October, 2021

Facebook’s Codec Avatars Look Almost Too Real

VRScout

These 3D human avatars are so realistic you can see the pores on the skin.

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How to build your passthrough AR app for Oculus Quest in Unity

The Ghost Howls

I love passthrough augmented reality , because it lets us create AR experiences with the VR headsets that we already own, plus it also opens up augmented reality to new possibilities, like wide-FOV vision or diminished reality experiences.

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Leaked Facebook MR Headset Confirmed as Project Cambria, a “High-end” Device Coming Next Year

Road to VR

Facebook today confirmed Project Cambria, the MR headset which was spotted in a recent leak. The company says it’s a high-end headset designed to roll out more advanced technology before being able to bring it down to the price point of the Quest line.

Microsoft HoloLens 2 & Unity Used to Highlight the Threat to Endangered Whales at the Smithsonian

Next Reality AR

Although the enterprise use cases for the Microsoft HoloLens 2 continue to impress, the arts community just can't stay away from the best augmented reality headset on the market.

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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.

Horizon Home Replaces Quest Home, Adding Social Integration & Parties

UploadVR

Announced today at Facebook’s annual Connect conference, Horizon Home will replace Oculus Home on the Oculus Quest platform, bringing new social integration with multiple users. .

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‘Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time’ Now Fully Playable In VR

VRScout

A new mod brings the classic Nintendo 64 action-adventure game to PC VR headsets for the first time. One of the most iconic video games of all time is now available in VR thanks to a new mod by BrianMp16. This isn’t some 20-minute tech demo; it’s a fully playable Ocarina of Time VR game.

Ultraleap Gemini is hands tracking at its best

The Ghost Howls

Today Ultraleap has officially released Gemini, the fifth-version of the hands tracking runtime. I have tried it and I’m going to tell you my impressions about it! As usual, this article comes with a video version where I show you my hands-on session with Ultraleap Gemini! Ultraleap Gemini.

Meta Plans to Reverse Controversial Facebook Account Requirement for Oculus Headsets

Road to VR

Meta ( formerly Facebook ) created quite a stir in the VR industry when it announced last year that it planned to require Facebook account logins for new users. The move didn’t go over well in the VR space or among critics at large.

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Facebook’s unlikely to promote a distributed open metaverse like OpenSim

Hypergrid Business

Virtual scenes from the Facebook Horizon. Image courtesy Facebook.). Facebook’s announcement of a $50 million research fund and plans to hire 10,000 employees in U.K.

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.

Beat Saber Passes $100 Million In Revenue On Quest Platform Alone

UploadVR

Facebook announced today that Beat Saber has passed $100 million in revenue on the Oculus Quest platform. In January this year, Facebook announced that over 60 titles had surpassed at least $1 million in revenue on Quest.

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Can Niantic Unlock the Real-World Metaverse?

AR Insider

Though known best for its breakout hit Pokémon Go, Niantic's true fate may be as an AR platform. Enter Lightship, which turns Pokémon Go's architecture into a platform on which others can build geospatial AR experiences. The post Can Niantic Unlock the Real-World Metaverse?

Feature Film ‘We Met In Virtual Reality’ Shot Entirely In ‘VRChat’

VRScout

The experimental documentary showcases how social VR technology can affect our emotional and social relationships.

Varjo announces Aero, the highest-end prosumer headset

The Ghost Howls

If you are all-in for high-quality PCVR and you have a budget to invest for it, this is the day you were looking for: Varjo has just announced Aero, which is set to become the highest-end prosumer PCVR headset on the market.

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.

HTC Announces Vive Flow, a Compact VR Headset Focused on Casual Entertainment & Wellbeing

Road to VR

HTC today announced Vive Flow, its latest standalone VR headset. While the company just recently released the enterprise-focused Vive Focus 3, the Vive Flow aims for the consumer market with a compact size and feature-set that HTC has designed around casual entertainment and wellbeing apps.

Ohio University Launches Virtual Reality and Game Development Major

ARPost

If you want to build a career in immersive technologies , you can start by getting your degree in this field. Starting this fall, Ohio University is offering a Virtual Reality and Game Development (VRGD) undergraduate major.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Is Coming To Oculus Quest 2

Upload VR

Rockstar Games’ hugely popular PS2-era hit, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is coming to the Oculus Quest 2 in the future. This will be a full version of the open world title ported to VR for the first time.

XR Talks: Metaverse 101

AR Insider

The term metaverse continues to be a runaway train in gaming, media and XR worlds. Though it has legitimate principles and promise it’s been obscured through overuse in editorials and marketing materials. We attempt to cut through the clutter for concrete ideas in this week's XR Talks.

NASA Debuts AR Graphic Novel At New York Comic-Con

VRScout

First Woman is the first in a series of graphic novels from NASA that use AR to enhance your reading experience.

The XR Week Peek (2021.10.19): HTC launches Vive Flow, Magic Leap 2 announced, and more!

The Ghost Howls

I’m in the middle of this crazy October in which everything is happening in VR and I’m overworking like crazy. By the way, it’s a positive period, after all. I’ve just been interviewed by XR Must and I’m visiting an amazing XR company (you’ll discover which one very soon…), so things are going well.

CEO Shares First Details on Magic Leap 2, Announces $500 Million in New Funding

Road to VR

Magic Leap today announced that it has raised $500 million in new capital at a $2 billion valuation. This comes ahead of the launch of its upcoming AR headset, Magic Leap 2, which it promises will be smaller, lighter, and tuned to be an “all day” device. New Capital.

8 Augmented Reality Trends in 2021

ARPost

The concept of augmented reality is no longer new. In the last couple of years, AR has experienced tremendous growth and popularity as big technology giants like Google, Amazon, Apple have adopted the technology.

Zuckerberg Announces Facebook Company Rebrand To Meta

Upload VR

Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook’s company title will be renamed to Meta. . Facebook Becomes Meta.

3 Reasons Why the Time is Right for AR

AR Insider

AR has had its ups and downs. Though past waves haven't gained meaningful traction, why is now the right time for AR as a consumer shopping utility and brand marketing medium? Guest author Katherine Jacoby breaks it down. The post 3 Reasons Why the Time is Right for AR appeared first on AR Insider.

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Netflix Hit Series ‘Squid Game’ Is Now A VR Game

VRScout

Fight for your life in this fan-made VR game based on the popular South Korean survival drama. Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks, odds are you’ve heard about Netflix’s latest global sensation, Squid Game.

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Facebook Connect 2 was Zuckerberg’s pitch of Meta

The Ghost Howls

Facebook Connect 2 has finished and almost nothing went as I predicted (I suck at making predictions for Connects, it seems): there was no Quest 2 Pro, no discount on the Quest 2, no update on Assassin’s Creed VR.

Facebook’s 2021 XR Investments to Total $10 Billion, Even More in 2022 & Beyond

Road to VR

In the company’s Q3 2021 earnings call Facebook today said it expects its XR investments this year to top $10 billion, and advised investors that it plans to spend even more than that in subsequent years.

How and Why Brand Engagement Is Driving XR Development

ARPost

Everybody wins in the world of XR brand engagement. Brands get a unique and dynamic way to interact with customers. Customers get fun and informative ways to interact with their favorite brands. And the rest of us?

Does listening to languages in your sleep help you learn them faster?

Digital Trends

Can you learn a language by listening to it in your sleep? The science isn't clear-cut, but recent research suggests sleep-listening might indeed be beneficial. Features Health & Fitness Back To School languages learning psychology REM sleep

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