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Putting AR into Art

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A Viennese start-up is the first company from Austria to be accepted to Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator. Artivive recently beat over 600 competing entries to become the first Austrian start-up to join the Berkeley SkyDeck program (considered one of the top ten accelerator programs in the world).

Windows VR Will Soon Run Regular Desktop Apps like Photoshop in VR

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The first chunk of February came with good news for those with Windows VR headsets.

Banishing Your Nightmares With The Help Of VR

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New research shows how immersive technology can help patients treat recurring nightmare syndrome. In the US, between 1/2 and 2/3 of children and up to 15% of adults have frequent nightmares.

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Eido Inoue tells us everything we need to know about HADO and location based augmented reality

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When I interviewed Kevin Williams , an expert in the LBVR market, he said that there are also some experiments with location-based augmented reality and he mentioned a Japanese arcade AR game called HADO.

Medical Software Maker Medivis Closes $2.3 Million in Funding to Bring HoloLens to Surgical Platform

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The HoloLens has made enough of an impact on the healthcare industry for Microsoft technology partner Medivis to convince investors to pledge $2.3 million in funding for its surgical platform.

Naked Tech for a Plastic-Free World

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Lush’s new concept shops are leveraging innovative technology to create a package-free customer experience.

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Angry Birds VR Now Available On Oculus Rift & HTC Vive

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Red, Chuck, Bomb, and the Blues face-off against their piggy nemeses in VR for the first-time. So many green pigs, so little time… Rovio and Resolution Games’ fully immersive version of their popular Angry Birds franchise is now available on the HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift.

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Snapchat Lays Up Lens Studio Experience for Nike's Jordan Brand at NBA All-Star Weekend

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New Riftcat VRidge 2.3 features: play Steam VR games using your phone as a controller!

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For sure most of you know Riftcat VRidge. It is a popular solution that lets you use your mobile or standalone VR headset as a tethered headset connected to your PC , so that you can use it to play games on Steam. Well, with version 2.3,

Valve Updated SteamVR Tracking Because ‘Beat Saber’ Players Were Too Fast

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In an interesting case of software pushing the limits of hardware, Valve recently updated SteamVR Tracking code to account for the speed of high-level Beat Saber players. At first glance it might not be apparent, but Beat Saber is an excellent challenge for a VR controller tracking system.

Tribe XR Launches Their First Live DJ Classes In VR

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Learn the art of mixing beats in the worlds first ever live DJ class in VR. Imagine someone came up to you and asked you to jump on the 1’s and 2’s and lay down a fat beat. Would you know exactly what that means?

Valentine's Day Lenses for Snapchat & Snap Camera Let You Flirt with Your Crush in Augmented Reality

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Mobile augmented reality company Snapchat now has a special option for romantic message exchanging this Valentine's Day, a day which, incidentally, happens to be the first one in 116 years where Sweethearts, the original heart-shaped candy, will be unavailable for purchase.

Demystifying Media

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How can we use technology to tell compelling and worthwhile stories, engage audiences, and make a living in the bargain? Those were some of the questions I got to explore during a recent visit to the University of Oregon. Fellow Brit Damian Radcliffe, who is the Carolyn S.

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‘Doctor Who’ Virtual Reality Experience to Land on VR Headsets Soon

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The BBC today announced that Doctor Who is getting a VR interactive experience, slated to release on VR headsets sometime this year. Dubbed Doctor Who: The Runaway , fans will get a chance to step into the TARDIS and join the Thirteenth Doctor (played by Jodie Whittaker) in virtual reality.

Fitness Startup YUR Introduces VR Calorie Tracker

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The future of fitness could be virtual thanks to companies such as YUR. YUR, short for “why you are,” wants to make fitness more entertaining and accessible, starting with their first product — the YURfit Plug-in, which will track the calories you burn while playing in VR.

Budget Airline easyJet Packs Augmented Reality Luggage Checking Feature into Its Mobile App

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Mobile app publishers are using augmented reality to solve everyday measurement problems from measuring the length or height of items to previewing furniture in the home.

Bigscreen’s Huge 2019 Update Goes Live, Quest Support Confirmed

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The much-anticipated 2019 update for social VR app Bigscreen is finally here. Well, in beta form at least. The 2019 update comes packed with a heap of features, many of which are highlighted in the trailer below.

Dark Slope Secures $1.5M to Bring Location-based VR to Toronto

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Dark Slope, a Toronto-based VR/AR developer, today announced the studio has secured $1.5 million in seed funding, which will support the launch of its first location-based VR game Scarygirl Mission Maybee.

Disney’s First VR Film ‘Cycles’ Is A Heartfelt Emotional Roller Coaster

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Disney Animations first attempt at virtual storytelling is unlike anything you’ve seen before. When Disney revealed their plans to develop an animated short story designed specifically for virtual reality, no one knew what to expect.

Google Releases ARCore 1.7 Update, Adds Face Filters & Expands Animation Support

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Snapchat made augmented reality selfie effects famous, with Facebook copying the feature across its mobile apps. Of course, others have followed, but their face tracking apps often pale in comparison to the original. Now, Google is giving Android developers the keys to adding face filters to their apps as well. On Friday, Google detailed the AR features coming to Android via ARCore 1.7.

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Oculus To Reveal Zelda-Esque VR Game From Left 4 Dead Dev At GDC

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Left4Dead developer Turtle Rock Studios has yet another Oculus Rift game in development. This one sounds like it takes inspiration from one of gaming’s most beloved franchises. Head of VR Nate Mitchell teased the game in an Oculus Blog post today.

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‘Audica’ is an Inventive “VR Rhythm Shooter” From the Studio Behind ‘Rock Band’

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Harmonix, the studio behind many rhythm game hits like Guitar Hero (2005) and Rock Band (2007) , today announced what they’re calling a “VR rhythm shooter” that looks—to be frank—pretty freaking awesome.

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Snapchat Has A Slam Dunk With LeBron James AR Lens

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Snapchat ‘s latest AR lens is an instant viral hit with over 2 million views in two days.

New Video from Microsoft's Alex Kipman Delivers Teaser for HoloLens 2 at Mobile World Congress

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If there was a version of the Doomsday Clock for counting down the release of Microsoft's HoloLens 2, then the caretakers of that imaginary clock would move the minute hand to "one minute to midnight."

Oculus Returns To E3 2019 With ‘The Latest From Studios’

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Oculus confirmed today that it’s returning to E3 for the first time in two years. E3 is one of the biggest events on the gaming calendar, bringing together major publishers and developers to make announcements.

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Report: Leaked Email Reveals Facebook XR Strategy, ‘Our goal is not only to win, but to accelerate its arrival’

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An internal email reportedly sent by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to senior executives offers a glimpse into the strategic thinking behind the company’s feet-first leap into XR following the 2014 acquisition of Oculus.

BBC Teases 12-Minute Doctor Who VR Animated Short

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The Doctor returns to virtual reality with an original interactive short film.

Google Preparing AR Walking Navigation via Testing Through Local Guides

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The augmented reality walking navigation mode for Google Maps appears to be closer to an upcoming release for the general public.

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‘So…What Really Did Happen With Palmer [Luckey]’

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A book out next week tells the story of the founding of Oculus VR based on hundreds of interviews across several years. I read an early version of the Harper Collins book by Console Wars author Blake Harris.

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VR Melee Action Game ‘Swords of Gargantua’ Heads into Closed Beta This Week

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Japan-based studios Gumi Inc. and Yomuneco today announced that the melee-focused VR game Swords of Gargantua is heading into closed beta soon for Vive and Rift. The closed beta starts on February 15th and goes until the 22nd.

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