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The XR Week Peek (2021.07.26): Facebook aims at the Metaverse, Quest 2 goes MR, and more!

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I’m incredibly happy about having been hosted by Sebastian Ang (MRTV), one of my favorite VR content creators, in his weekly podcast on Youtube! We spoke about AR and VR for 2 hours and we were having so much fun that we could have gone on for other 2 hours without problems!

Google Adds More Olympic Athletes to Its Roster of Augmented Reality Search Content

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After facing delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Olympic Games are underway in Tokyo, but a surge in cases worldwide has taken the spectator out of these spectator sports.

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VR Technology Could One Day Be Powered By Your Sweat

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Generate electricity while interacting with your favorite games and apps.

Facebook is Unlocking AR Capabilities for Developers on Quest 2

Road to VR

Facebook announced today that an upcoming update to the Quest development SDK will include experimental support for a Passthrough API which will allow Unity developers to build AR experiences and features into apps on Quest 2.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Oculus Quest 2 128GB Model On Sale August 24 For $299

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Facebook plans to start selling a 128GB version of Oculus Quest 2 on August 24th for $299. The new entry level Quest 2 model doubles the storage of the 64GB device it replaces. Facebook will still sell a 256GB model for $399.

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VR Parkour Game ‘STRIDE’ Coming To Oculus Quest

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Run, jump, vault, shoot, slide, and roll your way through this fast-paced VR free running experience.

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Spatial Beats: Facebook, Snap & Epic Games

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W elcome back to Spatial Beats. Click your heels together and say metaverse three times. The chasm between concept and reality here is huge, yet it’s the word on everyone’s lips. Mark Zuckerberg said it out loud.

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Epic Games Acquires Sketchfab, the Massive 3D Object Library Compatible with AR/VR Headsets

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Sketchfab , the platform that lets you view, share, and download 3D models via traditional monitors and AR/VR headsets, today announced its been acquired by Unreal Engine creators Epic Games.

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Watch this young Paul McCartney deepfake turn into Beck

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Paul McCartney is 79 but in his latest music video released just a few days ago he’s been cleverly “de-aged” to appear as the fresh-faced Beatle of yesteryear. Movies & TV Music News Beck deepfake Music Video Paul McCartney

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Discover The Virtual Burning Man 2021

The Ghost Howls

The Burning Man is one of the most important festivals that runs every year in the United States. Last year it was held in a completely digital version, and its event inside Altspace VR was a blast , with all people in the VR communities talking enthusiastically about it.

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Immersive Tech Brings The Tokyo Olympics To Life At Home

VRScout

From volumetric video to AI-powered motion capture , here’s how immersive tech is changing the most historic sporting event on the planet.

Data Dive: Facebook Reaches 600 Million AR Users

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L ast month, Facebook’s held a toned-down version of it’s annual F8 developer conference known as F8 Refresh. It included a handful of notable and incremental AR updates, such as multipeer AR face filters. These bring a syncronous multiplayer twist to social AR.

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‘Lone Echo II’ Coming to Oculus PC in August, Original ‘Lone Echo’ Discounted to $10

Road to VR

The long-awaited sequel to Ready At Dawn’s space adventure Lone Echo (2017) is nearly here. Lone Echo II is now set to arrive on August 24th, likely making it one of the last PC-only games funded by Facebook to arrive on the Oculus Store.

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Facebook Deprecates Proprietary Oculus APIs In Favor Of OpenXR

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Facebook will deprecate its proprietary Oculus APIs in favor of industry standard OpenXR.

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Top XR Events in 2021 That Should Be on Your Must-Attend List

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After a year that turned our lives upside down, the world is slowly going back to normal – proven, among others, by a large number of XR events in 2021. While some of these events will be held virtually, others will take place in physical venues.

Snapchat Says AR Is Becoming Part of the Shopping Norm

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A 2021 report from Snap Inc. details how AR technology will soon be a major part of your shopping experience.

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AR: Coming to a Shopping Mall Near You

AR Insider

O ne of AR’s core properties is to fuse the physical and digital (a.k.a. phygital ). Part of this involves physical places: AR devices have to understand a space before they augment it. This breathes new opportunity into the longstanding location intelligence sector.

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Rezzil Secures $2.75M Investment for Oculus Quest Sports Training App ‘Player 22’

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Rezzil, a UK-based VR sports training and analytics startup, announced that its secured an investment round of over £2 million (~$2.75 million), which will be used to promote its new consumer-focused sports training platform, Player 22.

Elon Musk reveals how non-Tesla EVs will use Superchargers

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has offered more details on how non-Tesla owners will be able to use Supercharger stations in a change to its service later this year. Cars News electric cars Elon Musk Evs Supercharger Station superchargers Tesla

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What You Need to Know About Virtual Reality Chairs

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The addition of virtual reality chairs to the world of gaming is bringing novel experiences to players all around the globe. Along with premium visuals, sounds, and even scents, VR chairs are taking video games to a whole new level. But what exactly are VR chairs? And how do they work?

How To Watch The 2020 Tokyo Olympics In VR

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Immerse yourself in everything from the Opening Ceremony to seven exciting events using the NBC Olympics VR app. After significant delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Summer Olympics are finally underway in Tokyo, Japan.

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Oculus Move VR workout system might sync with Apple Health

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Apple’s mobile ecosystem has been marked by two main pillars in the past few years.

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The Number of VR Users on Steam Dropped Sharply Last Month, But Valve Isn’t Saying Why

Road to VR

Valve’s monthly Steam Hardware & Software Survey, which we’ve been carefully tracking for years now, has been a useful way to gauge how many VR headsets are being used on the platform each month.

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TCL’s 8K 6-Series mini-LED TVs are shockingly affordable

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TCL's first 8K mini-LED TVs are here in both 65- and 75-inch sizes and they're way more affordable than similarly-sized 8K models from both LG and Samsung. Home Theater Mini-LED QLED TV TCL TCL 8K 6-Series

Superhot VR Review Bombed After Removing Self-Harm Scenes

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One of VR’s highest selling games and an early showpiece of consumer-grade positional tracking is getting review bombed after developers removed scenes depicting self-harm. The Poland-based developers of SUPERHOT VR issued an update to the game (version 1.0.22.1)

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Ready Player Me Launches Cross-Game VR Avatar Hub

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Create a digital identity and explore a massive catalog of 260 VR games and apps.

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Case Study: Medtronic Lessens Training Costs with AR

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T hough we spend ample time examining consumer-based AR endpoints, greater near-term impact is seen today in the enterprise. This takes many forms including camera commerce and collaboration. But the greatest area of enterprise AR impact today is in industrial settings.

Two New ‘Harry Potter’ VR Experiences Launch at Harry Potter New York

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Two new Harry Potter VR experiences have launched at the Harry Potter New York retail location. Wizards Take Flight and Chaos at Hogwarts were developed in collaboration with Dreamscape, Wevr, and Keylight.

World of Warcraft development paused amid Activision-Blizzard harassment lawsuit

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A senior World of Warcraft designer says development on the game is paused in light of Activision-Blizzard's harassment case. Gaming News Activision Blizzard blizzard World of Warcraft