Wed.Aug 12, 2020

Virtual Pokémon Theme Park Open To The Public For A Limited Time

VRScout

Pikachu dance shows, live battles, and Pokémon-themed carnival games galore. Today marks the start of the Pokémon Virtual Fest , an online-only Pokémon-themed event composed of multiple games, rides, and performances centered around the iconic Japanese franchise.

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Varjo Raises $54M Financing to Support Its Retina-Quality VR/AR Headsets for Enterprise

Road to VR

Varjo, the Helsinki, Finland-based creators of high pixel density VR/AR headsets for enterprise, today announced it’s closed a $54 million Series C funding round. The company says it will use the funds to accelerate the global expansion and development of its XR hardware and software products.

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Nreal Light AR Smart Glasses Will Be Bundled With Latest Samsung And LG Smartphones

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Nreal’s smartphone-powered consumer AR headset finally arrive this month in Korea.

Nreal AR Glasses to Begin Shipping Next Week to Consumers in Korea

Road to VR

Nreal is getting ready to ship its Nreal Light AR headset to consumers in South Korea. The sunglasses-style AR headset is optionally being bundled with the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note 20 in that country.

Is AR Navigation Coming Next from Apple?

AR Insider

“Trendline” is AR Insider’s series that examines trends and events in spatial computing, and their strategic implications. For an indexed library of spatial computing insights, data, reports and multimedia, subscribe to ARtillery PRO. O ne subsector of AR we continue to bet on is 3D navigation.

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‘Vox Machinae’ Quietly Added New Mechs, Weapons, & Co-op in Updates, Studio Has “Ambitious plans” for the Future

Road to VR

The 2018 early access launch of VR mech game Vox Machinae may feel like a distant memory by now, but it still stands as perhaps the most immersive VR mech game to date.

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Mozilla is Shuttering its XR Team Amidst Major Layoff, But ‘Hubs’ Will Continue

Road to VR

Mozilla, the company behind Firefox, today announced that it’s laying off 250 employees, apparently shuttering the team responsible for most of its web-focused XR development. Hubs, the company’s web-based social VR app, will continue forward.

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Pokemon Just Launched An Official VR Theme Park (In Japanese)

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Well this is an odd one – an official, limited-time Pokemon virtual theme park just launched, and you can visit it in VR. Meet Pokemon Virtual Fest. Pokemon Virtual Fest is open from today through to August 31st and can be played in browser, on smartphones or with a PC VR headset via SteamVR.

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Short film festival held in VR on Friday

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Discover.film’s virtual cinema. Image courtesy Discover.film.). Discover.film will be holding its short film festival in virtual reality this Friday on the VRChat virtual reality meeting platform. The event will start at 8 p.m.

Top 5 Best Oculus Quest Horror Games For VR

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The Oculus Quest is a smashing success in the VR space for lots of reasons, but one of the main contributors is the stellar library of content. And as it turns out, some of the very best VR games out on Quest are also some of the very best VR horror games available.

Microsoft Opens Pre-Orders for Surface Duo - US Only

Anand Tech

Late last year in October, Microsoft had announced the Surface Duo, the company’s first ever Android device and first-party smartphone (if you can call it that) release in years.

Varjo’s XR-1 Headset Surpasses Expectations As Company Raises $54 Million

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Professional-grade VR headset maker Varjo has raised a further $54 million in funding, and it attributes a good amount of its success to its new XR-1 headset. Announced today, Varjo’s Series C round of funding was supported by the likes of Tesi, NordicNinja, and Swisscanto Invest.

Varjo Expands Roadmap With Funding Announcement

ARPost

This morning, Finnish XR headset manufacturer Varjo announced that they have cleared US$54 million in Series C funding. They also announced that former COO, Timo Toikkanen, is now serving as the company’s CEO. The news here is not the CEO change,” Toikkanen said in a video interview. “

ChillDex Review: Cool Your Index Down On Those Hot Summer Days

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ChillDex aims to finally fill that hole in the front of your Valve Index while also solving a problem. ChillDex is an accessory for the Valve Index HMD sold by Toronto-based engineer Kyle Fredericks for CA$50.

