Fri.Sep 25, 2020

How to make SteamVR input work with Unity XR Interaction Toolkit in Unity

The Ghost Howls

Hello everyone! Today’s post is a bit technical, but it will help some VR devs out there to have fewer headaches.

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‘Walkabout Mini Golf VR’ Review: Simple & Addictive VR Putt-Putt

VRScout

Now that’s what I call virtual mini-golf. Available now on Oculus Rift/Rift S and Oculus Quest for $14.99, Mighty Coconut’s Walkabout Mini Golf VR offers a unique VR putt-putt experience complete with a wide range of uniquely crafted courses, tight putting controls, 5-player multiplayer functionality, and a heap of hidden collectibles to discover. With over 70 unique holes to conquer, this arcade experience features no shortage of physics-based minigolf content to enjoy.

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After Multiple Delays, ‘Budget Cuts’ Finally Arrives on PSVR

Road to VR

Budget Cuts (2018) was originally slated to arrive on PSVR back in May, and due to the global slowdown it also fell victim to another delay in June. Starting today though, PSVR users will finally be able to step into the stealth action game that was so highly anticipated on the PC VR platform. Budget Cuts is now live on the PlayStation Store , priced at $30 and $24 for PS Plus members.

Augmented Reality Disappeared From Gartner’s Hype Cycle – What’s Next?

ARPost

In the AR industry, this news left some open-mouthed: augmented reality is officially out of Gartner’s Hype Cycle. After climbing up the curve steadily year by year in the cycle, augmented reality took a steep ride down to the trough of disillusionment in 2018. “Another 5-10 years” – that’s the time specialists estimated AR would need to reach maturity. But then the surprise came: last year augmented reality was entirely removed from the Hype Cycle.

XR Talks: Quest 2 Review Roundup

AR Insider

XR Talks is a series that features the best presentations and educational videos from the XR universe. It includes embedded video, narrative analysis and top takeaways. Speakers’ opinions are their own. For a full library of indexed and educational media, subscribe to ARtillery PRO. B y now, you’ve probably heard all about Oculus Quest 2. Given the device’s price dip and specs bump, the VR world has been singing its praises.

Hideo Kojima: ‘I Think The Next 2 – 3 Years Will Be Major For VR’

Upload VR

Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima thinks the next two to three years will be “major” for VR and the people working in it. Kojima said as much in a recent documentary following the history of PlayStation, called From Bedrooms To Billions: The PlayStation Revolution. “I think that VR will be a major shift,” he said in a segment focusing on Sony’s work with the technology.

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She's Voting From Space, So Y'all Have No Excuse

GizModo VR

For this November’s presidential election, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins plans to cast her ballot from the International Space Station, 200 miles above Earth, effectively obliterating every excuse in the book for why us earthbound voters can’t make it out to the polls. Read more.

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Bigscreen CEO: Facebook’s 30% ‘VR Tax’ Hurts The Industry

Upload VR

Oculus Store apps must use Facebook’s payments system for any and all transactions. Bigscreen CEO Darshan Shankar points out how this makes it impossible for some developers to succeed. That’s because the fee for that mandatory in-app payment system is 30%. For that, users get the convenience of using their existing saved payment methods, and the peace of mind that no card details need to be shared.

Facebook Is Mad at Apple Again

GizModo VR

There is seemingly no end to the ways that tech companies—and there are many of them—will yell at Apple these days. Some of the ire comes from small developers who are rightfully frustrated that they have to fork over a big percentage of their revenue to Apple, the gatekeeper of the iOS App Store.

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What Products Use Intel 10nm? SuperFin and 10++ Demystified

Anand Tech

For our audience that regularly keeps track of Intel’s product portfolio, it would be hard to miss that the naming strategy of Intel’s process node technologies is a bit of a mess. To some, those words are themselves an understatement, as Intel has shifted its naming strategy 2-3 times since the launch of Intel’s first 10nm products.

It's Time to Dive Into the Beautiful World of Studio Ghibli

GizModo VR

We might not be able to travel to the Miyazaki Museum in Tokyo, Japan, or to see the upcoming exhibit in Los Angeles—but that’s OK, because Studio Ghibli is bringing the Hayao Miyazaki to us. Read more.

Dreamscape Education And Defense Business Surges In Lockdown

Charlie Fink

The company set its sights on enterprise applications from day one. Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Innovation /innovation Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Business /business Hollywood & Entertainment /hollywood-entertainment technology

FAA Chief: Look, I'll Fly the Freakin' Thing Myself

GizModo VR

In a bid to reassure the public that Boeing has fixed the problems with its disastrous 737 Max line of passenger jets, Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson will personally take get behind the controls for a test flight next week, according to Bloomberg. Read more.

Have an idea for powering NASA on the moon? You could win $5 million.

Mashable VR

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Huawei R&D Lab Catches Fire in Dongguan, China

GizModo VR

Huawei’s research and development lab in the city of Dongguan, China is on fire, with large clouds of gray smoke billowing from the building, according to multiple videos posted to social media and the state news outlet Global Times. It’s not clear what caused the blaze, but firefighters are on the scene, according to… Read more. huawei china fire weibo

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Impressive New Trailer For VR Competitive FPS Alvo, Coming This Fall To PSVR, Rift

Upload VR

It’s been three years since we last wrote about Alvo, but there’s a brand new trailer for competitive VR first-person shooter Alvo, coming to PSVR and Oculus Rift later this year. Back in 2017 , we wrote that Alvo ‘wants to be VR’s very own Counter-Strike’ and while that’s probably still the case, a lot has changed in the VR landscape since 2017.

