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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.

Oculus Quest vs Vive Focus: let the battle begin

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The Vive Focus was most probably the best VR standalone on the market when Oculus last week announced what will be the first consumer 6DOF VR standalone headset. And so here we are again: Oculus vs HTC, America vs China, Hugo Barra vs Alvin Wang Graylin. The never-ending story.

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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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My predictions for Oculus Connect 5

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Next week, on September 26th-27th, Oculus will perform its annual showcase event: Oculus Connect , that has now arrived at its 5th edition.

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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.

Oculus announces Oculus Quest: 6 DOF, Snapdragon 835 VR, disruptive $399 price

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In the end, the time has come: Oculus has officially revealed the name and the price of the Santa Cruz headset. Its name will be Oculus Quest and will cost $399. I followed today’s OC5 conference via Facebook streaming only for this moment and Oculus has not disappointed my expectations.

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The world is your dancefloor with Beat Reality

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Today is a great day for me because finally there is a second app of mine on Viveport. It is called Beat Reality and it is a super innovative musical mixed reality experience for the Vive Focus. The root of all this is still the #30DaysInVR initiative by Enea Le Fons.

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A journey in some interesting Italian VR startups at Milan Games Week 2018: AnotheReality, Beyond The Gate and many more!

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This Saturday I have been to the Milano Games Week. If you don’t know what it is, I can describe it as the little Italian brother of the Gamescom: it is much smaller, but it features anyway a lot of games , both from popular major players and from indies.

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A crazy night at the discotheque with the virtual reality app Beat Reality

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Who said that the life of developers is boring? I’ve spent the last Saturday night in a real discotheque in Milan to make people try our virtual reality experience Beat Reality and I really had tons of fun.

Analyzing Oculus Santa Cruz patent images

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Yesterday I was reading the comments on Reddit regarding my post with the predictions for Oculus Connect 5 and the kind redditor /u/SilverWhite2 provided me the link to the latest available patent with the design of Santa Cruz.

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7Invensun aGlass DK II unboxing, setup and review: a great dev kit for eye tracking in VR

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In China I met the company 7Invensun , that is a worldwide leader for what concerns eye tracking. Being them very kind, they gave me as a gift an aGlass DK II eye tracking add on for HTC Vive and I used it to experiment with eye tracking interfaces.

An amazing day at HTC Vive, trying SteamVR multiroom, Vive Wireless Adapter and Vive Focus gesture tracking

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Two days ago, I’ve been at HTC Vive Chinese headquarters in Beijing. It has been a really amazing day, where I have been able to try some amazing HTC tech demos (more on this later on! Don’t miss it!) and especially to talk with some special people.

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How to fix Vive controllers not working inside SteamVR games

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We all love virtual reality, but sometimes it gives us big headaches. And not because of the motion sickness , but because something doesn’t work.

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I’ve detached my eyes in VR thanks to Eyeballs VR Demo!

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Some weeks ago, I’ve got to know a crazy demo for Oculus Rift called Eyeballs VR Demo, who lets you detach your eyes inside VR. Being something completely insane, I thought: I have absolutely to try it!

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Yes, I’ve shot a selfie with the Vive Focus and the gesture SDK

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I’ve obtained the beta version of the gesture SDK that Vive is developing for the Vive Focus and that will allow people to command the Vive Focus using only the bare hands and not the controllers.

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Gamescom 2018 Day 0: NVIDIA reveals RTX 2080 series graphics cards

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The Gamescom has not begun yet, but it has already been exciting. Today, the day before the start of the kermesse, NVIDIA has organized the event in which the new GTX 11 graphics cards should have been announced.

Gamescom 2018 Day 2: NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti video, Ubisoft believes in VR and much more

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Welcome to my post about the second day I’ve spent here at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany (you can read the summary of the previous ones here and here ).

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FragmentVR review and how to: an useful utility to see your real world from inside SteamVR

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Have you already found yourself inside a virtual reality experience with the willing of having a window open to the real world so to be able to be aware of your surroundings, so to be able to find your keyboard or to keep an eye on your baby? Well, then FragmentVR is the right program for you.

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Why we should care about ergonomics in virtual reality

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I always say that most of my readers know VR far better than me.

Magic Leap on sale starting from $2295, ships only in the US

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Finally, the day has come. After a lot of words, flying whales, rock throwing guys and a lot of debates, Magic Leap has been released. You can buy it on the company website. Really, in the past years I thought this day would have never arrived… and instead, sometimes the unexpected happens.

Kiss Me First review: a slow Netflix series about virtual reality

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During the Ready Player One hype, Netflix announced that it was going to broadcast a series about virtual reality called Kiss Me First. Having been disappointed by the movie Ready Player One (but don’t tell Mister President, he’s a great fan of it!),

Vive Focus enter version 2.0 at VEC 2018

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“Hold my beer”: this is what the Vive Focus has told to all other standalone headsets yesterday at the Vive Ecosystem Conference in Shenzhen. The headset has taken a big step forward with the 2.0

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7Invensun will provide eye-tracking for many worldwide XR devices

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I have many sweet memories of my trip to China. One of the best of them is when in Beijing I visited the company 7Invensun , a worldwide excellence in eye tracking.

