Sat.Dec 01, 2018 - Fri.Dec 07, 2018

This Tech Lets You Move Virtual Objects Like A Jedi

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These are definitely the VR powers you’re looking for…. It was only a matter of time. In fact, I’m a bit surprised it took this long, but researchers at Virginia Tech have put their brains to good use and come up with a way for ordinary mortals to replicate the telekinetic powers of a Jedi in VR. .

To the ‘VR is Dying’ Crowd: There’s More VR Users on Steam Than Ever Before

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A Road to VR analysis of the latest data from Valve’s Steam Hardware & Software shows that VR users on Steam have not only been growing, but are at their highest point in history.

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Tactical Haptics ‘Reactive Grip’ VR Controllers Are Now Production Ready

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Tactical Haptics today announced the new production-ready design for their haptic VR controllers which adapt the shape of their grip to make using virtual objects feel more real. The company originated from a 2013 Kickstarter. While the campaign was unsuccessful, the company believed its idea was so good that they continued developing the project anyways. Since then, the company has been refining its technology and design. Today, it’s ready for full production.

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Hands-On with Spatial's Remote Meeting App on Microsoft HoloLens

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In recent years, many software publishers have tried to sell the business community on remote meetings via VR, but if social media chatter is any indication, it hasn't taken off in a big way just yet.

VR Meditation Could Take The Misery Out Of Long-Haul Flying

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Using immersive tech for meditation is becoming more popular, but can it make flying in economy feel bearable?

Varjo’s ‘Bionic Display’ Headset is a Breathtaking Preview of VR’s Future

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More resolution in VR isn’t just ‘nice’, it’s a major contributor to immersion.

A Christmas Carol in VR

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Yule love this interactive VR experience that gives a new spin to Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Mince Pies might have been out on the supermarket shelves since September, and spare a thought for the poor store clerks who are already sick of having to listen to those Christmas tunes.

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U.S. Army To Receive 100,000 Microsoft HoloLens Headsets

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Microsoft lands $479M contract to put the MR headsets into the hands of soldiers in active combat zones. Mixed reality will be joining the ranks of the U.S. Army thanks to a huge $479 million contract between the legendary military branch and Microsoft.

Jaunt to Liquidate Tons of VR Stuff in Online Auction Soon

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It’s no secret that Jaunt is stepping back from VR and re-focusing on AR , although we weren’t sure what the one-time cinematic VR company planned on doing with its recently defunct VR business.

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Flying with Virtual Wings

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How a young entrepreneur wants to use virtual reality to help young people in conflict zones to achieve their dreams.

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Insomniac Games Releases Seedling, the First Paid Augmented Reality Game for Magic Leap One

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One the leading game developers for the PlayStation 4 and Oculus Rift platforms, Insomniac Games, is finally releasing its first major augmented reality title: Seedling for the Magic Leap One. Back in November, we gave our impressions of the game after sampling it at the L.E.A.P.

3D Printing In AR Using A Robotic Assistant

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The interactive fabrication system combines AR CAD editing with precise robotic control.

‘Subnautica’ Will Be Free on Epic Games Store Starting Next Week

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Epic Games is opening its own digital distribution platform in hopes that its industry-leading revenue share split will attract developers. Inaugurating the new Epic Games Store, the company is giving away underwater survival game Subnautica (2018) for free.

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Learning With AR

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Award-winning director creates voice-activated Augmented Reality Experience that boosts children’s confidence.

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Caltech Researchers Use HoloLens to Give Directions & Object Identification to the Visually Impaired

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When computers have vision but people don't, why not have the former help the latter? That's the gist behind the Cognitive Augmented Reality Assistant (CARA), a new HoloLens app developed by the California Institute of Technology.

Little Red The Inventor Is A Charming AR Story That Helps Kids Learn

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Award-winning director creates voice-activated AR experience that boosts a child’s confidence.

Facebook Patents Hybrid Fresnel That Could Make VR Optics More Clear

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Try on an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive and one of the first things you’ll probably notice looking through the lenses are fine concentric circles, creating something many call ‘God Rays’—especially egregious when viewing high contrast scenes.

Where Thoughts Go review: an emotional journey in VR

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Where Thoughts Go is an emotional virtual reality experience developed by Lucas Rizzotto , a very smart XR developer and community member.

Hands-On with Magic Leap's Avatar Chat, Remote Virtual Meetings in AR Have Arrived

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Unlike the realm of virtual reality, augmented reality is less about losing yourself in some fantasy environment, and more about getting things done in the real world.

