Fri.Jun 11, 2021

What Are AR Glasses’ Impediments to Scale?


AR ’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.

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Facebook Just Bought Its Fifth VR Studio, ‘POPULATION: ONE’ Developer BigBox VR

Road to VR

Facebook today announced its fifth VR studio acquisition. This time it’s BigBox VR, the studio behind the popular VR battle royale POPULATION: ONE which launched just last year on PC VR and Quest, and has consistently ranked among Quest’s most popular titles.

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'The Matrix' Movie Effects Pioneer & Former Magic Leap Exec Reveals 'Tragic Story' of Startup's Recent Struggles

Next Reality AR

Magic Leap has had a rough couple of years, highlighted by high-profile executive departures, lawsuits, troublesome patent shuffles, and massive layoffs.

‘The Climb 2’ Gets 6 More Free Levels in Second Expansion Pack

Road to VR

The Climb 2 (2021) , the Oculus Quest climbing game from Crytek, just got its second Freestyle Expansion Pack which brings six new levels featuring some of the sequel’s most interesting mechanics.

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.

Google Extends AR Search Lead Over Apple with Landmark Recognition for Google Lens

Next Reality AR

This week, Apple unveiled its own version of Google Lens in the form of Live Text.

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Facebook Acquires POPULATION: ONE Developer BigBox VR

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Facebook acquired another VR shooter game development studio with the purchase of BigBox VR, the creator of battle royale title POPULATION: ONE.

“AWE Nite: The State of Global XR Market” Highlights and Takeaways


AWE Nite Asia returned live after a two-year hiatus to discuss the State of the Global XR Market. The event , which streamed early on the morning of June 10 for American viewers, highlighted the changes to the XR market during the pandemic, as well as the future of XR going forward.

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Into The Darkness, IEYTD2, Sam & Max And More Get Demos For Steam Next Fest

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Valve is offering another preview of what’s to come for SteamVR next week with Steam Next Fest. The revamped festival kicks off on Wednesday, June 16, and offers demos of a selection of VR titles alongside a swathe of flatscreen games too.

7 Shocking Satellite Images Reveal the West's Megadrought

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The megadrought hitting the western United States has yielded no shortage of horror stories to start the dry season. Record heat last week has seared in drought , turning the region from an already well-done steak into a charred crisp.

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.

A zero-day Google Chrome security flaw requires you to update now

Digital Trends

Browsers like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Brave, and Vivaldi that rely on Chromium will need to be updated immediately to stop hackers. Computing News browser Chrome Chromium Google internet browser security flaw security vulnerability

Mind-Bending Puzzle Game Viewfinder Teases VR Version

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Earlier this month indie studio Robot Turtle turned heads with a tweet about its mind-bending puzzle game, Viewfinder. Now a possible VR version of the game is being teased. Viewfinder is all about solving challenges by finding a new perspective on things. Missing a bridge in a walkway?

A Bizarre Coal Industry Propaganda Program Is Infiltrating K-12 Classrooms

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Next week, dozens of teachers from North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, and Iowa will descend on Bismarck State College in North Dakota for the annual three-day Lignite Energy Council Teacher’s Seminar. Read more.

E3 2021: What livestreams you need to watch during the show

Digital Trends

E3 will feature 28 virtual events this year. Here are the seven that you can't miss. Gaming e3 2021

This Shockingly Invasive Malware Stole Data from 3.25 Million Windows Computers

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Between 2018 and 2020, a mysterious strain of malware infected and stole sensitive data from approximately 3.25 million Windows-based computers—taking with it a horrifying amount of intimate information about the users of those devices. Read more.

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This smart sensor gives you a first row seat to birds singing in your backyard

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Terra pipes real-world nature sounds into your home, and helps track bird migration too! News Smart Home biosensor relaxation smart home stress Terra


A Baffling 60-Year Old Mystery Propels the Documentary An Unknown Compelling Force

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In 1959, nine hikers—mostly college students, all of whom had prior experience exploring rugged terrain—set out into the Ural Mountains, located in a frozen stretch of what was then the Soviet Union.

Skatebird gets a new trailer and official summer release date

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Skatebird, a new skating game from Glass Bottom Games, will combine Tony Hawk skating mechanics with radical birds when it launches later this year. Gaming e3 2021 Glass Bottom Games IGN Summer of Gaming Skatebird

Netflix's Castlevania Is Getting a Spin-Off Series

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The final day of Netflix’s “ Geeked Week ” began with some very welcome news. The team behind the Castlevania anime is officially , thankfully, and wisely returning to the world of the video games for another series, this time starring fan-favorite characters Richter Belmont and Maria Renard.

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MacOS Monterey quietly brings a critical gaming feature to the Mac

Digital Trends

Apple has confirmed that its new operating system, MacOS Monterey, will support Adaptive Sync. It will improve screen refresh rates and gaming performance. Computing News

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Whale Takes One Bite, Sends Man Right Back to Kitchen

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A humpback whale off the coast of Cape Cod bit off more than it could chew on Friday when it accidentally caught a commercial lobster diver in its mouth. Michael Packard told CNN affiliate WBZ he was diving off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts when he unwittingly became a modern-day Jonah.

How to upgrade Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade on PS5

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade is available for free to everyone who owns the game on PS4. Here's how to upgrade to Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade on PS5. Gaming Final Fantasy 7 Remake Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade Playstation PlayStation 5 PS5

Teen Titans Go! See Space Jam's Trailer Is Beyond Meta

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Few animated series have the pop culture IQ of Teen Titans Go !— and yet everyone has their blind spots. When it comes to Beast Boy, Robin, Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire, theirs is they haven’t seen ‘90s classic Space Jam.

Get a gaming chair for practically nothing with these crazy Staples deals

Digital Trends

Staples is offering some crazy deals on gaming chairs right now, including the Emerge Vortex in green and black and the Emerge Vartan in red and black. Deals Gaming Gaming Chair Deals Gaming chairs Office Deals PC Gaming Deals staples 2021

Static: Season One's Creators Open Up About Honoring Milestone's Legacy

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When Milestone Media was producing the first generation of Milestone Comics back in the early ‘90s, the DC imprint was singlehandedly fighting to change the face of mainstream comics with series like Hardware , Icon , Blood Syndicate, and Static —books that featured the adventures of Black heroes and were crafted by… Read more.

Amazon Fire TV Stick price drops to its cheapest since last Prime Day

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Amazon is offering a steep discount on the Fire TV Stick 4K, which includes an Alexa voice remote. It's the lowest we've seen the price so far! Deals Home Theater 4K TV deals 8K TV Deals amazon fire tv Fire TV Deals Smart Entertainment smart home

Google's Quest to Kill the Cookie Is Creating a Privacy Mess

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For the past few months, millions of Chrome users have been roped into Google’s origin trials for the tech meant to replace the quickly crumbling third-party tracking cookie.

The 10 best mods for Resident Evil Village

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Modders are at it again, this time with Resident Evil Village. Here are all the best mods for the franchise's latest installment, all available on Nexus Mods. Gaming Capcom Nexus Mods Resident Evil Resident Evil mods Resident Evil Village

China’s New Rover Captures Unique Selfie on Mars

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The Zhurong rover, whose name translates to “fire god,” used a detachable wireless camera to capture a clever image of itself and its landing platform on the surface of Mars. Read more.

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The best time to buy an Echo device (and the worst time to buy) in 2021

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Amazon has a whole family of Echo devices to act as speakers, displays, alarm clocks, and more. If you're looking for a deal, here are the best times to buy. Smart Home Amazon Echo buying Echo device Echo Echo deals when to buy Echo