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Facebook’s Codec Avatars Look Almost Too Real

VRScout

These 3D human avatars are so realistic you can see the pores on the skin.

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Ultraleap Gemini is hands tracking at its best

The Ghost Howls

Today Ultraleap has officially released Gemini, the fifth-version of the hands tracking runtime. I have tried it and I’m going to tell you my impressions about it! As usual, this article comes with a video version where I show you my hands-on session with Ultraleap Gemini! Ultraleap Gemini.

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Leaked Facebook MR Headset Confirmed as Project Cambria, a “High-end” Device Coming Next Year

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Facebook today confirmed Project Cambria, the MR headset which was spotted in a recent leak. The company says it’s a high-end headset designed to roll out more advanced technology before being able to bring it down to the price point of the Quest line.

Horizon Home Replaces Quest Home, Adding Social Integration & Parties

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Announced today at Facebook’s annual Connect conference, Horizon Home will replace Oculus Home on the Oculus Quest platform, bringing new social integration with multiple users. .

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.

‘Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time’ Now Fully Playable In VR

VRScout

A new mod brings the classic Nintendo 64 action-adventure game to PC VR headsets for the first time. One of the most iconic video games of all time is now available in VR thanks to a new mod by BrianMp16. This isn’t some 20-minute tech demo; it’s a fully playable Ocarina of Time VR game.

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Meta Plans to Reverse Controversial Facebook Account Requirement for Oculus Headsets

Road to VR

Meta ( formerly Facebook ) created quite a stir in the VR industry when it announced last year that it planned to require Facebook account logins for new users. The move didn’t go over well in the VR space or among critics at large.

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Beat Saber Passes $100 Million In Revenue On Quest Platform Alone

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Facebook announced today that Beat Saber has passed $100 million in revenue on the Oculus Quest platform. In January this year, Facebook announced that over 60 titles had surpassed at least $1 million in revenue on Quest.

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Feature Film ‘We Met In Virtual Reality’ Shot Entirely In ‘VRChat’

VRScout

The experimental documentary showcases how social VR technology can affect our emotional and social relationships.

My predictions for Facebook Connect 2

The Ghost Howls

Every year I make this prediction game about what Facebook is going to announce at Oculus/Facebook connect, and this year won’t be an exception!

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.

Facebook’s 2021 XR Investments to Total $10 Billion, Even More in 2022 & Beyond

Road to VR

In the company’s Q3 2021 earnings call Facebook today said it expects its XR investments this year to top $10 billion, and advised investors that it plans to spend even more than that in subsequent years.

4 Ways AR and VR Can Help Save the Planet

AR Insider

AR and VR can do lots of things, but what about helping to save the planet? We take a look at immersive tech's ability to support environmental conservation and climate change awareness. The post 4 Ways AR and VR Can Help Save the Planet appeared first on AR Insider. Contributors Thought Leaders

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Facebook (Meta) Is Buying VR Fitness App ‘Supernatural’

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Facebook Connect may be over but the news keeps on rolling in. Facebook—now called Meta—is purchasing WITHIN, developer of the popular VR fitness platform Supernatural. This marks the latest in a series of major acquisitions by the company.

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Quest 2 Pro and controllers’ appearance may have been leaked!

The Ghost Howls

Reddit user Samulia, that is used to analyze the Quest firmware (and made some “predictions” about the Quest 2 Pro), has found in the Quest runtime some videos that depict a new headset with new controllers, most probably the upcoming Quest 2 Pro!

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.

Facebook’s First Full AR Glasses are Code Named ‘Project Nazare’

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Facebook’s unlikely to promote a distributed open metaverse like OpenSim

Hypergrid Business

Virtual scenes from the Facebook Horizon. Image courtesy Facebook.). Facebook’s announcement of a $50 million research fund and plans to hire 10,000 employees in U.K.

‘Horizon Home’ Social Spaces Announced For Oculus Quest 2

VRScout

Design your own virtual home and invite your friends to hang out, watch videos, or party up before a game. Facebook today unveiled Horizon Home, a custom social space where you can invite friends to hang out and watch videos before jumping into an experience.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.10.25): Quest 2 Pro leaked, Facebook to change its name, and more!

The Ghost Howls

This great October in VR has not finished yet, and we have still to hear the big news from Facebook in a few days.

New Quest Headset, Controllers, & Charging Dock Possibly Revealed in Leaked Videos

Road to VR

Official tutorial videos uncovered today show a previously unseen Oculus headset, controllers, and charging dock. The videos may reveal a new Quest 2 Pro or Quest 3 headset which could be officially revealed this week at Facebook Connect.

How and Why Brand Engagement Is Driving XR Development

ARPost

Everybody wins in the world of XR brand engagement. Brands get a unique and dynamic way to interact with customers. Customers get fun and informative ways to interact with their favorite brands. And the rest of us?

Everything We Know About Project Cambria, Facebook’s New XR Headset

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The company is working on a “higher-end” Oculus headset that features a variety of game-changing technology. During today’s Facebook Connect conference, the company, now called ‘Meta,’ revealed a new addition to its lineup of Oculus hardware.

XR Talks: Breaking Down the Meta Keynote

AR Insider

The metaverse is as vague as it is promising. But Facebook (ahem, Meta) has done a relatively decent job conveying its vision (and underwriting the whole thing). We dive into the Meta Connect keynote for this week's XR Talks.

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Pimax Announces Wildly Ambitious New Standalone VR Headset with a Price to Match

Road to VR

In a livestreamed presentation this week, VR headset maker Pimax announced its Reality “12K” QLED headset which aims to pack in a kitchen sink’s worth of wishlist features, not least of which is a dual-mode capability which allows the headset to function as a standalone headset or a native PC VR headset.

XR Association and XR Access Launch XRAccessibility GitHub Site

ARPost

Everyone should be able to enjoy and use immersive technologies, including disabled people. However, many apps are inaccessible to these categories of users.

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Facebook’s Presence Platform Offers New Mixed Reality Tools

VRScout

The company states that its new platform will serve as the backbone for its rapidly-growing metaverse. During today’s Facebook Connect conference, Facebook rolled out its vision of the metaverse in a series of exciting announcements.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Is Coming To Oculus Quest 2

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Rockstar Games’ hugely popular PS2-era hit, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is coming to the Oculus Quest 2 in the future. This will be a full version of the open world title ported to VR for the first time.

Meta Buys Dev Behind VR Fitness App ‘Supernatural’, Its Sixth VR Studio Acquisition in Two Years

Road to VR

Meta ( formerly Facebook ) today announced its sixth VR studio acquisition. This time it’s Within, the studio behind the popular Quest exclusive VR fitness app Supernatural.

“Facebook” Is now “Meta” and Other News From Connect 2021

ARPost

Leaks in advance of Facebook Connect, particularly around the time that VIVE Flow was announced , had many anticipating new devices from Oculus. However, most of Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote consisted of pontificating on what the metaverse is, what it might look like, and how far away it is.

VR Fitness App ‘Supernatural’ Adds Private Boxing Classes

VRScout

The subscription-based immersive fitness platform expands its offerings with new full-body cardio workouts.