The XR Week Peek (2020.09.21): Quest 2 released, NVIDIA acquires ARM, Leap Motion 2 on sale, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

What an exciting week for technology, with the Facebook Connect, PS5 price announcement, Apple event and the release of RTX30 graphics cards! Even Apple uses modified ARM chips. You can finally buy the Leap Motion v2 accessory.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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Hardware infrastructure and software developer tools from big players like Apple (ARKit) and Facebook (Camera Effects platform) directly contributed to a huge surge in interest in augmented reality. San Francisco-based Leap Motion has raised a $50M Series C for their hand- and finger-tracking technology. The round was led by JP Morgan Asset management, and this fresh influx of cash brings Leap Motion’s total funding to almost $95M.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.09.22): Oculus working on AR glasses with Luxottica, Apple glasses FOV discovered and much more!

The Ghost Howls

This week I have been pretty busy working on our mixed reality fitness game that is very close to launch and in preparing some amazing articles for next week (I will publish a review of the Valve Index and a super-amazing interview to Jeri Ellsworth, the creator of TiltFive augmented reality glasses!), We may know the field of view of Apple AR headset. Then, he has also been able to get the nicknames and the fields of view of the headsets that Apple is currently testing!

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VR Bungee Jumping, Samurai Swords, and 16 More New Demos

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Fight hellish spawns of teddies, bunnies, and elephants with your bare hands in this mild survival horror game. Take the leap! Inspired by the classic memory game Simon, CUBiCULO features various levels of difficulty. Charles ( @cwan2011 ) is a software developer experienced in both iOS and Unity game development. Save people from a burning building in this VR superhero game, inspired by the traditional board game Jenga.

L.A. Noire, Star Wars And Apple: The 5 Biggest Stories In VR This Week

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As the end of the year holidays approach we’re expecting some huge discounts and big game releases, and we’re tracking all of it. Noire’s jump to VR might’ve been delayed into December, but our hands-on time with the game showed a very promising adventure letting you drive around and bringing you face to face with some very creepy suspects. Apple’s AR Headset In 2020?

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.07.15): Apple kills its AR glasses, Oculus full-steam ahead on 2nd gen VR and much more!

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Apple has killed its AR glasses project… maybe. A piece of unexpected news has shaken the XR communities this week: according to a report on Digitimes Taiwan, Apple has abandoned its AR/VR glasses project and all the members of the team have been re-allocated in other teams. This would have happened on May 2019, in the same period when Apple’s senior manager of prototype development Avi Bar-Zeev left the company. AR is still alive, Apple will still release its AR glasses.

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How to fix Vive controllers not working inside SteamVR games

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And not because of the motion sickness , but because something doesn’t work. So, the first thing to do if the various reboots didn’t work is trying opening a SteamVR game and see if there the controllers work (you can see and move them). If games work this way, you can avoid getting crazy to have your VR controllers detected inside Room Setup and play happily your VR games, even if your Chaperone borders won’t reflect your real room configuration.

My predictions for augmented reality in 2019

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Magic Leap. Me, wearing a Magic Leap One. The most important news has been for sure the launch of the Magic Leap One. You may hate or love Magic Leap, but the fact that it has released a product is for sure a great news for all the ecosystem : if after all those investments, that startup failed, it would have had a ripple effect on all the ecosystem, making investors lose trust in augmented reality. Rear view of the Magic Leap One. Leap Motion.

VR Fitness Startup YUR Secures $1.1M Investment, Releases Calorie-counting Software for Quest

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The plug-in tracks calories burned while in any VR game or app while using Quest, and also extends to a mobile app that syncs to Apple Health and Google Fit. Since it provides an overlay and works in the background while other apps are running, for now the software is only available through Sidequest , the unofficial app store that allows you to side-load unofficially supported games and apps. SEE ALSO Ultrahaptics Relaunches as 'Ultraleap' After Leap Motion Acquisition. “We

Indie developer shares the lessons learned from publishing the first App Lab bundle

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Dubbed “Waiting for App Lab”, the bundle was meant to unite the powers of little game studios so that to perform together a more powerful marketing campaign and gain more visibility for the apps they provided. What are the games in it?