Best CPUs for Workstations: August 2020

Anand Tech

Sometimes choosing a CPU is hard. So we've got you covered. In our CPU Guides, we give you our pick of some of the best processors available, supplying data from our reviews.

One of the Most Timely Novels of the Year Is About Black Women in the 1880s Hunting Zombies

GizModo VR

The world can be utterly bleak nowadays. A government that seems to actively hate health and science, an economy ruled by a handful of lying billionaires, and continued state-sanctioned violence against Black people have ushered in a modern dystopia.

A.I. can tell if you’re a good surgeon just by scanning your brain

Digital Trends

It accurately predicts a surgeon’s certification scores. News ai Deep Learning

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Avatar: The Last Airbender’s Creators Just Left the Live-Action Netflix Adaptation

GizModo VR

Leaves from the vine. Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have announced they will no longer be involved in the live-action adaptation due to a lack of support from Netflix.

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Ready Player Golf Is A VR Golf Tournament In Pro Putt On Quest

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Top Golf, a popular franchise of golfing facilities and entertainment venues, is hosting a virtual golf charity tournament inside the Oculus Quest VR golf game it published, Pro Putt.

Famed SETI Observatory Wrecked After Cable Breaks

GizModo VR

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is currently out of commission after a thick support cable fell onto the dish, creating a large gash. It’s yet another setback for the beloved science facility, which hasn’t fully recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Read more.

HTC Teams With The MOR For Fabric Of Reality VR Catwalk

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HTC is helping fill-in for the catwalk amid lockdown this summer, with a new virtual event in The Museum Of Other Realities. The company partnered with RYOT and the London College of Fashion for this new event, named The Fabric Of Reality. available through the Viveport version of the app.

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Florida Sheriff Bans Masks As State's Covid-19 Death Toll Breaks New Daily Record

GizModo VR

Billy Woods, the sheriff of central Florida’s Marion County, banned masks for all deputies and visitors to the sheriff’s office starting Tuesday, according to a new report from the Ocala Star Banner —a strange decision to make in the middle of a pandemic that’s still wildly out of control. Read more.

Echo Combat Flamingo League Announces Partnership with VAL and VRFI

VR Fitness

The Echo Combat Flamingo League announced today a partnership with the Virtual Athletics League (VAL) and VR Fitness Insider that will include participation in the upcoming VR Fitness Summit as well as sponsorship for Echo Combat Flamingo League Season 2 that will include a cash prize pool.

Sweet-Smelling Locust Pheromone Could Be Key to Stopping Their Swarms

GizModo VR

Scientists have identified the pheromone responsible for turning individual locusts into the swarming variety.

Why Self-Directed Learning with EON-XR Is More Effective

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In this week’s issue of Peter’s Pedagogical Corner, we revisit the research behind active learning and share how they are integrated into our Self-Directed Learning Initiative and EON-XR to increase student cognition and deep understanding. .

See Blade Runner 2049 Bridge the Gap to Its Iconic Predessor in This Stunning Concept Art

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Blade Runner ’s jaw-dropping aesthetic runs deep in the modernized world of Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up, Blade Runner 2049 , making for one of the most gorgeous sci-fi movies in recent memory.

Microsoft’s Surface Duo goes on sale today for $1,400. Was it worth the wait?

Digital Trends

The Surface Duo is Microsoft's first Android-powered device -- and a barbaric yawp for the power of innovation. Computing Mobile News Foldables Microsoft microsoft surface duo surface

VR Game Release Highlights August 2020

VR Game Critic

The heat is nothing unusual for August, but the worldwide pandemic has brought some changes to the gaming world.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender creators cut ties with Netflix adaptation

Digital Trends

The live-action remake will not reflect their vision, the showrunners said. Movies & TV News avatar the last airbender Michael Dante DiMartino Netflix Nickelodeon

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This Case Gives Your Phone Robotic Legs So It Can Crawl to a Wireless Charging Pad

GizModo VR

By now our brains are all wired with smartphone battery anxiety, and panic starts to set in when power drops below 50%.

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Rhyme Storm app is like Guitar Hero, but for freestyle rap

Digital Trends

Want to learn how to think on your feet? This rapping game will help. Features Gaming ai