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

VRScout

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

VRScout

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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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.

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.

How Will VR and AR Change Marketing In 2021 (And Beyond)?

ARPost

The progression of virtual reality and augmented reality technology has been fascinating to chart. On one hand, VR and AR have been around for years without truly cracking mainstream appeal, and there are still plenty of people who’ve never used VR headsets.

Google Adding Stereo Depth Support for Dual Cameras to ARCore Starting with Pixel 4 & 4XL

Next Reality AR

In response to Apple's implementation of LiDAR sensors in iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro models, Google is looking to leverage the dual-camera setups in recent flagship devices as depth-sensing components.

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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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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.

Architects Can Now Access A Powerful VR Tool On Oculus Quest

VRScout

Turn boring 2D floor plans into fully immersive 3D walkthroughs with the first Quest app designed specifically for architects. When it comes to planning and design, a proper 2D floorplan can provide you with a bounty of critical information.

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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.

A first look at the Tundra Labs HDK

The Ghost Howls

Today I host a new article of the amazing Rob Cole, passionate maker and ergonomics expert from Immersion Mechanics , already the author of amazing posts on this blog, especially about the ergonomics of the Valve Index.

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Augmented Reality Is Bringing Positive Change to Facilities Management

ARPost

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.

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.

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

VRScout

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

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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The XR Week Peek (2021.03.22): Sony reveals PSVR2 controllers, FRL shows the wristband of the future, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Happy Spring everyone! The Winter is over, and the trees are blossoming again!

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

ARPost

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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Did Facebook Sell One-Million Quest 2s in Q4?

AR Insider

V R appears to be in the midst of a rebound. Covid-inflicted supply-chain impediments caused shipments to decline an estimated 10 percent in 2020, but that could have been worse if not for Quest 2’s Q4 performance. We’ve also seen a strong overall start for VR in 2021.

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

VRScout

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

Newly Published Valve Patent Envisions Wireless & Standalone Versions of Index, New Head-mounts

Road to VR

A newly published patent granted to Valve envisions new Index headsets that could be wireless or standalone, and include new head-mounts for improved ergonomics.

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.