February, 2020

Oculus ‘Designing for Hands’ Document Introduces Best Practices for Quest Hand-tracking

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Hand-tracking on Quest rolled out as an experimental feature in late 2019, but Oculus is letting it gestate before it will accept third-party apps with hand-tracking.

Masterpiece VR CEO: 3D modeling in VR is 10x faster than on flat screen

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Masterpiece VR is one of the best VR 3D modeling softwares because it lets you create 3D elements easily and also animate them, all in virtual reality, all in an intuitive way. It is a professional application , and many people in the field are already using it.

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Unity’s Latest Trends Report Declares 2020 Will Be A Breakthrough Year For VR And AR

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15 industry experts contributed their perspective on why we’re approaching a tipping point with Enterprise XR. This looks to be the year where we move beyond tentative experimentation into scalable deployment of immersive tech in the workplace.

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Apple Attacks Snapchat's Shoppable AR with Apple Pay Button & Other Custom Actions for AR Quick Look Content

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Snapchat is probably used to Facebook copying its features by now, but Apple borrowing a page out of its playbook is likely a bit more surprising.

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Sony Patents Valve Index-Like VR Controller With Finger Tracking

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A recently-published patent from Sony Interactive Entertainment suggests that the company is working on a new VR motion controller, similar to those for the Valve Index. Could this be a new PSVR 2 controller?

Sketchfab Launches Public Domain Program so Museums Can Share Cultural Relics in 3D

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Sketchfab is a great resource for developers looking for a place to share and download 3D models—all of which can be viewed in VR headsets.

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Half-Life: Alyx launches on March, 23rd!

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My dear VR “komrades” (as in Red Matter ), finally we have a release date for Half-Life: Alyx ! The day that the VR world will halt is March, 23rd. That day, the VR apocalypse will start and I guess that no one is going to work.

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Enterprise XR is Coming of Age

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Unity’s Latest Trends Report Declares 2020 will be a Breakthrough Year for XR. 15 Experts weigh in on why we’re reaching a tipping point in spatial computing. This looks to be the year where we move beyond tentative experimentation into scalable deployment of immersive tech in the workplace.

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Wilder vs. Fury Boxing Rematch Will Feature an AR Experience & Sponsorship via a UFC Legend

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As augmented reality continues its collision course with mainstream adoption, the technology will now have a role in one of the most anticipated boxing matches of the year.

Next Oculus Quest Update Finally Adds Microphone To Oculus Link

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The next Oculus Quest update will finally pass through the headset’s microphone to your PC when in Oculus Link mode. Oculus Link is the feature (currently in beta ) which lets the Oculus Quest act as a PC VR headset via any high quality USB 3.0 cable.

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JDI Starts Mass Production on 1,058 ppi High Pixel Density LCD for VR Glasses

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Japan Display Inc. JDI), a display conglomerate created by Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi, today announced the mass production of a new high pixel density, 2.1-inch 1,058 LCD display created for VR ‘glasses’ style headsets.

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Jaw-Dropping Oculus TV Documentary ‘Everest VR’ Is An Absolute Must-Watch

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The three-part VR docuseries features an incredible selection of breath-taking shots captured in immersive stereoscopic 360. Standing at an incredible 29,029 feet, Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world above sea level.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.02.10): Lynx launches MR standalone headset, Facebook acquires Scape and much more!

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Yesterday was Chinese Lanterns’ Festival… my best wishes to you all, especially a big hug to all people that are still in China and are living very hard times… ??!

Ubisoft has developed a Prince Of Persia VR Escape Room

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Prince of Persia: The Dagger Of Time is a Virtual Reality Escape Game set in the world of Prince of Persia which enables you to experience time control. You will be able to experience something impossible in real life: to slow, stop or even rewind time!

Google Grants Augmented Reality Access to Historic Art of Chauvet Cave via Arts & Culture App & Google Search

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Some of the oldest art on Earth was created 36,000 years ago on the walls of the Chauvet Cave in France. However, these days, physical access to the cave is restricted in order to preserve the site. Thanks to augmented reality, the cave is now virtually open to the public once again.

