Researchers Use VR/AR Tech To Control The Human Body


In a compilation video released by the research team, you can see a person wearing a Microsoft Hololens mixed reality headset extinguishing an AR fire using a real-world fire extinguisher. During one demo, the team showed how they could control someone’s hand as they played guitar.

Microsoft Shows Windows in VR, Gives Acer VR Headset to Vision Summit Audience

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Brandon Bray, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, took the stage at Unity’s Vision VR/AR Summit 2017 to show a little more of what Microsoft has planned for the VR side of things when the first Windows Holographic headsets come later this year. And to wit, Microsoft is giving away a free Acer Windows VR headset to everyone present at today’s Unity Vision VR/AR Summit. image courtesy Unity Technologies.


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How to create a WebVR experience using Unity

The Ghost Howls

In my review of Amazon Sumerian I said multiple times that in other game engines, like Unity, it is not possible to create a WebVR experience. It was something that I already knew… plus I was really tired because of the hard work done and so I was really going through the text lines not giving much interest, when suddenly I read something like “Mozilla that has released a WebVR exporter for Unity” and suddenly I woke up and my eyes popped out.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.03.08): Microsoft launches Mesh, HTC and Pico tease new hardware, and more!

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Microsoft announces Mesh, an XR collaboration platform. Alex Kipman promised us a Microsoft Ignite conference with an amazing level of immersion , and he kept his word. But since Microsoft owns one of those studios (and using it costs around $100K/day if I remember well!),

ARCore 101: How to Create a Mobile AR Application in Unity, Part 3 (Setting Up the App Controller)

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Currently, in the augmented reality space, it seems the Microsoft-created C# has won out as the overall top language of choice. Of course, this is at least partially due to its heavy adoption by Unity, the most widely used engine for AR development. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of programming languages and variations of those languages that exist.

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The XR Week Peek (2022.03.22): Quest to feature new parental control tools, Google acquires Raxium, and more!

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Meta to introduce new parental controls on Quest. After many pressures from the community and the media, Meta has finally decided to introduce new parental control tools in Quest 2. More info (Quest 2 new parental controls?—?Road Microsoft IVAS program is not doing great.

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Project Caliper: the journey of prototyping optimal controllers for VR

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But the gift is not mine, but from the XR ergonomics expert Rob Cole, that has written an INCREDIBLE guest post about his experiments in trying to build from scratch the prototype of a SteamVR controller with a modular design and optimal ergonomics.

Microsoft May Leapfrog Facebook and Google in VR With HoloLens Tracking

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Microsoft’s play for command of next generation personal computing can be seen today with the announcement of a series of Windows-powered VR headsets starting at $300. The system is already used on the $3,000 HoloLens, an advanced augmented reality system, but with it employed on a low-cost VR headset Microsoft may have leapfrogged efforts by both Facebook and Google, powered by Windows. This is not the case with the headsets on the way from Microsoft’s partners.

E3 Spotlight: Microsoft Aims For A VR Sweet Spot In 2018

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is in Los Angeles, CA next week and it’s always one of the largest events of the year for gamers, giving giants of the industry including Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo the chance to show off the latest hardware and games to drive the next generation of consumer interest. Microsoft aims to hit this growth spurt at just the right time, and pick the perfect sweet spot for its VR gear that could leave competitors in the dust.

OpenXR 1.0 Released, Microsoft Supports on HoloLens & WMR, Oculus Plans Rift & Quest Support

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Each company, even if a supporter of OpenXR, still has control over where their content is made available and which platforms support which headsets. Microsoft has released initial support for OpenXR on both HoloLens and Windows VR headsets , and Collabora has released its Monado open-source Linux OpenXR runtime. Other companies who are officially part of the group responsible for developing OpenXR—like AMD, ARM, NVIDIA, HTC, Valve, Unity, and others—voiced support for the 1.0

How to develop for Microsoft HoloLens

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One of the devices that generates the greatest interest among the tech community at the moment is Microsoft HoloLens. From space exploration to architecture and gaming to education, Microsoft HoloLens has been crafted to innovate the inside of these industries and has already found a practical application across a variety of inside procedures. Development: Unity , Vuforia , Microsoft Visual Studio , Windows 10 SDK , HoloLens Emulator (if you do not have a device).

