May, 2020

Facebook’s Head Of AR & VR Shows Off Futuristic Mixed Reality Workspace

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Check out this next-gen office powered by Oculus’ Passthrough technology. Earlier this week Facebook’s head of AR & VR Andrew “Boz” Bosworth showed off an experimental mixed reality workspace powered via prototype Oculus hardware. In a video posted by Bosworth to Twitter, the Facebook executive can be seen navigating a combination VR and AR environment complete with multiple virtual monitors displaying various work-related documents.

Oculus For Business is now available for all companies

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Oculus has gained in these years always more success in the consumers’ landscape, and now with the Oculus Quest , thanks to an affordable device running great content , it is making strides in the market. But in the enterprise space, it has always been behind the competition of companies like HTC or Pico. It tried to change this situation 3 years ago, when at OC4 it announced the Oculus For Business program, aimed at selling enterprise version of its devices.

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Former HTC CEO Unveils 5G-enabled VR Headset & Social VR Platform

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At a special event in Taipei, Taiwan, HTC cofounder and former CEO Peter Chou today revealed the first products from the new startup XRSPACE. It’s serving up both its own 5G-enabled standalone VR headset as well as a new social VR platform which appears to compete with Facebook Horizon. Chou sees XRSpace serving the upcoming era of widespread 5G; much like how smartphones first arrived on the back of the 2.5G

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Digitizing our Existence

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Meet the spatial mapping companies looking to bring our lives into the cloud in real-time. Why would we want to build a parallel reality populated by digital twins ? Sure, it sounds cool, yet this “virtual twinning” effectively extends the possibilities of both the “world of atoms and the world of bits“ as HoloLens inventor Alex Kipman eloquently put it in a TED talk which has been viewed over 3.5 million times.

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Facebook’s future of work vision revolves around VR, AR, and avatars

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There is no telling when the COVID-19 pandemic will really end but, when it does, it will be a very different world. Work alone is undergoing a shift and some tech companies are seeing a drastically different future at least for some kinds of jobs. Facebook, for example, thinks that computing and work will be not only remote but also … Continue reading. Archive AR Computing facebook social media virtual reality VR

Standalone 5G headsets are coming in 2021

The Ghost Howls

In the XR communities, the hype for the Qualcomm XR2 reference design is high, because it will bring many innovations to standalone XR headsets : better graphics, eye tracking, passthrough vision, AI, and much more. And inside this “much more” there is also 5G connection: headsets won’t depend on Wi-fi anymore and will be able to connect everywhere to a fast mobile network that can also enable cloud rendering. It is a step forward towards the future of XR.

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COVID-19 VR Training With Virus-Free Headsets

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Two women-founded XR companies have partnered to provide free COVID-19 training. Back in March, Wendy Morgan, CEO and co-founder of Shift got a call from a fellow entrepreneur asking if she had thought of using VR to train people working in the pop-up hospitals being set up to deal with the extra influx of coronavirus patients that states were expecting from the pandemic.

Apple just acquired NextVR for magical, virtual event presence

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The latest major acquisition made by iPhone company Apple was that of NextVR, a company that deals primarily in the broadcast of sports events in virtual reality. Users of NextVR’s platform in the past have had access to NBA games for basketball, boxing, NHRA racing, WWE (wrestling events), ICC soccer, and other events. This system is still active (for the … Continue reading. Archive Acquisitions Apple AR Cameras Events iPhone mobile oculus Oculus Go virtual reality VR VR headsets

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XR Talks: Advertising in the ‘Experience Economy’

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XR Talks is a series that features the best presentations and educational videos from the XR universe. It includes embedded video, as well as narrative analysis and top takeaways. Speakers’ opinions are their own. A R comes in many flavors. That includes everything from gaming to commerce to enterprise productivity. But the most lucrative form to date has been AR advertising. Brands can demonstrate products in immersive ways, piggybacking on the popularity of social lenses.

Watch The Upload VR Showcase: Summer Edition Right Here, 9am June 8

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Yes, this is the VR Showcase you’re looking for. Bookmark this page, because the Upload VR Showcase: Summer Edition goes live at 9am PT/12pm ET/5pm BT! Wait, what’s the Upload VR Showcase: Summer Edition? Simple – it’s a huge video dedicated to announcing new VR games and experiences as well as debuting new trailers and features for both the titles you love and the ones you can’t wait to play.