HTC Reveals Passthrough AR Faceplate For Vive Cosmos

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A new faceplate for HTC’s modular Vive Cosmos headset will introduce AR capabilities to the device — at least for developers. The Cosmos XR Faceplate (as it’s called) is a developer product planned for launch in Q2 2020.

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HTC Unveils Three New Vive Cosmos Headsets: Elite, Play, and XR

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Buckle up, this one’s a doozy. HTC today introduced three new variants of its Vive Cosmos VR headset. Joining the original Cosmos is Cosmos Elite, Cosmos Play, and Cosmos XR. The four variants of the headset aim to cover a diverse set of customer interests.

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Somnium Space Launches Social VR Platform Powered By Ethereum Blockchain

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Own virtual land and design your own home in Somnium 2.0. Somnium Space is an open-source social VR world powered by blockchain and shaped entirely by its users, allowing them to buy digital land where they can build VR homes and buildings.

VRCover Oculus Quest covers unboxing and review

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VR Cover is a Thai company that produces accessories for VR headsets since 2014, and i t has recently started selling covers for the popular Oculus Quest as well. Discover in this review how they are!

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Best Places To Learn AR and VR Development Online in 2020

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Snapchat Evolves the Foundation of Its AR Capabilities with Ground Transformation Lenses

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The sky is the limit when it comes to augmented reality, but Snapchat's latest innovation is keeping its AR platform grounded. On Thursday, the company published a pair of new Lenses that highlight its new ground transformation technology.

Facebook Buys Asgard’s Wrath Developer Sanzaru Games

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Facebook acquired Sanzaru Games , the developer behind a slate of Oculus-funded VR titles including our selection as best VR game of 2019 Asgard’s Wrath. The development group will join Oculus Studios as an “independently operated studio” out of their current offices in the United States and Canada.

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2019 Was a Major Inflection Point for VR—Here’s the Proof

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VR adoption is accelerating thanks to the Oculus Quest. We’ve seen over 100 VR titles break $1 million in revenue, growing the total VR software market by 3x in 2019.

Netherlands-Based VR Arena Aims To Bring Full-Body Esports To Mainstream Audiences

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Active Esports Arena Eindhoven promises a competitive VR experience that’s as much fun to watch as it is to play. This week marked the launch of Active Esports Arena Eindhoven, a full-body VR esports facility that blends immersive gaming with physical sports. .

Hacking the Oculus Quest: how to show Android Settings, Alarm and more!

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Today I’ve played around with Oculus Quest , trying to hack it a bit via command-line tools (ADB), hoping to activate some cool features. I’ve made some interesting discoveries, and of course, I want to share them with you, the VR community! Caveat.

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VR Helps Companies Work During Coronavirus Outbreak

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Hands-On: Whiteboard App For Magic Leap Lets You Share Your Strategic Genius In Augmented Reality

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The business world is currently in the midst of figuring out how to deal with the coronavirus crisis, with many offices opting to work remotely for at least the next few weeks as a safety precaution.

Facebook Expects Coronavirus To Impact Oculus Quest Production

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Facebook stopped accepting new orders for Oculus Quest this week and expects an impact by the Coronavirus on production of the standalone headset. Here’s the statement from a Facebook spokesperson: “Oculus Quest has been selling out in some regions due to high demand.

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Sandbox is Building an SDK so Anyone Can Create for Its VR Attraction Platform

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Sandbox VR, the location-based VR attraction, will be opening up to third-party developers soon, as the company will be releasing an SDK for its Sandbox ‘holodeck’ VR attraction platform.

VR Technology Reunites Grieving Mother With Her Deceased Child

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South Korean documentary ‘I Met You’ shows how VR technology is bringing the dead back to life. We’ve seen VR technology used in a variety of incredible ways, but nothing quite as extraordinary as bringing the dead back to life.

Vive Cosmos becomes four! New faceplates add mixed reality and much more

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Today HTC has finally detailed how it intends to expand the features of the Vive Cosmos in the upcoming months. The Taiwanese company had already showcased at the launch of the device that it was a very versatile one , thanks to a series of dedicated accessories (e.g.

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