March, 2021

Google Maps Expands Live View AR Navigation Capabilities to Airports & Shopping Malls

Next Reality AR

The AR walking navigation feature in Google Maps, which is arguably one of the most useful mobile augmented reality to available to consumers, is about to get even more indispensable for travelers.

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NextMind Review: select objects using your brain powers

The Ghost Howls

You all know that I love Brain-Computer Interfaces, and so I have been very happy when NextMind has proposed to give me a sample of its brain-reading sensor to review here on my blog.


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US Air Force Experiments With VR Suicide Prevention Training


Airmen and their spouses are taught how to comfort distressed individuals in a virtual environment.

Facebook Gives Sneak Peek of New Avatar System for Quest, Watch It Here

Road to VR

At the all-digital version of SXSW 2021 today, Facebook’s Mark Rabkin, VP of Oculus, showed off an upcoming new version of its avatar system on Quest.

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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.

A friendly chat on the Open AR Cloud and its advantages

The Ghost Howls

In December 2020, I had a nice chat about the Open AR Cloud with two amazing professionals that are working with it. Unluckily, that was a very complicated period for me (e.g. I was working to deliver the WTTOS concert with Jean-Michel Jarre ) and I forgot about publishing it.

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Niantic Previews the Future of AR Gaming with Codename: Urban Legends Demo

Next Reality AR

As if teasing its own smartglasses weren't enough, augmented reality gaming developer Niantic gave gamers a glimpse of how 5G speeds can revolutionize how they play mobile games in the near future.

The AR Location Wars, Part I: Google

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 and real-world relevance is often defined by location. That same relevance and scarcity are what drive real estate value….location,

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Learn How A Virus Spreads With VR Algebra Game ‘Pandemic’ On Quest


Prism’s immersive algebra learning app breaks down the mathematics of a viral outbreak.

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Microsoft Signs $22B Contract with US Army to Bring HoloLens 2 Tech to the Battlefield

Road to VR

Following a prototyping phase started in 2019, Microsoft and the United States Army have announced they are moving to a production phase of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), based on HoloLens 2 technology, through a contract worth up to $22 billion.

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.

Hands-on Vive Focus Plus Hand Tracking SDK

The Ghost Howls

I have just tried the hands tracking solution offered on the Vive Focus Plus by the Vive Hands Tracking SDK and I want to tell you what has been my experience with it and how it does compare with other hands tracking technologies, like the ones offered by Facebook or UltraLeap.

How Virtual Reality Data Visualization Sets a New Standard for Big Data


We live in an age of enormous data creation. The amount of global data generated per year has increased by more than 30x over the past 10 years, and it is projected to more than quadruple over the next five.

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Microsoft Wins $21 Billion Contract to Produce Military-Grade HoloLens for US Army

Next Reality AR

After years of testing and modifications, the US Army is moving forward with its customized version of HoloLens 2 from Microsoft. In separate announcements published on Wednesday, the US Army authorized moving from rapid prototyping to production and rapid field testing.

Data Dive: 7 of the Top-10 Mobile Apps Feature AR

AR Insider

I t’s clear that mobile AR is where the scale is today, given 3 billion global smartphones. As for the portion that’s AR-compatible, the common industry rally cry is that there are 1 billion+ AR-enabled smartphones. That figure applies to ARkit and ARCore-compatible smartphones.

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Play ‘Pac-Man’ In Augmented Reality With Pizza Hut’s “Newstalgia” Boxes


The limited-edition pizza boxes headline the companies retro-driven “Newstalgia” ad campaign.

SteamVR Dashboard Update Adds Individual Window Focus & Controller Docking

Road to VR

The latest beta update to SteamVR has brought improvements to the way users can use their PC desktop inside of VR through the SteamVR dashboard.

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.16): HTC launches Tracker 3.0, Facebook has 10,000 people working on XR, and more!

The Ghost Howls

I’m writing this roundup of news with a huge headache and a real will to sleep, so forgive me if there are some errors. It’s because tomorrow the SXSW 2021 starts and together with VRrOOm we have created the virtual spaces for it on VRChat!

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Defining a Tech Cycle and Where Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Stand


In the early 1980s, no one could have predicted how the Internet would eventually come to rule our lives. No one could have guessed the ways it would revolutionize the world around us, from ordering food, to streaming videos. We went through what is called a tech cycle.

Google Arts & Culture Drops AR Synth Exhibit That You Can Play

Next Reality AR

Museum curators typically frowned upon visitors touching paintings, sculptures, and artifacts, but not when those exhibits are displayed in augmented reality. The latest AR exhibit from Google Arts & Culture not only lets you virtually touch the displays but also make your own audio art.

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Data Dive: VR Finishes Q1 Strong

AR Insider

O ne prevailing misperception in the tech world is that VR is in the gutter. Some have even pronounced it dead. Such sentiments reflect the backlash to VR’s circa-2016 hype cycle. It didn’t fulfill world-changing proclamations trumpeted at the time… and deserves some grief.

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Take A Look At Facebook’s New VR Avatars For Quest


The new avatar system will debut first on Facebook Horizon for Oculus Quest headsets.

Oculus Quest App Lab Reaches 100 Apps in Less Than Two Months

Road to VR

Last month Oculus launched App Lab for Quest which allows developers to distribute their games on the headset without going through Oculus’ curation process. There’s now more than 100 games and apps available on App Lab.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.03.08): Microsoft launches Mesh, HTC and Pico tease new hardware, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Happy Women’s Day to all the women in XR ! I think the spirit of this day is to show our men’s appreciation for what women do and our support for their future goals.

Augmented Reality Is Bringing Positive Change to Facilities Management


Augmented reality is bringing positive change beyond the world of gaming and entertainment. From hospitals and medical facilities to corporate facilities, it is being used in a myriad of ways to simplify tasks and improve efficiency.

Visit WandaVision's Reality-Bending Living Room with This Facebook Messenger AR Portal

Next Reality AR

The new WandaVision series is perhaps the hottest TV show on the Disney Plus streaming service since.well, its own The Mandalorian wrapped up its second season late last year.

The AR Location Wars, Part II: Apple

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. That same relevance and scarcity are what drive real estate value….location,

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Niantic Shows Off Mixed Reality ‘Pokémon GO’ Demo Powered By HoloLens


Microsoft debuts its Mesh mixed reality platform during its Ignite conference alongside a Pokémon proof-of-concept.

‘Pokémon GO’ Developer Niantic Teases a See-through Headset

Road to VR

Niantic, the studio behind the popular Pokémon GO , today teased some kind of see-through headset.

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.29): Rec Room becomes a unicorn, Sandbox VR is back to business and more!

The Ghost Howls

It’s a sunny lockdown day here in Italy, the sun is shining and the trees are blossoming. I hope that your day is sunny too and you are safe and happy. I’m sending you good vibes through this post.

Can Virtual Reality Help You Sleep Better at Night?


The rise of virtual reality has led to a wide array of surprisingly useful technologies that extend beyond the world of gaming. One of the lesser-known applications of VR has to do with your sleep health. Believe it or not, it can help you sleep better at night. Can Virtual Reality Improve Sleep?