Sat.Jan 30, 2021 - Fri.Feb 05, 2021

3 Technologies to Support Shopping’s Next Era

AR Insider

A s the world gradually recovers, the “next normal” will be a hybrid of old and new normals. This looming era will see businesses selectively apply the forced new perspectives of the past year, as survival-pressured tech adoption has allowed them to unearth operational discoveries.

Getting Started With VR Training Is Easier Than You Think

ARPost

Like most business tools, professional development has seen a massive shift to the online world in the past year. People are working from home on a global scale like nothing we’ve ever seen before, and large in-person meetings are a distant memory. Of course, eLearning isn’t new.

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VR’s 2021 Outlook: 14 Indicators in One Place

Road to VR

Hard data on the VR market is often difficult to come by, while broad ‘industry reports’ are often so general that it’s difficult to see what things look like ‘on the ground’ To get a sense of VR’s outlook in 2021, we’ve collected 14 of the most recent and concrete indicators for your perusal. Oculus Quest. Zuckerberg: Quest 2 ‘on track to be first mainstream VR headset’, Next Headset Confirmed.

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Exclusive interview and footage about “Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual”!

The Ghost Howls

“Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual!” is one of the most awaited VR games of 2021.

Watch The Super Bowl For Free In VR With ‘Bigscreen’

VRScout

Host your own covid-safe Super Bowl party or meet new friends in the public room. This Sunday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

Microsoft Debuts HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition for Pharmaceutical & Semiconductor Enterprise Users

Next Reality AR

Ever since the US Army awarded Microsoft's HoloLens a $480 million contract, the battle for enterprise augmented reality has heated up in earnest.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.02.01): Facebook is very confident in Quest 2 sales, Valve is working on Neural Interfaces, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Haaaappy February, amazing XR community! Another week has just passed by and it was a cool one with many news and articles to talk about! Also, the first Awe Nite Florence that I co-organized was good, considering that it was the first one (would you mind registering to the next one at this link ?).

VR Narrative Poem ‘Namoo’ Stole Our Hearts At This Year’s Sundance

VRScout

Baobab Studios and Erick Oh team up to send audiences on a heartbreaking journey filled with love and loss. We were really looking forward to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Corona Taps Blippar to Promote Its Hard Seltzer Line with AR Games & Recipes

Next Reality AR

Despite the unfortunate social media-driven association of Corona beer with the virus behind a global pandemic, beverage maker Constellation Brands has pushed its marketing forward like a lime through the mouth of a beer bottle.

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Quest 2 Leaps to 2nd Most Used on Steam as Headsets Hit Record High of 2.6 Million

Road to VR

Although Quest 2 is a standalone headset, it can also be plugged into a PC to play PC VR games through Oculus PC and Steam.

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Jake Rubin talks HaptX gloves and the future of haptics

The Ghost Howls

One of the most interesting announcements of last week has been the release of the HaptX Gloves DK2 , one of the most interesting haptic gloves for VR. I am very intrigued by these gloves that can provide quasi-realistic haptic sensations to the hands of the user s and that have been praised by all XR journalists. I’m so very proud that I’ve been able to interview Jake Rubin, the CEO of HaptX , about his company.

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Cybershoes Announce ‘Doom3Quest’ Support, Indiegogo Pre-Orders Now Available

VRScout

Immerse yourself in id Software’s FPS classic with this unique artificial locomotion system. When Cybershoes launched their Kickstarter campaign in late 2020, the response was beyond anything the team could have imagined.

How Rendever and AARP Used Virtual Reality to Grant the Wish of a Lifetime

ARPost

For most of us, virtual reality is a fun pastime or a handy work tool. For some of us, it can represent something more. Eighty-seven-year-old George Hetrick has always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon.

‘MultiBrush’ is a Multiplayer Version of ‘Tilt Brush’ for Oculus Quest

Road to VR

It’s been about a week since Google announced it had stopped active development on VR creation suite Tilt Brush (2016) and made the app open source.

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XR Talks: What’s AR’s Fate in 2021?

AR Insider

A common occurrence in the analyst corps this time of year is predictions and projections. Our research arm ARtillery Intelligence got a jump on that process with its December report that looked back at the biggest lessons of 2020… and forward to the biggest predictions for 2021.

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AR Documentary Short Fortune! Shines A Spotlight On The World’s Greatest Con Man

VRScout

Learn how the ‘God’ of counterfeiting printed over $250 million in fake currency.

