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


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

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


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.

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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Looking into the Crystal Ball: The Future of VR in Education


The future is a realm of all sorts of unimaginable possibilities. But it isn’t too difficult to answer the question of where VR will be in the next five years. The sector that arguably stands to gain the most from rapid developments in VR technology is that of education.

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


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

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


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.

Developing the Future of VR Apps

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. 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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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.

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

Cats and VR

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.

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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Man Loses 138 Pounds Following Beat Saber Workout Routine


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.

VR Game Releases For September 2018


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

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

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Magic Leap's Good News — the Haters Are Wrong, Bad News — Now Everyone Will Focus on Apple Glasses

Next Reality AR

I've had a few days to live with the Magic Leap One and it's time to finally weigh in with some thoughts as someone who has been tracking this company from the beginning, for almost five years now. Let's get right to the meat of the matter: Magic Leap One is not a flop.

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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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.

Exploring The RMS Titanic In VR


Dive deep into the infamous ship’s fascinating history with Titanic VR. The golden rule for creating compelling VR content is that you should allow people to experience something that would be either impossible or too dangerous, expensive and/or difficult to do in real life.

Acer Reveals OJO 500 Detachable Windows VR Headset


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.

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.

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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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.

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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Star Trek Fans Build VR Recreation Of Enterprise-D Starship


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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Titan Arena Is A Massive VR Boss Battler From Ex-God of War Devs


Ever thought that Shadow of the Colossus would be really cool in VR? We certainly have , and it looks like two ex-God of War devs have too.

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Building New Worlds in Virtual Reality

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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 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.

Immersive Learning in Virtual Reality: A Few Lessons


The great bard of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore, was of the view that education should be a ‘joyous exercise of our inventive and constructive energies’. As an educator, my interest in VR therefore lies in understanding its role and potential in spearheading changes in our educational ecosystems.

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

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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.

VR Helps Amputees Suffering From Phantom Limb Syndrome


A scientific program is utilizing VR technology to help recent amputees accept prosthetic limbs. According to research , approximately 60-80% of amputees experience a case of “phantom limb syndrome” at some point following their amputation.

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


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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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?