Fri.Jan 22, 2021

My predictions for augmented reality in 2021

The Ghost Howls

Two days ago, I’ve given you my predictions for virtual reality in 2021 (read it, in case you missed it). Now it’s time to make some forecasts about its companion technology, that is augmented reality! Will this finally be the year when we’ll all wear the eyePhone in our eyes? (PS

Facebook’s AR/VR Head Calls for “Big Shift” in How It Deals with User Privacy

Road to VR

Facebook Reality Labs head Andrew Bosworth released an internal memo, entitled “The Big Shift,” which underlines why the company needs to start building products now that better balance user privacy and user experience.

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Explore Belgrade’s Street Art and Graffiti Exhibition in Virtual Reality

ARPost

The Take III: Loving Street Art Belgrade exhibition brings street art and graffiti to life in a virtual reality experience. No matter where you are in the world, you can watch the exhibit using VR equipment.

LIV Now Supports Full-body Avatars from ReadyPlayerMe, Making it Easy to Stream VR Without a Green Screen

Road to VR

Many VR streamers use complicated mixed reality setups to show themselves from a third-person perspective inside the virtual world.

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XR Talks: The Man From the Future Projects 2021

AR Insider

T is the season for coming-year projections. This is a ritual we’ve taken part in, including a long report and series of articles on the top learnings from 2020 and outlook for 2021. But one of our favorite thought leaders and market watchers is the “man from the future” Tom Emrich.

‘Beat Saber’ Update for Quest 2 Unlocks 90Hz Support

Road to VR

One of Oculus Quest 2’s biggest titles, Beat Saber , just released support for the headset’s more immersive 90Hz refresh rate. At launch in mid-October, Oculus Quest 2 featured an opt-in experimental 90Hz mode which only applied to the headset’s menus.

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How to Get an Intense Workout With FitXR on the Oculus Quest

VR Fitness

Some days it is hard to make time for a workout. Those of us that have taken health and fitness into our own hands know the struggle. Work, family, and the stresses of life can really get in the way of finding time to sweat.

Watch: Gorn Oculus Quest Gameplay Reveals A First-Class Port

Upload VR

In case you had any worries about how Free Live’s frantic gladiator game, Gorn, holds up on standalone, fear not, it’s pretty great. Watch our Gorn Oculus Quest gameplay below and see for yourself.

ASUS Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WIFI Announced: A Motherboard for AMD Threadripper Pro

Anand Tech

In the world of crazy motherboard names, I think ASUS might have won with this one. The new ASUS Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WIFI is a motherboard built for AMD’s upcoming Threadripper Pro processors featuring enough added clout to make the most of 128 lanes of PCIe 4.0.

Beat Saber PSVR Multiplayer Build Being Finalized, Testing Next Week

Upload VR

Beat Games this provided an update on the status of multiplayer support for the PSVR version of Beat Saber, indicating that it might not be too far off. Multiplayer support dropped for Beat Saber on all platforms except PSVR in October last year.

Company That Listed 'Camp Auschwitz' Shirts Has User Records Leaked by Prolific Hacker Group

GizModo VR

Teespring, a Silicon Valley e-commerce site that lets people create and sell customized T-shirts, sweaters, and other apparel, is having a heck of a month. Read more

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On a new understanding of failure and success

The Extended Mind

Photo by the blowup on Unsplash. Here’s an excerpt from my soon-to-be-published white paper on common decision biases that impact product development. Look for more updates on the blog and website soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these insights on framing failure and success.

What Happens to Big Oil This Year Will Define the Next Decade

GizModo VR

This is the decade oil and gas must begin their decline. To avoid warming above 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) without overly relying on unproven technology, world oil and gas use must drop 37% and 25%, respectively, by 2030 before declining even further in the following decades.

A process for learning from failure

The Extended Mind

Photo by Fabrizio Verrecchia on Unsplash. Here’s an excerpt from my soon-to-be-published white paper on common decision biases that impact product development. Look for more updates on the blog and website soon.

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Microsoft Landed a Patent to Turn You Into a Chatbot

GizModo VR

What if the most significant measure of your life’s labors has nothing to do with your lived experiences but merely your unintentional generation of a realistic digital clone of yourself, a specimen of ancient man for the amusement of people of the year 4500 long after you have departed this mortal coil? This is the… Read more.