Job Simulator Co-Creator Alex Schwartz On Making Hit VR Games Look Easy

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His company’s debut game, Job Simulator , is one of the big hits among VR games. And while other VR game companies are struggling to get by, Owlchemy has already had an exit. Google purchased the company — the only game studio that the big search company has acquired — and Owlchemy is still doing what it does. But Schwartz, who gave a talk at the recent DICE Summit gaming event in Las Vegas, said it’s easy to make mistakes. It’s always a balancing game.

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.22): Sony reveals PSVR2 controllers, FRL shows the wristband of the future, and more!

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The main trigger can give adaptive force-feedback, applying a different force on the index finger depending on what is happening in the game. Ctrl+Labs already demoed it years ago: check out the link to the Dino Game that I added below this paragraph. Happy Spring everyone!

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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.01): HP Reverb G2 launched, Qualcomm goes bullish on 5G and Wi-fi 6 and more!

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It’s a new month, we’ve reached level 6 of this Jumanji game that is 2020. Keep in mind that this device has a pixel density far superior even to the one of the Valve Index, so it is perfect not only for gaming but also for prototyping, design and architecture.

Tomorrow's Tech Today: Takeaways From Augmented World Expo 2019

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RealMax's AR and VR device with hand tracking by Leap Motion and an epic 102-degree field of view, was used for a multiplayer AR game which involved grabbing fish and knocking over boxes. Apple begins its World Wide Developer Conference on Monday, June 3rd; Microsoft, Facebook (Oculus), Google, Amazon, Snap, and Magic Leap, had theirs earlier in the year. The 10th annual Augmented World Expo ( AWE ) wrapped on Friday, May 31st.

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

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Until now, they had as a main partner HTC and the Vive has born because Valve has given a reference design to HTC, with the idea of earning money by licenses on sold hardware and especially on games that Valve users would buy on Steam. On this sense, Valve may play on the consumers’ side with a strategy similar to the one of Facebook: they could sell the headsets at cost or below cost , hoping to earn money with the sold games. It will set a new quality bar for VR games.

Meet Waba: A Squishy VR Friend Available Now On Oculus And Steam

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So early access is my way of working with the community, adjusting to constant player feedback, and marketing the game all at the same time. Hand’s constant communication with buyers, and regular updates over the course of two years, helped build a passionate fan base on the path to selling more than 100,000 copies of his game. The long term plan is to try to bring deeper, subtler, emotions into the game,” Edwon wrote. Waba starts its journey when you place an egg in a hole.

My Taiwanese XR Chronicles part 1: Cave, zSpace, Brogent hands-on

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3D objects had washed out colors , a bit like when you see AR objects through HoloLens 1 and Magic Leap One … they appeared a bit semi-transparent. Even worse, it wasn’t able to track my finger movements well (it was worse than Leap Motion … and Leap Motion doesn’t have worn sensors!). I looked on my right, and I saw a virtual bottle on a barrel, together with some apples.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.12.23): Facebook works on its OS, Oculus Link official cable released, Huawei VR glasses available, and much more!

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It seems that the latest version creates some stuttering while playing VR games , and this is creating discomfort for some users and making the devices unusable for others. They couldn’t describe the game, but they revealed that it is astonishing on the graphical side and UX.

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2019 AR Funding Exceeds $1.3 Billion

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— Magic Leap, the top-funded company, raised $280 million compared to $1.25 — There were some high-profile flameouts in 2019, including Meta, ODG and Daqri, while others exited below previous funding totals (a veritable down-round), including Leap Motion.

How VR Can Get To A Hundred Million Headsets By 2024

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The distinction matters between limited pointer-only hand controls and VR systems that let you reach too, because it appears many of the most profitable VR games rely on these kinds of interactions. This makes Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon the companies most likely to hire, acquire or build their way to a platform in VR. I recently outlined the VR headsets which pushed the technology forward over the last six years by giving lots of developers new capabilities.

Who Will Own the Metaverse?

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It’s been called the AR Cloud by many, the Magicverse by Magic Leap, the Mirrorworld by Wired, the Cyberverse by Huawei, Planet-scale AR by Niantic and Spatial Computing by academics. Location-based games are already popular, with over a billion downloads of Pokemon Go in the three years since it launched, and over 20B kilometers walked playing the game. In another scenario, we may see game engines dominant, like Unity or Unreal.

