January, 2020

VR In 2020: Small Development Teams Are Building Runways To The Future

UploadVR

While Oculus Quest and Valve Index were backordered through the holiday season as far as February 2020, it remains extremely difficult to get a handle on the actual size of the market opportunity for a VR project.

Snapchat Turns Real World into AR Scavenger Hunt with Nearly Instant Object Recognition

Next Reality AR

While Snapchat is no stranger to location-based AR scavenger hunts, the app's new world-facing game adds some environmental understanding to the mix. This week, Snapchat launched a new Snappables game dubbed Scavenger Hunt.

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My predictions for virtual reality in 2020

The Ghost Howls

Every year, I cast some predictions for the new year in AR and VR. This year, I’m not going to make an exception, also because my predictions for 2019 performed pretty well. So, here you are how I envision this 2020 in virtual reality! (I’ll

Analysis: Monthly-connected VR Headsets on Steam Reach Record High of 1.3 Million

Road to VR

Valve’s monthly Steam Survey has long offered useful insight into the share of VR headsets in use on Steam. But the figures provided are relative to the non-static Steam population, which obfuscates the actual adoption trend of VR headsets on the platform.

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WebAR Adoption is Going Mainstream in 2020, Here’s Why

ARPost

One of the most exciting new developments in augmented reality last year has been the growth of WebAR. WebAR refers to augmented reality that can be accessed from a web browser, enabling a much more seamless user journey from scan to experience.

With Good Foundations, Augmented Reality Offers A Great Way To Engage With IoT Data

Forrester VR

Augmented reality (AR) and the internet of things (IoT). In principle these two hot technologies are a great match, with data streaming from IoT-connected machines to be used by AR-wielding engineers on the factory floor.

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Startup Phiar Prepares Beta Launch of AR Driving Navigation App for iPhone

Next Reality AR

Google pushed a new kind augmented reality walking navigation to the mainstream last year, and now startup Phiar is hoping users will use its AR app in the same way for driving navigation.

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Hello WebXR review: a nice showcase of WebVR for developers and newbies

The Ghost Howls

To celebrate the release of WebXR API 1.0, Mozilla has released an experience called “Hello WebXR” , that should serve to introduce newbies to VR, showing them basic VR interactions and capabilities. I have tried it, and I want to let you know my impressions with it. Video review.

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GTA V VR Mod Fixes Cutscenes, Aiming And More

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Three months ago we wrote about a new GTA V VR mod that didn’t require you to buy Vorpx to play the game with a headset. The initial release was a little crusty, but it gave you a glimpse of Los Santos in VR. Three months on, though, and the mod just got a significant new update.

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New Samsung VR Headset Design Surfaces in Recent Patents

Road to VR

Samsung recently filed patents with China’s National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) office that shows off a few new designs in what appears to be two fairly similar PC VR headsets.

Samsung Odyssey VR headset patent sounds more powerful, looks alien

Slashgear

Some people get bug-eyed after experiencing virtual reality for the first time. If Samsung’s next head-mounted display is anything like this patent, it will make them literally bug-eyed.

Sundance: Aquatic VR Experience Simulates Outer Space By Lying You Face-Down In A Pool

VRScout

Spaced Out ditches gravity to immerse you in a mind-bending trip through the cosmos.

USA Today Deepens Story on Afghanistan War with AR Experience

Next Reality AR

The augmented reality team at USA Today closed out a prolific year of immersive storytelling with a hard-hitting companion piece exploring the controversial conflict in Afghanistan.

The XR Week Peek (2020.01.27): Samsung may be working on a new headset, Half-Life: Alyx will ship on time and much more!

The Ghost Howls

Hello everyone! With great pleasure, I announce to you that we have updated our game HitMotion: Reloaded (the first mixed reality fitness game ) on Viveport, and now we have far better bonuses management, apart from having fixed lots of bugs.

Unity Now Supports Vulkan On Oculus Quest & Go

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The Unity game engine, which powers most of the apps on the Oculus standalone store, now supports the Vulkan graphics API with Oculus Quest and Oculus Go. Vulkan is the successor to OpenGL, the industry standard graphics API that has been in widespread use for over 2 decades.

