Sat.Feb 01, 2020 - Fri.Feb 07, 2020

Google Just Made It Easier to Get Your Hands on Glass Enterprise Edition 2

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Last December, Google unceremoniously killed off Google Glass Explorer Edition with a final software update, leaving the Glass Enterprise Edition 2 as the only remaining AR wearable from Google.

Making ‘The Remedy’ – How A Veteran Illustrator Made one of VR’s Best Short Films With ‘Quill’

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Perhaps no project to date shows the potential of Quill— Oculus’ VR illustration and animation tool — quite like The Remedy.

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VR On Steam Surges To All Time High Of 1.3%, Driven By Oculus Rift S

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In January the percentage of Steam users using a VR headset jumped from 1.09% to an all time high of 1.31% , according to the Steam Hardware Survey. Steam is the most popular digital store for PC games.

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Hacking the Oculus Quest: how to show Android Settings, Alarm and more!

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Today I’ve played around with Oculus Quest , trying to hack it a bit via command-line tools (ADB), hoping to activate some cool features. I’ve made some interesting discoveries, and of course, I want to share them with you, the VR community! Caveat.

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Transit Navigation App Moovit Adds Augmented Reality Way Finder Feature to Challenge Google Maps Live View

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As helpful as it is, Google Maps isn't the only mapping app with augmented reality walking navigation anymore. This week, Israel-based startup Moovit introduced a new AR navigation feature called Way Finder for its eponymous navigation app for public transit and ridesharing services.

This WebXR App Helps You Visualize the Global Infection Rate of Coronavirus

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Coronavirus, otherwise known as the 2019 novel coronavirus, is primarily affecting China.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.02.03): VR adoption is rising, Lynx teases new MR headset and much more!

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First of all, let me wish a nice rest to anyone who has participated in the Global Game Jam, especially the ones that have proposed some AR/VR games!

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USA Today Examines the Problems with the Boeing 737 Max Aircraft with Latest AR Story

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After jumping to the head of the class of augmented reality journalism in 2019, USA Today is continuing to push the medium forward in 2020.

Canon Unveils Enterprise-focused AR Headset ‘MREAL Display MD-20’

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Japanese tech giant Canon today unveiled its next enterprise-focused AR headset which aims to replace its MREAL Display MD-10 , which the company launched in Japan in mid-2016 for the astounding price tag of ¥9 million (~$82,300).

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Oculus Browser Adds Experimental Hand Tracking Support For WebXR Apps

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The latest 8.0 update to Oculus Browser adds experimental support for the Oculus Quest’s hand tracking feature. That means you can use your hands in WebXR apps, which are VR experiences that run natively on a browser page, without the need to download anything.

Chooch.ai hands-on: an interesting object detection SDK (for AR?)

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Some days ago, I’ve seen a very intriguing video on Twitter by Robert Scoble about him trying an app that was able to understand what objects were in his surroundings in real-time. I was pretty intrigued, and I asked him what was this app, and he answered me that it was Chooch.ai. Chooch.ai

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Apple Adds Multiplayer AR Spy Game 'Super Oops' to Arcade Subscription Service

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With No Time to Die, the 25th installment in the James Bond saga, arriving in April and Black Widow, the first solo film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe's own secret agent, following a month later, what better way to get in the espionage mood than some augmented reality spy gaming?

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Facebook Expects Coronavirus Will Have “additional impact” on Oculus Quest Availability

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After being backordered by weeks in many regions, Oculus Quest is now “unavailable” from Oculus in 17 out of 23 regions where the unit is sold, including the United States, Canada, and much of Europe. Facebook says the Coronavirus outbreak is to blame.

Easily Find Web-Based VR Content With SideQuest’s New Online List

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The unofficial third-party Oculus Quest content platform SideQuest launched a beta version of a web page that aims to collect and list Web-based VR experiences in a similar manner to their SideQuest library for Quest.

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Waltz Of The Wizard Experiments With Hand Tracking On Oculus Quest

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A new video appears showing the potential of hand tracking in VR. When Facebook announced that they were bringing native hand tracking to the Oculus Quest back in September during Oculus Connect 6 , attendees gleamed with excitement.

Oscars Fashion History Lives via New LA Times Mobile AR Experience

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The Oscars are just a couple of days away when Hollywood will celebrate the best crop of films from 2019 in the US and internationally.

