Archive Monthly Archives: July 2017

Audio Shield Review for the HTC Vive Fitness

Today we’re reviewing Audio Shield for the HTC Vive.

There are few beat/music style games out in the wild and Audio Shield was one of the first for VR.  Even though it’s been out since April 5th of 2016, our team had not reviewed it yet, so we thought it was time.

Heart Rate: 125BBM

Replayability: 5 Stars

Workout: Mild to Moderate.

Overall Rating:  We love this game.

Week #5 Upadte – We Added Bananas!!

Today’s a special day, you’re going to get to see me running along a mountain path, collecting bananas.  I know right!  BANANAS.

I am going to ask a favour though, we’ve been having a pretty big debate internally here at achieVRfit.  Should we have bananas or diamonds?  So please weigh in with your thoughts.

Talking about weighing in, let’s take a look at my scale for the week.

As you can see I made some progress this week.  2 lbs.  I really did try and make sure I put the time in with achieVRfit and eating well.  Here’s a plug for Panera, the Southwest Chicken Tortilla broth bowl, is super filling, tasty and low in calories.

Again though it is amazing how you crave those comfort processed foods.  Yet I can see a real difference when they are avoided.  Love to hear what people do to avoid those foods.

Total loss to date is 7bs in 5 weeks?  Seems like a good steady rate.

Fitbit stats for last week:

Steps: 82370

Average Hours of Sleep: 5 Hours 36 minutes (Yikes)

See you next week!



Bigscreen’s Huge Cinema Update and 4D Toys

Bigscreen’s Huge Cinema Update Supports High-Fidelity Multiplayer Streaming

Big screen cinema in the previous version is already awesome. They have an update that makes it better and entertaining, Here is a clean list of the update’s highlights:

  • New C++ Engine brings significantly reduced CPU, GPU, and RAM usage in both Single player and Multiplayer,
  • Flawless, peer-to-peer, private, and encrypted 1080p video streaming at 30fps for up to four total users,
  • Native desktop audio streaming,
  • Experimental support for Windows 7 PCs and NVIDIA’s “Optimus” line of VR-ready laptops,

This Big Screen Huge Cinema is something that will make you feel that you were never alone. If you feel like watching a movie and you are just alone at home, get your VR and start to get someone in the network to watch same movie online or get a good one on your computer hard drive.

Hands On: ‘4D Toys’ is a Mind-Bending, Unique VR Puzzler

When you hear 4D it is something advanced, very fine and detailed and more entertaining. You can do more anything in 4D providing you the shapes and understanding how this one is happening. Aside from entertainment you will be educated with different ideas and anything about physics.

Hands On: ‘4D Toys’ is a Mind-Bending, Unique VR Puzzler





Virtual Sports on the HTC Vive – VR Tennis and Ping Pong Review

I tried out Virtual Sports today, you can see the video below.  It’s a great game, but you won’t work up a sweat in it.

The mechanics are great, the feel is great, and if you have ever wanted a ping pong table or tennis court, look no further.

In the review, you’ll see I start in career mode playing a game of ping pong, but you can play online or play in practice mode.  All modes are fun and I found them almost a little zen like.  Sort of like playing tennis on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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Micro Cosmic Worlds, VRX, Lenovo AR, Augmented Empire in the Daily VR Round Up

1. Less Is More With Micro Cosmic Worlds. 

Micro Cosmic Worlds is a video game where you will experience everything as a microorganism. This can teach children science and mathematics where they can explore new things and learn from it.


2. Lenovo Reveals AR Headset DaystAR.

Lenovo is about to release an Augmented Reality headset. No specific date yet but this is something to look forward to. The company is including features like Cloud Object Recognition, Remote Assistance, Multiplayer Interaction, and 3D Content Manager, so developers can scan, upload, and edit 3D content through the platform.


3. Review: Augmented Empire

AAugmented Empire screenshot5ugmented Empire was known to be a great game, the studio brought in the voice talents of Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black, Star Trek Voyager); Doug Cockle (The Witcher Series); Garrick Hagon (Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Horizon: Zero Dawn) and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul). The game has a lot to offer and more adventures to take. Certain levels have fixed selections for the storyline.

4. Speakers For VRX 2017 Announced.

Check out the speaker list for this year’s VRX!

List of speakers who will be delivering talks during the event, with others still to be announced:

  • Rikard Steiber, President Viveport and SVP Virtual Reality, HTC
  • Ted Schilowitz, Futurist, 20th Century Fox
  • Maureen Fan, CEO, Baobab Studios
  • Denny Unger, CEO, Cloudhead Games
  • Chaki Ng, Head of Viacom NEXT,Viacom
  • Ryan Horrigan, Chief Content Officer, Felix & Paul Studios
  • Tony Parisi, Global Head of VR/AR, Unity Technologies
  • Drew Larner, COO, Within
  • Vicki Ferguson, Programming Team Lead, Virtual RealityUbisoft
  • Tommy Palm, CEO, Resolution Games
  • Marcus Kühne , Strategy Lead, Immersive Techologies, AUDI
  • Christine Cattano, Global Head of VR, Framestore
  • Patrick Dahms, Advanced Technical Artist (VR), BMW
  • Philip Rosedale, CEO, High Fidelity
  • Solomon Rogers, Founder, REWIND
  • Dan Ferguson, Co-Founder / EVP Digital Interactive Strategy, Groove JonesIntel
  • Iffat Mai, Practice Application Development Leader, Perkins+Will
  • Tim Merel, Managing Director, Digi-Capital

MelodyVR and Sony, Lenovo and Star Wars, Eyesight for your Kids all in the Daily VR Round Up

1. Sony Music Inks Deal With Virtual Reality App MelodyVR

Universal Music group have entered into a deal with virtual reality startup MelodyVR. Sony Music is the latest label to enter for MelodyVR.


