November, 2019

Taking Inspiration from Existing Design Processes and Pushing the Limits of Reality

The Extended Mind

Photo by Cleyton Ewerton on Unsplash. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) developers are being challenged to design experiences on an unprecedented level.

California Fire Department Using VR To Train Recruits How To Fight Wildfires

VRScout

VR technology offers firefighters-in-training realistic training scenarios. In 2019 alone, over 6,402 fires have been recorded in California.

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Facebook Acquires ‘Beat Saber’ Studio Beat Games

Road to VR

Facebook today announced it has acquired Beat Games, the studio behind the hit VR rhythm game Beat Saber (2018). Beat Games is joining Oculus Studios as an independently operated team based out of Prague.

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Facebook’s Sean Liu: we are at an inflection point of the VR industry

The Ghost Howls

It’s since when I launched my blog that I always dreamed of interviewing someone from Oculus , and finally today this dream has come true.

Watch Trimble Give the Microsoft HoloLens 2 the Elon Musk Tesla Cybertruck Smash Test, Sort Of

Next Reality AR

Everyone seems to be talking about Elon Musk's new futuristic Tesla Cybertruck, the vehicle that either looks like a cool moon rover or an outlandish video game replica, depending on your tastes.

Low-Fi: Get Your Latest Look At Sci-Fi Stunner In New Video

UploadVR

IRIS VR’s Low-Fi is shaping up to be one of our most anticipated VR titles of 2020. That remains the case following the launch of this new developer walkthrough.

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Russian Farmers Using VR To Calm Their Cows And Increase Milk Production

VRScout

An emotionally-stable cow is a happy cow. Somewhere northwest of Moscow on a dairy farm in Krasnogorsk roams a herd of VR-wearing cows immersed in a serene summer pasture tailor-made for bovine enjoyment.

With 10M Views in 24 Hours, ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Has Thrust VR Into the Mainstream Gaming Spotlight

Road to VR

The modern era of VR has been around in earnest for about three and a half years now. Though it has clearly demonstrated its potential and is slowly growing, adoption has remained niche compared to the broader mainstream gaming industry.

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Stay fit and have fun in mixed reality with HitMotion: Reloaded (out now!)

The Ghost Howls

After a long ride lasted many months, finally our mixed reality fitness game HitMotion: Reloaded has been published on Viveport M ! The game has been released in Early Access and costs €4.99/$5.59/RMB39.90. HitMotion purpose is to let people stay fit while having fun.

Hello Kitty Challenges Pokémon GO's Reign as Top AR Game with Kawaii World

Next Reality AR

After three years and change, no one seems to be able to knock Pokémon GO off its augmented reality throne. Zombies, dinosaurs, and ghosts have all met defeat at the hands of the pocket monsters.

New VR Power Battery Pack For Oculus Quest Provides Power And Counter Weight

UploadVR

A new battery pack for the Oculus Quest, the VR Power, aims to increase your play time and give you an ergonomic solution to counter balance the front-heavy weight of the Quest at the same time. The VR Power is made by Rebuff Reality and just recently became available the preorder.

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Making Cities AReady

Tech Trends VR

By Moetsi. With Sturfee’s AR cloud technology just out of stealth mode, Tech Trends spoke to the company’s CEO, Anil Cheriyadat, and Head of Business Operations & Partnerships, Sheng Huang, about their exciting new tech and what it’s going to take to digitize the world.

Niantic’s Latest AR Game Turns The Entire Earth Into One Giant Game Of Catan

VRScout

Pokemon Go meets Settlers of Catan in Catan – World Explorers. First released in 1995 to a small, but passionate group of fans, award-winning strategy game Settlers of Catan would eventually go on to become one of the most influential board games ever released.

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Microsoft Affirms VR Isn’t a Focus for Xbox Scarlett

Road to VR

Australian publication Stevivor recently sat down with Xbox head Phil Spencer to broach the subject of whether or not the company’s upcoming next-gen console would be matching Sony’s continued VR ambitions with PlayStation 5.

Editorial: Why Half-Life: Alyx could be very important for Virtual Reality

The Ghost Howls

Yesterday evening I came home at night after a long day at work and I opened my laptop to read (and share) some more news on the just-launched Oculus Link. What I discovered instead was that Valve had finally announced its flagship VR game, called “Half Life: Alyx” on Twitter!

