TechCrunch: Facebook’s plan to unite AR, VR and News Feed with 3D posts. “What if you could digitally sculpt a 3D object and share it on Facebook, play with it in virtual reality or insert it into your world with augmented reality? Facebook is polishing up stages one and two today after debuting posts of interactive 3D models in News Feed in October that you can move and spin around.”
Express Tribune: Virtual reality to showcase old and unique heritage in Lahore: WCLA. “The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has decided to use virtual reality (VR) technology to showcase the old and unique heritage of the walled city… The authority is developing its new website that will offer VR tours of different sites of the walled city, especially historical monuments. These VR tours will enable the people to see the walled city from anywhere in the world, a spokesperson of the WCLA told The Express Tribune on Wednesday.” Lahore is a city in Pakistan with a population of over 11 million people.
Yahoo Finance: BBC Earth virtual reality app launched for Google’s Daydream VR platform. “The BBC has launched a free virtual reality app on Android to enable users to enter the worlds featured in some of its best nature documentaries. BBC Earth: Life In VR uses Google’s Daydream VR technology and Daydream View headset to drop users into animated 360-degree environments based on those seen in shows such as Blue Planet II.”
Recode: What Facebook (and many, many others) get wrong about VR. “When Jeremy Bailenson was hired by Stanford University in 2003, he named his work on virtual reality the ‘Virtual Human Interaction Lab’ — back then, he says, VR was considered so ridiculous that ‘I couldn’t be seen as “the VR guy.”‘ Flash-forward to 2018: Companies like Facebook, Google, Samsung and Apple are investing heavily in VR and its sister technology AR — short for augmented reality. But Bailenson, the author of a new book called ‘Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do,’ says there’s still a long way to go.”
VR Scout: Walmart Acquires VR Startup to Develop ‘Immersive Retail Environments’. “The world’s largest company by revenue and the United States’ biggest supplier of jobs has just made a major investment in virtual reality commerce. Walmart has agreed to purchase a little-known VR startup called Spatialand for an undisclosed amount. Spatialand creates tools that let content creators transform their 2D work into immersive VR experiences.”
Medium: The Comprehensive Guide to Getting Started in Virtual Reality. “This guide started as a personal collection of links, videos, and other resources for people who would ask me how to get started in the VR, whether the intent was to learn, share, or create. As an industry in its infancy undergoing rapid and constant change, the easier it is for new entrants to get caught up to speed, the better it is for all involved.” Minimal annotation but LOTS of links.
MIT Technology Review: Apps That Hint at a Fanciful Fake Future. “… it’s tricky to find the ones that do a great job of showing what we can do with these media, especially as smartphones and software get better and better. The following list collects some mobile AR and VR apps that are worth checking out, no matter whether you’re an early adopter with the latest headsets at home or just curious to learn more about these technologies. These apps weren’t chosen because they’re currently the most useful applications of AR and VR. The products are all focused on having fun. But they are worth trying because they can help you think about the potential for new AR and VR technologies and get a sense for what’s already possible.”