No VR at Chuck E. Cheese, But Plenty at Comic-Con!

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In May this year, Oculus VR made headlines for joining forces with Chuck E. Cheese to run a unique VR demo for kids.  Unfortunately, according to Power Leveled, those plans had to be canned because the restaurateur has reason to believe there is a risk of seizures in kids.

The article doesn't lay claim to what this concern is based on, but maybe it's a blessing in disguise.  A marketing campaign through Chuck E. Cheese never really made sense for this type of thing because it's unusual to market such a product to kids so young.
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Cyberith Kickstarter is LIVE!

The Cyberith Virtualizer's Kickstarter is active, and is already approaching $30,000 out of its $250,000 goal.  For those unfamiliar, the Cyberith Virtualizer is a new VR treadmill platform designed to let you comfortably move around in a VR space while not eating up too much floor space.  Motions captured include walking, running, jumping and crouching.

They have also announced a Virtualizer HT version that features rumble pads under the platform which theoretically gives directional haptics feedback.  For example, if a grenade lands nearby, you'll feel it.  This requires directly supporting the Virtualizer SDK to work, unlike the other motion captures that can mimmick keyboard control until direct support is made available by the content maker.

EDIT: Cyberith tapped us on the shoulder that the above statement is incorrect. The Virtualizer HT works with ALL games.  Well, that's even more exciting, isn't it?
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Variety and Jaunt Making Movie Magic at Premier

David Cohen and Tara McNamaraGuardians of the Galaxy in VR?  Only on the red carpet!!  Variety did some experimentation with Jaunt to have the red carpet preamble recorded in a VR format.  Running on 14 mini HD cameras, this 360 degree capture will be available in stereoscopic 3D form on Oculus Share within a week.

That's the trade-off!  Ages and ages of encoding time.  However, it may very well be worth it - looking forward to trying it out!
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