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Researchers Use Menthol To Simulate Cold Weather In VR

VRScout

The future of VR haptics could be skin chemicals.

AWE 2021: Hands-on with Holoride and its automotive VR fun

The Ghost Howls

Yesterday was my last day at AWE. One of the coolest things that I’ve tried has been Holoride, a system to let passengers in a car enjoy a ride in VR. Holoride. Holoride is a very original startup in the XR ecosystem because it focuses on in-car VR entertainment.

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Qualcomm is Preparing Developers for the Coming Wave of Smartphone-tethered AR Glasses

Road to VR

Today at AWE 2021, Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform, a head-worn AR software suite the company is using to kickstart a broader move towards smartphone-tethered AR glasses.

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Web AR: By the Numbers

AR Insider

Though apps rule smartphone usage, could the browser be a better vessel for mobile AR experiences? It scales better and offers less friction than apps, to name a few advantages. We crunch the numbers in the latest report excerpt. The post Web AR: By the Numbers appeared first on AR Insider.

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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 Creator Of ‘Pokémon Go’ Is Building Its Own AR Metaverse

VRScout

The company is making its Lightship Augmented Reality Developer Kit open to any and all developers.

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Niantic Kickstarts Its AR Metaverse with Release of Lightship SDK and $20M Developer Fund

Road to VR

At a special launch event today, Niantic announced it’s opening up the Lightship AR Development Kit (ARDK) platform, a software development kit with the kinds of tools the company uses to make Pokémon Go’s ‘ world-scale’ gameplay possible.

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AWE 2021 Day Two: More on the Metaverse

ARPost

The first day of AWE was all about announcements. There was less of that on day two, but AWE isn’t all about announcements, it’s about celebrating XR experiences and learning from XR expertise. Day two delivered these in droves.

‘ShapesXR’ Is A Rapid Prototyping VR Tool

VRScout

Quickly create immersive scenes and populate them with 3D assets using this easy-to-use VR development app. Teamwork makes the dream work, but sometimes communicating an idea can get a little messy, especially if you are working remotely.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.11.08): Microsoft Teams gets immersive, Meta may open its stores, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Today I’ll travel to the US to be a speaker at AWE , and I hope to meet you all there. I should be packing my suitcase, but instead, I’m here writing this newsletter so that you can enjoy the roundup of best XR news even this week.

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.

Resolution Games Estimates VR Has 5 Million Active Users

Road to VR

Resolution Games, which has been making VR games since 2016, estimates that the VR industry currently has around 5 million active VR users. In the VR industry it’s hard to find good data on the number of headsets sold, and even harder to find data on the number of actual active users.

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Samsung SmartThings can now monitor your home’s entire energy consumption

Digital Trends

Samsung has expanded the SmartThings family to include three new partners that are dedicated to home energy monitoring and management. Smart Home Samsung SmartThings

‘Captain Toonhead’ Might Be The Most Over-The-Top VR Game Ever

VRScout

Battle flying cats, massive dinosaurs, and blood-thirsty chickens in this one-of-a-kind VR tower defense game.

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It's time to imagine a world without Facebook

Mashable VR

In early October, Facebook shut down for six hours. No one in the world could access the site, or any of the sites they owned, including Instagram and WhatsApp. And, for a moment, we peered into a potential new world in which Facebook does not exist. Spoiler: It was alright.

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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.

Google’s New ‘Labs’ Team Brings AR/VR, Project Starline & Area 120 Under a Single Roof

Road to VR

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AWE 2021 Day Three: XR Safety, the Future of Games, and the Closing Address

ARPost

Thursday, November 11, was the final day of AWE 2021. The day saw more panel discussions, another day of expos, and the closing ceremonies. Continuing the Conversation on Safety.

‘FitXR’ Is Making VR Fitness More Accessible With Voice Commands

VRScout

Voice navigation technology combined with FitXR’s adaptive fitness classes could revolutionize VR fitness. During the recent Facebook Connect event, Zuckerberg showcased a new set of developer tools that will be used to help the company build the foundation of its growing metaverse.

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The best Black Friday deals for 2021, all in one place

Mashable VR

UPDATE: Nov. 10, 2021, 7:30 p.m. EST This post has been updated with the latest deals from Walmart's second Black Friday Deals for Days sale. We've rounded up all of the best early Black Friday deals as of Nov.

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HalfDive VR Headset Takes Design Cues from ‘Sword Art Online’ NerveGear, Coming to Kickstarter in December

Road to VR

Japanese startup Diver-X is looking to launch a SteamVR-compatible headset that seems to be taking a few ideas from popular anime Sword Art Online, which prominently features a fully immersive metaverse.

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It’s Time to Get Pumped for AWE

ARPost

If you’ve followed the Augmented World Expo with ARPost in the past, you know that to provide you with comprehensive coverage and commentary we release our coverage a little later. But we don’t want you to miss out on all of the excitement.

NVIDIA’s New AI-Powered Avatars Are Pretty Incredible

VRScout

NVIDIA’s CEO wants everyone to have a digital twin.

Check out this Apple Car rendering based on the company’s patents

Digital Trends

A U.K. company has provided one take on what the Apple Car could look like, assuming it ever makes it to production. Apple Cars Apple car electric cars

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Hands-on: Varjo’s Unique Masking Tool Lets You Bring the Real World into VR

Road to VR

Varjo’s XR-3 headset has perhaps the best passthrough view of any MR headset on the market thanks to color cameras that offer a fairly high resolution and a wide field-of-view.

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Editorial: PC VR Doesn’t Need New Hardware, It Needs New Content

Upload VR

It’s been a surprisingly active end to the year for the PC VR scene.

AR App Lets You Play ‘Space Invaders’ On A Beer Can Because Why Not?

VRScout

The Swigr app promises to boost brand engagement using its new AR gamification feature. Australian-based developer Immertia has released an app that allows alcohol brands to gamify beer cans using AR technology.

The best early Black Friday gaming deals (so far)

Mashable VR

UPDATE: Nov. 10, 2021, 5:40 p.m. EST Gaming deals are bountiful every Black Friday, and we've started gathering up the best discounts and offers ahead of the big day. Our top picks are below, but read on for even more great deals as of Nov.

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Sandbox VR Announces $37M Series B Funding to Expand Out-of-home VR Locations

Road to VR

Out-of-home VR destination Sandbox VR today announced an additional $37 million funding round that the company is using to support its continued expansion. In addition to its dozen worldwide locations, Sandbox VR says it’s working to nearly doubling that.

Mafia 2 And 3 VR Mods Are Now Available

Upload VR

Back in September, we reported on the launch of a Mafia VR mod from GTAV and Red Dead 2 modder, Luke Ross. Now Mafia 2 and 3 VR mods are available too. The Mafia 2 VR mod has actually been available for a little while, but the Mafia 3 VR mod released over the weekend.

8th Wall’s New WebAR Tool Moves Us Closer To The Metaverse

VRScout

8th Wall’s Reality Engine makes it easier to launch realistic WebAR experiences across multiple platforms.

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