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Amazon launches Sumerian, a new VR/AR development platform


Amazon is one of the biggest names in tech, and this doesn’t stop with its status as a storefront. Another way Amazon has made its impact known is through its Amazon Web Services, which serve as a backend for applications worldwide. So when Amazon makes an announcement in this space, everyone pays attention. Applications developed in Sumerian will be compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, iOS (via WebVR) and, eventually, ARCore on Android devices.

Amazon looks to tackle yet another industry with its new AR/VR development platform.

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Amazon has basically sent many brick and mortar traditions out to the retirement home. Due to the pushes by Amazon, even ancient traditions like going to the store on Black Friday have gone the way of Denver the Last Dinosaur.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.09.09): Vive Cosmos probably on sale at €799, Kura reveals 150° FOV AR glasses, Oculus “Cablegate” and much more!

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The HTC Vive Cosmos may release soon for €799. We all know that the Vive Cosmos should release very soon since HTC revealed me that the release date would have been in Q3 2019 and Q3 ends at the end of the month. The “Cablegate” is hurting Oculus Rift CV1 owners.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.26.11): Half-Life: Alyx revealed, Oculus Link out, XBox not considering VR and much more!

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I am also excited because thanks to the organizers of the VRX event, yesterday I have been able to interview Facebook’s Sean Liu and ask him some questions about Oculus and its vision of Virtual Reality. Oculus Link is here. Rikard Steiber departs HTC. Some satyre on HTC.

Oculus Quest Shortage Is A Good Sign For VR


Facebook’s standalone 6DOF headset, Oculus Quest hit retail stores on May 21 st , and in just one week after launch, the VR headset was listed as sold out at many U.S. retailers such as Walmart, Amazon and Newegg, suggesting that VR is finally catching on with consumers.

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Developer Uses VR To Build AR Experiences That Mimic Real-World Physics


Palmer Luckey is a tinkerer,” is how Time Magazine described the creator of the Oculus VR headset back in August of 2015. ZedMini camera mounted to HTC Vive / Image Credit: Lee Vermeulen. I just want to augment my world.”.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.09.01): HoloLens 2 may come in September, Oculus may commercialize a multiplayer LBVR solution, HP Reverb is back and much more!

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Personally, I praise a lot this initiative : we are in a very complicated moment for virtual reality, where the market is not ready yet for many startups to survive easily, and we should all support each other, helping each other to survive. augmented reality virtual reality week peek AR vr

The XR Week Peek (2020.03.30): Half-Life: Alyx breaks every VR record, HP teases Reverb G2, and more!

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The same day of the launch of Half-Life: Alyx, Hewlett-Packard has announced its new virtual reality headset, the Reverb G2 , made in collaboration with Microsoft and Valve. Oculus Quest is available again in some countries. Oculus rolls out runtime v15 for Quest.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.03.02): XR2 shows the future of standalones, F8 and GDC canceled and much more!

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To make you understand how these features are incredible, Qualcomm has stated that “the [XR2] reference design has 2x the CPU and GPU performance, 4x more video bandwidth, 6x higher resolution and 11x AI improvement compared to our current widely adopted XR platform [the Oculus Quest ]”.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.09.30): OC6, Pimax Day, Huawei VR glasses, Minecraft Earth and much more!

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This has been the week of the OC6, but, believe it or not, I have been able to find some other interesting news that don’t regard Oculus. Image by Oculus). Oculus bets on Oculus Quest at OC6. Well, the top news of the week is, of course, the Oculus Connect 6.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.11.11): Cardboard becomes opensource, HoloLens 2 and nreal shipping and much more!

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But the partnership seems pretty weird : the two companies have very different visions of the world, and it is not clear how they could partner in that, also because they both have their own store (Apple Store and Steam) that for sure they want to take to augmented reality.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.12.09): Qualcomm XR2 defines the future of XR, Magic Leap having tragic sales, and much more!

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This means that if you employ 4 for tracking, you can still use two for instance for eye-tracking and one for lips tracking; Be able to finally offer passthrough augmented reality with appropriate resolution and framerate. Oculus products have gone pretty well during the Black Weekend.

All the most interesting AR and VR news from MWC 2018

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I expected a lot of AR/VR news from there, like the announcement of the price of the Vive Pro or the release of the Oculus Go by Xiaomi and Facebook… but actually I’ve been disappointed by everyone. HTC Vive. Varjo Virtual Reality headset prototype (Image by Road To VR).

