Introducing Version 1.1 of Go Guess

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Why not have fireworks every day of the year? Now, in VR, you can. We added fireworks to our Times Square lobby (pictured above) for the 4th of July festivities, but we're going to keep them around - at least for a while. So jump into Go Guess to check them out!

This update also brings individual user accounts to Go Guess, so take ownership now of a name you like to go by and pair that name with your snazzy, custom avatar as made possible in our last update. Plus, we've added the ability to view daily, weekly and monthly leaderboards in addition to all-time leaderboards.

If you're interested, you can check out the full release notes in our Steam Community Hub.

Always feel free to reach out to us at contact@oblixvr.com with feedback, feature requests, or just to say hi - and we'll see you in Go Guess!

P.S. If you haven't downloaded Go Guess yet, visit our Steam page where you can download it for free.

The Avatar Customization Update

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Hello, Friends of Go Guess! We recently launched an update to Go Guess, which includes the ability to customize your avatar.

We've done the math, and there are nearly a septillion possible combinations of avatars (that's a trillion trillion). You can see some of those possible combinations in the GIF above.

To customize your avatar, just jump into Go Guess after updating and you'll see a big "AVATARS!" sign in front of you. If you click that sign, you'll enter the changing room pictured above where you can customize away.

There are few minor updates and bug fixes in this release too. You can find detailed release notes in our Steam community hub if you're interested.

As always, feel free to reach out to us at contact@oblixvr.com with any feedback, feature requests or just to say hi - and if you don't have Go Guess yet, you can download it on Steam.

Until next time - happy exploring, folks!

 

Introducing Go Guess

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Alright! Today is the day! Today, we are excited to launch Go Guess, a geographic guessing game for ants. Just kidding... A geographic guessing game (for humans).

Go Guess is available now on Steam for Oculus Rift. If you're waiting for support for other headsets, stay tuned, and feel free to get in touch to let us know.

We have always been committed to helping people explore the real world in virtual reality. Go Guess brings us one step closer to that mission and does so in a fun, engaging way for people of all age groups.

In Go Guess, you are placed in a semi-randomized, real-world location and you're asked to guess where in the world you are. You'll be rewarded with points based on the proximity of your guess to the true location. Plus, we have leaderboards and avatar-based social interaction, so you can hang out in the lobby with friends and compete with others for glory.

We're excited to hear any feedback you may have, so please feel free to reach out to us at support@oblixvr.com with your thoughts. We're committed to continuing to improving the experience for you, so stay tuned for updates and reach out with any feature requests.

Until next time!

NYVR Expo

Our team had a blast exhibiting at the New York Virtual Reality Expo at the Jacob Javits Center on October 27th and 28th! This was the second public demonstration of a pre-launch version of Oblix’s Oculus Rift application (see our Worlds Fair Nano post on the first public demo). In this demo, participants were able to fly around a virtual recreation of New York and jump in and out of 360° photos and videos that were geo-referenced within the world. We also participated in the Startup Pitch Competition at the NYVR Expo (photo below) along with our colleagues from SpaceoutVRDatavizedStreetSmarts VRGeopipeMembitVirtualAPTGarouVRGlobalWaVRm3diate and 3D Apartments.

We want to extend a big thank you to all of the organizers of the NYVR Expo, including our friends at The Glimpse Group, for putting on the premier showcase of VR and AR technology in New York thus far. We’re looking forward to attending future NYVR Expos. We also want to thank everyone who participated in our demo and provided invaluable feedback to help us improve our product. For those of you who are based in the New York area and want to get involved in the virtual reality community here, we highly recommend the monthly NYVR Meetup, which led to the creation of this expo.

Check out the video above and the photos below for a recap of the event!

- Siddharth

 Two participants demo Oblix’s application using Oculus Rift headsets and Oculus Touch controllers.

Two participants demo Oblix’s application using Oculus Rift headsets and Oculus Touch controllers.

 An NYVR Expo attendee tries the Oblix app with a view of Oblix’s banner in the background.

An NYVR Expo attendee tries the Oblix app with a view of Oblix’s banner in the background.

 Siddharth Saxena (Oblix, CEO & Product Architect) and Andy Vadapalli (Oblix, Director of Operations and Business Development) speaking in the Startup Pitch Competition.

Siddharth Saxena (Oblix, CEO & Product Architect) and Andy Vadapalli (Oblix, Director of Operations and Business Development) speaking in the Startup Pitch Competition.

