May, 2021

This AR Book Lets You Summon Demons With Your Voice

VRScout

Use the Book of Asmodeus and your smartphone to defeat the 12 demons and bring your deepest desires to life. You’ve stumbled across a mysterious leather-bound book tucked away in the darkest corner of your home’s attic.

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Microsoft Brings Chromium-Based Edge Browser, Swipe to Type, & More to HoloLens via Windows Holographic Update

Next Reality AR

Since its launch two years ago, the HoloLens 2 has been the best AR headset available, and nothing has come close to touching it since. So, at first blush, new features arriving for the device via an update to the Windows Holographic operating system might seem a bit.tame.

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Enabling the Spatial Web: What’s the Mp3 of AR?

AR Insider

F requent readers of this publication know that one of the most important and under-exposed AR sub-sectors is enabling technologies. Also known as “ picks & shovels ,” these are the tools that do the back-end heavy lifting, including developer platforms and 3D creation engines.

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Pico Neo 3 launched in China for around $390, Pro edition to come to the West for $699

The Ghost Howls

After a long pre-launch, finally the Chinese vendor Pico has unveiled completely its Neo 3 headset. And it looks like a very interesting consumer-oriented clone of the Quest 2 for the Chinese market , something that could finally kickstart the consumer segment in the Red Country.

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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.

Snap Acquires AR Display Startup WaveOptics for Over $500M

Road to VR

Snap Inc is making some definite strides into augmented reality territory as of late.

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NFTs: Perspectives From AR & VR Stakeholders

VRScout

From art to business, the blockchain has enabled digital content to hold new value, with implications for the entire AR & VR community.

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Rovio Reinvents Angry Birds as Web-Based AR Tower Defense Game for Burger King Campaign

Next Reality AR

Angry Birds, one of the first franchises to find success in mobile gaming, continues to shoot its shot at new life in augmented reality gaming.

What Are The Biggest Myths About AR Advertising?

AR Insider

Four Myths About AR Advertising. by Tony Parisi. It’s not a fad — it’s here to stay. Here’s why. A R advertising: it’s a thing. I’ve been writing about it for over a year, and working on related products at Unity for much longer.

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Exclusive hands-on with Huawei VR glasses 6DOF devkit (with FXG’s Nikk Mitchell)

The Ghost Howls

Today I’m very excited to present to you an exclusive preview of the 6DOF devkit for the Huawei VR glasses. An amazing pre-review that has been possible only thanks to the collaboration with Nikk Mitchell , the fantastic CEO of FXG , a Chinese VR company that has a partnership with Huawei.

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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.

Intel Researchers Give ‘GTA V’ Photorealistic Graphics, Similar Techniques Could Do the Same for VR

Road to VR

Researchers from Intel’s Intelligent Systems Lab have revealed a new method for enhancing computer-generated imagery with photorealistic graphics.

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Are Virtual Reality Concerts the Future of Live Music?

ARPost

Miss live music? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, countries that have yet to ease restrictions have been turning to virtual reality concerts to get their fix of live music. VR usage has surged over the past year.

Yaw2 Motion Simulator Surpasses $1M On Kickstarter

VRScout

Yaw VR’s smart chair offers a 40-degree motion range for roll, 70-degree for pitch movements, and haptic vibrations.

Google Adds Sports Athletes to AR Search, Includes Virtual Street Signs in Live View AR in Google Maps

Next Reality AR

Since bringing augmented reality features to Search and Maps, Google has made them arguably the most useful augmented reality products in its portfolio. On Tuesday, at Google I/O, Google unveiled some of its new AR capabilities for the pair of mobile apps.

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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.

What’s Facebook’s Wearables Master Plan?

AR Insider

common AR industry sentiment is that the smartphone will pave the way for smart glasses. Before AR glasses achieve consumer-friendly specs and price points, AR’s delivery system is the device we all have in our pockets. There, it can stimulate demand for AR experiences.

