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VR Digest: Wireless Vive

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written by Ian Hamilton (@hmltn) issue 99 – December 21, 2016

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Wireless Vive

UploadVR went hands-on with the TPCAST accessory for the HTC Vive, which enables the headset to work wirelessly. The device sits on top of the head strap and connects to a battery pack kept in a pocket. It communicates with a PC via a wireless transmitter placed above the play space. UploadVR brought in a gymnast to perform flips and then threw him a controller, demonstrating the ability to do even acrobatic maneuvers in wireless VR. Overall they reported negligible impact on latency but occasional visual artifacts.
 

Bits

Unity Technologies launched its experimental Editor VR interface for working on projects within VR. There’s an extensive beginner’s guide available.

Google released version 8.0 of Tilt Brush, bringing a guides feature that makes drawing on flat surfaces easier. VR artist Danny Bittman outlined the new features in a blog post, and also went in depth with the leading creativity apps in another. In addition to Tilt Brush, he covers Quill, Oculus Medium and Gravity Sketch.

Tom’s Hardware published a slide showing the specific range of features we can expect inside headsets from Microsoft’s Windows partners.

Blogs hosted on Wordpress.com now support 360-degree videos and photos.

Jimmy Fallon hosted a session of VR Pictionary using Tilt Brush on The Tonight Show.

The Oculus store launched a Winter Sale on games and experiences for the Rift.

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