HTC announces full 6 DOF standalone headset Vive Focus Plus (+ thorough review on its 6 DOF controllers)

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In this article, I’m going to tell you everything I know about this new headset , plus I will give you my thorough hands-on review on its 6 DOF Controllers , that I have tried with the 6 DOF devkit. The Focus has anyway a big flaw : it is a 6 DOF headset with just a 3 DOF controller , and that’s a pity, because the fact that it lacks two 6 DOF controllers means that you can’t have full hands presence and you can only navigate in space while pointing at objects.

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Developing the Future of Mixed Reality

Tech Trends VR

We talk to the first developers to join Microsoft’s HoloLens partner program about what the future of Mixed Reality looks like. It was really interesting to see Microsoft pivot towards enterprise with the HoloLens and I think it was absolutely the right move for them to make Click To Tweet. By pivoting towards the enterprise market early on, Microsoft managed to create strong and sustained demand for Mixed Reality tools among companies looking to solve real business needs.

HoloLens 2 Review: The Best In Class For AR, But…

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For instance, in the box I’ve found a cleaning cloth for an Oculus device… and I don’t think it actually comes with a Microsoft HoloLens! So, Microsoft has made whatever it could to make the limited FOV more acceptable and we have to appreciate that. Voice controls.

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Impressions: What We Think Of The HP Windows VR Headset Dev Kit

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Microsoft is using the term “Mixed Reality” as an umbrella to encapsulate VR, AR, and all other related devices. The HoloLens, for example, is Microsoft’s AR platform while the HP and Acer headsets are their VR platform (although they refer to them as “Immersive” headsets in documentation, but whatever, they’re clearly VR headsets.) Finally, there is a heavy focus on voice-controlled interaction during some of the intro and setup processes.

The XR Week Peek (2021.12.27): a great Christmas for Quest 2, Rec Room is worth $3.5B, and much more!

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I am a bit sad no one gave an award to The Unity Cube , though… I would have loved to get a “Worst Application Award 2021” from Road To VR…. Happy Winter Holidays!

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Mozilla Hubs Cloud is the foundation of the free metaverse

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Azure is one of the best cloud providers (Image by Microsoft). There is no ETA for a similar feature for Microsoft Azure, not even for a one-click-install (like for WordPress) on your own self-hosted server. Why not a Unity exporter?

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Case Study: ABB Transforms Field Operations

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Learn how industrial giant ABB is using Unity and augmented reality to transform field maintenance procedures into a completely paperless process. Kielar, to walk us through how they used Unity to develop a new digital field operator system. Make it easy to control what the user sees.

XR Interaction Toolkit (eXtended Reality Technology Platforms)


Unity Game Engine ?? SteamVR is the ultimate tool for experiencing VR content on the hardware of your choice like HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality headset, or any other supported VR headset and controllers. ?

Rokid Reveals Vision 2 AR Headset with Waveguide Optics

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The headset also includes dual integrated speakers and dual microphones, which the company says can be used for hands-free voice control. According to a paper by Microsoft’s Bernard C.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.03.01): Sony confirms PSVR 2, Facebook teases Quest 2 Pro, and more!

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The new VR headset enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input ; It will connect to PS5 with a single cord to simplify setup and improve ease-of-use while enabling a high-fidelity visual experience; It will feature controllers carefully studied for VR.

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Nreal Light devkit review: an interesting entry point for AR

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Controller : Weight : 23g Tracking : 3DoF Connection : Bluetooth Controls : Touchpad, Click, Haptic feedback. Even the controller, with its nice rounded design, looks cute. On top of it, you can see the controller. The round controller of the Nreal glasses is quite cute.

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RealMax Qian review: wide FOV AR is amazing!

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In my unboxing video, you may see that I’ve found an additional Leap Motion v1 controller + Leap Motion mount for RealMax + USB-C cable for Leap Motion. Thanks to these three buttons, it is possible to handle many of the operations with the Qian even without using the controller.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.10.26): DecaGear is an intriguing VR headset, HTC is working on a new device, and more!

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Some of its features are: 2,160 × 2,160 resolution per eye 90Hz framerate 4-cameras inside-out tracking (like the Quest) Touch-like controllers with Knuckles-like finger-sensing Face tracking Hips tracking (for better orientation in games) Integration with SteamVR games Wireless add-on.

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The XR Week Peek (2022.02.14): SteamVR headsets go beyond 3M, body-tracking leaked for Quest SDK, and more!

