June, 2021

‘Virtual Taekwondo’ Could Be The Next Big Olympic-Level Sport

VRScout

Virtual Taekwondo combines full-body motion-tracking and video games to offer the next generation of competitive virtual sports.

The most important AR and VR news from F8 Refresh

The Ghost Howls

The Keynote of Facebook F8 Refresh, the digital version of the usual Facebook F8 event, has finished some hours ago.

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Facebook to Begin Testing Ads Inside Paid VR Games

Road to VR

Facebook has made no secret of the fact that ads are coming to its Oculus VR platform in some capacity.

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Snapchat Extends Its AR Lenses to Viber Messaging App

Next Reality AR

Yo dawg, Snap heard you using Snapchat augmented reality Lenses in your messages, so it's putting its AR Lenses in other messaging apps.

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.

Varjo Enters the Metaverse With Reality Cloud Platform

ARPost

In a virtual showcase event today, June 24, Varjo executives announced the “Reality Cloud.” This platform, going into Alpha release with select partners will allow collaboration like nothing we’ve seen before. Introducing Reality Cloud.

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REPORT: Apple Mixed Reality Glasses Launching Mid-2022

VRScout

Tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the upcoming headset will launch in Q2 of next year and will feature 15 onboard cameras. This past April, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that augmented reality (AR) technology is “ critically important ” for the future of the company.

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How HitMotion:Reloaded transitioned from an AR to a VR game

The Ghost Howls

Two weeks ago, we of New Technology Walkers have launched HitMotion: Reloaded on SideQuest.

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‘Halo’ and ‘Alien: Isolation’ VR Modder Joins Microsoft’s 343 Industries

Road to VR

Zack “Nibre” Fannon, the creator behind VR mods for Alien: Isolation and Halo Master Chief Collection (MCC), has been hired by 343 Industries, the studio in charge of the Halo franchise.

JigSpace Puts Together $4.7 Million in Funding to Expand AR Tutorial Technology

Next Reality AR

The startup JigSpace, which was among the first apps to support ARKit and LiDAR for iPhone augmented reality apps, has capitalized on its early mover status by innovating within the space. On Wednesday, JigSpace closed a $4.7

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.

World’s first flying race car makes historic maiden flight

Digital Trends

Check out this so-called 'flying car' that's set to take part in the world's first racing series using such vehicles later this year. Cars News airspeeder alauda Aviation evtol flying machines vtol

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Facebook Starts Advertising In Virtual Reality

Upload VR

Facebook is beginning to test advertising in virtual reality. The “small test of in-headset ads” is starting with Blaston from Resolution Games, and “a couple other developers that will be rolling out over the coming weeks.”

Soar Through The Sky In This Multisensory VR Wingsuit Sim

VRScout

The co-founder of location-based entertainment company The VOID returns with a new wingsuit VR experience. Jumping out of an aircraft and soaring past mountains like a flying squirrel looks like an incredible experience.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.06.14): Facebook buys BigBox VR and plans to sell 18-20M Quests in 2022, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

I’m very tired because yesterday I was ironing out bugs on HitMotion: Reloaded together with the game designer Max until 3.40 in the morning, but in the end, the first alpha demo is over and it will launch as promised on June, 16th!

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‘VRChat’ Secures $80M Series D Funding to Create its Own Digital Economy

Road to VR

VRChat , the popular social VR platform, announced its secured a Series D funding round of $80 million, which brings to the startup more than five times its overall lifetime investment. The round was led by Anthos Capital, alongside participating investors Makers Fund, GFR Fund and others.

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Magic Leap CEO Peggy Johnson Talks Remote AR Meetings Ahead of Magic Leap 2 Release

Next Reality AR

The Paris-based technology conference Viva Technology, which hosted the likes of Apple's Tim Cook and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, is now over. But there are still a few more treats to discover from the annual gathering. Namely, from new Magic Leap CEO Peggy Johnson.

Third Eye device could help phone addicts avoid walking disasters

Digital Trends

An industrial designer has come up with The Third Eye, a safety device that helps phone users by scanning the path ahead for obstacles. Mobile News distracted walking safety

VRChat Raises $80 Million To Prepare For Social VR Growth

Upload VR

VRChat raised $80 million in a Series D investment round to accelerate development and prepare for social VR growth. The round is led by Anthos Capital with Makers Fund, GFR Fund and others participating.

Tribeca Immersive Kicks Off Today With A Fresh Line-Up Of Groundbreaking XR

VRScout

The legendary film festival makes a triumphant return to NYC with in-person and at-home entertainment. After a long and grueling wait, we’re finally returning to a state of semi-normalcy here in the United States.

HitMotion: Reloaded has been launched on SideQuest!

The Ghost Howls

I’m very happy to announce that HitMotion: Reloaded, the XR fitness game that we of New Technology Walkers are developing, has finally been launched for Oculus Quest! It is now available on SideQuest at this link and will come soon on App Lab (as soon as it will be approved).

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LIV Mobile App Lets You Record Quest Mixed Reality Video with Just Your iPhone, Now in Beta

Road to VR

LIV develops software for mixed reality video capture, and over the years it’s become the de facto method for streamers showing themselves immersed in VR from a third-person perspective.

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You Can Now Try-On & Test Samsung Galaxy Smartwatches in AR via Snapchat

Next Reality AR

Now that Snapchat has extended its virtual try-on powers from the face and feet to the wrist, Samsung is leveraging the new capability, along with an interactive twist, to sell its smartwatches.

How Is Augmented Reality Transforming Special Education?

ARPost

There is a growing interest in augmented reality and its potential to improve special education. It has the ability to create interactive experiences by enhancing the real-life environment with virtual elements.

Part Terminator, part Tremors: This robotic worm can swim through sand

Digital Trends

Remember the "Graboid" worm monsters from Tremors? Well, thanks to some brilliant engineering, there's now a robotic version that can burrow through sand. Features Robot

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Cadillac’s AR Navigation System Looks Pretty Darn Cool

VRScout

A new video offers a closer look at the 2021 Cadillac Escalade’s AR-powered GPS navigation system. With the recent developments in immersive technology over the past few years, AR navigation has been somewhat of a hot-button topic within the automobile industry.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.06.21): Facebook experiments with VR ads, PSVR 2 to come at the end of 2022, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Happy VR Summer! This is the first day of this sunny season (if you live in my same hemisphere of course), and I hope that you won’t have any Summertime Sadness like Lana Del Rey, but you all will enjoy the sun, have some relax, and forget for a moment all the hard times we are living in.

Quest is Getting a Third-person Spectator View for Casting

Road to VR

The latest update to the Oculus Integration for Unity includes a beta release of a spectator camera capability which will allow developers to show a third-person view to spectators watching on a smartphone or web browser.

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Niantic Primes Its Lightship AR Engine for Transformers Game, Global Launch Slated for 2021

Next Reality AR

With the tagline "More Than Meets the Eye," the Transformers franchise was pretty much preordained to have its own augmented reality game, and AR gaming pioneer Niantic has stepped up to fulfill that destiny.

Blaston Review Bombed After Facebook Ad Announcement

Upload VR

Dozens of user-generated reviews this week gave 1-star to dueling shooter Blaston to critique Facebook’s upcoming virtual reality advertising test.

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Meet the Illuminarium: The multisensory theater that makes Imax look prehistoric

Digital Trends

In addition to sights and sounds, the interactive Illuminarium exhibit can also produce specific smells, vibrations, and environmental sensations like wind. Features Augmented Reality Virtual Reality