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New Deal Could Bring VR & Gaming To Netflix

VRScout

Shonda Rhimes and Netflix ink a new deal that could VR and gaming content to the continually growing entertainment platform.

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Can Advertising Scale in VR? (Yes and No)

AR Insider

O ne of VR’s prospective revenue streams is ad placement. The thought is that its levels of immersion can engender high engagement with various flavors of display ads. That could include billboards in a virtual streetscape or sporting venue.

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Watch highlights of Richard Branson’s flight to the edge of space

Digital Trends

Watch the key moments from Virgin Galactic's first fully crewed flight to the edge of space, with company founder Richard Branson going along for the ride. News Richard Branson Rockets space Virgin Galactic

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VR Content Revenue Grew by 30% in 2020, Becoming Media’s Fastest-growing Market

Road to VR

Virtual reality gained impressive ground in 2020, a recent PwC study finds. Global VR content revenues reportedly increased by around 30% year-over-year, beating out film, traditional video games, and music. As reported by Protocol , VR’s global content revenue is estimated to be around $1.8

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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.

Can You Play VR Games On The Steam Deck?

VRScout

Valve’s handheld $399 gaming device boasts impressive specs, but is it enough to play your favorite VR games? Earlier today, Valve revealed the Steam Deck, a new handheld gaming device capable of running AAA PC games on the go.

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Create Your Own Holograms at Home with the Volu iPhone App

Next Reality AR

With the release of Object Capture this fall, Apple is giving everyone with a Mac and a camera the means to create their own 3D objects. But what about volumetric video, which currently requires multi-camera rigs like those at Microsoft's Mixed Reality Capture studios?

Facebook Head of AR/VR Content Mike Verdu to Lead Netflix’s Push into Gaming

Road to VR

A report from The Information back in May maintained that video streaming giant Netflix was getting ready to push beyond TV and film, and was actively approaching candidates to oversee its expansion into gaming.

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Arcadia Is A Mixed Reality Competition For Athletes & Gamers

VRScout

The “world’s first stadium-size mixed reality arena” will begin searching for its first-ever ‘Arcadia Champion’ later this year.

How to implement Oculus Mixed Reality Capture in Unity

The Ghost Howls

Oculus Mixed Reality Capture is a plugin that lets content creators make amazing mixed reality videos of a VR game for the Oculus Quest.

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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.

Virtex Stadium – the First “True” Virtual Reality Stadium for Esports Launches Soon

ARPost

Esports fans, rejoice! Soon, you will not just watch a game from the outside, but be at the very heart of the action thanks to the soon-to-be-launched virtual reality stadium.

DigiLens and Mitsubishi Chemical Ready Low Cost Plastic Waveguide Optics for AR

Road to VR

DigiLens, creators of waveguide optics, today announced a “deeper” partnership with Mitsubishi Chemical to bring a plastic version of its waveguide technology to the market.

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How Astronauts Are Using VR & AR Aboard The ISS

VRScout

From maintenance work to physics experiments, XR technology is playing a major role in the operations of the Expedition 65 crew.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.07.13): Lynx now aims at the consumer market, App Lab to enable DLCs, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Sorry if this newsletter is one day late. Probably I should tell you that I was busy with VR projects, but the truth is that I have been celebrating a lot lately, especially the recent victory of Italy in the Euro 2020 soccer championship.

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Phil Spencer: Quest 2 Offers Best VR Experience, Xbox Software On Headsets Possible

Upload VR

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has once again shot down any hopes for an Xbox VR headset in the near future, but hasn’t ruled out Xbox software appearing on other headsets.

‘Rec Room’ Adds More Flexibility to Avatar System with New Full-body, Animated Costumes

Road to VR

Ever since the social VR platform Rec Room launched in 2016, its avatar system has notably lacked full-body inverse kinematics like you see in its contemporary VRChat , which essentially leaves users with a stylized appearance lacking arms and legs.

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Hyper-Realistic Sim ‘Kayak VR’ Looks Absolutely Gorgeous

VRScout

Race through checkpoints in Time Attack or kick back and enjoy the scenery in Free-Ride mode. We’ve seen some visually stunning VR experiences released over the past few years.

Elgato Facecam is a new webcam designed just for content creators

Digital Trends

Launching today is the Elgato Facecam, a Full HD 1080p webcam built from the ground up with tons of features designed just for content creators. . Computing News Elgato webcams

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Steam Deck ‘Has All The Connectivity’ For VR, But Not The Performance

Upload VR

Valve’s handheld gaming system is called Steam Deck and the company is pitching it as “an open PC” that can “connect with any hardware.” ” The device will ship later this year with prices starting at $399.

‘A Township Tale’ Quest Review – VR’s Most Immersive MMO-like Yet

Road to VR

MMO-like A Township Tale has been available on PC VR for a few years now, but today’s launch on Quest opens the game up to a whole new audience.

Feel Rain Fall In VR With Full-Body TESLASUIT

VRScout

Somnium Space and TESLASUIT partner to bring full-body haptics to social VR with the Somnium X TESLASUIT DK1.

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Don’t like SteamOS? You can install Windows on your Steam Deck instead

Digital Trends

While the Steam Deck comes preinstalled with the Linux-based Steam OS, it appears as though the platform can run Windows instead. Gaming PC Gaming Steam steam deck SteamOS Valve Windows Windows 11

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Facebook Cancels Head-Mounted BCI Research, Will Focus On Wrist

Upload VR

Facebook Reality Labs is sunsetting its research toward head-mounted thought reading, instead focusing on a wrist-based device.

SteamVR Update Improves Oculus Link & Air Link Reliability as Quest 2 Exceeds 30% of Headsets on Steam

Road to VR

The latest update to SteamVR, version 1.18.5, brings improvements to error handling of Oculus Link and Air Link which is meant to improve reliability. The update comes as Quest 2 reaches 31.07% of all VR headsets in use on Steam.

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Harry Potter Store Gets Two Location-Based VR Experiences

VRScout

Explore Hogwarts and fly a broomstick in these social VR experiences coming soon to the Harry Potter flagship store. Last month, Warner Bros.

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NASA says ‘moon wobble’ may cause a problem for earthlings

Digital Trends

A so-called "moon wobble" in the 2030s could cause problems for people living in coastal communities, according to new NASA research. News climate change Moon moon wobble NASA space

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Michael Wells:  A Fantastical Journey To Improved Wellness through VR Gaming

VR Fitness

In June 2019, Michael and his friends took a vacation to Florida and while visiting Harry Potter World at Universal Studios, the 265-pound 40+-year-old was asked to sit in the “test chair” to assess whether he could fit on one of the rides.

The 20 Best Rated & Most Popular Quest Games & Apps – July 2021

Road to VR

While Oculus doesn’t offer much publicly in the way of understanding how well individual apps are performing across its VR storefronts, it’s possible to glean some insight by looking at apps relative to each other. Here’s a snapshot of the top 20 Oculus Quest games and apps as of July 2021.

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Looking Glass 8K Holographic Display Is Absolutely Massive

VRScout

Looking Glass Factory adds second-gen 4K and 8K systems to its growing lineup of glasses-free 3D holographic interfaces. After years of watching sci-fi television shows and movies, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the day I could purchase my very own Minority Report -esque 3D display.

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Elon Musk says there’s a chance the Cybertruck could flop

Digital Trends

Tesla boss Elon Musk has admitted that the extraordinary design of the Cybertruck means that the space-age pickup could flop. Cars News Cybertruck Elon Musk Tesla

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