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Exiii Raises $750K for Haptic VR Gloves with Force Feedback

Exiii Raises $750K for Haptic VR Gloves with Force Feedback

Japan-based startuped Exiii, which is developing a pair of haptic gloves with force feedback, has raised $750K for continued R&D, expansion of sales channels, and growing the company’s team. Back in March we wrote about Exiii’s two haptic VR gloves, the Exos Wrist and Exos Gripper, both of which take a different approach to force feedback.
This blockchain-powered platform lets you enjoy live concerts — in virtual reality

This blockchain-powered platform lets you enjoy live concerts — in virtual reality

Virtual reality is only getting bigger. The VR market is tipped to be worth more than $33 billion within the next two years. With the market growing to such heights, different industries are grappling with various ways to make the most of the opportunity, including the entertainment and live events industries.
Sandbox VR's haptic vest lets you feel every zombie scratch

Sandbox VR's haptic vest lets you feel every zombie scratch

Guns blazing, my squad of five fire our weapons at the zombie horde that poured in through the main door of our mansion. We're so focused on our task, we fail to notice a bunch sneaking up behind us until I feel their claws swiping at my back.
Facebook introduces more customizable avatars to social VR app Spaces

Facebook introduces more customizable avatars to social VR app Spaces

Facebook is announcing that more customizable avatars, or virtual characters, are coming to Facebook Spaces, its social virtual reality application. The fully redesigned avatars in Facebook Spaces are more expressive and customizable than in the past. The update is all in the spirit of having a meaningful social experience in VR.
PlayStation VR is getting a significant and permanent price drop

PlayStation VR is getting a significant and permanent price drop

If you’ve been holding off jumping on the virtual reality bandwagon, Sony may have just announced the incentive you need to make the leap: a price cut. On the official PlayStation Blog, Sony confirmed that the PlayStation VR headset will be receiving a permanent price cut in the US and UK from March 29 and Australia from April 2.
Infinadeck VR Treadmill Shows Improvements With Vive Trackers, Launches This Week

Infinadeck VR Treadmill Shows Improvements With Vive Trackers, Launches This Week

Infinadeck is an active omnidirectional VR treadmill which has been in development since at least 2014. A new video shows the treadmill now using Vive Trackers for enhanced tracking, which appears to have increased the responsiveness of the device. The Infinadeck is set to launch this week.
You Can Do Bong Hits With HBO’s “Silicon Valley” Crew–In VR

You Can Do Bong Hits With HBO’s “Silicon Valley” Crew–In VR

Have you ever wanted to do bong hits with the crew from HBO’s Silicon Valley? Now you can–in VR. To coincide with the show’s fifth season premiere, the hit-making cable channel is debuting Silicon Valley: Inside the Hacker Hostel, a virtual reality recreation of the infamous house where the show’s main characters have lived and failed, again and again, to build their business.
HTC Vive Focus to Release Internationally in 2018, Dev Kit Pre-Orders Live Now

HTC Vive Focus to Release Internationally in 2018, Dev Kit Pre-Orders Live Now

HTC’s standalone, untethered VR headset the Vive Focus, will come to western markets later this year, HTC announced today. The company also announced that developers can register for Dev-Kit units from today.
Magic Leap Launches Developer SDK, Confirms Eye-tracking, Room-scanning, and More

Magic Leap Launches Developer SDK, Confirms Eye-tracking, Room-scanning, and More

Today Magic Leap has launched the Lumin SDK, the toolkit which allows developers to build AR experiences for Lumin OS, the operating system that powers the Magic Leap One headset.
HTC will sell Vive Pro VR headset for $800, cuts price of Vive to $500

HTC will sell Vive Pro VR headset for $800, cuts price of Vive to $500

HTC said today it will sell the Vive Pro virtual reality headset for $800, with global preorders starting now. And it will also cut the price of the existing Vive headset by $100 to $500. VR is off to a slow start, but introducing better quality headsets like the Vive Pro while making existing headsets more affordable is the path to greater consumer acceptance, according to Taiwan-based HTC’s game plan.


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