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#SWXW2019 – Augmenting ARt

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Brian Behm is an Artist Using the world as his canvas and digital elements as brushtrokes. Tech Trends catches up to him at South by Southwest in Austin. . By Laura Kobylecky. Brian Behm is here at The South by Southwest Conference in Austin as both a speaker and mentor.

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HP Reverb Is The Best Windows Mixed Reality Headset Yet

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HP unveils their ultra comfortable VR headset at HP Reinvent global partner conference. The Windows Mixed Reality platform has seen its fair share of ups and downs since the introduction of Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and HP third-party headsets back in October of 2017.

Space Channel 5 VR Is Really A Thing And This Trailer Proves It

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If you hadn’t heard, Space Channel 5 VR is coming. Yes, really. Don’t believe us? This new trailer proves it. Sega revealed the latest look at its upcoming VR port, developed by Grounding, earlier this month.

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HP ‘Reverb’ is the New High-res Headset on the Block, Starting at $600

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HP today announced Reverb (formerly codenamed ‘Copper’), the successor to the company’s first Windows VR headset. Reverb’s high res displays raise the bar on pixel density among consumer VR headsets.

GDC 2019: Angry Birds Officially Coming To PSVR And iOS ARKit Very Soon

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Today, Rovio and Resolution Gamse are officially announcing two brand new versions of Angry Birds for both AR and VR devices.

Magic Leap & Weta Workshop Preview Multiplayer Mode for Dr. Grordbort's Invaders at GDC

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Visitors to the Unity booth at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco will get a special augmented reality treat courtesy of Magic Leap and Weta Workshop.

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Angry Birds Returns to Its Mobile Roots with 'Isle of Pigs' Augmented Reality Game

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After launching its first augmented reality title for Angry Birds on the Magic Leap One, Rovio has doubled back to the platform that made its franchise famous.

GDC 2019 Day 1 Roundup: Beat Saber For Quest, Vive Finger Tracking, OpenXR Release

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Now that the 2019 Game Developers Conference (GDC) is in full swing it can be tough to keep track of everything. Each day is jam-packed full of announcements and as we get the time to go hands-on with everything we’ve got impressions and news stories coming out extremely quickly. You can let this article serve as your one-stop shop for links to everything we’ve written about GDC 2019 to date.

Full Reveal of ‘Star Wars Vader Immortal’ Quest Launch Title Coming Next Month

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ILMxLab is to finally demo its upcoming Star Wars Virtual Reality series, Vader Immortal at the annual Star Wars Celebration event in April.

Pimax Releases ASW-Like “Smart Smoothing” And Static Foveated Rendering

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At GDC 2019 today Pimax released two new software features aimed at making its headsets easier to run. Fixed Foveated Rendering (FFR) and Smart Smoothing. The features work for both the 5K+ and 8K headsets. Fixed Foveated Rendering renders at a lower resolution everywhere except the center of the lens. This is the same technique used on the Oculus Go and Quest standalone headsets. Pimax claims this provides a 10-30% performance improvement.

Hands-on: HP’s Pixel-packed ‘Reverb’ Sets a New Bar for Windows VR Headsets

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HP today announced Reverb (formerly codenamed Copper), its new VR headset which aims to deliver enhanced resolution and comfort. With a more thoughtful design and pixel-packed displays, Reverb sets a new bar for Windows VR headsets.

Intriguing New VR Projects Unearthed In Final Unreal Dev Grant Round

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Epic Games this week revealed its final round of Unreal Dev Grants. The program, which has been running for the past four years, offers funding to companies using Unreal Engine. It gives indie studios a leg up with no-string-attached funding.

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‘Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series’ Heads To Star Wars Celebration This April

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Episode one of the series is set launch later this year on the Oculus Quest. It’s been roughly five months since ILMxLAB announced Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series for the upcoming Oculus Quest standalone headset.

GDC 2019: Nreal AR Sunglasses Target Gamers With NetEase Partnership

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Having showcased its promising hardware at CES and MWC already, Nreal is targetting gamers at GDC 2019. The company today announced a partnership with NetEase to showcase content on its AR sunglasses, Nreal Light. Nreal offers a pair of light sunglasses that connect to an external processing unit, be it either a dedicated device or a Snapdragon 855-powered smartphone. The glasses then produce virtual images in the real world, much like Magic Leap One or HoloLens 2.

Pimax’s Answer to Rift’s Asynchronous Spacewarp ‘Brainwarp’ to Exit Beta This Week

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Pimax today announced their Brainwarp software will be coming out of beta soon with the official launch of Brainwarp version 1.0.

SXSW 2019: The Atomic Tree Tells A Riveting Deep-Rooted Story

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As the years go by, and virtual reality becomes more accessible, it also becomes more mainstream. While a lot of people look forward to VR gaming and other interactive experiences, others yearn for immersive experiences that aren’t as interactive. SXSW’s Virtual Cinema area showed off plenty of these experiences this year, and it brought in quite the crowd. Atomic Tree was one of the apps on show.

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HP Reverb VR Headset might’ve hit the sweet spot

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The HP Reverb VR Headset Pro Edition has 2x smaller LCD displays where most competitors have larger AMOLED. But the HP headset has more pixels per eye, a larger field of view, and a slightly lighter overall weight than HTC Vive Pro and Samsung Odyssey.

Pico Neo 2 Is A Standalone VR Headset Which Can Also Wirelessly Connect To Your PC

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At GDC this week Qualcomm announced an update to their VR845 reference design which allows it to also wirelessly connect to a gaming PC. The first headset to be based off this design and using its technology is the Pico Neo 2. The Neo 2 will launch in the second half of this year. They aren’t announcing price just yet, but the Neo 1 was $749 and the Qualcomm VR845 development kit is $1600 so don’t expect it to be cheap.

Rendered or real? Real-time ray tracing makes cars look convincingly realistic.

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The hyper-realistic reflection of light on the ground in front of the car should've given it away, but I was so distracted by the realness of everything else that I didn't pick up on the clues that the BMW 8 series coupe I was looking at wasn't the real thing.

GDC 2019: Apex Construct, More Win Big In Third Annual Viveport Developer Awards

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Fast Travel Games’ Apex Construct was one of the big winners in HTC’s third annual Viveport Developer Awards. This year’s winners were announced at GDC 2019 today. As the name suggests, the awards recognize developers that have published apps on HTC’s VR storefront in the past year. Winners will net goodies from a $50,000 prize pool. That includes new Vive hardware, tickets to GDC itself and future marketing support.

Camera maker Insta360 raises $30M as it eyes 2020 IPO

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Insta360, one of the pioneers in making 360-degree cameras, just raised $30 million in a Series C+ funding round from Chinese investors, including Everest Venture Capital , MG Holdings and Huajin Capital. The Shenzhen-based camera maker declined to disclose its latest valuation.

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