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New Oculus Avatar system hands-on

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Some weeks ago, Oculus has announced that it has finally released the new avateering system that had been announced at Oculus Connect 5.

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Virtual Reality is officially a fad. I am out

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I work in virtual reality since 2014, when I have fallen in love with this technology after having tried an Oculus DK2.

Valve teases the Vive Index: it may feature hands tracking and next-gen experience

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Valve has finally teased its upcoming headset: the Valve Index. As always in the typical Valve style, it has not made it with some big reveal during an event, but it has just opened a dedicated page on its website, that you can access here. The image teased by Valve on its website.

All you need to know on Azure Kinect

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You all know that I am a big fan of the Kinect.

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Oculus referral codes are now available outside of the US!

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I was browsing the “[GDI] Virtual Reality” group on facebook, and I noticed that someone told that Oculus now allows for referral codes. I was like “yeah, I know, they are available since a lot, but they are a US-only feature” and was about to pass on.

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VEC 2019: Hands-on with the Vive Focus Plus, the mysterious Shadow VR and more!

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In this chapter about my experience at VEC , I will give you my hands-on impressions about some gadgets I’ve tried there. Unluckily, I have been so busy with the presentation and the networking, that I have been able only to try only few things… next time I will try to organize my time better!

What to expect from next-gen HoloLens

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The time has come. After many years of waiting, and even a second iteration of the device scrapped away, Microsoft is finally going to announce the next generation of HoloLens. But, what to expect from it? Well, let me speculate a bit… When and where.

Charlie Fink on his new book Convergence and the future of XR

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When I think about great XR journalists, one of the first names that come to my mind is always Charlie Fink.

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The current status of Augmented Reality adult entertainment

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Adult entertainment has always been one of the drivers of technological innovation and XR is no exception to this rule. That’s why in this blog I have always kept an eye open to this field.

Lucid review: a moving VR story

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Today I want to start a new column on this blog dedicated to storytelling virtual reality content from VeeR video platform , with reviews and interviews regarding VR movies and videos. As a full disclaimer, there will be no monetary compensation for these posts.

All you need to know on HoloLens 2

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Today, at MWC 2019, Alex Kipman went on stage together with Satya Nadella and Julia White to announce the new HoloLens 2. They teased a lot of interesting features and services of the device, and left the remaining technical details to some technical sheets on Microsoft website.

XTAL hands on: an interesting glimpse to Virtual Reality 2.0

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Two weeks ago, I have traveled a bit around Europe and I have visited some beautiful cities. One of this incredible places has been Prague , that in my opinion is a marvelous city that everyone should visit.

My predictions for augmented reality in 2019

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It’s the beginning of 2019, and this means that this is that time of the year when we all make predictions for this year in AR and VR! We all love to make speculations on the technology and I am no exception.

VEC 2019 – All the most important news from the Vive Ecosystem Conference

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Yesterday for the first time I have attended the Vive Ecosystem Conference in Shenzhen, China! I have been there as a speaker, content maker and as a blogger , so it has really been a crazy and interesting experience for me.

All the best AR and VR news from CES 2019

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Last week has been the week of CES 2019 , one of the most important technology exhibition of the year. In the American sin city of Las Vegas, there has been an enormous showcase of every kind of innovative technologies and of course, AR and VR have been part of the show.

China shows its masterplan to lead Virtual Reality in 2025

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We all know that China is a country that is betting big on Virtual Reality. The Chinese VR ecosystem is very active and it is evolving pretty fast: this summer I have been in China and I met some cool startups that are working on software (e.g.

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HTC announces Vive Pro Eye and Vive Cosmos at CES 2019

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The CES is going to start tomorrow, but today HTC has already made its great announcements, showing to the world the upcoming new hardware Vive Pro Eye, Vive Cosmos and software solutions Viveport Infinity and Vive Reality system.

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The most important XR news from MWC 2019

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The MWC 2019 in Barcelona has finished some days ago. Like every year, during this event we have seen some important AR news, but not that many, since the event was more focused on mobile phones than immersive technologies.

My predictions for virtual reality in 2019

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Yesterday, I have dressed as a fortune teller and I have given you my predictions for augmented reality in 2019. Now, it is the turn of virtual reality. How has VR performed in 2018? And how it will be in 2019? Let me do some speculations… Virtual Reality in 2018.

NASA JPL may have given us a preview of next gen HoloLens

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It’s L.E.A.P. Conference time and everyone is only talking about Magic Leap in these days. But today, we may also have some cool news about next gen HoloLens: in a video, we may have spotted its future appearance.

All you need to know about the Vive Cosmos

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The Vive Cosmos is the virtual reality superstar of this CES 2019. HTC has been able to create some hype about this device, also because of the rumored features regarding the smartphone integration.

HTC Vive Focus launched worldwide: an enterprise standalone headset, starting from $599

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After a long wait, finally, the Vive Focus is ready to exit from its home country. You will be able to finally buy it in Europe and North America for $599, from the dedicated page on the HTC website. HTC Vive Focus Specs.

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VEC 2019 review: my experience at the Vive Ecosystem Conference

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One week ago, I have attended the Vive Ecosystem Conference in Shenzhen, China. It is a very important event for VR, but since it is in China, many famous Western VR journalists are not going there because of the big distance and so there is a little mystery about how this event actually is.