How VR Is Changing College Tours

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VR is giving prospective students a glimpse of college life without having to travel across the country. When deciding which colleges to apply to, it is hard to know which campus will be the right environment for you if you aren’t able to explore the classrooms and quad.

Insomniac Launches ‘Seedling’, Magic Leap One’s First Paid App

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Insomniac Games, the minds behind Rift titles Edge of Nowhere (2016) , The Unspoken (2017), and upcoming open-world adventure Stormland, today released their first AR experience for Magic Leap One. Dubbed Seedling , the experience is AR headset’s first paid app.

Location-Based Mission Impossible VR Experience Coming In 2019

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“Your mission, should you choose to accept it,” are words I’ve wanted to hear spoken to me through the earpieces of a VR headset ever since the Oculus Rift Kickstarter first got funded.

'Atlanta' Actor Lakeith Stanfield Walks an Augmented Reality Tightrope for New York Times Magazine

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The New York Times has made a habit of publishing augmented reality stories throughout 2018, and now the media giant's magazine is getting into the act, too. As a tie-in to its annual "Great Performers" issue, which recognizes the top thespians of the year in the eyes of Times critics A.O.

AR Experience Highlights The Struggles Of The Working Poor

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Santander has created an AR app to help educate you on the hard truth about homelessness. Here is some staggering and shocking data for you: 25% of the homeless population are actually hard-working people with full-time jobs.

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Black Friday Oculus Rift Pricing Returns to Best Buy for 1 Day Only

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Missed out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday for some of the biggest deals in VR? As a part of Best Buy’s ‘Door Buster’ deal, Black Friday pricing has returned to Oculus Rift + Touch bundle for one day only.

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How to use Casting to stream your Oculus Go content to Phone or PC

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At Oculus Connect 5 , Oculus has announced Casting, an amazing feature that lets you stream the content of an Oculus Go to a smartphone. But how to use it? And is it possible to use it also to stream to PC? Keep reading and you will know that.

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Lego Harnesses Apple's Latest Augmented Reality Abilities in Playgrounds App

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The app that Lego demoed at this year's iPhone launch event is now available in the App Store, and it showcases several new capabilities available in ARKit 2.0.

Complementarity Between Avatars & Environments In Social VR

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This is the first installment in a series about what makes avatars useful in Social VR environments. Author’s note: Many of the anecdotes about avatars that get recounted are about unfettered self-expression.

SteamVR Update Brings Motion Smoothing, Easier Keybinding & More

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Valve has released the 1.1.3 update to the SteamVR SDK, and along with it comes a host of long-awaited improvements such as Motion Smoothing, easier access to Valve’s custom controller keybinding utility, and a few more bits and bobs that should make at least a few people happy.

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The 25 Best HTC Vive Games: Day #1

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From the stunning precision of SteamVR tracking to the frankly ludicrous amount of games to play, the HTC Vive and its bigger brother, the Vive Pro, are arguably the best place to experience high-end VR gaming today.

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Magic Leap Shakes Up C-Suite, Shuffles Two Top Executives to Advisory Roles

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In the aftermath of the launch of the Magic Leap One, Magic Leap has ejected two more executives from their leadership roles. Chief marketing officer Brenda Freeman and chief business officer Rachna Bhasin have been transitioned into advisory roles but will continue to report to CEO Rony Abovitz.

Walking In The Company Of Virtual Ghosts

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The interactive VR experience delivers a new spin on Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale.

‘Astro Bot’ Wins The Game Awards’ Best VR/AR Game of 2018

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Astro Bot Rescue Mission (2018) , the VR platformer that’s still wowing PSVR users well after its October 2nd launch, took home the title of ‘Best VR/AR Game’ at last night’s Game Awards.

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VR Game Releases For December 2018

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Every month we aim to round up each and every VR game release for you in one single place — this is December’s list. Don’t worry — we’ll continue highlighting the best ones at the end of each week too. With the door closed on November , we’ve just been through another great month of VR content.

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Google Arts & Culture App Lets You Turn Your Home into an AR Museum Featuring the Works of Vermeer

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There is not a single museum that houses all of the 36 paintings of Johannes Vermeer, so Google decided to come up with a solution to give art aficionados a venue to see the artist's work all in one place — your home.

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Sexualization Of Female Avatars Contributes To Harassment In Social VR

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This is the second installment in a series about what makes avatars useful in Social VR environments. How do avatars change the way we interact with each other in Social VR?

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Lemnis Demonstrates Latest Varifocal Lens Tech in New VR Headset Prototype

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