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.

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.

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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.

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

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Ambitious VR Project Restores 1964 Tokyo With Real Images

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The absence of Terminators in 2019 means VR is probably the closest we’re going to get to time travel. But how do we ensure trips to our past are as accurate as possible? NHK Enterprises (NEP) and Rhizomatiks have one idea.

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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.

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).

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.

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 AR Motorcycle Helmet Is As Sleek As It Is Advanced

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The Jarvish AR motorcycle helmet combines form and function into one cutting-edge package. It’s really a stroke of genius when you stop and think about it.

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What to expect from next-gen HoloLens

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The time has come. After many years of waiting, and even a second iteration of the device scrapped away, Microsoft is finally going to announce the next generation of HoloLens. But, what to expect from it? Well, let me speculate a bit… When and where.

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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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.

Microsoft Reveals HoloLens 2 with More than 2x Field of View & 47 Pixels per-Degree

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Microsoft today revealed HoloLens 2 at MWC 2019 in Barcelona. The headset features a laser-scanning display which brings a field of view that’s more than 2x the original HoloLens and 47 pixels per degree.

Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Rift App Finally Let Me Web-Swing In VR

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I finally did it. I stood on the edge of a building and looked at New York stretching out in front of me. And then I jumped. I flicked a Touch controller forward, aimed at the building on my left and shot a webline. It snagged to the side and I yanked myself toward it. It felt great.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Studying Social Presence in VR

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New research by the University of British Columbia highlights both similarities and differences in the way people interact in virtual environments and the real world.

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

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Windows VR Will Soon Run Regular Desktop Apps like Photoshop in VR

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The first chunk of February came with good news for those with Windows VR headsets.

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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The Next VLC Media Player Update Will Include VR Support

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The internet’s most reliable media player is getting its fourth major update. In terms of quality, there are few consumer media players more flexible than VLC.

HTC announces full 6 DOF standalone headset Vive Focus Plus (+ thorough review on its 6 DOF controllers)

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With much surprise for us all, HTC has just announced the Vive Focus Plus , its first full 6 DOF standalone headset! Do you want to know more? Well, you are in the right place.

Developing the Future of Mixed Reality

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We talk to the first developers to join Microsoft’s HoloLens partner program about what the future of Mixed Reality looks like. Object Theory are pretty much the oldest Mixed Reality company around, having launched in June 2015, before the HoloLens had even started shipping.

Valentine's Day Lenses for Snapchat & Snap Camera Let You Flirt with Your Crush in Augmented Reality

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Mobile augmented reality company Snapchat now has a special option for romantic message exchanging this Valentine's Day, a day which, incidentally, happens to be the first one in 116 years where Sweethearts, the original heart-shaped candy, will be unavailable for purchase.

Exclusive: HP’s Next-gen VR Headset Aims to Raise the Bar on Clarity & Comfort

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Having launched its first VR headset in late 2017, alongside a handful of similar headsets as part of Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, HP is preparing to take its next step with the launch of a new headset that diverges from the pack.

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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The XR Attention Lab Takes Body Language To A Whole New Level

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Biometric algorithms enable your body to speak through immersive technology. Is this the next phase of human-machine integration? “It’s

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