Walk the Great Wall of China in Google’s latest virtual tour

Digital Trends

Check out Google's latest virtual tour that lets you walk China's Great Wall and also offers lots of interesting information on the famous structure. Computing Mobile News Web Google Google Arts & Culture great wall of china virtual tour

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The Rise of Consumer AR in China

VRScout

That appetite appears to be most ravenous in China, where all signs point to strong consumer adoption rates for AR. Mainland China already accounts for one-third of the sales of headsets that power high-end AR experiences. Data from IDC suggest that AR/VR device sales in China will expand four-fold through 2017 after surging by 325% last year, led by screen-less head-mounted displays that typically use a mobile phone, such as the Mira Prism.

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China shows its masterplan to lead Virtual Reality in 2025

The Ghost Howls

We all know that China is a country that is betting big on Virtual Reality. The Chinese VR ecosystem is very active and it is evolving pretty fast: this summer I have been in China and I met some cool startups that are working on software (e.g. Me and Dabo of Langzou VR, discussing about his company and the educational system in China. China faces a rare opportunity to participate in the international technology industry innovation.

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Google’s latest virtual tour lets you walk the Great Wall of China

TechCrunch VR

Google’s Arts & Culture team is today launching a new online experience that lets users virtually walk the Great Wall of China. As the largest man-made structure in the world, the Great Wall of China is one of the most iconic and popular heritage sites anywhere.

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Inside TikTok's Attempts to ‘Downplay the China Association’

GizModo VR

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Apple, Amazon, and Google accused of using Uighur forced labor in China

Digital Trends

Apple News Amazon China Forced Labor Uyghur MuslimsThe report claims 83 global brands are benefiting from the forced labor.

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HTC Launching Standalone Vive Exclusively In China

VRScout

& European audiences that runs on the Google DayDream platform. Whereas the US & EU version will run off the Google DayDream platform the Chinese equivalent will instead operate on the Viveport content store. This makes sense, as while Viveport usually takes a backseat to Steam for most US & EU VR-users, the HTC platform plays a much bigger role in China. Graylin, China Regional President of Vive at HTC.

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Apple Removes Popular Quran App in China: Report

GizModo VR

Apple has taken down an app that allowed users to read the Muslim holy book, the Quran, in China, according to a new report from the BBC. The app, known as Quran Majeed , is incredibly popular around the world and is currently ranked 51 in Google’s U.S.

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New Bill Aims to Ban China's Digital Currency from US App Stores

GizModo VR

Three Republican Senators have proposed a bill to try and ban the use of apps that support China’s digital currency, also known as e-CNY or digital yuan, over concerns that the Chinese government could use the currency to spy on U.S.

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Vive Focus’ Western Launch Hinges on Success in China

Road to VR

Having initially announced that their Vive Focus standalone VR headset would operate as part of Google’s Daydream VR platform in 2017, HTC later scrapped those plans ahead of the headset’s recent launch in China under HTC’s own ‘Wave Vive’ platform. Recent comments from HTC’s Vive China President suggest that a Western release for the headset will likely hinge on its reception in China.

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China Publishes, Then Deletes Report of Potential Alien Signals

GizModo VR

Yesterday, Science and Technology Daily, a state-backed media outlet in China, published what could have been an exciting piece of news: Researchers recorded radio signals that looked like evidence of extraterrestrial technology.

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Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset Launches in China

Road to VR

Vive Focus, HTC’s first standalone VR headset, has officially launched in China. After taking pre-orders starting in December, the Vive Focus launched to the first customers in China this week. The Vive Focus is based on Google’s Daydream standalone reference design (which was itself based on Qualcomm reference hardware), and was announced in 2017 to be one of two Daydream standalone headsets headed for Western markets (the other being Lenovo’s).

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15 things to keep in mind if you have to showcase your VR game in China

The Ghost Howls

Last week I have taken part in the WCVRI exhibition in Nanchang, China. It has been the first time for me having a booth in a so distant and different country like China, and I have learned lots of lessons in the process. As I always do, I would like to share these lessons with you , so that if you will ever have to go to exhibit in China, you will be prepared. Let’s start: what are my pieces of advice if you have to showcase your game in China?

