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.

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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.

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.

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

Acer Reveals OJO 500 Detachable Windows VR Headset

UploadVR

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.

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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.

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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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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Star Trek Fans Build VR Recreation Of Enterprise-D Starship

VRScout

A dedicated group of Trekkies look to immortalize the shows infamous vessel via an interactive virtual tour. Kirk or Picard? It’s a question that’s haunted Stark Trek fans for years, destroying countless friendships in the process.

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Firewall Zero Hour Review: The Tactical VR Shooter We’ve Been Waiting For

UploadVR

I knew Firewall Zero Hour would be something special the very first time I got my hands on it almost a full year ago back at PSX 2017.

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.

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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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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.

Apple Acquires AR Optics Startup Akonia Holographics

Road to VR

Apple has acquired Akonia Holographics , a startup focused on holographic display and storage technology. The move is the latest development in a years-long string of acquisitions, patents, and hirings by the company focused on augmented and virtual reality technology.

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How VR Can Help Surgeons Hone Their Craft

VRScout

FundamentalVR’s low-cost simulation education could take the medical field by storm. For the past 150 years, surgeons across the globe have been trained in a seemingly tried and true manner.

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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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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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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 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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VR Motion Simulator ‘Feel Three’ Hits Kickstarter, Fully Funded in Under 24 Hours

Road to VR

Feel Three, a 3DOF motion simulator for VR, went live on Kickstarter yesterday. And owing to its vision in providing a relatively cost-effective solution among a sea of expensive motion platforms, the company blasted past their £50,000 funding goal within only a day’s time.

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.

Be The Hero Is A Super-Powered VR Game Releasing Next Week

UploadVR

Another chance to step into the shoes of a superhero is coming to VR headsets next week. EXPVR is set to launch its energetic action game, Be The Hero, on August 24th via Steam Early Access with support for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows VR headsets.

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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.

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.

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.

Former ‘God of War’ Devs Launch Kickstarter for Colossal VR Shooter ‘Titan Arena’

Road to VR

Lightbound Studios, a company founded by two former God of War series developers, are aiming to bring something truly colossal to VR with their upcoming first-person shooter Titan Arena.

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Seven VR Titles Nominated At This Year’s Emmy Awards

VRScout

VR continues its mainstream invasion as a new pack of virtual content makes its way to the prestigious award ceremony. This September the Primetime Emmy Awards will celebrate its legendary 70th anniversary, once again honoring the absolute finest in U.S. television entertainment.

Ace Combat 7’s PSVR Mode Estimated To Last Three Hours

UploadVR

We’ve been eagerly awaiting news about Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown ‘s PlayStation VR (PSVR) content ever since the game was announced a few years ago. Those hoping they might get a full game’s worth of content out of it might be a little disappointed by today’s news, though.

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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.

Hands-On: Magic Leap's Screens App Is the Closest Thing to a Killer App for the Magic Leap One, For Now

Next Reality AR

By now, you already know that the Magic Leap One ships with an array of apps to immediately get you accustomed to operating in your new spatial computing reality. The first one we're going to focus on is Screens, an app we told you about previously, but only now have managed to try for ourselves.

Why we should care about ergonomics in virtual reality

The Ghost Howls

I always say that most of my readers know VR far better than me.

Imogen Heap VR Concert Experience to Land on ‘TheWaveVR’ August 31st

Road to VR

Imogen Heap, the Grammy-award winning musician, is following in the footsteps of TOKiMONSTA, Ash Koosha, and The Glitch Mob with a social VR concert experience, hosted on TheWaveVR platform soon.

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. .