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The 2nd Sandbox Immersive Festival (SIF), held in conjunction with Qingdao International VR Week 2019, will take place on 24-30 June 2019! As the official virtual extension partner, VeeR is calling for all talented creators to submit your work and sign up for the Official Selection and Pitching Session now!

As the first festival in China dedicated to promote international immersive and interactive media content, SIF 2019 will give you the opportunity to enjoy top immersive projects curated by an international committee.

SIF 2018 was a great success and attracted more than 10000 attendees, 100 distinguish guests from over 100 countries and regions, showcased 49 selected international VR projects and presented 5 awards.

This June, SIF is going to bring an even larger immersive festival with events like the Art Exhibition, Keynote speeches and presentations, pitching sessions and more….

VeeR is collaborating with Sandbox Immersive Festival as official virtual  extension partner to bring part of the SIF’s VR selection to the VeeR VR app. Free to access globally in streaming mode only, the virtual extension of SIF will allow creators and producers to benefit from an international visibility from 30th June to 31st July.

Submissions Open Now!

Submission Deadlines

Official Selection: Now till 5 May 2019

Pitching Session: Now till 24 May 2019

Official Selection Submission Guidelines

  1. Submitted works should be completed within the twelve months prior to the festival (before 30 June 2018).
  2. Duration of the work is not restricted; types accepted include VR, AR, MR and any other immersive installations and performances. Please refer to the registration form for more details.
  3. The project should be submitted by the holder of all usage rights to said work, and should guarantee that the project has no copyright flaws.

Pitching Session Submission Guidelines

  1. Submitted projects must be an original work, with at least complete concept design.
  2. Submitted projects should specify the state of the development and resource(s) required.

How to Sign Up

For Official Selection submissions, please click here directly.

Pitching Session: pitching@sandboxif.com

If you have any questions, please contact:

Official Selection: submission@sandboxif.com

Pitching Session: pitching@sandboxif.com

General Enquiries: sif@sandboxif.com

Official Website: http://www.sandboxif.com

If you are a VR creator, if you are interested in VR content, if you want to compete with the world's top creators, explore the future of VR... You should definitely sign up for the 2nd Qingdao International VR Image Week - SIF 2019! Come and experience cutting-edge immersive content now!

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Transcend cultural boundaries by bringing the immersive experience of thriving Australian Indigenous culture to the world.

San Jose, California, January 26, 2019 - VeeR VR, the global VR content platform is bringing ‘Carriberrie’, the Aussie VR documentary celebrating Indigenous Australian song and dance, online to the world on January 26, 2019, Australia Day. ‘Carriberrie’ will be available to stream via VeeR VR app on Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, Gear VR, MiVR outside of Australia.

CARRIBERRIE:

Carriberrie (derived from the word ‘corroboree’ as spoken by the Eora nation, the traditional owners of the land upon which the city of Sydney now stands) is an award-winning multiplatform VR film that features 9 culture groups, 35 performances, and more than 156 dancers. Carriberrie showcases a stunning range of Australian locations and performances from iconic ceremonial traditional practice in Uluru, through to food gathering dances in the rainforest, agricultural songs on the most northern tip of Australia and funeral dances in the Arnhem wetlands before culminating with a highly charged hunting track in the central desert.

Directed by award-winning Australian director and producer Dominic Allen, Carriberrie deeply immerses audiences, positioning them at the center of a series of remote and extraordinary dance rituals from within the very environment they traditionally emerged.

Free access on Jan 26, Australia Day

To celebrate the Australia Day on Jan 26, limited free access will be available to all Oculus Go and Oculus Rift. Simply download VeeR VR to start the experience.

About VeeR VR

VeeR VR is the global VR content platform bearing the mission to empower the next generation of media. VeeR VR is the go-to destination for the ultimate VR experiences in a wide variety of genres. It is available on major headsets, including Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Google Daydream, MiVR and more. Discover the VR experiences updated daily, and stay beyond boundaries with VeeR VR.  

Media Contact:

Denise Wu

Mobile: +(1)4154290321Email:   denise@veer.tv


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If  you’re still undecided about the addition of a VR headset to your tech locker, here’s a reason for every digit on your right hand why VR is gonna rock your world.

1. Travel

Firstly, if you’re in the habit of long-distance travel in anything other than first class, chances are you have experienced one of those trips where you dream of an escape from the tight confines and ambient noise of engine-whir and fellow passengers – we’ve all been there!

If you’ve ever experienced the feeling of escapism at the movie theatre where, once the lights are dimmed, the screen seems to magnify in size, as the world around you shrinks into insignificance, then you’ve had a taste of the VR experience.


VR is like that, but more so - headsets bringing you much the same experience. Only, it’s a private cinema, collapsible down to the size of a sports sneaker, or smaller:

Franhofer Shows Off Compact VR Headset Prototype

Just another item in your carry-on, but one that transports you to any number of alternate realities provided by any of the great minds of writers and directors who are now offering VR content.