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A leaked image from the Oculus team shows that the company is working to implement body tracking inside the Oculus Unity SDK. New info on Microsoft abandoning the Hololens 3. Happy San Valentine’s Day everyone!

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The XR Week Peek (2021.04.26): Magic Leap 2 coming in 2022, Quest gets Air Link and new Avatars, and more!

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This week has mostly been in the sign of Oculus, with many news and updates from the brand controlled by Facebook. Johnson has worked at Microsoft and Qualcomm before, and she is a very respected executive. More info (Decamove preorders) More info (Decagear controllers triggers).

AWE Day 3: The Most Wholesome Day in the History of XR Technology


There were also huge announcements from Unity, HP, Microsoft, and others. For example, how does someone with Parkinson’s navigate gesture controls? Unity. HP and Microsoft.

Sony is an Official Supporter of OpenXR But Hasn’t Committed to a PSVR Implementation

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Major VR stakeholders—including Oculus, Valve, HTC, Microsoft, Unity, and Unreal Engine—now offer full or partial support for the standard. Sony’s next-gen VR controllers | Image courtesy Sony.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.09.20): Quest 2 Pro leaks, Xiaomi smartglasses, Half Dive headset, and more!

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But you have hands and feet controllers to move in the virtual world, so according to the manufacturers, you have 1.5DOF more (whatever it means). This one is the last AR/VR news roundup for this summer!

The XR Week Peek (2021.04.19): Quest 2 adds Air Link and Resident Evil 4, Pico and HTC are ready to launch, and more!

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On the server-side, it is being integrated with Microsoft Azure, and it is also coming in the future for Google Cloud and Tencent Cloud. NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) will be natively supported for HDRP in Unity 2021.2.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.04.20): Oculus Quest goes AR, Oculus Jedi may be like Valve Knuckles and much more!

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that will probably feature color passthrough, controllers tracking the full hand and other amazing features. New info on Oculus Jedi controllers found in the driver. And in it, there are some interesting hints on how the controllers of the future Oculus Del Mar will be.

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Turn Any Vive or Rift Into an AR Headset


Thanks to recent platforms such as Apple’s ARKit and hardware like Microsoft’s HoloLens headset, AR has been on the rise as of late with zero signs of slowing down anytime soon. The new update will include the addition of plugins for the Unity and Unreal engines that make the process of adding interactive virtual objects and effects easier as well as the integration of controller functionality for the Vive, Oculus Touch, PS Move and others.

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Elemental Rifters AR?—?A Multi-Device Networked Multiplayer Shooter Game Post-Mortem


PC with PS4 DualShock controller The mini-capstone game had to have the following components:- 1. link] PC with PS4 DualShock Controller: 1. Right joystick to control camera. Making pooling system use Unity’s addressable asset system. First Person Controller for PC Build.

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What to expect from next-gen HoloLens

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After many years of waiting, and even a second iteration of the device scrapped away, Microsoft is finally going to announce the next generation of HoloLens. On stage, there will be Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft), Alex Kipman (the inventor of Kinect and HoloLens) and Julia White (Corporate Vice President). If you can’t make it to Spain, you can follow the livestream directly on Microsoft website, at this link. Controls. Header image by Microsoft).

Clay Brings Gesture Tracking To Apple’s ARKit With No Extra Hardware

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It can recognize more than 30 gestures users make with their hands, allowing for controller-free navigation of experiences. In the past the company has showcased it as a way to interact with computers and control smartphone-based VR experiences. On paper, that means ARKit could get simple, accessible control options when it launches in full with iOS 11. One of the amazing things about Apple’s new ARKit developer platform is that there’s no extra hardware required.

The XR Week Peek (2020.01.27): Samsung may be working on a new headset, Half-Life: Alyx will ship on time and much more!

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Or that Microsoft is working on a new reference design that fixes the issues of the first one? This makes us clearly understand that gamers are still not really into VR, and confirms the thesis by Microsoft that is not adding VR to Xbox. Unity changes how it handles XR Plugins.

A Sneak Peek of Some of the Must-See Sessions at AWE USA 2021


The company has since teased hardware and a collaboration with Microsoft Mesh , so their AWE appearance could mean anything. Joe Michaels of HaptX will also present “Drop the Controller: How Realistic Touch Feedback Increases Your Effectiveness in Enterprise VR.”