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Varjo announces Aero, the highest-end prosumer headset

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If you are all-in for high-quality PCVR and you have a budget to invest for it, this is the day you were looking for: Varjo has just announced Aero, which is set to become the highest-end prosumer PCVR headset on the market.

Quest 2 Pro and controllers’ appearance may have been leaked!

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Reddit user Samulia, that is used to analyze the Quest firmware (and made some “predictions” about the Quest 2 Pro), has found in the Quest runtime some videos that depict a new headset with new controllers, most probably the upcoming Quest 2 Pro!


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The XR Week Peek (2021.10.19): HTC launches Vive Flow, Magic Leap 2 announced, and more!

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I’m in the middle of this crazy October in which everything is happening in VR and I’m overworking like crazy. By the way, it’s a positive period, after all. I’ve just been interviewed by XR Must and I’m visiting an amazing XR company (you’ll discover which one very soon…), so things are going well.

Oculus Quest 2 passthrough now works without boundaries

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Today I made two little big discoveries about the Oculus Quest 2 that together mean that you can use this headset as an AR device whenever and wherever you want. Let me explain everything to you! Yes, I’ve also made a video about this article… you choose if reading it or watching it!

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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.

How to build your passthrough AR app for Oculus Quest in Unity

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I love passthrough augmented reality , because it lets us create AR experiences with the VR headsets that we already own, plus it also opens up augmented reality to new possibilities, like wide-FOV vision or diminished reality experiences.

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Pico Neo 3 Pro with DisplayPort cable review: an amazing PCVR experience

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I am still working on my full review of the Pico Neo 3 Pro , and while doing my tests on it, I have tried what is probably its most surprising feature, that is tethering to the DisplayPort port of a PC to offer a PCVR experience.

Rezzil Player 22 Review: Learn Sports, Stay Fit In VR!

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Today Rezzil has just launched on the Oculus Quest Store “Player 22” , a VR experience meant to make people stay fit at home with training sessions inspired by the ones that professional sports athletes follow. How is it good? Discover it in today’s review!

My experience as a VR professional at Gamescom and Devcom 2021

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As I told you at the beginning of my latest news roundup , I have attended both the Devcom and the Gamescom together with my biz partner Max: we were at Devcom to promote our game HitMotion: Reloaded, and at Gamescom as members of the press to discover the latest announcements about VR and try interesting VR demos.

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The Secret Of Retropolis review: a noir adventure in VR

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Yesterday night I have tried The Secret Of Retropolis , a VR game inspired by LucasArts’s point and click adventures developed by indie studio Peanut Button. The studio is composed of three developers that say they have no money for marketing and need help promoting their game.

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How to Train Employees 65% Faster With Virtual Reality

With a rapidly changing economy, Avangrid Renewables looked to virtual reality to develop a standardized form of immersive training in order to onboard and upskill technicians faster than ever before.

Pico Neo 3 Pro Hands-On First Impressions

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Pico today announced the release of Pico Neo 3 Pro and Pico Neo 3 Pro Eye , its latest enterprise standalone headsets, to the Western markets. I have just received the Pico Neo 3 Pro directly from Pico Interactive (thanks!)

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Xiaomi unveils its smartglasses

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Just after Facebook has launched Ray-Ban Stories smartglasses developed in collaboration with Luxottica and just before Apple Event, Xiaomi has entered the smartglasses field with its own product , just announced on its blog. Specifications.

The XR Week Peek (2021.08.16): Facebook releases Passthrough APIs, Quest on the road to 10M units, and more!

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Hello everyone! This summer week has been amazing for me and I want to share my happiness with you. It has all been because of these three pieces of news: My blog is now 5 years old !

How you can request a free silicone cover for your Quest 2

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Today I want to publish a very easy and short tutorial to let you grab the opportunity of getting a free silicone cover for your Oculus Quest 2. Are you in for that?

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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

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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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Crazy Kung Fu Review: an intensive fitness VR game

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Today I review for your a nice indie game called Crazy Kung Fu , developed by the studio Field Of Vision.

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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!

ThirdEye X2 MR: the lightweight MR glasses for the industry

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ThirdEye is a headset manufacturer that creates glasses for the industrial segment.

