June, 2020

HTC announces XR Suite and teases the future of collaboration and workplace

The Ghost Howls

This night I woke up at 3am to participate in HTC Vive’s event on ENGAGE because I read that it was an “HTC VIVE LAUNCH EVENT” and I was super-confident in the launch of the Cosmos XR or at least of the Cosmos Play.

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Facebook Says It Has Developed the ‘Thinnest VR display to date’ With Holographic Folded Optics

Road to VR

Facebook published new research today which the company says shows the “thinnest VR display demonstrated to date,” in a proof-of-concept headset based on folded holographic optics.

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Apple Files Patent For Mixed Reality Headset That Projects Images On Your Eyeballs

VRScout

Apple looks to eliminate screens entirely according to a patent published by the USPTO. This week the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent filed by Apple Inc.

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The Best VR Games Of 2020 (So Far)

UploadVR

Looking for the best VR games in 2020? Look no further! We’re six months into 2020 and there’s already been a lot of great VR games. As we approach the halfway point, it’s time to reflect on some of the best experiences released for headsets so far.

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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.

Oculus discontinues Go and plans its official open Quest Store

The Ghost Howls

Today I woke up to read this letter from Oculus, sent to me because I’m a developer: Hello, Today, we announced our plans to sunset Oculus Go as we focus on driving forward the future of VR with 6DOF platforms like Oculus Quest.

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Training employees is 4 times quicker with VR

Hypergrid Business

Training in virtual reality. Image courtesy PwC.). It is four times faster to train employees soft skills when using virtual reality than when using traditional in-person classroom or online training, according to a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Spark AR Launches New Augmented Reality Features for Instagram

ARPost

Spark AR continues to expand Instagram’s digital creative canvas with its new augmented reality features and capabilities. They simplify AR creation, giving brands and online users fresh creative opportunities.

Facebook VR headset prototype looks like cool sunglasses

Slashgear

Facebook is probably one of the last Big Tech companies you’d associate with virtual and augmented reality technologies but it has actually invested a lot of its resources into VR and AR, not even counting its acquisition of VR pioneer Oculus.

Olfactory Engineering: The Future Of Multisensory VR Could Be Scent-Based

VRScout

OVR Technology CEO Aaron Wisniewski provides fascinating insights into the world of olfactory engineering. . We use all of our senses to understand and interpret the world around us.

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.

Nreal Light devkit review: an interesting entry point for AR

The Ghost Howls

Nreal is for sure one of the most interesting AR startups on the market. It got the attention of all the press at CES 2019 revealing an AR glass that is light, fashionable, and affordable. In 2020, it consolidated its product with a series of partnerships and a solid product development plan.

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Consumer VR Treadmill ‘KAT Walk C’ Coming to Kickstarter June 21st, Starting at $700

Road to VR

Kat VR, the China-based company behind the original Kat Walk VR treadmill Kickstarter in 2015, is bringing its new consumer-focused VR treadmill ‘Kat Walk C’ to the crowdfunding platform on June 21st.

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Wraith: The Oblivion ? Aftermath Is A World Of Darkness VR Horror From Fast Travel Games, Exclusive Look At The VR Showcase

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Wraith: The Oblivion – Aftermath is the first VR game set in the World of Darkness universe, and it’s being made by Fast Travel Games. The studio just revealed the project with a teaser trailer seen below. Wraith will be published by World of Darkness owner, Paradox Interactive.

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Looking Through the Infinite Retina

Tech Trends VR

A deep-dive into the world of Spatial Computing. By Irena Cronin and Robert Scoble. The Infinite Retina comprehensively documents everything you need to know about Spatial Computing and where it’s heading Click To Tweet.

Shoes That Fit Without Trying Them On — Thanks to Augmented Reality Online Shopping Will Never Be the Same

ARPost

While participating in different business meetups, I regularly hear pitches from startups. In most cases, I know within seconds whether they will succeed.

