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My predictions for virtual reality in 2021

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Let’s be honest: no one made correct predictions for 2020. The global pandemic has changed the rules for everything, and the situation is so confusing and so rapidly evolving that any prediction for 2021 is completely unreliable, too.

How I got started with virtual reality (and you can, too)

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If I had to choose the most common question I’ve received in these 4 years on the blog, social media, and Quora, I would surely pick “How do I get started with virtual reality?”

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Behind the scenes of the VR concert Welcome To The Other Side

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This New Year’s Eve, together with the team of VRrOOm, I worked on the virtual reality concert Welcome To The Other Side , starring the electronic music legend Jean-Michel Jarre playing inside a virtual Notre-Dame Cathedral. The concert was a huge success (with more than 75M total views!),

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The best AR and VR news from CES 2021

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The pandemic has hit also one of the most important technological expo of the year, the CES, that this year was held digitally.

My predictions for augmented reality in 2021

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Two days ago, I’ve given you my predictions for virtual reality in 2021 (read it, in case you missed it). Now it’s time to make some forecasts about its companion technology, that is augmented reality! Will this finally be the year when we’ll all wear the eyePhone in our eyes? (PS

Triton Project is an affordable DIY AR headset

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Today I have the pleasure of publishing an interview I had with Graham Atlee , a very smart guy that has developed the Triton Project, a DIY affordable AR headset with wide FOV and natural hands interactions!

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CrowsNest’s Anna is the future of hospitality

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Some days ago I had a chat with my friend Eloi Gerard , the CEO of CrowsNest XR , about Anna, the virtual concierge assistant he is launching. I found it a very interesting project, so let me tell to you about it!

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The XR Week Peek (2021.01.25): Facebook plans “a big shift” in privacy, Apple VR headset rumored, and more!

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Happy Monday everyone! A new week has passed by, and it has been a quite good one for me: I’ve been featured again on Authority Magazine and I’ve launched a new series of videos on my Youtube channel where I answer the questions of the community.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.01.18): CES brings XR news, Boz says we have to trust Facebook, and more!

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It’s that time of the week when you can read the best news about AR and VR! So let’s dig immediately into them…. Top news of the week. Image by Pollen Robotics). CES 2021 brought some interesting AR/VR news.

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Cybershoes for Quest review: a new way of walking in VR

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I have been able to try the Cybershoes, the special shoes that let you walk in VR while you are seated! There is now an ongoing Kickstarter campaign that proposes a special version of them that works with the Oculus Quest (1 and 2) and I’m sure many of you are wondering if they are good or not.

Machizzle review: solve a puzzle in VR!

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Today I want to talk with you about Machizzle, a VR puzzle game developed by iNFINITE Production (and my friend Jan Horsky). It is being released today, so discover with me how it is, so you can decide if buying it or not! Machizzle – video + gameplay review!

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Merry… WhateVR

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This has been a tough year. On the professional side, the COVID has created many opportunities for us all , increasing the attention towards digital technologies and virtual reality.

A new enterprise headset is awaiting us in 2021…

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As you for sure know, this Saturday I have been one of the hosts of the Virtual Reality Day organized by Bob Fine. I have invited and moderated some amazing speakers : Gianluigi Perrone , Ivan Varko, Gijs Den Butter , Louis Cacciuttolo, Rob Cole, and Alvin Wang Graylin.

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How to gift a game on the Oculus Store

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Christmas is coming, and it is the time of the year where people make gifts for each other.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.12.14): Facebook gets sued for alleged monopolization, Medal Of Honor is a mediocre game, and more!

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Yesterday I got this amazing news that my Youtube channel has now 1000+ subscribers. I know that it is not a big number per se, but I’m not a Youtuber, I’ve no professional camera, and I’m a bit awkward in front of the camera, so for me, this is an incredible result!

Threedy AI automatically converts 2D photos in 3D assets for AR!

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Threedy AI is a startup whose main expertise is the automatic conversion from 2D photos to 3D models. It can automatically fetch the photos of your items from your website, and t ransform them into 3D models for prices as cheap a $5/model!

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Hands-on with Cleanbox to sanitize VR headsets

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These weeks I have been pretty busy with the delivery of a project, and the delivery has culminated with a demo of the VR solution we have developed.

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Kevin Williams: LBVR is not dead, it is rising again

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The Coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the development of virtual reality , and in many sectors (like virtual events and remote collaboration), all companies have had a huge spike in the number of users, profits, and investments.

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Is Oculus Quest killing PC VR?

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As I promised you in my latest Week Peek , I’m writing an editorial to share with you my thoughts about what has just happened with Onward, and why this may be a negative turning point for PC VR , that in the end may even disappear from the consumer market.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.01.04): New Year’s Eve parties go virtual, Tundra to offer a Vive Tracker competitor, and more!

