February, 2019

Oculus Rift S Onboard Cameras Could Support Finger Tracking In Future

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Comments made by Oculus CTO John Carmack at Oculus Connect 5 and Twitter suggest that the upcoming Oculus Rift S cameras could support finger tracking. To be clear, this doesn’t mean the software to do so would be ready by the time Rift S launches.

VR Opens Up New Possibilities For Disabled Musicians

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Infinite Instrument’s customizable interface is proving to be an effective tool for physically disabled musicians.

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XTAL hands on: an interesting glimpse to Virtual Reality 2.0

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Two weeks ago, I have traveled a bit around Europe and I have visited some beautiful cities. One of this incredible places has been Prague , that in my opinion is a marvelous city that everyone should visit.

Medical Software Maker Medivis Closes $2.3 Million in Funding to Bring HoloLens to Surgical Platform

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The HoloLens has made enough of an impact on the healthcare industry for Microsoft technology partner Medivis to convince investors to pledge $2.3 million in funding for its surgical platform.

Oculus to Enforce More Strict Quality Bar for Quest Content

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Oculus has always taken a curated approach to VR content, being the first and last word on what VR content can and can’t be offered through their platform.

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Putting AR into Art

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A Viennese start-up is the first company from Austria to be accepted to Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator. Artivive recently beat over 600 competing entries to become the first Austrian start-up to join the Berkeley SkyDeck program (considered one of the top ten accelerator programs in the world).

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Oculus Quest Will Require A Higher Standard Of Content From Developers

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The company is taking a “quality-first” approach in regards to their standalone headset.

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All you need to know on Azure Kinect

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You all know that I am a big fan of the Kinect.

How to Watch the Microsoft Mobile World Congress Event Rumored to Reveal HoloLens 2

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We already know that Microsoft has something big planned for later this month, and now we have details on how to watch the company's big reveal.

Hands-on: LetinAR Brings a Larger FOV & Depth of Field to AR with ‘Pinhole Effect’ Optics

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LetinAR, a Korea-based startup developing optical solutions for AR headsets and smartglasses, showed off a new implementation of their ‘pin mirror’ optical tech at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week, bringing a sharp image quality, a large range of focal depth, and a field of view (FOV) that rivals many of the bigger players who instead use waveguide-based optics. Dubbing their optics ‘PinMR’, the company develops a number of lens configurations featuring small pinhole-sized mirrors oriented to reflect images from displays (both micro and larger formats) to the user’s eye. The company’s latest product demo, which they call PinMR “8K”, sources imagery from two 5-inch 4K LCD displays held within a fixed viewing frame. Questionable branding aside (you only see a 4K stereoscopic image), LetinAR told me the “8K” demo was created specifically to show off the boundaries of what their optical tech was capable of. Photo by Road to VR. The image was bright, very sharp, and more importantly allowed me to focus on 3D images at varying distances, from 50cm (~20 inches) to infinity—something that’s done without the use of lightfields. The concept at play here is similar to pinhole camera photography , which creates images with a near-infinite depth of field, making everything appear in focus by limiting the amount of light to a small, more concentrated beam. In contrast to HoloLens 2 or Magic Leap One, PinMR doesn’t use waveguides, which the company says cuts down manufacturing complexity and cost. Side note : Karl Guttag, chief science officer of AR company RAVN and all around AR expert, notes in a previous demo at CES 2018 that LetinAR appears to be following in the footsteps of research done at the University of North Carolina that produced a similar ‘pinlight’ optic for wide FOV augmented reality. SEE ALSO Hands-on: HoloLens 2 is a More Than Just a Larger Field of View. With an embedded Leap Motion hand tracker on the opposite side of the fixed frame, I was able to reach out to the 3D objects and bring them right up to the point where the vergence-accommodation conflict took over and I went a bit cross-eyed trying to resolve the image. That point seemed to a little under an arm’s length away, although the company is able to produce similar configurations that go down to a 25cm in focal depth. I had to get fairly close to the optics themselves, which means glasses wearers would need a special prescription lens add-on, although the setup’s 80-degree FOV is seemingly only rivaled by larger ‘bird bath’ style optics such as Leap Motion’s Project North Star. This, I was told, was a result of 50 tiny pin mirrors used in each one their ‘E99g’ optics. Photo by Road to VR. The demo wasn’t without its downsides though. While the company claims the pin mirrors themselves aren’t detectable by the eye because they’re technically smaller than a human pupil, I could see a distinct blur in the extreme near-field. This, I was told, was the result of creating slightly larger pin mirrors to ensure that the eyebox (or ‘sweet spot’) was large enough to accommodate a wide range of users. My time with a pair of smartglasses that was calibrated to my unique interpupillary distance seemed to diminish the issue, although I still could see somewhat of a distinct shadow of a blur when individual pin mirrors were unlit. Photo by Road to VR. The smartphone-tethered smartglasses were built to demonstrate just how small a form factor their tech can achieve. The resolution of the single OLED microdisplay housed within the pretty normal-looking pair of ’50s – style frames wasn’t anything to write home about—only 640 × 400 pixels—although reading small-sized text was still possible. What’s more, the smartglasses didn’t feature a chunky protrusion like Google Glass, or super wide temple pieces as with standalone smartglasses like Vuzix Blade. The smartglasses demo was pretty standard fare; a small map for supposed turn-by-turn directions, a mock real-time translation from English to Spanish—the sort of conceptual things to get manufacturers excited about creating their own smartglasses using LetinAR’s optical tech. As a smartglasses solution, LetinAR shows some real promise since the pin mirrors only sit in the periphery of one eye. As a full AR headset, we’ll have to wait and see. At this point, LetinAR is in talks with manufactures to supply engineering samples, which consist of a PinMR lens and a microdisplay from external partners. LetinAR is coming to Augmented World Expo (AWE) this summer, so we’ll definitely be checking back in to see how the company progresses with what so far appears to be an intriguing and novel optical solution on the rise. The post Hands-on: LetinAR Brings a Larger FOV & Depth of Field to AR with ‘Pinhole Effect’ Optics appeared first on Road to VR. AR display hardware preview MWC 2019 News letinar mwc 2019 pin mirror pinar pinhole mirror

You’re Taking Me for ARide

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This Augmented Reality smart motorcycle helmet is as cool as it sounds, and looks good in the bargain.

