Field of view: Pimax is a bigger crowdfunding hit than Oculus Rift

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Field of view: The week in VR & AR

Yeah, you know what time it is. It's Field of View, the only place to find out just what's been going on in the wonderful world of virtual reality and augmented reality.

But before we get into it, we need to talk about Everysight's AR cycling smartglasses finally going up for pre-order, US reporter Husain's investigation into the future of VR filmmaking and also finding time to get turned into a hologram. To round things off, Conor went all Hulk and dabbled in some social VR gaming with Marvel Powers United.

Read this: Top VR games to play in 2017

But we're not done. We've picked out the best of the rest of the news including a record breaking crowdfunding project, a new VR accessory plus we have a game you need to play and a vid to watch. Enjoy.

Read this: News blips and tidbits

Pimax 8K headset raises big bucks

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Sorry Luckey, there's a new VR crowdfunding great in town and it goes by the name of Pimax. The world's first 8K VR headset has raised more than $2.4 million on Kickstarter making it the most funded VR project in crowdfunding history - more than the Oculus Rift. The Pimax pumps up the field of view and resolution beyond the Rift and the Vive. You can see what our US editor Hugh made of it in his first play.

Tackling concussions in the NBA

It's a hot topic in the NFL and now Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors teammates will have VR at their disposal to help monitor concussion recovery treatment. The Warriors are set to be the first NBA team to tap into SyncThink's Eye-Sync tech that uses a smartphone-powered VR headset and eye-tracking software to evaluate impairments associated with concussion. The FDA approved set up has already been collecting concussion data for players for the Boston Bruins and New England Patriots.

ZephrVR brings the wind

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Yes, there's an accessory that can crank up that immersive feeling by adding realistic wind to your VR sessions. The ZephVR is compatible with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and the PlayStation VR and uses machine learning to add wind to any game. It's heading to Kickstarter on 2 November and is hoping to raise $30,000 to make the $49 accessory a reality.

Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab for Rift and Gear VR

The second instalment based on Ridley Scott's iconic film (and that new one) has finally landed for the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR. Blade Runner 2049: Memory Labis an interactive experience developed by LA studio Magnopus that places gamers in the body of a replicant. It follows the launch of Blade Runner 2049: Replicant Pursuit, which launched earlier this year and we still have one more instalment to come.

Go check out some Rembrandts

The Kremer Collection has been given the virtual museum treatment letting you don a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift and check out the 17th century artwork. While devs created the virtual space, the design was led by architect Johan van Lierop and is narrated by the collection's founder George Kramer to help it feel more than just another VR museum.

Play this: Amazon Odyssey

Welcome to the VR jungle. Vive Studios and Heavy Iron Studios have teamed up for this interactive game that takes you into the depths of the Amazon rainforest. There's four environments to check out letting you take snaps, parachute into locations and get up close and personal with the exotic wildlife. Just watch out for those monkeys. It's available now for $9.99 on Steam and Viveport. Now get exploring.

Watch this: Inside the Bloodhound

This supersonic car is being prepped to break the land speed record next year having been put through its paces with two test runs this week. You can join Top Gear's Chris Harris to get a feel what it's like to be in the cockpit of a vehicle that is aiming to reach speeds of up to 1,000mph.


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