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Sony Unveils Next-gen VR Motion Controller for PS5

Road to VR

In preparation for the reveal of its next VR headset, Sony today gave a first look at its next-gen VR controller for use with PS5, something that appears very similar to Oculus’ Touch controller.

Can Virtual Reality Help You Sleep Better at Night?

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The rise of virtual reality has led to a wide array of surprisingly useful technologies that extend beyond the world of gaming. One of the lesser-known applications of VR has to do with your sleep health. Believe it or not, it can help you sleep better at night. Can Virtual Reality Improve Sleep?

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Future stories will blur line between physical and virtual

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(Image courtesy NYC Media Lab.). Story telling is increasingly blurring the line between the physical and virtual worlds, according to presenters at the just-concluded this year’s Technology + Storytelling: Engaging The Immersive Future event organized by NYC Media Lab.

Take A Look At Facebook’s New VR Avatars For Quest

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The new avatar system will debut first on Facebook Horizon for Oculus Quest headsets.

Hands-on Vive Focus Plus Hand Tracking SDK

The Ghost Howls

I have just tried the hands tracking solution offered on the Vive Focus Plus by the Vive Hands Tracking SDK and I want to tell you what has been my experience with it and how it does compare with other hands tracking technologies, like the ones offered by Facebook or UltraLeap.

Facebook Reveals Latest Wrist-worn Prototypes for XR Input & Haptics

Road to VR

Facebook today revealed some of its latest research and vision for a wrist-worn input device that the company expects to form the basis of AR and VR interactions and haptics in the future.

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‘Wisdom VR’ Shows The Positive Effects Psychedelics Have On The Brain

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Experience the mind-bending effects of “magic mushrooms” in this educational VR science experiment.

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.16): HTC launches Tracker 3.0, Facebook has 10,000 people working on XR, and more!

The Ghost Howls

I’m writing this roundup of news with a huge headache and a real will to sleep, so forgive me if there are some errors. It’s because tomorrow the SXSW 2021 starts and together with VRrOOm we have created the virtual spaces for it on VRChat!

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‘The Museum of Other Realities’ Free to Visit for The Next 2 Weeks

Road to VR

The Museum of Other Realities (MOR), the immersive multiplayer art museum for virtual reality, is temporarily open to the public for free in celebration of select British XR artists, who are presenting their works via a special showcase called The Immersive Arcade.

How Will VR and AR Change Marketing In 2021 (And Beyond)?

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The progression of virtual reality and augmented reality technology has been fascinating to chart. On one hand, VR and AR have been around for years without truly cracking mainstream appeal, and there are still plenty of people who’ve never used VR headsets.

‘Population: One’ Season One Is VR Battle Royale Done Proper

VRScout

BigBox VR’s latest content drop adds new weapons, legendary weapon skins, and other killer unlockables.

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XR Talks: Behind Facebook’s Spatial Strategy

AR Insider

A mong tech giants investing in their own versions of an AR future, Facebook arguably has the highest stakes. We’ve estimated that its annual XR R&D spend — not including its $2 billion Oculus acquisition — approaches $10 billion.

Newly Published Valve Patent Envisions Wireless & Standalone Versions of Index, New Head-mounts

Road to VR

A newly published patent granted to Valve envisions new Index headsets that could be wireless or standalone, and include new head-mounts for improved ergonomics.

How Augmented Reality Is Enhancing the Value of Digital Personas

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There is a transformation happening from living purely “physical” lives to coexisting in digital spaces through avatars of our creation. This is having profound effects on people’s everyday lives, and also on broader conceptions of “what is real” and “what is of value.”.

Facebook Adds Over A Dozen New Quest Games To App Lab

VRScout

Gorilla Tag, OceanCraft , and War Yards V R are now available via Facebook’s experimental app channel; no sideloading required.

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How Will the AR Cloud Unlock the Spatial Web?

AR Insider

O ne striking realization about spatial computing is that we’re almost seven years into the sector’s current stage. This traces back to Facebook’s Oculus acquisition in early 2014 that kicked off the current wave of excitement….including including lots of ups and downs in the intervening years.