AGAINST Demo Review: a noir rhythm action game

The Ghost Howls

Joy Way, the indie game studio behind the VR parkour game STRIDE, has just released a free demo of their upcoming game AGAINST (yes, they love capsed names). I just played it and of course, I’m here telling you my first impressions about it! The video version of this review!

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Vive Pro 2 to Launch With 6MP Resolution, 120Hz, 120° field-of-view, on June 3rd, Starting at $800

Road to VR

HTC today announced the Vive Pro 2, an upgraded version of the Vive Pro headset which first launched in 2018.

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Looking at the XR Angle

ARPost

In commemoration of Mental Health Awareness month, ARPost has put together a list of some of the companies and experiences that are using XR to help people develop all kinds of wellness. Mental Health Providers.

VR Simulator Lets You Experience Life As A Dolphin And Shark

VRScout

Help protect the ocean while exploring a growing catalog of marine species in this VR ocean simulator. Ever wonder what it’s like to live beneath the surface of the ocean?

Transform Your Friend into an AR Musical Synthesizer via This HoloLens 2 NFT App

Next Reality AR

One of the oldest electronic musical instruments is the theremin, a synthesizer that generates sound based on hand gestures, as featured in the classic "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys.

Will Web AR Unlock ‘Camera Marketing?’

AR Insider

T here’s a growing realization that apps aren’t always the optimal vessel for AR. Yet with mobile AR, it’s born on a device where apps rule. 90 percent of mobile users’ time is spent in apps versus the web. Can AR break that cycle? And if so, could web AR be the answer?

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Regine Gilbert talks about accessibility in XR

The Ghost Howls

I had the pleasure to virtually sit down with Regine MaryAnne Gilbert and talk about inclusivity and accessibility in XR. This has been our brief talk, from which I hope you will be able to find some interesting cues to work on a more inclusive and accessible XR ecosystem.

Vive Focus 3 Announced with Snapdragon XR2, 6MP Resolution, $1,300 Enterprise Price & June 27th Launch

Road to VR

HTC today revealed its latest standalone VR headset, the Vive Focus 3. The enterprise-oriented headset will bring Snapdragon XR2, a whopping 6MP per-eye resolution, 120° field-of-view, new controllers, and more for $1,300. The Vive Focus 3 release date is set for June 27th.

Highlights From the 2021 Snap Partner Summit

ARPost

Snap, the company behind Snapchat, Spectacles, and more, held their annual Partner Summit online this Thursday, May 20. The event was full of announcements, releases, updates, and launches. Even focusing just on the AR content, there was a lot to unpack.

‘Boneworks’ Meets ‘Fall Guys’ In ‘MarathRUN’ On Oculus Quest

VRScout

Race other players across a series of VR obstacle courses in this physics-driven multiplayer experience.

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AT&T and NBA Launch Mobile AR Experience via Chicago Bulls App

Next Reality AR

The Chicago Bulls may not be very relevant in the current NBA standings, but they do lead the league in one other area. With an assist from Nexus Studios, AT&T has debuted StatsZone, an augmented reality experience that presents game statistics in an immersive format, in the Chicago Bulls app.

Snap Unveils AR Glasses

AR Insider

I n a rather large moment for the AR industry, Snap today unveiled developer-facing AR glasses. As the next generation of its Spectacles camera glasses, the hardware features optical and display systems for the first time. That’s right, Spectacles are now true AR glasses.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.05.11): Pico Neo 3 launched, HTC may announce Focus 3 and Pro 2, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Welcome to my 200TH ROUNDUP! Yes, it’s 200 weeks (around 4 years) that I try to inform the community every week about the best AR/VR news, at first just by e-mail, and then also on a special column on my website.

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Oculus Appears to be Testing Android Apps on Quest

Road to VR

It appears Oculus is currently testing out Android app integration on Quest, which could bring to the standalone headset everything from Spotify to Among Us.

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