December, 2018

What is mediated reality and how I experimented with it on the Vive Focus

The Ghost Howls

Less is more. So, when everyone is trying to do augmented reality, I’m sitting here trying to do the opposite, that is Diminished Reality (and Mediated Reality in general). .

How Starlight Is Using VR To Replace Pain Medication For Seriously Ill Children

UploadVR

Starlight is a well-known charity organization with the mission to create “moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families” through a variety of initiatives.

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U.S. Army To Receive 100,000 Microsoft HoloLens Headsets

VRScout

Microsoft lands $479M contract to put the MR headsets into the hands of soldiers in active combat zones. Mixed reality will be joining the ranks of the U.S. Army thanks to a huge $479 million contract between the legendary military branch and Microsoft.

Snapchat Virtually Restores London's Big Ben with Holiday-Themed, Location-Based AR Lens

Next Reality AR

The city of London is getting a holiday gift this season, but it's not the kind you unwrap, since it's completely delivered in augmented reality.

Oculus Quest Hits FCC on Its Way to Spring 2019 Launch

Road to VR

As we head into 2019, there’s a growing sense of bated breath within the VR industry as the Oculus Quest launch draws near. Today the headset popped up in FCC listings, seemingly indicating that things are on track for the Spring 2019 release.

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Making Intelligent Avatars in AR

Tech Trends VR

Artie is an AI engine that creates entertaining and highly interactive avatars for use in Augmented Reality.

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China shows its masterplan to lead Virtual Reality in 2025

The Ghost Howls

We all know that China is a country that is betting big on Virtual Reality. The Chinese VR ecosystem is very active and it is evolving pretty fast: this summer I have been in China and I met some cool startups that are working on software (e.g.

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Augmented Reality Top 8 of 2018

VRScout

As a new communications medium, Augmented Reality (AR) is changing the way we consume and share knowledge and how we express ourselves creatively. This year AR included a range of experiences from contemporary art to currency to close-captioning.

Niantic Offers $1 Million in Rewards for Games Built on Its Real World Platform

Next Reality AR

Location-based gaming pioneer Niantic has been preparing its flavor of AR cloud, the Niantic Real World Platform, to bring more realistic and interactive augmented reality experiences to mobile apps. And now the company is looking for a few good developers to help execute its vision on the platform.

Feelreal Wants to Add Smell & Haptics to Your VR Headset, Kickstarter Coming Soon

Road to VR

You might have caught a glimpse of the Feelreal mask prototype when it made headlines back at GDC 2015 , the smell-o-vision add-on for VR headsets that promised to bring plenty of scents to your nostrils and haptics to your face.

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A Year in Tech: 2018 Recap

Tech Trends VR

A look back at some of the most exciting moments & innovations Tech Trends covered in 2018! Cryptocurrency.

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Where Thoughts Go review: an emotional journey in VR

The Ghost Howls

Where Thoughts Go is an emotional virtual reality experience developed by Lucas Rizzotto , a very smart XR developer and community member.

IMAX VR Is Dead

UploadVR

A regulatory filing confirms what’s been clear for some time — the IMAX VR experiment is over.

Therapists Using VR To Treat Mental Health Issues

VRScout

Limbix is building up immersive content that therapists can use to tackle phobias, depression and anxiety. There are over 300 peer-reviewed studies that show VR is an effective tool for treating mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction.

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Hands-On with Spatial's Remote Meeting App on Microsoft HoloLens

Next Reality AR

In recent years, many software publishers have tried to sell the business community on remote meetings via VR, but if social media chatter is any indication, it hasn't taken off in a big way just yet.

Audi Has Deployed 1,000 VR Showrooms in Dealerships Worldwide

Road to VR

German car maker Audi was quick to see the potential of VR and has been experimenting since the early days of VR’s resurgence to see how the tech could be used to enhance the car buying experience.

A Christmas Carol in VR

Tech Trends VR

Yule love this interactive VR experience that gives a new spin to Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Mince Pies might have been out on the supermarket shelves since September, and spare a thought for the poor store clerks who are already sick of having to listen to those Christmas tunes.

LooxidVR is a virtual reality headset that can analyze your emotions

The Ghost Howls

When I wrote my post about CES 2018 , I briefly talked about a headset called LooxidVR, able to “read the emotions” of the user by employing a combination of EEG sensors and eye tracking. Looxid VR has also won an innovation award at CES.

Kingdom Hearts VR experience launching on PSVR on Christmas.

Cats and VR

This Christmas, Square Enix is launching the Kingdom Hearts PSVR Experience they teased prior to Tokyo Game Show this year. The experience has around 10 minutes of content that allows you to relieve the history of the Kingdom Hearts series in VR.

