August, 2019

Google Releases Real-time Mobile Hand Tracking to R&D Community

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Google has released to researchers and developers its own mobile device-based hand tracking method using machine learning, something Google R esearch engineers Valentin Bazarevsky and Fan Zhang call a “new approach to hand perception.”

Blizzard Transforms Snapchat with World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary AR Lenses

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If the name Leroy Jenkins elicits a reaction from you, then you are old enough to remember the iconic title World of Warcraft from its heydey (whether or not you actually played the massively multiplayer online role-playing game).

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US Navy Using Magic Leap Headsets To Keep Soldiers Combat-Ready At Sea

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The Magic Leap One AR headset enters the US Military training program. A new AR training tool developed by Magic Leap Horizons will use Magic Leap One AR headset to deliver various AR military training scenarios to the US Navy.

Report: Immersive Experiences in Education

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A newly published white paper investigates the pedagogical theory and use cases for deploying mixed reality in the classroom. It is easy to get excited about the possibilities the Mixed Reality spectrum brings to education.

Xiaomi may have laid off its Mi VR standalone team: what’s the future for Oculus Go?

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In these days, I got a quite interesting rumor: Xiaomi may have abandoned its plans for the Mi VR standalone headset , the Chinese counterpart of the Oculus Go. Before I continue with this story… Before I tell you what I know, let me clarify one thing: THIS IS A RUMOR.

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Report: Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Set To Launch Next Month

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It seems like we finally have a release window for HoloLens 2, and it’s fast approaching. Reuters reports that the AR headset will go on sale in September.

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5 Magic Leap Apps You're Probably Missing, Including Star Wars, the Magicverse Matrix, AR Jenga, & More

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Whenever the name Magic Leap comes up, the talk inevitably seems to turn to the company's big-name backers and "unicorn-level" amounts of cash poured into the venture. And if it's not that, observers tend to focus on the company's market strategy and overall prospects.

Violin Virtuoso Lindsey Stirling To Perform Live In VR For The First Time

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Help celebrate the launch of her latest album with a virtual interactive performance. .

Expert View: Exploring Dreams through [AR]T

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How AR Artists in Residence Are Shaping Project Aero. By Stefano Corazza, Fellow and Head of Augmented Reality, Adobe. Immersive media is becoming increasingly ubiquitous and already changing our everyday interactions.

How to be a good VR startupper – Part 1

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This is the week of this blog’s birthday and so I’m publishing a very special post, that I’m going to split into two parts.

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SculptrVR Arrives On Oculus Quest With Multiplayer Voxel Playground

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Voxel-based art and multiplayer playground software SculptrVR is available now on Oculus Quest. The creativity software first launched on Steam in 2016 and its primary developer, Nathan Rowe, repeatedly refined and rebuilt the application over the last three years. Now available for $9.99

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VR Manga Mystery ‘Tokyo Chronos’ Launches on PSVR Today in the US

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It’s been a year since Japanese studio MyDearest and LA-based studio Sekai Project successfully concluded their Kickstarter for Tokyo Chronos (2019), the VR mystery game told through the lens of a visual novel. Now, the studios are getting ready to launch the game on PSVR.

Samsung Elevates Galaxy Note 10+ with Depth Camera for 3D Scanning & Augmented Reality Apps

Next Reality AR

The mobile augmented reality war for dominance between Apple and its Asia-based rivals is in full effect.

German Circus Ends Its Use Of Live Animals In Favor Of 3D Holograms

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Circus Roncalli adopts holographic tech amid concerns over animal cruelty. The international circus industry has been struggling as of late.

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Exploring Location-Based VR

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Location-Based Virtual Reality is experiencing a huge surge in popularity, and an exclusive webinar will explore the present and future of the medium.

How to be a good VR startupper – Part 2

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Second part of my post with my pieces of advice for wannabe VR entrepreneurs. If you lost the first part, you can find it here !

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Star Wars: Vader Immortal Episode II Coming This Year, Lightsaber Dojo II Confirmed

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From the moment you feel the lightsaber in your grip in Vader Immortal: A Star Wars Series you start to feel like your open hand is missing something. Vader Immortal Episode II should fix that by giving you force powers.

‘Groundhog Day VR’ to Launch in September on Rift, Vive & PSVR, Gameplay Trailer Here

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Sony, MWM Immersive, and Tequila Works today announced that their upcoming VR adventure Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son is set to launch next month, which includes support for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PSVR.

Microsoft FCC Filing Hints That the Wait for HoloLens 2 Is Almost Over

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We already know that Microsoft's HoloLens 2 is due to start shipping later this year, but despite all the bits of information about the device trickling out, we still don't actually know when the device will be available.

Defying Gravity With The Weightless VR Bungee System

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Run, swim, and flip your way through your favorite immersive experiences.

Engaging Audiences With Immersive Technology

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“In what new ways might arts institutions engage audiences through immersive experiences?”. That’s the million-dollar question. Or near enough.

Vive Focus Plus can now play natively PC VR games (in streaming)

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At ChinaJoy today, HTC has just announced a little but very important news: the Vive Focus Plus will be able to connect to Viveport on PC and play all its games via Wi-fi streaming. All natively. Wi-fi streaming.

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The Void Teases New VR Experiences From Marvel, Sony Pictures Coming Soon

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The Void recently opened its new San Francisco, CA location and in an interview the CCO teased upcoming VR experiences from Marvel and Sony Pictures.

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UCLA Surgical Training Study Shows VR Beats Traditional Training by 130%

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A randomized study conducted at UCLA to test the difference between VR and traditional surgical training found that medical students trained in VR scored significantly better than traditional methods.

Airbus Previews Military Sandbox App for HoloLens

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As Microsoft works toward fulfilling its $480 million contract to supply modified HoloLens 2 headsets to the US Army, Airbus is preparing to supply advanced augmented reality apps for the device.

London’s Otherworld Might Just Be The Coolest-Looking VR Arcade In Existence

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Dream Corporation’s “neon jungle” features 14 extra-sensory VR pods, a bar, and a poke kitchen. Open now to the general public, Dream Corporation’s Otherworld VR arcade looks like something straight out of Tron: Legacy.

Extending Retail

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XR is a powerful tool being used to attract, engage, and retain customers as online commerce and bricks-and-mortar converge. How can we increase AR awareness & adoption and what does the future look like? Click To Tweet.

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How to test the different passthrough modes on the Valve Index

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The Valve Index is for sure one of the best VR gadgets of the moment. On its faceplate, it has two front cameras, that are not used for inside-out tracking, but to provide some kind of mixed reality features.

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Editorial: Why Facebook’s Portal Could Be The Next Great AR/VR Accessory

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In case you are unfamiliar with Facebook’s Portal, please let me bring you up to speed. I toured through the website for Portal for the first time this week.

Viveport Now Supports Valve Index, Owners Get 2 Free Months of Infinity

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HTC today announced that Viveport, the company’s digital distribution platform for VR games, now supports Valve Index.