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

HoloLens

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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Are You Still Watching? How to Create Engaging Presentations for Virtual Learning

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director at BrightCarbon

Remote meetings are here to stay - and so is the Zoom fatigue that many experience. The importance of compelling content is more apparent than ever. In this webinar, learn how PowerPoint provides terrific tools to create the kind of dynamic visual content you need to capture your remote audience’s attention. Come along to this masterclass packed with live demonstrations of how to create compelling presentations for successful meetings in a virtual and hybrid environment. In this webinar, you will learn how to: Create dynamic visuals that support persuasive stories to engage your audience Develop professional-looking designs for presentations and other content Become a PowerPoint legend with techniques to make effective presentations quickly and easily June 30th, 2022 at 9:30 am PDT, 12:30 pm EDT, 5:30 pm GMT

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.

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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.

How AR and AI Will Transform Customer Service Using the Power of Vision

ARPost

Customer service is busier than ever. According to one 2020 survey , 45% of U.S. consumers have required technical assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HTC VIVE Pro 2 detailed with upgrade kit, full-kit prices

Slashgear

HTC just revealed the HTC VIVE Pro 2, complete with options for upgrades. This new headset will be sold in at least two packages – one with the whole “full-kit” experience, the other with the headset alone.

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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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Who C.A.R.E.S.!? How Learning Got Its Bad Rap & What We Can Do About It

Speaker: Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer at ELB Learning

Since when has learning and development become such a negative experience with learners? Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer for ELB Learning, will introduce a new learning framework called the C.A.R.E.S Learning Effectiveness Model.

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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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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‘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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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.

The Key to Getting the Best Out of Video-Based Practice & Coaching

Speaker: Micah Eppler, Account Executive for Rehearsal of eLearning Brothers

Join Micah Eppler from eLearning Brothers to see hands-on examples of how organizations are transforming outcomes with video-based training strategies.

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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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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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.

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.

Immersing the Curious Mind in VR: Why You’re Missing Out on Proven ROI!

Speaker: John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO, CenarioVR® Creator

Join John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO and creator of the award-winning VR course builder CenarioVR®, to find out why organizations choose immersive learning and how they've used innovative approaches.

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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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.

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.

Everyone Wins! How Games Can Improve Learning Outcomes Across Multiple Generations

Speaker: Stephen Baer, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Game Agency

Nearly 70% of American adults play video games. Stephen Baer, Chief Creative Officer at The Game Agency, will discuss each generation’s unique learning styles and identify game types that appeal to each one and improve your learning outcomes.

Google Adds Raw Depth API to Improve Spatial Awareness & Depth Data for Android AR Apps

Next Reality AR

For most mainstream users, LiDAR sensors for precision depth sensing remain the exclusive domain of Apple iPhones and iPads, but Google is helping Android device makers close the depth gap on the software side via its ARCore toolkit.

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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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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?

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.

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.