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VR Remote Control Cars Are A Hit In ‘VRChat’

VRScout

Race other VRChat players using hyper-realistic VR RC cars featuring real-world physics. Digital artist and animator Chris Bradley has loved driving remote control cars since she was a kid.

8th Wall Creating Global Network For AR Creatives & Brands

VRScout

8th Wall launches a first-of-its-kind global network of WebAR agencies designed to connect brands with creatives. Since its launch in 2016, 8th Wall has changed the way we access AR experiences, utilizing WebAR technology to remove the need for third-party apps or downloads.

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Live AR for Broadcasts and Training

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Technology continues to converge with our everyday lives and, in many ways, it’s almost like a beautiful form of illusionary art as realities are overlayed and we can engage in ways not previously possible.

The XR Week Peek (2021.07.05): Facebook to have $6B of losses for the VR business, investments in XR are on the rise, and more!

The Ghost Howls

It’s summertime, and as usual, during this part of the year, people think about going to the seaside more than about VR, and so the news to talk about are always fewer. So expect this and the following weeks to be a bit calmer for the XR ecosystem.

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.

Google Launches Augmented Reality Filters on Meet App for Mobile

Next Reality AR

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Google has packed new functionality into Google Meet to compete with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other video conferencing platforms.

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From the Makers of ‘MYST’, VR Puzzle Adventure ‘Obduction’ Goes Free on Epic July 15th

Road to VR

Cyan, the prolific developers behind Myst (1993) and Riven (1997), is giving away Obduction (2016) on the Epic Games Store starting next week. Obduction is Cyan’s first VR-compatible puzzle adventure, and supports SteamVR headsets.

Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual review: a fun and variated game

The Ghost Howls

On July 8th, Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual, one of the most awaited VR games of 2021, will be released on Oculus Quest (you can wishlist it here ).

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How to View Art from Your Chromecast in Augmented Reality

Next Reality AR

The Chromecast TV streaming lineup from Google is one of the more popular products in the category, primarily due to its low price tag and broad app support. With more than 430,000 reviews on the App Store, Chromecast has even found fans of those in the Apple ecosystem.

Cannes XR 2021 – Your Guide To The Virtual Exhibition

VRScout

Immerse yourself in a series of ground-breaking VR projects available as part of the XR3 virtual exhibition. This week marks the start of part two of the XR3 virtual exhibit, a hybrid digital conference developed as part of a collaboration between Cannes XR, Tribeca, and The NewImages Festival.

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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.

Osso VR Raises $27M Series B to Expand Its VR Surgical Training Platform

Road to VR

Osso VR, the creators behind the immersive surgical platform, today announced its secured $27 million in Series B financing. The funding round was led by GSR Ventures, with participation from Signalfire, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, OCA Ventures, Scrum Ventures, Leslie Ventures, and Anorak Ventures.

Virtual Becomes Reality review: a tour of Stanford VR Lab

The Ghost Howls

Some days ago, the pioneer Virtual Human Interaction Lab in Stanford headed by the legend Jeremy Bailenson has published on Steam an experience called “Virtual Becomes Reality: A Stanford VR Experience”, that emulates the tour usually offered in-person in the physical location of Stanford. And I tried it for you. The Stanford VR Tour.

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SuperWorld Will Sell You a Share of the Brooklyn Bridge for 100 ETH

ARPost

Have you ever been so attached to a place that you wished you could own it? Maybe leave something behind so that people who came to visit later could see what it meant to you? Or maybe you’re less sentimental and want to make money off of the idea of a place.

Dogecoin Millionaire Launches Tamagotchi-Style AR Game

VRScout

Earn exclusive NFTs and Dogecoin by taking care of an AR-powered ‘Dogeagotchi’ in this location-based mobile game.

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Long Awaited ‘Moss: Book II’ Announced for PlayStation VR

Road to VR

Initially released back in 2018, Moss is an acclaimed third-person VR platformer that was presented as a ‘first chapter’, ostensibly to be followed up quickly by a second. More than three years later, Moss: Book II has finally been announced.

