June, 2020

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

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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. Actually, I have been pretty disappointed because there has been no hardware launch , but my lack of sleep has been rewarded by the announcement of a new software platform by HTC and also by HTC publicly showcasing some prototypes I made in the last weeks.

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

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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. Facebook Reality Labs, the company’s AR/VR R&D division, today published new research demonstrating an approach which combines two key features: polarization-based optical ‘folding’ and holographic lenses.

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

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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. for a new type of hybrid VR/AR device that does away with conventional screens in favor of a Dynamic Focus 3D Display that projects images directly unto the users retinas. Why do this you ask?

The Best VR Games Of 2020 (So Far)

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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. This list includes releases across Steam , the PlayStation Store and the Oculus Stores. To recognize as many games as possible we’re splitting our current list of best VR games in 2020 into two parts.

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Oculus discontinues Go and plans its official open Quest Store

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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. As the technology has advanced rapidly since we launched Go, you’ve helped us prove out the value of positional tracking with the incredible experiences you’ve built for 6DOF VR, and we’re ready to double down on that.

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Training employees is 4 times quicker with VR

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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. And it’s cheaper, too — organizations spend about $195 per trainee when using virtual reality, compared to the $207 to $265 average costs for traditional training. Training modality cost per learner. Image courtesy PwC.).

Spark AR Launches New Augmented Reality Features for Instagram

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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. One of the world’s leading mobile AR platforms is expanding the creative canvas with music and effects. Moreover, it makes content creation so much easier for users with fun, quick, and easy templates. Let’s delve deeper into their latest updates for AR creation.

Facebook VR headset prototype looks like cool sunglasses

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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. Of course, Facebook’s ideals for VR are more on the casual and social side and its Facebook Reality Labs … Continue reading. Archive Computing facebook Research virtual reality VR

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

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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. Sensory input— sight, sound, smell, taste and touch— power our most instinctive reactions to the context of our environment. When any one of these does not match up with the others, we begin to subconsciously poke holes in our surroundings, including digital worlds.

Nreal Light devkit review: an interesting entry point for AR

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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. There is much interest in this company, but also some skepticism since it promises to sell AR glasses for only $500, while its competitors cost all $2-3000.

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Oculus Link Update ‘Improves Visual Stability Of Up-Close Content Under Fast Head Motion’

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The Oculus PC app v18 update improves the accuracy of positional tracking prediction for Oculus Link. Improved translation accuracy on predicted-poses. This improves the visual stability of up-close content under fast head motion.

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

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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. The campaign is slated to begin at 10 AM ET ( local time here ) on Sunday, and will end on July 30th. Kat VR hopes to reach at least $100,000 with its campaign.

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Looking Through the Infinite Retina

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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. Spatial Computing, the fourth paradigm of personal computing, sounds like science fiction but isn’t. Unlike previous paradigms of computing, like working on a laptop or a mobile phone, Spatial Computing allows you to move around inside computing.

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

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While participating in different business meetups, I regularly hear pitches from startups. In most cases, I know within seconds whether they will succeed. Because apart from the passion, nerves, and bluster, they are able to communicate something crucial — that their startup enables people to do something quicker or cheaper. It’s that simple. E-commerce has thrived largely because it follows these two golden rules. Consumers save time because they no longer have to visit physical stores to buy.

Lenovo Announces Standalone 4K Headset Designed For Enterprise VR

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4K visuals, hands-free control, and a removable face plate ready for mass use. Developed in partnership with Pico interactive , the Lenovo Mirage VR S3 is an upcoming all-in-one VR headset designed specifically for enterprise use.

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

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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). Oculus kills the Go and opens to content on Quest. In the end, the time of the Oculus Go has come.

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See First Gameplay From Solaris: Offworld Combat At The Upload VR Showcase: Summer Edition

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The time has come. You’ve been asking and we can confirm; yes, the first gameplay for Solaris: Offworld Combat debuts at the Upload VR Showcase: Summer Edition on June 8th. Solaris is the new game from Firewall: Zero Hour developer , First Contact Entertainment.

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

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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. The game was first discovered on Friday due to a leak by Xbox.com , and was later formally confirmed by EA a few hours later with the promise of a trailer reveal, scheduled for today.

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Augmented, virtual reality see uptake during pandemic

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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

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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. AR’s immersive nature offers limitless opportunities to spice up boring classroom lectures—and of course, enhance learning. Hence, it’s no surprise that educators from all levels of education are experimenting with it. That includes medical school.

VR Haptic Feedback Wearable Feelbelt Lets You “Feel” The Entire Frequency Spectrum

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Keep your pants on! Feelbelt will shake, rattle, and role your VR experiences. Haptic feedback is an awesome addition to any VR experience, whether it be the feeling of two swords clashing in Blade & Sorcery or the rumble of a violent explosion in Half-Life: Alyx.

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How to ask Android Permissions for the Oculus Quest in Unity

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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. Recently, I had a similar problem with the Oculus Quest , not to access the cameras (it is not possible, the applications can’t see them for privacy reasons), but to save a file on the storage from Unity.

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Facebook Research: 3D Body Reconstruction From Just One Camera

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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. The company is considered a world leader in machine learning.

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

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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.

Lenovo Mirage VR S3 standalone headset should be tougher than most

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It’s been a little while since we last heard from Lenovo’s VR arm, but today the company is back with a new headset. Today Lenovo unveiled the Mirage VR S3, an all-in-one headset it created with the help of the folks at Pico Interactive.

Final Day of AWE: Talks, Announcements, and Awards

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Friday was the last day of AWE. While that means the Auggie winners were finally announced, there was also other great content, including a lot of discussion around the future of XR technology. The Future of XR Technology.

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

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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.

Famous musician Jean-Michel Jarre to host a live VR concert on VRrOOm on Sunday

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VR events are one of the big trends of virtual reality of the last 3 months. Because of the coronavirus, many physical events have been canceled and so people and companies are finding new ways to organize gatherings. Music has been one of the most impacted sectors by the COVID : most probably there won’t be real concerts until 2021 and that’s a real problem for all artists that want to express themselves. But where there are problems, smart people see opportunities.

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Star Wars: Squadrons VR Support Confirmed

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Star Wars: Squadrons VR support has been confirmed by publisher EA. First teased last week after a leak, Star Wars: Squadrons is a new space dogfighting game set in the beloved franchise. It’s developed by EA Motive and is on the way to consoles and PCs later this year. Players climb into iconic ships from both the Rebel Alliance and Empire factions and take to the stars.

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

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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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