Fri.Jan 18, 2019

The Weather Channel Continues Its Embrace Of Mixed Reality Technology

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TWC releases another educational MR demonstration ahead of Storm Harper. When The Weather Channel debuted its IMR technology back in June of 2018, the organization introduced the industry to a brand new form of educational broadcasting.

Report: Facebook’s Upcoming AR Glasses Much Less Bulky Than Hololens Or Magic Leap

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Business Insider is reporting that a source has tried on a prototype of the AR glasses under development at Facebook. The source claims the prototype “resembled traditional glasses much more closely than the bulky AR headsets offered by Microsoft (the HoloLens) or Magic Leap.”

Scape Raises $8M for Visual Positioning System Which Could be a Key Component of the AR Metaverse

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Scape Technologies announced last week that it has raised an $8 million seed investment for a visual positioning system that it says can provide centimeter-accurate location data at city-scale.

Soul Scathe Offers Dark Souls-Esque VR Dungeon Crawling

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We’re getting a little spoiled in the fantasy genre right now. Shadow Legend and SoulKeeper 2.0 both look like great VR RPGs. But the newly-announced Soul Scathe is a decidedly darker take on the genre. Developed by Blueberry Bandit, Soul Scathe is coming soon to Rift and Vive.

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Insider Secrets to Adopting Wearables

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Watch this throwback 2016 expert panel led by Upskill’s Brian Ballard, in which enterprise end users from Jacobs Engineering, Powerstream Inc., the AES Corporation, and Intel share their secrets to adopting wearables. Some key insights include referring to the people closest to the problem (i.e.

Meta Company’s Meron Gribetz Recounts Path From TED Talk To Bank Sale

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I spoke by phone this week with Meron Gribetz, the founder of Meta Company and its AR ambitions, and heard his explanation of what happened to the startup as it ran out of money over the last nine months. In case you are unfamiliar, Meta raised around $75 million, according to Crunchbase, with its largest $50 million Series B round announced a few months after Gribetz appeared in a TED talk in 2016 promoting the company’s Meta 2 AR headset and his concepts around human-computer interfaces.

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PSVR MOBA Megalith Getting Free Trial, Changes To DLC Soon

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Last week saw the launch of Megalith on PSVR. The first-person shooter (FPS) looks like a polished stab at the VR multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). That said we’ve already seen some concerns expressed about empty lobbies and DLC. Developer Disruptive Games is looking to fix that. Taking to Reddit , the studio announced that Megalith will soon get two new features. The first is a free trial for the game.

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The Biggest VR Releases Of The Week 13/01/19

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Quality always trumps quantity, and that’s very much the theme of this week. There’s not a lot of new releases, but what’s there is worth checking out. And, going a step further, Ace Combat 7 shows that even short VR experiences can still be must-plays! Last week’s releases are here but don’t miss what’s to come with our January 2019 list , either. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, from Project Aces. Price: $59.99 (PSVR).

Ace Combat 7 VR Livestream: Playing PSVR Exclusive Missions

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is finally out on PS4, Xbox One, and PC this week! However, if you want to play the VR content, that’s exclusive to the PSVR-supported PS4 version of the game ( for now ). We reviewed the VR content and even though we loved it , it’s worth noting there are only three very short missions — which is a major bummer. The VR content is so excellent it had us hungry for more. Especially if you try playing it with a flight stick.