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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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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Fracked is a trailblazing new PSVR action-adventure game from nDreams

Cats and VR

Fracked is the trailblazing new VR action-adventure game from nDreams, the creators of the ground-breaking Phantom: Covert Ops. Seamlessly combining relentless “run and cover” gunfights with free and fluid skiing and climbing, Fracked is uncompromising, audacious, and unashamedly stylish.

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How Virtual Reality Aids People With Low Vision


For millions of people around the world who have low vision, virtual reality offers a myriad of possibilities for entertainment and socialization. Putting on a VR-powered headset can improve sight and the quality of life of those with limited vision.

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.

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.

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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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.

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?

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.

Facebook Reveals Latest Wrist-worn Prototypes for XR Input & Haptics

Road to VR

Facebook today revealed some of its latest research and vision for a wrist-worn input device that the company expects to form the basis of AR and VR interactions and haptics in the future.

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How to remove unwanted Unity audio permissions to submit to App Lab

The Ghost Howls

For sure you remember that together with my tutorial on how to develop and submit an application for App Lab , I have actually submitted to App Lab my majestic “The Unity Cube App” , an application with just a cube and some avatar hands (Yes, I’m a troll).

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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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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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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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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.

‘The Museum of Other Realities’ Free to Visit for The Next 2 Weeks

Road to VR

The Museum of Other Realities (MOR), the immersive multiplayer art museum for virtual reality, is temporarily open to the public for free in celebration of select British XR artists, who are presenting their works via a special showcase called The Immersive Arcade.

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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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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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.

Immersive Technology for Education: How Virtual Reality Will Change the Learning Process


Sponsored content. Sponsored by The rapid development of technology could not but affect the educational process. Although virtual reality technology is not that new, it is being used in education since relatively recently.

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.

HTC Announces Face-tracker for Vive Pro and Vive Tracker 3.0, Launching This Month for $130

Road to VR

HTC today announced two new VR accessories: a consumer version of its face-tracker and a new version of the Vive Tracker which is said to bring a large jump in battery life alongside being smaller. Both accessories are priced at $130 and will launch in the US starting on March 24th.

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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.

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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Inside Microsoft Mesh, What Is It and How Does It Work? We Have the Answers

Next Reality AR

When Microsoft unveiled Mesh a couple of weeks ago, the move revealed a major part of Microsoft's next steps toward dominating the augmented reality space, particularly with regard to enterprise customers.

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.