April, 2020

XR Swim Platform Wants To Become The Steam Of WebXR Content


Discover and play indie VR/AR content without having to make a single download. XR experiences in general, have proven themselves to be an amazing tool for everything from workforce training and digital marketing to product visualization, entertainment, and immersive online education.

How to get started with WebXR in Unity

The Ghost Howls

WebXR is a technology with enormous potential, but at the moment it offers far worse tools to develop for it than standalone VR , where we all use Unity and Unreal Engine. Mozilla, that is doing a lot for the immersive web , has so decided to develop a WebXR exporter for Unity , to let all Unity developers create WebXR experiences with the tool they already know well. This project dates from 2 years ago , but recently the WebXR plugin has been improved and updated.

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Mark Zuckerberg: Oculus Quest “Has Surpassed Our Expectations”


In an earnings call with investors Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Oculus “Quest has surpassed our expectations.” ” “I wish we could make more of them faster during this period,” he said. “I’m quite pleased with how Quest is doing and I wish we could make more of them.” ” While Facebook remains solidly an ad-driven business, Oculus products are driving growth in the company’s “Other” category of revenue.

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Quest & Rift S Stock Check – Headsets Shipping as Early as Tomorrow as Stock Appears to Return

Road to VR

Between high demand and manufacturing interruptions due to the Coronavirus, Oculus Quest and Rift S have been in extremely short supply, often commanding a 150% price premiums (or more) in aftermarket sales. Those looking to pick up an Oculus headset may not have to wait too much longer; a global stock check by Road to VR appears to indicate that stock for Oculus headsets is slowly returning.

Collaborating in XR

Tech Trends VR

How immersive technology can help us better connect with one another in the #COVID19 age. Even in times of global pandemic, no one has to be alone. COVID-19 has forced us apart, but technology makes it possible for us to work, learn, and interact with one another, while remaining physically distant.”. From technical terms to hardware and the right platforms to meet your specific needs, the guide should serve as a primer for newbies and a refresher for jaded pros Click To Tweet.

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Virtual Reality in Healthcare


Sponsored content. Sponsored by Litslink. Virtual reality, or VR, is shaping up to be the next big technology to revolutionize the healthcare industry. From training new doctors to innovative ways of diagnosing and helping patients, virtual reality brings some major new methods for interactions in healthcare. Some practices even already started implementing virtual reality into their treatments and training. What Is Virtual Reality?

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SenseGlove is working on a “low-cost” force-feedback glove for VR

The Ghost Howls

Haptics is a very important part of virtual reality, and while we wait for consumer solutions arriving in some years, for now, the market is dominated by enterprise solutions like the amazing Dexmo Gloves or HaptX Gloves. These solutions are high-performant, but also incredibly expensive, and only big enterprises can afford them.

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New AI Tool Turns Any Song Into A Custom Beat Saber Map, And It Really Works


Community created custom maps have long been a staple of Beat Saber, the untouchable king of VR rhythm games. However, a new tool that utilizes neural networks and artificial intelligence might change the entire custom map scene. Beat Sage , which released last week, is able to generate a custom Beat Saber map out of any song on YouTube. Not only that but, with the right song, it actually works shockingly well.

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Open-source Modeling & Animation Tool ‘Blender’ to Get VR Support via OpenXR

Road to VR

Blender, a popular free open-source modeling and animation tool, is soon to get VR support via the OpenXR API. Initially users will be able to step into their 3D scenes to see them up close and at scale, with new features expected in the future. The next version of Blender , version 2.83 planned for release in late-may, will include a first wave of VR support, the company recently announced.

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Helping COVID-19 First Responders With XR

Tech Trends VR

ThirdEye Gen believes its technology could help save lives during the coronavirus pandemic. The X2 MR Glasses weigh just 300 grams and claim to be the world’s smallest Mixed Reality glasses. Nick Cherukuri, CEO of ThirdEye Gen, says the devices can give front-line medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients access to critical life-saving data and communicate with emergency rooms and command centers in real-time.