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Silent Hill Creator Says VR And Horror Have ‘Great Chemistry’

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Keiichiro Toyama, the creator of beloved horror franchises like Silent Hill, says that VR and horror have “great chemistry” Toyama made the comment in a recent Eurogamer article talking about the developer’s new studio, Bokeh Game Studio.

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Mars Ingenuity helicopter completes its most challenging flight yet

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NASA's Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, smashed three flight records during its ninth outing on the red planet at the weekend. News ingenuity Mars mars helicopter NASA space

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‘Waltz Of The Wizard’ Update Takes VR Sorcery To A New Level

VRScout

Use your gestures and voice to harness powerful magic in the latest free update to the long-established magic-casting experience.

‘Synth Riders’ & ‘OhShape’ to Release Caravan Palace Collaborative Music Pack on July 9th

Road to VR

The studios behind VR rhythm games Synth Riders (2018) and OhShape (2019) today announced they’re releasing another collaborative music pack which will bring to both games the jazzy beat of French electronic band Caravan Palace. The joint music pack is slated to arrive on July 9th.

SteamVR 1.18 Improves Oculus Headset Connectivity Issues, Including Quest Link Disconnections

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SteamVR version 1.18 brings some fixes for Oculus headset performance, particularly in the way of headset disconnections.

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MIT Media Lab’s new knitted keyboard showcases the power of smart textiles

Digital Trends

Despite the fact that it's made entirely out of soft, pliable fabrics, MIT's knitted keyboard is even more expressive and capable than a normal keyboard. Features MIT MIT Media Lab Music textiles

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Cannes XR Virtual Exhibit Offers Insightful Panels On VR

VRScout

The legendary film festival goes virtual to deliver a series of live talks featuring some of the biggest names in the XR industry.

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Oculus Plans to Enable DLC & In-App Purchases for App Lab Developers Later This Year

Road to VR

Oculus App Lab is a way for developers to publish their apps on Quest without being subject to curation, but it comes with a few caveats like not being visible in the main Quest store.

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What the F8 Announcement of Multipeer AR Face Filters Means for Our Collective Self-Image

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Facebook’s 2021 F8 Refresh conference came with a slew of announcements centering on the future of AR and VR for the company’s suite of products.

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Reality Bytes: Apple, Facebook & Amazon

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.

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Race Longships In VR Viking Rhythm Game ‘Ragnarock’

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Use mighty Viking hammers to lead your crew in this PvP VR rhythm racer, available July 15th on SteamVR headsets followed by Oculus Quest.

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Hands-on with ‘Waltz of the Wizard: Natural Magic’ – Flexible & Clever Sorcery in a Massive Dungeon

Road to VR

Owners of Waltz of the Wizard: Extended Edition, the spell-casting VR experience for SteamVR and Quest, are getting a major free expansion today called ‘Natural Magic’ It brings to the the game a new magic-based combat system and a massive dungeon where you can finetune how to use your singular, albeit surprisingly flexible spell.

Oculus Quest 2 Referral Program Jumpstarts Playing Together

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Facebook is now offering a referral program that suggests friends from your network to buy Oculus Quest 2 and grants store credit to those that take up the offer.

AR Briefs, Episode 52: Mobile AR Revenue Outlook

AR Insider

T hough AR continues to be challenged in gaining mainstream consumer traction, there are some bright spots to report. Specifically, revenue continues to gain momentum in mobile AR categories like advertising, commerce, and enterprise productivity.

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Score Big Discounts On App Lab Games With VR Collection

VRScout

The same minds behind Lab Surprise return with even more ways to save on indie VR games for the Oculus Quest. With the arrival of VR platforms like App Lab and SideQuest, VR developers have been given new avenues to showcase their games and apps prior to official Oculus Store approval.

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