Tue.Jun 08, 2021

This Comedy Show Takes Place In Person And In VR At The Same Time


The popular VR comedy show Failed to Render is heading to Las Vegas, Nevada later this summer.

Steam Next Fest to Bring Free Demos from Upcoming VR Games, Starting June 16th

Road to VR

Steam Next Fest, the newly renamed Steam Game Festival, is starting its week-long PC gaming celebration on June 16th, bringing along with it free demos from upcoming VR titles, developer livestreams, and Q&As.

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Grow Glide Launches AR Tool For Cannabis Farmers


Cultivators can design their own vertical farming solution and view their multi-tier grow system as a 3D model.

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Microsoft Emerges from the Trenches with More Details Behind the Army Edition of HoloLens 2

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When we got our first look at US Army soldiers testing Microsoft's modified HoloLens 2 last year, it still looked very much like the commercial edition, with some additional sensors attached.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

How to Enable Smartphone Notifications on Oculus Quest

Road to VR

The latest Oculus Quest update, v29, added support for displaying smartphone notifications (currently iOS only) inside of your headset. Here’s how to enable the feature. Note: Smartphone notifications in Quest are only currently supported for iOS devices (iPhone 7 or newer).

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You Can Now Buy Valve Index Controller & Tether Replacements

Road to VR

Accidentally breaking a motion controller or finding out your all-important headset cable has been chewed through by a pet can ruin anyone’s day, especially for a device as costly as Valve Index. Now Valve has made replacements controllers and headset tethers available for purchase.

2021 VR/AR Association Global Summit: Metaverse, Convergence, and Adoption


The VR/AR Association held their annual Global Summit for North America from June 2 through 4. For the second year in a row, the conference was held online but that didn’t stop it from delivering the kind of insights and announcements that we’ve come to expect from the annual event.

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Livestream With Supernatural’s Head Of Fitness Leanne Pedante

Upload VR

A little more than one year after launch, Supernatural is changing lives with its subscription-based fitness program on Oculus Quest.

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NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter nails seventh flight on Mars

Digital Trends

NASA's Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, has completed its seventh flight on the red planet, taking a photo of the Martian surface during its 63-second trip. News ingenuity jpl Mars mars helicopter NASA space


AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

What Are AR Glasses’ Biggest Barriers?

AR Insider

R’s traction over the past few years has occurred mostly through the smartphone camera. As our research arm ARtillery Intelligence quantified in its mobile AR revenue forecast , this early AR modality has reached scale by piggy-backing on a ubiquitous device we all carry.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart review: Another PS5 superhero spectacle

Digital Trends

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a 3D platformer with the thrills of a Marvel movie. Gaming Insomniac Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Sony

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Vive Focus 3 Launches Pre-Orders In Europe This Week

Upload VR

HTC’s new enterprise-focused standalone headset, the HTC Vive Focus 3, launches pre-orders this week. The headset will be up on HTC’s official site on June 10 for and £1,272/€1,404 in Europe. We’ve asked HTC if this is the same date for the US, where the kit costs $1,300.

Amazon Echo Show 8 (2021) Review: It adds a camera that tracks you

Digital Trends

It's basically your typical iterative improvement, but at least the cost of the smart display is the same. Smart Home Amazon amazon echo show 8 Amazon Echo Show 8 (2021) smart display

Elon Musk Paid $0 in Federal Income Tax in 2018: Report

GizModo VR

Elon Musk, the second richest person in the world, paid precisely $0 in federal income tax in 2018, according to an explosive new report from ProPublica. And Musk isn’t the only one. Read more.

An AnandTech Interview with TSMC: Dr. Kevin Zhang and Dr. Maria Marced

Anand Tech

In the past week, TSMC ran its 2021 Technology Symposium, covering its latest developments in process node technology designed to improve the performance, costs, and capabilities for its customers.

It's About to Really, Really Suck to Lose Your iPhone

GizModo VR

The evolution of the phone as a do-everything device edged forward this week with Apple’s announcement of iOS 15. And while some of the new features seem handy, the real-world implications could create a world of hurt. Read more.

