May, 2019

Oculus Quest vs HTC Vive Focus Plus

The Ghost Howls

This year we had the launch of two amazing 6 DOF all-in-one Virtual Reality headsets : the Oculus Quest and the HTC Vive Focus Plus. These are probably the two best standalone VR devices that are available on the market , and I have the pleasure of having both of them here on my desk.

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This Boxing Robot Punches You While You Play VR

VRScout

Because every immersive experience is better with consequences.

HTC Invests in 17 AR/VR Startups in Latest Vive X Accelerator Program

Road to VR

HTC is now on its fourth batch in its $100 million accelerator program, which offers education, investment and mentorship to startups doing unique and and interesting things around VR and AR.

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Vuzix Blade Adds Google Assistant Beta to Extend Its Voice Assistant Capabilities

Next Reality AR

Smartglasses maker Vuzix made a big splash at CES 2018 with the inclusion of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant among the AR superpowers of its consumer-centric Blade smartglasses. Now, it's time to tell Alexa to make room, as Vuzix is bringing Google Assistant support to Blade.

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Immersive Training for Retention

Tech Trends VR

How Virtual Reality training can help healthcare professionals retain crucial information. Healthcare professionals are tasked with learning and retaining an enormous amount of knowledge and skills.

Superhot Quest Launch Sales ‘300% Higher’ Than Rift Without Cross-Buy

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Superhot VR was one of around 50 titles available when Oculus’ new Quest headset arrived last week. Despite stiff competition, the development team says sales were 300% higher than when it first launched on Rift.

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NYPD Uses Location-Based VR For Active Shooter Training

VRScout

The next generation of police training arrives in Brooklyn, NY. When it comes to the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau—New York Cities primary local resource to guard against international and domestic terrorism—there’s no such thing as being overly prepared.

Hands-on: Logitech is Building the SteamVR Stylus That Needs to Exist

Road to VR

Logitech today revealed the VR Ink ‘Pilot Edition’ , a stylus built for art and design in VR. Built with SteamVR Tracking tech, the stylus works similarly to a typical SteamVR controller, but affords the natural precision that comes with precise finger control.

Here's How Augmented Reality in Google Search Works

Next Reality AR

Lions and tigers and bears are just a few of the animals that Google users can now bring into their physical environments.

3 Reasons Oculus Quest Might Be the Right Headset for Your Business

InstaVR

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg revealed at F8 Conference the new Oculus Quest will begin shipping this month (May 2019). We announced shortly afterwards InstaVR publishing compatibility with the headset, including use of the Touch Controllers.

How Facebook Built Oculus Quest, The Product It Thought Might Be ‘Impossible’

UploadVR

The Oculus Quest room scale standalone headset launched this week.

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AR contact lenses are far away, but a new research is paving their way

The Ghost Howls

Some days ago, I found an article on Futurism talking about a university in France able to create the “first smart contact lens” The article also talked about Augmented Reality and the interest of the DARPA for using this product.

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Digital Human Presents Live TED Talk

VRScout

Digital Domain’s Doug Roble delivers a talk alongside his ‘DigiDoug’ virtual avatar.

‘Game of Thrones’ VR Experience Coming Exclusively to Viveport Infinity

Road to VR

HTC today announced that a VR experience based on HBO’s hit TV series Game of Thrones is set to launch exclusively on Viveport Infinity starting tomorrow, supporting Vive and Rift.

Pepsi Celebrates Summer with Hundreds of Instagram Camera Effects for Soda Drinkers

Next Reality AR

With the upcoming Memorial Day weekend serving as the unofficial start of summer, Pepsi is turning to Instagram to help sell its soft drinks to quench the thirst of beachgoers and BBQers.

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NTU Future of Education Summit Wraps up in Singapore

EON Reality

The EON Reality-Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Future of Education Global Summit in Singapore brought out the who’s who of the academic world.

