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Discover The Virtual Burning Man 2021

The Ghost Howls

The Burning Man is one of the most important festivals that runs every year in the United States. Last year it was held in a completely digital version, and its event inside Altspace VR was a blast , with all people in the VR communities talking enthusiastically about it.

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Ready Player Me Launches Cross-Game VR Avatar Hub

VRScout

Create a digital identity and explore a massive catalog of 260 VR games and apps.

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This tiny satellite will use a solar sail to investigate an asteroid

Digital Trends

Following the success of Bill Nye's solar sail craft, LightSail 2, NASA plans to launch its own solar sail craft to investigate near-Earth asteroids. News asteroids NASA solar sail space

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USA Today Showcases New Summer Olympics Sports with Augmented Reality

Next Reality AR

After a postponement of the Summer Olympics for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tokyo is set to host the games this summer, despite a surge in cases in the city.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

The XR Week Peek: Facebook abandons BCIs, VR grows fast, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

It’s a nice summer day here in Italy, and I hope things for all of you are going well. I feel a bit weird because I’ve discovered yesterday that I’m the subject of nightmares for Celine Tricart , a well-renowned VR creator.

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Facebook is Unlocking AR Capabilities for Developers on Quest 2

Road to VR

Facebook announced today that an upcoming update to the Quest development SDK will include experimental support for a Passthrough API which will allow Unity developers to build AR experiences and features into apps on Quest 2.

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Top XR Events in 2021 That Should Be on Your Must-Attend List

ARPost

After a year that turned our lives upside down, the world is slowly going back to normal – proven, among others, by a large number of XR events in 2021. While some of these events will be held virtually, others will take place in physical venues.

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How to record 360 videos of your VR experiences

The Ghost Howls

We all like to shoot videos and screenshots of the VR experiences we play : sometimes to me it is a necessity because I need content to insert inside my articles for my blog, but in general, we all love to save some great moments we had in VR, in the same way we feel the need to take a picture when something interesting is happening in real life.

VR Art App ‘Brushwork’ Available Free, No Download Required

VRScout

Sunset Division’s browser-based immersive painting experience lets you craft beautiful works of art in VR, no additional downloads necessary. We’ve seen a number of immersive art apps make their way to VR headsets over the past few years.

How to Train Employees 65% Faster With Virtual Reality

With a rapidly changing economy, Avangrid Renewables looked to virtual reality to develop a standardized form of immersive training in order to onboard and upskill technicians faster than ever before.

Epic Games Acquires Sketchfab, the Massive 3D Object Library Compatible with AR/VR Headsets

Road to VR

Sketchfab , the platform that lets you view, share, and download 3D models via traditional monitors and AR/VR headsets, today announced its been acquired by Unreal Engine creators Epic Games.

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PhotoCatch: 3D Scanning App That Converts Photos to AR Objects

ARPost

Are you looking for the right way to visualize an object in a specific environment? Until now, you had to imagine how it fits by looking at separate photos.

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Breaking Down Facebook’s XR Road Map, Part II

AR Insider

What is Facebook Spending on XR. Following Part I’s examination of Facebook’s XR road map, the author dives into estimated spending levels. by Avi Bar-Zeev. F acebook says they have 10,000 employees working on XR, or about 1/6 of the company’s 58,604 employees.

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‘Fruit Ninja VR 2’ Available For Early Playtesting

VRScout

Go hands-on with the highly-anticipated follow-up to Halfbrick Studios’ VR hack-and-slash game before its launch later this year.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

‘Lone Echo II’ Coming to Oculus PC in August, Original ‘Lone Echo’ Discounted to $10

Road to VR

The long-awaited sequel to Ready At Dawn’s space adventure Lone Echo (2017) is nearly here. Lone Echo II is now set to arrive on August 24th, likely making it one of the last PC-only games funded by Facebook to arrive on the Oculus Store.

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5th International VR Awards Finalists Announced

ARPost

The Academy of International Extended Reality has held the VR Awards for the last four years and the fifth annual event is scheduled to take place in VR on November 18. Yesterday, June 21, the organization announced the finalists. Let’s take a look. VR Healthcare of the Year.

XR Talks: What Will 5G Do For AR?

AR Insider

B efore “Metaverse” was recently elevated as the latest overused XR buzzword, 5G was the reigning champ.

Oculus Quest 128GB Headset Supposedly In The Works

VRScout

A new listing indicates that Facebook could be replacing its 64GB device in favor of a base model with more storage. This past December, we talked about the pros and cons of the 64GB and 256GB Oculus Quest headsets and which one to buy depending on your wants and needs as a user.

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‘Carrier Command 2’ to Get Full VR Support, Coss-play With up to 9-player Co-op

Road to VR

Carrier Command 2 , a modern sequel to the 1988 game, puts players in control of a futuristic aircraft carrier, allowing up to nine players to manage the ship’s many systems from the bridge.

How to Create a Group Launch on Oculus App

ARPost

Many VR enthusiasts enjoy the social aspect of games , but find it tedious or frustrating to create a lobby or social area and then invite each of the friends they want to join them.

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AR: Coming to a Shopping Mall Near You

AR Insider

O ne of AR’s core properties is to fuse the physical and digital (a.k.a. phygital ). Part of this involves physical places: AR devices have to understand a space before they augment it. This breathes new opportunity into the longstanding location intelligence sector.

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Snapchat Says AR Is Becoming Part of the Shopping Norm

VRScout

A 2021 report from Snap Inc. details how AR technology will soon be a major part of your shopping experience.

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Haptic VR Glove Company HaptX Raises $12 Million in New Funding

Road to VR

HaptX, the company building VR gloves with advanced haptics, this week announced that is has raised $12 million in a Series A-1 investment which will be used to open a new headquarters based in Redmond, WA, and expand its team.

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Oculus Passthrough API puts VR user back in the “real” world

Slashgear

This week Oculus Passthrough API Experimental was released, giving creators a way to build and test mixed reality experiences for VR and AR devices.

Case Study: Medtronic Lessens Training Costs with AR

AR Insider

T hough we spend ample time examining consumer-based AR endpoints, greater near-term impact is seen today in the enterprise. This takes many forms including camera commerce and collaboration. But the greatest area of enterprise AR impact today is in industrial settings.

Oculus Quest Update Makes It Easier To Party Up With Friends

VRScout

The v31 software update introduces additional party features, improvements to Messenger, and new security options. Another month, another exciting Oculus Quest update. Facebook today announced the rollout of yet another software update for Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 headsets.

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Popular App Lab Game ‘Warplanes: WW1 Fighters’ Coming to Oculus Store Soon

Road to VR

World War I dogfighting game Warplanes: WW1 Fighters has done fairly well for itself since it launched on Oculus’ App Lab platform earlier this year.

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Facebook Deprecates Proprietary Oculus APIs In Favor Of OpenXR

Upload VR

Facebook will deprecate its proprietary Oculus APIs in favor of industry standard OpenXR.

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Reality Bytes: Peleton, Facebook & Twitch

AR Insider

W hat are the biggest insights and observations in AR and adjacent sectors this week? Welcome to Reality Bytes , featuring lightning-round commentary from AR Insider partner M7 Innovations. Founder Matt Maher lends his insights from the trenches of AR experience creation.