Report: Facebook Agrees To Buy Every AR Display From Key Supplier Apple Looked At Acquiring

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Facebook signed a deal to buy several years of the entire output of a key AR microLED display supplier Apple looked at acquiring, The Information reports. Why has Facebook signed this deal, and why was Apple interested in acquisition?

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Google Unboxes ARCore for Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Tab S4, & Latest Devices from Sony & Nokia

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As Android device partners ship new products, Google has been diligent in its efforts to ensure that users can enjoy ARCore apps once they boot up their new toys.

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Join Us Today On YouTube To Discuss The Week’s VR News & Sony’s Commitment To PSVR2!

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This week’s is: in the wake of the closure of a studio working on a AAA VR title for 5 years, will Sony fully commit to PlayStation VR 2? The post Join Us Today On YouTube To Discuss The Week’s VR News & Sony’s Commitment To PSVR2!

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The XR Week Peek (2020.05.25): new rumors on Apple Glasses, Oculus Quest anniversary, HP Reverb G2 and more!

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OMG, it’s almost 3 years that I write these roundups… the first week peek was exclusive for my blog subscribers and it featured as best news the release of Google Blocks and in the other news something about Samsung Gear VR… how much time has passed since then! This is the 150th Week Peek!

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Apple Files Augmented Reality Patent for a ‘Wearable Information System’

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Apple is a tough nut to crack when it comes to future projects. However, while rivals like Google , Microsoft and Sony are already well on their immersive way, Apple remains silent on what its immersive projects may be. Tagged with: apple , ar , industry news , patent.

Google Brings ARCore 1.0 to Multiple Flagship Smartphones, Google Lens Preview Soon

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Ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week, Google announced it’s bringing ARCore , it’s augmented reality SDK, out of preview and to a number of flagship smartphones in its 1.0 SEE ALSO 'Pokémon GO' Now Uses Apple's ARKit on iOS 11, Bringing Pokémon Closer to Reality.

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Community Download: Are Oculus and HTC The Apple and Microsoft of VR?

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For every Nintendo there is a Sega and for every Apple there is a Microsoft. There are a handful of major players already cutting their teeth in VR including Google, Sony and Samsung; but the two titans sitting at the top of the heap are Oculus and HTC. Oculus/Apple .

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These Are The Stocks You Could Buy To Invest In The VR Industry

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billion from companies listed below like Google and Qualcomm. Google – NASDAQ: GOOG – Cardboard, Google VR, Daydream & Tango, VR cameras, Tilt Brush. Sony – NYSE: SNE – VR Console, VR Games & VR Headset. Apple – NASDAQ: AAPL – AR/VR headset.

Now on Rift, ‘Tilt Brush’ is the First Google App on Facebook’s VR Platform

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After a long and somewhat awkward period of Google keeping all of their VR apps from Facebook’s VR platforms on desktop (with Rift) and mobile (with Gear VR), Tilt Brush is the first VR olive branch extended across the platform gap between these two major tech competitors.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.04.13): iPhone 12 adds depth camera, StarVR One is back to the market and much more!

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Well, if the rumor becomes reality, this would mean that all next Apple devices will have both front and back depth cameras, for high-precision Augmented Reality and 3D reconstruction. Well played Apple. Let’s see if Facebook will be a worthier opponent than Google.

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Google Pixel Launched – Pixel XL is 30% Slower than iPhone 7

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As widely expected Google announced the Pixel and Pixel XL, its first purely self-branded smartphones. While perhaps not remarkable by themselves, the phones are part of Google’s big push into consumer hardware today which also includes Google Home, Google Wi-Fi, Daydream View, and more.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.10.14): Asgard’s Wrath redefines VR gaming, Apple glasses may launch in Q2 2020 and much more!

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Apple AR glasses may come in early 2020. It can’t pass a week without us having a new rumor about the upcoming Apple AR glasses. Finally, we know the name of the new upcoming PlayStation: after years of brainstorming, Sony has finally come up with the original name of “PlayStation 5”.

