Star Trek Bridge Crew in VR is a Trekkie fan’s dream come true

For Star Trek fans out there this has got to be pretty exciting.  With the upcoming Star Trek Bridge Crew game, you can get a chance to be in the control room of the enterprise and work together as a team with your friends do tackle space missions where you work the control panels with different jobs.  Very cool.  See the first video below for preview of the game targetted for May 30th.

Furthermore, if you are going to play with computer AI instead of friends, they are planning to enable voice commands using IBM Watson.

From the Verge: The feature has been made possible using IBM’s VR Speech Sandbox. The software combines IBM Watson’s Speech to Text and Conversation services with the company’s Unity SDK, using the natural language processing capabilities of IBM’s Watson software to parse your barked commands, and allow AI-controlled characters to act on them. Players will be able to launch photon torpedoes, jump to warp speed, or lock S-foils in attack formation (maybe not that last one) by requesting that your crew members push the relevant blinking buttons on their own command consoles.

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Virtual Reality’s First competitive eSports FPS League (Onward)

This Onward League is for dedicated players who are willing to compete against other teams of similar level.
The league is divided in groups to suit as many players as possible based on their real life location around the globe. Each group is subdivided in divisions into which teams are ranked based on the teams rating (MMR).
Everyone can join the league. The matches are generated against similarly skilled teams.

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Google Nominates Top AR/VR Apps for 2017 Play Awards

This year’s 2017 Google Play Awards include new categories for top VR and AR apps, to which Google has nominated five apps each. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30PM PT during Google I/O, the company’s annual developer festival.

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The best virtual reality from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Excerpt: I went to Sundance 2016 for the express purpose of covering virtual reality, and over the past week, I tried out all but a handful of the 30-plus VR-related experiences at its experimental New Frontier show. New Frontier is obviously just one part of the festival, but since last year, virtual reality has been big enough to merit a collection of the weirdest, darkest, and most sublime excursions that we’ve taken into other worlds. Here are some of the most interesting moments from my show — I’ve chronicled several more over the course of our Sundance coverage.

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NFL Football VR video series behind the scenes

Google VR, NFL Films, & Two Bit Circus team up to give you a 360-degree, exclusive, all-access pass to the Philadelphia Eagles defensive line as they prepare for their upcoming matchup. From team meetings, to practice, to the weight room, see it all through the eyes of Jump, Google’s 360-degree camera and capture system.

NFL Films, the most honored filmmaker in sports, will produce a 9-part series that gives viewers a 360-degree perspective of life in and around the NFL – from players, to coaches, to executives, to cheerleaders, to the fans themselves – detailing how each prepares for game day in a completely new and immersive way.