NVIDIA has announced the availability of a new Vulkan GeForce and Quadro Graphics driver targeted at both desktop and notebook configurations, namely version 377.01 beta (or 18.104.22.16801), which manages to resolve an issue encountered with SteamVR shaders.
The Khronos Virtual Reality Initiative announced in December is making rapid progress in designing an open standard for portable Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality apps and devices. Today, Khronos releases the official name of the standard: OpenXR. The group is made up of a who’s-who of VR industry leaders working together to combat industry fragmentation in these markets. Any interested companies are invited to join Khronos to get involved and help steer the VR industry. Read more on the Khronos Blog and Press Release.
Facebook-owned Oculus' head of content Jason Rubin says "We support an open standard... We want everybody in the PC business to join an open standard that's a platform where everybody gets to say what's important to them." Rubin is referencing Oculus' work with the Khronos Group on developing a common set of industry-wide VR standards. Read more about the work Oculus is doing in VR today.
Qualcomm is preparing to launch a head-mounted display accelerator program which will give companies building VR headset access to part of Qualcomm’s supply chain partners alongside efforts related to product marketing. Qualcomm has also announced that they will be updating their development kit to highlight development focusing on the 835. The new dev kit will feature free motion 6DOF inside-out tracking based on a pair of cameras, and will also highlight new eye-tracking technologies that will lessen compute loads on the system. Qualcomm is one of the growing list of companies contributing to the Khronos Group Virtual Reality Standard Initiative.
The Khronos Group recently launched an initiative to standardise the way VR applications access the many available hardware platforms that have arrived on the scene over the last couple of years. On its website Khronos identifies industry demand as driving the initiative and judging by the number of companies that have added their names to the announcement and the industry leaders who have supplied quotes, that is no exaggeration.
Basemark has launched the VRTrek Library, enables the VR industry to analyze and provide a better user experience for end users. VRTrek Library is aimed for VR HMD vendors and software developers to measure the latency of an HMD when running various applications. Latency is one of the biggest challenges in the Virtual Reality (VR) industry. While wearing a VR Head Mounted Display (HMD), people notice even the smallest of delays between what’s displayed at the screen and what the brain expects.
Web3D 2017 will be held in Brisbane Australia June 5-7 at Queensland University of Technology. The Call for submissions is now open with a dead line set for February 13th. With WebGL now widely supported by default in modern browsers, tools such as X3D, X3DOM, Cobweb, three.js, glTF, and A-Frame VR are allowing nearly anyone to create Web3D content. Submissions being accepted now for Papers, Posters, Workshops, Tutorials and the Art Gallery.
Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition includes open-source tools that redefine visual and audio quality. Radeon Loom software overcomes formidable technology challenges with the processing-intensive video stitching process that is vital to creating cinematic 360-degree video experiences in VR. Built upon the Khronos OpenVX computer vision framework as implemented by AMD, the professional-grade Radeon Loom software stitches output from up to 24 cameras live in real-time and up to 31 cameras offline.
Neil Trevett presented "Khronos Graphics, Compute and Vision APIs – including Vulkan Next Generation GPU Acceleration" at SIGGRAPH Asia on December 7th. Included in this presentation is information about the new Neural Networking Exchange Format (NNEF) working group and the new Khronos VR Initiative.
The Khronos Group has announced a new initiative to develop an open standard API for VR. This is great news for developers of VR hardware and software! Epic Games is fully supportive of Khronos' efforts in the spirit of accelerating the growth of the VR market and fostering innovation within it. Below is the full news release which includes a quote from our founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney, about our intent to adopt the API and support it in Unreal Engine.
The Khronos Group today announced a call for participation in a new initiative to define a cross-vendor, royalty-free, open standard for access to modern virtual reality (VR) devices.
The rapid growth of the virtual reality market has led to platform fragmentation, forcing VR applications and engines to be ported and customized to run on multiple VR runtimes, and requiring VR sensors and displays to be integrated with multiple driver interfaces. This fragmentation slows the widespread availability of compelling VR experiences, creating added expense for developers wishing to support multiple VR devices, and hindering the adoption of innovative user interface technologies.
Any company interested to participate is strongly encouraged to join Khronos for a voice and a vote in the development process. Design contributions from any member are welcome. Some of the Khronos member companies helping to get this initiative underway include AMD, ARM, Epic Games, Google, Intel, LunarG, NVIDIA, Oculus, Razer, Tobii, Valve and VeriSilicon. More information on this initiative and and how to join the Khronos Group is available at:
The Immersive Technology Alliance held a VR Fest Panel at the Palms Casino Resort during CES in January 2016. The 5 person panel, all Khronos members consisted of Ryan McCall, Director of Sales and Business Development, Futuremark; Frank Soqui, General Manager Enthusiast Desktop Group, Intel; Daryl Sartain, Director of VR, Radeon Technology Group and AMD and VR Council Chair; Tero Sarkkinen, CEO, Basemark; and Neil Trevett, VP Mobile Ecosystem, Nvidia and President of the Khronos Group. The video for this panel is now online.
The Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA) is currently forming working groups to make effective quality assurance and software compatibility standards for virtual reality (VR) devices. Defined industry standards will allow content makers to confidently produce experiences for all immersive solutions and community platforms. "The ITA is a unique forum for diverse companies to identify collaborative opportunities to accelerate the mainstream adoption of virtual and augmented reality. Consumer-ready VR and AR will require many interoperating standards, and Khronos looks forward to working with the ITA to help make that vision a reality," said Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group.
Update: The DIYVR Kickstarter projected reached its goal in just 4 days!
If you don't know what DIYVR is, hop over to this fast moving WebGL related Kickstarter and see what all the fuss is about. In short, DIYVR is open, web-based software development tools for Virtual Reality. There are two other WebGL related kickstarters now running: APEXvj TURBO is a next-gen music visualizer for your Windows and Mac computer. It analyses and animates your music in real time! Synth : Remix Audio & Video in this HTML5 WebGL Synthesizer. Hat tip to Learning WebGL for pointing out these great projects to us.