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Nreal reopens orders for devkit, introduces new bundle

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You all know that Nreal is one of the most interesting AR startups out there, also because it has been able to create the first AR glass that has at least some chances of getting some interest from the average consumers because it is fashionable and light. I tried the device myself during my last trip to Beijing and in my hands-on review , I have highlighted how it is a very interesting device.

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Qualcomm Reveals Plan to Help Commercialize Lightweight, 5G-enabled AR & VR Headsets

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Today, at an online version of this year’s Augmented World Expo (AWE), Qualcomm announced that it’s partnered with a number of global telecoms, smartphone companies, and AR/VR headset manufacturers to deliver 5G-enabled, smartphone-driven headsets to consumers and enterprise customers. It plans to do so within the next year. The semiconductor giant has partnered with fifteen global telecoms across Asia, Europe, and North America.

Katy Perry?s Mixed Reality Performance On American Idol Was A Virtual Showstopper

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American Idol ends its latest season with a virtual bang. This Sunday marked the conclusion of season 18 of American Idol. The long-running singing competition switched to a virtual format this past April as a direct result of the ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns. For the first time in the shows 18-year history, contestants found themselves performing for judges online as opposed to on-stage.

Quarantine Creates New Opportunity for Augmented Reality Consumption and Creation

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Smartphones give us a way to pass the time and connect while social distancing and living in isolation. When it comes to social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat, more and more people are using augmented reality filters to solve entertainment and connectivity problems. Snap Inc’s Snap for Business reports that since more people began quarantining, time spent playing with Snapchat AR filters has increased by more than 25%. Source: Snapchat. Why Is Augmented Reality Use Increasing?

XRSpace is former HTC chief?s new 5G headset and VR world

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It’s unclear if the world needs a new virtual reality headset, but former HTC CEO Peter Chou is convinced the answer is yes – and his new project XRSpace comes complete with a full VR world too. Coming out of a three year development process, the 5G-connected XRSpace Mova is an “extended reality” untethered headset that will integrate with the … Continue reading. Archive Must Read virtual reality VR VR headsets

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HP Reverb G2: 4K VR Headset With Valve Audio/Lenses, Touch-Like Controllers, & IPD Slider For $600

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HP appears to be taking notes from both Valve and Facebook with its latest headset, the Reverb G2, featuring four outward-facing tracking cameras, Valve’s audio and lens technology and redesigned Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) controllers that look a lot more like Oculus Touch. Reverb G2 is priced $600. The new HP headset also features a slider on the bottom for physical separation of the lenses and panels to adjust between 60mm and 68mm for better focus and fitting on a wider range of faces.

Qualcomm envisions fully standalone 5G slim glasses in 10 years

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At AWE, Hugo Swart from Qualcomm has announced some interesting news about the XR Viewers , defining the timeline for the AR/VR headsets of the future. I think some parts what he said are worth a comment, so follow me. Hugo Swarth briefing the journalists. Since people are under lockdown, Qualcomm used the graeat platform Spatial for the purpose. What are the XR Viewers? XR Viewers are the trend of the moment for 3DOF AR/VR.

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Facebook Shows Prototype AR/VR Interface Designed to Replace Your Laptop

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In light of the global pandemic, Facebook announced last week it was making way for more productivity and collaboration apps on the Oculus Store to help bridge businesses together in a time of social distancing. Now, Facebook has shown off a concept interface that gives us a peek into what the company calls “the future of augmented workspace.”

Rumor: ‘Apple Glass’ AR Headset Will Retail At $499, Works With iPhone

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New leaks may reveal additional information regarding Apple’s long-rumored AR device. A new report by Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech states that Apple’s long-rumored augmented reality headset will work in-tandem with the iPhone, using the devices processing power to generate AR visuals via the wireless headset, just like the Apple Watch.

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XR Technology at AWE and the Auggies: Exclusive Content From Ori Inbar

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The Augmented World Expo is nearly upon us. As the XR technology showcase gets closer, the news gets more exciting. While I was looking for background on the Auggies, AWE’s XR technology awards, AWE founder Ori Inbar shared some anecdotes from the early days of AWE. He also shared insider information and exclusive updates breaking early on ARPost. We’ll end with a sneak-peak at the Auggies finalists – published here first. A History of the Auggies According to Orin Inbar.

How Will AR Transform Advertising?

