Sat.May 15, 2021 - Fri.May 21, 2021

Regine Gilbert talks about accessibility in XR

The Ghost Howls

I had the pleasure to virtually sit down with Regine MaryAnne Gilbert and talk about inclusivity and accessibility in XR. This has been our brief talk, from which I hope you will be able to find some interesting cues to work on a more inclusive and accessible XR ecosystem.

Snap Unveils AR Glasses

AR Insider

I n a rather large moment for the AR industry, Snap today unveiled developer-facing AR glasses. As the next generation of its Spectacles camera glasses, the hardware features optical and display systems for the first time. That’s right, Spectacles are now true AR glasses.

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Microsoft Files Patent To Bring Real-World Objects To VR

VRScout

The proposed system would bring physical environment awareness to VR by creating virtual representations of real-world objects.

Google Adds Raw Depth API to Improve Spatial Awareness & Depth Data for Android AR Apps

Next Reality AR

For most mainstream users, LiDAR sensors for precision depth sensing remain the exclusive domain of Apple iPhones and iPads, but Google is helping Android device makers close the depth gap on the software side via its ARCore toolkit.

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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.

Exclusive hands-on with Huawei VR glasses 6DOF devkit (with FXG’s Nikk Mitchell)

The Ghost Howls

Today I’m very excited to present to you an exclusive preview of the 6DOF devkit for the Huawei VR glasses. An amazing pre-review that has been possible only thanks to the collaboration with Nikk Mitchell , the fantastic CEO of FXG , a Chinese VR company that has a partnership with Huawei.

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How One Hip Hop Producer Found Success With His VR Concert Series

VRScout

After hosting a rooftop show in Altspace, one hip-hop artist/producer sees potential in VR live performances. COVID-19 took its toll on the live concert industry with up to $9 Billion being lost in the U.S. alone.

Google Adds Sports Athletes to AR Search, Includes Virtual Street Signs in Live View AR in Google Maps

Next Reality AR

Since bringing augmented reality features to Search and Maps, Google has made them arguably the most useful augmented reality products in its portfolio. On Tuesday, at Google I/O, Google unveiled some of its new AR capabilities for the pair of mobile apps.

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Are Virtual Reality Concerts the Future of Live Music?

ARPost

Miss live music? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, countries that have yet to ease restrictions have been turning to virtual reality concerts to get their fix of live music. VR usage has surged over the past year.

Exclusive Hands-on: DigiLens is Building Modular AR Glasses to Accelerate Consumerization

Road to VR

DigiLens, creators of waveguide optics, today announced the Design v1, a modular reference headset which the company hopes will accelerate the development and consumerization of truly glasses-sized AR headsets.

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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.

‘HairTouch’ VR Controller Lets You Pet A Virtual Cat Because Why Not?

VRScout

This might be the strangest haptic feedback device we’ve seen yet.

Google Offers Virtual Photo Booth Web App Ahead of Socially Distanced I/O Conference

Next Reality AR

Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic is showing signs of winding down, nevertheless, Google will still hold its annual I/O developer conference as a virtual affair, with keynotes and sessions available as live streams and on-demand videos starting Tuesday, May 18 and concluding on Thursday, May 20.

What’s Google’s Wearables Master Plan?

AR Insider

common AR industry sentiment is that the smartphone will pave the way for smart glasses. Before AR glasses achieve consumer-friendly specs and price points, AR’s delivery system is the device we all have in our pockets. There, it can stimulate demand for AR experiences.

VR Locomotion Device ‘DecaMove’ Attracts $350K in Preorder Campaign

Road to VR

Megadodo Simulation Games, the Singapore-based startup behind the upcoming PC VR headset DecaGear , announced that its hip-based VR locomotion device DecaMove has generated over $350,000 in sales over the course of its month-long preorder campaign.

VR Experience ‘Pollinator Park’ Shows Us Life Without Bees

VRScout

The EU Pollinators Initiative invites you to celebrate World Bee Day at Pollinator Park. Without pollination, planet Earth and humanity itself would be in serious trouble. We rely on this natural process for vegetables, fruits, cotton (for clothing), hay (grown to feed livestock), and so much more.

