April, 2021

EXCLUSIVE: Apple AR glasses hands-on preview

The Ghost Howls

Some days ago, all the community got excited because on the invitation to WWDC 2021, Apple has drawn an Animoji with some applications reflected on her glasses. Everyone started wondering if Apple could announce its AR glasses at WWDC or not. I have some exclusive info to share with you.

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Epic Games Secures $1B Investment to Build Its Unreal Engine-powered Metaverse

Road to VR

Epic Games, the company known for its hit battle royale title Fortnite and the Unreal Engine game engine, has managed to attract a stunning $1 billion in its quest to establish a metaverse of linked games and services.

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Google Adds New AR Galleries & Audio Guided Tour to Arts & Culture App

Next Reality AR

With NFTs taking the art world by storm, it's a bit refreshing to know that you can enjoy world famous masterpieces in the comfort of your own home via augmented reality without emptying your cryptocurrency wallet.

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Commodore 64 Emulator Brings Retro Gaming To Oculus Quest

VRScout

The 80’s most popular home computer arrives on Quest headsets. Back in 1982, one of the coolest devices you could own was the Commodore 64. The C64, as it’s referred to by many enthusiasts, had a screaming MOS 6510/8500 1MHz processor with a paltry 64 KByte of memory.

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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.

Virtual Reality Is Helping Healthcare Workers Cope With Stress

ARPost

Virtual reality usage has been on the rise throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It has provided countless hours of entertainment to those sheltering at home. Now, it is also aiding healthcare workers on the frontlines. BehaVR is a VR company specializing in digital therapeutics for behavioral health.

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Pico Neo 3 new specs and photos revealed!

The Ghost Howls

I was browsing the web on a Chinese website (don’t ask me why) and I found a banner that was promoting the Pico Neo 3 on JD.com (a popular e-commerce website).

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There’s Now a Fully-functional Commodore 64 Emulator for Oculus Quest

Road to VR

Commodore 64, the iconic 8-bit computer from the early ’80s, was one of the first home computers for many people back in the day. Its ability to run basic games, office productivity software, and development tools made it one of the highest-selling single home PCs of all time.

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Hulu, Coinbase, Ray-Ban & Captain Morgan Unlock Advertising Gold with Interactive AR Ads

Next Reality AR

We've reached the point in the trajectory of augmented reality's growth where AR advertising experiences are becoming commonplace tactics rather than rare experiments.

Swedish Dev Auctioning Off One-Of-A-Kind NFT VR Studio

VRScout

This unique one-off VR space is up for auction with bidding starting at 30 ETH ($60K). Swedish VR developer Fredrik Ekholm has partnered with one of Sweden’s biggest interior designers to create a high-end VR experience that will be auctioned off on Opensea.io as a one-of-a-kind NFT collectible.

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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.

VR Training Program Teaches Underserved Population Soft Skills to Increase Their Employment Chances

ARPost

Navigating the employment world is a challenge for people with disabilities. However, an initiative by Viability, funded by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), promises to make things easier for the underserved, thanks to an innovative VR training program.

ALTDEUS Brings Mecha Battles and Branching Stories to PSVR Today

Cats and VR

ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos , the sci-fi, anime-style adventure with a twisting narrative and difficult choices developed by the industry veterans at MyDearest Inc.,

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The XR Week Peek (2021.04.19): Quest 2 adds Air Link and Resident Evil 4, Pico and HTC are ready to launch, and more!

The Ghost Howls

It’s a crazy busy period for me and I really need a good sleep. BTW, I’ve managed to found some time here and there to write this newsletter, because I’m happy to inform you of the community, especially my Patrons that always cheer for me (have you considered supporting me on Patreon as well?).

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Quest 2 May Be Selling Thrice as Fast as the Best Selling VR Headset, PSVR

Road to VR

While Facebook has yet to reveal official unit sales figures for Oculus Quest 2, various data points the company has offered, along with data from developers, has allowed us to hone in on a reasonable estimate.

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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.

Marvel Studios Tosses 'Falcon & the Winter Soldier' AR Game to Fans in Time for Finale

Next Reality AR

Disney Plus shows WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier are both streaming hits, but the two series could not be more different in terms of giving fans a taste of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Design Full Rooms In AR With The IKEA Studio App

VRScout

Change wall colors, arrange multiple pieces of furniture, and export your AR rooms in 2D and 3D for critique.

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VR Mindfulness: Is Immersive Technology The Next ‘Big Thing’ in Workplace Well-Being?

ARPost

The idea of ‘workplace well-being’ is increasingly recognized as a top priority for employers, spurred on by the growing body of evidence correlating employee well-being with retention and performance.

The AR Location Wars, Part III: Facebook

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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Lab Surprise is the coolest bundle idea for App Lab

The Ghost Howls

It’s time for an exclusive preview here on The Ghost Howls : I’ve been able to explore Lab Surprise, a new bundle of indie games coming on App Lab this afternoon and I’ve found it so cool that I couldn’t resist talking about it with you even before the launch.

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HTC Announces VIVEcon Event on May 11th & 12th, Teases Headset Reveal

Road to VR

Following subsequent teases of an unannounced Vive headset, HTC today announced an event called VIVEcon, set for May 11th & 12th. While there’s no details so far on what the event will entail, the company is clearly teasing the reveal of its new VR headset.

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Devilish Lil Nas X AR Experience Debuts on Jadu App

Next Reality AR

Who had Lil Nas X, blood-drop Nikes, and satan worship on your 2021 bingo card?

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Goodwill And Accenture Are Using VR To Help Former Prisoners

VRScout

Project Overcome looks to help the recently-incarcerated prepare for today’s workforce using VR technology. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 10,000 incarcerated individuals are released from state and federal prison every week.

10 Virtual Reality Trends to Look Out for in 2021 and Beyond

ARPost

Virtual reality has been used successfully for business applications for a while now. However, we are still witnessing innovations each year that will reflect positively on various industries – and that’s bringing VR to brand new milestones.

XR Talks: A Glimpse Into AR’s Near Future

AR Insider

T he future of any tech sector can often be seen in its innovation pipeline. And what better place to see that pipeline in action than early-stage startups? This is why “demo days” for accelerator cohorts/classes are always illuminating. It’s a glimpse into the near future.

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Pico Neo 3 to feature XR2 chipset and Wi-Fi 6

The Ghost Howls

I’ve received today a press release by Pico about the upcoming Neo 3, and since no other VR outlet seems to report it, I thought it could be a good idea to inform the community about it.

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Neuralink Reveals Monkey Playing ‘Pong’ Using Only Its Brain

Road to VR

Neuralink, the brain-machine interface (BMI) company created by Elon Musk, released a video showing off a live trial of its brain implant in a monkey.

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Google Adds Pac-Man, Hello Kitty, & More Japanese Anime & Video Game Characters to AR Search

Next Reality AR

Gamers, anime fans, and those with an interest in Japanese culture are in for an AR treat courtesy of Google.

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Build Your Own Retro VR Arcade In ‘Arcade Legend’

VRScout

Upgrade and customize your very own old-school gaming paradise. LAI Games is an Australian-based company with location-based entertainment venues all around the world. Chance are if you’ve stepped into an arcade to play an old-school ticket redemption game, chances are LAI Games was involved.

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The VR Remote Collaboration Platforms Changing How We Work

ARPost

VR remote collaboration has long been one of the most promising use cases for the technology. Selecting a few highlights is naturally challenging, particularly since just about any VR application is arguably collaborative.