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 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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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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Intel Takes Us Inside to Reveal How HoloLens 2 Is Transforming Computer Chip Production

Next Reality AR

The enterprise applications powering the adoption of the HoloLens 2 are only just ramping up as developers continue to work with the still relatively new hardware.

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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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.

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.

What Will Drive AR Glasses Adoption?

AR Insider

O ne striking realization about spatial computing is that we’re almost seven years into the sector’s current stage. This traces back to Facebook’s Oculus acquisition in early 2014 that kicked off the current wave of excitement….including including lots of ups and downs in the intervening years.

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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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HTC Teases Reveal of “game-changing VR headsets” at VIVECON

Road to VR

You can now register for HTC’s upcoming VIVECON event.

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Netflix Fantasy Franchise 'The Witcher' Opens Early Access to AR Game Called Monster Slayer

Next Reality AR

Having found success in video games and a hugely popular Netflix series, The Witcher franchise is now on the hunt for the coin Pokémon GO has earned in location-based augented reality mobile games.

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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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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.

What’s Google’s AR Incubation Play?

AR Insider

W hen it comes to emerging technologies, some companies are in a unique position to accelerate adoption. That can often happen by tapping into large established networks or user bases to expose and distribute the technology in question. It’s a classic incubation play.

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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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‘Alien: Isolation’ is Free on Epic Games Store Starting Today

Road to VR

Alien: Isolation (2014) is still an awesome horror experience, even if the Xenomorph-filled game of ‘cat and mouse’ is showing its age when played on modern SteamVR-compatible headsets. Still, you can’t argue with free.

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Snapchat, Google, & Verizon Highlight Humanity's Impact on the Environment with AR for Earth Day

Next Reality AR

It's Earth Day, which means that nonprofits, individuals, and brands are making a concerted effort to raise awareness of environmental issues and how to change behaviors to reverse impacts of pollution, deforestation, and suburban sprawl, among others.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: AR Is “Critically Important” For The Company’s Future

VRScout

Augmented reality will forever change the way we communicate says the Apple CEO. According to a recent report by Apple research expert Ming-Chi Kuo , Apple will be launching a mixed reality headset later this year, followed by a dedicated AR headset in 2025 and AR contact lenses in 2030.

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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.

Has Covid Accelerated Enterprise AR?

AR Insider

O ne talking point in the AR world over the past year is that the technology is Covid-aligned. That goes for the social connection and whimsy of AR lenses, as well as product visualization in eCommerce. Online shopping has inflected and AR piggybacks on that to a degree.

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Christopher Lafayette: Let’s build together an inclusive XR community

The Ghost Howls

I’ve had the enormous pleasure of speaking with Christopher Lafayette , one of the most esteemed members of our XR community. He’s mostly active on Linkedin and has always worked in VR considering not the technology, but the human and all the collectivity at the center of his vision.

Update: Fitness-focused ‘HTC Vive Air’ Is Just a Concept

Road to VR

An apparently never-before-seen HTC headset won an IF Design Award today, which arrived with multiple photos of what was listed as a consumer headset targeting release in 2021.

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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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‘VRChat’ World Brings ‘Jet Set Radio Future’ To VR

VRScout

Grind, wall-run, and double-jump your way through a meticulously crafted VR recreation of Sega’s over-the-top 2002 action game. Those who owned an Xbox during the early 2000s are most likely familiar with Jet Set Radio Future.

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Augmented Reality in Social Media: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

ARPost

Augmented reality has been thriving on social media in the past few years. From Snapchat and Instagram to Facebook, social media platforms have been using it to create all kinds of filters and experiences for their users. However, AR is no longer just for fun and games.

ArtGate lets artist connect with community in virtual reality

Hypergrid Business

Editor’s Note: The ArtGate International 2021 kicks off with an opening ceremony tomorrow night, followed by three days of virtual art events. The art exhibition is open to the public and there is no cost to attend the event.