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How to make SteamVR input work with Unity XR Interaction Toolkit in Unity

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Hello everyone! Today’s post is a bit technical, but it will help some VR devs out there to have fewer headaches.

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Pinfinity Partners With Star Wars, Marvel, Capcom On AR-Enhanced Pins

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Upgrade your wardrobe with animated AR pins of Transformers, Pac-Man, Dungeons & Dragons, and more. There’s nothing more powerful than a well-placed pin and or button.

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Where To Pre-Order The Oculus Quest 2

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Those in the US will have to wait until late November to get their hands on the new Quest. To no one’s surprise, pre-orders for the recently announced Oculus Quest 2 VR headset are already backordered on the official Oculus website.

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Osso VR Secures $14M Investment to Further Develop VR Surgical Training Platform

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Osso VR today announced it has raised $14 million in Series A funding to further develop its VR surgical training platform. The financing round was led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures, with participation from SignalFire, GSR, Scrum Ventures, Leslie Ventures and OCA Ventures.

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Augmented Reality Disappeared From Gartner’s Hype Cycle – What’s Next?

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In the AR industry, this news left some open-mouthed: augmented reality is officially out of Gartner’s Hype Cycle. After climbing up the curve steadily year by year in the cycle, augmented reality took a steep ride down to the trough of disillusionment in 2018. “Another 5-10 years” – that’s the time specialists estimated AR would need to reach maturity. But then the surprise came: last year augmented reality was entirely removed from the Hype Cycle.

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BISim tells us how XR is relevant for the Army

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Military simulations are one of the fields where virtual reality has always been an important technology , even before that VR had its new renaissance in 2012. In fact, in the XR communities, there are many esteemed members that are army veterans (like John Westra or Tony Rogers).

Report: Facebook Acquires Varifocal Startup Lemnis Technologies

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It’s come to light that Lemnis Technologies, a startup creating varifocal optics for use in VR headsets, has reportedly been absorbed by Facebook in an ‘acqui-hiring’ move.

Facebook Vies for AR Advertising Market Share, Part III

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This post is adapted from ARtillery Intelligence’s report, AR Advertising Deep Dive, Part I: The Landscape. It includes some of its data and takeaways. More can be previewed here and subscribe for the full report. A R continues to evolve and take shape as an industry.

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Intel Launches 10nm Atom Embedded CPUs: Elkhart Lake Now Available

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The embedded and edge markets for Intel have always been hidden away within its IoT business, however at the Investor Meeting last year it was highlighted as one of Intel’s key growth areas.

‘Minecraft’ Arrives On PlayStation VR Tomorrow

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The free patch update will be available to all PS5 Minecraft owners. Earlier this month developer Mojang Studios announced that it’s legendary survival crafting game Minecraft would be heading to PlayStation VR sometime near the end of September as part of Sony’s PlayStation VR spotlight.

The XR Week Peek (2020.09.28): The debate on Facebook continues, Microsoft acquires Zenimax, and more!

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Happy Autumn everyone! The sun is shining less these days for me, but my passion for VR keeps me warm everyday! Here you are the best AR/VR news for the week that has just finished. Top news of the week. Image by Facebook). The debate on Facebook and the Quest 2 continues.

Unofficial Quest App Store ‘SideQuest’ Raises $650,000 From Oculus Founder & Others

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SideQuest is an unofficial app store for Facebook’s Oculus Quest headset which offers an avenue for developers to distribute apps without being subject to Oculus’ approval process.

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Facebook Reaches 1.2 Million AR Effects

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Data Dive is AR Insider’s weekly dive into select spatial computing figures. Running Mondays, it includes data points and strategic takeaways. For an indexed library of data, reports, and multimedia, subscribe to ARtillery Pro.

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Watch: Robotic VR Boots Keep You In One Spot While You Walk Forward

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Pittsburgh-based Ekto VR thinks it might have just solved VR locomotion. The company this month revealed its first product, the Ekto One. It’s a pair of robotic boots that the company claims are capable of keeping you in one spot while you walk forwards.

