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

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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.

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

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Today it’s a great day for virtual reality: at WCVRI conference, HTC has just announced a kit to provide 6 DOF controllers for Vive Focus and has showcased a hands-tracking technology for the Vive Pro ! The Venture Reality Fund and of course HTC. Then he described virtual reality advancements, highlighting the dominant role of China and HTC in this technology. This is just a personal speculation of mine and there is not an official statement of HTC about it.

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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!

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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 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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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.

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. Vive Facial Tracker works also with non-HTC headsets. 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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HP and Microsoft have a long track in offering enterprise hardware, so this headset may battle HTC on his own land (B2B). Rony Abovitz steps down from Magic Leap CEO. It is the end of an era: Abovitz has been the mastermind behind Magic Leap’s communication and vision.

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

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We don’t know if it is just a reference design for external partners (like HTC) or it is an actual headset that Valve is producing. 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. The VR ecosystem is in fibrillation because of the leak of a possible upcoming next-gen Valve HMD headset.

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

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I had the pleasure of participating to the “VR Visionaries” event in Kaohsiung and then I headed to Taipei to meet some XR companies (like HTC ) and people. For sure, there is an enormous expertise on semiconductors in the island (companies like HTC, Acer, Msi, ASUS have born there for a reason), so if you want to manufacture VR hardware , it may interesting to establish a venue of your company there.

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How VR Can Get To A Hundred Million Headsets By 2024

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Innovative companies like Valve, Magic Leap, Leap Motion, Unity and Epic Games could still play influential roles in the spatial computing revolution going forward, but it is platform companies experienced in putting together communications-focused hardware, software and services that stand to lose or gain the most over the next decade. This makes Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon the companies most likely to hire, acquire or build their way to a platform in VR.

Upgrading VR Storytelling

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The Apple is a Chinese, Japanese and Korean co-production which won Best Multi-Person Experience award at Raindance Click To Tweet. The Apple is a Chinese, Japanese and Korean co-production which won Best Multi-Person Experience award at Raindance. You don a Vive Pro headset, equipped with leap-motion sensors for hand tracking, and are also able to communicate with your partner via voice.

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On the XR Beat, with VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi

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I mean, it sort of makes more sense to me that, as long as the prices for the headsets are lingering up pretty high — like the Cosmos from HTC, the brand new one, it’ll be an $800 purchase. Dean: And I think more critical are these more foundational companies, like Facebook and Valve and HTC. It makes the Pro Eye more expensive than the other HTC offerings for sure. Alan: HTC’s got their enterprise division. I don’t know about Magic Leap yet.

On the XR Beat, with VentureBeat's Dean Takahashi

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I mean, it sort of makes more sense to me that, as long as the prices for the headsets are lingering up pretty high -- like the Cosmos from HTC, the brand new one, it'll be an $800 purchase. Dean: And I think more critical are these more foundational companies, like Facebook and Valve and HTC. Dean: Getting back to the platform owners, I think if you look at HTC and some of the things that they've done. you know, they did an eye-tracking version of the HTC Vive here.

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

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If there’s something stuck to table, an apple or whatever, and you can’t grab it, it’s so disappointing to your brain. Above: Job Simulator is a launch title on the HTC Vive. If it’s just raw Leap Motion-esque visual tracking of your hand, when is the point that you’ve grabbed the item? On the HTC side you have the Vive tracking pucks that you can detach to arbitrary 3D-printed models, gun controllers and things like that.

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

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In the meantime, even HTC that was safe until now is having troubles in manufacturing the external tracking faceplate , whose release date will be delayed. The time has come and finally Apple will implement a depth back camera in its upcoming iPad Pro. Today is the day!