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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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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.

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.

Oculus Quest Touch Controllers Hit FCC Preceding Spring 2019 Launch

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Oculus Quest may not have a specific release date yet, although now that both the headset and its Touch controllers have undergone FCC testing, there’s little left standing in the way of the headset’s launch this Spring.

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

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Harmonix is launching a VR “rhythm shooter” to Early Access that looks to target the Beat Saber audience

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“Audica started as a passion project for a small team of developers within Harmonix. We chose to launch Audica into Early Access because we believe we have a compelling core game that we can develop into the next must-play rhythm game with your help.

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.

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.

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.

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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‘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.

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?

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.

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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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 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.

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 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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Microsoft Video Teases Likely HoloLens 2 Reveal at MWC Later This Month

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Microsoft is starting to ramping up the teasing for its upcoming press event at MWC on the 24th. A new video today all but confirms that we’ll be seeing HoloLens 2 (or whatever the next iteration is called) at that event.

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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DeMagnete VR Is A Magnetizing Puzzler Coming To All Major Platforms This Year

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DeMagnete is an upcoming VR puzzle game that has seemingly appeared out of nowhere. In development by a medium-sized indie team called BitCake Studio of about 11 people in Brazil ( according to a Reddit post ) DeMagnete is an adventure about solving physics puzzles using magnets.

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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.

Cornerstone Partnership Uses VR As An Intervention Tool

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UK Social enterprise pilots the use of immersive technology in social care.

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Lego's Newest Playsets Transform Normal Toys into Augmented Reality Experiences Across Platforms

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Beloved toy maker Lego is returning to the realm of augmented reality, this time with an experience that explores supernatural fun.