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The crowdfunding campaign for FOVE, the world’s first eye-tracking VR HMD will start soon. FOVE recognizes eye movement and blinking, which not only makes the VR gaming experience more authentic – you can make eye contact with characters and aim weapons easier, but it will also have a practical use in serving people with limited mobility such as ALS patients. See TechCrunch article or visit FOVE‘s webpage to sign up for updates.
With the recent release of Back to Dinosaur Island and another upcoming demo to be released at E3, rumors has it that Crytek is planning something bigger. UploadVR speculates that with a 50 man strong VR team and these recent releases, Crytek might be planning to release something bigger on the horizon.
OTOY has released a demo showcasing their light field render engine. This is the first time light field capture for VR has been done, and it provides a «full, accurate, correct look around for head tracking in live action VR.» UploadVR has the full story with video and technical details, as well as a hands-on follow up.
Masters of Pie have developed a stop-motion animation prototype tool for VR which makes it easier to visualize and animate the movement of a character. The tool, Geppetto is named after the fictional creator of Pinocchio, which is suitable as the company describes the animation as «digital puppetry.» Read the full story and watch the video on Road to VR.
Vive dev kit is rumored to ship later this week (uploadVR) according to developers connected to the Vive program. The consumer version is set to be released in November.
Oculus is providing a sneak peek at the consumer HMD, projected to ship Q1 2016.
Oculus is launching the consumer version of Oculus Rift in the first quarter of 2016. See Polygon article for details.
A Utah-based startup is attempting to create Virtual Entertainment Centers (VECs) where people can immerse themselves in arenas with custom-made stages that bridges the gap between physical and virtual worlds. Read the full story on Road to VR.