September, 2019

#BuildTheFuture Immersive Collaborative Environments

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The Wild partners up with Igloo Vision to bring real-time collaboration to shared XR environments.

OC6 Analysis: Facebook Isn’t Playing Games With Its Finger Tracking For VR

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Facebook demonstrated an early version of finger tracking on its Oculus Quest VR headset at Oculus Connect 6. The intuitive input method is slated for release as an experimental consumer feature in “early 2020” alongside the release of an SDK for developers.

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Snapchat Is Helping the Music Industry Reinvent Music Videos via Lens Studio

Next Reality AR

There have been enough music artists releasing Snapchat AR experiences over the past week to fill a small festival. Count them with me: Bruno Mars. Gucci Mane. Kodak Black. Missy Elliot. Imagine Dragons. Panic! At the Disco.

Oculus Reveals New VR Headset Prototypes with Major Advances in Optics Form-factor

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On stage at Oculus Connect today, Facebook Reality Labs Chief Scientist Michael Abrash revealed two new prototype VR headsets from the company, Half Dome 2 and Half Dome 3. Both headsets offer improvements over the original Half Dome prototype showed off last year.

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Magic Leap App SeeSignal Uses AR to Help You Find & Touch the Strongest Cellular, Wi-Fi, & Bluetooth Signals

Next Reality AR

While Magic Leap World gets its share of fun apps for playing with Porgs, watching TV, and exploring the ocean's depths, developers are making a strong business case for the Magic Leap One as well.

My Oculus Connect 6 predictions: a glimpse of the XR of the future

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The Oculus Connect 6 is approaching. Next week, on 25th and 26th, Oculus will hold its main yearly event , and as always, it will talk about the milestones reached by the company and then it will show future hardware and software. But what can we expect from this important event?

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OC6: Oculus Quest Can Run SteamVR Games Via Link, Facebook Says

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You should be able to play SteamVR games like Skyrim and No Man’s Sky on your Oculus Quest when Oculus Link arrives in November. Facebook revealed this new feature at Oculus Connect 6 yesterday.

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Top 10 XR Trends for 2019-20

Tech Trends VR

As another year hurtles inexorably towards Christmas, it’s an opportune time to take stock of how far XR has come so far, and what 2020 might hold in stock for building a virtual world we might actually want to live in. . Haptics.

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Verizon Acquires Jaunt XR’s Augmented Reality Tech

Road to VR

Jaunt, the cinematic VR company that pivoted to AR last year, today announced it has sold its software, technology, and “certain other assets” to American telecom Verizon.

Puma Teams Up with Zappar to Bring Web-Based AR Experience to Retail Store

Next Reality AR

When it comes to the athletic footwear retail game, it's just not enough to just sell shoes anymore.

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Super-interview with Jeri Ellsworth about her Tilt Five glasses, AR tech, and startups!

The Ghost Howls

Today Tilt Five is launching its Kickstarter campaign for its innovative augmented reality glasses for tabletop gaming.

YUR Raises $1.1M In Pre-Seed Funding, Releases Oculus Quest Fitness App Into Beta

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The Oculus Quest app will allow users to turn any game into a calorie-tracked fitness experience. The first time I worked up a sweat in VR, it was entirely accidental.

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Respawn Resurrects Medal Of Honor In VR For Oculus-Exclusive AAA Shooter

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Respawn Entertainment’s long-anticipated Oculus-exclusive shooter is a Medal of Honor VR game. Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond was announced at the Oculus Connect 6 developer conference today. It’s coming exclusively to the Oculus Rift in 2020.

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AltspaceVR to launch on Oculus Quest on September 12th

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Popular virtual events platform, AltspaceVR will officially be launching on Facebook’s Oculus Quest on September 12, 2019.

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Hands-on: Oculus Link Makes Quest Feel Like a Native PC VR Headset

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Announced yesterday, Oculus Link will allow Quest to play Rift games by connecting to any VR-capable PC. In our hands-on at Oculus Connect, the feature really does seem to deliver an experience that feels like a native PC VR headset.

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Puma Uses Zappar to Bring Web-Based AR Experience to Retail Store

Next Reality AR

When it comes to the athletic footwear retail game, it's just not enough to just sell shoes anymore.