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How to disable Amazon Sidewalk (and why you should do it)

Digital Trends

Whether you don't trust big tech with your data or you're not looking to share any part of your Wi-Fi, here's how to disable Amazon Sidewalk with the Alexa app. Smart Home Amazon Amazon Alexa Amazon Echo Amazon Sidewalk Tile

‘Glacier Blood’ Is Our Latest Nightmare

GizModo VR

Glaciers in the French Alps look like the scene of a massacre. Normally topped with pristine, white snow, they’re increasingly covered with dark, bloody-looking spots dubbed “glacier blood.” Read more.

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Beat Saber Will Never Be Dethroned From The Top Of The PSVR Charts

Upload VR

Guess which game topped the PSVR category for this month’s PlayStation Store charts. Go on, guess. No, it wasn’t Loading Human: Chapter One. It was Beat Saber. Yes, Beat Saber. For the eighth month in a row in the US (ninth in the EU), Beat Games’ rhythm titles topped the charts.

Weed Shops Offer Free Joint to Anyone Who Gets Vaccinated in Washington State

GizModo VR

Cannabis retailers in Washington state have received local government approval to offer a free joint to anyone who gets vaccinated for covid-19, according to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Upload VR Showcase 2021: How to Watch, What to Expect

Upload VR

The Upload VR Showcase is back following two years of incredible VR announcements and reveals! Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s VR gaming show. What is the Upload VR Showcase?

Nevada Takes a Baby Step Toward Banning Lawns

GizModo VR

A megadrought has stricken the Southwest , taking a massive toll on ecosystems, drinking water, farms, and more in seven states. One of those states, Nevada, is taking a permanent step to protect dwindling water resources by cracking down on the scourge of useless lawns. Read more.

Apple AR headset reportedly delayed after being a no-show at WWDC

Digital Trends

After being a no-show at WWDC, Apple's AR headset is reportedly delayed till the second quarter of 2022. Apple Computing News Virtual Reality Augmented Reality WWDC 2021

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Netflix's Sweet Tooth Advertorial in USA Today Was Beyond Irresponsible

GizModo VR

In Netflix’s new live-action adaptation of Jeff Lemire’s DC Comics series Sweet Tooth , the sudden appearance of half-human/half-animal hybrids during a pandemic prompts many “regular” humans to begin hunting and murdering the hybrids out of fear and, quite literally, open speciesism.

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Leaks show Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti is up to 10% faster than RTX 3070

Digital Trends

The new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics card has been benchmarked against the RTX 3070. The testing shows an up to 10% increase in performance. Computing News graphics cards Nvidia Nvidia graphics cards RTX 3070 RTX 3070 Ti


Scream-Detecting Drones Could Save You

GizModo VR

Screaming into the void may be a thing of the past. A team of researchers said this week that they’ve developed a system that would allow rescuers to fly drones over disaster areas and identify the sounds of people trapped who are screaming for help. Read more.

Sairento Dev Teases New VR Horror Combat Project

Upload VR

Sairento VR developer Mixed Realms is teasing its new project, and it looks quite different. The first footage of the game, codenamed Project Hellsweeper, was recently posted on Reddit.

Lake Mead’s Water Supply Has Dropped to the Lowest Level Since the Hoover Dam Was Built

GizModo VR

A severe drought gripping parts of the western United States has caused Lake Mead’s water supply to dip to historically low levels this week, threatening a vital source of drinking water in a region that has been plagued by near continual drought conditions for decades. Read more.

The Apple Table is Set

Robert Scoble

The big meal is about to come. We’ve been waiting for years for Apple to reveal its mixed reality products, including visors and glasses. We’ve been seeing the potential coming in other products like the Oculus Quest, the Magic Leap 1, or Microsoft’s Hololens. For years we’ve dreamed about an augmented world. Steve Jobs called them “bicycles for the mind.”. Yesterday it announced a bunch of things to developers and a few of these “human helpers.”