Nintendo Crafts AR Experience via Google Lens for Pokémon Sword & Shield Game Packaging

Next Reality AR

Pokémon, Google, and augmented reality go together like wasabi, soy, and ginger, and the trio has come together again for the release of the latest game from the Pokémon universe.

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VR Now ‘Very High’ On Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Priorities

UploadVR

In an interview with Austrian newspaper Der Standard, the head of Microsoft’s upcoming Flight Simulator 2020 revealed that VR is now “very high” on the list of priorities.

How Augmented and Virtual Reality Can Help to Evolve Education

ARPost

The original use case for augmented and virtual reality was not so much practicality, but rather entertainment. The entertainment factor remains, however, perhaps it is this which makes it so practical, in terms of education.

The Rise Of Virtual Beings – K/DA, Lil Miquela, Hatsune Miku, VTubers

VRScout

From musicians to Instagram models, artificial personalities are taking over the entertainment industry. Welp, we had a good run, humanity. After spending decades at the top of the entertainment food chain, technology has once again claimed another victim with the rise of the Virtual Being.

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Nreal Light Developer Kits Now Available for Pre-order, Starting at $1,200

Road to VR

Nreal made quite the splash at CES earlier this year, showing off its Nreal Light AR headset which made some clear strides to look less like a futuristic helmet and more like a regular pair of sunglasses you might actually wear in public.

Skyworth v901 review: a 4K 3DOF VR headset to watch high-res videos

The Ghost Howls

When I was in Qingdao , the general manager of Chinese manufacturer Skyworth has made me try a 3DOF VR headset called v901 , and I was impressed by the 8K video I have viewed inside, so he has kindly given me a sample of the device to test and review.

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Facebook Adds Image Tracking Effects & Slider Controls to Spark AR for Instagram

Next Reality AR

After opening up its Spark AR platform on Instagram for all creators, Facebook is already expanding the platform's capabilities on its Snapchat killer.

Beat Saber Studio Beat Games Acquired By Facebook

UploadVR

A bombshell announcement from Facebook today reveals the company is acquiring Prague-based Beat Games, the studio behind popular VR rhythm slasher Beat Saber. Terms of the acquisition “will not” be disclosed, according to Facebook, though it is possible details might leak.

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Can Virtual Reality Improve Science Education?

ARPost

Not too long ago, all educators needed to impart knowledge were a blackboard and some chalk. As the last few years have proven, technology affects nearly every industry. The education sector isn’t immune to the disruption of revolutionary innovations, including virtual reality.

World Bank Turns To VR Filmmaking To Fight Global Poverty

VRScout

Sparking action against global poverty using the power of VR filmmaking. The numbers are horrific. 3 billion people around the globe are living on less than $2.50 per day, including the 1.2 billion living in extreme poverty, existing on less than $1.25 per day. .

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This ‘Snackable’ Headset Aims to Make VR More Approachable to the Public

Road to VR

When it comes to public spaces like shops and museums, self-service virtual reality isn’t really a thing yet; first-timers generally need to be told how to put on the headset, how to hold the controllers, and where to stand.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.11.18): Magic Leap may be in trouble, Carmack leaving Oculus and much more!

The Ghost Howls

I’m super excited that this week I’ve shared the news that we of NTW are going to launch our game HitMotion:Reloaded on November, 27th. But there have been also many wider-scope news this week that I want to discuss with you, so let’s start talking about them! Top news of the week.

Startup Illumix Brings Mobile Horror Franchise Five Nights at Freddy's into Augmented Reality Gaming

Next Reality AR

A little over a year after emerging from stealth, augmented reality gaming startup Illumix has launched its first title using a familiar formula, but with a new twist.

John Carmack Hoping To Update Oculus Link For Clearer Images

UploadVR

Oculus Link launched at the start of a very busy week last week, and everyone seems to be happy with it. But it’s well known that images shown inside your Quest when hooked up to a PC for Link are compressed slightly. John Carmack might tackle that in the future.

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Startups Weekly: Chinese investors double down on African startups

TechCrunch VR

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about Airbnb’s issues.

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Fable Studio Announces Its 2019 Virtual Being Grant Winners

VRScout

The first batch of grants go to radical ideas at the heart of the virtual beings community. In Edward Saatchi’s professional opinion, virtual beings will have a significant impact on our daily lives.