The Haptics are Coming ! Sony obtains new patent

One of the largest expansions of the VR market in add-ons will be Haptic input from a multitude of devices.

Well, Sony is one step closer with a Haptic Glove

Patents 14/517733, 14/517741, and 14/503275

sony_glove_patent_vrIt might be wise to note that Sony has made many patents on a VR HMD and not to put to much into and one patent listing when trying to guess the final product if it ever is produced. It does show that they are doing R&D in this sector. They are not alone.

It’s going to be hard to beat LeapMotion style virtually wireless hand tracking camera system.

Hand Tracking Haptic Input Coming Soon

NetFlix VR Edition

For VR to come to the masses, it has to have a valuable use.

Watching regular and 3D movies is simply a blast in a VR HMD.

But 360 VR content is coming. We just don’t know who is going to produce and deliver it.

But NetFlix is working to be a producer and distributor of Cinematic VR Content. Here is a look at their VR Media Platform.

It could be said that Cinematic VR Content was inevitable for NetFlix and Amazon Prime. Since there are no methods as of yet to get this delivered via TV broadcast or Cable.

Not that Cable Co’s are not going to try something. Just a rather expensive venture for them to deploy. But the Cable Co’s do own most of the existing 2D content in the world.

So if you have any experience of VR production under your belt, the future is so bright, you need to wear a HMD.

Samsung Gear360 – 1st Great VR Cam For The Masses

Samsung-Gear-360-2016There have been other VR Cams released to date but none of them of high quality for 360 live video like this.

Reveled at Samsung’s ‘Unpacked’ event that was also broadcast live stream in 360 video if you had the GearVR to watch it.

Gear 360 is splash-proof and dust resistant and is smaller than a baseball. The device is also equipped with dual fish-eye lenses, each with high resolution image sensors, capable of capturing 3840 x 1920, 360-degree video, or 30 megapixel still images.

Users can also choose to shoot 180-degree wide angle video and images with only using one side of the camera lens

It yet remains to be seen for the pricing or release date for this but it a leap for the industry that is about to get started in just a few months with 2 major HMD’s to hit the consumer market along with the Samsung S7 & Edge working with Samsung GearVR.

Samsung is also working on a more professional grade camera code-named project beyond.

PacMan In VR

You had to know it was coming.

Yes the arcade sensation never dies and about to be remade for the ages in Virtual Reality.

pacmanvrAa startup company named WHITE is working with Bandai Namco

to bring the classic arcade game that started it all to the company’s low cost Milbox Touch which is set to go on sale in April of this year.

 

Design-wise, the Milbox Touch is like Google’s Cardboard in that it’s a really cheap, partly DIY virtual reality headset powered by placing your smartphone in the device as a monitor.

No word yet if this is a exclusive to WHITE but it would be hard to imagine that you could keep this from the broader market for more than a year of exclusive rights.

Cinematic VR Moves Full Steam Ahead !

Well, It’s the First Scripted VR Series.

“Invisible”

The story-line: For generations, the dynastic Ashland family has passed on a gene that gives them an extraordinary ability, which has enabled them to accumulate vast amounts of power and wealth. As the modern generation faces diminished abilities and more scrutiny than ever before, the birth of an exceptional new child draws public interest and their family secret teeters on the brink of becoming exposed.

To premiere on the Samsung Milk VR platform, followed by Jaunt’s VR apps and companion content on CNE’s The Scene.

No word on exact release date but this fall/winter looks promising.

Hand Tracking Haptic Input Coming Soon

LeapMotion was maybe the first outstanding real world use input devices for hand tracking to the VR world.

Although they have publicly stated that they will ship their hand tracking sensor with some major HMD manufacture in  2016, the claim is very short on details.

Having a easy to use input device or service inside of the VR world has been a problem for the industry, few deny that hand tracking is probably the easiest way to make use of more complex navigation and tool-sets in VR.

So the latest simple demo released by LeapMotion shows just how easy this all can be. Turning hand gestures into actions makes this much easier than trying to fumble with a keyboard, mouse or game controller while wearing a HMD.

This clearly is a game changer for mobile VR where carrying a bunch of bulky equipment is not desirable when portable.

Samsung Intro’s S7 with FREE GearVR

Samsung is introducing it’s latest flagship phone on Feb 21, 2016 in pre-order.

This latest smart phone has lower power consumption and much faster and most of all, has been designed fully for use as a VR mobile phone.

Samsung has stated that with all pre-orders that begin Feb 23 to March 10, 2016, all will be getting a FREE GearVR

Official announcements to follow on Feb 21 media event.

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Something in the back of my mind tells me we will soon see a revision to the GearVR.

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