July, 2020

US Fire Administration Advocates The Use Of VR For Firefighter Training


An average of 11 firefighters have died every year since 2008 during training sessions; VR could help reduce those numbers. Between 2008 to 2019, 110 firefighters lost their lives during routine training sessions that involved putting out real fires, climbing ladders, hauling heavy equipment, and performing other essential parts of the job that a firefighter would have to do during an actual emergency.

Mojo Vision: AR contact lenses are coming far sooner than you think

The Ghost Howls

One of the most mind-blowing interviews I had in recent months has been the one with Mojo Vision, the company producing AR contact lenses that got famous during CES 2020. I thought it was an ultra-experimental company needing 20 years to release a product, and instead, they are far ahead from where we all imagined they were. AR contact lenses will come far sooner than we thought.

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Emerging Post-Pandemic Innovations

Tech Trends VR

How Technology is helping us cope with the global coronavirus fallout. As COVID-19 sweeps through nations, quickly making established ways of working, studying, socializing, and conducting business impractical or even impossible, people turned to technological innovation for alternatives.

Is Wearability the Next Mobility?

AR Insider

“Trendline” is AR Insider’s series that examines trends and events in spatial computing, and their strategic implications. For an indexed library of spatial computing insights, data, reports and multimedia, subscribe to ARtillery PRO. A realization has begun to sink into the spatial computing sector.

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Augmented Reality and Hearables: Where the Two Technologies Meet


Sponsored content. Sponsored by Softeq. Extended reality in visual solutions is making the headlines. But AR/VR solutions are not limited to Google Glass, mobile apps for trying on shoes or accessories, and AR-based games. Hearables with augmented reality features are becoming ubiquitous thanks to the overall spread of wearables, the contribution of tech giants, and the growing demand for emerging technologies. How Augmented Reality Works.

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Alone Together: What I have learned organizing a big VR concert

The Ghost Howls

On June, 21th, in the occasion of the French Music Fest, there has been a virtual reality concert held by electronic music legend Jean-Michel Jarre.

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Pokémon Go Hits the $3.6 Billion Mark

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 library of data, reports, and multimedia, subscribe to ARtillery Pro. P okémon Go continues to defy odds. Mobile games are often challenged to grow, while sustaining player engagement through novelty, new challenges and game mechanics.

The Intel Lakefield Deep Dive: Everything To Know About the First x86 Hybrid CPU

Anand Tech

For the past eighteen months, Intel has paraded its new ‘Lakefield’ processor design around the press and the public as a paragon of new processor innovation. Inside, Intel pairs one of its fast peak performance cores with four of its lower power efficient cores, and uses novel technology in order to build the processor in the smallest footprint it can.

The “War of Words” Taking Place in XR Technology


The title of this article uses the term “XR technology,” but, what is “XR”? Is the “X” like a variable that can stand for anything – “V” for “Virtual,” “A” for “Augmented,” “M” for “Mixed,” etc.? Or, is the “X” short for “eXtended”? The difference may seem small, but “eXtended” has much larger connotations when read in view of spatial computing or distributed computing as we’re increasingly seeing in edge applications. What about “Social XR”?

‘Ready Player One’ Book Sequel Coming November 24th

Road to VR

Ernest Cline’s breakout novel Ready Player One is getting a sequel on November 24th, which is slated to delve back into the massive multiplayer VR world of the OASIS. Aptly named Ready Player Two , the upcoming book is being published by Penguin Random House subsidiary Ballantine Books.

2021 Mercedes S-Class Will Feature AR Navigation And 3D Eye-Tracking


AR-enhanced navigation and 3D stereoscopic displays arriving later this year. German automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has never been shy about its love for immersive technology.

Kadine James: we must work together for inclusion and accessibility in the VR ecosystem

The Ghost Howls

When talking about technologies like virtual reality, usually we like to speak about hardware, software and other technological features, but actually it is also interesting to talk also about all the rest that is around these technologies, about the human factor around them.

Where Do AR and Art Converge?

AR Insider

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. . On Art & Reality. by Chris Nunes. F luidity. Turbidity. Evolution. Stagnancy. Immobility. Death.

My dad’s letter to kids of the future

Robert Scoble

My dad, left, William R. Scoble Jr., and me. Two weeks ago my dad died. We had a year warning that day was coming, after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last July. We had more days with him than we expected. Which I was very grateful for. My dad took our family out of poverty.

Must Read AR/VR Books in 2020


Reading AR/VR books is one of the best ways to keep in touch with the evolution of immersive technologies. These books are great reading material for content creators, developers, as well as people who want to stay in the loop.