VR Multiplayer Shooter ‘Grapple Tournament’ Takes Aim At VR Esports

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Improve your teamwork skills through fast-paced vertical combat.

The XR Week Peek (2020.09.21): Quest 2 released, NVIDIA acquires ARM, Leap Motion 2 on sale, and much more!

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What an exciting week for technology, with the Facebook Connect, PS5 price announcement, Apple event and the release of RTX30 graphics cards! What a time to be alive!

Team Shooter ‘Frostpoint VR’ Heads into Open Beta Soon, Free Retail Copies Available

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Thirdverse and inXile Entertainment today announced that Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds , the upcoming team-based multiplayer shooter, is going into open beta starting next week. You could also get it for free when it launches.

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Has Oculus Quest Sold One-Million Lifetime Units?

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Data Dive is AR Insider’s weekly dive into select spatial computing figures. Running Mondays, it includes data points and strategic takeaways. For an indexed library of data, reports, and multimedia, subscribe to ARtillery Pro.

Ilysia Is A New Sword Art Online-Style VR MMO With A Massive Open World

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Ilysia is an extremely ambitious upcoming new VR MMO from indie studio Team 21 that’s currently live with an already-funded Kickstarter campaign.

Fight For Your Chance At A Free Copy Of Team-Based Shooter ‘Frostpoint VR’

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You’ll need to move quickly if you want to score one of the 3,000 free copies. Thirdverse Inc. and inXile Entertainment’s Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds is an upcoming 10v10 multiplayer VR shooter set across an abandoned military base located in the frozen desert of Antarctica.

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Osso VR raises $14 million to bring virtual reality to surgical and medical device training

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It seems that distance learning is even coming for the healthcare industry.

10 New Games We Can’t Wait to Play on Quest 2

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Quest 2 is on the horizon, and with its October 13th release date inching ever closer, you might want to know what new games we’re looking forward to playing on the company’s next standalone headset.

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ARtillery Briefs, Episode 42: AR Advertising Case Studies

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ARtillery Briefs is a video series that offers insights in under 5 minutes. Each episode summarizes strategic takeaways from ARtillery’s original reports and market forecasts. See below narrative takeaways and embedded video. For the full library, subscribe to ARtillery PRO.

PS5 ‘Game Boost’ Will Improve Frame Rates For PS4 And PSVR Games

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A new feature called ‘Game Boost’ listed on the PlayStation 5 website promises an improved experience when playing select PS4 and PSVR games on PS5. The feature has popped up on the main PlayStation 5 landing page , towards the bottom.

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Design And Race Your Own Car With NASCAR Mobile AR Racing

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Compete in AR races against 16 playoff drivers across 10 playoff tracks. It’s no secret that professional sports have been hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Varjo XR-1 Compatibility with Autodesk VRED: Mixed Reality Car Design Case Study

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Finnish XR headset manufacturer Varjo does things differently. They appeared on the scene with the VR-1 headset in 2018 promising human eye resolution. Their XR-1 can switch back-and-forth between mixed reality and virtual reality.

HP Reverb G2 Will Begin Shipping in November, New Orders in December

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HP announced today that its upcoming Reverb G2 headset will begin shipping in “early November” to those who pre-ordered, and new pre-orders starting today will ship in December. Reverb G2 is HP’s highly anticipated upcoming headset which brings a range of improvements and refinements over its predecessor.

The Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 SSD Review: A Spirit of Hope

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It may be a bit later than originally planned, but Samsung's first consumer SSD to support PCIe 4.0 is here. The Samsung 980 PRO was first previewed at CES in January, but we didn't hear anything further until leaks started appearing towards the end of summer.

Oculus Quest Getting Passthrough+ API For AR Apps, Starting With Spatial

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Facebook intends to release an API next year that would essentially allow developers to support AR mode in their Oculus Quest apps. Both Oculus Quests feature four ultra wide angle monochrome cameras.

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Oculus Quest 2 VR Cover Now Available For Pre-Order

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Keep your new headset looking fresh with an easy-to-clean facial interface. Look under the hood of the new Oculus Quest 2 and you’ll find a new Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 2k per eye resolution with adjustable optics, and seven onboard cameras.

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