How Virtual Reality Enhances Supermarket Shopping


Grocery shopping might forever change because of virtual reality. Virtual supermarkets make shopping fun and exciting. Moreover, they also feel safer, especially during a global health crisis. Although the majority of consumers prefer to shop in brick-and-mortar stores, many companies have dabbled in VR. They’ve been pushing its limits. They’re using the technology in many different ways, but with the same goal in mind. That is to enhance supermarket shopping.

17,000 Medical Professionals Are Using VR In The Fight Against Coronavirus


Free VR medical training is helping to bring retired healthcare workers back into service. The global outbreak of COVID-19 has many hospitals in desperate need of trained professionals to help care for the rising number of infected, so much so that many medical facilities have begun seeking the assistance of retired doctors and nurses. These former medical professionals are treating those suffering from non-virus related aliments, allowing specialists to focus on COVID-19.

Mozilla Hubs Cloud is the foundation of the free metaverse

The Ghost Howls

Virtual events and meetings are the topic of the moment. As a consultant, I am receiving many requests for remote collaboration tools now during the lockdown, and with my partners Massimiliano Ariani and SIDI , I am also hosting some workshops in VR. For this reason, I gained a good expertise in immersive collaboration tools, and one of the VR platforms that I love the most in this sense is Mozilla Hubs.

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Media Molecule Says Dreams PSVR Support Now In QA/Bug Fixing Phase


Creative Director and Co-Founder of Media Molecule, Mark Healey, stated on Twitter that Dreams’s PSVR support is now in the bug fixing, localization and quality assurance phase of development, indicating that it’s quite close to release. Healey posted a video of a new piece of content coming in the ‘VR update’ that shows a dynamically pulsating bed of lava, which will work with VR and non-VR content.

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Ultra-wide FOV Headset StarVR One Now Available for Purchase

Road to VR

StarVR One, the ultra-wide field of view (FOV) VR headset, has traveled a long and winding path on its way to launch since it was first announced in late 2018 that developers and enterprise would be able to apply for hardware. However now the company has officially opened up sales of StarVR One through select distributors in Asia, and directly through the company in the EU and US. StarVR is now available in Japan and Taiwan through a handful of companies , including ELSA Japan Inc.,

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Report: Managing the Supply Chain With AR

Tech Trends VR

Todd Maddox gives a neuroscience perspective on how Augmented Reality can help optimize industrial processes. In manufacturing, the supply chain manager is responsible for the flow of goods and services, including all processes that transform raw materials into final products. One critical aspect of this is inventory management.

The Benefits of Virtual Reality in Banking


What comes to mind when you think of virtual reality ? Perhaps it wanders to highly visible applications in gaming, film, art, and retail. But with VR poised to be disruptive, most, if not all, industries will be reshaped by it. That includes banking. The immersive nature of virtual reality makes the often dull world of finance more compelling for people. you might ask. See Also: Applications of Augmented and Virtual Reality in the Financial Industry.

Back To The Moon Is The First Google Doodle Available In All Realities


Step into the world of French illusionist and film director Georges Mélíès in AR, VR, or standard video. Back to the Moon was first released in 2018 as a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Nexus Studios , Google Spotlight Stories , Google Arts & Culture , Cinématèque Française , and Google Doodles. In addition to being the first ever Doodle to take the form of a 360-degree film, the project was also nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Original Interactive Program category.

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How to view your 3D models in VR in Blender

The Ghost Howls

Some days ago, the popular opensource 3D modeling software Blender has launched a new VR view tool to let you see your 3D scene in VR! You could already use Blender in XR with the MARUI plugin, but here we’re talking about the official support by the Blender Foundation , that comes with version 2.83. All the 3D Artists’ community got hyped about this because it is very cool. Do you want to try it yourself? Guess what, the Ghost has got you covered!

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New Space Station Home Environment Now Available For Oculus Quest


Facebook introduced a new virtual home environment for the Oculus Quest this week called ‘Space Station’ As you might have guessed from the title, the new environment transforms your Oculus Quest home into a futuristic space station looking down on a huge planet. The Quest launched with only the original Quest ‘Dome’ environment, which is the default home and comes pre-installed on the device.

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Report: Apple to Acquire Live Event Streaming Company NextVR for $100M

Road to VR

NextVR, the live event broadcasting platform for VR headsets, may soon find itself acquired by Apple, a report by 9to5Mac maintains, which is expected to be valued around $100 million. At the time of this writing, neither Apple nor NextVR have commented on the alleged acquisition. 9to5Mac posits that the acquisition may center on NextVR’s patented video streaming technology.

