. Joshua Young has been running the Portland meet up group for quite awhile now and currently has over 1600 members! If you are in the Portland area and have an interest in OpenXR and Virtual Reality, please take a moment to join the group. Learn more about starting your own Chapter.   Read More

VRguy podcast Episode 23: Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group

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Neil and Yuval Boger (VRguy) talk about VR/AR standards, overlapping standards organizations and what’s the best way for companies to get involved. There is also a complete transcript of the podcast. In Neil's own words "...the key thing to realize about the Khronos Group, if people haven’t come across Khronos before, is that it’s an open organization. So, any company is welcome to join."   Read More

If You’re at AWE, Don’t Miss Khronos President Session Tomorrow

• Tags: OpenXR VR

Khronos President Neil Trevett is speaking at the Augmented World Expo (AWE) 2017 Conference in Santa Clara, CA. Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 31, he will join other experts for a discussion on “WebVR, WebAR and the Distribution of Volumetric Content at Scale Through the Web.”

Neil joins four other speakers, Shaun Dunne, director of VR/WebVR for Studio Zero; Blair MacIntyre, principal research scientist at Mozilla; Alban Denoyel, CEO of Sketchfab; and Damon Hernandez, immersive web ninja at Samsung Research America.

The session begins at 3:30 p.m. and will deal with the opportunities and challenges associated with WebVR/WebAR.   Read More

Khronos Group welcomes PlutoVR as newest Associate Member

• Tags: Members VR Khronos Group welcomes PlutoVR as newest Associate Member

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.   Read More

VRWORKS SDK 2.3 Now Available with Vulkan support

• Tags: SDK Vulkan VR

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.   Read More

Khronos Group Would Welcome Input From Microsoft On OpenXR Standard

• Tags: OpenXR VR

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.   Read More

GDC 2017 Developer Day Session videos now online

• Tags: Mobile Video glTF Vulkan WebGL OpenXR VR GDC

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."   Read More

Tobii Recommends Explicit Consent for Recording Eye Tracking Data

• Tags: OpenXR VR

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.   Read More

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