1st Edition; RenderThat’s Weekly News Roundup

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Welcome to RenderThat’s weekly roundup of the tech stories you need to know. This week’s most important stories reveal that virtual reality components are being used by an increasing amount of industries in 2016, and the technology is getting more precise and accurate as improvements continue to be made. Not sure what you need to know from this week’s VR news? Read on to find out.

LEAP MOTION’S GESTURE CONTROLLER ACCURACY IMPROVES

Have you ever wanted to bring the technology seen in the movie “Minority Report” to life? Well, Leap Motion is doing that for you with a controller that senses hand gestures. The company has released new hardware and software that wildly improves the performance of the hand gesture controller when used within VR.

“Before you bust out the wallet, though, a heads up: they’re not selling one-off developer units at the moment. The units they’re releasing today are meant for AR/VR headset makers to build into their gear.”

VR FOR ENHANCED NEWS CONTENT

Digesting the news is about get a bit more hands-on as Associated Press will be joining the ranks of other news outlets such as the New York Times and creating virtual reality-based content to enhance video stories and help viewers better comprehend the stories reporters tell.

“By transporting viewers and giving them increased control, virtual reality helps build the emotional connection to the story,” said Dalton Bennett, a documentary filmmaker who previously used VR for an AP story on the Calais migrant camp.

VR HEADSETS FOR PlayStation GAMERS COMING SOON

Heads-up, PS4 gamers: Gamestop announced that they’ll have PlayStation VR headsets for sale later this year. An exact release date wasn’t mentioned, but it’s anticipated that the PS headset at Gamestop will see a Fall release date, giving Sony the opportunity to scope out how the competition headsets–Oculus and HTC—fare on the market when they’re released this Spring.

“The device, which also makes use of other existing hardware solutions including the Playstation Move controllers, is considered a major threat in the VR space due to the healthy ecosystem already surrounding the device.”