Two interesting news stories about VR. All we can say is that the people making this happen are going to need one Acme Boatload of WRITERS!
Wonderscope iPhone App Turns Bedrooms into Stages for Children’s Stories in Augmented Reality
BY TOMMY PALLADINO
Augmented reality content makers often position the technology as a new storytelling medium. And who loves stories more than children?
Available now in the App Store as a free download with in-app purchases for additional content, Wonderscope uses ARKit to place content, which users can then interact with in the app’s camera view.
“Millions of kids use screens as much or more than adults, and they often do it alone,” said Chris Milk, CEO of app developer Within, in a statement. “With AR, we see an opportunity to change that dynamic. Rather than disappearing into our devices and shutting out the world, Wonderscope promotes a new kind of screen-positive experience, one that opens you up to everything and everyone around you.”
The experiences available at launch include “A Brief History of Amazing Stunts by Astounding People,” which brings to life three historical adventurers and their feats….
And there’s also this:
Magic Leap is Offering Individual Developers up to $500K for Their AR Projects
by Scott Hayden
At Magic Leap’s developer conference last month, the company announced they were ready to throw down serious cash to developers to build apps for their new AR headset, Magic Leap One. Now, the company has unveiled the specifics of the Independent Creator Program, which aims to give individual developers and teams up to $500,000 in grant money to start their ML One projects.
There’s no clear ceiling on how much Magic Leap has earmarked for the development fund (see update), but it’s safe to say it’s pretty high considering the company is offering between $20,000 and $500,000 per project to populate their content store.
This, the company says on the program’s site, comes along with developer and marketing support, and also a Magic Leap One headset itself.
The company underlines the fact that the program is a grant, and not an exclusivity deal. “You own your IP and publishing is not exclusive to Magic Leap,” the company writes.
Applications are now open starting today and continue until December 15th, 2018….