Guillermo Del Toro VR

2. Gaming

And it’s that same immersive quality VR brings to movie watching, that reinvents the gaming experience (for most, this is the primary connotation of VR). Familiar as we are with the First-Person Shooter, and as much as this genre has grown in sophistication or even reached the peak of its development on flat or even curved screens, VR takes the experience to a whole new level – seemingly the platform FPS was always made for. The depth of immersion provided to FPS players in VR format is demonstrated by the increased range of movement seen in the player’s body.

We may all have memories of handing a joypad to our parents and laughing hysterically as they twisted and turned the controller at all angles, to move a corresponding object on the screen. We had long surpassed them in our knowledge that only our thumbs were required to complete the same action, hunched as we were, either on the sofa or flat on the floor, staring up at a tv screen.

The VR gaming experience and certainly the VR, FPS gaming experience is a far more involving affair. Although thumbs and forefingers may still grip at controllers, the visual component of VR forces the player’s head, rather than simply their eyes to move in search of new targets or threats. This rotation and tilt of the head and neck transfer down into the shoulders and even the hips. Such movement is one reason why you often see VR players in a standing position. Playing an FPS in VR heightens your senses and is more than likely to bring you to your feet, such is the level of
engagement it inspires.

If escapism is high up your list of activities, VR takes you much deeper into both gaming and movie experiences, through its more encompassing visual experience and its ability to increase your physical involvement in the gaming process.

The strengths of VR as an escape while enduring arduous long-distance travel and as a means to take gaming to another level are no great challenge to get your head around. But what about attention-grabbing aspects of VR that offer clear benefit to users beyond merely entertainment or escape?

3. Exploration

The educational applications for VR are stacked up in favour of any real-world pursuit that revolves around physical space. VR excels in both preparing users for dangerous or complex navigation or a mix of education / entertainment in experiencing physical spaces that are beyond human reach.

In terms of human exploration, the realms of both space and deep water here on earth offer some of the most challenging of unchartered territories. Cave diving for example, has in recent years, served as a petri-dish for the testing and development of unmanned vehicles which may serve humans well in the equally precarious setting of deep space.

Such vehicles become our eyes and ears, and are invaluable for understanding environments still hostile to human life. As UAVs return images of previously unseen corners of our universe, VR picks up the baton as a means of processing such invaluable content through 360-degree video, allowing comprehensive access to every nook and cranny of newly discovered worlds.

Diver Alberto Nava in the SunCAVE: http://chei.ucsd.edu/2018/02/09/using-a-virtual-cave-to-explore-a-real-one/
SPACEVR WANTS TO TAKE YOU TO OUTER SPACE

For those brave enough to follow in the footsteps of drones and exploration bots, becoming the first of our kind to enter strange new realms, the acts of navigating and piloting vehicles with human cargo carry with them high degrees of risk. What better way to prepare for such daring missions, than through VR simulation, creating a situation almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

Whether you see yourself as the next NASA test pilot or not, using VR to prepare yourself prior to visiting spaces on earth may something that becomes second nature to VR users everywhere. Traverse an airport prior to arrival, explore the Great Pyramid without the crowds, even follow in the footsteps of space travellers, or deep-sea research drones but with zero percent of the risk. Far from a distraction during long-haul flights, VR gives users the opportunity to embark on virtual travel and prepare for navigational tasks, be it the streets of old town, or an ocean crossing. Or even the beautiful Dalmatian coast in Croatia: https://veervr.tv/videos/Croatia36

5 Best VR Headsets For Travel Apps  

4. Shopping

In stark contrast there are also more mundane activities that call out for VR utilisation - shopping for example.

Perusing a vendor’s stock for new or familiar items is a time-consuming process, one not aided by the conventional vertical-scrolling nature of a typical web browser. The appeal of online shopping is that it saves travel time and can soon be automated, from past shopping habits, however, what benefits does physical access to products offer and how about the medium reached by VR simulation?

Here we turn our attention to VR controllers and possibilities they contain for mimicking the sensitivity of the human hand as a gauge of a products tactile qualities, material properties and weight.

Light, thin VR gloves put wearers in touch with virtual objects

VR controllers, although currently much in the image of game controllers, or the computer mouse, perhaps offer as much of an immersive and life-like experience in terms of their grasp and mimicry of the sense of touch, as VR goggles play to our sense of sight.

The ripeness of fruit and vegetables (prior to consumption) being determined by the combined senses of sight, touch and smell, make for an interesting challenge for the development of VR and the peripherals that are being developed to accompany goggles turning VR into a multi-sensory experience.

For example did you know that the introduction of smell to the VR experience is something already being trialled and gloves that provide sensory feedback to the user are nothing new. Certainly, the strength of VR as a medium for perusing the ‘shelves’ of online stores will be aided by the additional sensory feedback provided by sensory gloves and smell simulation, allowing shoppers to hold and indeed squeeze products in their hands as even their smell becomes tangible.  

