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How to Make Your HTC Vive Wireless?

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The goal that virtual reality headset manufacturers will be trying to accomplish in near future is making their devices wireless. The ability to enjoy VR without having to worry about wires will significantly improve the level of immersion. There is an option to make your HTC Vive wireless, available today, using TPcast wireless adapter, but there are also some alternatives that will be market-ready soon like DisplayLink XR.

TPCAST Wireless Adapter for Vive

When you first get and set up TPCAST accessory, which makes your HTC Vive a wireless headset, the feeling of freedom while immersed into virtual reality will be the first striking impression. The cables which connect the HMD to your PC aren’t just a trip-over hazard, but also notably limit your movement and can make your room look like a mess unless you’ve used some of the cable management tricks. With TPCAST Wireless Adapter, you can perform more sudden moves whether you are crouching, dodging attacks, or swinging your weapons in virtual reality.

The first announced price of this HTC Vive add-on was set to $249. However, due to its 20100 mAh battery, air shipping isn’t allowed, so transport costs have massively grown. The developer Mag P90 explained the issue on their official website product page, where you can make inquiries about TPCAST Wireless Adapter, which is now sold at the price of $599, but is available for a little less than $500. In the shipment you will receive a transmitter, receiver, 20100 mAh battery and its adapter, router and the necessary cables.

In terms of video/audio fidelity and latency, the most important factors by far, TPCAST delivers. Battery can last up to 4 hours of gameplay, and charging it takes at least 8-10 hours. WiFi issues may occur with lowered connection speeds, but this is easily solvable if you press a button on the TPCAST hardware designated for WiFi usage optimization.

Wireless HMDs are the future of VR. TPCAST provides a liberating VR user’s experience, The ability to freely walk around, or even kick back and relax on your bed while watching a movie in Bigscreen may just be the thing you felt that HTC Vive was lacking.

Buy TPCAST Wireless Adapter for Vive on Amazon

Upcoming alternatives that will make your HTC Vive wireless

We already mentioned the device that is being developed by DisplayLink – DisplayLink XR. They had their beta version showcase earlier in 2017 at Mobile World Congress, together with the competition – TPCAST, and the general impression was that even though DisplayLink XR seemed to be up to par with TPCAST, it was further away from the market-ready version. The latest announcement by the company is that the product will be ready for sale “by Christmas“, which leads us to believe there may be some delays. Be it as it may, the best way to get freshly updated information is by visiting the official website.

Another announcement you should keep an eye on, as engadget reports, is Intel’s wireless HTC Vive add-on, promising the best wireless VR connection up to date. Guess we are just gonna have to wait and see!

5 Great VR Music Experiences You Must Try

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Ever since the light shone upon the mind of a primitive man, the music has captivated him. From the early bone bashing of the Neolithic to the new electronic waves sweeping the globe, there is no denying that music is something ingrained into our very fabric. It is the purest of all the arts, it speaks to us on the most abstract of levels, it touches our heart and soul and colours our days. There is no denying that the fascination with music is shared by no other than the human animal.

So, you have got your VR set and you would like to dive into the depths of the still quite new universe of virtual experience. You’ve found yourself wondering if there are some experiences which could satisfy your desire. Luckily for you, there are and we shall dive deep and see what the realm of VR has to offer.

SoundStage

Although the first association with HTC Vive would be gaming, one of  its most acclaimed pieces of software wouldn’t quite fall into that category. If you ever felt how would it feel like to be a DJ and produce your own music you can experience it using SoundStage. It is an application designed to put you in front of your own mixing table. It gives you all the necessities to start producing your own music right away, without the need for expensive equipment and instruments. This will make your neighbours happy as well.

The application gives you samples to work with, but the majority of the work is done by unleashing your own inner creativity. You do this by setting up the station with instruments as you see fit, while you combine tactile and auditory senses into the effort to produce something new and original, uniquely your own.

See how this youtuber is having the time of his life using it:

Audioshield

Audioshield is a new way to experience your music. You may remember the game AudioSurf, where you made your keyboard to dance to the sound of your music. Well, its creator decided to up the ante by creating Audioshield.

In this game you use your controllers  to catch the balls of light which move to the beat of your own music. It’s a new way to experience your old tracks and more importantly it helps you create new memories by moving while listening to the music you love. Next time you come to your favourite artist’s concert, you may become overwhelmed with the new kinesthetic memories you developed while playing this game.

It’s an extremely fun experience to enjoy, see it for yourself.

Harmonix Music VR

 

Not forgetting the PSVR market, Harmonix Music VR gives the field of interactive music experience a new spin. The game transports you into four different realms with varying levels of interactivity. It also uses your own music to create stunning visuals which you may consider delightful or dreadful. Either way it will change the way you perceived your favourite songs.

It’s something like being in the passenger seat of a car taking you to new, unknown destination with the surroundings melting and shifting according to the rhythm. Truly, an interesting auditory experience.