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Magic Leap’s Latest Experience Is An Interactive Fairy Tale

VRScout

Funomena’s latest game lets you plant holographic gardens in your own mixed reality playspace. As with all immersive hardware and platforms, the success (or otherwise) of Magic Leap will hinge on whether it can attract creative developers to make awesome content to bring its technology to life.

Walmart & Target Unwrap New Augmented Reality Features to Bring in Holiday Shoppers

Next Reality AR

This year's holiday shopping season is shaping up to be fertile ground for augmented reality to show its worth, as both Walmart and Target have crafted immersive experiences designed to engage shoppers in the coming weeks.

Varjo’s ‘Bionic Display’ Headset is a Breathtaking Preview of VR’s Future

Road to VR

More resolution in VR isn’t just ‘nice’, it’s a major contributor to immersion.

A Virtual Comedy Experience

Tech Trends VR

Sansar to Host Live Comedy Series of Shows with Steve Hofstetter.

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Vive Immersive Labs shows how VR can make office life better

The Ghost Howls

We know that virtual reality and augmented reality will help all of us in improving a lot of sectors of our lives. A new research by Vive Immersive Labs shows how it can be fundamental to make our office lives better. Let’s see how.

Location-Based Mission Impossible VR Experience Coming In 2019

UploadVR

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it,” are words I’ve wanted to hear spoken to me through the earpieces of a VR headset ever since the Oculus Rift Kickstarter first got funded.

This 3D NES Emulator Looks Fantastic In VR

VRScout

The original Super Mario Bros. has never looked this good. If you aren’t familiar with the concept of a video game emulator, this magical piece of software (or hardware) allows a computer system, also called the “host,” to operate like a particular video game platform.

Insomniac Games Releases Seedling, the First Paid Augmented Reality Game for Magic Leap One

Next Reality AR

One the leading game developers for the PlayStation 4 and Oculus Rift platforms, Insomniac Games, is finally releasing its first major augmented reality title: Seedling for the Magic Leap One. Back in November, we gave our impressions of the game after sampling it at the L.E.A.P.

Jaunt to Liquidate Tons of VR Stuff in Online Auction Soon

Road to VR

It’s no secret that Jaunt is stepping back from VR and re-focusing on AR , although we weren’t sure what the one-time cinematic VR company planned on doing with its recently defunct VR business.

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Flying with Virtual Wings

Tech Trends VR

How a young entrepreneur wants to use virtual reality to help young people in conflict zones to achieve their dreams.

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How to use Casting to stream your Oculus Go content to Phone or PC

The Ghost Howls

At Oculus Connect 5 , Oculus has announced Casting, an amazing feature that lets you stream the content of an Oculus Go to a smartphone. But how to use it? And is it possible to use it also to stream to PC? Keep reading and you will know that.

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Hands-On: Mini-Mech Mayhem Is A Strategic And Hilarious Ode To Tabletop Gaming

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Reassuringly, FuturLab knows what makes it FuturLab. This is a studio that’s rightly proud of its criminally addictive arcade titles like Velocity and its sequel, immaculately-produced gems with pinpoint mechanics that you can jump straight into but spend weeks attempting to master.

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LEGO Playgrounds: A Mixed Reality Portal Of Innovation

VRScout

Have you ever wanted to jump through a mysterious portal and travel to a brand new universe where you loose all sense of space and time? LEGO Playgrounds, LEGO’s latest AR app-based channel , allows you to do precisely that.

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New York Times App Lets You See a Higgs Particle Reaction from the Large Hadron Collider in Augmented Reality

Next Reality AR

Although it's impossible (at least for now) to travel back in time to see the Big Bang, The New York Times has provided its readers the closest simulation of the experience via its latest augmented reality feature.

To the ‘VR is Dying’ Crowd: There’s More VR Users on Steam Than Ever Before

Road to VR

A Road to VR analysis of the latest data from Valve’s Steam Hardware & Software shows that VR users on Steam have not only been growing, but are at their highest point in history.

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Learning With AR

Tech Trends VR

Award-winning director creates voice-activated Augmented Reality Experience that boosts children’s confidence.

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Interview to Eduardo Siman: virtual reality makes data visualization fun, we should all work together to make AR and VR to succeed

The Ghost Howls

Some days ago, I have had the enormous pleasure of speaking with Eduardo Siman.

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Steppingstone VR Uses Multi-Platform Electromagnetic Propulsion To Fight Sim Sickness

UploadVR

Steppingstone VR thinks its new approach to VR locomotion might be the one to solve simulation sickness. The company is working on a motion platform that uses electromagnetic propulsion to physically move players around as they stand/sit on a platform.