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Facebook’s Prototype Photoreal Avatars Now Have Realistic Eyes

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Researchers at Facebook figured out how to add natural looking eyes to their photorealistic avatar research.

Facebook, which owns the Oculus brand of VR products, first showed off this ‘Codec Avatars’ project back in March 2019. The avatars are generated using a specialized capture rig with 132 cameras. Once generated, they can be driven by a prototype VR headset with three cameras; facing the left eye, right eye, and mouth. All of this is achieved with machine learning.

While the graphics and face tracking of these avatars are impressive, the eyes tended to have an uncanny feeling, with odd distortions and gaze directions that didn’t make sense.

In a paper titled ‘The Eyes Have It: An Integrated Eye and Face Model for Photorealistic
Facial Animation
‘, the researchers present a solution to this problem. Part of the previous pipeline involved a “style transfer” neural network. If you’ve used a smartphone AR filter that makes the world look like a painting, you already know what that is.

But while this transfer was previously done at the image stage, it’s now done on the resulting texture itself. The eye direction is explicitly taken from the eye tracking system, rather than being estimated by the algorithm.

The result, based on the images and videos Facebook provided, is significantly more natural looking eyes. The researchers claim eye contact is critical to achieving social presence, and their system can now handle this- a feature you won’t get in a Zoom call.

Our goal is to build a system to enable virtual telepresence, using photorealistic avatars, at scale, with a level of fidelity sufficient to achieve eye-contact

Don’t get too excited just yet- this kind of technology won’t be on your head any time soon. When presenting codec avatars, Facebook warned the technology was still “years away” for consumer products.

When it can be realized, however, such a technology has tremendous potential. For most, telepresence today is still limited to grids of webcams on a 2D monitor. The ability to see photorealistic representations of others in true scale, fully tracked from real motion, with the ability to make eye contact, could fundamentally change the need for face to face interaction.

Source: https://uploadvr.com/frl-codec-avatars-new-eyes/

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Step Into the Jungle With Tarzan VR’s new Mixed Reality Trailer

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It has been some months since VRFocus last heard about Stonepunk Studios’ upcoming virtual reality (VR) title Tarzan VR. Leveraging the iconic IP into VR for the very first time, publisher Fun Train has just released a brand new mixed reality (MR) trailer giving a better look at the gameplay.

Tarzan VR

Currently in development for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Valve Index, Tarzan VR looks to emulate the physical heroics the character is known for, whether that’s swinging gracefully through the trees or getting involved in some hand to hand combat.

As you’ll see in the trailer you wash up on a jungle covered island with all sorts of secrets hidden within. Straight into some vine swinging, the motion looks smooth and steady so it hopefully should comfortable – never easy to tell from a video. There’s going to be plenty of melee combat knocking out enemies and even being able to throw them.

The physical gameplay doesn’t stop there as there are going to be swimming sections plus you’ll be able to climb the environment – you are Tarzan after all – scaling trees for a better vantage point for example. You’ll also have access to bows, slingshots and other weapons to help fight those mercenary looking dudes.

Tarzan VR

Originally slated for a 2019 release, Tarzan VR is now expected to arrive later this year. In exactly the same fashion as Fun Train’s other VR title The Exorcist: Legion VR, Tarzan VR will be an episodic release to pace out the story whilst introducing new gameplay mechanics with each issue. So you can purchase the first instalment and then buy more if you so wish.

As Tarzan you’ll also be gifted with special abilities such as Call of the Wild and Earth Vision, the former can summon allies including local wildlife to aid you. The latter enables you to easily track your enemies our locate new paths through the jungle.

VRFocus will continue its coverage of Tarzan VR as development continues, reporting back with the latest updates.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/08/step-into-the-jungle-with-tarzan-vrs-new-mixed-reality-trailer/

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Beginning of the End – Latest Oculus SDK Version Drops Support for Go

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The end for Oculus Go is nigh. The latest Oculus SDK (v19/1.51) no longer supports the company’s first true standalone VR headset.

The company says in the SDK’s developer release notes that both Unity and Unreal Engine support for Oculus Go has officially been dropped. Facebook says developers can still use Oculus Integration v18.0 or prior, although this effectively puts another small fire under developers to either finish up their Go projects soon, or migrate them to Quest.

All of this should come as no surprise to Go developers however, as Facebook announced back in late June that it would be retiring Oculus Go. While the headset’s system software will still receive bug fixes and security patches through 2022, the company said it would be starting down the path of phasing out the headset, culminating in a complete content pipeline freeze in December 2020.

Despite its lack of positional tracking and motion controllers, the cheap and cheerful 3DOF headset attracted many VR newcomers thanks to its positioning as an accessible, casual content device. Starting at $200 for the 32GB version, and later knocked down to $150 in January 2020, it still represents the cheapest way to get into reasonably good VR.

Although it was clearly priced to fly off the shelves at launch in May 2018 and obviously also resonated with consumers during holiday rushes, Facebook has said that Oculus Go will be their last 3DOF device, instead favoring Quest as they move forward into an all-6DOF future.

We’re hoping the fabled Oculus Quest 2 brings along with it some price reductions to the previous Quest, which is currently priced at its original launch price tag of $400/$450. Maybe eventually a 6DOF device can fill that low price point too, although there would need to be a hell of a price cut.

Source: https://www.roadtovr.com/oculus-sdk-go-standalone-3dof/

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The VR Game Launch Roundup: History Comes Alive

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As is often the case during the summer videogame releases tend to slow down as developers prepare for the festive season. So that means pickings can be a little thin, especially where virtual reality (VR) content is concerned. But VRFocus has managed to rustle up a few titles worth a peek.

Stacksquatch

Stacksquatch – Stacksquatch Society

A colourful puzzle title where you have to carefully balance various items to create a tower.

Moose Life – Lamasoft Ltd.

Definitely the weirdest and most surreal of the titles arriving next week, Moose Life is the work of Llamasoft, headed by Jeff Minter. He’s the chap behind classics like Tempest 2000 and more recently PolybiusMoose Life is a psychedelic trance shooter where the goal is a high score but only if you can keep track of your deer.

Moose Life

HistoryMakerVR – Schell Games

The first of two history-focused VR experiences about to arrive, HistoryMaker VR is an educational experience more designed for students. In it participants embody various famous prominent figures from US history, perform a speech and record it to share with others.

  • Supported platforms: Oculus Rift
  • Release date: 13th August

Baalbek Reborn: Temples –
Flyover Zone

Not a videogame, more a unique historical tour, Baalbek Reborn: Temples is the work of the German Archaeological Institute and Flyover Zone. Take a virtual tour of the Roman temples in Baalbek, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lebanon, and step back in time to the 3rd century. A Time Warp feature allows you to switch between the modern-day ruins and the digital reconstructions.

Baalbek Reborn: Temples

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/08/the-vr-game-launch-roundup-history-comes-alive/

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