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AR+VR Weekly: 3 million PSVRs, $5 billion in XR investments & Apple smartglasses 2020?

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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: 3 million PSVRs, $5 billion in XR investments and Apple smartglasses 2020?

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Twitter Hires Apple’s Alessandro Sabatelli To Lead Its AR & VR Team

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According to reports, Alessandro Sabatelli who was UI designer at Apple earlier is hired by Twitter as Director of augmented reality and virtual reality. Sabatelli was actually a UI designer for iOS, WatchOS, and OS X at Apple.

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IDC’s Data Shows VR is Not Dying, Not Even Close

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Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote made that abundantly clear with their announcement of support for external Metal graphics, HTC Vive, SteamVR and Metal VR. The VR market is only starting and now that all the biggest players in the tech space are engaged including Apple we can consider it a complete market. Not far behind Samsung is Sony with 429,000 units shipped in Q1 which represents a market share of 18.8%. In 3rd place after Samsung and Sony was HTC with the HTC Vive.

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The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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Apple finally talks about VR while taking a (very solid) swing at AR, Walmart will use virtual reality to train employees, you can grow better weed with AR + AI, and Q1 VR headset sales…. APPLE ACTUALLY TALKS ABOUT VR. APPLE TAKES A (VERY SOLID) SWING AT AUGMENTED REALITY.

Report Predicts AR and VR Headsets Shipments to Approach 100 Million by 2021

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Despite Sony being pleasantly surprised by its official PSVR sales figures – with the nearly 1 million units sold since its October 2016 launch – it’s difficult to get a handle on market penetration for VR hardware to date.

2018 In Review: The Year Standalones Took VR And AR Everywhere

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Magic Leap’s CEO Rony Abovitz suggested in our first face-to-face interview ( you can read the entire transcript ) that “big” players like Microsoft and Apple are going to spend ten times that amount investing in this technology. The leak came as both HTC and Google started showing the Vive Focus and Mirage Solo standalone VR headsets featuring a pair of “6DoF” point-and-reach hand controllers. Facebook Google HTC Vive HTC Vive Focus VR Industry News 2018 analysis year in review

VR Sales Analysis: Rift and Vive to Sell Under 500,000 in 2016, PS VR to Top 2 Million

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Since then the HTC Vive , PlayStation VR and Google Daydream View have all entered the arena. The Apple iPhone , for example, sold only 1.39 Tagged with: Daydream , google , htc , oculus , PlayStation VR , PS VR , rift , sales , sony , Vive.

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Join Us & A Senior Research Engineer From Mozilla LIVE On YouTube Today To Discuss The Week’s VR News!

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This week’s Hot Topic : with Sony skipping E3 again, what does 2020 have in store for PlayStation VR? As always, we’ll also be making it available for audio-only listening on Apple, Google, Spotify, TuneIn/Alexa, Stitcher, and more within a couple of hours of airing.

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Jaunt to Liquidate Tons of VR Stuff in Online Auction Soon

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Key Items Include: Large Quantities of 27” Apple Thunderbolt Displays. Google Daydream Systems/ Headsets. Apple TV. Sony PS4 Systems/ Accessories/ Controllers.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.02.10): Lynx launches MR standalone headset, Facebook acquires Scape and much more!

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Let’s see how Apple and Google will answer. Sony closes its game studio in Manchester. According to GamesIndustry.biz, Sony is closing its Manchester-based game studio, that it opened in 2015 to produce ‘AAA’ PSVR exclusives.

Microsoft Joins OpenXR, Becoming a Decisive Backer in the Open, Royalty-free VR/AR Standard

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There are however too reluctant holdouts left; Apple and Magic Leap, but it remains to be seen what either are bringing to the table.

Report: Global VR Gaming Market to Jump 84% in 4 Years

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” The report predicts America will be the major source of revenue for the VR gaming market, citing increased awareness and growth brought on by companies such as Google, Samsung and Sony. Some analysts are now predicting the worldwide virtual reality gaming market will grow by 84.4

The XR Week Peek (2020.02.17): Half-Life Alyx will launch on March, 23rd, MWC has been canceled and much more!