FEELREAL BRINGS SENSE OF SMELL TO VIRTUAL REALITY


5. Relationships

Much as we know VR as primarily a gaming platform, science fiction has hinted at the possibilities of VR for another kind of play. If long distance relationships have been brought closer by the options afforded to lovers to interface on various platforms, such as video calls, then VR and indeed the sensory development of the VR experience offer what has been hinted at in movies and certain headlines – bringing two people together into a simulated, physical experience without being in physical proximity. Sensory suits, already a part of VR peripherals take the place of real human to human contact, sensory gloves allowing for realistic sensations of touch and well, additional peripheral devices allowing for the culmination of the act.

Considering becoming a VR owner?

Which of these 5 things most inclines you to making VR a part of your life?
Let us know in the comments below and we’d love to hear why!

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The Bird Box Challenge is sweeping over social media after the movie "Bird Box" came out on Netflix. Fans follow the scenes in the movie, blindfold themselves and wander around outside. However, Netflix didn’t show any delightfulness about the unprecedented marketing success, it called out the challenge on Twitter and asked people not to hurt themselves.

Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.

— Netflix US (@netflix) January 2, 2019
It is pretty obvious how dangerous it is to be on street blindfolded, how about take the challenge with VR headset, and wander in the virtual reality world, for something good instead. You can download VeeR VR in your Oculus, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality,  Google Daydream, Steam VR and Lenovo Mirage Solo to not only take the Bird Box challenge but also learn charity’s work. Being aware of sufferings With VR headset, you can get closer to the wide range of social causes, from climate change, animal protection, crisis relief, to humanistic campaigns etc. You can understand and be more closely empathize with others when having the immersive storytelling experiences in VR/360 videos. The Price of Conflict, the Prospect of Peace: Virtual Reality in the Philippines

This 360° virtual reality video follows the experiences of two Filipinos living in Upper Campo Islam, Mindanao, a region in the Philippines affected by a decades-old conflict now looking to rebuild. Forced From Their Village by Violence

 

In the northwest Central African Republic, an armed rebel group has burned villages to the ground, displacing thousands. Listen to the voices of those who fled the violence. Learning life-saving skills   VR has being used in various contexts from classrooms to medical labs. Now, you can take the first person perspective in VR, learn and practice skills to handle emergencies, which allows you respond better in real life.   Operation Lifesaver - Never Game a Train

 

Exploring the hidden parts you’ve never seen before Organizations like world bank no longer only use VR to raise public awareness about poverty-stricken areas in the world, but also want to engage you with the actual life in the hidden corners that are often neglected. Bucaramanga in 360: A Competitive City

  What does a “competitive city” look like? The World Bank Group traveled to Bucaramanga, Colombia to find out. Here, amid the city’s famously rugged topography – with no ports or railroads nearby, and almost 10 hours away from the nation’s capital, Bogota – economic development seemed to be a tough proposition. Bucaramanga, however, managed to reinvent itself and become a globally competitive city – with the fastest rates of GDP growth and job growth in Colombia, and one of the fastest growth rates in the Western Hemisphere. Explore this 360° video to find out more about what sets competitive cities apart.   Our Home, Our People

  'Vei lomani' is a Fijian expression meaning 'love in action', and it is a value at the heart of Fijian life. And it is in the spirit of 'vei lomani' that Fijians are coming together to respond to the impacts of climate change. Experience the story of Catalina, Rai, Asmita and Rupeni in 360° VR, and explore more at www.ourhomeourpeople.com. ‘Our Home, Our People' is best viewed with a VR headset and headphones.   Like the Bird Box Challenge, being blindfolded with a VR headset provides individuals with a thrilling sense of unknown. Unlike the Bird Box challenge, exploring the unknown in a VR headset is safe and intriguing. You can download VeeR VR in your Oculus, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality,  Google Daydream, Steam VR and Lenovo Mirage Solo to not only take the Bird Box challenge but also learn charity’s work.
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If modern VR technology plants seeds in 2016, then 2018 would be the year to see it thriving. If 2018 is remembered for something, it will be the pioneering VR creators who are exploring the new storytelling on the forefront. If we need to summarize VeeR’s 2018 with one word, it would be “POSSIBILITY”.   We are honored to have tremendous talented VR  creators like you on VeeR. You let us breathtaking views that we’ve never seen, attended concerts as if we were there, fulfilled our childhood dream of being an astronaut.  

You let us 

imagine feel the thrill

see breathe underwater 

hear attend a rock show

follow take the step

feel the defy gravity

dream of party in wonderland

see seize the moment

  Our 2018 rewind is to pay a tribute to all of our outstanding creators. What you have done will guide the fresh blood to cut through the wind and waves on their way towards. What you haven’t done is still unknown, but it will be the future.   Seat back and enjoy the VeeR 2018 rewind with your VR headset. Stay tuned with VeeR and find out new possibilities that VR will bring to you in 2019! You can download VeeR VR in your Oculus, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality,  Google Daydream, Steam VR and Lenovo Mirage Solo to enjoy the premium 360/VR contents.  

