Thu.Jul 02, 2020

Japanese Convenience Stores To Begin Employing VR-Controlled Robots

VRScout

Japanese store chain Family mart hopes to have robotic employees working in 20 branches by 2022. Imagine walking into your local convenience store only to find the usual checkout person had been replaced by a remote-controlled robot operated in VR by a human being located hundreds of miles away.

Facebook Develops AI Supersampling to Boost Rendering Performance for High-resolution VR Headsets

Road to VR

Facebook has developed an AI-assisted method for supersampling real-time rendered content, something that could become an integral addition to games coming to future generations of high-resolution VR headsets.

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Creators Of Pokémon GO & Sleep No More Partnering On AR Theater Experiences

VRScout

Niantic and Punchdrunk to produce 10 new immersive theater experiences powered by augmented reality. When it comes to location-based AR gaming, San Francisco-based developer Niantic is at the top of the food chain.

‘Iron Man VR’ Review – VR Gets Its First Great Superhero Game

Road to VR

Iron Man VR is far from the first VR superhero game out there—in fact, it isn’t even the first Marvel VR game—but with unique mechanics, strong storytelling, and a full course of content, it’s the first great VR superhero game.

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Facebook’s Prototype Photoreal Avatars Now Have Realistic Eyes

Upload VR

Researchers at Facebook figured out how to add natural looking eyes to their photorealistic avatar research. Facebook, which owns the Oculus brand of VR products, first showed off this ‘Codec Avatars’ project back in March 2019.

The Intel Lakefield Deep Dive: Everything To Know About the First x86 Hybrid CPU

Anand Tech

For the past eighteen months, Intel has paraded its new ‘Lakefield’ processor design around the press and the public as a paragon of new processor innovation.

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Ambitious XR Headset From Walker Industries in Crowdfunding Stage

ARPost

Varjo. Oculus. Where do you expect the next great XR headset to come from? What about Walker Industries? Walker Industries is … let’s call it “the startup’s startup.” It’s headed by a 16-year-old futurist, inventor, and self-proclaimed “Kid Tony Stark.”

Is Snap Building a Local Commerce Engine?

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.

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Oculus Quest Use On Steam Continues To Grow In June Hardware Report

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The percentage of SteamVR users using an Oculus Quest grew 1.42% last month, an increase from 7.46% of users in May to 8.87% in June, according to Valve’s data.

SK Hynix: HBM2E Memory Now in Mass Production

Anand Tech

Just shy of a year ago, SK Hynix threw their hat into the ring, as it were, by becoming the second company to announce memory based on the HBM2E standard. Now the company has announced that their improved high-speed, high density memory has gone into mass production, offering transfer rates up to 3.6

SideQuest Teases Revamped Design Coming Soon

Upload VR

Oculus Quest sideloading platform, SideQuest, is getting a bit of a redesign soon, and we’ve just got a first glimpse at it. The below teaser image was recently posted on Reddit and verified by SideQuest’s Shane Harris.

A ‘Viral’ New Bird Song in Canada Is Causing Sparrows to Change Their Tune

GizModo VR

A new bird song is spreading like wildfire among Canadian white-throated sparrows, at a scale not seen before by scientists. Read more. birdmodo birds bird song sparrows science

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Iron Man VR Review: Flying High As Tony Stark

Upload VR

The verdict is in. After several days of playing you can read our Iron Man VR review right here to see how this superhero adventure stacks up! Making superhero games is already very difficult.

Tape Storage Could Soon Crush Hard Drives With 400TB Capacities

GizModo VR

If you’ve got a mountain of digital data to store but don’t necessarily need to access it every day, tape cartridges are the way to go.

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Watch NASA test its Artemis moon rocket to destruction

Digital Trends

Engineers wanted to verify the strength of the SLS rocket hardware. News Artemis NASA Orion space

Court Rules Facebook Widgets Can Be Considered Wiretaps

GizModo VR

For a long time, different people would typically give you different answers about which Silicon Valley giant is, definitively, The Worst. Recently though, Facebook seems to be the name that comes up first in a lot of people’s minds, for any number of reasons.