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SPREE Interactive Secures Funding, Adds Partners in Look Past COVID

ARPost

SPREE Interactive enables location-based VR gaming by working with content developers and hardware manufacturers. While one might think that 2020 and 2021 would be a hard time for a location-based anything, SPREE is clearing funding, forming funding, and looking toward a post-COVID world. Meet SPREE.

‘Beat Saber’ Has Sold 4M Copies & 40M Songs, an Estimated $180M Revenue (and Accelerating)

Road to VR

Beat Saber has officially reached 4 million units sold, Oculus today announced , along with 40 million songs of paid DLC, pushing the app’s estimated revenue to $180 million. By now, Beat Saber can be considered nothing less than VR’s first killer app by scale.

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Catan VR Now Available For Oculus Quest And Quest 2

Upload VR

Surprise! Catan VR is now available for Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2. While we did hear a few rumblings here and there, the announcement of a Catan VR release for Quest headsets has kind of taken us by surprise. It’s available to download right now for $14.99.

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How Watson, IBM’s Artificial Intelligence, Is Powering Audio-Interactive VR/AR Environments

VRScout

IBM places its bets on AI-powered audio interactivity as the future of XR. As VR and AR continue to become more mainstream, the expectations of users are also on the rise. The last big breakthrough we saw in ease-of-use interactivity was the launch of hand tracking and gesture recognition on enterprise and consumer VAR devices.

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Augmented Reality in Emergency Management: Enhancing Situational Awareness for Rescue Missions

ARPost

Situational awareness is crucial for personnel delivering an emergency response. Augmented reality can help hone this skill. AR supports emergency response management through simulations, real-time assistance, and mapping danger zones. Let’s look at how AR functions in each of these areas.

Facebook Messenger Comes to Oculus Quest in New Update

Road to VR

Facebook announced that the v25 software update for its Quest platform is set to include Facebook Messenger, which will be available to anyone who is logged into their Facebook account on either Quest or Quest 2. This will allow users to chat with Facebook friends who own any device with Messenger.

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Facebook Starts Rolling Out Messenger To Oculus Quest

Upload VR

Facebook started the process of adding Messenger to Oculus Quest and Quest 2. The feature is tied to Oculus Party creation so you can jump into a game together from a conversation. The feature marks another step on the path of backing social VR features with a Facebook account.

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Report: Apple Mixed Reality Headset Could Feature Hand & Eye-Tracking, Swappable Headbands

VRScout

Potential details emerge regarding the companies long-rumored VR/AR device.

How Much Do Enterprises Spend on Mobile AR?

AR Insider

L ike many analyst firms, one of the ongoing practices of AR Insider’s research arm ARtillery Intelligence is market sizing. A few times per year, it goes into isolation and buries itself deep in financial modeling. The latest such exercise zeroes in on mobile AR revenues.

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Oculus Quest v25 Update Brings Messenger, Guardian Improvements, Bluetooth Mice & More

Road to VR

The latest update to Oculus Quest and Quest 2 began rolling out this week with a range of improvements, including the addition of Facebook Messenger, an improved stationary Guardian boundary, support for bluetooth mice, interface improvements, and a navigation tutorial to help new users learn the headset’s various menus.

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Promising VR Adventure Vanishing Grace Is Coming To Quest This Month

Upload VR

When I previewed Vanishing Grace via SideQuest in mid-2020 , I said the game felt like a full Oculus Store release. Well now it is. Or will be, anyway. Vanishing Grace has popped up on the Coming Soon section of the Oculus Quest store for a February release.

Improve Your Reflexes With REAKT Performance Trainer On Oculus Quest

VRScout

Enhance your decision making and hand-eye coordination with this virtual mental skills training program. There’s no shortage of fitness-focused apps on the Oculus Quest Store.

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Introducing Holography as the Next Tech Milestone in Perfecting AR Glasses

ARPost

AR glasses could deliver an even more realistic and interactive experience with the aid of holography. This is the main theme of a recently published whitepaper “Holography: The Future of Augmented Reality Wearables” by a company specializing in computer-generated holography.

Tundra Tracker Kickstarter Pushed to March, First Deliveries Expected in July

Road to VR

Tundra Tracker, the upcoming SteamVR tracker alternative to the Vive Tracker , was originally expected to hold a Kickstarter in January, but the company behind the project, Tundra Labs, says the crowdfunding campaign has been pushed back in light of delays in component sourcing.

The Secret of Retropolis Is A Lovely-Looking VR Point-And-Click Adventure

Upload VR

Hankering for some classic LucasArts or Double Fine-style adventuring in VR? The Secret Of Retropolis could be just what the doctor ordered. This PC VR title is on its way to Steam this summer. It’s an adventure-mystery in which players embody a robot detective that gets hired by a movie star.