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Facebook Gives Sneak Peek of New Avatar System for Quest, Watch It Here

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At the all-digital version of SXSW 2021 today, Facebook’s Mark Rabkin, VP of Oculus, showed off an upcoming new version of its avatar system on Quest.

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New app lets you take a selfie on Mars

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NASA’s Perseverance rover drove on Mars for the first time on March 4, 2021. Image courtesy NASA.). Signal Theory has built an immersive and interactive app that lets you take a selfie of yourself on Mars and share it on Instagram.

Sony Unveils Next-Gen ‘Orb’ VR Controller For PS5

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PS5 VR users can look forward to improvements such as adaptive triggers, finger-touch detection, and haptic feedback, just to name a few.

VIVE Hardware Energizes “Best-in-Class” Military Training From Street Smarts VR

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Training has been a major use case for VR since its earliest days and the military has been there since day one. However, demand for VR training has only increased in the last few years, and innovation and collaboration among solution providers have increased along with it.

Facebook’s Rubin: ‘The trajectory is clear, we’re going to get to AAA VR games’

Road to VR

Speaking on a panel at the online GDC Showcase today, Facebook’s VP of Play, Jason Rubin, and VP of XR Content, Mike Verdu, furthered the company’s bullish outlook on Quest.

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Immersed Brings Your iPhone Or iPad Into VR, Android Coming Soon

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Work platform Immersed is adding support for iPhone and iPad so you can see those devices in VR alongside your PC or Mac screens. Android support is coming soon. The Phone in VR Beta streams the screen of your iPhone or iPad with low latency over the same local Wi-Fi network.

Explore The ‘Museum Of Other Realities’ Free In VR For A Limited Time

VRScout

Enjoy four VR installations available free as part of the Immersive Arcade showcase.

Micron Abandons 3D XPoint Memory Technology

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In a sudden but perhaps not too surprising announcement, Micron has stated that they are ceasing all R&D of 3D XPoint memory technology.

Vive Facial Tracker Can Work with Index and Other PC Headsets, If You Can Mount It

Road to VR

Last week HTC announced a new accessory, the Vive Facial Tracker. Though the device is designed to mount to the Vive Pro, it turns out it’s technically compatible with other PC VR headsets, provided you can find a way to mount it in the right spot.

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Half-Life: Alyx BioShock Mod Is Now An Incredible Full-Length Campaign

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Back in October 2020, we reported on the release of a new mod for Half-Life: Alyx that brought the world of BioShock into the VR game. Now its developer has turned the experience into a full campaign that’s very much worth your time. Check out the full trailer right here.

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SXSW Kicks Off Today In VR With Live Events, Virtual Screenings, And More

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Explore a whimsical recreation of the infamous Austin-based festival on your Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, or SteamVR headset.

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This Week In XR: Facebook’s Invisible Computing Research

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Facebook marshals converging technologies to find a path for AR smartglasses. Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Innovation /innovation Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Business /business Media /media technology

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3D Puzzler ‘Cubism’ to Get Hand-tracking Support on Quest This Wednesday

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The 3D puzzler Cubism will be updated this Wednesday, March 17th, to support controller-less hand-tracking. A prior update released in December has paved the way for user-generated puzzles and puzzle sharing. Cubism is a minimalistic 3D puzzler which has become one of the best rated games on Quest.

Valve HMD Strap Patent Filing Includes Depiction Of Wireless Version

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Valve Corporation filed a patent application for a VR headset adjustable head-strap. One of the listed embodiments depicts the HMD as wireless.

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Arcade Classic ‘Space Invaders’ Returning As Augmented Reality Mobile Game

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Square Enix partners with TAITO on a contemporary reimagining of the 1978 Japanese shooter. Square Enix Montreal and TAITO have announced an upcoming Space Invaders mobile game featuring proprietary augmented reality (AR) technology that takes the legendary arcade classic in a bold new direction.