Facebook Virtual Reality Tour Stops Outside Of Union Market

Facebook Virtual Reality Tour Stops Outside Of Union Market

People try out the Samsung Gear VR at the Ryder Cup 2016 on September 30 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Samsung) A national virtual reality tour has set up shop in Northeast. District residents can go inside of a pop-up showcase to immerse themselves in a virtual reality experience with Samsung’s Gear VR , according to Edens, the folks behind Union Market. The headset was developed by Samsung and Oculus, a company that Facebook acquired in a $2 billion deal in 2014. The Facebook Virtual Reality Roadshow made a stop in Boston last week where […]

Sketchfab makes it easier to look at 3D models in virtual reality

Sketchfab makes it easier to look at 3D models in virtual reality

Step by step, Sketchfab is turning into the best platform to view 3D models using a virtual reality headset. First, the company added a VR button on every browsing page, then it released apps to support all VR headsets and showcase a few models. Now, the New York-based startup is making it easier to move around 3D models. All 3D models on Sketchfab now have a 2-dimensional “floor” so you can change your point of view. It means that you can point in a direction with your eyes, and Sketchfab will project a pointer on the floor. If you use the button on your cardboard headset, Samsung Gear VR or push a button on the Rift or Vive controller, then you instantly teleport yourself to this point. This movement model will sound familiar if you’ve used VR headsets in the past.

How a mobile app is helping GameStop grow virtual reality into a $3B business

How a mobile app is helping GameStop grow virtual reality into a $3B business

Since the release of the augmented reality mobile game, GameStop has logged doubled sales in Pokemon-related merchandise, gaming merchandise like Nintendo 2DS and 3DS handheld consoles, and mobile chargers at 462 of its stores that have been designated “PokeStops” and “Pokemon Gyms” in the game. The company plans to keep its Pokemon success going with a Pokemon Day (planned in advance of the release of Pokemon Go) on Aug. 1 and by stocking Pokemon Sun and Moon, two role-playing video games set to be released in November. GameStop already sells virtual reality headsets like the Samsung Gear VR, Merge VR and HTC Vive, and is taking pre-orders for the Sony Interactive Entertainment Playstation VR system, which is expected to be a major revenue stream when it debuts on store shelves in October. The headsets cost from roughly $80 to several hundred dollars.