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EXCLUSIVE: Apple AR glasses hands-on preview

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Some days ago, all the community got excited because on the invitation to WWDC 2021, Apple has drawn an Animoji with some applications reflected on her glasses. Everyone started wondering if Apple could announce its AR glasses at WWDC or not. I have some exclusive info to share with you.

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OpenBCI: games using brain-interfaces are coming in 3 years

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You know that I have a big passion for Brain-Computer Interfaces, a passion that has grown even more when I understood they are a perfect match with AR and VR (I have even dedicated a long article in the past about this).

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Christopher Lafayette: Let’s build together an inclusive XR community

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I’ve had the enormous pleasure of speaking with Christopher Lafayette , one of the most esteemed members of our XR community. He’s mostly active on Linkedin and has always worked in VR considering not the technology, but the human and all the collectivity at the center of his vision.

Hands-on Vive Focus Plus Hand Tracking SDK

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I have just tried the hands tracking solution offered on the Vive Focus Plus by the Vive Hands Tracking SDK and I want to tell you what has been my experience with it and how it does compare with other hands tracking technologies, like the ones offered by Facebook or UltraLeap.

Ultraleap Stereo IR 170 review: use your hands naturally in VR!

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I have had the joy of trying the new UltraLeap Stereo IR 170 hands-tracking sensor for VR and evaluate its performances. I have appreciated it a lot, so I thought it could have been a cool idea to make a post for you to describe how it is and compare it with the previous Leap Motion controller.

Kelly Peng reveals Kura 150° FOV AR glasses expected price and release date

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Today I am very happy to host on my blog Kura Technologies , one of the most interesting augmented reality startups out there.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.02.22): Samsung AR glasses leaked, Kura price revealed, and much more!

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This week in XR hasn’t had any explosive news, but it was interesting nonetheless: in particular we had cool info on AR glasses, with some news from Kura, Lynx, and Samsung. Among the top 5 news I have chosen, only 1 is about VR.

NextMind Review: select objects using your brain powers

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You all know that I love Brain-Computer Interfaces, and so I have been very happy when NextMind has proposed to give me a sample of its brain-reading sensor to review here on my blog.

How to remove unwanted Unity audio permissions to submit to App Lab

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For sure you remember that together with my tutorial on how to develop and submit an application for App Lab , I have actually submitted to App Lab my majestic “The Unity Cube App” , an application with just a cube and some avatar hands (Yes, I’m a troll).

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Exclusive interview and footage about “Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual”!

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“Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual!” is one of the most awaited VR games of 2021.

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.

RealMax Qian review: wide FOV AR is amazing!

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Some days ago, I published on Youtube the video of my unboxing of the Realmax Qian glasses. From that day, many people have started asking me more about this augmented reality device, so I understood it was time for one of my big reviews! Are you ready to discover more about Realmax Qian?

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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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Quest now prevents mirroring of passthrough and 2D apps

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Do you remember this post of mine from one year ago when I showed you that it was possible to do some kind of “hacking” of the Oculus Quest using the adb command line tool?

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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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The XR Week Peek (2021.03.29): Rec Room becomes a unicorn, Sandbox VR is back to business and more!

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It’s a sunny lockdown day here in Italy, the sun is shining and the trees are blossoming. I hope that your day is sunny too and you are safe and happy. I’m sending you good vibes through this post.

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.

Celebrate the new year in VRChat with Jean-Michel Jarre!

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Virtual events have had a blast this year, with some performances that have become very successful, like the concert in Fortnite by Travis Scott, The Burning Man Festival in Altspace VR, or the Tomorrowland concert.

Sony announces that a new VR headset is coming for PS5, but not in 2021

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In a blog post published on PlayStation Blog, Hideaki Nishino , Senior Vice President, Platform Planning & Management at Sony Interactive Entertainment, has announced that a new PSVR headset is coming for PS5, but not this year.

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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?”

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.16): HTC launches Tracker 3.0, Facebook has 10,000 people working on XR, and more!

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I’m writing this roundup of news with a huge headache and a real will to sleep, so forgive me if there are some errors. It’s because tomorrow the SXSW 2021 starts and together with VRrOOm we have created the virtual spaces for it on VRChat!

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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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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

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.08): Microsoft launches Mesh, HTC and Pico tease new hardware, and more!

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Happy Women’s Day to all the women in XR ! I think the spirit of this day is to show our men’s appreciation for what women do and our support for their future goals.

A first look at the Tundra Labs HDK

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Today I host a new article of the amazing Rob Cole, passionate maker and ergonomics expert from Immersion Mechanics , already the author of amazing posts on this blog, especially about the ergonomics of the Valve Index.

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Battlescar review: an amazing punk story in VR

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Some weeks ago I was reading Upload VR and I found an article with its review of Battlescar , a storytelling VR experience. I was very surprised to see that at the end it was awarded a 5/5 score , which is very rarely given by Upload, so I really wanted to try it.

The XR Week Peek (2021.04.05): Rumors on a Apple headset intensify, Quest 2 sales grow fast, and more!

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I hope yesterday you had a Happy Easter or a peaceful ???.

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A friendly chat on the Open AR Cloud and its advantages

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In December 2020, I had a nice chat about the Open AR Cloud with two amazing professionals that are working with it. Unluckily, that was a very complicated period for me (e.g. I was working to deliver the WTTOS concert with Jean-Michel Jarre ) and I forgot about publishing it.

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How to easily make a cross-platform VR application in Unity for Oculus, Wave, and SteamVR

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Some days ago, I was looking at the code of HitMotion: Reloaded , the fitness game that we of New Technology Walkers developed some years ago for the Vive Focus Plus, and all the intricate system I had to make in Unity to have a cross-platform VR game … and I wondered: “Is all of this mess still needed today?”

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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.

The XR Week Peek (2021.02.01): Facebook is very confident in Quest 2 sales, Valve is working on Neural Interfaces, and more!

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Haaaappy February, amazing XR community! Another week has just passed by and it was a cool one with many news and articles to talk about! Also, the first Awe Nite Florence that I co-organized was good, considering that it was the first one (would you mind registering to the next one at this link ?).

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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Chris Koomen goes hands-on with Oculus For Business

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Chris Koomen is a Virtual Reality specialist and consultant at KLM , a Dutch airline company. He is a very smart professional, and he’s very passionate about AR and VR technologies, and for this reason, I have already interviewed him on my blog.

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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 (2021.01.18): 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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The XR Week Peek (2021.02.15): Facebook keeps working on its masterplan, WebXR arrives on iOS, and more!

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I hope you had a wonderful S.Valentine’s Day! And since our love is for immersive realities, let’s celebrate it with this roundup of the most interesting XR news of the week! Top news of the week. Image by Facebook). Facebook keeps working to become a leader in immersive technologies.

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