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6 Reasons Why China is Leading VR Growth Worldwide

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During the Fall, I was invited by Tsinghua, “China’s MIT”, to design a new blend of curriculum for their students. Let’s see how Xiaomi’s latest headset is illustrating the growing leading role of China in the VR industry, and its particularities compared to the Western market. Two out of the four HTC Vive X accelerators in the world are located in China, in Beijing and Shenzhen. Xinhua, China’s official news agency, opened a VR/AR channel in May 2016.

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Judao is a well established company offering VR education in China

The Ghost Howls

During my trip to China, I’m visiting various VR startups in Shanghai and Beijing. In China seems that this is not mandatory: being the internal market so big, a company like Judao can be successful even by using the English language very few times. This was quite revolutionary to me, another thing that I learned about China. His company is running since many years and its products are used by dozens of schools in China.

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Xiaomi to Bring Oculus Go to China Under Its Own Brand

Road to VR

Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics giant, officially announced that they’ve partnered with Oculus to not only manufacture Oculus Go, the company’s upcoming $200 standalone VR headset, but also produce a China-only standalone VR headset called Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone. According to Xiaomi’s official announcement, the Mi VR Standalone will be available exclusively in China, while Oculus Go will be available in the rest of the world.

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HTC’s New Vive Focus Headset Locker Aims to Put VR at the Forefront of Education in China

Road to VR

HTC has been making inroads into the education system in China with its startup VIVEDU , which centers around both University-level and K-12 education programs using HTC Vive and now HTC Vive Focus, the company’s 6DOF standalone VR headset. The locker, HTC Vive China President Alvin Wang Graylin says in a recent tweet , was designed to store, charge, sanitize and make content updates easy, also including content creation tools and a classroom management system.

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The Crazy VR World of China Joy 2016

VRScout

China Joy kicked off Thursday at the Shanghai New International Expo Center with over 600 firms showing the latest in entertainment and technology. Let’s take a look at some of the common themes we came across at China Joy. Most of that hardware growth will be fueled by key products from Samsung, Sony, HTC, Oculus and Google. The post The Crazy VR World of China Joy 2016 appeared first on VRScout. The ridiculous and amazing things we scouted in Shanghai.

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U.S. Opposes Autonomous Weapons Ban, Cites 'What About China' Argument

GizModo VR

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Former Senior Pentagon Official Says China is Kicking Our Ass in Artificial Intelligence

GizModo VR

A former senior Pentagon official recently quit his job over frustrations with the government’s apparent inability to make meaningful headway on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity—two areas he says China will likely surpass us in if we don’t get our s**t together.

China's Vivo Unveils Time-of-Flight 3D Sensor That Rivals iPhone X's TrueDepth Camera

Next Reality AR

The spirit of Google's Tango augmented reality platform lives on at Vivo, a China-based company that has developed its own 3D sensor for mobile devices. The sensor is capable of mapping objects within three meters, which positions the sensor to compete with the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera, as opposed to the room-scale capabilities of Google's Tango sensors as far as depth sensors for mobile devices are.

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China’s Largest Messaging App ‘WeChat’ is Creating its Own AR Platform

Road to VR

WeChat, known in China as the app that offers everything from messaging to a ubiquitous payment service, is getting its own augmented reality framework; at over 963 million active users, the popular Chinese app could put AR in the hands (and minds) in more than just the mobile tech savvy. And why does China need another AR app marketplace when both Apple and Google have their own in the works, thanks to Apple ARKit and Google ARCore ?

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Lenovo Mirage Solo Could Be Heading to China Soon

Road to VR

Lenovo Mirage Solo, the Google Daydream standalone VR headset, just passed an important milestone that could mean commercialization in mainland China isn’t far away. If released, this will mark the first time the headset will be officially available in mainland China. SEE ALSO Google Reveals Experimental 6DOF Controllers for Lenovo Mirage Solo. The post Lenovo Mirage Solo Could Be Heading to China Soon appeared first on Road to VR.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.12.21): Google is building an AR OS, Nike acquires RTFKT, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Image by Google). Google is reportedly working on an AR operating system. In some of my past newsletters, I warned you that we shouldn’t forget about Google/Alphabet in the race to our mixed reality future. Alvin Wang Graylin talks about the metaverse in China.

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Exclusive: HTC Makes Big Play For VR Content Distribution In China

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HTC held joint developer forum at Alibaba’s Cloud computing conference this weekend in China and had a number of big things to say about what their plans are to help grow the VR ecosystem, including becoming a “publisher” for VR content to experience centers as well as launching a beta of their Viveport platform for mobile called, Viveport M. Mobile VR has already been taking off in a major way in China, which ranks as the l argest smartphone market in the world.

