Wed.Oct 28, 2020

Snapchat Reveals 3D Full-Body Tracking For AR Lenses

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Celebrate all hallows eve with seven AR costumes and three background dancers. Today, Snap Inc. unveiled a new line of Snapchat Lenses that combine 3D motion capture and multiple neural networks to create over 10 augmented reality costumes powered by 3D full-body tracking. Available now on iOS and Android devices via the Snapchat app, users can step into the shoes of the classic dancing hotdog, a neon jack-o-lantern, and a cloaked skeleton, just to name a few.

AMD Announces Radeon RX 6000-series GPUs with USB-C “for a modern VR experience”

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AMD today introduced the Radeon RX 6800, 6800 XT, and 6900 XT graphics cards based on its latest RDNA 2 architecture. With a release date in November and prices starting at $580, AMD is aiming to compete directly with NVIDIA’s latest 30-series GPUs. And—better late than never—the RX 6000-series cards include a USB-C port to “power head-mounted displays with just one cable for a modern VR experience.”

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Inside ‘POPULATION: ONE’ – Developer Interview & HD Gameplay

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Developer BigBox VR gives us the low down on their ambitious VR battle royale game. UPDATE [10.28.2020]: BigBox has informed us of a simpler method for requesting friends. In addition to manually entering a unique code, players can also fistbump one another to send a request. Population: One is a vertigo-inducing VR battle royale experience that pits six teams of three against one another for the honor of “Last Team Standing.”

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Crowdfunded AR Startup Tilt Five Secures $7.5M Series A Investment

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Tilt Five, the startup behind the eponymous AR headset for tabletop gaming, today announced it has secured $7.5 million in Series A funding. The funding round was led by SIP Global Partners with participation from BITKRAFT Ventures, Galaxy Interactive, and games industry veteran Ken Birdwell, who is known for his previous work on the Half-Life series at Valve. Jeffrey Smith of SIP Global Partners is said to join Tilt Five’s board of directors.

How To Get The Free PSVR Camera Adaptor For PS5

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We finally know how people can get their hands on the free PSVR camera adaptor for PS5. Sony’s next console, releasing in November, supports the original PSVR headset to play old PS4 titles on PS5.

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AMD Reveals The Radeon RX 6000 Series: RDNA2 Starts At The High-End, Coming November 18th

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Preparing to close out a major month of announcements for AMD – and to open the door to the next era of architectures across the company – AMD wrapped up its final keynote presentation of the month by announcing their Radeon RX 6000 series of video cards.

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Charting a Path to Viable Consumer AR Glasses, Part II

AR Insider

“Vantage” is AR Insider’s editorial contributor program. It enlists spatial computing executives and innovators for first-hand strategic insights. Find out more or contact us to participate here. Authors’ opinions are their own. .

No Man’s Sky PS5 Confirmed, But PSVR Support Comes Via Backwards Compatibility

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No Man’s Sky PS5 and Xbox One Series X versions have been confirmed. Hello Games’ popular sci-fi sim will arrive alongside both consoles on their respective launch dates in November. Each will be a free upgrade for existing owners and each comes with a host of improvements.

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PhotonLens Unveils Snapdragon XR2-Powered Mixed Reality Glasses

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AR Insider Edge is a series that spotlights partners and sponsors. For more information or to be featured in an upcoming article, see details here. . PhotonLens Debuts with Shadow Creator, Announces First MR Glass with 6 DoF Controllers and Snapdragon XR2 Platform. by PhotonLens. A t the World Conference on VR Industry in China last week, China’s Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance released its updated list of the top 50 XR companies in the country.

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Tilt Five Secures $7.5 Million Investment For Its AR Glasses

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AR glasses company Tilt Five raised $7.5 million from investors in a Series A round led by SIP Global. The investment marks a major moment for Jeri Ellsworth’s patented approach to tabletop augmented reality.

Can Virtual Reality Games Lead to Violent Behavior?

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Virtual reality is a simulated experience where people interact with computer-generated elements in a seemingly real way. Due to its fully immersive nature, which is becoming increasingly similar to real-world experiences, many are concerned about the effects of virtual violence.

How To Use AR On iPhone 12 Pro To Measure Someone’s Height

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The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max lets users instantly measure someone’s height using AR, thanks to the newly-added LiDAR scanner equipped on the new pro models.

Gas Stoves Are the Scariest Thing in the Kitchen

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As a Climate Person, I strongly believe we urgently need to electrify everything and ditch natural gas completely. The problem is, I love my gas stove. I find the heat from an electric stove’s coils basically impossible to control—last time I used one, I burned a beautiful pan sauce to a brown crisp.

Microsoft Transitions To OpenXR Standard For Windows Mixed Reality & HoloLens

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Microsoft is transitioning to the OpenXR standard for future new features it builds in VR and AR. A post by Alex Turner at Microsoft explains that “starting in Unity 2021 , OpenXR will then graduate to be the only supported Unity backend for targeting HoloLens 2 and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.”

