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VR Hardware Revenues Projected to Reach $6.39 billion by 2023

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Magic Leap Pivots to Enterprise, Announces New Business-Focused Services, Slightly Modified Name

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As we predicted this time last year, Magic Leap is finally moving from consumer entertainment hype to making a firm commitment to enterprise customers. On Tuesday, the company announced a new name for its device -- the Magic Leap 1, instead of the Magic Leap One Creator Edition.

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Google Unveils ARCore Depth API to Make AR More Natural & Interactive

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How Virtual Reality Takes Art to New Heights

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Many would argue that no drawing, painting, or sculpture is complete until it is shared. That is the very nature of art. It is meant to be shared. In the digital age, there is no better way to make it more inclusive and accessible.

From WebAR to wearables: The AR moments of 2019 and what’s in store for 2020

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It’s our favourite time of the year here at Zappar — thinking about what the next year will bring to the augmented reality space.

Google Update Adds Real-World Occlusion to ARCore with Depth API

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Apple's ARKit has built a considerable lead in terms of features over Google's ARCore, but Google's latest update to ARCore adds a capability that makes the platform a bit more competitive with ARKit.

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HoloLens Creator: ‘Half-Life: Alyx is the most immersive VR game I’ve ever played’

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HoloLens creator Alex Kipman tried Valve’s upcoming VR title Half-Life: Alyx and shared some choice words about his experience. Microsoft and Valve have long had close ties, both geographically and historically.

Beat Saber Wins 2019 VR Game Of The Year At The Game Awards

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The Game Awards happened tonight and the Best VR Game of the Year award was officially announced during the main show, rather than the pre-show, for the first time. This year the award went to Beat Saber. Yes, it was also nominated last year.

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Now You Can Drive Elon Musk's Tesla Cybertruck in AR from the Comfort of Your Home via iOS & Android

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What do you do when your favorite new car is still two years away from hitting the road? Look to augmented reality, of course. That's what one app developer did in the wake of Elon Musk's Tesla Cybertruck reveal a couple of weeks ago.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.12.09): Qualcomm XR2 defines the future of XR, Magic Leap having tragic sales, and much more!

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Goood Monday everyone! Let’s start this week with a bunch of cool news about the past week in AR and VR!

Oculus Quest Hand-tracking Starts Rolling Out Today, Developer SDK Next Week

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Oculus announced today that hand-tracking on Quest is rolling out starting today with basic functionality. A hand-tracking SDK will be made available next week, giving developers the ability to create third-party applications which use the new feature.

How To Enable Controller-Free Hand Tracking On Oculus Quest

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Oculus Quest now has experimental controller-free Hand Tracking. Here’s how to enable it. Hand Tracking is part of the v12 update for Quest. It lets you use your hands naturally in VR rather than through Touch controllers. However, it currently only supports a handful of non-third party apps.

After 7 Years, Google Abandons Individual Glass Owners Who Spent $1,500 to Join Its Early Wearables Experiment

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Did Google CEO Sundar Pichai kill Google Glass for non-enterprise users? That's the obvious first question following news that non-enterprise Glass users will no longer have access to Google's core apps after February 2020.

Report: Valve Will Follow Up Half-Life: Alyx With Left 4 Dead VR

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Valve News Networks provides new updates on Half-Life: Alyx and the potential L4D VR game. According to new information uncovered by Valve News Network while data-mining SteamVR, Valve is currently in development of a Left 4 Dead VR spinoff.

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Facebook Rolls Out New Social Tools to Oculus Platform, Integrating Brand Even Tighter

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Although Facebook Spaces was shut down in October, making way for the company’s next social VR platform, Horizon , Facebook is rolling out some big social changes that promise to make meeting, talking, and playing together on the Oculus platform a lot easier. The catch?

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High Fidelity Lays Off Half Its Staff, Will Remove App From Stores In 2020

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High Fidelity co-founder and CEO Philip Rosedale published a new blog post on the High Fidelity site , providing updates on the social VR app and the company’s future.