 

Thank you for your trust and support for VeeR in 2018.

We wish you have an amazing 2019!

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Do you celebrate Christmas? Today’s beautiful holiday season is now accessible to everyone, even if you live in a country where the Christmas is not celebrated thanks to virtual reality. Today we have for you the top Christmas experiences sure to warm your holiday spirit with abundance and community. Check out the experiences on VeeR today and let us know how it goes below! 1. The VeeR Christmas Cabin What gifts did you prepare for your families and friends this Christmas? No matter what the gifts are, I bet you’ve already carefully chosen the best ones. We also prepare Christmas gifts for you and your families. Put on your VR headset and enter the VeeR Christmas Cain. Relax on the couch and look around. The glowing items on the Christmas tree represent different VR content. Click on the glowing items, trust me, you’ll find some unexpected surprises. Besides the Christmas Cabin VR experience, we prepare Oculus and many other gifts for you. Share the VeeR Christmas Cabin on your facebook and twitter, and you will be qualified to win the gifts. We‘ll draw the lotteries in VeeR VR: Best VR Content of the Year in Altspace. The full list of winners will be announced on Facebook at 9 pm PST on Dec. 26th. We will also send emails to the lucky winners. Please stay tuned and follow VeeR on Facebook. You can download VeeR VR in your OculusSamsung Gear VRHTC ViveWindows Mixed Reality,  Google DaydreamSteam VR and Lenovo Mirage Solo to have a wonderful Christmas experience. 2. Gallant VR X-Mas There's nothing cuter than adorable snowmen & Christmas elves dancing around a holiday-themed town circle. Look up to the sky and you can enjoy a holiday-themed title introducing with best wishes, Merry Christmas from Nick Carter & Studio Gallant. Enjoy the snow falling amidst the snowy mountains in the background as well as the beautifully crafted houses, atmosphere, Christmas trees, and sleds all working synchronously with each other to create a beautiful virtual reality holiday. 3. Merry Snowballs Wanna hit virtual kids in the face this Christmas? Well, now you can with Hatrabbit’s Merry Snowballs, perhaps one of the highest action packed holiday games that is not only beautiful but also very intense. “Mobile VR feels like a natural step in our journey of exploring the market and Merry Snowballs is a perfect fit on these platforms. Merry Snowballs is a game for the whole family and we are releasing it for free so more people can experience high-quality games. We are also working together with partners like Omnivirt and Advrty in order to explore in-game advertising in VR.” - Andreas Chryssovitsanos, co-founder of Hatrabbit 4. Merry Christmas Need a break from the cartoon graphics? You will enjoy this 360 video experience showcasing Christmas clips from some places in America including Edmonton, Calgary and New York. Take a glimpse at some of the most crowded areas in New York at night without the pedestrian traffic! Each 360 scene showcases a specific aspect of the holiday’s in the big city with shots from Bridges, Ice rinks, City centers and more. A great experience for anyone wondering what Christmas looks and feels like in the United States of America. 5. A VRy Merry Christmas CEEK VR, offers music experiences with U2, Lady Gaga, Disclosure, Nas, and more, has combined Christmas music into an amazing virtual reality merry experience! Move through a Christmas musical soundtrack through the eyes of Santa Claus himself. Explore the magical ambience of the north pole with music from Gwen Stefani, One Republic, The Jackson 5, Lady Gaga and more talented artists. “The inspiration for the story transpired from the universal themes of Christmas songs that everyone can relate to, for example: The magic and innocence of the first snowfall, the yearning for those we loved and lost, the warmth of the season, and in our VR world, imagining life without the goodwill of Christmas. The story is unveiled through music and vivid imagery. We brought art to life with animation, to give people the feeling of being in a Christmas postcard. Like any music video or live experience, I’m sure people will have their own interpretations or just enjoy the experience in novel and unintended ways.” - Mary Spio, CEO of CEEK and Executive Producer of A VRy Merry Experience 6. Christmas in Canada For foreigners, Christmas is just as valuable to the Chinese people as the Chinese New Year. It is a day of family reunion and lively reunion. But do you know what real Christmas is like? Nikk used VR to record the story of returning to Canada from Canada to spend Christmas with family. No matter how far you go, your home is worried. No matter how far you go, the days of reunion always go back to your loved ones. Come with Nikk on his journey around from Airport, Airplane, family home, church to choir. Nikk even reads a bit of the Christmas story to you and watch as the family and kids unpack their holiday stockings and gifts! 7. I Hate Santa Do you hate Santa Claus? I don’t. But in “I Hate Santa” there are many enemies that do hate Santa’s arrival and in turn will fight you to stop you from meeting the great Santa King himself. You are stationed on a holiday sled with a built-in cannon that automatically shoots snowballs at goes. Move your head to aim the cannon and be sure to dodge the incoming snowballs with your head. Shoot down elf kid's that build machine guns and can even fly with jetpacks! Need more assistance? Shoot down power ups that carry upgrades all the way from boosting your health to increase the rapid-fire rate on your weapon. 