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5 Web AR & VR Experiences for Sheltered-in Fun

AR Insider

This article is the latest in AR Insider’s editorial contributor program. Find out more or contact us to participate here. Authors’ opinions are their own. . WebAR While You WFH. by Tom Emrich. One of the superpowers of augmented and virtual reality is to make the ordinary, extraordinary. And with WebAR and WebVR, you can experience something awesome with just a click of a link.

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As Coronavirus Disrupts Retail, AR Shifts from Nicety to Necessity


Coronavirus is unsettling every aspect of our lives, including our retail experiences. As the world has become confined to their homes, online shopping is now more important than ever and augmented reality technology has been thrust into the limelight to help online retailers deliver an efficient shopping experience. Technology Is Stepping Up. As the global count of coronavirus cases continues to rise, most of us have been sent home from work and are expected to stay productive.

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VR Fitness App Supernatural Offers Daily Workouts With Expert Coaching On Oculus Quest


Could this be the all-in-one VR fitness platform we’ve been waiting for? Within , the California-based developer behind our favorite AR storytelling app Wonderscope , this week announced its latest project, Supernatural, an all-in-one VR fitness experience which features on-demand full-body workouts and expert coaching by real-world trainers. There’s even a dedicated companion app you can pair to your favorite wearable tech.

How to activate AR in your Oculus Quest Home Menu

The Ghost Howls

Today I was reading Upload VR, and I’ve found a very interesting article by David Heaney stating that now it is possible to use your real environment as your Oculus Quest Home environment. I immediately got excited, because this meant that the Oculus Quest has now some augmented reality functionalities! I tried this new feature, and I’ve also prepared for you a tutorial to explain to you how to activate it and some of its possible uses!

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Digital Tribeca Film Festival Will Debut VR Entries On Oculus Quest & Go Next Week


One of the film industry’s staple festivals, Tribeca Film Festival, is moving online in response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. That includes a selection of its VR-compatible content. As part of the move, Tribeca is partnering with Facebook’s Oculus to bring its Cinema360 lineup to Oculus Quest and Go via the Oculus TV app. Cinema360 offers a curated list of 15 VR films, split into four playlists each lasting around 30 to 40 minutes.

Apple Seeks to “identify new computational display technologies for AR/VR” with New Hires

Road to VR

In its latest hiring bout, over the last month Apple has sought more than a dozen new hires specifically for AR and VR roles. Among them, the company is looking for a Computational Display Engineering Manager for incubating advanced display technologies for use with upcoming Apple products. Apple continues to hire and acquire talent and companies to further its expertise in AR and VR, with the company being rumored to launch a headset in 2021 or 2022.

Not a joke! GRIP: Combat Racing coming to VR

Cats and VR

Award-winning independent video games publisher Wired Productions together with leading developer Caged Element Inc. are delighted to announce the surprise launch of GRIP: Combat Racing VR.

Is Augmented Reality the Next Big Thing in the Toy Industry?


Augmented reality has many incredible uses. One of its many applications lies in the toy industry. More and more toymakers have been developing AR toys lately. We’re not talking about video games such as Pokémon Go. We’re talking about gameplay that bridges tangible toys with virtual play. So, what does this mean for the toy industry? Is augmented reality its next big thing? Let’s find out. How Augmented Reality Toys Work.

Resident Evil 8 Will Support VR According To Reports


Reports state the next installment will feature a first-person perspective and the return of RE7 protagonist Ethan Winters. According to a series of new leaks making the rounds online, Capcom’s next installment to their legendary survival horror series Resident Evil will feature VR support for Playstation VR.

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Holo-BLSD is a powerful AR tool to teach first-aid procedures and save lives

The Ghost Howls

When I was at the Polytechnic of Turin, I already had a strong passion for multimedia technologies, and since VR was still a dream at that time, my first passions were the two technologies that are its foundations, that is computer graphics and computer vision. My teacher of computer vision, that later on would have become my thesis supervisor, was professor Andrea Bottino, a young but already very talented professor.

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