February, 2021

OpenBCI: games using brain-interfaces are coming in 3 years

The Ghost Howls

You know that I have a big passion for Brain-Computer Interfaces, a passion that has grown even more when I understood they are a perfect match with AR and VR (I have even dedicated a long article in the past about this).

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Five Ways VR Can Be Used In Modern Education

VRScout

How immersive technology is changing education for the better. VR and AR are far from new educational technologie s. However, the process of their adaptation is rather slow, since the clumsy bureaucratic machines of schools and universities are not able to adapt to changes quickly.

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Samsung’s Leaked AR Concept Videos Reveal Its Augmented Ambitions

Road to VR

Leaked concept video featuring two Samsung AR devices has come to light. Although just concepts and not functioning products as such, it’s clear the Korean tech giant is gearing up to compete with companies like Facebook and Apple as they inch ever closer to releasing consumer AR headsets.

Google Launches TensorFlow 3D Using LiDAR & Depth Sensors for Advanced AR Experiences

Next Reality AR

After the mobile augmented reality platforms of ARKit and ARCore moved Google's previously groundbreaking Project Tango (the AR platform that gave us the first smartphones with depth sensors) into obsolescence in 2018, we've seen a bit of a resurgence of what was then a niche component for flagship devices.

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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.

AR Apps With Artificial Intelligence in 2021

ARPost

Augmented reality apps are becoming more and more powerful with the help of artificial intelligence, which learns context and awareness about what you are trying to achieve. In this guide, we review some AR apps with AI in 2021.

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Ultraleap Stereo IR 170 review: use your hands naturally in VR!

The Ghost Howls

I have had the joy of trying the new UltraLeap Stereo IR 170 hands-tracking sensor for VR and evaluate its performances. I have appreciated it a lot, so I thought it could have been a cool idea to make a post for you to describe how it is and compare it with the previous Leap Motion controller.

Student Builds Volumetric 3D TV To Complete Bachelor’s Program

VRScout

Stream 3D holographic imagery in real-time. When it comes to modern-day POV-Displays , like those LED fans that spin to create “holographic” imagery, Jan Jessen—aka u/Evlmnkey —is far from impressed.

‘Virtual Desktop’ Can Now Stream PC VR Games to Quest, Without the Sideloading Workaround

Road to VR

Virtual Desktop , an Oculus Quest app which allows users to control their Windows PCs from inside the headset, now officially offers the ability to stream PC VR games wirelessly to the headset.

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You Can Land & Drive NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover in AR with the Smithsonian Channel's New App

Next Reality AR

Two years ago, the 50th anniversary of the moon landing gave flight to a handful of Apollo 11 augmented reality apps and experiences, including one from the Smithsonian Channel.

How to Train Employees 65% Faster With Virtual Reality

With a rapidly changing economy, Avangrid Renewables looked to virtual reality to develop a standardized form of immersive training in order to onboard and upskill technicians faster than ever before.

How Rendever and AARP Used Virtual Reality to Grant the Wish of a Lifetime

ARPost

For most of us, virtual reality is a fun pastime or a handy work tool. For some of us, it can represent something more. Eighty-seven-year-old George Hetrick has always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon.

AR’s ‘Location Wars’ Get Started

AR Insider

A s you likely know, one of AR’s foundational principles is to fuse the digital and physical. The real world is a key part of that formula… and real-world relevance is often defined by location.

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Exclusive interview and footage about “Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual”!

The Ghost Howls

“Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual!” is one of the most awaited VR games of 2021.

Stop What You’re Doing And Play ‘Gorilla Tag’ On Oculus Quest & SteamVR

VRScout

Use your incredible gorilla strength to parkour up trees and cliffs in this low-fi game of tag.

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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.