Facebook Files Patent For VR Finger Tracking AI Armband

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Facebook filed a patent application for an armband which performs finger tracking by reading electrical signals inside the user’s wrist. Machine learning is used to convert these signals into finger positions. Two variations of the device are described.

This Guy Is Spending A Full Week In VR, For Science

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168 hours. Multiple headsets. One fascinating livestream. What’s the longest amount of time you’ve spent immersed in VR? Three, maybe four hours? Don’t worry, I won’t judge.

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All you need to know on HoloLens 2

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Today, at MWC 2019, Alex Kipman went on stage together with Satya Nadella and Julia White to announce the new HoloLens 2. They teased a lot of interesting features and services of the device, and left the remaining technical details to some technical sheets on Microsoft website.

US Navy Taps Microsoft's HoloLens for Augmented Reality War Games System

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Simulated training can help soldiers and sailors learn how to use their weapons safely, but simulations can sometimes lack the stressful environment of a real firefight. That's why the US Navy has developed a more realistic augmented reality simulator that runs on the Microsoft HoloLens.

Hands-on: HTC’s ‘5G Hub’ Demonstrates VR Cloud-rendering is on the Horizon

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HTC announced a new product out of left field here at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week, the 5G Hub mobile hotspot that includes a media streaming device, a digital assistant, and Internet access point for up to 20 concurrent devices.

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Naked Tech for a Plastic-Free World

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Lush’s new concept shops are leveraging innovative technology to create a package-free customer experience.

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Zed Is An Atmospheric VR Adventure Published By Cyan, Creators of Myst

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Cyan, the creators of Myst, Riven, and VR adventure Obduction , are back — this time as a publisher.

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Mattel Experiments With Mixed Reality Toy Design

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Mattel uses top tech from Spatial and HoloLens to accelerate play innovation. This week thousands of people descended on Barcelona, Spain for Mobile World Congress where Microsoft has already unveiled the HoloLens 2 , the next generation of Microsoft mixed reality.

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Eido Inoue tells us everything we need to know about HADO and location based augmented reality

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When I interviewed Kevin Williams , an expert in the LBVR market, he said that there are also some experiments with location-based augmented reality and he mentioned a Japanese arcade AR game called HADO.

Snapchat Scores Viral Hit with Nike Augmented Reality Experience Starring Lebron James

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Lebron James, or King James to his royal subjects, is extending the reach of his kingdom beyond basketball and into the realm of augmented reality.

Oculus Quest Touch Controllers Hit FCC Preceding Spring 2019 Launch

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Oculus Quest may not have a specific release date yet, although now that both the headset and its Touch controllers have undergone FCC testing, there’s little left standing in the way of the headset’s launch this Spring.

AR Glasses You Can Be Seen In

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Are we finally getting closer to affordable, good-looking AR wearables? Let’s face it, humans are vain and fickle creatures, so the fact that most HMDs look dorky as heck doesn’t really help with the whole mass market adoption issue.

Varjo VR-1 Shows Us Virtual Reality Through High-Res Lenses

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It’s been 20 months since I tried the Varjo prototype and its promise of VR at extreme resolutions. Now in 2019, the company has made it a reality. Dubbed the Varjo VR-1, this enterprise headset has launched today to 34 countries, including the U.S.

Kellogg’s Works With Accenture For VR & Eye Tracking Merchandise Plan

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Kellogg’s see’s 18% bump in sales through VR marketing research.

Happy Chinese New Year 2019!

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Today, the Chinese new year begins! It will be the year of the pig, so if you are 12, 24, 36, 48, 60 (or whatever multiple of 12) years old, it is your year. You may think that this means that you will be very lucky, while actually, it is the opposite.

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Snapchat Lays Up Lens Studio Experience for Nike's Jordan Brand at NBA All-Star Weekend

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Nike and Snapchat, having already reigned triumphant with its viral augmented reality ad featuring Lebron James, are teaming up with another basketball legend at NBA All-Star Weekend This year's site for the league's annual star-studded event, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, is Charlotte, North Carolina, the current home of Charlotte Hornets owner and perhaps the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan. Don't Miss: Sneakerheads Can Use This Augmented Reality App to See How Those New Kicks Look on Their Feet As such, this weekend presents the ideal setting to promote. more

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Valve Updated SteamVR Tracking Because ‘Beat Saber’ Players Were Too Fast

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In an interesting case of software pushing the limits of hardware, Valve recently updated SteamVR Tracking code to account for the speed of high-level Beat Saber players. At first glance it might not be apparent, but Beat Saber is an excellent challenge for a VR controller tracking system.

Can You See Yourself Eating It?

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This app helps you make up your mind with ultra-realistic Augmented Reality menus. Part of the experience of going to a good restaurant is being presented with lots of tempting choices.

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Report: Nintendo To Launch Switch VR Headset This Year

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Poor Nintendo will probably never be free of Switch VR speculation until it announces its own headset. The latest rumors suggest that could be this year.

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Banishing Your Nightmares With The Help Of VR

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New research shows how immersive technology can help patients treat recurring nightmare syndrome. In the US, between 1/2 and 2/3 of children and up to 15% of adults have frequent nightmares.

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