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Alone Together: What I have learned organizing a big VR concert

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On June, 21th, in the occasion of the French Music Fest, there has been a virtual reality concert held by electronic music legend Jean-Michel Jarre.

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Oculus discontinues Go and plans its official open Quest Store

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Today I woke up to read this letter from Oculus, sent to me because I’m a developer: Hello, Today, we announced our plans to sunset Oculus Go as we focus on driving forward the future of VR with 6DOF platforms like Oculus Quest.

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HTC announces XR Suite and teases the future of collaboration and workplace

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This night I woke up at 3am to participate in HTC Vive’s event on ENGAGE because I read that it was an “HTC VIVE LAUNCH EVENT” and I was super-confident in the launch of the Cosmos XR or at least of the Cosmos Play.

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Nreal Light devkit review: an interesting entry point for AR

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Nreal is for sure one of the most interesting AR startups on the market. It got the attention of all the press at CES 2019 revealing an AR glass that is light, fashionable, and affordable. In 2020, it consolidated its product with a series of partnerships and a solid product development plan.

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Oculus For Business is now available for all companies

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Oculus has gained in these years always more success in the consumers’ landscape, and now with the Oculus Quest , thanks to an affordable device running great content , it is making strides in the market.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.29): Oculus kills the Go, Google buys North, and much more!

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My super-rush of work lasted one month is over, and now I can return to my previous levels of working! I need some sleep, though. I can also return to my usual weekly roundups of news, and you can read the new one here below. Have fun! Top news of the week. Original image by Oculus).

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How to get started with WebXR in Unity

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WebXR is a technology with enormous potential, but at the moment it offers far worse tools to develop for it than standalone VR , where we all use Unity and Unreal Engine.

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Famous musician Jean-Michel Jarre to host a live VR concert on VRrOOm on Sunday

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VR events are one of the big trends of virtual reality of the last 3 months. Because of the coronavirus, many physical events have been canceled and so people and companies are finding new ways to organize gatherings.

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Mozilla Hubs Cloud is the foundation of the free metaverse

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Virtual events and meetings are the topic of the moment. As a consultant, I am receiving many requests for remote collaboration tools now during the lockdown, and with my partners Massimiliano Ariani and SIDI , I am also hosting some workshops in VR.

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Valve Index turns one: all the tweaks and tricks from one year of usage!

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June, 28th, one year ago, Valve launched the Valve Index , one of the best virtual reality headsets on the market.

How to view your 3D models in VR in Blender

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Some days ago, the popular opensource 3D modeling software Blender has launched a new VR view tool to let you see your 3D scene in VR!

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SenseGlove is working on a “low-cost” force-feedback glove for VR

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Haptics is a very important part of virtual reality, and while we wait for consumer solutions arriving in some years, for now, the market is dominated by enterprise solutions like the amazing Dexmo Gloves or HaptX Gloves.

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How to ask Android Permissions for the Oculus Quest in Unity

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Some months ago I published a guide for all Unity developers on how to request Android permissions for the Vive Focus Plus, because it took me a while to sort out how to do it to access the camera stream to do augmented reality on that headset.

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Qualcomm envisions fully standalone 5G slim glasses in 10 years

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At AWE, Hugo Swart from Qualcomm has announced some interesting news about the XR Viewers , defining the timeline for the AR/VR headsets of the future. I think some parts what he said are worth a comment, so follow me. Hugo Swarth briefing the journalists.

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Half-Life: Alyx full review: the first true AAA VR game

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Yesterday, I finally finished Half-Life: Alyx. It has been a very long ride, and I had a lot of fun. I am now ready to write you a full review of this game. Some days ago, I have written a first impressions article on this game, and it made some people unhappy because I somewhat criticized this game.

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How to activate AR in your Oculus Quest Home Menu

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Today I was reading Upload VR, and I’ve found a very interesting article by David Heaney stating that now it is possible to use your real environment as your Oculus Quest Home environment.

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Nreal reopens orders for devkit, introduces new bundle

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You all know that Nreal is one of the most interesting AR startups out there, also because it has been able to create the first AR glass that has at least some chances of getting some interest from the average consumers because it is fashionable and light.

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Masterpiece VR CEO: 3D modeling in VR is 10x faster than on flat screen

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Masterpiece VR is one of the best VR 3D modeling softwares because it lets you create 3D elements easily and also animate them, all in virtual reality, all in an intuitive way. It is a professional application , and many people in the field are already using it.

All the best events to attend in VR in 2020

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In these hard times , we are all collecting events that we should have attended and instead got canceled. Regarding me, for instance, we’re talking about MWC, GDC, XR Europe, Svilupparty, just to name a few.

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NVIDIA’s Greg Jones: The 5G hype is justified, it’s going to be a huge advantage for XR

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I’ve had the enormous pleasure of having a chat with Gregory Jones , that works as Senior Manager of Global Business Development and XR at NVIDIA.