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Apple now lets add you add “buy” button to AR Quick Look. A piece of simple news, but a very important one, has hit the AR industry this week: Apple now lets companies add custom buttons (usually the “Buy” one) to AR Quick Look. More info (Use Google Translate).

Augmented Reality Big At On The Lot Conference This October

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The VR Society has announced details for this year’s On The Lot conference, which will now include an all-new augmented reality track to discuss the latest on Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore. “We Participants in this year’s conference include AMD Studios, Dell, Google, HP, Intel, Legend, NVIDIA, Sony Music, Technicolor, Unity and Unreal Engine, among others.

Slow Android Wear Adoption Is Stifling Development

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Android #AndroidWear #Google #Wearable. The smartwatch platform has been around for 18 months, yet the fact that it was introduced a few quarters before Apple rolled out its smartwatch does not appear to be helping. Several factors conspired to stifle growth, ranging from lack of Google development, to inadequate hardware. Apple managed to pull ahead of Google in a matter of months, selling an estimated 3.6 Apple is expected to end 2015 with a 58.3

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Over 20 Use Cases of Smart Glasses, VR Headsets, and Smartwatches at Airports

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Ideas on the ground and on board: The airport industry first began toying with wearable technology with the release of the original Google Glass in 2013. In fact, airports and airlines gave us some of the earliest – and incredibly imaginative – use cases of Google Glass Explorer Edition, arguably the device that set enterprise wearables in motion.

Editorial: Beat Saber Acquisition Begins Facebook’s Push Toward Horizon

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All that effort and money was just to buy Facebook a seat at the table alongside some of the biggest western platform-holding companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple.

Mark Zuckerberg and I are confusing the market about VR and AR and the future of all computing: here’s why we need to stop doing that

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It isn’t alone, we know of many companies that are spending billions on same, including Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Sony, Magic Leap, Huawei, and others. Literally everyone in the industry other than Magic Leap and Apple uses Qualcomm’s spatial computing tech stack).

Beat Saber Studio Beat Games Acquired By Facebook

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Buying a game studio like Beat Games, though, may mark a new phase in the company’s efforts to realize a consumer-oriented hardware platfrom that doesn’t rely on others like Apple or Google.

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Microsoft has just what VR needsIn a move we should have seen.

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Facebook has Oculus; Valve and HTC are betting on SteamVR for the Vive; Sony has its upcoming PlayStation VR; and Google is focusing on its DayDream platform for Android.

Nintendo is Currently ‘Interested in’ and ‘Researching’ AR Possibilities

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Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple – CEO Tim Cook recently reiterated his excitement for the technology – are all heavily involved in the space. Predictions abound that a more powerful Switch Pro could arrive after Microsoft and Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) launch their next consoles, an ideal time to add some lenses. Plenty of companies are interested in the possible use cases of augmented reality (AR), from entertainment to education and retail.

AR+VR Weekly: Augmenting David Bowie, eBay’s killer AR use case and WWDC to be all about ARKit?

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Finally, the 3D design of Apple’s June 4 WWDC suggests that ARKit and AR in general will be the focus of this year’s developer conference. Google reportedly buying Lytro for $40M ( TechCrunch ). Google open sources image recognition AI model, VR audio tools ( Android Police ).

An Inflection Point for WebVR and the Open Metaverse

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Some the participating companies included Mozilla, Google, Samsung, Oculus, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Valve, Sony, Yahoo, Unity, Intel, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, HP, Dolby, High Fidelity, JanusVR, and Sketchfab.

Searches for “HTC Vive” Have Caught up with “Oculus Rift” and May Be Accelerating

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When it comes to Google searches, “HTC Vive” has recently matched “Oculus Rift” and may be continuing to rise.

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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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Is this really what Apple wants? (Thanks Robert Scoble for this news!).