Mashable: Leaked images show a new Google Daydream View headset priced at $99. “Google is probably soon releasing an updated version of the Daydream View, its VR headset that is powered by a phone rather than a computer. According to Droid Life, the new model looks to be made of a nylon-like fabric, better able to withstand sweat than the jersey-like material of its predecessor. The new version will also feature better color options: Charcoal, Fog, and Coral.”
Phys.org: Virtual reality breathes new life into African fossils, art and artefacts. “More digital avenues are being added to South Africa’s museums – and now the country has its first full VR exhibit. It will launch at the Origins Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on 25 September and will take visitors on a journey through hundreds of thousands of years of human history, art and innovation. I am a Middle Stone Age archaeologist and ochre specialist, and have been part of the team putting the exhibit together over the past four months. Along the way, we’ve had to work out how to marry facts, interpretations, stories and technology. This hasn’t always been easy, but there have been a number of lessons along the way: most crucially, about the value of collaborative, interdisciplinary work to bring science to life.”
Google Blog: Get a closer look with Street View in Google Earth VR. “With Google Earth VR, you can go anywhere in virtual reality. Whether you want to stroll along the canals of Venice, stand at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro or soar through the sky faster than a speeding bullet, there’s no shortage of things to do or ways to explore. We love this sense of possibility, so we’re bringing Street View to Earth VR to make it easier for you to see and experience the world.”
Smashing Magazine: A Guide To Virtual Reality For Web Developers. “Recently, there has been a proliferation of virtual reality (VR) web browsers and VR capabilities added to traditional browsers. In this article, we’ll look at the state of browsers in VR and the state of VR on the web via the WebVR APIs.” Even if you are not a Web developer, this is a good overview of where we’re at at the moment, and how far we’ve come since VRML.
Engadget: Facebook patent reveals more details about its AR glasses . “Mark Zuckerberg showed off a render of the AR glasses Facebook is working on last year, but he didn’t reveal a lot of details about the device. Now, we finally know a bit more about it, thanks to a new patent application filed by members of Oculus’ advanced research division. The application, obtained by Business Insider, is for ‘waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner’ that ‘may augment views of a physical, real-world environment with computer-generated elements.'”
Tubefilter: YouTube To Provide VR Coverage Of Japan’s Fuji Rock Music Festival. “For the first time this year, YouTube will boast a presence at the Fuji Rock Festival — the biggest rock music event in all of Japan, which is slated to host 200 artists and 120,000 fans at its 20th gathering to date.”
Neowin: Google says there will be 11 Daydream VR phones by the end of 2017. “At its I/O 2017 developer conference in May, Google shared details of improvements planned for its Daydream virtual reality platform. Daydream allows owners of certain Android smartphones to use them with Google’s Daydream View headset, along with a touch controller, creating a portable VR solution. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said yesterday, during Alphabet’s earnings call, that by the end of 2017, there will be 11 Android devices available that support Daydream.”