Field of view: The Void is bringing a Star Wars VR arena to Disney World

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Field of view: The week in VR & AR

Welcome to Field of view, our Friday roundup of virtual, mixed and augmented reality news. The big news of the week is that a couple of Windows Mixed Reality headsets from Acer and HP are now available for everyone to buy and have a play with.

Elsewhere, Hugh tried out Merge's AR Cube that you can reach out and touch and we updated our list of the best HTC Vive games to play. Plus if you're into old sport, don't miss Conor's chat with Mixed River, the startup bringing HoloLens to the NFL.

Read on for the rest of the VR and AR news you may have missed.

Read this: News blips and tidbits

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire at Disney

Remember The Void? It's the company that builds physical arenas with 4D effects to roam around virtual reality worlds. Well it's just announced that two Disney Worlds, in Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida are getting a Star Wars VR experience called Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire created with none other than ILMxLab.

We don't know when it's set to launch yet but we have got a few hints: it will be untethered, include sound and smell effects as well as visuals, you'll be able to interact with your fam and friends as well as the Star Wars characters plus we'd be surprised if it didn't tie in with last year's Rogue One and/or this December's The Last Jedi. This could be huge for VR as a day out activity. See you in line.

The Smithsonian goes VR

Following in the British Museum's footsteps, The Smithsonian American Art Museum has started experimenting with Intel, Framestore and Oculus in making its galleries available in VR.

It's unclear what the plan is for the future but the current demo uses roomscale VR so the viewer can walk around paintings, sculptures and video installations. More of this please.

Skrite's AR skywriting

A new app called Skrite lets people - including advertisers - leave messages in the sky for other people to find later. It's both an opportunity and a worry for those of us who think we see enough billboards in a day. And New Scientist is reporting that there could be all sorts of problems and legal issues including ambush marketing at officially sponsored events and the fight over ad blocking for AR glasses. Sounds like chaos.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ gets Daydream update

We still need to see some better Daydream VR headsets but from the phone side, things are looking promising. Last week Google announced that 11 more phones would support the mobile VR platform by the end of 2017 and now the update is rolling out to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ - look out for it. (Though for the time being, we'd still recommend the Gear VR).

Unofficial Spidey demo could make you barf

Over on UploadVR, they've found an awesome demo of a web-swinging game - totally unofficial, inspired by Spiderman - and made by Reddit user Maxalo. It's for Rift, using the Touch controllers to aim at skyscrapers.

As for official superhero VR tricks, you'll have to wait for Marvel Powers United for Oculus with a release next year. When we tried it we played as the Hulk then Rocket Raccoon - the levels we played weren't mind-blowing but there's a lot of promise.

Asus ZenFone AR lands

As with Daydream supporting phones, AR will need its own smartphone army for an affordable takeover. One of those is the Asus ZenFone AR, the second Android to feature Google's depth tracking Tango tech that's looking to take on Apple's ARKit. Early apps include Google Expeditions, furniture overlays and hologram selfies - we'll be keeping an eye on sales of this one.

Watch this: Tough Mudder in 360

Prepping to do Tough Mudder? You crazy cats. Now, before you complete one of the 12 mile courses, you can scope it out in 360 degrees in a Gear VR headset thanks to a new collab between Tough Mudder Samsung. You can also get 360 images after you've made it out alive and get training plans for Samsung kit like the Gear S3.

Read this: Wareable's Race to the Stones diary - The race and the tech

Play this: Superhot VR

A shout out to Superhot VR, which launched initially for Oculus, then landed on Vive in May and is now tearing up the PSVR charts since it arrived a few weeks ago. If you own one of those headsets and you haven't played it yet, get on it. The deal is that time only moves when you move - clever right? It's a short-ish but slick and stylish FPS with a gimmick that doesn't get old.




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