SteamVR Update Brings Full Support for OpenXR 1.0, A Huge Step for the Open Standard

Road to VR

The latest update to SteamVR, version 1.16, now includes full support for OpenXR 1.0,

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Snapchat Can Turn Your 12-Pack of Labatt Blue Beer into a Virtual NHL Arena

Next Reality AR

Bud Light being the official beer sponsor of the NFL just makes sense for American football. But what about the NHL, with hockey being the official winter sport of Canada by decree?

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Unity and Volvo Open Source Digital Models of Car Designs

ARPost

Unity has long been in the frontline of companies leading the democratization of 3D assets and tools, including for XR applications. The automotive industry has been less involved in this charge.

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XR Talks: What’s AR’s Fate in 2021?

AR Insider

A common occurrence in the analyst corps this time of year is predictions and projections. Our research arm ARtillery Intelligence got a jump on that process with its December report that looked back at the biggest lessons of 2020… and forward to the biggest predictions for 2021.

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Quest now prevents mirroring of passthrough and 2D apps

The Ghost Howls

Do you remember this post of mine from one year ago when I showed you that it was possible to do some kind of “hacking” of the Oculus Quest using the adb command line tool?

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87-Year-Old Man’s Lifelong Dream Of Hiking The Grand Canyon Made Possible Through VR

VRScout

Rendever and Wish of a Lifetime from AARP team up to help one Pennsylvania senior achieve a lifelong goal. Ever since he was a kid, George Hetrick dreamed of traveling to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon.

Facebook Reality Labs VP Hints That Quest 2 Will be Updated with 120Hz Refresh Rate

Road to VR

Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, the Vice President of Facebook Reality Labs, during a Q&A session indicated that Quest 2 is likely to be updated with a 120Hz refresh rate, and touched on a number of other topics relating to VR. 120Hz Refresh Rate Likely Coming to Quest 2.

Microsoft Debuts HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition for Pharmaceutical & Semiconductor Enterprise Users

Next Reality AR

Ever since the US Army awarded Microsoft's HoloLens a $480 million contract, the battle for enterprise augmented reality has heated up in earnest.

Getting Started With VR Training Is Easier Than You Think

ARPost

Like most business tools, professional development has seen a massive shift to the online world in the past year. People are working from home on a global scale like nothing we’ve ever seen before, and large in-person meetings are a distant memory. Of course, eLearning isn’t new.

Data Dive: Are Commercial Spaces Primed for AR?

AR Insider

O ne of the attributes that defines AR’s potential is its breadth of applicability. Though use cases like product visualization and social lenses are the early leaders today, we’ll see several others develop in the coming years. That includes both consumer and enterprise applications.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.02.22): Samsung AR glasses leaked, Kura price revealed, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

This week in XR hasn’t had any explosive news, but it was interesting nonetheless: in particular we had cool info on AR glasses, with some news from Kura, Lynx, and Samsung. Among the top 5 news I have chosen, only 1 is about VR.

Sundance’s Virtual New Frontier Exhibition Was Visited Almost 40,000 Times

VRScout

Sundance Institute shares some impressive numbers regarding this year’s virtual showcase. Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier showcase was conducted virtually this year in response to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

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‘Realworld’ Aims to Bring a Multiplayer ‘Google Earth VR’ Alternative to Quest & More

Road to VR

Google Earth VR , which is available today on PC VR, is a breathtaking way to explore our fascinating planet. But one major missing feature is the ability to do so with friends.

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Corona Taps Blippar to Promote Its Hard Seltzer Line with AR Games & Recipes

Next Reality AR

Despite the unfortunate social media-driven association of Corona beer with the virus behind a global pandemic, beverage maker Constellation Brands has pushed its marketing forward like a lime through the mouth of a beer bottle.

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Augmented Reality in Emergency Management: Enhancing Situational Awareness for Rescue Missions

ARPost

Situational awareness is crucial for personnel delivering an emergency response. Augmented reality can help hone this skill. AR supports emergency response management through simulations, real-time assistance, and mapping danger zones. Let’s look at how AR functions in each of these areas.