VR Digest: Obama's National Parks Video

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written by Ian Hamilton (@hmltn) issue 83 – August 31, 2016

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Obama's National Parks Video

President Barack Obama stars in one of the highest-profile 360-degree videos yet, a VR tour of Yosemite filmed during a trip he took there with his family. He also wore a Samsung Gear VR to check out the video, which makes for a notable photo. The project was produced in partnership between Oculus, National Geographic and Felix & Paul Studios. You can watch the 11-minute video on Facebook.


Damaged Core, a bot shooter exclusive to the Rift, received an 8/10 from RoadToVR and a 9.5/10 from UploadVR, with much praise given to the teleportation mechanic it employs as you transform into an artificial intelligence that can occupy enemy robots.

Best Buy will have 500 stores demoing the Oculus Rift in time for the holidays.

Lytro released a video of someone watching the first footage shot with its Immerge lightfield VR camera system.

The highly anticipated game Obduction from Cyan Worlds (the creators of Myst) was finally released on PC, but the VR version was delayed at the last minute. UploadVR and RoadToVR still got access to the VR version for reviews, giving it an 8/10 and an 8.5/10, respectively. Studio Transcendent was instrumental in the production of the full motion video captures used in the game.

Reality capture company Uncorporeal is working on holographic capture software that promises to let you produce immersive scenes using photos taken using a normal camera. A demo shows off some results. The technology does give an impressively accurate sense of scale, but there are some very apparent artifacts where near and far objects meet.

A nice infographic from the Syracuse University Communications school outlines the evolution of VR.

Immersive VR Education, the startup behind the Apollo 11 VR experience, launched an early version of the Engage education platform on Steam for both Rift and Vive.

Framestore shared some more details with UploadVR about how it created a real Magic School Bus for Lockheed Martin complete with “transparent 84 inch 4K screens”.

Hand tracking company Leap Motion announced an “Interaction Engine” that could make it easier for software developers to give users more useful hands in VR.

The creator of the popular Rick and Morty cartoon, Justin Roiland, is launching a VR studio called Squanchtendo.

A startup called launched an app the same day it announced $6.2 million in funding for its universal eSports streaming service. The company turns a match in popular games like Counter-Strike and Dota 2 into a 360-degree video that can be viewed even on Google Cardboard.

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