Snapchat AR Lenses Update Adds Voice Commands, Shared Worlds, Dog & Plant Scanner

VRScout

Snap Inc. goes all-in on AR with improvements to Lens Studio and the Snapchat app. This week Snap Inc.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.29): Oculus kills the Go, Google buys North, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

My super-rush of work lasted one month is over, and now I can return to my previous levels of working! I need some sleep, though. I can also return to my usual weekly roundups of news, and you can read the new one here below. Have fun! Top news of the week. Original image by Oculus).

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‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ to Support PSVR & PC VR at Launch This Fall, Trailer Here

Road to VR

Star Wars: Squadrons is an upcoming first-person dog fighter that’s set to release on PC and consoles this fall. As luck would have it, both PSVR and PC VR owners will also be able to play the game when it arrives.

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Manus Polygon Available Now, Offering Full VR Body And Hand Tracking

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As announced back in March , orders and licenses for Polygon, the VR body and tracking system from Manus, can now be placed online. Prices for the full Polygon system are not listed, but quotes can be requested on the Manus site.

Augmented, virtual reality see uptake during pandemic

Hypergrid Business

Virtual Reality health simulation with Arch Virtual. Image courtesy Arch Virtual. ). The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating the use of virtual reality and augmented reality, experts say, especially in retail, education and health. Taylor Freeman.

How Augmented Reality Is Used in Teaching Anatomy

ARPost

In recent years, we have been seeing growing interest in the applications of augmented reality beyond the world of gaming. There is, for instance, increasingly prominent utilization of AR in education.

‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ First-Person Space Dogfighting Game Announced For VR Headsets

VRScout

5v5 multiplayer dogfights and a single player campaign confirmed. Fans of 1998’s Star Wars: Rogue Squadron are in for a serious treat!

How to ask Android Permissions for the Oculus Quest in Unity

The Ghost Howls

Some months ago I published a guide for all Unity developers on how to request Android permissions for the Vive Focus Plus, because it took me a while to sort out how to do it to access the camera stream to do augmented reality on that headset.

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Quest’s Hand-tracking is Making It Possible to Learn Basic Sign Language in VR

Road to VR

There’s no comprehensive app out there yet for learning sign language in VR, however a student at the computer science department of the Bern University of Applied Science is using Oculus Quest’s native hand-tracking to see just how close we might get to achieving that goal with today’s tech.

Facebook Research: 3D Body Reconstruction From Just One Camera

UploadVR

For the annual computer vision conference CVPR, Facebook is showing off an algorithm which can generate a fairly detailed 3D model of a clothed person from just one camera. Facebook is the company behind the Oculus brand of virtual reality products.

Does AR Really Boost eCommerce Conversions?

AR Insider

Data Dive is AR Insider’s weekly dive into the latest spatial computing figures. Running Mondays, it includes data points, narrative insights and takeaways. For an indexed collection of data and reports, subscribe to ARtillery Pro.

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Best VR Hand Tracking Games for Oculus Quest in 2020

ARPost

Oculus Quest is a VR headset that helps users enjoy tetherless immersive experiences. It consists of a headset and a pair of hand controllers. Players do not need a computer or a mobile phone to start a game, thus they can play both indoors and outdoors.

WWF Partners With Oculus On VR Nature Documentary Series Shot In Cinematic 5.7k

VRScout

PHORIA’s three-part series launches June 8th on Oculus Quest and Go. Award-winning immersive tech studio PHORIA this week announced the launch of an ambitious new VR documentary series featuring never-before-seen stereoscopic 3D-180 VR footage shot in stunning 5.7k.

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NVIDIA’s Greg Jones: The 5G hype is justified, it’s going to be a huge advantage for XR

The Ghost Howls

I’ve had the enormous pleasure of having a chat with Gregory Jones , that works as Senior Manager of Global Business Development and XR at NVIDIA.

Kat VR Announces Kickstarter for At-home VR Treadmill ?KAT WALK C?

Road to VR

Kat VR, the China-based company known for kickstarting its original Kat Walk VR treadmill in 2015, is once again returning to the crowdfunding platform to launch a new product later this month, this time serving up a VR treadmill called ‘Kat Walk C’ that promises to appeal to at-home consumers.

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