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This article is the latest in AR Insider’s editorial contributor program. Find out more or contact us to participate here. Authors’ opinions are their own. . 7 Ways Spatial Computing is Evolving Advertising & Marketing. Advertising Enters the Next Dimension of Computing. by Tom Emrich. 25 years ago, AT&T bought the first-ever banner ad on the web as part of its “You Will” campaign which fittingly featured commercials depicting an internet-enabled future.

Panasonic Targets 2021 For Its Slim VR Glasses

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Qualcomm today revealed its expectations for wired and eventually wireless VR and AR viewers in the coming decade. As part of the update Panasonic also released a statement indicating the company is targeting 2021 for its lightweight VR glasses. I tried out the VR glasses at CES in January and left the demo fairly impressed. The glasses were only 3DoF but featured precision adjustment for interpupillary distance.

Vive Cosmos External Tracking Faceplate (Elite) Review!

The Ghost Howls

Christmas has arrived early this year, and I got from HTC a cool little package with inside the Vive Cosmos External Tracking Faceplate! Let me talk about it with you… What is the Vive Cosmos External Tracking Faceplate? The Vive Cosmos has been built with modularity in mind and one of its coolest features is that you can install on it the front faceplate that you want.

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Rumor: Leaked HP Reverb G2 Images Show Four-camera Tracking, New Controllers

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Images published by known Microsoft leaker ‘WalkingCat’ have revealed a new VR headset sporting the HP logo, which looks very similar to the company’s previously revelead G2 Windows VR headset teased back in March. First announced as a collaboration between HP, Valve, and Microsoft, the new G2 is said to be a “more immersive, comfortable and compatible VR experience,” an HP spokesperson told Road to VR in late March.

Italian Airport Using Terrifying Thermal Scanning AR Headsets Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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YOU HAVE 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY! Thermal scanning technology has proven to be an invaluable tool in combating the spread of COVID-19 these past few months. Whether it be head-mounted wearables or handheld “fever cameras”, technology capable of detecting elevated body temperatures (a common symptom of coronavirus) has the potential to develop into a billion dollar industry; possibly by the end of the year.

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Why L&D Professionals Should Turn to Augmented Reality as Offices Work From Home

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The key question facing L&D professionals globally is how to effectively train their workers remotely during a pandemic. Whilst circumstances may have changed, their goals remain the same. L&D professionals still need to make sure that their workers’ skills are kept up to date, and whilst workers can’t attend a physical classroom, there are still skills that need to be learned.

EON Reality and Magic Leap Launch the AVR Platform for Magic Leap Devices

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EON Reality’s flagship product is now available through the Magic Leap World app store. EON Reality, the global leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer for industry and education, is thrilled to announce the arrival of the AVR Platform for Magic Leap.

Apparent Leak: HP & Valve?s New WMR Headset With Side Cams, IPD Adjust, New Controllers

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Prolific Microsoft leaker WalkingCat just Tweeted what seems to be images of HP & Valve’s upcoming new WMR headset and Microsoft’s new VR controllers. “WalkingCat” has a long history of accurate Microsoft leaks, revealing some of the company’s products and services in the past.

The XR Week Peek (2020.05.11): new Quest is in the works, Magic Leap may pivot to healthcare, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Happy Mother’s day to all the mothers that are reading this post, and also to all the mothers of whoever is reading this post! Mothers and grandmothers are the best, and they care about us during the good and the hard times… their love is infinite. I send a big hug to everyone of them that I can reach with my words. A big and warm hug to all of them And while we celebrate our mommies, let’s read some cool AR/VR news! Top news of the week. Image by Oculus).

Miniature ‘Beat Saber’ Concept Offers a Peek into the Future of AR Games

Road to VR

Oculus released optical hand-tracking on Quest as an experimental feature late last year, and ever since developers have been showing off their own unique and creative ways of integrating users hands into VR. Yet again we look at developer Daniel Beauchamp for inspiration on the future of XR design, as he’s put together a literal mini-version of Beat Saber (2018).

Report: Facebook Working On New Oculus Quest With Improved Design & Controls

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Bloomberg reports Facebook is working on a new, more comfortable Oculus Quest. Bloomberg is reporting that Facebook is currently working on a new Oculus Quest headset featuring a lighter physical design and faster refresh rates, resulting in a significantly more comfortable in-headset experience.