‘Ven VR Adventure’ is an Adorable Platformer Coming to SteamVR, Rift & PSVR

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Ven VR Adventure is an upcoming title from Poland-based indie studio Monologic Games. Built from the ground-up for VR, the plucky little platformer seems to be channeling some of its contemporaries such as Lucky’s Tale (2016) , Moss (2018), and Astro Bot Rescue Mission (2018).

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Crisis VRigade Is A Hardcore Free Oculus Quest Shooter – Quick Review

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Funny things, bullets. In VR, they have a tendency to be a bit, well, weak? I’m not talking about the rattle of gunfire that erupts from the barrel when you squeeze the trigger of a rifle in, say, Boneworks , but more the visceral panic of being under fire instead.

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5 Free Oculus Quest Games You Can Play With Your Bare Hands

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Ditch your controllers and go “hands-on” with these free sideloadable games. This past December, Oculus introduced native hand-tracking functionality for the Oculus Quest, offering users the chance to navigate the Oculus Home interface with their bare hands as opposed to the Touch controllers.

Apple Adds Multiplayer AR Spy Game 'Secret Oops' to Arcade Subscription Service

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With No Time to Die, the 25th installment in the James Bond saga, arriving in April and Black Widow, the first solo film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe's own secret agent, following a month later, what better way to get in the espionage mood than some augmented reality spy gaming?

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SteamVR Gets a New Dashboard, Finally Ditching Steam Big Picture

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From very early on, the SteamVR dashboard had adapted Steam’s ‘Big Picture’ mode which was designed for use on big screen TV’s rather than in VR. As it wasn’t made with VR in mind, much of its functionality is clunky and some of it borderline broken.

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Ghost Giant Oculus Quest Release Date Confirmed For Later This Month

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Back at our Holiday VR Showcase in November 2019, we announced the excellent Ghost Giant would be release on Oculus Quest the following December. In the end the game didn’t quite make that date, but it’s not far from release now.

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You Can Now Play The Entirety of GTA 5 In VR, Cutscenes And All

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The free “R.E.A.L” PC mod adds full VR compatibility to Rockstar’s beloved franchise. Despite having originally released all the way back in 2013, Rockstar’s fifth entry in their beloved Grand Theft Auto video game series is more popular than ever.

Oculus Quest Update Adds Automatic Hand Tracking Transitioning and Oculus Link Improvements

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More than any other virtual reality (VR) headset, 2019 was Oculus Quest’s year – and it wasn’t even a full year! Facebook released two major updates for the standalone device in the latter half of the year, namely Oculus Link and hand tracking.

Masters of Pie Secures $4.7M to Further Develop AR/VR Tools for Enterprise

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Masters of Pie, an enterprise-focused AR/VR studio, announced its secured £3.6 million (~$4.7 million), something the company says will help double its development team and add support for cloud streaming and IoT data to its flagship product, Radical SDK.

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Half-Life: Opposing Force Gets VR Support On Oculus Quest With Lambda1 Mod Update

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A few months ago the Lambda1 Half-Life VR Oculus Quest mod added support for the game’s first expansion, Blue Shift. This week, developer DrBeef also added support for the next expansion, Opposing Force. An update to Lambda1 adds a raft of new features, Opposing Force support among them.

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Elon Musk Drops EDM Song, Beat Saber Creator Wants It In The Game

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Billionaire. Philanthropist. Beat Saber artist? Just a day after Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk drops a killer EDM track on Soundcloud, the creator behind Beat Saber tweets out that he wants it in the game.

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Canon Unveils AR Headset Successor MREAL MD-20

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When you think of augmented reality (AR) headsets who comes to mind first, Microsoft with HoloLens or perhaps Magic Leap? Japanese camera manufacturer Canon probably isn’t high or even on that list but the company has been in the market for a while.

LYNX Reveals Standalone MR Headset with Snapdragon XR2, Eye-tracking, & Novel Optics

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French startup LYNX today revealed the R-1, a standalone VR headset built for pass-through AR and powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon XR2 chip. The enterprise-focused headset uses a novel lens design which makes it compact.

Upcoming Asymmetric VR Game SMUSH.TV Offers Competitive Fun With Up To 5 Players

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An upcoming asymmetrical VR game, SMUSH.TV, will allow VR players to compete in a frantic and competitive environment against up to 5 non-VR players.

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The LYNX-R1 Is A Standalone Headset Capable Of Both VR And AR

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The $1,500 enterprise-focused headset is one of the first devices to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 chip. Yesterday, French startup LYNX officially unveiled the LYNX-R1, a standalone mixed reality headset capable of both VR as well as passthrough AR.