August, 2018

Accelerating Mixed Reality

Tech Trends VR

The University of Hull has launched an accelerator dedicated to developing Mixed Reality tech for the Microsoft HoloLens.

Old Meets New as App Transforms Vinyl Records into Augmented Reality Sculptures

Next Reality AR

Despite the rise of music streaming, the experience of immersing oneself in the artwork and lyrics of old school albums is alive again, as sales of vinyl records and CDs have outpaced digital downloads for the first time since 2011.

Virtual Reality is reaching a mature state according to Gartner

The Ghost Howls

Some days ago, while browsing the Facebook group VIRTUAL REALITY, I found a post comparing the Gartner Hype Cycle 2017 and 2018. The results of the comparison were basically two: Augmented Reality has not moved in the graph; Virtual Reality has disappeared.

Artist’s AR Exhibit Shows Two Sides Of The Same Reality

VRScout

Adobe’s artist in residence explains how augmented reality proved to be the perfect medium to express herself. .

The 5 Best Free Games on Oculus Rift

Road to VR

There are plenty of great games out there for Oculus Rift, with the Oculus Store featuring a number of top titles certainly worth your hard-earned money.

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Jaunt Shows Off New Augmented Reality 360-degree Full Body Selfies

UploadVR

Jaunt made its name as a creator of 360-degree videos and cinematic VR experiences. But under new management, the company has shifted its focus to supplying mixed reality technology to other companies.

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Magic Leap One Launch Date Set for 8/8/2018 (Possibly at 8:08)

Next Reality AR

After a series of hints revealed by CEO Rony Abovitz via Twitter, Magic Leap looks like it is ready to launch Magic Leap One on 8/8/2018 at 8:08. Rony Aboviz changed his twitter profile's header to this launching whales image at 8:08pm on 8/7/2018. One day before launch.

An amazing day at HTC Vive, trying SteamVR multiroom, Vive Wireless Adapter and Vive Focus gesture tracking

The Ghost Howls

Two days ago, I’ve been at HTC Vive Chinese headquarters in Beijing. It has been a really amazing day, where I have been able to try some amazing HTC tech demos (more on this later on! Don’t miss it!) and especially to talk with some special people.

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HP Partnership Expands Advanced VR Training

VRScout

From utilities companies to first responders, more industries are adopting rich virtual training experiences for training purposes. There is a growing plethora of Industry 4.0

Vive Wireless Adapter Priced at $300, Launches September 24th

Road to VR

The Vive Wireless Adapter, a first-party wireless add-on for the Vive and Vive Pro, is finally nearing launch after being announced way back in January. Priced at $300 with pre-orders starting September 5th, the Vive Wireless Adapter release date is set for September 24th.

Nostos Is An Open World VR RPG That Looks A Lot Like Sword Art Online

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I’m a simple man. I love beautiful, cel-shaded worlds, RPGs, and fighting monsters online with friends. Similar in many ways to Sword Art Online, Nostos is all of those and more, in virtual reality, and I’m absolutely foaming at the mouth to see more of this game.

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Leaping Into the AR Magicverse?

Tech Trends VR

Magic Leap finally materializes into a product some of us can actually buy, yet the real test will be whether developers take the bait.

Magic Leap One First Hands-on Impressions for HoloLens Developers

Next Reality AR

In a surprising twist of expectation management, Magic Leap manged to not only ship but deliver the Magic Leap One I ordered at this morning by 4pm on the same day.

Gamescom 2018 Day 0: NVIDIA reveals RTX 2080 series graphics cards

The Ghost Howls

The Gamescom has not begun yet, but it has already been exciting. Today, the day before the start of the kermesse, NVIDIA has organized the event in which the new GTX 11 graphics cards should have been announced.

Man Loses 138 Pounds Following Beat Saber Workout Routine

VRScout

A dedicated VR gamer has developed a 30-minute workout routine using Beat Saber and the results are promising. After an unfortunate series of car accidents that resulted in permanent injury to both his back and neck, Robert Long wasn’t sure how he’d recover.

Hands-on: StarVR One is the Most Complete Ultra-wide VR Headset to Date

Road to VR

When it comes to VR headsets aiming for ultra-wide fields of view, three devices dominate the discussion: Pimax “8K” , VRgineers XTAL , and StarVR One.

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VR Game Releases For September 2018

UploadVR

Every month we aim to round up each and every VR game release for you in one single place — this is September’s list. Don’t worry — we’ll continue highlighting the best ones at the end of each week too. August was a huge month for VR.

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Developing the Future of VR Apps

Tech Trends VR

. These coding school graduates are showing off some cool immersive tech applications. Fullstack Academy is one of the nations top coding schools which so far has helped over 1,000 people enter the field of software development.

New Video Shows How Precise HoloLens 2.0 Depth Sensing Will Be

Next Reality AR

While the next-generation HoloLens does not have a launch date yet, we now have a better idea of how big a leap the device will take in terms of depth sensor performance.

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Magic Leap on sale starting from $2295, ships only in the US

The Ghost Howls

Finally, the day has come. After a lot of words, flying whales, rock throwing guys and a lot of debates, Magic Leap has been released. You can buy it on the company website. Really, in the past years I thought this day would have never arrived… and instead, sometimes the unexpected happens.

Alibaba Is Using AR To Change The Shopping Experience

VRScout

Alibaba is launching Taobao Buy, a new shopping experience that uses AR technology to bring 3D versions of products into the real world.

The 5 Best Free Games on HTC Vive

Road to VR

Steam is chocked full of free games that support HTC Vive, but it may be difficult with all that choice to know exactly which games to start out with, especially if that shiny new HTC Vive or HTC Vive Pro blew out your remaining games budget.

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Hands-On: Twilight Path Is The Next Enthralling VR Puzzle Game By The Creators Of Form

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Twilight Path from Charm Games has a strong sense of identity from its opening moments. The very second that it begins you immediately feel like you’re inside of a fully-realized virtual world, even if all you’re really doing is teleporting around while solving puzzles.

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Taking AR Walk in the Woods

Tech Trends VR

With AR, Greenpeace hopes to create greater empathy between us and forest ecosystems under threat.

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This Children's Hospital Uses HoloLens & Augmented Reality to Calm Young Patients During Medical Procedures

Next Reality AR

While numerous examples exist of hospitals deploying the HoloLens to assist doctors, surgeons, medical professionals, and students while treating patients, California's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is actually using the augmented reality headset to improve the patient's experience.

Gamescom 2018 Day 2: NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti video, Ubisoft believes in VR and much more

The Ghost Howls

Welcome to my post about the second day I’ve spent here at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany (you can read the summary of the previous ones here and here ).

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Austin’s Rapidly Growing VR Community

VRScout

Does Austin have the largest VR community outside of Los Angeles? This was a question I asked myself several times last summer before moving. I was familiar with Austin, Texas because of SXSW — having attended with my previous employer, Emblematic Group.

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NVIDIA’s New High-end Quadro RTX First to Include VirtualLink VR Port

Road to VR

Today at SIGGRAPH 2018 NVIDIA announced ‘Turing’, their next-generation GPU architecture aimed at real-time ray tracing, and the first high-end GPUs built atop it, the Quadro RTX 8000, 6000 and 5000.

Acer Reveals OJO 500 Detachable Windows VR Headset

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Less than a year on from the release of Acer’s first Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headset, the company is introducing its successor, the Acer OJO 500.

Building New Worlds in Virtual Reality

Tech Trends VR

AltspaceVR brings out new tools to make it easy for anybody to make and share their own personalized virtual environments. Recently unveiled updates to Microsoft’s social VR platform will allow anyone to build customizable VR spaces.