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

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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

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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.

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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Making Intelligent Avatars in AR

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

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Google’s Daydream 6DOF Controllers Now Shipping To Developers

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The first unboxing video for Google’s 6DOF controllers hit the Web as the first wave of developer kits appear to be shipping out.

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Verizon Uses VR To Prepare Employees For Hostage & Robbery Situations

VRScout

Verizon is the latest company to use VR to guide employees through dangerous scenarios. Imagine that you are an employee at a retail store getting ready for the start of the day.

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.

Oculus Quest Hits FCC on Its Way to Spring 2019 Launch

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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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A Year in Tech: 2018 Recap

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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

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

VAR Live Launches Largest VR Theme Park In Malaysia

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The 14-room facility features vibrating floors, haptic peripherals, and artificial wind. Location-based VR made serious headway in Malaysia this month as immersive entertainment specialists VAR Live launched what is now the largest VR-based theme park in the entire country.

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.

HoloLens’ Missing Stock Fuels HoloLens 2 Speculation

Road to VR

For a category-defining first-gen device introduced in early 2015, HoloLens has had a remarkably long lifespan. But it increasingly seems like 2019 could be the year that HoloLens 2 is revealed as official channels have now been weeks without stock of the original headset.

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.

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

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“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.

Therapists Using VR To Treat Mental Health Issues

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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.

‘Brilliant Sole’ Wants to Put a VR Controller in Your Shoes

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Moving around in VR environments usually means you’ll need to press down on a thumbstick or a touchpad. That’s all well and good for now, but it’s really not the most immersive way of getting around in large virtual spaces.

A Virtual Comedy Experience

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

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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

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

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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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VR & AR 2018: A Year In Review

VRScout

Immersive technology continues its push towards mainstream appeal. If 2016 was the birth of modern VR/AR technology, than 2018 was its elementary school graduation.

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.

Magic Leap Received Over 6,000 Applications for Independent Creator Grant Program

Road to VR

The application deadline for Magic Leap’s Independent Creator Grant Program is up, and the company has revealed that over 6,000 applications have been received for consideration.

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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Anime VR: present and future of a new medium

The Ghost Howls

Today I feature a very interesting blog post about Virtual Reality anime by Fedotov Maxim. If you like anime and you like virtual reality (as my buddy Max, to whom I dedicate this post), I’m sure that you will appreciate a lot this article.

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

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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.