8. Destination Christmas Want to see how people move and react in the city London at Christmas? Virtualistika showcases the 360° coverage of what people do at Christmas and which are the most popular Christmas locations. You can experience Carnaby, Oxford, and Regent Street as well as Natural History Museum Ice, Merry Go-rounds, Somerset House of Ice Skating and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Virtual reality’s amazing capabilities enable us to get a glimpse of an area without attending first to make sense of whether you should become a tourist of that place or not. 9. Flying with Santa & Reindeer Many of us dream as a kid of one day flying in Santa’s sled with Reindeer. Well, with this 360 video by Project360 you can now fly over Montreux Noel and Geneva Lake in Switzerland. Enjoy the beautiful city landscape flocked with happy tourists and Christmas lights. On the right-hand side, you can view the beautiful lake, mountains, and boats among the mesmerizing sunset. 10. LEGO Christmas Railway The only thing that's better than Christmas is Christmas with LEGOs! Dunkster Bricks showcases his amazing LEGO holiday landscape with steam trains passengers and even robots! Look up and enjoy the view of Star Wars fighter jets and even legendary Jedi's like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Turn around and see the wonderful merry go round moving the different LEGO pieces and actors around the tree in the center. Your challenge is to spot all of the different LEGO sets and put it down below in the comments! 11. Santa Ninja Master YummyVR has created possibly the most fun Christmas experience on VeeR to date! Santa's on a mission to deliver presents and gifts to children around the world. A band of ninja's surrounds and tries to pull an invasion on Santa Clause. Luckily, these ninja's are no match for Santa's holiday spirit warrior skills. Watch as Santa delivers punch after punch after a powerful blow to each crafty ninja. Santa can even handle hundreds of jabs from Ninjas with his armor-like stomach and holiday senses. If you watch until the end you can even see Santa kick the ninja on his way out! In conclusion, this Christmas Holiday make sure to give thanks for your situation in life with your friends and family in virtual reality experiences! VR technology can be a great mediator for fun, enjoyment, and even social connection and community. For more fun updates about the VR/AR/MR industry, subscribe to the VeeR blog and regularly receive our newsletters! Share with VeeR on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @letsveer!
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“Hey, baby carrots, wake up!” As you slowly open your eyes, the sagacious carrot along with other two grown-up carrots is going to tell you a horror story about a monster. The monster has a big mouth and no carrot can escape from it. The old carrot is deeply worried about the future of the species living underneath the garden. But does the monster really exist? You need to find it out by yourself.   Fresh Out, the 7 minute VR animation directed by Sam Wey and Fangchao Tao, humanizes the carrots in the murky netherworld. You are the baby carrot who is not sure about your fate. But trust me, you will have an unprecedented experience to witness the collapse of the netherworld and your demise.   Director’s Statement “Our goal is to create a comedic, VR, short narrative which contrasts a cartoony aesthetic with the tropes of a horror movie. Within the narrative, we sought to explore certain strengths of VR, such as the impact of the player embodiment from the perspective of a baby carrot and the impact of player scale in relation to the world.” Fresh Out is now available on VeeR in  Oculus Go,  Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR for you to experience as a baby carrot like never before.  
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With VR gaining popularity, the annual conference, expo and festival calendar are filling up quickly. Below you’ll find some of the best events to attend, along with all the important event details. You can learn more about each of these VR events by clicking on the title to go to the official website or by following them on social media.   Give it a read and get ready to learn about all the awesome developments and trends shaking up the VR industry. Some of the events are VR/AR/MR-focused, while others are segments of broader technology media and entertainment events.   Online VR Event   VeeR VR: Best VR Content of the Year Date: Dec.27, 2018 Venue: Altspace VR     VeeR VR is a global VR content platform, delivering you free access to millions of daily fresh VR videos and experiences. VeeR allows the audience to be immersed in scenes of the premium VR films, take adventures with people from all over the world. You can download VeeR VR in your Oculus, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality,  Google Daydream, Steam VR and Lenovo Mirage Solo to watch amazing VR content.   To show the high-quality VR content to VR enthusiasts, VeeR hosts Altspace event every month. In this month’s event, VeeR will feature the most viewed & liked VR content on VeeR of the year 2018 and honor the talented creators worldwide. RSVP now for an unforgettable experience, including networking with the top VR creators, VR enthusiasts, and getting a chance to win BIG prizes!   At the end of this meet-up, VeeR will announce the winners of the VeeR Christmas Giveaway. You can enter the giveaway by sharing the page on your Facebook and Twitter to win Oculus, Nolo CV1, and many other gifts. Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube   Offline VR/AR/MR Conferences, Expos, Festivals & Summits   SXSW-South by Southwest Date: March 11-13, 2019 Venue: Austin, Texas, United States     This interactive media conference is held every year in Texas with crowds pouring in from around the world to see films, music, and more. South by Southwest consistently draws in those interested in tech too, with VR and AR-driven events like Storytelling in VR and Creating Contemporary Art in VR. One of the most intriguing for 2019 is the event about Creating an Ethical Immersive World, and it’s definitely worth attending!   Check the schedule for more VR and AR-specific dates and presentations.   Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube   GDC - Game Developers Conference Date: March 18-22, 2019 Venue: Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, United States     The gaming industry is seeing a steady increase in the use of VR, so it's no surprise that the world's largest professional gaming industry event is beginning to explore the concept. This event will hold more than 750 lectures, panels, and presentations on VR and AR in the world of gaming. Whether you're a player, developer, or just hold a casual interest in the topic, this is an event worth going to.   Facebook LinkedIn Twitter YouTube   IEEEVR 2019 Date: March 23-27, 2019 Venue: Osaka International Convention Center, Osaka, Japan     Held every year, IEEEVR is leading the niche of conferences on 3D User Interfaces and Virtual Reality. With an international audience, the IEEEVR has been driving VR research since the early 1990s and continues to break ground in the field to this day. You're sure to see all sorts of interesting and innovative presentations at this event, which is part of the larger IEEE tech convention.   Facebook Twitter   VeeR Creator Conference Date: TBD Venue: TBD     VeeR VR is a global VR content platform, delivering you free access to millions of daily fresh VR videos and experiences. VeeR allows the audience to be immersed in scenes of the premium VR films, take adventures with people from all over the world. You can download VeeR VR in your Oculus, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality,  Google Daydream, Steam VR and Lenovo Mirage Solo to watch amazing VR content.   The annual Creator Conference is aimed at developers and others interested in expanding the VR ecosystem to the masses. Expect to hear speakers talk on the future and current trends of virtual reality and creating VR content. The master classes and panel discussions are intriguing, and you'll have the chance to hear from many industry experts first-hand.   Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube     ARVR Innovate Conference Date: May 10, 2019 Venue: Dublin, Ireland     While this event only began in 2014, it has proven to be a strong player in the VR/AR world already. It's Ireland's only conference dedicated to the subject, and it's also one of Europe's first events to focus on it entirely--unlike many other VR/AR events of the region, which are just segments of broader tech conferences. Because of that, you can expect some of the most detailed and intriguing discussions of the year to take place at the ARVR Innovate Conference.   Facebook Twitter   AWE USA - Augmented World Expo USA Date: May 29-31, 2019 Venue: Santa Clara, California, United States     More than 6,000 industry professionals will be interacting with attendees of this 10th annual gathering. A collection of conferences on AR and VR, AWE USA promises to be awesome. Events will be hosted across six stages and you'll get the chance to play with some of the latest technology the field has to offer. It’s perfectly set up to be both a fun and educational event.   Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube   E3 Date: June 11-13, 2019 Venue: Los Angeles, California, United States     This immersive gaming conference is known for debuting both new products and game-changing technologies while giving attendees the chance to meet some key players and drivers behind AR and VR development. Exhibitor applications are currently open and a more detailed schedule will be published in the coming months. If you're interested in attending, you should sign up now to be notified when registration is open.   Facebook Twitter Instagram   AR & VR World Date: June 12-13, 2019 Venue: ExCeL, London, United Kingdom     AR & VR World is an event meant to showcase today's technology, supported by case studies from key brands in the industry. The conference is part of TechXLR8, which is London Tech Week's main event. It’s definitely worth attending if you’re in the area and seeking an opportunity to dig deeper into the intriguing world of artificial and virtual reality.   Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook   SIGGRAPH2019 Date: July 28-August 1, 2019 Venue: Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, United States     This global conference brings together innovators in the computer graphics, gaming, VR and animation industries, leaving attendees consistently impressed by the knowledge shared each year. This will be the fifth year that VR has been featured at SIGGRAPH, and many big promises have been made as to its presentation. You will get to experience the latest technologies first hand as you learn how they are changing the way we interact, communicate and learn.   Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram   Additional Tech Conventions Awaiting Scheduling   Many of the AR and VR events for 2019 are still being scheduled. The list below includes well-known events that are typically held annually. You can check out the hosting organization’s website or the prior year’s agenda for more information in the links below.   Broad VR/AR/MR events are held around the world every year, with the majority of conferences and expos being held in the United States and Europe.     Industry-sponsored developer conferences often generate newsworthy headlines. Many of these events have a sign-up link on their homepage so you can stay on top of key dates.     We’ll update this list as we have more information. If we’ve missed any VR events, please leave a comment below. Look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events!  
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As virtual reality technology advances, more companies are working to bring the VR experience direct to households. The quality of consumer-level devices ranges from cardboard box setups to pricey helmet-looking headsets. The devices from Oculus VR hit a sweet spot of affordability and performance.   If consumers who have an Oculus headset or are considering buying one, this guide can help them learn about the most important features.   Oculus Devices and Developments   Oculus VR is a classic tech tale. Started in a garage by a very smart teenager who happened to cross paths with a great in the industry, Oculus was originally funded through a Kickstarter campaign. In just two short years, in early 2014, they were acquired by Facebook.   Their devices have come a long way from the original development kits. They now have three commercially available products, with another in the pipeline, and they continue to refine and advance their technology.  