Skype vs VR: When should you organize your meetings/events in VR?

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We are in the coronavirus times, and the outbreak of this disease has changed in a way or in another the lives of many people. One of the biggest consequences is that many people are now quarantined, or have problems traveling in the world.

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Half-Life: Alyx launches on March, 23rd!

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My dear VR “komrades” (as in Red Matter ), finally we have a release date for Half-Life: Alyx ! The day that the VR world will halt is March, 23rd. That day, the VR apocalypse will start and I guess that no one is going to work.

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Vive Cosmos External Tracking Faceplate (Elite) Review!

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Christmas has arrived early this year, and I got from HTC a cool little package with inside the Vive Cosmos External Tracking Faceplate! Let me talk about it with you… What is the Vive Cosmos External Tracking Faceplate?

Holo-BLSD is a powerful AR tool to teach first-aid procedures and save lives

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When I was at the Polytechnic of Turin, I already had a strong passion for multimedia technologies, and since VR was still a dream at that time, my first passions were the two technologies that are its foundations, that is computer graphics and computer vision.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.08): VR usage on Steam remains steady after Alyx, and much more!

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I hope that in these crazy times all of you are fine. Sending you all big positive vibes. And as always, if I can help you somehow, let me know. Regarding this week in XR, well, it has been very boring, probably it has been one of the most useless weeks ever.

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My predictions for virtual reality in 2020

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Every year, I cast some predictions for the new year in AR and VR. This year, I’m not going to make an exception, also because my predictions for 2019 performed pretty well. So, here you are how I envision this 2020 in virtual reality! (I’ll

The XR Week Peek (2020.02.10): Lynx launches MR standalone headset, Facebook acquires Scape and much more!

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Yesterday was Chinese Lanterns’ Festival… my best wishes to you all, especially a big hug to all people that are still in China and are living very hard times… ??!

Hello WebXR review: a nice showcase of WebVR for developers and newbies

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To celebrate the release of WebXR API 1.0, Mozilla has released an experience called “Hello WebXR” , that should serve to introduce newbies to VR, showing them basic VR interactions and capabilities. I have tried it, and I want to let you know my impressions with it. Video review.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.15): PS5 revealed, SteamVR implements OpenVR and more!

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I’m super tired because of two big projects I’m working on (you’ll discover a cool one pretty soon…), but I’ve managed to find the strength to write the roundup of best XR news just for you! I hope you’ll enjoy it…. Top news of the week. Image by Sony, from Road To VR).

The XR Week Peek (2020.04.13): iPhone 12 adds depth camera, StarVR One is back to the market and much more!

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Happy Easter everyone, and if you don’t celebrate Easter, Happy Sunday! I really wish you and all your families a lot of peace and joy. These are harsh times, but we must stay united and resist. We can do it As it is tradition, I prepared a terribly photoshopped image to wish you Happy Holidays!

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The XR Week Peek (2020.01.27): Samsung may be working on a new headset, Half-Life: Alyx will ship on time and much more!

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Hello everyone! With great pleasure, I announce to you that we have updated our game HitMotion: Reloaded (the first mixed reality fitness game ) on Viveport, and now we have far better bonuses management, apart from having fixed lots of bugs.

I’ve visited Half-Life:Alyx environments and I loved them!

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Today, Valve has released on Steam two special environments for SteamVR Home that let you visit two places where Half-Life: Alyx will take place. I’ve visited them and I loved every second of those moments!

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Hacking the Oculus Quest: how to show Android Settings, Alarm and more!

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Today I’ve played around with Oculus Quest , trying to hack it a bit via command-line tools (ADB), hoping to activate some cool features. I’ve made some interesting discoveries, and of course, I want to share them with you, the VR community! Caveat.

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SkyReal’s VR CAD visualization makes companies save up to 40% of product development time

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I had the pleasure of having a quick chat with Hugo Falgarone, the founder and CEO of SkyReal , a startup offering CAD models visualization in VR. SkyReal is a French company that started as a project inside Airbus, and then evolved into a separate company.

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VRCover Oculus Quest covers unboxing and review

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VR Cover is a Thai company that produces accessories for VR headsets since 2014, and i t has recently started selling covers for the popular Oculus Quest as well. Discover in this review how they are!

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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.23): StarWars: Squadron is a new AAA VR game, Apple announces ARKit4 and more!

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I’m sorry to say that today’s roundup will be less deep than usual. The past week has completely squeezed me out because of the VR concert we have organized on VRChat for Jean-Michel Jarre , and this week I’ve another big project to finalize. I really need some rest.

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Editorial: Why Half-Life: Alyx could be very important for Virtual Reality

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Yesterday evening I came home at night after a long day at work and I opened my laptop to read (and share) some more news on the just-launched Oculus Link. What I discovered instead was that Valve had finally announced its flagship VR game, called “Half Life: Alyx” on Twitter!