Everyone Should Be Able to Use the Public Restroom: When ADA Is Not Enough

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Kal Cobalt is a disabled trans man. Relying on accessibility devices when out in public means using accessible bathrooms, which means that Cobalt knows all too well that so-called accessible bathrooms are sometimes only “technically” accessible. Read more. ada disability egineering design bathrooms

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Editorial: Lack of PSVR Support In Astro’s Playroom Is A Huge Missed Opportunity

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Astro’s Playroom makes an extremely convincing case for Astro Bot to become a legitimate mascot for the PlayStation brand as a whole. And yet, despite his previous game being a VR exclusive, this one’s VR support is conspicuously absent.

Scopely raises $340 million at a $3.3 billion valuation as gaming grabs investors’ interest

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In a move to shore up institutional support in what’s likely to be it’s last fundraising as a private company, the Los Angeles-based mobile gaming behemoth Scopely has raised $340 million in its latest eye-popping round of funding.

Population: ONE Quest vs PC VR Graphics Comparison

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Here’s how to request an adapter to use PlayStation VR on PS5

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Since the PlayStation 5 was confirmed, Sony has been fairly quiet about virtual reality except when it comes to whether or not current-gen PlayStation VR headsets would be forward compatible with PlayStation 5 hardware. We’ve been told since the the PlayStation 5 was first announced that it will indeed be possible to play PlayStation VR on PlayStation 5, but up … Continue reading. Archive games PlayStation 5 PlayStation VR Sony virtual reality

Scares & Screams on Dreams PSVR! – VR Roulette Halloween Special

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Welcome to VR Roulette! This is our LIVE weekly game show on YouTube that’s streamed (usually) on Wednesdays. We select a list of weird, quirky, and/or bizarre VR games and take turns spinning the wheel to see what we’ve all got to play next. Tune in with us live on YouTube at 11am PT today!

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Hot Damn, AMD Did It

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AMD put on one hell of a show-stopper when it revealed all the details about its next-gen processors earlier this month. And it’s done it again with its full-reveal of its next-gen graphics cards today.

AMD's "Where Gaming Begins" Radeon Live Blog: Starts At Noon Eastern (16:00 UTC)

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AMD's second and final product keynote of the month is taking place today, with an event AMD has dubbed "Where Gaming Begins" Hosted as always by AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su, AMD will be focusing on the new Radeon RX 6000 series and more, unveiling for the first time their latest generation of video cards.

Top VR Esports Games for the Quest 2

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As more people have access to virtual reality with portable headsets such as the Quest 2, it’s inevitable that many of these new users will be interested in competitive gaming with their portal to immersive realities. There are many different types of esports available in virtual reality and since you’re actually immersed in the game and you use your body physically to determine what happens in game, VR esports is much more akin to traditional sports than esports.

Microsoft Is Finally Purging Flash From Windows

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After being kept on life support for arguably far too long , Flash will finally be sent to that big hard drive in the sky by the end of this year. To make the goodbye a little easier, Microsoft has released a new Windows update that purges Flash Player before its eventual demise on December 31.

Xbox Series X Unboxed: Our First Look At Microsoft’s Next Gen Console

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After over a year of official teases , naming , and plenty of performance details , Microsoft is on the cusp of launching their first proper new generation of the Xbox since the Xbox One launched in 2013. Set to be released on November 10, 2020.

Best Black Friday tablet deals 2020: What to expect

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Logitech Improved on the Nearly Flawless Trackball

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The trackball is a contentious kind of peripheral. Most people point to the mouse or the trackpad as superior ways to move a cursor across the screen, but for a small subset of nerds, myself included, there is nothing as gratifying or exact as a trackball.

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Apple’s new iPhone ad offers shooting tips for budding filmmakers

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iPhone or no iPhone, if you're looking to improve your smartphone footage then you may find inspiration in Apple's latest ad. Mobile Movies & TV News breaking twitter Dolby Vision filmmaking iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Pro moviemaking

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Check Out This Exclusive Peek at Simon Stålenhag's Journey Into The Labyrinth

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Tales From the Loop creator Simon Stålenhag has a knack for playing on our greatest hopes and fears, combining the innocence of youth with science fiction’s fascinating, yet terrifying , unknown.

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AMD Unveils Radeon RX 6800, RX 6800 XT, RX 6900 XT – Its RTX 3000 Competitors

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AMD just announced three next generation Radeon graphics cards: RX 6800, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6900 XT. They compete directly with NVIDIA’s RTX 3000 series. This RX 6000 series is built on the same RDNA 2 architecture used in the upcoming PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S. RDNA 2 builds on last year’s RDNA, using TSMC’s “enhanced” 7nm fabrication process to enable 30% higher clock frequencies.

Freakishly Tall Coral Reef Found Off the Coast of Australia

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An isolated coral reef measuring 1,640 feet tall has been discovered off the coast of Australia. Known as a detached reef, the blade-like vertical structure could serve as habitat for a variety of undiscovered sea creatures. Read more. great barrier reef coral reefs marine biology science