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Virtual reality is still a relatively new format, and as such there's a huge need for compelling content to drive adoption. As such, Oculus today is announcing its new developer-focused program called Start. Oculus Start a free program that's meant t...
If you’ve ever strapped on a proper virtual reality headset like an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive, you know how truly immersive today’s VR experiences can be. But there are still some things that break the illusion, like not being able to truly walk around, and the way things FEEL versus the way things LOOK.
In the interest of making VR experiences even more realistic, ZephVR is developing an inexpensive add-on for VR goggles that is designed to produce simulated wind while you make your way through the VR landscape.
The ZephVR adds a pair of lightweight fans to your goggles, and hits you with a breeze of air that’s synchronized with your VR games. Apparently, it uses audio from VR games and machine learning algorithms to listen for wind noise to determine when to blow its fans, rather than detecting player movements. I think that approach seems a little odd, but I’m guessing it’s easier to intercept the audio compared to trying to determine movements in 3D space.
In addition to the autonomous mode for gameplay, the fans can be turned on full time in case you just want to keep cool while playing. Plus, the system is compatible with all three major VR platforms, Rift, Vive, and PlayStation VR.
The early bird deal for the ZephVR has the add-on priced at just $75, so it’s a reasonably inexpensive add-on to your VR rig. It’s an interesting idea, though I think you might want to wait to test one out before jumping into the Kickstarter fray on this one.
Want to create a virtual world of your own? The Complete AppGameKit VR Starter’s Kit will teach you how to create your very own VR games… and maybe even make money from them.
With AppGameKit’s scripting system, anyone can quickly code and build apps for multiple platforms. You’ll learn how to create VR experiences from scratch by detecting users’ movements, controlling their positions within a scene, and accommodating both seated and standing experiences. You’ll even learn how to properly incorporate sound to create an even more realistic gaming experience. Learn the AppGameKit programming language in no time – even if you’re a total beginner.
The Complete AppGameKit VR Starter’s Kit will start you on the road to game development for just $29.99 in the Technabob Shop.
"It's like being inside of a womb or a particularly immaculate throat, all gently pulsating, mucus-y pink flesh." NSFW Warning: This story may contain links to and descriptions or images of explicit sexual acts.
As far as virtual reality has come, the goggles haven’t quite caught up to speed. Unlike regular bulky VR goggles, MILD introduces a more friendlier, more familiar way to enjoy VR.
They’re designed to look similar to sunglasses so people can imagine wearing them in everyday life. Made of plastic and clad in soft fabric, they’re inviting, even soothing, to wear. Simply attach the ergonomic, one-size-fits-all strap, and BAM! You’ll be in a whole new world… and quite comfortably at that!
Designer: Heejin Youn
Some of us may never get behind the wheel of a Mercedes, especially those on the raceway… but this might be the next best thing! This virtual reality concept platform puts you in the driver’s seat for the most authentic experience outside of the real thing. Throw on the helmet, step inside and let ‘er rip!
Designer: Yomoto Mirou