Tue.May 07, 2019

Google Brings Augmented Reality to the Mainstream by Adding AR Content to Search

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If Google hasn't already demonstrated that it is serious about augmented reality, then it made it abundantly clear at the Google I/O keynote on Tuesday. After opening remarks from Google CEO Sundar Pinchai, which included a preview of AR navigation included in the Google I/O app for Android and iOS, Aparna Chennapragada, vice president and head of product for augmented reality, virtual reality, and Lens, took the stage for updates on augmented reality.

Microsoft Hints At Minecraft AR Experience Ahead Of 10th Anniversary


More information coming May 17th, Minecraft’s 10-year anniversary. 10 years. It’ s been 10 years since the launch of what can only be described as one of the most influential video games in the history of entertainment. Released back in May of 2019, Minecraft’s deceitfully-simple art style and unique craft-based gameplay birthed a new genre in video games, launching a never-ending stream of similar survival crafting experiences.


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Google Expands Preview of Maps AR Navigation to Pixel Phones

Next Reality AR

Alongside its official unveiling of the lower-cost Pixel 3a smartphone at Google I/O, Google took the opportunity to extend its early preview of AR walking navigation in Google Maps to all Pixel devices. After introducing the capability at last year's Google I/O Google began rolling out the alpha preview of the AR mode to its Local Guides in February. In Google Maps, AR navigation overlays arrows, street names, distances, and location pins onto the device's camera view.

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Google Pixel Phones Get AR Maps First


Google is starting to roll out its augmented reality mapping features to its Pixel phones. The feature should start going live today across the entire line of Pixel phones. The update uses the phone’s camera to provide directions via arrows in its view of the surrounding world. We’ll be curious to see how broadly and quickly Google is able to support the new feature.

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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.

Microsoft Teases Minecraft Augmented Reality Game for Mobile at Build 2019

Next Reality AR

It looks like Microsoft will finally make good on its promise to bring Minecraft to augmented reality, as foreshadowed via a HoloLens demo in 2015. But there's a plot twist — AR Minecraft may debut as a mobile app rather than as a HoloLens experience. On Monday, in conjunction with Build 2019, Microsoft shared a teaser video that managed to give gamers a glimpse of what to expect while still remaining cryptic on details, hence earning its status as a teaser.

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Pikachu Celebrates New Movie by Photobombing the AR Camera in Pokémon GO

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The perfect promotion for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu has finally come to fruition as Niantic has added some movie-related perks to Pokémon GO. Starting Tuesday at 4 p.m. Eastern time and continuing until the same time on May 17, Pokémon GO players taking photos with the enhanced GO Snapshot camera may encounter Detective Pikachu, complete with deerstalker cap, and then have the chance to capture the creature.

Vive Closes In On Rift In May Steam Hardware Survey


It’s the start of a new month so you know what that means; the latest Steam Hardware Survey is in. May’s results seem to largely continue a trend started in April. Once again the gap between the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive family of headsets has decreased. In fact the difference is quite dramatic this month; Rift equated to 45.62% of overall VR usage on Steam. Vive and Vive Pro, meanwhile, total 42.59% of the share.

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Location-based VR Attraction ‘Hologate’ Celebrates 2 Million Player Milestone

Road to VR

Hologate, a Munich-based startup, today announced that their eponymous world-wide VR attraction has taken in two million visitors since it was first launched in 2017. The virtual reality hardware company and VR gaming/experience studio boasts over 250 installations spanning Europe, the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region, and North and South America—a total of 21 countries to be exact.

Google: ‘Exactly Where We Take Daydream Remains To Be Seen’


It’s uncertain days for Google’s mobile VR ecosystem, Daydream. As we head into this week’s I/O developer conference, though, it doesn’t sound like we’re due for an update. Speaking to Fast Company , Google senior VP of devices and services Rick Osterloh said the company will likely continue to invest in VR, but it “remains to be seen” where it goes. “We’re still in the very early days of VR,” Osterloh said.

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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.

‘Battlewake’ is a New Pirate Ship Battler from the Makers of ‘Creed’ & ‘Raw Data’

Road to VR

Survios, the studio behind Raw Data (2017) and Creed: Rise to Glory (2018), today announced a new VR game that will put you at the helm of a pirate ship as you battle massive monsters, and of course your fellow seadogs. Dubbed Battlewake , the game gives you a choice between a few armed, upgradeable warships, which you captain as one of four heroes.

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The Mage’s Tale On PSVR Now Has PS4 Pro Enhancements


The Mage’s Tale is one of the most feature-filled RPGs developed for VR headsets thus far. Clocking in just over 10 hours for a straight playthrough, it’s a full game with rich combat, lots of customization options, and superb voice acting. When the game released on PSVR earlier this year we loved the port , but noted the lack of PS4 Pro enhancements. As a result, the game didn’t look nearly as good as it could have. Finally that’s been rectified today.

Headjack Partners With Pico Interactive


Today we officially announce a partnership between Headjack and Pico Interactive, adding support for all Pico VR headsets, which are taking the world by storm. By the end of last year, more and more clients started asking if we could support Pico headsets in Headjack, so we decided to look into this company. It turned […]. The post Headjack Partners With Pico Interactive appeared first on Headjack.


Google Not Releasing Oculus Quest Competitor, Pixel 3a Doesn’t Support Daydream


In an interview with CNET , Google’s Head of VR & AR revealed that the company will not be releasing an Oculus Quest competitor this year. Additionally, the company told The Verge that the new Pixel 3a $399 smartphone will not support the Daydream platform. No Oculus Quest Competitor. Google’s Clay Bavor told CNET that the company’s focus in VR “is much more on services and the bright spots where we see VR being really useful”.

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VR For The Information Worker

Charlie Fink

The use case for the broad adoption of Virtual Reality has come under some criticism lately, and the consumer VR market hasn’t matured as quickly as was hoped but out of the public eye, enterprise VR continues to rack up big wins. Commercial applications of VR are accelerating, as evidenced by the recent Walmart purchase of 17,000 Oculus Go headsets for their Strivr-designed training program. VR can stand in for expensive equipment from planes, to UPS trucks and forklifts.

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Battlewake High-Seas Combat Game From Survios Releases This Summer


Survios revealed high-seas pirate combat game Battlewake with plans to release it this summer. Survios is the studio behind Raw Data, Sprint Vector, Electronauts and Creed: Rise to Glory — a range of titles that do a great deal to embody players in a range of both single and multiplayer game modes. Battlewake will continue that legacy on open waters as players become “a mythical Pirate Lord” to “captain a massive battle-ready ship and wield ancient magics.”

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Microsoft Teases Minecraft AR, But Not For HoloLens 2


It looks like Minecraft is getting ready to take on Pokemon Go. A new teaser trailer released by Microsoft this week basically confirms that Minecraft AR is in the works. The short clip sees someone pick up another person’s phone only to discover an AR version of the game. The unmistakable pixelated blocks line the floor of the real world and a pig trots around on them. Later two other virtual characters spot the player and run off.