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World of Warcraft Lens on Snapchat Lets You Transform into Orc or Elf & Do Battle in Augmented Reality

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To promote Battle of Azeroth, the latest expansion for the World of Warcraft franchise, Blizzard Entertainment has conjured a Shoppable AR Lens that is now available in Snapchat's app carousel. The experience, initially launched via Snapcode on Aug.

Be The Hero Is A Super-Powered VR Game Releasing Next Week

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Another chance to step into the shoes of a superhero is coming to VR headsets next week. EXPVR is set to launch its energetic action game, Be The Hero, on August 24th via Steam Early Access with support for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows VR headsets.

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Alibaba Is Using AR To Change The Shopping Experience

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Alibaba is launching Taobao Buy, a new shopping experience that uses AR technology to bring 3D versions of products into the real world.

Accelerating Mixed Reality

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The University of Hull has launched an accelerator dedicated to developing Mixed Reality tech for the Microsoft HoloLens.

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NVIDIA’s New High-end Quadro RTX First to Include VirtualLink VR Port

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Today at SIGGRAPH 2018 NVIDIA announced ‘Turing’, their next-generation GPU architecture aimed at real-time ray tracing, and the first high-end GPUs built atop it, the Quadro RTX 8000, 6000 and 5000.

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Shopping Malls 2.0 – The Future is Virtual

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Can immersive technologies help struggling bricks-and-mortar retailers to create new shopping experiences and gain an edge against the likes of Amazon? The past decades have seen a dramatic decline in traditional retail spaces as more people shift towards online shopping.

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StarVR One Revealed with SteamVR Tracking 2.0, Eye-tracking, Upgraded Specs

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StarVR today revealed the StarVR One headset at SIGGRAPH 2018, an upgrade to previous StarVR headsets which incorporates SteamVR Tracking 2.0, eye-tracking, and a slew of enhancements.

Magic Leap's Good News — the Haters Are Wrong, Bad News — Now Everyone Will Focus on Apple Glasses

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I've had a few days to live with the Magic Leap One and it's time to finally weigh in with some thoughts as someone who has been tracking this company from the beginning, for almost five years now. Let's get right to the meat of the matter: Magic Leap One is not a flop.

Hands-On: VRGineers XTAL Is A 5K, 170-Degree FOV Headset With Hand-Tracking

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Last week I got the chance to go hands-on with the new enterprise-focused 5K VR headset (that’s 2560 x 1440 per eye, or 5120 x 1440 total,) XTAL, from VRgineers , the same company behind the VRHero 5K headset.

Beat Saber Tournament Looks To Become World’s Largest VR Arcade Event

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Over 120 arcades have signed on to participate in Virtual Athletics League’s upcoming International Beat Saber Tournament.

HTC R&D department shows that VR can already benefit various sectors of our lives

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During my Chinese adventure, in the period that I was leaving Shanghai to go to Chengdu to watch pandas, I had the opportunity to interview via WeChat Qiyong Chen, one of the people leading the Virtual Reality R&D experiments at HTC.

New Samsung Odyssey+ Headset Revealed in FCC Documents

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Samsung appears to be developing a followup to its Odyssey VR headset which launched late last year. A ‘Samsung HMD Odyssey+’ sporting a new model number has appeared in FCC documentation, suggesting that the device is nearing a launch-ready state.

Hands-On: Magic Leap's Create App Is a Powerful Way to Invent Your Own Reality Nearly Anywhere

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Since getting our hands on the Magic Leap One last week, we've been methodically delving into each feature and reporting our findings step-by-step. Earlier this week, we took a look at the Screens app (a video viewer) and the Helio app (an AR web browser).

The Spy Who Shrunk Me Looks Like No One Lives Forever VR

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The Spy Who Shrunk Me from Catland is an upcoming tongue-in-cheek VR stealth game that appears to take heavy inspiration from titles such as No One Live Forever and spy films such as Austin Powers, James Bond, and Our Man Flint.

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Artist’s AR Exhibit Shows Two Sides Of The Same Reality

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Adobe’s artist in residence explains how augmented reality proved to be the perfect medium to express herself. .

How Mixed Reality Will Bring Us Industry 4.0

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More sectors are realizing the potential of immersive technology to dramatically maximize efficiency and profits.

Magic Leap One Developer Review – An Ambitious Headset with Untapped Potential

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There’s a lot that can be said about the Magic Leap One. It’s trying to do a ton—eye-tracking, hand-tracking, 6DoF controllers, real-time meshing and a number of other features that haven’t been seen in a mobile MR device before.