Victory XR’s cadaver lab shows why VR matters in medical education

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I don’t know you spent your Sunday night, but I can bet you were not doing the same thing of mine: I was exploring a cadaver lab in virtual reality.

The XR Week Peek (2021.08.23): Facebook launches Horizon Workrooms, Intel announces its graphics cards, and more!

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???! These days are pretty hot here, but this doesn’t stop me from enjoying virtual reality. What I’ve not enjoyed is that SideQuest has removed The Unity Cube from its listing, stating that there were too many cubes there. I think that cubes are never enough… cubes are love, cubes are life.

Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual review: a fun and variated game

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On July 8th, Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual, one of the most awaited VR games of 2021, will be released on Oculus Quest (you can wishlist it here ).

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The XR Week Peek (2021.10.25): Quest 2 Pro leaked, Facebook to change its name, and more!

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This great October in VR has not finished yet, and we have still to hear the big news from Facebook in a few days.

How HitMotion:Reloaded transitioned from an AR to a VR game

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Two weeks ago, we of New Technology Walkers have launched HitMotion: Reloaded on SideQuest.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.09.06): A week full of VR events, Chinese headsets are on the rise, and more!

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This week came with two great pieces of news for me. The first one is that the bond between me and VRrOOm has become a bit more official , and we’ll keep innovating the virtual events sector together for a while.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.09.20): Quest 2 Pro leaks, Xiaomi smartglasses, Half Dive headset, and more!

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This one is the last AR/VR news roundup for this summer! Here in Turin, the sun is shining, but the temperature is getting colder, and autumn is coming too fast.

Nreal announces Nreal Air AR glasses

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After some days of teasing, Chinese AR company Nreal has finally announced its latest AR glasses: Nreal Air. I would define them as the “GearVR of augmented reality” Let me tell you why. Nreal.

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The XR Week Peek: Facebook abandons BCIs, VR grows fast, and much more!

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It’s a nice summer day here in Italy, and I hope things for all of you are going well. I feel a bit weird because I’ve discovered yesterday that I’m the subject of nightmares for Celine Tricart , a well-renowned VR creator.

Discover Ambr, the company behind the Tokyo Game Show VR!

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Tokyo Game Show is the first big gaming event that is being held in virtual reality : this is quite a milestone for immersive technologies, and we hope it will be the first of a long series.

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Virtual Becomes Reality review: a tour of Stanford VR Lab

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Some days ago, the pioneer Virtual Human Interaction Lab in Stanford headed by the legend Jeremy Bailenson has published on Steam an experience called “Virtual Becomes Reality: A Stanford VR Experience”, that emulates the tour usually offered in-person in the physical location of Stanford. And I tried it for you. The Stanford VR Tour.

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Hand Tracking on Vive Focus 3: all you need to know

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After I have written my super in-depth review on the Vive Focus 3 , HTC has finally enabled hands tracking on its device , so I decided to talk about it to you.

Pico Neo 3 launched in China for around $390, Pro edition to come to the West for $699

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After a long pre-launch, finally the Chinese vendor Pico has unveiled completely its Neo 3 headset. And it looks like a very interesting consumer-oriented clone of the Quest 2 for the Chinese market , something that could finally kickstart the consumer segment in the Red Country.

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How to publish an update to your Oculus app when Production Channel is missing in ODH

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Today I publish a very specific post to help Oculus developers in a particular situation I’ve been myself in: how to publish an update to an App Lab experience of yours when the “Production Channel” is missing in the Oculus Developer Hub interface and the web uploader has been deprecated. My story with this problem.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.10.11): Lynx succeds on Kickstarter, Lone Echo 2 is finally launching, and more!

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Let’s start this roundup with a roundup of news about me, that this October I’m doing so many things! VR fitness game HitMotion: Reloaded has just added support for LIV and bHaptics suit , and it is a total blast with haptic feedback!

Pico Neo 3 new specs and photos revealed!

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I was browsing the web on a Chinese website (don’t ask me why) and I found a banner that was promoting the Pico Neo 3 on (a popular e-commerce website).

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Oculus Quest Passthrough MR Hands-On Impressions

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After Venice VR Expanded has come to an end, I have finally had the time to experiment with Oculus Quest AR Passthrough. I’ll make a tutorial for you about it next week (I know, you can’t wait to make a cube in passthrough AR), and today I want to tell you my opinion about it.

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