How to watch UFC 257 online: Live stream Poirier vs. Mcgregor 2

Digital Trends

If you want to watch UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 online this Saturday, here's how to do it with ESPN+. How-To Movies & TV News Commerce How-To ESPN how to watch UFC UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 ufc-bar

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Some Truly Disruptive Suggestions for Elon Musk's $100 Million Carbon Sequestration Prize

GizModo VR

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced in a tweet on Thursday night he will be give a $100 million prize for the “best” carbon capture technology. Very exciting! Read more.

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Microsoft Word vs. Google Docs

Digital Trends

Microsoft and Google both offer word processing programs but are quite different. Which one is best for you? Computing Web comparison Google Google Docs Microsoft Microsoft Word versus Word

Amazon: If Workers Want a Union So Bad, They Can Attend a Superspreader Event

GizModo VR

Amazon has a message for its workers: if you want to unionize so badly, you’ll need to risk catching the coronavirus to do it. Read more. 3d publishing amazon publishing retailers bessemer alabama companies criticism of amazon amazon worker organization

This Week In XR: Apple VR, Save Poly, LBVR Still Kicking

Charlie Fink

It's likely Apple is working on more than one XR HMD. Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Innovation /innovation Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Business /business Media /media technology

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Russian Government Claims TikTok Deleted Young People’s Protest Prep Videos at Its Behest

GizModo VR

The same week recently poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was taken into police custody in Moscow, Russia’s youth and adults began preparing for unsanctioned protests that will take place across the country on Saturday, January 23.

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The Google Pixel 5: A Mini-Review - Small Package, Small Value?

Anand Tech

The Pixel 5 is a change of tactic for Google, with the company opting to go the route of a lower-cost “premium” or high mid-range component configuration, rather than setting up the Pixel 5 as an all-out flagship phone.

A Primer on the Likely Villain of Cobra Kai Season 4

GizModo VR

Cobra Kai season three ended with a not so subtle tease. John Kreese, the returning sensei of the once again villainous Cobra Kai, looked at a photo from his days in Vietnam, picked up the phone, and called an old war buddy. With that, Karate Kid obsessives knew exactly who to expect in season four.

LastPass vs. 1Password

Digital Trends

LastPass and 1Password are two fantastic password managers, but there are some real differences between them. Computing Mobile 1 Password LastPass password manager Tier 4 versus

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This $440,000 Watch Has a Unique Complication and Looks Cool, Also Costs $440,000

GizModo VR

As a watch lover, I look at the new MB&F Horological Machine N°9 ‘Sapphire Vision’ with equal measures of lust and anger.

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How to update drivers in Windows 10

Digital Trends

Your PC needs love now and then. Keep its component drivers current so you can keep multitasking efficiently. Computing How-To Desktops Laptops Nvidia Update drivers

Angry Reddit 'Mob' and Shortsellers Clash Over Gamestop's Ridiculous Stock Market Jump

GizModo VR

Video game retailer GameStop, that store you stumble into at the mall while trying to figure out why you’re at a mall, is having quite a moment on Wall Street.

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Population: One Quest 2 Livestream – VR Battle Royale!

Upload VR

For today’s livestream we’re playing Population: One in VR using an Oculus Quest 2 natively! If you’re curious about how we livestream the way we do then look no further than this handy guide for general tips and this guide specific to our Oculus Quest setup.

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CenturyLink, Frontier Failed to Meet FCC Deadline for Rural Broadband Rollout

GizModo VR

As part of the Connect America Fund Phase II grants in 2015, the FCC awarded CenturyLink and Frontier a combined total of $789.1 million in federal funds to expand broadband services to rural Americans. 31 was the deadline for CenturyLink to roll out 10Mbps/1Mbps broadband to 1.17

EON Reality and Babe?-Bolyai University Announce Partnership for Educational XR Center

EonReality

The new educational XR possibilities in Romania come from the Grant Guarantee Program. EON Reality, the global leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer for industry and education, announces a new partnership with Babe?-Bolyai Bolyai University (UBB) in Romania.

France Passes Law Protecting the 'Sensory Identity' of the Countryside

GizModo VR

Only the French would pass a law that is so poetically existential. While conservation efforts in most countries tend to focus on saving endangered animals or plant life, France is going further in an effort to preserve the sensory experiences of its rural areas. Read more

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