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

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We may know the field of view of Apple AR headset. Of course, since he has not an Apple HMD, the only thing he could obtain was the screen splitting in two on his phone, showing that view that we XR developers know very well. Then, he has also been able to get the nicknames and the fields of view of the headsets that Apple is currently testing! It is now sure that Apple is going to release an AR headset , the questions are just when and what.

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The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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Unlike the Lucasfilm AR headset, which uses a smartphone to power it (like the Google Daydream or the Samsung Gear VR does), the company says this concept is a standalone, self-powered headset. The Chinese company is also making a standalone VR headset for Google’s upcoming WorldSense platform and a standalone device for Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mixed Reality platform. San Francisco-based Leap Motion has raised a $50M Series C for their hand- and finger-tracking technology.

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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. SEE ALSO Ultrahaptics Relaunches as 'Ultraleap' After Leap Motion Acquisition. “We YUR, a VR fitness company, today announced it’s secured $1.1

Magic Leap One’s Reported Field Of View Leaves A Lot To Be Desired

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Now the Magic Leap One , the severely hyped upcoming AR headset that no one can talk about, only has a 40 degree horizontal field of view according to uncovered developer documentation. In a world where the upcoming Leap Motion North Star headset reportedly has a 100-degree FOV and Magic Leap’s received over $2 billion in funding by comparison, 40 degrees horizontally isn’t much of a “leap” forward at all. AR Magic Leap Magic Leap One

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

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Facebook has acquired Ctrl+Labs some years ago, and now it is using its expertise to create a wristband that can sense the motion information that your brain is sending to your hands. Google halves its revenues on the Play Store. Happy Spring everyone!

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

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In Taiwan, all western websites work and so you don’t need to set up a VPN just to use Google. 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!).

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How VR Can Get To A Hundred Million Headsets By 2024

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That’s the problem we’re likely to see with the Google-partnered Lenovo Mirage Solo , with its pointer-only hand controller. Simple pointer-based hand controls from Google and Samsung. This makes Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon the companies most likely to hire, acquire or build their way to a platform in VR. Microsoft and Google secured numerous manufacturing partners over the years in building out influence over the PC and phone industries.

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.

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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Christmas is coming, and I’m ready to gain some kilos eating panettone and lots of other Italian Christmas dishes. I hope you all will have amazing Holidays in the next days! Enjoy your time with the people you love, with or without VR. Top news of the week. Image by Facebook).

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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. The World Map in this world therefore isn’t a 2D street map like we have with Google Maps or Open Street Map, nor is it a 3D map with terrain and building volumes. Both Azure Spatial Anchors and Google Cloud Anchors are leveraging existing strengths in mapping towards the AR Cloud.

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

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But having seen Google taking a similar route, releasing a faceplate to add 6DOF controller tracking for Mirage Solo , I think that both companies realized that the hardware solution was a better solution at the moment. 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.

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. 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 And so we agreed that VR still needs patient investors, brand advocates, and passionate platform owners — Oculus and Facebook, Intel, Qualcomm, Apple, Google, and Microsoft — to sustain the investment in VR.

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.

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

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Google purchased the company — the only game studio that the big search company has acquired — and Owlchemy is still doing what it does. If there’s something stuck to table, an apple or whatever, and you can’t grab it, it’s so disappointing to your brain. Google is a lot of support and backing and long-term matching of vision. Schwartz: We’re the first game studio that Google has ever owned. Google fits that perfectly.

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

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We did a project just using Google's hand tracking library. 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. But things like midair haptics, with the Ultra Haptics or the Ultra Leap now.

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

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I’ve used Google search to find all the pages with references to Del Mar in the Oculus website, and all the docs are identical to the previous versions. Google will delay the release of Chrome 81 , the one that should have included WebAR. Yes, Android, Google. Today is the day!