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HTC Vive Cosmos, maybe the most versatile PC VR headset, launches at $699

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Finally, the moment has come: after months of teasing, silence, rumors and spinning heads, the Vive Cosmos has finally been launched! The final price has been revealed: 699$ and so its availability, plus some little surprises! Discover everything with me…. Vive Cosmos. HTC Vive Cosmos (Image by HTC).

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Enklu Launches San Francisco’s First AR Maker Space

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Memberships and day passes are now available to west coast developers and players.

Facebook Will ‘Look At Tackling The Technical Challenges’ Of Rift S Finger Tracking

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Are you wondering if Oculus finger tracking will come to Rift S?

Mondly: An immersive way to learn 33 languages in VR or AR

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Mondly screenshot. Image by Alex Korolov.). Looking to learn a new language, or to have some fun brushing up on a language you’re already familiar with? With so many apps available nowadays, how do you know which one to pick?

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Facebook Reveals Hand-tracking Update for Quest, Coming Early 2020

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Oculus Connect 6 is starting today, and ahead of the festivities Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg teased a video showing off some pretty nuanced hand interaction, something he says will be apart of his talk today. Now, we know that Quest will soon include optical hand-tracking.

Snapchat Doubles Down on AR Billboards to Promote Snap Originals Series

Next Reality AR

It looks like Snap's foray into augmented reality billboards last year was successful, as the company has returned with two more outdoor advertisements for its Snap Originals series. Now through Sept.

Augmented reality is reaching a mature state according to Gartner

The Ghost Howls

According to the very famous market analysis company Gartner, Augmented Reality is no more an “emerging” technology, but it has graduated as a mature one.

Normal VR Technology Turns Any Unity VR/AR App Into A Multiplayer Experience

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The company behind the multiplayer plugin Normcore proves the viability of a virtual office and beyond. The 2017 video from Normal VR started with an adorable, yellow, blob-like virtual avatar daintily standing in the middle of a real, physical office.

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OC6: New ‘Half Dome’ Prototypes Smaller, Lighter & More Reliable, But Lack 140 Degree FoV

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At Oculus Connect 6 today, Facebook showed off two successors to the ‘Half Dome’ varifocal headset it first showed at F8 2018. Half Dome 1, 2, and 3. Half Dome was an advanced prototype headset with moving varifocal displays and a 140 degree field of view.

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Meta’s resurrection shows future of AR is in the enterprise

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Meta headset. Image courtesy Meta View.). The world of augmented reality is undergoing a major metamorphosis. This past winter, the industry saw the collapse of three major AR players , all of which lacked sufficient funding and were unable to deliver on promises.

Oculus CTO: ‘Rift S Still Worthwhile Even After Quest Gets PC-tether Feature’

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Oculus CTO and legendary programmer John Carmack took to Twitter recently to explain his reasoning behind why Rift S is still worth buying even though Oculus Quest will soon get the ability to play Rift games via Oculus Link.

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Terrifying Swarms of Mosquitoes Help David Beckham Fight Malaria with Facebook AR Effect & Billboards

Next Reality AR

Former soccer star and current celebrity David Beckham has the augmented reality abilities of Facebook and Instagram as allies in the effort to eradicate malaria from the world.

How to get started with nReal glasses development in Unity

The Ghost Howls

The nReal glasses are one of the most interesting AR gadgets of this year. They have been revealed at CES , and I have personally tried them in Beijing some months ago, and in my review , I hig h lighted how they are not only very light and trendy, but they can also provide very bright holograms.

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How AI and Haptics Could Revolutionize VR Gaming

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Emerging technologies could add a whole new level of immersion to VR. If you’re reading this right now, chances are, you’re not really familiar with the topic of neuroevolution. Or deep learning. Or natural language processing.

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Oculus Quest Finger Tracking Decreases Battery Life By Just 7 Minutes

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The upcoming Hand Tracking feature for Oculus Quest reduces battery life by just 7 minutes, according to Facebook. Hand Tracking was announced during the week at Oculus Connect 6 , Facebook’s annual VR/AR conference.