Topic: oculus

Oculus reveals Carmel developer preview, Google’s plans for HTML5, and Segment teams up with BigQuery—SD Times news digest: Dec. 12, 2016

Oculus wants to bring web content and technologies to mainstream VR devices. The company announced a developer preview of Carmel, a new solution to build for the VR web without a VR-supported browser. “Starting today, you can build experiences for all of these users, and also test them in VR using Carmel. As new devices … continue reading

Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation, Jibo SDK, and Twilio updates developer console—SD Times news digest: May 24, 2016

Two Big Ears, a company recently acquired by Facebook, is offering its pipeline for cinematic virtual reality and 360 video (including its authoring tools, encoder and rendering engine) for free. Called the Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation, this suite is designed to allow creators to implement VR audio across all devices and platforms. Authoring tools require … continue reading

VR for Good, Amazon open-sources DSSTNE, and the Google Spaces app—SD Times news digest: May 17, 2016

Virtual reality headsets can let users play games and enter different worlds, but Oculus is putting VR to good use with its VR for Good program, where philanthropic and socially beneficial projects can get started. With this program, Oculus is looking for 10 rising filmmakers to match with 10 nonprofits so they can tell stories … continue reading

Facebook to open an office for Oculus virtual reality research

Pittsburgh is a city that is home to many technology researchers, so it makes sense that Facebook is setting up an office in the Steel City. This new office will focus on Oculus virtual reality research, according to reports. A report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette showed that Facebook was leasing a 20,000-square-foot space in the … continue reading

Hacking at Time Warner Cable, Twitter creates mobile app playbook, and Oculus founder explains Rift pricing—SD Times news digest: Jan. 7, 2016

Another corporate hack has occurred. This time, a company partnered with Time Warner Cable had its e-mail passwords and other information stolen, and Time Warner said on Wednesday that it’s possible up to 320,000 customers were hacked, according to a Reuters report. Time Warner Cable spokesman said it was recently notified by the Federal Bureau … continue reading

Oculus Kickstarter backers to get a free Rift, and Google’s tips for mobile app success—SD Times news digest: Jan. 6, 2016

Oculus is opening Rift preorders today to put VR in the hands of people around the world, and the company is also going to give a free Kickstarter Edition Oculus Rift to all of the Kickstarter backers who pledged for a Rift development kit. In a letter obtained by Wired, Oculus said those who pledged … continue reading

Oculus Touch delayed, Ford adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and Automotive Grade Linux’s new members—SD Times news digest: Jan. 4, 2016

The Oculus Touch will not arrive during the first half of this year, as expected. Oculus has announced Touch will now be shipping in the second half of 2016, with pre-orders opening just a few months prior to its launch. Oculus announced Touch in June of last year. Touch is a pair of tracked controllers … continue reading

Oculus ships early builds of Rift headset to developers

Developers will be getting their hands on new virtual reality headsets this holiday season. This week, Rift SDK 1.0 is shipping with early builds of final Rift hardware for the Oculus headset, so developers can get ready for their launch title. If a developer is shipping a Rift title in the first quarter, they will … continue reading

Oculus Rift VR project allows users to experience 9/11 inside the towers

A new narrative-driven VR experience for the Oculus Rift allows users to embody an office worker in the North Tower of New York’s World Trade Center during the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. But a lot of negativity surrounds the big question: Who would want to live or relive 9/11? Students at a French … continue reading

Doom co-creator builds Netflix app for Oculus

Netflix and Oculus announced yesterday that they had been collaborating to build a VR movie-watching application. The app, written by 3D programming legend John Carmack, includes a virtual living room and takes into account the viewing angle such a device requires. At Oculus Connect, a developer event hosted by Oculus, Carmack, the company’s CTO and … continue reading

Oculus CTO John Carmack is developing Scheme scripting language for VR

As the Oculus Rift finally gears up for consumer release in early 2016, the Facebook-owned company’s most prominent developer and technologist is experimenting with new ways to improve VR development. Oculus CTO John Carmack, the lead programmer for classic games such as Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein 3D who joined the VR company in 2013, took … continue reading

Microsoft’s head of Xbox talks about Windows 10 and virtual reality

Oculus recently announced it had partnered with Microsoft for virtual reality gaming, but now we are getting an insight into what Microsoft’s plans are for the next generation of computing. “Our VR focus is on Windows as an open VR platform, not focused on something that’s closed and proprietary,” said Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s … continue reading

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