VR & AR News Roundup (June 12th – June 15th 2017)

June 20, 2017

Welcome back to this week’s news roundup, where we highlight some of the biggest news from the past week in the world of VR, AR, and voice assistants. From E3 to artist collaborations, it was a big week of announcements, new releases, and more!

Amazon show off new Alexa-enabled scanning wand

Amazon Dash Wand

The mega conglomerate is back at it again with a new household essential – a lightweight scanner wand that you can use to scan barcodes and quickly add items to your Amazon cart.

Source: Android Community

Google release DIY Google Assistant speaker

Google Voice Box

In the vein of the Google Cardboard, Google has teamed up with MagPi magazine to create a wallet friendly do-it-yourself smart speaker coined as the “Voice Kit”.

Source: AIY Projects

MEL science announce new subscription-based science classes in VR

VR Science Lab

The London-based company is looking to give the VR education industry a jump start with their new app that lets you perform chemistry experiments and more.

Source: NDTV

YouTube give some insight into 360-degree video viewing patterns

YouTube VR Heatmap

The streaming video company has introduced heatmap statistics for YouTubers with -degree videos of over 1,000 views. The average? Unsurprisingly, most people (75% in fact) simply look straight ahead!

Source: Engadget

Google introduce VR dancefloors in Berlin

VR Berlin Dancefloor

The collaboration with music broadcasting service Boiler Room allows users of Daydream-compatible devices to experience the world of Berlin techno (almost) first-hand.

Source: Campaign

Nintendo’s first VR game announced

Mario Kart VR

Naturally, it’s a Mario title – the gaming giant has teamed up with Bandai Namco to create a Mario Kart VR game. The catch? For now, it’ll only be playable at the VR Zone Arcade in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Source: Upload VR

Big name artists collaborate to bring their ideas to life in VR

Acute Art VR

Jeff Koons, Marina Abramovic, and other artists have joined forces with London-based project Acute Art to produce VR experiences reflective of their iconic pieces.

Source: Hyperallergic

E3 2017 is full of VR announcements

Fallout VR

Over 20 VR games were announced at E3 last week, with big name titles such as Fallout and Skyrim joining the ranks of VR.

Source: Toms Hardware

Rotary International showcase their latest VR film

Rotary International VR

The eye-opening film revolves around a young child living with polio and the first-hand account of his day-to-day life, viewable through their Cardboard app.

Source: Rotary

UK researchers experiment with VR in the dentist’s chair

VR Dentist

The results are interesting albeit unsurprising: exploring a virtual coastal world while the dentist pokes around inside your mouth reportedly lowers stress and pain as opposed to going without.

Source: The Verge

Catch up on our previous news summaries here.

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