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

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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.

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

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

Magic Leap launches on International Cat Day with the promise of mustaches on cat photos and Sigur Ros

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Magic Leap One Creator Edition is now available starting at $2,295 USD. Inside the box you’ll find the Lightwear headset, Lightpack computing pack, Control handheld input device, a Fit Kit to ensure a perfectly calibrated fit, chargers, and a handy Quick Start Guide to get you up and running.

How Mixed Reality Will Bring Us Industry 4.0

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More sectors are realizing the potential of immersive technology to dramatically maximize efficiency and profits.

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

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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.

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

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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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HP Partnership Expands Advanced VR Training

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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

The PSVR demo for Transference from Elijah Wood's VR company SpectreVision is giving me nightmares.

Cats and VR

"We want you take off the gear and still feel unsettled." Lisa Whalen CEO of SpectreVision I would say that Lisa Whalen is just doing her best to hype up the upcoming SpectreVision psychological horror title but then the nightmares keep coming back.

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.

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.

Oculus Targeting Q1 2019 For Santa Cruz Release, Rift Ports Planned

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Oculus is targeting Q1 2019 to launch its upcoming higher-end standalone VR headset, currently known by the code-name Santa Cruz. Multiple independent sources have said that Oculus has shared a Q1 timeline for wide release. The headset is designed to function on its own without the need for a PC, similar to Oculus Go , but with cameras added for inside-out tracking of 6DOF head movement and two Oculus Touch-style controllers.

Apple Acquires AR Optics Startup Akonia Holographics

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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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Alibaba Is Using AR To Change The Shopping Experience

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

NetEase reveals details about Nostos, the company’s first open-world multiplayer VR game at Gamescom

Cats and VR

NetEase, Inc. revealed at Gamescom 2018 new details about Nostos, the company’s first open-world multiplayer VR game, and the integration of SpatialOS technology.

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

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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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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.

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

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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.

Seven VR Titles Nominated At This Year’s Emmy Awards

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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.

StarVR unveils its newest HMD at SIGGRAPH 2018

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Launched today at SIGGRAPH 2018 , StarVR One is a one-of-its-kind VR head mounted display that provides nearly 100-percent human viewing angle. StarVR One features key technology innovations critical to redefine what’s possible in virtual reality.

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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.

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.

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

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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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Austin’s Rapidly Growing VR Community

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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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Evil Dead: Virtual Nightmare’ releases on Samsung Gear VR and Oculus GO

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Mobile games publisher Boomdash Digital announced the official release of a new action-packed endless runner set within the twisted world of Evil Dead.

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.

Mercedes-Benz Shifts to HoloLens for Employee Training

Next Reality AR

Luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz has joined the growing list of automakers adopting augmented reality to provide an assist to its manufacturing operations, in this case, via the Microsoft HoloLens.

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

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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.

Oculus Founder Serves up Scathing Review of Magic Leap One, Calling It A “Tragic Heap”

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While Palmer Luckey provided his own Magic Leap One headset to iFixit for their tear down, the founder of Oculus certainly had his chance for a proper review before the spudgers and screwdrivers came out, and he isn’t pulling any punches either.

Man Loses 138 Pounds Following Beat Saber Workout Routine

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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.

Vantage Point Secures Seed Funding Round of $1.3M to Bring VR-Based Anti-Sexual Harassment Training to Enterprises

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Vantage Point , the world’s first Virtual Reality-based enterprise training platform has announced a Seed funding round of $1.3M to bring immersive Anti-Sexual Harassment Training to corporations. Vantage Point is founded by solo female minority founder, Morgan Mercer.

Mixed Reality Means Business

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A survey by the Harvard Business Review and Microsoft shows that most companies are embracing immersive tech as a key part of their strategy.

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This Is What Tech Reviewers Think of the Magic Leap One After Spending Time with the Finished Product

Next Reality AR

The hype train that left the station years ago has reached its first stop, and now we finally have access to the Magic Leap One, the device many have claimed would revolutionize the augmented reality space at launch. But is that really true?