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Posemoji App Lets You Use Your Body to Create Augmented Reality Emoji & Designs

Next Reality AR

The great thing about augmented reality is that so much is possible using the emerging tools and software, your only real limit is your imagination — that includes making real versions of imagined products.

Valve Teases New ‘Index’ VR Headset Coming in May

Road to VR

After months of speculation, Valve has finally officially confirmed a new VR headset called Index that bears the company’s own name and will presumably be a first-party product. A teaser image for the headset may indicate a release date of May.

Magic Leap Adds New Multi-User & Sharing Features, Improves Hand Tracking in Latest Lumin OS Update

Next Reality AR

After showing off a prototype of the Grordbattle multiplayer first-person shooter at the Game Developer Conference, Magic Leap has added a new Shared World feature in version 0.95.0 of the Lumin OS update released this week.

Using VR as an Intervention Tool

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UK Social enterprise pilots use of immersive tech in social care. Over the past five years, the number of children who are looked after by Local Authorities (LAs) and children who require child protection plans to be kept safe from ‘significant harm’ has increased dramatically in England.

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Medivis App for Magic Leap One & HoloLens Lets You Study the Human Anatomy in Augmented Reality

Next Reality AR

Not content to merely assist surgeons via the HoloLens, Medivis has expanded its augmented reality suite to Magic Leap One with an app for medical students.

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Vive Pro Eye Hits FCC on Its Way to 2019 Launch

Road to VR

HTC Vive Pro Eye, the enterprise-focused VR headset with integrated eye-tracking, has officially undergone testing by the FCC.

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Valve Teases ‘Index’ VR Headset For May

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Valve is teasing its VR headset for May. You can check it out right now on Steam , although there are currently no other details listed. The site at least partially confirms our report from late last year.

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Black Box Opens First VR Gym In San Francisco

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Getting shredded with the help of VR. Black Box , founded by Ryan DeLuca & Preston Lewis in 2016, will open the doors to its first VR gym this April in San Francisco with plans for expansion in the near future.

Everything We Know (Officially) About the FOV and IPD of Rift S & Quest

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Limina To Launch Dedicated VR Arts Theatre In The UK

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From Sundance to Sheffield Doc/Fest, VR art has become a mainstay in the global festival circuit. But the chance to see the actual content touring these shows is fleeting at best. Immersive arts group Limina wants to change that. You may remember Limina itself hosted such a festival in December 2018.

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VR Card-Battler ‘Skyworld: Kingdom Brawl’ Gameplay Revealed in New Video

Road to VR

Chomping at the bit for the next Skyworld game? Vertigo Games and Vive Studios recently showed off some new footage of the upcoming VR card-battler Skyworld: Kingdom Brawl in action, and it seems they’re hoping to take it to new heights in the burgeoning VR esports scene.

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Dreams Early Access Won’t Have PSVR But Support ‘Still Planned’

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Good news: the Dreams Early Access launch is just a few weeks away. Bad news: it definitely won’t support PSVR. For now, at least. Developer Media Molecule confirmed an April 16th launch for the game over on the PlayStation Blog.

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This Week In XR: New VR Devices Coming Our Way

Charlie Fink

The coming Oculus Quest is loading up on content in anticipation of its consumer release this spring, while HTC's competing HMD, the Vive Focus, is now available to enterprises around the world

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Scape Highlights Geo-Located AR Uses In First Hackathon

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We may all be looking forward to the day HoloLens and Magic Leap are affordable, but smartphone AR still has plenty of room to grow. UK-based Scape technologies is still exploring those possibilities with its new platform. Scape is powering geo-located AR.

Releases Recap: March 25 – 29

Oculus

This week, we released over a dozen titles and updates across the Oculus Platform, including Space Junkies, the long-awaited, high-adrenaline FPS from Ubisoft. Here’s a

Tokyo Chronos Makes The Case For VR Visual Novels With Middling Results

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I’m always puzzled by the suggestion that VR ‘needs’ its version of some gaming genres. 3D visuals aside, what’s really gained by putting a turn-based strategy game into headsets? Or a JRPG? Moreover, does the obscure visual novel genre really need a VR equivalent?