December, 2020

The New York Times Reinvents the Crossword Puzzle for Augmented Reality via Instagram

Next Reality AR

At first glance, it may not sound like there's much value in doing a crossword puzzle in augmented reality, but The New York Times has managed to revamp the pastime as an immersive game.

Google Poly Is Shutting Down

VRScout

Google has instructed users to download their personal libraries before June 30, 2021. VR content creators woke up today with a shocking email from Google stating that the company would be shutting down their 3D model sharing platform Google Poly.

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2021 Predictions: Mobile AR Exceeds 800 Million Users

AR Insider

A s we approach a new year, it’s time for our annual ritual of synthesizing the lessons from the past twelve months and formulating the outlook for the next twelve. Notably, when kicking off this thought exercise, we realized that several of the topics look similar to last year.

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CrowsNest’s Anna is the future of hospitality

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Some days ago I had a chat with my friend Eloi Gerard , the CEO of CrowsNest XR , about Anna, the virtual concierge assistant he is launching. I found it a very interesting project, so let me tell to you about it!

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

‘VRChat’ Hosts 24-hour Ball Drop & Live Music to Ring in the New Year

Road to VR

Many social VR platforms are playing host to informal New Year’s Eve parties, with users banding together to ring in the new year. VRChat is going the extra mile this year though to put on a 24-hour NYE bash that includes ball drops on the hour and live music so everyone can celebrate.

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8th Wall Powers Netflix AR Experience for George Clooney Film 'The Midnight Sky'

Next Reality AR

Help me, George Clooney. You're my only hope. If that mash-up of cultural references doesn't make sense, it will momentarily.

VR Coworking Platform ‘Spatial’ Launches Mobile AR Workspace

VRScout

Interact with 3D holograms of coworkers directly from your living room. Social VR coworking platform Spatial has seen a massive spike in usage this year as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 alone the platform has hosted over half a million virtual meetings.

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2021 Predictions: AR Glasses Evolutionary, Not Revolutionary

AR Insider

A s we approach a new year, it’s time for our annual ritual of synthesizing the lessons from the past twelve months and formulating the outlook for the next twelve. Notably, when kicking off this thought exercise, we realized that several of the topics look similar to last year.

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Celebrate the new year in VRChat with Jean-Michel Jarre!

The Ghost Howls

Virtual events have had a blast this year, with some performances that have become very successful, like the concert in Fortnite by Travis Scott, The Burning Man Festival in Altspace VR, or the Tomorrowland concert.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Exclusive: Tundra Tracker Aims for Smaller, Cheaper Alternative to Vive Tracker for SteamVR Tracking

Road to VR

Tundra Labs , which makes chips and development kits for devices which use SteamVR Tracking, is building its own tracking accessory for the tracking ecosystem. The company is positioning its Tundra Tracker as a smaller, cheaper, and better alternative to HTC’s Vive Tracker.

Vertigo Games Announces Publishing Agreement for VR Air Guitar Music Game

Cats and VR

Vertigo Games, the multi-platform VR publisher and developer best known for the platinum selling VR shooter Arizona Sunshine, announced today they have entered into a publishing partnership with Anotherway, a newly formed VR studio led by developers with roots at Microsoft Hololens and Activision, for the upcoming VR Air Guitar music game Unplugged.

Welcome Baby Yoda into Your Personal Space with Google Search AR

Next Reality AR

Google, you have something that I want. You may think you have some idea of what you are in possession of, but you do not. In a few moments, it will be mine.and it can be yours, too, dear readers. That something, of course, is Baby Yoda.er, Grogu.from the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

Open-World Survival Sim ‘Green Hell’ Heading To PC VR & Oculus Quest

VRScout

Struggle to survive the many perils of the Amazonian rainforest Q3 2021.

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How Will Spatial Computing Fare in a Post-Covid World?

AR Insider

S patial computing is like any other area of the economy that’s been disrupted in the Covid age. Everything from consumer demand to investor theses has shifted. The impact has been positive and negative, depending on sector alignment with Covid-era demand signals.

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Cybershoes for Quest review: a new way of walking in VR

The Ghost Howls

I have been able to try the Cybershoes, the special shoes that let you walk in VR while you are seated! There is now an ongoing Kickstarter campaign that proposes a special version of them that works with the Oculus Quest (1 and 2) and I’m sure many of you are wondering if they are good or not.

Parents Who Gift Quest 2 to Kids Under 13 Years Old are in for an Unfortunate Surprise

Road to VR

Christmas day has come and the evidence suggests that Quest 2 was a hot gift item this year. While it may have inspired screams of joy , it turns out that kids under 13 years old aren’t actually allowed to use the headset according to Facebook.

Deloitte: Augmented and virtual reality set to grow in 2021

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(Image courtesy Gerd Altmann via Pixabay.). The global pandemic has affected the tech world — but not all in a bad way. Zoom has been getting all the attention, but demand is also growing for virtual and augmented reality, among other technologies.

Snapchat Delivers Augmented Reality Gifts with New Holiday AR Lenses

Next Reality AR

You won't have to ask Santa for holiday-themed augmented reality experiences, because practically any social and shopping app that offers AR effects has them available now.

FXG Announces The Next Big Step For VR Cameras

VRScout

Two 3D lenses with 6,000×6,000 resolution each deliver a more immersive experience.

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Integration of AR Into Your B2B Marketing Strategy and Its Challenges

ARPost

“When we get to [the augmented reality] world, a lot of the things we think about as physical objects today, like a TV for displaying an image, will actually just be $1 apps in an AR app store.” — Mark Zuckerberg.

How to gift a game on the Oculus Store

The Ghost Howls

Christmas is coming, and it is the time of the year where people make gifts for each other.

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VR Comfort Settings Checklist & Glossary for Developers and Players Alike

Road to VR

For those who have been playing or developing VR content for years, it might seem ‘obvious’ what kind of settings are expected to be included for player comfort. Yet for new players and developers alike, the confusing sea of VR comfort terms is far from straightforward.

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20 for ’20: Good Milestones in a Bad Year

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20 Really Good Things that Happened in XR in 2020. by Ori Inbar. 2 020 was undeniably hard.

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Google & Red Bull TV Premier 'The Last Ascent' with Synced AR Experience That Puts Nature in Your Home

Next Reality AR

In recent weeks, Google managed to capitalize on the hype surrounding the Star Wars streaming series The Mandalorian with an AR app that was not only exclusive to Android but also available only for 5G-equipped devices.

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‘Quantaar’ Brings Fast-Paced Third-Person Melee To VR In 2021

VRScout

The PvP VR melee game Quantaar is preparing to land on Kickstarter in March 2021.

How Augmented Reality in Retail Shopping Boosts Business Growth

ARPost

Augmented reality in retail shopping is redefining the shopping experience. As consumers become increasingly mobile, the demand for better services through digital platforms also increases.

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Hands-on with Cleanbox to sanitize VR headsets

The Ghost Howls

These weeks I have been pretty busy with the delivery of a project, and the delivery has culminated with a demo of the VR solution we have developed.

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‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ VR Support Coming to SteamVR Headsets Next Week

Road to VR

Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) VR support was scheduled to arrive sometime this month, but the wait is nearly over. ASOBO announced that PC VR headset support is coming to the game next week.

Data Dive: Signs of VR Rebound Emerge

AR Insider

S everal market factors have converged over the past year to create fertile ground for VR. It’s Covid-aligned in that it supports remote communication and escapism. VR also piggybacks on broader inflections in gaming. These demand signals coincide with the catalyst that is Quest 2.

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