Experiential Technology Event Shows How Far VR Has To Go

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Above: David Holz, founder of Leap Motion, shows off hand-tracking in VR. I saw that myself when I tried out Qualcomm’s new wireless stand-alone VR headset prototype at the Game Developers Conference a couple of weeks ago. The headset used sensors to detect my fingers, using software from Leap Motion. Thanks to all of our efforts, VR is going to leap ahead in the next five years….The Bad VR gives us motion sickness.

HTC Vive announces 6 DOF controllers for Vive Focus and teases hand tracking for Vive Pro

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This is cool because without having to add external hardware like Leap Motion , all Vive Pro users will be able to use their hands inside VR experiences to interact with the VR environment. The Apple , created by two Vive X invested companies, Yuecheng Technologies and ConfigReality, is a large area multi-user experience that pushes the boundaries of immersive storytelling by enabling the audience to freely and physically roam large virtual spaces together with friends.

The XR Week Peek (2020.08.31): Oculus becomes Facebook Reality Labs, Horizon gets revealed and more!

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Apple acquires startup SPACES. In a quite surprising move, Apple has acquired Spaces , a startup previously working in the LBVR sector that after the COVID outbreak managed to quickly pivot towards the creation of multi presence VR collaboration tools. This is a PC-only game.

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On the XR Beat, with VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi

XR for Business Podcast

He’s been a tech journalist for more than 28 years, and he’s covered games for a twenty one of those years. To learn more, you can visit games beat dot com or venture beat dot com. But now we pretty much cover the gamut of tech news and game news.

On the XR Beat, with VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi

XR for Business Podcast

He’s been a tech journalist for more than 28 years, and he’s covered games for a twenty one of those years. To learn more, you can visit games beat dot com or venture beat dot com. Alan: How did you start… first of all, I guess you’ve been in the games world for a long time. And then within that, when I joined about eleven years ago, we started GamesBeat as well, as sort of a subsection that focused on games. And there’s games and people.

On the XR Beat, with VentureBeat's Dean Takahashi

XR for Business Podcast

He's been a tech journalist for more than 28 years, and he's covered games for a twenty one of those years. To learn more, you can visit games beat dot com or venture beat dot com. first of all, I guess you've been in the games world for a long time. And then within that, when I joined about eleven years ago, we started GamesBeat as well, as sort of a subsection that focused on games. But now we pretty much cover the gamut of tech news and game news.

Shaping the Digital World with Our Hands, with Clay AIR’s Varag Gharibjanian

XR for Business Podcast

Alan: With Facebook now working on AR, and you've got Magic Leap, and Microsoft's Hololens. And, you know, Magic Leap-- people are going to expect when they walk around holograms, they stay put. Alan: Yeah, it is-- it's a game changer.

Shaping the Digital World with Our Hands, with Clay AIR’s Varag Gharibjanian

XR for Business Podcast

Alan: With Facebook now working on AR, and you've got Magic Leap, and Microsoft's Hololens. And, you know, Magic Leap-- people are going to expect when they walk around holograms, they stay put. Then you've got glasses like the North glasses, which just give you a little heads up display, like your Apple Watch display. Alan: Yeah, it is-- it's a game changer. But things like midair haptics, with the Ultra Haptics or the Ultra Leap now.

The XR Week Peek (2021.10.31): Facebook becomes Meta, Pimax teases Reality headset, and more!

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It also announced Pimax VR Station, which is described as a “console dedicated to playing VR”: it should be a dedicated computer to play VR games with Pimax headsets. Pikmin Bloom is the latest game by Niantic. PS Plus members are getting three VR games for free.

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

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We are all ready to play it, and if you are not, you are still in time to pre-download the game , so that at the X time, you can immediately hit the “Play” button. The one that I link to you here is from a general gaming magazine and it awards HL-A a 9/10 mark. Today is the day!

The XR Week Peek (2021.05.24): Snap releases new Spectacles AR glasses, Quest releases runtime v29, and more!

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In the end, it has not been Apple or Facebook, but Snap to make its first move in the AR glasses space. Apple new interface for the Apple Watch may be a glimpse of future XR interactions. Tilt Five is an amazing startup building AR glasses to play tabletop games.

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