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.

Microsoft Launches HoloLens 2 Worldwide Commercial Sales Availability, Here's a Close-Up Look at the $3,500 Device

Next Reality AR

The long wait is over — the best augmented reality device on the planet is finally available. On Thursday, Microsoft began the next phase of its immersive computing journey by officially opening sales to the general public for the HoloLens 2.

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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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!

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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Bill V Bowie: How (not) to sell a tech idea

Tech Trends VR

Sometimes technology is so transformative that you have to take a step back to get people excited. The year is 1995. Bill Gates explains to a skeptic David Letterman on his late-night show why the Internet is “the new big thing.”.

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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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Valve Index is Sold Out Following ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Announcement

Road to VR

Most packages of Index, Valve’s high-end VR headset released earlier this year, are sold out following last week’s announcement of Half-Life: Alyx. If Valve is counting on Half-Life: Alyx being a killer app for VR , early signs suggest they may just get their wish.

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.

Magic Leap Loses CFO Scott Henry & Effects Wizard John Gaeta Following News of Funding Woes

Next Reality AR

This week's news that Magic Leap's patents had entered collateral limbo, now in the hands of JPMorgan Chase, threw a dark cloud over the company. Well, that cloud got a bit darker on Friday with the news that two of the company's top executives are exiting the startup.

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.

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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Valve’s Gabe Newell: ‘We’re excited to return to Half-Life, VR has energized the studio’

Road to VR

Half-Life: Alyx has finally been revealed with Valve promising a “full-length” Half-Life game “designed from the ground up for virtual reality.” ” On the reveal, Valve founder Gabe Newell says that VR has energized the studio.

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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Coca-Cola Opens a Can of Augmented Reality to Get Consumers into the Holiday Spirit

Next Reality AR

Halloween is barely in the rearview mirror, but Coca-Cola is ready to bypass Thanksgiving altogether to accelerate the arrival of Christmas, and the brand has enlisted augmented reality as an accomplice.

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.

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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Oculus & Unity Release Free VR Development Course with 20 Hours of Content

Road to VR

Already have some basic game dev experience and looking to get into VR? Then you may be interested in Oculus and Unity’s new intermediate level VR game development course, which is not only free, but can get you some valuable feedback from Oculus on your creation.

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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.

Microsoft Launches HoloLens 2 Worldwide, Here's a Close-Up Look at the $3,500 Device (Updated)

Next Reality AR

The long wait is over — the best augmented reality device on the planet is finally available.

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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Styly’s new AR App Offers Immersive Art on the go

Peter Graham

Japanese developer Psychic VR Lab launched its cloud-based virtual reality (VR) platform Styly in 2017, enabling customers to build immersive content through a simple, easy to use drag and drop interface.

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.