How to fix the “An Oculus update may not have installed correctly” error

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Sometimes it happens that when I launch my Rift, an error saying that “an Oculus update may not have installed correctly” pops up … and after I close it, everything seems to work perfectly.

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Eido Inoue tells us everything we need to know about HADO and location based augmented reality

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When I interviewed Kevin Williams , an expert in the LBVR market, he said that there are also some experiments with location-based augmented reality and he mentioned a Japanese arcade AR game called HADO.

What is mediated reality and how I experimented with it on the Vive Focus

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Less is more. So, when everyone is trying to do augmented reality, I’m sitting here trying to do the opposite, that is Diminished Reality (and Mediated Reality in general). .

Lenovo Mirage Solo review: should you buy it?

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Various months ago, I got from Lenovo a Mirage Solo headset for a limited period of time to review it on my blog. I published various posts about it both here and on my social media channels, but I realized that I never published a proper review of the device.

HTC announces full 6 DOF standalone headset Vive Focus Plus (+ thorough review on its 6 DOF controllers)

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With much surprise for us all, HTC has just announced the Vive Focus Plus , its first full 6 DOF standalone headset! Do you want to know more? Well, you are in the right place.

Visit the Ancient Rome in VR with Rome Reborn

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Do you have a passion for ancient history and virtual reality? Then Rome Reborn is for sure a project you should look into. Rome Reborn is an amazing project that goes on since 22 years ago (yikes!) with the purpose of creating a digital reconstruction of ancient Rome.

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How to fix controllers buttons not working and menu interactions with Vive Wave SDK 3.0 in Unity

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I was porting our Unity game Hit Motion: Reloaded to the new Vive Wave SDK 3.0.2 so that to make it ready for launch on the Vive Focus Plus , when something made me panic: no button on the controllers was working !

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Magic Leap’s John Gaeta talks about the future of cinema, storytelling and mixed reality

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One of the best moments ever at View Conference 2018 , has been when I was able to interview John Gaeta. If you don’t know who John Gaeta is… well, he is the inventor of the bullet-time of the movie The Matrix.

I’m going to Vive Ecosystem Conference!

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In the last three weeks, you haven’t heard that much from me: I have written very few articles (it’s like two weeks that I don’t write a post on this blog), I have posted very little on social media and I have answered people always with days of delays.

Frooxius talks us about the development of amazing VR metaverse Neos

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I had the great opportunity to interview Tomáš Marian?ík, ík, better known in the VR communities as Frooxius.

The Ghost’s Spotlight: Salsa Virtual, Towards a Perilous Journey

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Welcome to a new episode of The Ghost’s Spotlight , where I give you brief opinions and reviews about VR products that I have tried. Today I want to tell you about two indie products that I have tried: Salsa Virtual and Towards a Perilous Journey. Salsa Virtual.

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Vive Ecosystem Conference: info on program and registration

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This year I am going to be a speaker at the Vive Ecosystem Conference in Shenzhen , where I will also showcase a game of ours of NTW (Yeah!).

Magic Leap One first impressions review: it’s not a leap, but a step

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I thought it would have taken me a lot before I would be able to try the Magic Leap One , but luckily this has not been the case. Thanks to a friend and a bit of luck, I’ve been able to test it and so I will be able to give you my impressions on the device … are you interested?

Happy Chinese New Year 2019!

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Today, the Chinese new year begins! It will be the year of the pig, so if you are 12, 24, 36, 48, 60 (or whatever multiple of 12) years old, it is your year. You may think that this means that you will be very lucky, while actually, it is the opposite.

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All you need to know about the leaked Valve VR headset: is Half-Life 3/2 coming?

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The VR ecosystem is in fibrillation because of the leak of a possible upcoming next-gen Valve HMD headset. But what do we know about it? Well, in this article I’ll try to summarize all that we know and all the main speculations regarding it.

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LooxidVR is a virtual reality headset that can analyze your emotions

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When I wrote my post about CES 2018 , I briefly talked about a headset called LooxidVR, able to “read the emotions” of the user by employing a combination of EEG sensors and eye tracking. Looxid VR has also won an innovation award at CES.

Oculus Connect 5 mega round-up: all you need to know about Oculus Quest and the other announcements!

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As it is tradition of this little blog, I will write a full round-up of the Oculus Connect 5 , the very important Oculus event that has been held in San Jose on 26th and 27th of September (2018).

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Virtual Reality is reaching a mature state according to Gartner

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Some days ago, while browsing the Facebook group VIRTUAL REALITY, I found a post comparing the Gartner Hype Cycle 2017 and 2018. The results of the comparison were basically two: Augmented Reality has not moved in the graph; Virtual Reality has disappeared.

Interview with VRgineers: we want to push XR forward, but we’re not manufacturing a consumer XTAL

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Yesterday I have described you my journey inside VRgineers , an interesting VR startup, and my hands-on with its high-FOV high-resolution XTAL headset. The device represents a glimpse into the future of virtual reality and I especially appreciated the crystal clearness of the display.

Where Thoughts Go review: an emotional journey in VR

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Where Thoughts Go is an emotional virtual reality experience developed by Lucas Rizzotto , a very smart XR developer and community member.