  • Oculus Rift: One of the best headsets on the market for gaming. For the best VR gaming experience, a desktop or laptop computer is required.
  • Oculus Gear VR: A mobile VR solution, it allows a Samsung Galaxy smartphone to be used as a VR device.
  • Oculus Go: The nearest of the publicly-available Oculus sets, this consumer-friendly device starts at $199 but still delivers high-quality graphics and user experience. No computer required.
  • Oculus Quest: A higher-end, stand-alone VR headset, the Santa Cruz is expected to be available for sale in early 2019.
  Must-Have Apps for Using Oculus   Your app selection will depend on your interests and intended use for the Oculus Go. Check out the Oculus Store directly to see new releases, top free and top selling apps. Here are some the best apps to download across numerous categories in order to get the most out of the VR experience.   Entertainment   There are multiple platforms for accessing VR videos. Whether you’re looking for a movie, concert, sporting event, animated film or more, these apps have you covered.   VeeR VR   One of the most versatile entertainment apps available, Veer’s platform allows you to access thousands of exclusive VR experiences. VeeR is the premier creator of VR content with its global community of content creators spanning more than 180 countries and regions. This outstanding content platform has videos, photos, and experiences across diverse categories such as sports, travel, culture, science, animation, music, games and art and design.   VeeR VR recently launched "Top Paid", and you can watch many award-winning VR films produced by pioneering VR studios and filmmakers, such as Dark Corner,  Ethan Shaftel, and many other outstanding VR creators. Download VeeR VR in your Oculus, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality,  Google Daydream, Steam VR and Lenovo Mirage Solo  to experience the premium 360/VR contents. MelodyVR This app is a must-get for any music lover. It allows users to get in to sold out shows, stand in the front-row and jump on stage at music events around the world. It’s a new way to experience concerts. With a diverse range of artists from pop to classic, there’s a show for everyone’s taste. Users will be able to choose from secret gigs, acoustic sets and festival stages. Due to the content on the app, it is rated for users aged 17 and older.   Virtual-Virtual Reality   Part story, part adventure, part game, this app is the kind of unique experience that can only be delivered in VR. Set in a distant future, users will get to discover a world where AI has taken hold and humans are trying to find their place. There are over 50 virtual realities to explore as the story unfolds. Among key features listed, “An artichoke screams at you,” is highlighted, giving users a taste of the comedy antics in store during this one-of-a-kind game. It’s perfect for anyone who is convinced that AI is the future. Social   The social experience in VR is all about your avatar meeting up with other avatars. While some apps focus just on avatar chat, others are designed to provide more of an in-person lounge feel.   Oculus Rooms   This app is one of the standard offerings when users buy an Oculus headset. It acts as the users’ home base as they explore all that VR has to offer. They can customize their room with furniture and photos from their Facebook page, and they can invite friends over. In this shared social VR space, users and friends can watch movies and play games together. It also facilitates the transfer of media between Oculus-owning friends.   AltspaceVR AltspaceVR is another shared social VR space. The focus of this app is on enabling users to meet up with other people using VR around the world. Users can play interactive games or attend live VR events together. Event offerings include comedy, DJs, authors and celebrities. The app also enables users to see where their friends are and join them. This app is a good way for users to connect with other VR fans, including those not in their current friend group.   vTime   This app is a next-level chatroom. Instead of sending an anonymous text back and forth, users can chat from stunning and diverse VR destinations. For example, one avatar sitting in Honduras can chat with another avatar sitting in the Arctic. This app is designed to make the VR experience more interactive and social and to bring together users from around the world.   Travel   It seems like travel photography changed considerably with the introduction of social media and better cameras in smartphones. This stunning 360-degree photography is perhaps best viewed in a VR environment.   Ocean Rift   Users get to go on an aquatic safari with this app. They’ll swim alongside their favorite sea creatures including orcas, turtles, sea snakes, rays, dolphins, sharks, whales, manatees and more. There are 12 virtual habitats users can explore including pre-historic seas, ship wrecks, lagoons, the arctic and coral reefs. Information points located throughout the app will teach users more about these mysterious underwater creatures. This is a good app for users who are new to VR as well as anyone who loves life under the sea.   Facebook 360 This app from the popular social network enables users to view 360-degree videos, photos and Facebook shows. Currently, their catalog contains more than 70 million photos and one million videos. Users will be able to see these photos and videos that are shared by friends or pages they follow. With more smartphone cameras coming equipped to capture 360-degree photos, users are likely to see the amount of content on the platform grow.   