Palmer Luckey: ‘I Left Facebook Because I Got Fired, I Wouldn’t Have Otherwise’

UploadVR

Palmer Luckey this week claimed in no uncertain terms that he was fired from Oculus owner Facebook. Luckey, a co-founder at Oculus and the inventor of the Rift, left Facebook in March 2017.

What is the Valve Index? Everything you need to know: features, specs, price and how to preorder it!

The Ghost Howls

The Valve Index is for sure the big surprise for virtual reality in this 2019. After having only been behind the curtains for what concerns creating Virtual Reality headsets, Valve has finally decided to create its own device , and as you may imagine, it is a very special one.

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Review: The Oculus Quest Is The Most Exciting VR Headset In Years

VRScout

A new era in VR technology arrives with the Oculus Quest standalone headset. The Oculus Quest shouldn’t exist—at least not at this price.

Ultrahaptics Acquires Leap Motion for a Reported $30M

Road to VR

Leap Motion, the pioneer in optical hand-tracking, has been acquired by Ultrahaptics, the enterprise-focused immersive haptics company. According to the Wall Street Journal , Ultrahaptics reportedly acquired Leap Motion for approximately $30 million.

Hands-On: Here's How Augmented Reality in Google Search Works

Next Reality AR

Lions and tigers and bears are just a few of the animals that Google users can now bring into their physical environments.

I flew the Millennium Falcon and it was good

TechCrunch VR

After visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge several months ago to report on how it was built , I came back on the eve of it opening to the public to try out its first marquee attraction: flying the Millennium Falcon. Well, I flew it, and it was good. Real good.

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Netflix Is Officially Coming To Oculus Quest At Launch

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Despite the fact that the Oculus Quest standalone VR headset is primarily a gaming device, plenty of people anticipated using it for media streaming as well. After all, that’s one of the most popular use cases for the Oculus Go.

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Cyberith announces 2nd gen Virtualizer, still thinks about its backers

The Ghost Howls

The Cyberith Virtualizer. One of the products that generated most hype in the VR communities some years ago… do you remember it?

Healthcare & Medical Training On The Oculus Quest

VRScout

Standalone VR could be a game-changing technology for the medical industry. The Oculus Quest is a near-perfect combination of the Oculus Rift’s powerful 6DoF tracking and the Oculus Go’s comfort and portability.

‘Superhot VR’ Studio: Quest Launch Saw 300% Increase in Revenue Over Rift Launch

Road to VR

The studio behind the infectiously cool action game SUPERHOT VR (2017) say the Oculus Quest launch last week has brought them another big helping of success.

Magic Leap Acquires Augmented Reality Telepresence Startup Mimesys

Next Reality AR

Just months after we previewed the augmented reality, volumetric video conferencing powers of Mimesys, the company has undergone a major change — it's now a part of Magic Leap.

InstaVR Launches Single-Click Publishing to Oculus Quest and Rift S, Including World-Class Touch Interactivity

InstaVR

InstaVR Launches Single-Click Publishing t o. Oculus Quest and Rift S, Including. World-Class Touch Interactivity. Easily Create and Distribute Immersive 3D Applications to the Oculus Platforms without Coding.

Blood & Truth’s Development Is On A Scale VR Hasn’t Yet Seen

UploadVR

Forgive the pretension, but I’ve been on a lot of VR studio tours. I’d say on average most have lasted around five minutes, consisting of one large open-plan floor in which developers bob their heads up from their monitors and give a quick wave upon hearing their name.

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My Taiwanese XR Chronicles part 1: Cave, zSpace, Brogent hands-on

The Ghost Howls

Two weeks ago, I had a fantastic trip to Taiwan together with my Chinese assistant Miss S. I had the pleasure of participating to the “VR Visionaries” event in Kaohsiung and then I headed to Taipei to meet some XR companies (like HTC ) and people.

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Snapchat’s Gender Swap AR Face Filter Is A Big Hit

VRScout

Imagining yourself as the opposite sex is as simple as taking a Snap.