New on Daydream: circus performers, rockstars, an AI dog and more (Google Blog)

Google Blog: New on Daydream: circus performers, rockstars, an AI dog and more. “What do Cirque du Soleil, Wiz Khalifa and an AI dog named Artie have in common? Well, not much actually. But, you can experience their amazing content in virtual reality (VR) today on Daydream, our platform for high-quality mobile VR.”

Hands-on: Oculus Quest is an intriguing new middle ground for VR (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: Hands-on: Oculus Quest is an intriguing new middle ground for VR. “Let’s get one thing out of the way right up front: Oculus Quest is not the wireless, PC-free version of the Rift you may have been dreaming of. The Snapdragon 835 SoC powering Quest is much closer to a mid-range mobile phone than the Nvidia GTX 960 graphics card (and surrounding Windows PC) required to run a tethered Rift. The field of view and maximum refresh rate on the Quest both seem more comparable to the portable Oculus Go, which is a bit of downgrade from the Rift as well (though we have yet to confirm precise numbers for any of these devices).”

Ubergizmo: SpaceX’s Moon Mission Will Be Live Streamed In VR

Ubergizmo: SpaceX’s Moon Mission Will Be Live Streamed In VR. “SpaceX recently confirmed more details about its Moon mission that’s planned for 2023. It also revealed the identity of the company’s first paying passenger for the trip around the moon who will be accompanied by eight artists on the trip as well. If you’re not one of those people, don’t worry, you will be able to experience the entire mission in virtual reality.”

Mozilla Blog: Explore the immersive web with Firefox Reality. Now available for Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream

Mozilla Blog: Explore the immersive web with Firefox Reality. Now available for Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream. “Earlier this year, we shared that we are building a completely new browser called Firefox Reality. The mixed reality team at Mozilla set out to build a web browser that has been designed from the ground up to work on stand-alone virtual and augmented reality (or mixed reality) headsets. Today, we are pleased to announce that the first release of Firefox Reality is available in the Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream app stores.”

Nieman Lab: Here’s the next round of VR journalism innovation ideas (and the ideas for the tools to make it happen)

Nieman Lab: Here’s the next round of VR journalism innovation ideas (and the ideas for the tools to make it happen). “Virtual reality and augmented reality were pushed as new frontiers for journalism — and then the roadblocks came. Maybe the next round of new ideas could help freshen up the space.”

CBC: Virtual reality allows users to experience a Canadian residential school

CBC: Virtual reality allows users to experience a Canadian residential school. “A Winnipeg based project using virtual reality technology takes users back in time to experience Canadian Indian Residential Schools, in hopes of creating a greater understanding of what survivors went through.”

Bio-IT World: Best of Show VR Winner, Nanome, Available For Free Download

Bio-IT World: Best of Show VR Winner, Nanome, Available For Free Download. “Nanome has launched its virtual reality platform for anybody interested in playing around with molecules, the company said. The platform includes a free tier on the Oculus VR Marketplace. Nanome lets users import molecular structures from a local machine or an online database such as RCSB or DrugBank, and manipulate molecular structures by literally grabbing, rotating, or enlarging the area of interest with their hands and a virtual reality headset.”