March, 2019

HaptX and partners build first robotic hand to transmit touch across the Atlantic

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Haptic glove lets human control robotic hand, feel what robot feels. HaptX is proud to announce the development of the world’s first haptic telerobotic system that transmits realistic touch feedback to an operator located anywhere in the world.

Banishing Your Nightmares with VR

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New research shows how immersive technology can help patients treat recurring nightmare syndrome.

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OptiTrack Shows Hundreds of Simultaneously Tracked Objects in a Single VR Experience

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OptiTrack at GDC last week showed off a demonstration of their enterprise/commercial tracking technology which is capable of accurately tracking hundreds of objects simultaneously in real-time.

Valve teases the Vive Index: it may feature hands tracking and next-gen experience

The Ghost Howls

Valve has finally teased its upcoming headset: the Valve Index. As always in the typical Valve style, it has not made it with some big reveal during an event, but it has just opened a dedicated page on its website, that you can access here. The image teased by Valve on its website.

Miller Lite & Trigger Global Turn St. Patrick's Day into an Augmented Reality Celebration

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Every year, fans of Irish culture, as well as those looking to celebrate their own culture, come together on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.

No Man’s Sky VR Finally Coming To PSVR And SteamVR This Summer (Update)

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It’s been a long time coming but today we can finally say No Man’s Sky VR is real. Developer Hello Games announced the title today on Sony’s State of Play broadcast. This version of the game is coming to Sony’s PSVR headset.

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#SXSW2019 – Feeling Real Sensations in Virtual Reality

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The world of Ready Player One might be a lot closer than we think. At South by Southwest, Tech Trends checks out the haptic suit that promises to take immersion to the next level. . By Laura Kobylecky. The Telasuit looks like something straight out of science fiction film.

Valve Teases New ‘Index’ VR Headset Coming in May

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After months of speculation, Valve has finally officially confirmed a new VR headset called Index that bears the company’s own name and will presumably be a first-party product. A teaser image for the headset may indicate a release date of May.

Charlie Fink on his new book Convergence and the future of XR

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When I think about great XR journalists, one of the first names that come to my mind is always Charlie Fink.

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Posemoji App Lets You Use Your Body to Create Augmented Reality Emoji & Designs

Next Reality AR

The great thing about augmented reality is that so much is possible using the emerging tools and software, your only real limit is your imagination — that includes making real versions of imagined products.

Valve Teases ‘Index’ VR Headset For May

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Valve is teasing its VR headset for May. You can check it out right now on Steam , although there are currently no other details listed. The site at least partially confirms our report from late last year.

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HaptX VR Gloves Uses Telerobotics To Transmit Touch Across The Globe

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HaptX lets you control a robotic hand, and feel what the robot feels, anywhere in the globe.

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The Brain Science of Simulation Training with Virtual Reality

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In many high-pressure situations such as emergency medicine, law enforcement, firefighting, air traffic control and the military the litmus test for success is behavioral performance.

‘No Man’s Sky’ is Getting Full VR Support for PSVR, Rift, and Vive

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No Man’s Sky , the galactic sandbox game which launched back in 2016, is getting full VR support for PSVR, Rift, and Vive. The announcement comes after many requests from fans of the game to bring VR support to the title.

The most important XR news from MWC 2019

The Ghost Howls

The MWC 2019 in Barcelona has finished some days ago. Like every year, during this event we have seen some important AR news, but not that many, since the event was more focused on mobile phones than immersive technologies.

HBO Crowns Snapchat as King of Its 'Game of Thrones' Augmented Reality Promotion at SXSW

Next Reality AR

The hype for HBO's Game of Thrones reached proportions as epic as the series itself this week with the latest release of the final season's official trailer, but it's a Snapchat promotion that will truly make fans at SXSW bend the knee.

HTC Brings Gloveless Finger Tracking To Vive and Vive Pro, Gestures To Vive Focus

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HTC released an SDK which allows developers to add finger tracking to their Vive or Vive Pro apps. For the Vive Focus standalone headset the SDK instead provides hand position and gesture recognition. The feature was first announced back in October.

