Tue.Oct 19, 2021

Build Your Own VR Metropolis In ‘Little Cities’ On Oculus Quest


The bigger your city, the more residents you’ll attract! Just be on the lookout for any catastrophic emergencies. Little Cities is a cozy VR world-building game from nDreams that allows you to create intricate cities from the ground up on an island, which is basically a blank slate.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.10.19): HTC launches Vive Flow, Magic Leap 2 announced, and more!

The Ghost Howls

I’m in the middle of this crazy October in which everything is happening in VR and I’m overworking like crazy. By the way, it’s a positive period, after all. I’ve just been interviewed by XR Must and I’m visiting an amazing XR company (you’ll discover which one very soon…), so things are going well.


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Chicken Waffle Launches XR Creator Fund For Indie Devs


The Indie XR Creator Fund will provide smaller developers with the funds and support needed to bring their projects to life.

Facebook Plans 10,000 Job Hiring Spree in Race to Lead the Metaverse

Road to VR

Facebook, which already employs some 60,000 people, announced a massive expansion of its workforce in an effort to get a head start in building the metaverse. The company says it aims to hire 10,000 new employees, all in the EU.

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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.

Varjo Teases ‘Varjo For All’ Message Ahead Of New Reveal

Upload VR

Ahead of an announcement this Thursday, high-end headset maker Varjo is teasing the message ‘Varjo For All’ That phrase was hidden in a teaser video the company posted on its Twitter account this week.

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Tech Trends at AWE 2021

Tech Trends VR

One of the biggest events in the XR calendar is back in person this year, and Tech Trends will be in Santa Clara for it! The XR Community is meeting, in person, this November in Santa Clara, California to connect, learn and grow the AR and VR ecosystem.

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Report: Facebook To Rebrand To Metaverse-Focused Company Name Next Week

Upload VR

A report from The Verge indicates that Facebook will soon announce plans to rebrand its company name to “reflect its focus on building the metaverse.”

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Will Enabling Tech Unlock AR Commerce?

AR Insider

One gating factor to the overall camera commerce opportunity is the graphical elements that comprise its experiences. These require a certain degree of production and distribution rigor which we examine in the latest report excerpt. The post Will Enabling Tech Unlock AR Commerce?

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SenseGlove’s $5000 Wireless Force Feedback Gloves Start Shipping

Upload VR

SenseGlove started shipping Nova , the most affordable force feedback gloves yet. Many believe gloves could be the ultimate form of VR input.

How to Train Employees 65% Faster With Virtual Reality

With a rapidly changing economy, Avangrid Renewables looked to virtual reality to develop a standardized form of immersive training in order to onboard and upskill technicians faster than ever before.

7 amazing Pixel 6 features you have to try out

Digital Trends

Both Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro come with a wide range of features -- here are the seven coolest ones you should try. Features Mobile News Pixel 6 Pixel 6 Pro Pixel Fall Launch 2021


Puzzling Places Adds Mars Desert Research Station Paid DLC This Week

Upload VR

Puzzling Places is getting its first DLC with a paid pack including four puzzles to piece together from the Mars Desert Research Station located in Utah.

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NASA time-lapse shows Mars rover speeding across planet’s surface

Digital Trends

A time-lapse video released by NASA this week shows its six-wheeled Perseverance rover tackling the rocky terrain of Mars. News Mars mars rover NASA Perseverance Rover space

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Highly Anticipated Launch Event Debuts VIVE Flow


A highly anticipated live online event last Thursday, October 14, announced the VIVE Flow. Images of the headset had been aggressively leaked in the days leading up to the launch, leading to much speculation. Most of our questions were answered during the event. Introducing the VIVE Flow.

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.

