October, 2018

No Headset? A VR Space Like Star Trek’s “Holodeck” May Soon Become Reality

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Light Field Lab promises the next generation of AR/VR with their headgear-free holographic system.

Vive Studios Boss: ‘If VR Is Relegated To A Gaming Console, Everybody Loses’

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Joel Breton, GM of HTC’s Vive Studios division, thinks that VR companies need to start looking beyond gaming in order to succeed.

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HTC Plans to Bring Hand & Finger Tracking to Vive Pro

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Today at the the World Conference on VR Industry in China, HTC announced plans to bring hand & finger tracking to Vive Pro via the headset’s front-facing cameras.

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AR Cloud Startup 6D.Ai Video Gives a Peek at Next-Level Mobile AR from Devs Using Company's SDK

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A sizzle reel just released by augmented reality cloud company 6D.ai shows off what kind of hyper-realistic AR experiences developers can build with its SDK.

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NASA JPL may have given us a preview of next gen HoloLens

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It’s L.E.A.P. Conference time and everyone is only talking about Magic Leap in these days. But today, we may also have some cool news about next gen HoloLens: in a video, we may have spotted its future appearance.

The Future of Location-Based Virtual Reality

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With home-based systems getting better and cheaper every day, can VR Arcades keep the punters interested and turn a profit? We talk to some key players about what it takes to be successful in that space.

AR Costumes – Disney Introduces Auto Augmenting Outfits

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Disney Research Hub debuts a practical new method for overlaying watertight digital costumes onto standard RGB images.

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Microsoft Reveals ‘Maquette’, a VR Tool for Spatial Ideation and Design

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Microsoft Maquette is a brand new VR tool from Microsoft which is all about prototyping spatial designs.

Twilio & Magic Leap Deliver First Live Demo of Avatar Chat Communications App

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On Thursday, yet another piece of the Magic Leap puzzle fell into place at Twilio's Signal developer and customer conference in San Francisco.

Magic Leap’s John Gaeta talks about the future of cinema, storytelling and mixed reality

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One of the best moments ever at View Conference 2018 , has been when I was able to interview John Gaeta. If you don’t know who John Gaeta is… well, he is the inventor of the bullet-time of the movie The Matrix.

Upgrading VR Storytelling

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This year’s Raindance Film Festival in London showcased an amazing selection of immersive stories. Here’s what got Tech Trends really excited: Raindance is a very well-established and well-respected independent film festival, but it isn’t a particularly flashy one.

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Queen’s University Announces Dedicated VR Medical Training Center

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The Canadian university announces plans for new medical training center composed entirely of VR simulations.

Rogan Is A Visually Striking Take On Thief In VR

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Unknightly might need to watch it’s back; there’s a new Thief wannabe in town. Rogan: The Thief in the Castle is a visually striking new Oculus Rift and HTC Vive game on the way from Smilegate Entertainment. As the name suggests, the game’s set within the confines of a giant castle.

Hands-on: HaptX’s VR Glove is the Closest I’ve Come to Touching the Virtual World

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HaptX, a company building a VR glove offering impressively detailed haptic feedback as well as force feedback, is steadily improving.

Hands-On with Magic Leap & Weta Workshop's Dr. Grordbort's Invaders

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Over the last few years, the only thing teased by Magic Leap more than the Magic Leap One itself has been the company's flagship gaming title Dr. Grordbort's Invaders. The game, developed by New Zealand studio Weta Workshop, finally got its debut last week during the L.E.A.P.

View Conference 2018: What does holophonic, ambisonic and spatialized audio mean?

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Today at View Conference 2018 I attended a very interesting workshop by Gianni Ricciardi and Matteo Milani about immersive sound. I absolutely wanted to attend it, because I know that audio is very important for immersion in virtual reality , but I have a great lack of knowledge in that field.

Get Ready for a VRevelation

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Is this the miracle VR has been waiting for? Tech Trends checked out the world’s first feature length immersive film at its London premiere.

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‘The Wild’ Is A Platform For Collaborative 3D Design In VR & AR

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Powered by VR, The Wild’s cross-platform 3D design platform works much like Google Docs. Last month, the developer of The Wild finally opened the gates to its cloud platform for collaborative 3D design across VR and AR.

The Future Of Virtual Reality Is Wireless

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In recent months we’ve been talking about some new definitions and marketing terms that are coming into more popular use — “wireless” and “standalone” VR. While we’ve seen hints of it in 2018, next year is when the technology will really take off.

