November, 2021

Rats Play ‘DOOM’ Using VR-Like System


We’ve seen our fair share of bizarre VR experiments over the years, but this one might just take the cake.

Holo-Light showed me that AR cloud rendering may already work

The Ghost Howls

There is a lot of talking about cloud rendering, and at AWE I have been able to try the solution proposed by German startup Holo-Light, and it was interesting to see that it worked quite well. Holo-Light. Holo-Light is a company working in providing cloud rendering solutions for XR.

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Niantic Raises $300M Investment at $9 Billion Valuation to build “real-world metaverse”

Road to VR

Niantic, the company behind Pokémon GO , today announced it has raised a $300 million Series D investment which values the company at $9 billion.

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Web AR: By the Numbers

AR Insider

Though apps rule smartphone usage, could the browser be a better vessel for mobile AR experiences? It scales better and offers less friction than apps, to name a few advantages. We crunch the numbers in the latest report excerpt. The post Web AR: By the Numbers appeared first on AR Insider.

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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.

The Auggie Awards 2021


The Auggie Awards are a highlight event at AWE. The main ceremony took place last Wednesday evening, but the awards for Best in Show VR, Best in Show AR, and the Awesome Award were awarded at the AWE closing ceremony on Thursday.

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Disney Wants To Create Its Own Metaverse


The company’s massive collection of original IPs could make for the ultimate metaverse experience. To the metaverse and beyond!

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Ekto VR hands-on: the craziest boots to walk in VR

The Ghost Howls

One of my favorite demos at AWE has been with Ekto VR boots , which have probably been the craziest devices that I’ve tried during the expo… and I totally loved them for it! Ekto VR. Locomotion in VR is still an unsolved problem. Apart from the software solutions (e.g.

Qualcomm is Preparing Developers for the Coming Wave of Smartphone-tethered AR Glasses

Road to VR

Today at AWE 2021, Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform, a head-worn AR software suite the company is using to kickstart a broader move towards smartphone-tethered AR glasses.

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Meta’s Spark AR Reaches 700M AR Users

AR Insider

Last month at Meta's annual Connect conference, it made a big splash by detailing its metaverse plans. But buried in these updates was a data nugget that signals its mobile AR growth: 700 million mobile AR users. We examine in this week's XR Talks.

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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 Close Are We to Seeing VR in the Classroom?


Virtual reality and its cousin augmented reality , have taken the world by storm. VR is typically only thought of in a game sense, but it has made strides in accessibility and education. Students who have access to a virtual classroom could benefit from new, cutting-edge styles of learning.

Resident Evil 4 VR Mercenaries Mode Arriving In 2022, Leak Reveals

Upload VR

It looks Resident Evil 4 VR will be getting the much-requested Mercenaries mode sometime in 2022. Biohazard Cast reported on an Oculus YouTube video with a trailer for the mode, revealing it will arrive as a free update next year.

The Creator Of ‘Pokémon Go’ Is Building Its Own AR Metaverse


The company is making its Lightship Augmented Reality Developer Kit open to any and all developers.

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Senseglove Nova hands-on: haptic gloves with great comfort

The Ghost Howls

Today I’m writing a post about one of the best haptics devices I have tried at AWE 2021: Senseglove Nova, a pair of gloves for virtual reality. Senseglove Nova.

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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.

Quest Update Adds Mixed Reality Casting, Global Cloud Saves, & More

Road to VR

The latest update for Oculus Quest, v35, is rolling out to headsets starting today and brings with it mixed reality casting, global cloud saves, and Facebook Messenger calls in VR. Mixed Reality Casting on Quest. Update v35 is bringing mixed reality casting to both Quest and Quest 2.

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Will Web AR Pull Ahead as a Go-to Channel?

AR Insider

Will consumers spend 90 seconds downloading an app for an experience that lasts 30 seconds? This question raises the benefits of Web AR. What are its dynamics and best practices? We examine in the latest report excerpt. The post Will Web AR Pull Ahead as a Go-to Channel? appeared first on AR Insider.

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XR Trends to Watch In 2022


As the embodied XR technologies (VR, AR, and MR) have emerged out of their infancy over the past few years, the corresponding terminology and its correct application has become bewildering for many.

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America’s most common passwords of 2021 are very, very dumb

Mashable VR

As a species, generating a strong password might not be our strong suit. Password manager NordPass released its annual list of the 200 most common passwords, and the results don't inspire much confidence.

VR App ‘Hauntify MR’ Turns Your Home Into A Haunted House


Collect mysterious artifacts scattered throughout your real-world environment while avoiding evil spirits.

AWE 2021: Hands-on with Holoride and its automotive VR fun

The Ghost Howls

Yesterday was my last day at AWE. One of the coolest things that I’ve tried has been Holoride, a system to let passengers in a car enjoy a ride in VR. Holoride. Holoride is a very original startup in the XR ecosystem because it focuses on in-car VR entertainment.

Qualcomm: Oculus Quest 2 Shipped 10 Million Units Since Launch

Road to VR

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Can AR Contact Lenses Put the Future in Focus?

AR Insider

We hear a lot about smart glasses as the fully-actualized form of AR, as opposed to mobile AR. But what about more advanced modalities? We're talking about AR contact lenses. Guest author April Miller examines the landscape. The post Can AR Contact Lenses Put the Future in Focus?

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Meet The Forge: A Metaverse XR Studio System by Prox & Reverie


A new XR studio system is aiming to revolutionize the entertainment industry. Prox & Reverie recently launched The Forge, a purpose-built metaverse studio system.

Samsung SmartThings can now monitor your home’s entire energy consumption

Digital Trends

Samsung has expanded the SmartThings family to include three new partners that are dedicated to home energy monitoring and management. Smart Home Samsung SmartThings

Researchers Use Menthol To Simulate Cold Weather In VR


The future of VR haptics could be skin chemicals.

AWE 2021: Hands-on Lynx-R1 mixed reality headset

The Ghost Howls

At AWE 2021 I have finally been able to try the Lynx-R1 headset and meet its creator Stan Larroque. Lynx-R1. I am pretty sure the Lynx-R1 doesn’t need any introduction from me.

Nreal Launches $600 ‘Light’ AR Glasses in United States via Verizon

Road to VR

Nreal, the Chinese startup behind the Nreal Light AR glasses which made a splash back at CES 2019, has now expanded to the United States, making the smartphone-tethered device available through select Verizon stores starting today.

Will VR Revenue Exceed $22 Billion by 2025?

AR Insider

ARtillery Intelligence released a new report that projects VR revenue to grow from $4.49 billion in 2020 to $22.4 billion in 2025, a 37.9 percent compound annual growth rate. We examine strategic takeaways in the latest "Behind the Numbers.". The post Will VR Revenue Exceed $22 Billion by 2025?

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XR Announcements and Themes Fresh From Microsoft Ignite


The second edition of Ignite, Microsoft’s annual software event, took place this week (November 2-4) virtually once again – hosted in Teams, naturally.