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11th May, 2016

Google’s own Cardboard viewer arrives in the UK

By James Trew

The company’s own-brand budget VR headset is available outside the US.

Google’s most accessible VR headset is now available in France, the UK, Canada and Germany, via the official store. For something that was meant to bring VR to the masses, Google had been unusually coy about actually putting it out there. The search giant only started selling its own version of the headset in the US in February. Before then, you had to source fromthird parties (fortunately there are many), or change your cereal ornewspaper of choice. Even then, headsets varied in quality for something made of cardboard, and not all the manufacturers offered the newer version, so [...]

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10th May, 2016

The Eyse camera shows friends what you’re doing in virtual reality

By Ashley Carman

The glory of virtual reality is to live in another person’s shoes — to feel what they feel, experience what they experience, and see what they see. The Eyse camera, which launches on Kickstarter today, aims to make that a possibility for anyone with a smartphone. Eyse’s promotional video shows a grandma attending her grandson’s birthday party from afar and friends out hiking projecting the scenery to someone at home. It’s a pleasant vision, and really, if this camera works, it’d be really cool. But still, it’s pretty expensive for something being marketed as a toy, with it being sold at $299 for the early bird special. That [...]

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5th May, 2016

Anne Frank’s story to be told in VR

By Jon Fingas

‘Anne’ will recreate the Holocaust symbol’s brief life.

You can already tour Anne Frank’s hideaway in virtual reality if you can’t make it to Amsterdam, but producer Jonah Hirsch is taking that one step further. He’s creating a VR experience, Anne, that will tell the Holocaust symbol’s tale in 360 degrees. Details of how it will work aren’t available, but you’ll get to at least get to wander around the secret annex where Frank and others hid from the Nazis for two years. The project is still young (you’re looking at a rough version above), so it may be a while before you’re trying Anne for [...]

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26th April, 2016

Disney forges a deal to use Nokia’s VR camera

By Jon Fingas

The media giant will use Ozo to make its 360-degree experiences.

Nokia’s Ozo virtual reality camera might have been a big gamble for a company best known for its former cellphone business, but it appears that this roll of the dice is paying off. Disney has struck a deal with Nokia to create VR “experiences” using the Ozo camera. Don’t expect feature-length movies, at least not yet. This is more about making complements to those movies, such as the 360-degree cast interview for The Jungle Book.

The deal isn’t entirely surprising. Nokia is one of the few companies building VR cameras specifically for pros, and what alternatives [...]

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