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Introducing Google’s Next-Generation VR Camera

VRScout

Google has officially unveiled their next generation Jump camera — the Yi Halo. Announced at the NAB conference in Las Vegas Monday, the Xiaomi-backed Yi has partnered with Google to bring a new professional camera to the market with some much needed improvements. The Jump Assembler is Google’s high-end VR creation platform launched back in 2015 that lets you send footage to Google servers and wait as all the high-resolution imagery gets stitched together.

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What is the Oculus Quest? Read here description, specs, price and how to preorder it (even from China)!

The Ghost Howls

Tilt Brush, Google 47. How to preorder Oculus Quest from China. Oculus doesn’t ship to China, so the suggestion of Chinese magazine Yivian is to order it from Amazon US indeed and specify a Chinese address. Orders will be shipped starting from May 21st, but it may take more time to reach China. Read here description, specs, price and how to preorder it (even from China)!

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China’s COVID-19 epidemic in VR

Hypergrid Business

The COVID-19 pandemic seems to be turning a corner in China, with no new cases reported today, but the virus is still spreading aggressively around much of the world, including the U.S. Hangzhou is about eight hours by car east of Wuhan, the epicenter of China’s COVID-19 epidemic.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.29): Oculus kills the Go, Google buys North, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

Google is going to buy North. A report says tha t Alphabet, the company behind Google, is in the last stages of the acquisition of North, the Canadian startup that makes the Focals smartglasses. Google adds depth APIs to ARCore.

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China Bans ‘Pokemon Go’ and Other AR Games Due to ‘National Security Considerations’

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China as a nation has a checkered past with the video game industry. As a result of this trepidation it comes as no surprise then that China’s media regulator would have concerns over augmented reality (AR) games such as Pokemon GO. For similar reasons apps like Google Maps are already banned in the country — which would have theoretically prevented players from using Pokemon GO in the first place.

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HTC to Launch Standalone Vive Headset in China Tied to Viveport Content Store

Road to VR

Meanwhile, in the US & EU markets, the standalone Vive headset is backed by Google’s Daydream ecosystem. Google and HTC announced the Vive standalone VR headset earlier this year. There, as with Valve in their tethered headset business, HTC teamed up with Google to make the headset part of the Daydream family, backed by Daydream apps in the Play Store. In China however, HTC wants to head the headset’s content store itself.

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Google to Shutter Jump VR Video Service in June

Road to VR

Google seems to be taking somewhat of a step back from VR, as Variety reports the company will be shutting down its Jump program for good next month. Google posted an updated Jump FAQ recently regarding the shutdown of the VR video service, outlining that Jump will officially go offline on June 28th, 2019. Any later than that, and all Jump-related files will be deleted from Google’s Cloud Services for good. Where Google is headed next with VR, we’re not sure.

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Google's Antitrust Clusterfuck Is Turning Into a Three-Way

GizModo VR

An antitrust review of Google’s business practices has been a long time coming, and it looks like the U.S. Adding to Google’s… Read more. antitrust google china house of representatives judiciary

HTC and Oculus Aren’t Competing, Says Vive’s China President

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Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, made this point during his talk at last week’s Vive developer conference in Hangzhou, China. An E-Motorbike is, in his mind “Versatile” and “Sexy” like Google’s Daydream platform, while an E-Moped has “Limited Features” and is “Easy to Use” like Gear VR.

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HTC Cancels Google Daydream Standalone VR Headset

VRScout

The only problem is that throughout the event, not once did we hear about whether the Vive Focus was going to be a Google Daydream ready device. In May, we reported that Google had partnered with HTC to build a new standalone VR headset that we could all expect soon. HTC and Google both officially confirmed that the Google Daydream and HTC standalone VR headset project was canceled. “No News Daydream Google Hardware HTC HTC Vive

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Google Confirms Huawei Mate 9 Pro Will Be Daydream Ready

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The first headset, Daydream View , works with the first Daydream-ready phones, Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL, but other companies will be bringing new devices to the ecosystem over time. Earlier this month the China-based smartphone maker revealed its latest handsets, the Mate 9 and enhanced Mate 9 Pro. The latter of these two devices had already been rumored to support Daydream, but Google’s VP of VR, Clay Bavor, just confirmed it.

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The ‘Google of China’ Is Launching A New AR Platform For Smartphones

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