Rockstar Starts Production on AAA Open-world VR Title

Road to VR

According to the studio behind L.A. Noire: The V.R.

Tim Burton’s ‘Lost Vegas’ Exhibit Brought To Life Using VR And Drone Photogrammetry


How VR allowed experiential designer Craig Winslow to visualize Burton’s outrageous public art display. There are very few public art galleries more unique than that of The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The XR Week Peek (2020.07.07): Facebook shows thin sunglasses, Iron Man VR gets released and more!

The Ghost Howls

A bit late, but this new roundup of best AR and VR news of the week is out! Before starting reading this summary, don’t forget to read my mega-post with the behind-the-curtains of the concert we organized on VRChat for Jean-Michel Jarre.

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XR Talks: The What, Why and How of AR Commerce

AR Insider

XR Talks is a series that features the best presentations and educational videos from the XR universe. It includes embedded video, narrative analysis and top takeaways. Speakers’ opinions are their own. For a full library of indexed and educational media, subscribe to ARtillery PRO.

Niantic To Launch New Mobile AR Game Based On Catan

Upload VR

Niantic announced that it is working on a new mobile AR game called Catan – World Explorers , based on the popular board game Catan. The company is also partnering with immersive theater studio Punchdrunk to create several other new projects.

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Google Swirl Redefines Advertising With Its 3D Ad Format


The biggest ad platform in the world is now open for immersive content. Last June, Google released a new 3D ad format called Swirl , which meshes programmatic advertising with next-generation content.

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‘The Under Presents’ Redefines Immersive Theater in Live VR Retelling of ‘The Tempest’

Road to VR

The Under Presents is hosting a limited time immersive theater show to Oculus Quest and Rift-owning audiences soon that takes William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest and puts you into the story like never before. The Under Presents is a different kind of VR experience altogether.

‘AAA Open-World’ VR Game In Development At Rockstar Says LA Noire VR Team


Video Game Deluxe is looking for help on a new project for GTA and Read Dead developer Rockstar Games.

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SenseGlove review: a nice DK1 for force-feedback in VR

The Ghost Howls

Some months ago I interviewed Niels Bogerd from SenseGlove about the “affordable” (from an enterprise point of view) force-feedback gloves they were producing. I was very intrigued by his words, and I would have loved to try the device. The great news is that SenseGlove has been so kind as to send me a review unit some days ago, and of course I’ve made many extensive tests so that to write a detailed review for you!

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Western Digital's 16TB and 18TB Gold Drives: EAMR HDDs Enter the Retail Channel

Anand Tech

Western Digital made a number of announcements yesterday related to their enterprise hard-disk drives (HDD) product lines.

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Editorial: Quest May Lead The Charge, But Console VR Will Be Pivotal To VR’s Next 5 – 10 Years

Upload VR

I don’t envy the companies looking to take on Facebook’s Oculus Quest in the next few years. Its head start in the standalone market will likely be remembered as a decisive victory in the ongoing race to establish an industry.

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Rokid Glass 2 AR Glasses Finish Mass Production


China-based AR glasses manufacturer Rokid announced the second generation of their Rokid Glass model in January. Early this month, they announced in a press release shared with ARPost that the glasses had finished mass production and are preparing to ship.

Elon Musk: August 28th Update to Further Detail Neuralink’s Brain-computer Interface

Road to VR

Elon Musk unveiled Neuralink nearly a year ago , and it appears we’ll be getting a progress update in August that further details the company’s research into brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). Musk announced the event via Twitter earlier this month, however didn’t include any info as to what the progress update would entail.

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‘Ready Player One’ Book Sequel ‘Ready Player Two’ Arrives This November


Ernest Cline returns with a follow-up to his 2011 sci-fi cult favorite. Exciting new for all you Ready Player fans. Penguin Random House imprint Ballantine Books today confirmed that a follow-up to Ernest Cline’s breakout hit Ready Player One will be arriving on store shelves this November.

Pico Neo 2 Eye review: the new best enterprise standalone headset

The Ghost Howls

The time has come for me to review the Pico Neo 2 Eye , the Chinese competitor of the Oculus Quest (that has been kindly sent to me from Pico)! Discover with me everything about it and especially how does it compare with the Oculus Quest and the HTC Vive Focus Plus. Pico Neo 2 Eye Video Review. If you are a tl;dr guy (or girl), probably you would rather watch a video of me speaking about the Pico Neo 2 Eye instead of reading thousands of words.