Gamescom 2018 Day 1: World of Tanks VR, ThermoReal lets you feel hot and cold in VR, and much more

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The Gamescom has officially begun, at least for us of the press. It’s strange for me to say the word “press”: I still feel like a random guy that writes random words about his passion on a public website, but ehi, for someone I’m a member of the media.

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HTC R&D department shows that VR can already benefit various sectors of our lives

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During my Chinese adventure, in the period that I was leaving Shanghai to go to Chengdu to watch pandas, I had the opportunity to interview via WeChat Qiyong Chen, one of the people leading the Virtual Reality R&D experiments at HTC.

#30DaysInVR: how a guy is living 30 days in VR to make virtual reality better

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When I told you the story of me meeting Mister President Alvin Wang Graylin , I didn’t tell you the whole story (sorry guys&gals, it was a secret!): actually, he was in my city (Turin, Italy) because here there is an epic guy that is living 30 days inside virtual reality!

Vive Focus review: should you buy it?

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HTC Vive Focus is one of the most famous standalone VR headsets. I have always been intrigued by this device, since the first time I’ve read about its reveal at an HTC event : I don’t know why, maybe because of the azure color that is my favorite, maybe because it looks so informal.

HTC Vive reveals Vive Pro 2.0-bundle price and Vive Enterprise advantage

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Do you remember my first impressions review of the Vive Pro ? Well, it lacked an important information that still wasn’t revealed at that time: the price of the headset and of its full bundle. Today, finally, we have all the pricing info that we need.

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My first taste of Virtual Reality in China

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Hello everyone from Qingdao, China! This is my first article written from China and I have to say that I’m very very excited. Here everything is so different from my own country and I’m doing a lot of new experiences. I love being here.

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How to convert your Oculus Rift CV1 in a fully functional Santa Cruz

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Since the first time we have seen the Oculus Santa Cruz prototype during Oculus Connect 3 , we want to put our hands on it. The Oculus Connect 4 made us eager to have it and finally this year we will be able to buy it.

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Varjo talks with me about its human eye resolution VR headset and its mixed reality add-on (that will be available at AWE 2019)

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Varjo. If you follow the evolutions of the virtual reality ecosystem, for sure you know this name: it is a Finnish startup working on developing a headset that features human-eye resolution. They took an approach similar to foveated rendering, but actually developed in an original way.

HTC Vive Pro headset to be priced at $800 / €879, preorders starting today

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A breaking news is coming from the GDC 2018: thanks to Road To VR , we now know the price and the launch date of the Vive Pro.

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Magic Leap One’s field of view: making assumptions from the emulator

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At GDC 2018 Magic Leap has announced the release of the Lumin SDK , that is the tools that we should use to develop for this AR glass.

Aryzon AR headset 2.0 unboxing and review

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If you follow my blog since some months ago, for sure you know that I love the Aryzon headset. That’s why I have been very happy to be able to test its version number 2 that has come out some weeks ago and I’m even happier to be able to tell you my first impressions.

Judao is a well established company offering VR education in China

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During my trip to China, I’m visiting various VR startups in Shanghai and Beijing. In my previous article , I told you about a VR educational startup called Langzou , while today I’m introducing you another company in the same sector, called Judao.

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HTC Vive Pro first impressions: should you buy it?

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Thanks to my magical encounter with Mr. Alvin Wang Graylin , I’ve been very lucky t o be able to try the new Vive Pro for some minutes and I’m here to describe you my first impressions with the latest device made by the Chinese virtual reality company. So, how is it? Should you buy it?

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How to record videos and stream the content of the Oculus Go

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Some days ago, I’ve published on Linkedin a video with the Home of my Oculus Go and lots of people have asked me how I did such a recording. So, I decided to write a post about it and also about how to perform the streaming of your Oculus Go to an external PC.

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Lenqiy aims at fostering creativity in Chinese kids with virtual reality

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When I was in China, the last company I visited in Shanghai has been Lenqiy. This is another Vive-X company working in the educational sector and that has given me interesting insights into the educational ecosystem in China , that confirmed what I have learned speaking with Langzou and Judao.

How to create a WebVR experience using Unity

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In my review of Amazon Sumerian I said multiple times that in other game engines, like Unity, it is not possible to create a WebVR experience. Well, just some days after that article, I’ve been proved wrong. Actually it is possible and I’ll explain you how.

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VR Waibao explains us the importance of VR remote collaboration tools

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After my interviews with the VR educational companies Langzou and Judao , I’ve visited in Shanghai VR Waibao , that is working on a multipresence VR collaboration tool.

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