2. Lenovo made an augmented reality headset for ‘Star Wars’ games

Lenovo and Lucasfilm have partnered to build an augmented reality headset. No details about the headset yet or information about the games. “You are about to live out a lot of Star Wars fantasies.”

3. VR can improve your kid’s eyesight: According to study

There is a study released by the Beijing Advance Innovation Center for Future Visual Entertainment suggesting that the more time using high end VR Headsets like HTC Vive can have a beneficial impact on a child’s eyesight.

4. Competition: Watch The Jetwalls In Cyberpunk Motorcycle Game, Qbike

It’s a competition!!! Get a chance to win one of the four codes for the video game. You have approximately a week in order to enter, Thursday, 27th July 2017 in the UK. The competition is open to everyone, though please note you’ll need to have an Steam account in order to claim the code. To enter all you have to do is to follow the instructions from this link:

5. How to Tell if Your PC is VR Ready

When you use VR make sure you have a very good specs of computer.  Virtual Reality requires higher specifications. You need top notch video card to make games smooth.

Check out these two companies tool to check if your PC is VR Ready:

Oculus Rift Recommended VR Specifications (2017):

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater
  • CPU: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 8GB+ RAM
  • Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • USB Ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

oculus compatibiliy check vr ready pc

Valve / SteamVR / HTC Vive Recommended VR Specifications (2017):

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480, equivalent or better
  • CPU: Intel i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Video Output: – HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
  • USB Port: – 1x USB 2.0 or greater port
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

steamvr performance compatibiliy check vr ready pc

Week #4 of the Fitness Challenge

So here we are on month in!  It’s hard to believe.

I have to say, I’ve learned a lot, for instance, weighing yourself daily can be a little frustrating and motivating at the same time.  You can swing a full two pounds in a day, so weighing in at the same time of day is really important.  Salt seems to have a big impact, if I go to a movie and have popcorn, yet keep my calories under control, all that sodium seems to dump some temporary weight on me.   It drops away in a day but boy can it surprise you.

Here’s my scale this week:

You can see it’s down about another pound.  So it is slow going but at least steady.

The up side is working out is a little easier, and 30 minutes goes by pretty quick in achieVRfit.

Here are my Fitbit stats for the week.

Steps: 83,340

Sleep:  6 hours 28 minutes average

See you guys next week.

Imax VR, Star Wars Hotel today in Daily VR Round Up

Within Partners Up With IMAX VR For Their New VR Experience Called ‘Life Of Us’

Within Partners Up With IMAX VR For Their New VR Experience Called ‘Life Of Us’

Life of Us in IMAX VR is almost there. The Life of Us story is something to look forward for especially as it will be with the partnering up with IMAX VR. They already have some details about it but not into details yet. Everything seems to be being prepared properly before the launched. They do believe that this Life of Us will be a hit. Let’s find out more about this in the upcoming updates.

Disney is opening an immersive Star Wars Hotel where each guest gets a storyline.

A STAR WARS HOTEL!!!! Yes, you heard it right! The force is really strong on this one! How would you see yourself entertained and enjoy a single storyline for yourself? This is something to look forward to. It is an awesome idea of Disney, no further details yet but just dropped this bombshell in the middle of its D23 expo down in Los Angeles. People are going crazy about it and even commented of how to do a pre-booking! Quite funny but this is very interesting!



Daily Round Up VR

Marvel is bringing its superheroes to VR with a new Oculus-exclusive game.

People love watching Marvel movies and playing Marvel games. How would like to see yourself playing in VR? Fantastic, right? Yes! Marvel is on its way to VR with a new Oculus-exclusive game. You can choose from 12 Marvel characters and have a multiplayer option.  It is said to be released on 2018, no exact date yet.

Lila’s Tale Makes you Solve Puzzles in VR … Without Your Hands

Lila’s Tale doesn’t require you to use your hand during the game. It is a Gaze game. You just gaze at the puzzle and it will move. By finishing the puzzle you damage the enemy. There will be no battle between you and the enemy. Whenever the enemy attacks, you have to go ahead and solve a puzzle quickly! It will help Lila to finish up the enemy faster by giving a big damage.  Only a demo is available at the moment, but the full game is slated for a third-quarter release later this year for the Samsung Gear VR. This is a story of a sister who mysteriously lost his brother. She will be having a journey with the player that will help her with the enemies and finish up the game.

Daily Round Up VR

Apple’s ARKit combined HTC Vive shows us the future of mixed reality.

This is a very impressive technology and will absolutely be popular. It will provide good experiences and captures movements in real time. Not sure when this will be available but the potential is clear.




Facebook brings Live broadcasting to its Spaces virtual reality app

Facebook bringing live streaming to VR. This will let you live stream everything and will capture whatever you see on VR. With Live Streaming already up and working in Facebook Messenger and even in Instagram. We’ll watch 0ut for this upcoming awesome feature!



Here’s Why Investors Are Pouring Money Into AR and VR Startups

VR is such a useful technology in today’s industry. People use it for entertainment, education, and business to make things easier or understood.

In Real Estate industry, Realtors use VR to show potential buyers VR views of the property. It’s just one use case being used today, among many.  As venture capitalist place their bets for how this industry will generate the next unicorn investments, we’ll be watching.