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Welcome 2021! This is the first newsletter of the new year, and I hope it will just be the beginning of a wonderful year in AR and VR for all of you! Top news of the week. Image by VRrOOm). 2021 has been greeted by many virtual celebrations.

The treadmill from Ready Player One is coming to our homes soon

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If you are in the VR field since some years, for sure you remember the hype when the Infinadeck was revealed.

Interview with Robert Scoble about Oculus Quest 2, Apple Glasses and more!

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Some days ago, I have been very pleased to interview Robert Scoble , the famous technologist. He has seen Silicon Valley come to life, he has been the first one to test Siri, Flipboard and even the first one to go on a Tesla with Elon Musk.

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Mojo Vision: AR contact lenses are coming far sooner than you think

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One of the most mind-blowing interviews I had in recent months has been the one with Mojo Vision, the company producing AR contact lenses that got famous during CES 2020.

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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NVIDIA’s big news: Cloud XR goes to AWS, Omniverse open beta is starting, and more!

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Today at GTC 2020, NVIDIA has released three very interesting news that we in the XR sector should care about: New enterprise NVIDIA RTX A6000 and NVIDIA A40 graphics card have been released; Cloud XR servers are now available on AWS; Omniverse, the collaboration tool for artists, enters open beta.

How to use Oculus Test Users to log in on multiple Oculus Quests for sideloading without the need of a Facebook account

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The mandatory Facebook login has created a huge backlash from the VR community , not only because of the possible privacy concerns that may arise but also because it lets Facebook apply more control over how people use the headsets they own.

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The Ghost Howls turns 4!

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It’s my blog’s birthday! Today The Ghost Howls turns 4 years old, making me feel a little bit old. It was August, 15th 2016 when I wrote my first post, accompanied by an embarrassing image with a flower downloaded from Pixabay.

The XR Week Peek (2020.08.24): Facebook login gets imposed on Quest and the community riots, and much more!

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This week in XR has been incredibly calm and nothing important has happened, apart from little things like the riot of the entire XR community against Facebook Jokes apart, I’m working to organize my blog’s 4th birthday party on VRChat… you asked for it, and you will have it! Top news of the week.

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Pico G2 4K Enterprise review: 3DOF VR is not over yet

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While Oculus has decided to discontinue the Oculus Go and abandon completely the 3DOF sector, Chinese vendor Pico has decided to double down on 3DOF offering two new models , the Pico G2 4K S and the Pico G2 4K Enterprise , that are two improvements of the original Pico G2 4K.

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Pico Neo 2 Eye review: the new best enterprise standalone headset

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The time has come for me to review the Pico Neo 2 Eye , the Chinese competitor of the Oculus Quest (that has been kindly sent to me from Pico)! Discover with me everything about it and especially how does it compare with the Oculus Quest and the HTC Vive Focus Plus. Pico Neo 2 Eye Video Review.

The XR Week Peek (2020.12.28): Flight Simulator VR released, a new hack lets you use Quest without Facebook, and more!

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Happy Holidays , my dear AR/VR community! Even if these should be holidays, my will to inform you is not in vacation, so here you are my roundup of the best AR/VR news for this week.

The XR Week Peek (2020.10.12): Quest 2 is launching, dogs use AR, and more!

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We are all waiting for the Quest 2 to arrive in our inboxes and we are all pretty excited about it! No big news this week, but expect thousands of boxes and reviews coming out from tomorrow on.

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9 practical lessons for VR events that I’ve learned developing Venice VR Expanded

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These are the days of the Venice Film Festival, one of the most important movie festivals in the world. In the last few years, this festival has always had a section dedicated to VR, that according to many was incredibly well-curated.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.09.07): new Quest is coming at $299 and $399, NVIDIA RTX3070 is powerful and affordable and more!

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This fall promises to be very interesting for AR and VR, and in this first week of September we had many interesting XR news that are going to heat up the competition in the space!

All you need to know about developing and sideloading on Quest under the new Facebook account policy

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This week in VR has been pretty explosive because of the announcement made by Facebook that will force VR people to have a Facebook account to use their VR headsets. I’ve read news, editorials, and also lots of memes about it, and I think you too.

How MeKiwi ported Cave Digger to 7 different VR platforms

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MeKiwi is a very interesting indie studio in Finland : they have published a very popular VR game like Cave Digger, and they have also experimented with something artistic with ArtPulse.

The XR Week Peek (2020.11.02): PSVR likely not to come in 2021, new info revealed on Decagear, and more!

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I hope you all that celebrate Halloween had a nice time celebrating this holiday! And don’t worry, your favorite ghost will keep haunting you with VR news all over the year, not only during Halloween! Top news of the week. Image by Sony). PSVR 2 is probably coming in 2022 and with a slow transition.

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