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Major leak shows the Galaxy Note 20 in classy Mystic Bronze color

Digital Trends

Thanks Samsung for the sneak peak at the Galaxy Note 20. Android Mobile design galaxy note 20 galaxy note 20 plus leak Samsung

The Great Barrier Reef Is Bleaching—but These Striking Deep-Sea Coral Gardens Near It Are Hanging on

GizModo VR

The Great Barrier Reef has been having a rough year. Warm waters have led to record coral bleaching this year and could hasten the reef’s die-off. But while surface corals are suffering, nearly a mile beneath the surface, deep-sea corals near the Great Barrier Reef are thriving. Read more.

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Rape allegations rock competitive Super Smash Bros. community

Digital Trends

A top player and commentators are accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. Gaming News breaking eSports super smash bros

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Some Computers and Cellphones From the '90s

GizModo VR

Nostalgia for the ‘90s is rampant online. You can’t escape it. Old shows from the ‘90s are making their way back to streaming platforms. BuzzFeed has an entire tag dedicated to quizzes and listicles about how only ‘90s kids will remember s**t from 30 years ago.

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Wonderglade Is Coming To Oculus Quest Next Week

Upload VR

Another of Resolution Games’ older mobile VR titles is making its way to Oculus Quest next week. This time it’s Wonderglade. You may remember Wonderglade as a Google Daydream-exclusive carnival app (that eventually came to Gear VR/Oculus Go too).

Siberian Fires Have Released a Record Amount of Carbon This Year

GizModo VR

The wildfire crisis in Siberia continues unabated. This year’s blazes have smashed records, including the northernmost fires on record and the highest total of Siberian carbon emissions. If you want to know what a climate emergency looks like, this is it. Read more.

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Here’s everything you need to know about Ubisoft Forward

Digital Trends

The digital showcase will feature all of the company's upcoming titles. Gaming News Ubisoft Ubisoft Forward

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Congrats, Humanity, We Trashed a Record Number of Electronics Last Year

GizModo VR

The world keeps producing more headphones, microwaves, laptops, air conditioners, and other pieces of electronics even as a record amount ends up as e-waste. A new report concluded that in 2019, humanity generated its highest ever total of e-waste globally, underscoring a rapidly growing problem.

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EON Reality and Dell Announce New AR and VR Partnership for AVR Platform

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The collaboration with Dell will help to promote EON Reality’s mixed reality solutions around the world. EON Reality, the global leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer for industry and education, is thrilled to announce the launch of a new partnership with Dell.

Facebook Confirms Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire Has Been Very, Very Bad

GizModo VR

Popular Information recently exposed how the Daily Wire, Ben Shapiro’s right-wing news aggregator, was able to get an unusually high engagement rate on Facebook, even though the website publishes far fewer articles than other major publications and does no original reporting of its own.

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The iconic spacesuit from 2001: A Space Odyssey is up for auction

Digital Trends

At an asking price in the six figures, the prop is sure to command sky-high bids. News 2001 A Space Odyssey auction

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Fallout Is Getting a TV Show from the Team Behind Westworld

GizModo VR

War may never change in the bleak, irradiated dystopia of the Fallout universe, but the way you’re going to experience it is: Amazon Studios is teaming up with Bethesda to bring the beloved RPG series to television, and it’s tapped the minds of Westworld to do so. Read more.

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Hamilton vs. history: Is the award-winning musical historically accurate?

Digital Trends

Here's what Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical gets right about the life of Alexander Hamilton and where it diverges. Movies & TV Hamilton

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I Don't Care How Great These OneDrive Improvements Are, I'm Not Using It

GizModo VR

Microsoft has struggled to convince people to use its cloud storage service, OneDrive, for quite some time.

Microsoft Edge vs. Google Chrome: Performance, design, security, and more

Digital Trends

Microsoft has completely revamped its Edge browser. Can the new kid on the block compete against Chrome? Computing Browsers Chrome edge Google Microsoft web