September, 2020

Facebook To Discontinue Oculus Rift S Beginning 2021


You can still buy an Oculus Rift S.for now. It’s been an exciting week for VR! During Facebook Connect this past week, Mark Zuckerberg talked about the future of how AR technology will play an important role in the future of the company that included information on Project Aria.

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How to make SteamVR input work with Unity XR Interaction Toolkit in Unity

The Ghost Howls

Hello everyone! Today’s post is a bit technical, but it will help some VR devs out there to have fewer headaches.

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‘Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit’ Brings AR Kart-racing to Your Living Room Floor with Switch

Road to VR

You simply never know with Nintendo. One year they’re bringing out a full VR Nintendo Labo kit for Switch , and the next they’ve mashed AR into a remote-controlled car for at-home Mario Kart races.

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Oculus Rift discontinued, focus now Quest VR for all


Oculus announced today that they’ll discontinue the Oculus Rift line of VR headsets entirely. The only current Rift device available from Oculus is the Oculus Rift S, but that’ll soon be over as Oculus focuses all its efforts on single headset: Oculus Quest 2.

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NurtureVR: The VR Program That Promises to Transform Prenatal and Postnatal Care


Virtual reality is one of the driving forces that transforms healthcare all over the world. Now, with NurtureVR, a VR program developed for expectant mothers, technology has conquered another territory.

Making the Physical World Clickable, Part II

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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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9 practical lessons for VR events that I’ve learned developing Venice VR Expanded

The Ghost Howls

These are the days of the Venice Film Festival, one of the most important movie festivals in the world. In the last few years, this festival has always had a section dedicated to VR, that according to many was incredibly well-curated.

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Facebook Accounts Using Fake Names, Among Other Violations, Risk Losing Access to Oculus Content

Road to VR

With Facebook recently moving to require the use of a Facebook account with Oculus headsets we wanted to understand how violations of the company’s Facebook Community Standards would intersect with its headsets.

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Facebook Infinite Office tries to sell the idea of VR productivity


Virtual reality has always carried the stigma of being more of an entertainment-centric technology. With Facebook at the helm of one of the two biggest VR platforms today, that identity seems to get even more cemented, just with a dash of social networking on top.

AR/VR in the Supply Chain – the Way of the Future


We are witnessing the evolution of AR/VR in the supply chain. What started out as a hi-tech trend for a select few, has grown into a best practice for large enterprises and smaller companies in the global supply chain.

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Hacking Unconscious Bias

Tech Trends VR

Can immersive tech help us tackle the pervasive and enduring problem of systemic racism? Technologies such as Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed reality – referred to as XR – have long been collectively touted as an “ Empathy Machine ,” and for very good reason.

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Fundamental Surgery ‘Teaching Space’ Lets Medical Students Collaborate In VR


Instructors can deliver hands-on training to multiple students at once via multi-user classrooms. When it comes to training for a specific profession, nothing beats good old-fashioned hands-on experience.

The XR Week Peek (2020.09.07): new Quest is coming at $299 and $399, NVIDIA RTX3070 is powerful and affordable and more!

The Ghost Howls

This fall promises to be very interesting for AR and VR, and in this first week of September we had many interesting XR news that are going to heat up the competition in the space!

‘Myst’ Remake Coming to Quest & SteamVR Headsets Soon, Trailer Here

Road to VR

Myst (1993) , the iconic point-and-click puzzle adventure from Cyan Worlds , is coming to the Quest platform later this year, and on SteamVR headsets “soon.”

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Mobile AR Users Approach 600 Million

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“Behind the Numbers” is AR Insider’s series that examines strategic takeaways from the original data of its research arm, ARtillery Intelligence. Each post drills down on one topic or chart. Subscribe or login to access the full library of data and reports.

Tamara Shogaolu Talks About the Power and Struggle of Black Women in Extended Reality


“Today, Black female filmmakers still don’t have the same opportunities,” Tamara Shogaolu, the founder of Ado Ato Pictures, spoke candidly in an interview with ARPost.

New MYST game revealed for 2020 (with translation)


This afternoon the developers at Cyan revealed a new version of the classic PC game MYST. This game is a “brand new version of Myst, completely re-imagined for modern game systems and – for the first time for any game in the Myst series – including optional VR support!”

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‘Mario Kart: Home Circuit’ Brings AR And RC Cars To The Nintendo Switch


Turn your living room into a one-of-a-kind ‘Mario Kart’ level October 16th. In celebration of the historic 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.,

How MeKiwi ported Cave Digger to 7 different VR platforms

The Ghost Howls

MeKiwi is a very interesting indie studio in Finland : they have published a very popular VR game like Cave Digger, and they have also experimented with something artistic with ArtPulse.

Leak Confirms Quest 2 with Snapdragon XR2, Higher Resolution & 256GB Variant

Road to VR

A massive leak featuring several promotional videos has confirmed the upcoming Quest 2’s basic specs ahead of Facebook Connect this week. Much of the info comes from two similar introductory videos, which are hosted on the company’s Facebook Blueprint developer site.

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XR Talks: Shaping the Future of Commerce, Part III

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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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Social VR: Virtual Reality Headsets Eliminating the Distance Between Us


As we adapt to the new norm, we change our way of life and abide by social distancing rules. However, social isolation can be frustrating, especially for those who look forward to daily interactions with other people. Fortunately, technology helps us overcome the challenge of remaining connected.

The Platform Is The Star Of Steve Aoki’s New VR Concert

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Oculus Venues will present a groundbreaking show by 2X Grammy Nominated producer/DJ Steve Aoki Wednesday night, September 30th, showcasing the new VR live performance platform from Supersphere, ArcRunner.

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Virtual Aquarium Brings Children’s Aquatic Art To Life


Visitors can design custom sea creatures and feed their digital creations. Next-generation art collective teamLab is on a mission to blend the worlds of technology, art, science, design, and nature.

My predictions for the Facebook Connect

The Ghost Howls

Tomorrow is the big day of the Oculus Connect 7, which has now been sadly rebranded as Facebook Connect. Every year, Oculus has always made astonishing announcements during this yearly event, and we are sure that this year will be no exception to this rule. But what can we expect from it?

Osso VR Secures $14M Investment to Further Develop VR Surgical Training Platform

Road to VR

Osso VR today announced it has raised $14 million in Series A funding to further develop its VR surgical training platform. The financing round was led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures, with participation from SignalFire, GSR, Scrum Ventures, Leslie Ventures and OCA Ventures.

Facebook Vies for AR Advertising Market Share

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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How XpertVR Is Changing the Face of Traditional Research With Virtual Reality


Virtual reality has gotten more sophisticated over the years. Although its well-known applications lie in gaming and entertainment , its potential isn’t limited to these industries. Market research, for instance, is an avenue that has yet to be explored fully.

HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition Adds Face And Eye-Tracking, Coming In 2021

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HP is planning an Omnicept Edition of its Reverb G2 VR headset for early 2021 with additional face-tracking sensors and the ability to measure “cognitive load”.

Facebook XR Branding Spotted In The Wild Ahead Of Facebook Connect


A sleek new logo for a post-Oculus company. With Facebook Connect —previously Oculus Connect 7—just around the corner, hardcore fans are scouring every inch of the web in search of any and every update regarding the highly-anticipated developer conference.

5 Top Highlights from Facebook Connect keynote

The Ghost Howls

Some hours ago the Facebook Connect keynote has finished, so I think it is time to do a quick recap of the most important news announced there. This post is just a short summary of the best of the announcements until now, in case you missed it and you wanted to catch up with the news.

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