We just got a preview of what Android apps on Windows 11 will look like

Digital Trends

Windows 11 was rumored to support Android apps, but it was launched without that capability. Leaked screenshots show what this feature may look like. Computing News Android Intel Microsoft Windows 11

Every Phone HTC Says Supports Vive Flow

Upload VR

Last week HTC announced Vive Flow , an ultra lightweight VR headset for media viewing and passive experiences. Here are the phones it supports. Vive Flow doesn’t support iPhones – at least not yet. For now, it doesn’t even support all Android phones.

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Facebook about to rebrand under a new name, report claims

Digital Trends

Facebook is about to announce a major company restructure that will see it operate under a new name, a report claimed on Tuesday. News Social Media Facebook Mark Zuckerberg Metaverse


Apple's groundbreaking 'polishing cloth' is backordered until November

Mashable VR

Apple fans know true innovation when they see it. The early adopters who snapped up Apple's awe-inspiring $19 "Polishing Cloth" made that clear Monday, buying out whatever immediate supply of the product Apple had in stock.

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The Pixelbook Go desperately needs an update, and Google continues to ignore it

Digital Trends

Another Google Pixel event has come and gone, and the Pixelbook lineup remains untouched. Is there any hope for a new Pixelbook? Computing Chromebook Google Laptops Pixel Fall Launch 2021 pixelbook go

All your burning questions about the oracle pug Noodle and Bones Day, answered

Mashable VR

Overnight Noodle, Jonathan Graziano's 13-year-old pug, has become the internet's oracle. Most mornings Graziano makes a TikTok on his account @jongraz where he plays the game "no bones" with Noodle. Graziano checks if it is a bones day by setting Noodle in a sitting position.

Google’s new Pixel Stand is environmentally friendly and as ugly as sin

Digital Trends

The new Pixel Stand offers 23-watt fast charging, recycled material, and a bulky design that's ugly as sin. Mobile Google Pixel 6 Google Pixel 6 Pro Google Pixel Stand

Russia crowns a new Empress in trailer for Season 2 of 'The Great'

Mashable VR

Season 2 of Hulu's The Great is almost here, with a snappy trailer giving us a glimpse into what lies ahead for Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning).

Jabra Elite 7 Pro vs. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds

Digital Trends

The Jabra Elite 7 Pro are Jabra's latest wireless buds, touting premium sound and excellent features. But can they stack up to Bose's QuietComfort Earbuds? Buying Guides Music Bose bose quietcomfort jabra jabra elite 7 pro wireless earbuds


Finally (finally!) Instagram lets you post videos and photos from desktop

Mashable VR

At long last, it's happening. Instagram is finally going to let you post photos and videos under one minute in length using the app's desktop version, the company announced Tuesday.

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Here’s where you can pre-order the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro right now

Digital Trends

Here's what you can expect in terms of availability and prices on Google's Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Mobile News Google Pixel 6 Google Pixel 6 Pro Pixel Fall Launch 2021

Everything coming to Disney+ in November

Mashable VR

As we roll into November, Disney+ is rolling out a brand new slate of movies and TV shows to enjoy. November 12 marks Disney+ Day, which will feature releases across all of Disney+'s brands.

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Scary robot vacuum horror stories that’ll make your skin crawl for Halloween

Digital Trends

Robot vacuums do amazing work, but they can also do some horrific things. We have a few robot vacuum horror stories that'll make your skin crawl for Halloween. Smart Home Halloween robot vacuum robot vacuums


'Check your kids' Halloween candy' memes hilariously mocks hyped drug warnings

Mashable VR

Every Halloween police departments and certain parents do the same, pretty tired thing. Parents be warned," they say, "people are lacing candy with drugs/razor blades/poison/whatever." These old tropes and fears are trotted out despite zero evidence that deadly Halloween candy is a thing.

New HomePod Mini colors expose how stale Apple’s smart home lineup has become

Digital Trends

Apple's HomeKit lags needs more than just new accessory colors if it hopes to compete with Amazon and Google in the smart home space. Opinion Smart Home ' Alexa Apple Google Assistant HomeKit smart home