Worlds Fair Nano

We had a great time exhibiting at the Worlds Fair Nano in our first public demonstration of Oblix’s app for the Oculus Rift. Over two days on the weekend of September 16th at the Brooklyn Expo Center, we had more than 250 people try our demo – and the response was surreal. Senator Tim Kaine, who delivered the keynote speech at the Worlds Fair Nano, even stopped by our booth to check out all the rave about Oblix (you can see the senator in-headset in the video above). Our demo was an early version of Oblix, and we’re planning to release a public beta by the end of the year. In this demo, participants could fly around a virtual recreation of New York City, and some even discovered a portal that launched them into a nighttime recreation of Paris.

We want to extend a big thanks to our friends at Worlds Fair USA for putting on an epic event; we’re looking forward to participating in future Worlds Fair Nano and Worlds Fair USA events – and we hope to see you all there too!

- Siddharth

 Two Worlds Fair Nano attendees enjoying Oblix’s demo using Oculus Rift headsets and Oculus Touch controllers.

Two Worlds Fair Nano attendees enjoying Oblix’s demo using Oculus Rift headsets and Oculus Touch controllers.

 A postcard given away by Oblix with a screen capture from inside the experience.

A postcard given away by Oblix with a screen capture from inside the experience.

 A large crowd of World Fair Nano attendees behind Oblix’s booth.

A large crowd of World Fair Nano attendees behind Oblix’s booth.

Introducing Our New Website and Web Portal

Welcome to our new website! Our new website features a complete redesign by Oblix designer Namira Abdulgani and Oblix engineer Zhihao Deng. We hope you like the new website and, if not, please leave us your feedback through the form on our home page or by reaching out to support@oblixvr.com.

Along with our new website, we are introducing for the first time our Web Portal.

Our Web Portal is a brand new way to experience Oblix: through the web, on both your phone and your computer. The Web Portal is a great way to get started with virtual reality content for those who don’t currently have access to a VR headset, and it’s the go-to system for saving, sharing and viewing content for those who do.

In the Web Portal, you’ll see a feed of 360° photos shared by others. You can also upload your own 360° photos and curate your private 360° photo gallery. If you’re not sure what a 360° photo is or if you need help capturing one, log in to the Web Portal and visit our help page.

We’ll continue to update our Web Portal and our VR apps, so stay tuned for those updates. Until then, enjoy the update and let us know of any feedback!

– Siddharth

Updated iOS App (Version 1.1)

Our initial release for iOS leveraged the power of virtual reality technology to bring our users into outer space. Users could view all planets in the solar system using just their iPhone and a simple Google Cardboard viewer. This was much cheaper than a ticket on an orbital-class space vehicle.

We have always been committed to using virtual reality as a means to explore our real surroundings, rather than immerse ourselves in fictional spaces. With Version 1.1 of our iOS app, we are reinforcing our commitment to enabling exploration of real spaces in virtual reality, but with a focus on the planet we all call home: Planet Earth.

Users will still be able to view and travel to other planets in the solar system; we haven’t removed any of those features. However, while Earth remains the only planet in our solar system known to be capable of accommodating life, we view it as the most interesting planet to explore.

In this release, we’ve added a feature called Oblix Home where users will begin their journey through the Oblix app. Within Oblix Home, users will be able to choose from a variety of destinations. If you want to access other planets, just look towards the stars.

Please stay tuned for updates to this iOS app and for Oblix’s debut on other virtual reality platforms. If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to hear from you at support@oblixvr.com or through the form on our website. Until next time – happy exploring!

- Siddharth

Introducing Oblix

Our universe is inherently richer and more complex than any fictional one can ever be. Oblix is the best way to travel our universe in virtual reality, or VR. With Oblix, VR functions as a tool that allows you to immerse yourself more deeply in reality, rather than escape it. Travel from Earth to Mars and to other planets. Witness the movements of our solar system and the might of our burning Sun. Pioneer the final frontier.

Oblix can be downloaded for iPhone from the App Store for free. In order to use the app, you’ll need a Google Cardboard viewer. Oblix will also be launching on other virtual reality hardware platforms, including Gear VR and Oculus Rift, with many new features, so stay tuned for those updates! If you have any questions or feedback, you can reach out to us at support@oblixvr.com or use the form on our website. In the meantime, happy exploring!

– Siddharth