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Mark Zuckerberg: ‘people bought nearly $5M in Oculus Store content on Christmas Day’

Road to VR

In Facebook’s quarterly earnings call yesterday, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the Oculus Store had sold nearly $5 million worth of content on Christmas Day alone.

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Enterprise VR Revenue Projected to Reach $4.26 Billion by 2023

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Video Of An AR Pianist Playing A Real Piano Is Going Viral

VRScout

In case you haven’t seen it, a new tweet from a medical doctor, software entrepreneur, and 3D artist, Fayez Salka shows him using AR technology to bring a virtual piano player to life on a real-world piano.

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Mastercard Develops Mobile AR App to Explain Rewards & Benefits to Cardholders

Next Reality AR

It's a good sign for any emerging technology when one of the leaders of an industry adopts it. So when Mastercard, a brand so recognizable that it dropped its name from its logo at CES last year, decides to develop a mobile augmented reality app, the moment is a milestone for the AR industry.

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Varjo VR-2 hands-on first impressions: perfect resolution, but…

The Ghost Howls

The last two days I’ve been in Germany to attend the LearnTec event together with Massimiliano Ariani , the game designer of the fitness game HitMotion: Reloaded , to have a speech about the latest developments of Mobile AR.

Atari To Open Hotels Across The US, Will Feature Immersive AR/VR Experiences

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Atari is opening 8 gaming-themed hotels across the United States, which will feature immersive virtual and augmented reality experiences. The first hotel will open in Phoenix, with construction set to commence midway through this year.

Lenovo Unveils New Standalone VR Headset for Education

Road to VR

Undeterred by the death of Google Daydeam and the subsequent discontinuation of its consumer-focused standalone headset, Mirage Solo, Lenovo announced its building a new 3DOF standalone for educational purposes.

61% of Mobile AR Users Share Ads

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Sundance: Immersive Theater Piece Scarecrow Had Me Hugging A Live Actor In VR

VRScout

K’ART’s one-on-one VR theater experience steals the show at Sundance 2020. I’m standing at the center of a massive gray field surrounded by hundreds of equally-uncolorful scarecrows cursed with an eternity of guardianship.

Pinterest Adds AR Makeup Try-On Feature to Its Mobile Lens Tool

Next Reality AR

It's time to make some more room at the augmented reality cosmetics counter. This week, social media giant Pinterest unveiled "Try On," a virtual make-up visualization tool running on its Lens visual search tool.

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How to get started with Oculus Quest hands tracking SDK in Unity

The Ghost Howls

Welcome to 2020! I want to start this year and this decade (that will be pervaded by immersive technologies) with an amazing tutorial about how you can get started with Oculus Quest hands tracking SDK and create in Unity fantastic VR experiences with natural interactions!

Rumor: Resident Evil 8 To Return To First Person, VR Unconfirmed

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New rumors circling the internet this week state that the unannounced Resident Evil 8 will return to a first-person perspective. These rumors originate from Biohazard Declassified , which cites an email to its tips line.

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Atari to Open Game-themed Hotels Across the US with “the latest in VR and AR”

Road to VR

Atari will soon be opening hotels in the United States that feature what they call “the latest in VR and AR.”

How Virtual Reality Promotes Road Safety

ARPost

Airlines have been using virtual reality to train pilots for decades, way before the technology even became mainstream. Now, driving schools can leverage this technology as well to educate road-users about the importance of road safety. See Also: Applications of AR and VR in the Aviation Industry.

Tavern Tales Is Bringing VR Dungeons & Dragons To The Oculus Quest

VRScout

Drop your ten-sided dice and go sign up for the closed beta. Despite the visually breathtaking graphics and captivating sound offered by modern video games, sometimes you just can’t beat a good old fashioned board game.

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8th Wall & Trigger Build AR Lego Playground for Web to Promote Fox's 'Lego Masters'

Next Reality AR

Lego has shipped several apps and products that add an augmented reality dimension to their playsets. But it has taken a reality TV show from Fox to allow brick fans to build with virtual bricks in augmented reality.