The Art of London “Augmented Gallery” Uses Augmented Reality to Safely Show Art

ARPost

With social distancing precautions in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus , many indoor venues have had to close their doors. That includes art galleries. While galleries would love to simply put the art outside for people to see, that’s not exactly an option.

Data Dive: 71 Percent of Snapchat Users Engage AR Daily

AR Insider

S napchat is the engagement and revenue leader in consumer AR. This is driven largely from the high-frequency lens usage it’s been able to generate….and and its ability to monetize. This stems from Snap’s AR focus, and the technology’s alignment with its core “ camera-company ” ethos.

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Tundra Tracker Kickstarter so Successful It’s Now Sold Out of Most Hardware Bundles

Road to VR

Tundra Labs celebrated success back in March as Tundra Tracker, the company’s SteamVR-based tracker device, not only exploded past its Kickstarter goal in less than 24 hours, but went on to pass the $1 million mark.

Snapchat Reveals Next-Gen AR Glasses, But There’s A Catch

VRScout

The popular multimedia messaging app announced a slew of exciting features during its third annual Snap Partner Summit. Earlier today, Snap Inc.

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Highlights From the 2021 Snap Partner Summit

ARPost

Snap, the company behind Snapchat, Spectacles, and more, held their annual Partner Summit online this Thursday, May 20. The event was full of announcements, releases, updates, and launches. Even focusing just on the AR content, there was a lot to unpack.

Spatial Beats: Apple, HTC & Niantic

AR Insider

W elcome back to Spatial Beats. This week, the Epic/Apple saga continues, HTC doubles down on enterprise AR Niantic enters the AR platform race, and Spatial leans in to NFTs. Let’s dive in… Apple – Epic Smackdown, part deux.

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Quest 2 Listings on Amazon EU Have Disappeared, a Safety Notice Regarding Skin Irritation May Be Why

Road to VR

Last week we started seeing reports that users couldn’t find Oculus Quest 2 across a range of Amazon EU websites. The headset is still unavailable in many Amazon Europe sites as of this week, but Oculus isn’t saying why.

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This AR Go-Kart Experience Is Basically Real-Life ‘Mario Kart’

VRScout

Chaos Karts uses digital projections to deliver a one-of-a-kind interactive combat racing experience.

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VR Narrative Experience “Jailbirds: Bwa Kayiman” to Have Its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and NewImages Festival

ARPost

Have you ever wished you could step inside a comic book and become part of the action? Soon, you will be able to do it. Jailbirds: Bwa Kayiman is an innovative VR narrative experience that tells the story both from an objective and subjective point of view.

Can AR Bring Trust to Digital Commerce?

AR Insider

Augmenting Trust in eCommerce. by Justin Scott. H umans’ strongest innovation is our ability to collaborate towards common goals. For us to be able to collaborate, we have to be able to trust.

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Facebook’s Previous Head of Oculus & Reality Labs Partnerships Leaves Company

Road to VR

Hugo Barra, one-time head of Oculus and VP of Facebook Reality Labs partnerships, has announced that he’s left Facebook. Barra announced the news in a Facebook post , saying that May 17th was his last day at the company.

You Can Now Play ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ In VR

VRScout

Enjoy Rockstar’s groundbreaking action-western game in VR thanks to a new mod by Luke Ross. Despite having been released all the way back in 2018, Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 remains one of the most popular video games currently available on consoles and PC.

The future of A.I.: 4 big things to watch for in the next few years

Digital Trends

Artificial intelligence has progressed in leaps and bounds over the past decade. What's in store for the next one? Here are four things to keep an eye on. Features Deep Learning generative adversarial network GPT-3 machine learning neuro-symbolic AI the future of

Snap Is Acquiring WaveOptics, Its AR Display Supplier

Upload VR

Snap is buying WaveOptics for more than $500 million, The Verge reports. WaveOptics is a UK-based company founded in 2014. It supplies transparent optical waveguides and accompanying projectors.

New Apple Watch Feature Could Form the Basis of the Company’s XR Input Strategy

Road to VR

This week Apple debuted new accessibility-focused features for iOS. Among them, the AssistiveTouch feature for Apple Watch allows for single-handed control of the watch by detecting clenching and pinching of the hand, as well as accelerometer-based control.