Facebook Messenger Blasts Out Trio of Star Wars AR Effects for 'Rise of Skywalker'

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While "Baby Yoda" from The Mandalorian threatens to overshadow it, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives in theaters next week, which means it's time for Disney and Lucasfilm to ramp up its promotional strategy.

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival Is Absolutely Stacked With Experimental Immersive Media

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New Frontier returns with 32 new groundbreaking projects from 21 countries. Over the past several years, the legendary Sundance Film Festival has transformed from a high-profile celebration of independent film into a haven for bleeding-edge multimedia projects.

Radial-G: Proteus preview: racing at full speed on the Oculus Quest

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Today I have been able to try in preview Radial-G: Proteus, a racing game for the Oculus Quest. This name is surely not new for you, since Radial-G: Racing Revolved has been one of the first games for the Oculus Rift CV1.

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Green Day Music Pack And 360°, 90° Levels Available In Beat Saber Tonight

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Announced at The Game Awards after a live performance from the band, a six-song Green Day music pack is coming to Beat Saber, available tonight. 360° and 90° levels are also launching for all platforms later tonight as well.

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Magic Leap Used to Bring AR to H&M & Star Wars Fashion Collaboration in Tokyo Developed by Warpin Media

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There may be questions from some about the future of Magic Leap, but in Japan, The Force is with the augmented reality startup. Japan's arm of fashion retailer H&M and Disney are using the device to promote a special promotion of customized Star Wars apparel.

Oculus Quest Hand Tracking Will Begin Rolling Out This Week

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Navigate the Quest Home interface and first-party Oculus apps with your bare hands. Originally revealed during Oculus Connect 6 this past September, native hand tracking for Oculus Quest headsets is scheduled to begin rolling out this week as part of software update v12. .

Magic Leap 2 Planned for Launch in 2021, Targeting Enterprise & Prosumers

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Magic Leap’s next-gen AR headset, Magic Leap 2, is officially slated to launch sometime in 2021.

Boneworks Hit #1 On The Steam Top Selling List On Release Day

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Stress Level Zero’s highly anticipated VR title Boneworks made it the top of the charts on the Steam Top Selling list on the day of its release. The Steam Top Selling list covers the entire Steam Store, including PC games, VR games and even Valve hardware like the Valve Index.

Hands-On: Launching Space Rockets in New York's Central Park via Magic Leap's Boosters App

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We're a few weeks away from the fireworks associated with New Year's celebrations, but that doesn't mean you can't start a little early — in augmented reality.

NYT Uses AR To Compare The World’s Most Polluted Air With Your City’s

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NYT app users can view the air pollution levels from their city’s worst day. It’s a sad fact that our Earth is currently suffering from rampant pollution. It’s in our waters, our land, and in the air.

‘Beat Saber’ Gets Green Day Music Pack, Long-awaited 360 & 90 Degree Levels

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Everyone’s favorite block-slashing rhythm game, Beat Saber (2018), just got a new music pack featuring the tunes of Green Day.

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If Logged Into Facebook, Oculus VR Data Will Now Be Used For Ads

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Magic Leap Repackages Developer Tools as The Lab, Publishes Updates to Lumin SDK & Lumin OS, & Previews Magicverse SDK

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Along with rebranding Magic Leap 1 for enterprise customers, Magic Leap has gifted its developer community with some new toys with a tease of more to come in 2020.

ARCore Depth API Takes Android AR Experiences To A Whole New Level

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Android’s new depth tool allows developers to create a full depth map with a simple RGB camera. . Look out ARKit, ARCore is catching up.

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SteamVR Update Streamlines Interface for Ease-of-use Ahead of ‘Half-Life: Alyx’

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A beta update to SteamVR has brought a slew of interface changes which aim to improve ease-of-use and address the software’s dense array of settings.

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