Oculus Patents Wireless Relay Tech for VR Headsets

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In a patent issued this week to Oculus, the company describes a wireless relay system designed to prevent loss of signal even when a user is out of range of the primary transmitter and receiver.

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Wingnut AR's Pest Control Is Unreleased, Mostly Unseen, but Undeniably One of Magic Leap One's Best Titles

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Despite the relatively small size of Magic Leap's first annual L.E.A.P. conference, there was a lot to see and experience. Apparently missed by many was one of the best experiences I had at the event: Wingnut AR's unreleased Pest Control game.

Oculus Quest vs Vive Focus: let the battle begin

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The Vive Focus was most probably the best VR standalone on the market when Oculus last week announced what will be the first consumer 6DOF VR standalone headset. And so here we are again: Oculus vs HTC, America vs China, Hugo Barra vs Alvin Wang Graylin. The never-ending story.

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Exploring the Titanic in Virtual Reality

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A new game lets you dive deep into the infamous ship’s history. The golden rule for creating compelling VR content is that you should allow people to experience something that would be either impossible or too dangerous, expensive and/or difficult to do in real life.

Inside Space 360 – South Korea’s Amazing Fulldome Theater

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Fully immersive experiences without the need of a VR headset. Are we there yet? There are many tantalizing possibilities surrounding current VR and AR technology.

Magic Leap’s Mica AI Is Like A 21st Century Rorschach Test

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Magic Leap introduced a concept called Mica and called it “her” during a section of its 3-hour keynote this week about how an artificial intelligence could operate as an assistant to humans. I feel like I met in person what Magic Leap showed in its video.

China’s Jiangxi Province Promises to Invest $460 Million in AR/VR

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Aiming to become a hub for AR and VR development, the government of China’s Jiangxi province says it plans to raise funds totalling $460 million to be invested into AR and VR companies.

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I Met Magic Leap's AI Assistant Mica & Saw the Future of Augmented Reality

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Unlike VR, when it comes to augmented reality, describing what an experience is like can be incredibly difficult, primarily because the experiences are even more contextual than relatively static virtual worlds that don't involve real world settings.

View Conference 2018: National Film Board of Canada offers us interesting VR storytelling tips

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Today I’ve attended my first lecture at View Conference : the Masterclass “Artist-Driven Immersive Work” by Eloi Champagne and Martin Viau, of the National Film Board of Canada.

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Packaging the Future

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Tech Trends went to Sweden to see how Tetra Pak is moving into Industry 4.0 by using technologies such as Mixed Reality. Tetra Pak is one of the largest companies that most people never heard of.

Hand & Finger Tracking Coming Soon To The HTC Vive Pro

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HTC reveals native hand/finger tracking for Vive Pro alongside 6DoF functionality for Vive Focus. It looks as though the front-facing cameras on your Vive Pro will finally begin seeing some use as HTC reveals plans to launch native support for hand and finger tracking on their high-end PC VR headset.

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Former Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe Departs Facebook

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Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe, the company’s first and only CEO, is parting ways with parent company Facebook. In a post on Facebook Iribe noted he would be taking his “first real break” in over 20 years, though didn’t provide a reason for his departure.

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Oculus Chief Scientist Dives Deep Into the Near Future of AR & VR

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Did NASA Leak the HoloLens 2 in This Video?

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) may have shown us the first public glimpse of the next-generation HoloLens. In a video published on Oct.

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NVIDIA talks about RTX 2080 graphics cards and virtual reality

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When NVIDIA announced the RTX 2080 graphics cards , I was there. I watched Jensen Huang announcing the new graphics cards with amazing features like real-time raytracing and variable rate shading.

Taking a Virtual Spin Around The Solar System

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A French company is creating beautiful educational space simulations in VR.

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‘First Man’ WebAR Experience Takes You To The Moon and Back

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The upcoming Ryan Gosling film receives a WebAR experience that uses the actual Moon to function. Universal Pictures First Man tells the story of the legendary Apollo 11 mission in which astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history as the first human beings to set foot on the Moon.

‘No Man’s Sky’ Developers Poll Players On Potential VR Support

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Since the game’s release in 2016, VR gamers have been asking for VR support for No Man’s Sky, the sandbox space survival game from Hello Games.

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