All the most important AR and VR news from Facebook F8

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Oculus Go launch. We all knew that Oculus Go would have been launched at F8 and this has been the case. Best Buy is ready for the Oculus Go launch tomorrow (x-post /r/OculusGo) from oculus. I’ve purchased my Oculus Go! Oculus Go unbloxing.

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Facebook Investing ‘Billions’ Each Year On Hardware, AR Glasses Planned For 2023 With New OS


While it’s obvious that Facebook heavily invests in virtual reality with its Oculus brand, The Information reports that this investment is to the tune of billions per year. AR Facebook Android ar AR glasses facebook facebook AR facebook vr oculus Oculus Quest top stories VR

How you (a VR professional) can go through the coronavirus lockdown

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Thanks Oculus for having given us the Link functionality. the USB cable for Oculus Link) and the (rechargeable) batteries for the controllers. If you don’t have enough of this stuff, Amazon is your friend. We are lucky that we have virtual reality.

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The 5 Most Important Announcements from CES 2017 on VR &.


The 5 Most Important Announcements from CES 2017 on VR & AR 1) Intel’s ‘Merged Reality’ Demo Brings Actual Hands Into VR on Oculus Rift Intel demoed 2 things at CES: 1) they demoed Intel’s technology to bring your hands into VR, no controller required, with Intel’s Merged Reality RealSense.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.08.11): Gear VR is over, Go long term future is uncertain, Huawei teases its metaverse and much more!

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Everyone of us already knew that Gear VR was a platform almost abandoned when Oculus announced the Oculus Go. Anyway, officially, both Samsung and Oculus have continued at least to support it. Original image by Oculus). Oculus publishes a deep dive article on ASW 2.0.

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Upgrading VR Storytelling

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The binaural sound design incorporates original sounds which were recorded on site and atmospheric acoustics developed with original animal voices to create an authentic spatial sound impression of the Amazon region.

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AR+VR Weekly: Oculus Go boosts VR numbers, 6D.AI occlusion video and The NY Times Thai Cave experience

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In addition to keeping you up-to-date on the top AR+VR news, funding activity, and launch announcements, here are there three stories you need to know: Oculus Go boosts VR numbers, 6D.AI SuperData Research published numbers on Oculus Go estimating 289,000 shipments of the device in Q2 2018 which helped VR headset sales grow by 40% compared to the first quarter. XTend raises money to gamify real-life activities with drones and augmented reality ( VR Focus ).

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.12.02): Facebook acquires Beat Games, Valve gets the Index sold-out and is maybe working on Left4Dead VR, and much more!

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Facebook says that Beat Games will remain independent and the game will remain the same, but these are the same words that I’ve heard when in 2014 it acquired Oculus, and we all know how the story ended (and in fact, the popular Damo9000 ironized about it).

Retailers Exploring New VR And AR Concepts To Drive Sales In 2019


Smart retailers are looking to visualization tools like 3D products, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality as a way to show off more products in less space (or in the customer’s home), which reduces the need for square footage. Think Amazon buying Whole Foods.) They are scaling up their use of STRIVR ’s VR training program on the Oculus Go in a bid to offer access to such training to every one of its U.S. AR Retail Amazon shopping walmart

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.06.17): E3 VR, Vive Cosmos reveal and much more!

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The past week has been the week of the E3, and we had an insane amount of news regarding new upcoming Virtual Reality content, especially for the Oculus Quest! Kudos to Upload for having organized this special moment for Virtual Reality fans at E3. Image by HTC).

The XR Week Peek (2020.03.23): Half-Life: Alyx launches, Oculus Del Mar leaked, PS5 revealed and more!

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Oculus Del Mar” may be the next Oculus headset. Some days ago, in the Oculus Developer portal, have appeared some surprise banners warning developers about the documentation also regarding an “Oculus Del Mar” headset, for which there are “early developers”.

VRX 2017 Conference Brings an All Star Cast


VRX 2017, one of world’s premier conferences on the subject of business and technology needed for Virtual Reality, announced the first speakers for a two day event. Confirmed speakers are as follows: Rikard Steiber, President Viveport and SVP Virtual Reality, HTC.

