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written by Ian Hamilton (@hmltn) issue 107 – February 15, 2017

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Studio Transcendent has joined the VR/AR Association. John and Aaron recorded a podcast with Kevin Harvell of VRARA. They discussed our VR experience Rapid Fire: a brief history of flight along with the projects we have worked on in the health and wellness space.  They also reflected on the future of VR as well as the type of projects they would like Studio Transcendent to tackle in the future. Give it a listen!

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Valve Building Three VR Games

Valve Software is working on three full games built from the ground up for VR. The revelation from co-founder Gabe Newell came during a press briefing in Seattle and indicates how serious the company is in developing compelling VR experiences. The respected game developer, co-creator of the HTC Vive, is also developing hardware internally, including new smaller hand controllers. The prospect of three full titles developed in parallel to those controllers is an intriguing one.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted some photos showing the first look inside Oculus Research, the Redmond, Washington-based lab headed up by Michael Abrash. One photo in particular shows glove-based hand tracking research.

Oculus is redirecting resources and closing some of its Best Buy demo stations.

Reality capture company 8i raised $27 million and is working on Holo, a phone app that uses depth-sensing phones like Tango to insert objects into your world for selfies.

Microsoft released code for a “spectator view” (1-minute video) that, with a high-end camera, allows developers to easily create mixed reality footage to promote their HoloLens app.

A dock to display your VR headset and charge the controllers is in the final hours of its Kickstarter project and, at the time of this writing, just a few thousand dollars short of fully funding.

Business Insider posted the first photo of Magic Leap hardware, though the startup later said it was just a “test rig”. It caused a bit of consternation on Twitter although some rightly pointed out that test rigs don’t generally look very pretty.

Hulu updated its Gear VR app with support for Oculus “Rooms”, which lets you watch a TV program or 360-degree video project with someone else.

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