Games   Of course, the gamers are perhaps the earliest adopters of VR technology, so it makes sense that there are so many gaming apps already available on Oculus Go. From action to mystery to combat to adventure, endless hours of gaming are possible with this new headset. There are both single and multi-player games available.   Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes     This app does something few other VR apps do: it gets non-VR headset owners involved. It works great as a party game as users and their friends need to work together to solve challenges, or as the title suggests, a bomb will explode. The user with the headset needs to disarm the bomb, and the friend has to deliver instructions without being able to see the bomb. Needless to say, miscommunication and hilarity ensue.   Coaster Combat   Fans and non-fans of roller coasters alike will enjoy this game where you get to try and take out enemies all while zooming up and down the tracks. This multiplayer game takes users through different worlds and across countless track variations. They score points by hitting treasure targets. Addictive and thrilling, this game is rated E for everyone. Users should start slowly to make sure they have the stomach for riding a coaster in VR!   Anshar Online   All gaming systems need a space shooting game. Anshar is a multiplayer game that can connect with users on Oculus Rift or Gear VR too. Up to eight players battle to the death to defeat ever more challenging opponents. There are over 50 missions, contracts and assaults to execute in this game. Over time as users get better, they’ll be able to upgrade their ships and weapons. This is a fun game for all ages and skill levels.   Face Your Fears     They say the best way to overcome a fear is to face it, and now users get to do so in VR. In this game, users will experience different environments aimed to prey on common fears: the dark, robots, ghosts and more. Users can play this game with friends and watch as the spooky and mysterious things creep up on them. In the 360-degree virtual environment, users never know where the next scare is coming from.   Relax   The VR environment can be a great way to relax. The headsets help you block outside distractions and focus only on the virtual world.   Guided Meditation VR     This app makes it easy for users to build a meditation practice. There are more than 100 lush and calming environments and over 16 hours of guided mediations. Users can join on-going meditations or choose from meditations such as Zen, Sleep and Loving Compassion. It’s a great way for new and experienced meditators to find peace and joy during the day.   Join the VR Revolution   The VR market is evolving rapidly, with new headsets and applications coming out faster than consumers can keep up. However, there’s nothing quite like slipping on a headset and becoming completely immersed in a new world.   The Oculus Go is a great and affordable way to enjoy this new technology. It’s easy to set-up and use, and it has clear and crisp images. No matter your interests, there’s sure to be an app for that. Download VeeR VR in your Oculus, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality,  Google Daydream, Steam VR and Lenovo Mirage Solo to experience the VR world.  
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After watching the numerous doomsday scenarios turned into Hollywood blockbusters, you may already be exhausted organizing an ever-growing pile of survival guides. However, disaster films are still playing a significant role in emphasizing humanity’s fragility and generating in-depth discussions among its audience. And 02:09 is one of them.   Directed by Svante Fjaestad, 02:09 starts with the end. With moody colors, it paints a world that soon will perish. The rich (and their pets) have left Earth; those who couldn't afford private shuttles are stranded. A couple watches the last human refugees leave the planet before it is too late. In just four minutes, the director asks the audience questions such as: Can you afford to stay alive? What would you do if you are the last human being in the world? What will it feel like, watching others take off to safety? What will life be like in the new world?   The film points at a widely discussed social problem, the wealth inequality. Even though governments are making efforts to decrease inequality, the wealth gap is steadily growing every year. Another point is that we are still weak when confronting natural disasters, despite millions of years of evolution leading to the top of the food chain and clever inventions. Although technology offers an option to escape, it’s limited to people who can afford it. This is an ironic phenomenon in 02:09 since technology claims to eliminate the inequality between different classes.  

  The outcome for the poor is a gloomy wait for the end. A couple on a rooftop, reminiscing about unachieved dreams and lamenting about the human future. After all, the only thing they can do is to wish their wealthy friends good luck and humanity eternal life.   Highlights of 02:09: Unlike many other science fiction films, 02:09 is set in China. And instead of using multiple storylines and intricate camera techniques, this short Chinese-language VR-narrative uses a fixed camera to capture the dialogue between the couple at an arm’s length. Besides some really well-done visual effects, the audio/visual experience is quite remarkable. How will the world end? Watch 02:09 and experience it yourself.  

Xie: I thought we would have more time

Chen: Soon we will have all the time in the world.

Xie: it's beautiful.

  Director‘s note: “The rain in the film was the beginning of the great flood of summer 2017 in Hunan. Many lives were lost shortly after filming. Perhaps the film will add a small part to the collective memory of this event. Natural disasters are very scary. I experienced the tsunami of 2004 at close range. Sometimes the threats come from underground, sometimes from above and sometimes from within ourselves. Let’s take care of each other.”  
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