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Oculus ‘Rift S’ Will Be Present At GDC 2019

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Reports indicate Oculus’ next headset will make its debut later this month. In October of last year, a report by Techcrunch claimed that Facebook’s Oculus would be abandoning its plans of a proper Oculus Rift 2 in favor of minor hardware updates to the existing Rift headset.

#SWXW2019 – Augmenting ARt

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Brian Behm is an Artist Using the world as his canvas and digital elements as brushtrokes. Tech Trends catches up to him at South by Southwest in Austin. . By Laura Kobylecky. Brian Behm is here at The South by Southwest Conference in Austin as both a speaker and mentor.

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OpenXR Standard Ratified, Microsoft, Oculus, & Others to Release First Implementations

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OpenXR is a royalty-free standard for cross-platform VR and AR development. It’s backed by many of the biggest names in the VR and AR industries and has been in development by the consortium for two years now, organized by Khronos Group.

VEC 2019 – All the most important news from the Vive Ecosystem Conference

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Yesterday for the first time I have attended the Vive Ecosystem Conference in Shenzhen, China! I have been there as a speaker, content maker and as a blogger , so it has really been a crazy and interesting experience for me.

Christian Dior Fashion Fans Can Now Try on Sunglasses & Headbands via Augmented Reality on Instagram

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Fashion brand Christian Dior is using augmented reality as a carrot to drive up their follower counts on Instagram. Consumers who follow Christian Dior on Instagram can now unlock a virtual try-on experience for DiorSoLight sunglasses and headbands through the Stories feature.

Facebook Bets On Realistic Face Tracked Avatars As Key To VR’s Future

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Dozens of people are working at Facebook Reality Lab in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on research into ultra-realistic avatars that could redefine communication in the 21st century.

HP Reverb Is The Best Windows Mixed Reality Headset Yet

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HP unveils their ultra comfortable VR headset at HP Reinvent global partner conference. The Windows Mixed Reality platform has seen its fair share of ups and downs since the introduction of Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and HP third-party headsets back in October of 2017.

#SXSW2019 – What does Augmented Reality Sound Like?

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Tech Trends checks out the AR Bose Frames as we wrap up our coverage of the South by Southwest 2019 festival in Austin. . By Laura Kobylecky. In addition to the regular programming of sessions, SXSW also attracts brands looking to launch exclusive products.

Valve Psychologist: Brain-computer Interfaces Are Coming & Could Be Built into VR Headsets

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Valve’s resident experimental psychologist Dr. Mike Ambinder took the stage at GDC 2019 today for his talk on the state of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and how they’ll inform the future of game design.

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I’m going to Vive Ecosystem Conference!

The Ghost Howls

In the last three weeks, you haven’t heard that much from me: I have written very few articles (it’s like two weeks that I don’t write a post on this blog), I have posted very little on social media and I have answered people always with days of delays.

Microsoft HoloLens 2 Team Interview — Inside the Specs, Design, & Future of Enterprise Augmented Reality

Next Reality AR

As I've mentioned in recent days, it was refreshing to discover that Microsoft's HoloLens 2 stage production was every bit as accurate as presented (check out my hands-on test of the device for more on that).

Beat Saber Confirmed As Oculus Quest Launch Title

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Facebook’s $400 Oculus Quest standalone VR headset is launching with Beat Saber in its lineup. For Facebook, Beat Saber was a must-get its Oculus Quest launch lineup. The game is a system seller for some buyers.

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YouTube Stories Adds A Twist To AR Selfie Filters

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YouTube introduces real-time face filters powered by machine-learning, but there’s a catch. Everyone has a unique story to tell, and now YouTube creators will have the ability to make their stories even more unique through a Snapchat-esque AR selfies.

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Could Sony’s Next Headset Finally Crack the VR Gaming Market?

Tech Trends VR

If anybody can do it, it’s probably Sony. Ever since the Playstation was first launched – if, like myself, you’re old enough to remember it, you may pause a moment here to consider your own age and mortality – Sony has been in the business of reinventing gaming.

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