Starship Disco

Here is another game you may experience on PSVR. StarshipDisco is like a crossover between a retro shooter and Guitar Hero. In the game, you control a spaceship hurling down a wormhole seeking aliens which need some blasting. It’s quite a sensory experience with the enemies aligning themselves to the beat of your music, although a little bland and repetitive, coming in at affordable price, it’s an experience worth trying.

Harmonix Rockband VR

 

Now we have come to the end of our list, and the best has been kept last. Oculus has partnered with the creator of this marvel piece to bring you the best music VR experience up to date. If you have ever wondered how those rockstars feel while rocking their socks off in front of huge audiences, you may truly have an opportunity to find out. If you have ever felt like there is a rock legend deep inside of you waiting for his or her moment to shine, now is the time to release it from the chains and enjoy in this work of art. Strap on your guitar. Take your Oculus touch controllers and transport yourself into the alternate reality where you have decided to become a music god.

The environment is a bit simplified, but the feeling of stage is very real, it’s almost like you can touch the rows of fans screaming in ecstasy while you deliver your favourite riff whilst holding your guitar which responds realistically to your movements.
It’s a must experience for any music lover, especially if there is a part of you deep inside which just knows you could become a rock legend. Well, seek no further, for you have found your blessing!

In the conclusion, it seems that the industry has brought us some very interesting experiences and new ways to enjoy the music. The field is quite new, and although there are different approaches, in the passing of time there will be even more captivating applications and games which will truly lift the bar and standards and even our perception of what kind of experience music can bring us.

The Best iPhone VR Apps, Games and Experiences

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Jaunt VR

While a cheap VR headset that uses an iPhone may not quite be the Oculus Rift or another high-end headset, you can still sample a lot of interesting 3D experiences on it.

Google Street View

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Google Street View has a cardboard mode that you can use with an iPhone based headset to get wonderful 360 degree views of places around the world. This is actually very interesting. Google has mapped not only the streets, but also the insides of some famous buildings. For example, you can enter Westminster Abbey in London, or the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris. Besides this, you can also wander the streets of famous cities around the world and look around in low-cost VR. It may not equal doing the same thing on  the HTC Vive, but it’s a wonderful experience. You can get the app free from iTunes.

YouTube

Youtube 360 degree videos

There are plenty of VR videos on Youtube, but you’ll need the iOS app in order to view them. Do bear in mind that sometimes the app gives trouble, so if this happens and you can’t see the videos, just install the app again. Once you have the app running, just do a search for 360 degree videos on YouTube, click the VR button and you’re good to go. You can now watch some excellent 360 degree 3D movies on your iPhone headset. This app is also free from iTunes.

The Jaunt VR app

Jaunt VR

The Jaunt VR app is another great source for superb 360 degree VR videos. They have some movies and even some TV shows, and of course lots of documentaries, especially ones that take you around the world to famous places like the pyramids of Egypt or Machu Picchu. It’s a great app to download, and it’s free from iTunes.

The amazing Jaunt Camera
The amazing Jaunt Camera

Discovery VR

Discovery VR Mythbusters

The Discovery VR app is Discovery channel’s gateway to seeing a lot of their wonderful feature movies in VR. While you can watch these movies on the Oculus Rift, the simple fact is that you can tune in to them on a humble iPhone headset. If you like the Discovery channel, you’ll love this app, and can tune into Wildlife, Mythbusters, and many, many more. It’s free on iTunes.

Prefer Games? Try these…

End Space VR

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Unlike the previous four suggestions, End Space VR is a game. You fly ships against various opponents over three futuristic worlds. As you play, you can upgrade the ships that you fly as well as add in various new weapons. The app costs just about a dollar on iTunes.

The Hidden Temple Adventures app

While it’s true that VR games today tend to focus more on sci-fi, add-on space shooters, the Hidden Temple Adventures app makes a nice change. In the Hidden Temple Adventures app you will wander through ancient ruined temples in VR, solving all sorts of interesting puzzles. It’s a simple but entertaining game, and it costs about four dollars on iTunes.

VR Horror

If scaring yourself gives you an adrenaline rush, then this app is certainly the one for you. It’s a horror game set in an abandoned hospital and is a great game for the horror enthusiasts. Do bear in mind that you’ll need a good pair of headphones if you’re really to get mileage from this game. The game is free on iTunes.

InCell VR

InCell VR

The InCell VR app is one of the most innovative VR games around, because it takes you into the microcosmic world of viruses and the cells within the body. It only costs a dollar on iTunes.

DinoTrek VR

The DinoTrek VR app is a very interesting 3D game app that will take you back to the time of the dinosaurs. It might serve as an educational app for children as well. You can see the dinosaurs moving around and interacting with each other. While the app isn’t free, it costs just two dollars and thirty cents on iTunes.

Relax VR

relax vr

The Relax VR app is rather interesting and innovative one. Like most VR games, which are quite fast paced, the Relax VR app portraits various relaxing beach scenes. This app is a great aid to meditation, or you can use it to simply tune out from your surroundings and sit at the beach for a while, taking in the rolling waves. The app costs about two dollars on iTunes.