The Mandalorian’s Razor Crest Is Hasbro’s Next Magnificent Crowdfunding Toy

GizModo VR

With a handful of successfully funded projects under its belt, including a towering X-Men Sentinel robot , Hasbro’s HasLab crowdfunding platform is returning to its Star Wars roots with another Vintage Collection spaceship: an incredibly detailed, 30-inch long replica of the Razor Crest from The Mandalorian. Now this … Read more. the mandalorian star wars spaceships baby yoda hasbro haslab razor crest crowdfunding disney lucasfilm disney plus toys streaming

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Language therapy app Speech Blubs is on sale for 40% off

Mashable VR

TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to Speech Blubs Language Therapy is on sale for £47.10 as of Sept. 26, saving you 40% on list price. About 95% of a child's cognitive development takes place by the age of five, with verbal and nonverbal communication making up a huge part of that development.

A 'Climate Anomaly' Worsened World War I and the 1918 Flu Pandemic, New Research Suggests

GizModo VR

A once-in-a-century “climate anomaly” exacerbated the awful conditions along the Western Front in Europe during the First World War, according to new research. This unusual weather may have also amplified—and possibly even initiated—the catastrophic 1918-19 flu pandemic, exposing an underappreciated threat posed by… Read more. insult to injury history climate anomalies weather weird weather war world war i pandemics science

Boost your mind, body, and soul with this lifetime subscription

Mashable VR

TL;DR: The Superhuman Lifetime Subscription Bundle is on sale for £62.02 as of Sept. 27, saving you 97% on list price. We all have the same amount of time each day as Beyoncé, but not many of us have the same innate talent, nor the same amount of influence.

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The Quiet of Covid-19 Has Birds Singing Sultrier Songs

GizModo VR

While social distancing measures have pushed many people into sexless, joyless bubbles, San Francisco birds are getting flirtier and more coy. I’m glad someone’s getting some. Read more. birdmodo birds covid 19 lockdown science

This Week In XR: Enterprise Adoption And Financing Soar

Charlie Fink

As, the fog of war has shrouded the deal for Tik Tok enterprise deals power the XR industry. Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Innovation /innovation Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Enterprise Tech /enterprise-tech technology

Alphabet Settles Major Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

GizModo VR

A yearlong lawsuit against Alphabet’s board of directors over allegations of shielding the sexual harassment has, at long last, come to a close.

Solaris: Offworld Combat VR Shooter Quest Gameplay Livestream

Upload VR

For today’s livestream we’re playing Solaris: Offworld Combat, the latest VR shooter from the creators of Firewall Zero Hour! If you’re curious about how we livestream the way we do then look no further than this handy guide for general tips and this guide specific to our Oculus Quest setup. Yesterday the next VR shooter from First Contact Entertainment released, Solaris: Offworld Combat.

Shipt's 'Effort-Based' Pay Model Decided a 1,400-Item Order Was Worth About $20

GizModo VR

Target-owned personal shopping platform Shipt—which competes with the likes of Instacart—has been transitioning its markets to what it calls an “effort-based” wage system, dubbed V2. We, and the contractors who work for Shipt, have no idea how the new model determines pay. But a very unusual order sent to Gizmodo… Read more. labor shipt gig economy

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'All the bears are fat this year'

Mashable VR

Welcome to Fat Bear Week 2020! Katmai National Park and Preserve’s brown bears spent the summer gorging on 4,500-calorie salmon, and they've transformed into rotund giants, some over 1,000 pounds. The park is holding its annual playoff-like competition for the fattest of the fat bears (you can vote online between Sept. 30 and Oct. Mashable will be following all the ursine activity. The fat bears have grown exceptionally fat, even for fat bears.

Why Unions Are the Key to Passing a Green New Deal

GizModo VR

There’s a persistent conservative myth that the clean energy transition must come at the expense of employment. Nothing could be further from the truth, though. The Congressional resolution on a Green New Deal, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey last February, includes a proposal guarantee… Read more. green new deal bitch green new deal labor organizing

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How to make your iOS 14 home screen aesthetic AF

Mashable VR

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Twitter to Roll Out Prompt Warning You to Read the Dang Article

GizModo VR

Twitter is rolling out its system that warns its users that they’re huge dumbasses who might want to consider reading the goddamn article first, the company announced on Thursday. Basically, this is the 2020 equivalent of Microsoft Clippy asking “Are you sure you want to do that?” Read more. posting twitter social media technology apps media

RBG's personal trainer honors her with three push-ups in front of her casket

Mashable VR

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left many Americans mourning. The "Notorious R.B.G.," as the internet lovingly referred to her, was known for many things, one of them being her exercise routine. Even as an octogenarian, Ginsburg kept up her routine with the help of personal trainer Bryant Johnson. The two began working together in 1999 after her first bout of cancer, according to USA Today. Ginsburg even continued her routine after receiving radiation last summer.

Don't Be Fooled by Reports on the 'New' Coronavirus Mutation

GizModo VR

A wave of attention is once again being paid to studies suggesting that the coronavirus behind covid-19 has mutated, possibly into a form that’s more infectious. But while the basic science of this research may be legitimate, it isn’t as worrisome as some headlines might lead you to believe—the virus is not becoming… Read more. covid 19 coronavirus science viruses mutations

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