Kickstarter Game System Uses iOS & Android Devices to Merge Tabletop Gaming with Augmented Reality

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The fortunes of ARKit and ARCore are still in the hands of developers, who have been increasing the number of mobile augmented reality apps on the market, but perhaps not as fast as companies like Apple might have expected.

Firewall: Zero Hour – Final Hands-On Preview With The Release Build

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Firewall: Zero Hour is less than two weeks away and yesterday Sony hosted a final pre-launch press preview session at their San Mateo headquarters.

You Can Now Watch The BBC Proms Music Festival In VR

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The world’s largest classical music festival is embraces virtual reality. For the first time this summer, the BBC Proms are holding an event entirely in VR.

StarVR unveils its newest HMD at SIGGRAPH 2018

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Launched today at SIGGRAPH 2018 , StarVR One is a one-of-its-kind VR head mounted display that provides nearly 100-percent human viewing angle. StarVR One features key technology innovations critical to redefine what’s possible in virtual reality.

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Nintendo Switch ‘Test VR Mode’ Reportedly Uncovered by Modders

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While Nintendo has lent its Mario Kart IP to a arcade VR experience , the company has so far steered clear of VR on its consoles.

Hands-On: Magic Leap's Helio App Is the Best Window into the Web Available in Augmented Reality

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Yesterday, I talked about what I think is the most immediately mainstream-friendly app on the Magic Leap One is (Screens), and now we'll touch upon the runner-up: Helio.

Firewall Devs On DLC: ‘This Is Not A Release And Forget Game For Us’

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Earlier this week we had the chance to go hands-on with the final, release build of PSVR-exclusive shooter, Firewall: Zero Hour from First Contact Entertainment.

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Nickelodeon Debuts Mixed Reality Competition Series ‘Slimezone VR Showdown’

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Nick Entertainment Lab’s social VR experience gets a competitive twist in this four-episode digital series.

How to shoot cool screenshots and videos on your Lenovo Mirage Solo and save them on your PC

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Yesterday I had to return my Mirage Solo to Lenovo. Unluckily it was not mine and was just a review sample that I used to learn how the device is so that I’ll be able to publish its review in the following weeks (stay tuned!).

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HTC Is Opening Its Viveport VR App Store to Oculus Rift Users

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HTC has announced that the company’s Viveport VR app store will allow developers to sell titles supporting the Oculus Rift beginning on September 4th. HTC has been making moves to promote its Viveport VR app store , an alternative to the de facto content platform for the HTC Vive, SteamVR.

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UK's Largest Children's Hospital Is Adopting HoloLens to Assist Surgeons

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In recent years, medical professionals have demonstrated how the HoloLens can assist in surgeries, ranging from collarbone repairs to spinal surgeries to cosmetic procedures. Now, the largest children's hospital in the United Kingdom is also ready to deploy the technology.

Watch David Hasselhoff Drive KITT From Knight Rider In New 360-Video

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The Gumball 3000 is a 3,000-mile car rally that happens every year from London to Tokyo featuring a wide multitude of celebrities driving across the world and making pit stops. From the likes of Usher and David Hasselhoff to Ken Griffey Jr. and more, it’s a star-studded event.

Take A Guided VR Tour Of Germany’s Last Industrial Coal Mine

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Photogrammetry and volumetric VR preserve every detail of this historic mining operation in Ruhr, Germany. Available for free via SteamVR, the Realities VR experience takes users on a variety of photorealistic virtual tours through some of the most astonishing locations on Earth.

Lenqiy aims at fostering creativity in Chinese kids with virtual reality

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When I was in China, the last company I visited in Shanghai has been Lenqiy. This is another Vive-X company working in the educational sector and that has given me interesting insights into the educational ecosystem in China , that confirmed what I have learned speaking with Langzou and Judao.

PlayStation VR Passes 3 Million Units Sold

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Sony today announced that PlayStation has sold more than three million units, showing consistent sales over the course of the headset’s nearly two years on the market.

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Vantage Point Secures Seed Funding Round of $1.3M to Bring VR-Based Anti-Sexual Harassment Training to Enterprises

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Vantage Point , the world’s first Virtual Reality-based enterprise training platform has announced a Seed funding round of $1.3M to bring immersive Anti-Sexual Harassment Training to corporations. Vantage Point is founded by solo female minority founder, Morgan Mercer.

We Should All Be More Like Jordan From VRChat

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Meet Jordan. He’s a young kid that found his way into the dangerous waters of VRChat and, using the power of a pure child’s soul and cute phrases, touched the hearts and minds of thousands of people over the past week.

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