August, 2020

Is Oculus Quest killing PC VR?

The Ghost Howls

As I promised you in my latest Week Peek , I’m writing an editorial to share with you my thoughts about what has just happened with Onward, and why this may be a negative turning point for PC VR , that in the end may even disappear from the consumer market.

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Kai XR: Bringing VR To The Classroom, One Headset At A Time

VRScout

Kai XR offers students a unique look into their futures. Kai Frazier is a woman on a mission who wants to know why we aren’t building technology for children. The dedicated Techstars entrepreneur has always shown a passion for the difficult, yet rewarding work of teaching students.

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Walmart Product Listing May Point to Quest 2 Pricing & Storage Sizes

Road to VR

An ostensibly premature Walmart product listing may point to both the price and available internal storage sizes for the upcoming Oculus Quest 2.

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Expert View: Eroding the Barrier to Entry in Game Development

Tech Trends VR

By Ela Darling, co-founder of Gamelodge. The process of building an indie video game, especially for Virtual Reality, can be an arduous years-long endeavor.

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How Augmented Reality Technology Streamlines Agriculture

ARPost

The rise of smart farming is a sure indicator that agriculture is swiftly adopting cutting edge tech. The new smart farming technology is driven to a large extent by robotics, automation, data analytics, and IoT.

Will Amazon Accelerate AR Shopping’s ‘Next Normal?’

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.

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Feel VR From Your Head To Your Toes Using These Haptic Sneakers

VRScout

DropLabs’ audio-enabled footwear features support for all Bluetooth 4.2 compatible devices. This month marked the launch of DropLabs’ EP 01 Triple Black , an updated version of the companies previously-released EP 01 haptic sneaker.

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In ‘Horizon’ Facebook Can Invisibly Observe Users in Real-time to Spot Rule Violations

Road to VR

Facebook Horizon is shaping up to be an interesting social VR offering with powerful building tools that will allow players to create and share their own worlds.

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DARPA virtual dogfight will include battle between AI and human pilot

Slashgear

DARPA has revealed its plans for the final of three AlphaDogfight Trials, a competition that will — this time around — take place entirely online.

Can Virtual Reality Be Used to Train Firefighters?

ARPost

Utah-based company eLearning Brothers has made a safer approach to training firefighters using virtual reality. Volunteers and veterans alike can hone their skills without putting their lives in danger. Trainees can also easily retain information using VR.

Will AR Enable Retail’s Touchless Era?

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.

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The Ghost Howls turns 4!

The Ghost Howls

It’s my blog’s birthday! Today The Ghost Howls turns 4 years old, making me feel a little bit old. It was August, 15th 2016 when I wrote my first post, accompanied by an embarrassing image with a flower downloaded from Pixabay.

VR Burning Man Event Will Feature Live Music, Art, And Workshops

VRScout

Black Rock City meets the multiverse in this one-of-a-kind virtual celebration. This past April, festival organizers made the painful decision to cancel Burning Man 2020 citing ongoing concerns over COVID-19.

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New Oculus Users Required to Use Facebook Account Starting in October, Existing Users by 2023

Road to VR

As Oculus becomes increasingly merged with parent company Facebook, new users will soon be required to sign into their headset with a Facebook account.

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VRCollab app is helping builders adapt to new normal after the pandemic

Hypergrid Business

Using VRCollab, builders are able to coordinate on projects, inspect, and review building designs in real-time. Image courtesy VRCollab.).

Snap’s Lens Studio Gets Update for Full-Body Social AR Effects

ARPost

ARPost often talks about applications of extended reality in fields like enterprise and education. However, most people who use extended reality use it for more… social pursuits – what’s called social AR.

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Snapchat’s AR Platform Play is all About Developers

AR Insider

This post is adapted from ARtillery Intelligence’s report, AR Advertising Deep Dive, Part I: The Landscape. It includes some of its data and takeaways. More can be previewed here and subscribe for the full report. A R continues to evolve and take shape as an industry.

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Pico G2 4K Enterprise review: 3DOF VR is not over yet

The Ghost Howls

While Oculus has decided to discontinue the Oculus Go and abandon completely the 3DOF sector, Chinese vendor Pico has decided to double down on 3DOF offering two new models , the Pico G2 4K S and the Pico G2 4K Enterprise , that are two improvements of the original Pico G2 4K.

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‘Beat Saber’ Meets Traditional Polka In This Hilarious VR Accordion Experience

VRScout

My dream of starting a virtual polka band is slowly becoming a reality. What do you get when you combine the most popular VR rhythm game available on headsets with traditional Czechoslovakian polka music? It’s a question we’ve all been asking ourselves these last few years.

‘SynthVR’ Lets You Build a Massive Modular Synthesizer in VR

Road to VR

Getting into modular synthesizers can require a real investment in time, patience, and not to mention money.

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COVID-19 Accelerating VR Adoption

Tech Trends VR

The Coronavirus pandemic has become a catalyst for us to embrace immersive technologies in our “new normal” workflow. This pandemic may prove to be the inflection point for humanity to reimagine the way we interact with each other,” Professor Shafi Ahmed tells me.

The ARPost Guide to 5G Internet and XR

ARPost

The extended reality community is just bristling at the news of 5G internet. However, considering the fact that most people who use XR don’t exactly have degrees in the field, it can be easy to feel left behind. What is 5G internet? Why is it so important to extended reality?

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Porsche Triples Down on AR

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Data Dive is AR Insider’s weekly dive into select spatial computing figures. Running Mondays, it includes data points and strategic takeaways. For an indexed library of data, reports, and multimedia, subscribe to ARtillery Pro.

The XR Week Peek (2020.08.24): Facebook login gets imposed on Quest and the community riots, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

This week in XR has been incredibly calm and nothing important has happened, apart from little things like the riot of the entire XR community against Facebook Jokes apart, I’m working to organize my blog’s 4th birthday party on VRChat… you asked for it, and you will have it! Top news of the week.

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Preserving The Art Of Black Lives Matter Using AR

VRScout

A city-wide digital art show celebrates the street art of BLM. Designers at the architecture and design firm GGLO have created an augmented reality art show aimed at paying homage to the eclectic lineup of street paintings created as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Facebook Signs Multiyear Deal with NBA, Making Oculus Its Official VR Marketing Partner

Road to VR

Facebook has signed a multiyear deal with the National Basketball Association (NBA) which makes Oculus an official marketing and VR headset partner of the NBA, Women’s NBA (WNBA) and NBA G League.

Falcon Age Oculus Quest Release Confirmed For Next Week

Upload VR

Good news! A Falcon Age Oculus Quest release is right around the corner; the VR adventure goes standalone next week. The developer announced the news on Twitter along with a trailer you can see below.

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3 Virtual Reality Films to Watch in Quarantine

ARPost

Life is slowly going back to normal in some parts of the world. For others, however, the fight against COVID-19 continues. Virtual reality offers a welcome escape from isolation and loneliness during this global health crisis.

Making the Physical World Clickable, Part I

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.

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All you need to know about developing and sideloading on Quest under the new Facebook account policy

The Ghost Howls

This week in VR has been pretty explosive because of the announcement made by Facebook that will force VR people to have a Facebook account to use their VR headsets. I’ve read news, editorials, and also lots of memes about it, and I think you too.

Ride Your Real Bike In The Virtual World With The Blync VR Controller

VRScout

Pedal your way through a variety of virtual terrain or create your own.