July, 2021

VR Technology Could One Day Be Powered By Your Sweat

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Generate electricity while interacting with your favorite games and apps.

The Secret Of Retropolis review: a noir adventure in VR

The Ghost Howls

Yesterday night I have tried The Secret Of Retropolis , a VR game inspired by LucasArts’s point and click adventures developed by indie studio Peanut Button. The studio is composed of three developers that say they have no money for marketing and need help promoting their game.

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New York Times Revives Its AR Storytelling on Instagram with Tokyo Olympics Experiences

Next Reality AR

Old school media stalwart The New York Times mobile-ar.reality.news/news/new-york-times-adds-ar-its-coverage-time-for-winter-olympics-0182577/ launched its augmented reality news content in 2018 with a feature on the athletes of the Winter Olympics.

Facebook Creates New Internal Organization to Build “the Metaverse”

Road to VR

Facebook Reality Labs, the company’s AR/VR research and development team, announced the creation of a special product group focused on developing its future vision for “the Metaverse.”

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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.

What You Need to Know About Virtual Reality Chairs

ARPost

The addition of virtual reality chairs to the world of gaming is bringing novel experiences to players all around the globe. Along with premium visuals, sounds, and even scents, VR chairs are taking video games to a whole new level. But what exactly are VR chairs? And how do they work?

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How To Watch The 2020 Tokyo Olympics In VR

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Immerse yourself in everything from the Opening Ceremony to seven exciting events using the NBC Olympics VR app. After significant delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Summer Olympics are finally underway in Tokyo, Japan.

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Discover The Virtual Burning Man 2021

The Ghost Howls

The Burning Man is one of the most important festivals that runs every year in the United States. Last year it was held in a completely digital version, and its event inside Altspace VR was a blast , with all people in the VR communities talking enthusiastically about it.

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USA Today Showcases New Summer Olympics Sports with Augmented Reality

Next Reality AR

After a postponement of the Summer Olympics for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tokyo is set to host the games this summer, despite a surge in cases in the city.

‘Moss: Book II’ Will Be Bigger Than the Original, Introduce New Progression & Interactions

Road to VR

Moss: Book II , a direct sequel to the lauded original, was finally announced earlier this month. And it hopes to answer what was perhaps the original game’s biggest problem: it was too short!

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 Rise of Virtual Avatars: From Social Media to Business and Entertainment

ARPost

Two decades ago, the music band Gorillaz was highly controversial for using only cartoons in their videos and stage appearances. Now, they are deemed pioneers in the field of virtual avatars. Source: Gorillaz Facebook page.

How Will AR Transform Shopping?, Part II

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A R continues to prove itself as a shopping tool. It can help consumers visualize products on faces and spaces, to make better-informed decisions. This was amplified in the Covid era as it brought back some of the product essence and dimension that was lost in retail lockdowns.

AR Experience Introduces Three New Olympic Sports

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The Washington Post uses AR and interactive video to showcase three new Olympic sports debuting in Tokyo. The 2020 Olympics are finally here after being delayed due to the global pandemic.

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How you can request a free silicone cover for your Quest 2

The Ghost Howls

Today I want to publish a very easy and short tutorial to let you grab the opportunity of getting a free silicone cover for your Oculus Quest 2. Are you in for that?

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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.

Google Launches Augmented Reality Filters on Meet App for Mobile

Next Reality AR

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Google has packed new functionality into Google Meet to compete with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other video conferencing platforms.

Varjo XR-3 Hands-on: Varjo’s Headsets Keep Getting Better, Even as They Get Cheaper

Road to VR

By now it can be said that Varjo is making the world’s most high-end VR headsets, and not just because they’re slapping on a hefty price-tag.

Top XR Events in 2021 That Should Be on Your Must-Attend List

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After a year that turned our lives upside down, the world is slowly going back to normal – proven, among others, by a large number of XR events in 2021. While some of these events will be held virtually, others will take place in physical venues.

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Can Advertising Scale in VR? (Yes and No)

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O ne of VR’s prospective revenue streams is ad placement. The thought is that its levels of immersion can engender high engagement with various flavors of display ads. That could include billboards in a virtual streetscape or sporting venue.

How Astronauts Are Using VR & AR Aboard The ISS

VRScout

From maintenance work to physics experiments, XR technology is playing a major role in the operations of the Expedition 65 crew.

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Crazy Kung Fu Review: an intensive fitness VR game

The Ghost Howls

Today I review for your a nice indie game called Crazy Kung Fu , developed by the studio Field Of Vision.

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Create Your Own Holograms at Home with the Volu iPhone App

Next Reality AR

With the release of Object Capture this fall, Apple is giving everyone with a Mac and a camera the means to create their own 3D objects. But what about volumetric video, which currently requires multi-camera rigs like those at Microsoft's Mixed Reality Capture studios?

Facebook is Unlocking AR Capabilities for Developers on Quest 2

Road to VR

Facebook announced today that an upcoming update to the Quest development SDK will include experimental support for a Passthrough API which will allow Unity developers to build AR experiences and features into apps on Quest 2.

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Virtex Stadium – the First “True” Virtual Reality Stadium for Esports Launches Soon

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Esports fans, rejoice! Soon, you will not just watch a game from the outside, but be at the very heart of the action thanks to the soon-to-be-launched virtual reality stadium.

What’s Behind Facebook’s Metaverse Play?

AR Insider

A s you’ve likely heard, Facebook advanced its already formidable spatial computing ambitions this week by launching a division to bring it closer to the metaverse. Operating under Facebook Reality Labs (FRL), it will federate several products under a common goal.

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Arcadia Is A Mixed Reality Competition For Athletes & Gamers

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The “world’s first stadium-size mixed reality arena” will begin searching for its first-ever ‘Arcadia Champion’ later this year.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.07.26): Facebook aims at the Metaverse, Quest 2 goes MR, and more!

The Ghost Howls

I’m incredibly happy about having been hosted by Sebastian Ang (MRTV), one of my favorite VR content creators, in his weekly podcast on Youtube! We spoke about AR and VR for 2 hours and we were having so much fun that we could have gone on for other 2 hours without problems!

PepsiCo's Doritos Used to Push for Return to Live Concerts with Augmented Reality Experience

Next Reality AR

With fears over the COVID-19 pandemic subsiding, live concerts are returning. And Doritos wants to send music fans to a few of them via an augmented reality promotion.

Oculus is “All in on OpenXR,” New Developer Features Will Come to OpenXR Only

Road to VR

Oculus is making hard shift away from its proprietary developer APIs in favor of OpenXR, an industry-backed project that aims to standardize the development of VR and AR applications.

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BMW Doubles Down on AR and VR Technology in Recent Projects

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Automobile manufacturers and retailers have been among the most enterprising adopters of VR technology. Usually, that technology has been geared towards enterprise. However, in recent outward-facing projects, BMW in particular has leaned heavily into VR.