AR+VR Weekly: CES news, ODG’s 20 year journey ends & AR+VR’s road to $80 billion

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CES wrapped up its 51st year last week in Vegas with a ton of AR and VR announcements including new hardware from HTC including the HTC Vive Cosmos and HTC Vive Pro Eye, new smart glasses from Nreal, RealMax and Rokid, a VR driving ride from Holoride and more.

VR Weekly Roundup: 7/21 – 7/28


Oculus Rift & HTC Vive users can now play with their desired controllers just like the PSVR version. See the trailer here… 7/24: Amazon’s Prime Video VR was released on the Quest, Go, and Gear VR. Check out Oculus’s official blog post… 7/25: The Firefox Reality VR browser has been updated to fit the Quest’s capabilities. Welcome to the Weekly Roundup for the week of 7/21 – 7/28 presented by PartVR.

As UploadVR Turns 2 We Reflect On The First Full Year of Consumer VR


The $100 consumer Gear VR also debuts during this same period, arriving alongside a virtual arcade from Oculus to let people play some classic games. First, HTC delays the Vive until April 2016, with plans to show an updated developer kit at CES in January.

AR+VR Weekly: Netflix AR Hack, Vive goes to work & Samsung’s AR Cloud

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Netflix’s international hackathon wrapped up with solutions involving augmented reality and facial recognition. Meanwhile, HTC demonstrated its focus on the enterprise by rolling out hardware and software aimed at this making virtual reality a staple at work.

7Invensun is a Chinese company that wants to disrupt the VR eye tracking sector

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Eye tracking is, in my opinion, a technology that will disrupt completely the VR ecosystem , exactly as room-scale did with the first HTC Vive. It uses eye tracking in various fields and has released a product for Virtual Reality called aGlass. FOV: >110° (adapted to HTC Vive).

Player One is Ready, When Do We Get The Oasis?


Previously, I wrote “ The Social Matrix: How the Cloud Can Activate A Billion Virtual Reality Users ,” a first exploration of cloud VR. One year before the Oculus Rift Kickstarter began he published Ready Player One and a movie deal was already in place. The advent of streaming virtual reality over upcoming 5G networks is being taken seriously by every major wireless network provider, and the technology necessary to do it is gathering strength.

Your VR and AR Event Guide to Comic-Con 2017


Mira – A mobile-first augmented reality company that makes premium AR experiences available to everyone. Exit Reality – A creator of pop-up VR experiences, their VR Cubes allow for instant virtual arcade fun.

Enterprise Wearable & Immersive Tech 2018: Magic Leap, Exosuits and VR Training, Training, Training


This year was going to be the year of augmented reality, but by the end of 2018 market analysts were pointing to 2020 or 2021 as the “golden year” of AR. Read on for a recap of the major developments that took place in 2018: Enterprises that made the news for using wearables: In 2018, major retailers got more serious about XR in hopes of competing with Amazon and improving the shopping experience.

Top XR Stories of 2019

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The Oculus Quest was a hit. In fact, the device sold out at retailers such as Amazon, Walmart and Newegg. HTC Vive Retires. The HTC Vive was phased out in October, replaced by the Vive Cosmos , which was priced at $699.

Getting the ROI out of XR, with Sector 5 Digital's Cameron Ayres

XR for Business Podcast

Alan: Today's guest is Cameron Ayres, the director of innovation at Sector 5 Digital, a digital agency specializing in augmented reality and virtual reality applications for the enterprise. That's where virtual reality, and augmented reality, and a lot of other different media come into play. We want a hologram," or "we want virtual reality." Let's talk about what virtual reality accomplishes, and if that is the best medium."

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The Down-Low on What You Need to Know (to be competitive in the XR field), with SuperData's Carter Rogers.

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He creates and oversees interactive reports and segments, including virtual and augmented reality, eSports, mobile games, and he's really amazing at pulling together all the data that businesses are using to make real business decisions, on where to invest their capital. But we since branched out to cover other areas, like eSports, game streaming, and of course, augmented/virtual/mixed reality. We also put out reports on things like augmented reality marketing.

XR Podcast Hosts Unite, with Voices of VR Podcast's Kent Bye - Part 1

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Kent: Well, first of all, virtual and augmented reality as a medium is a new paradigm of computing: spatial computing. And so I'm seeing a lot of-- like Desart Systems was working on some specific products for open innovation, which I'm excited about because a lot of what you're seeing with augmented reality is for people who are first line workers. There's gonna be a lot of innovation that happens in just overlaying layers of audio on top of reality.