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This Social AR App Turns You Into A Walking Social Media Profile

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Create an AR belt of your favorite music and videos in this “people-powered” social platform.

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With Good Foundations, Augmented Reality Offers A Great Way To Engage With IoT Data

Forrester VR

Augmented reality (AR) and the internet of things (IoT). In principle these two hot technologies are a great match, with data streaming from IoT-connected machines to be used by AR-wielding engineers on the factory floor.

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Mojo Vision Is Putting An Augmented Reality Screen On A Contact Lens

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Mojo Vision is revealing a smart contact lens with a tiny built-in display that lets you view augmented reality images on a screen sitting right in front of your eyeballs. It’s an achievement that just makes me say, “Wow. This is the future!”.

My predictions for virtual reality in 2020

The Ghost Howls

Every year, I cast some predictions for the new year in AR and VR. This year, I’m not going to make an exception, also because my predictions for 2019 performed pretty well. So, here you are how I envision this 2020 in virtual reality! (I’ll

‘The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners’ Review – Satisfyingly Drenched in Existential Angst

Road to VR

To put it bluntly, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is genuinely terrifying.

Mobile AR App Octi Evolves into Social Network via Facial Recognition Tech

Next Reality AR

In a world full of augmented reality camera effects apps, one app is going in a more social direction. On Tuesday, a rebooted version of Octi (which first debuted in 2018) dropped on the Apple App Store.

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Has the Valve Index (and its controllers) reliability issues?

The Ghost Howls

The Valve Index is one of the VR headsets of the moment. Thanks to its supreme design (that fostered very positive reviews) and the hype created by Half-Life: Alyx , it is gone sold-out in all the 31 countries it is sold in. When I reviewed it , I praised it as probably the best headset I have tried.

‘The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners’ Coming to Quest & PSVR This Year

Road to VR

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners (2020) launched on PC VR headsets yesterday, and basically established itself as one of the most gritty and violent entries into the VR horror-survival genre.

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This Oculus Quest Mixed Reality Apartment Is Straight Out Of Minority Report

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Oculus Quest hand-tracking turns one apartment into an XR playground. Remember that scene in Minority Report where Tom Cruise’s character cycles through a bunch of important police data by swiping his hands across a massive holographic display?

Lenovo Announces Oculus Go Competitor For Classrooms

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Consumer electronics giant Lenovo announced a 3DoF standalone VR headset for the education market. UPDATE: This article previously focused on an FCC filing pointing to a low cost VR headset from Lenovo and then GamingScienceTeacher pointed out the recent announcement.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.01.20): Oculus Go price cut down to $150, Mojo Vision teases AR contact lenses and much more!

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Are you ready to read some interesting AR and VR news from the week that has just finished? Top news of the week. Image by Engadget). Oculus Go price cut down to $150.

Lenovo Unveils New Standalone VR Headset for Education

Road to VR

Undeterred by the death of Google Daydeam and the subsequent discontinuation of its consumer-focused standalone headset, Mirage Solo, Lenovo announced its building a new 3DOF standalone for educational purposes.

Spice Up Your Oculus Quest With Simpsons, Minecraft, And Star Wars Environments

VRScout

Here’s how to add custom environments to your Oculus Home. Call me simple, but one of my favorite aspects of both the SteamVR and Oculus platforms is the ability to upload custom home environments.

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Audica Launches On Oculus Quest January 28 With Rift Cross-Buy

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Initially announced last year at Oculus Connect 6, Audica is finally launching on the Oculus Quest on January 28. The Quest version of the music shooter was initially scheduled for a release last year, but will now launch next week after a small delay.

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Antilatency’s SDK v.1.0 Adds Full-Body Tracking for Oculus Quest

Peter Graham

Last year positional tracking company Antilatency launched its hardware and software system based around its tracking module ALT, designed for location-based entertainment (LBE) venues. Antilatency recently updated its software development kit (SDK) to version 1.0.0,

Rhythm Shooter ‘Audica’ to Launch on Quest Next Week with Rift Cross-buy

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Audica (2019) , the VR ‘rhythm shooter’ from Guitar Hero studio Harmonix, is officially set to arrive on Oculus Quest on January 28th. This, the studio said in a recent tweet , also includes cross-buy with the Rift version available through the Oculus Store.

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Sundance: Breathe Is A Multi-Person Mixed Reality Experience Powered By Breathing

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Breathe offers a fresh take on climate change awareness with a breathing-focused coop experience. Environmentally-conscious XR is all the rage at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier showcase.

Antilatency Announces Oculus Quest Support, SDK, Custom 6DoF Controller

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VR tracking company Antilatency has announced a slew of new hardware and updates to their tracking systems, including support for the Oculus Quest and a new software development kit (SDK) for easy implementation.

LBE Specialist PlatformaVR Rebrands to Joy Way, Moves Into Home Content Development

Peter Graham

When it comes to virtual reality (VR) developers the general trend usually starts with making one or two titles for home headsets like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, hopefully making some money in the process.

Valve Confirms ‘Left 4 Dead’ VR Game Not in Active Development

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If you were buzzing about the proposition of getting a Left 4 Dead game any time soon, be it VR or otherwise, Valve says it’s definitely not working on any Left 4 Dead -related IP, and it hasn’t for years.

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Lenovo Reveals New Standalone VR Headset Designed Specifically For Classrooms

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The Lenovo VR Classroom 2 features tools designed to guide entire classrooms through educational VR experiences.

The Pioneering Studio Behind Lucky’s Tale ‘Significantly’ Reduces Staff

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The founders of the game development studio behind one of VR’s pioneering platforming titles Lucky’s Tale announced a significant reduction in staff size this week. Lucky’s Tale was one of the first projects publicly demonstrated on early Oculus VR headsets.

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The NRF Innovation Lab — Technology Vendors Aim To Revolutionize The Way Consumers Shop

Forrester VR

Last week at the NRF 2020 Vision show, I spent a few hours at the immersive Innovation Lab exhibit that showcased over 50 “new-to-market” technologies to transform the customer’s shopping experience.

‘Minecraft’ Creator Praises ‘Boneworks’, Considers Starting a VR Game Studio

Road to VR

Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” has apparently been spending time with Valve’s new Index headset and the recently released Boneworks. Now he’s flirting with the idea of starting up a new VR game studio to revisit some game development ideas.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Says AR Technology Is “The Next Big Thing”

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The business executive shared his excitement for AR while accepting an award in Dublin this week.

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This Oculus Quest Controller Charging Station Replaces Your Faceplates

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Tired of endlessly switching out batteries in VR? This Oculus Quest controller charging station might have a fix for you. ONG Innovations revealed this new product over the weekend.

Carly and the Reaperman to get a Physical PlayStation VR Launch in March

Peter Graham

There are some great local social videogames for virtual reality (VR) headsets such as Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Acron: Attack of the Squirrels and The Angry Birds Movie 2: VR Under Pressure.

Valve “Confident” That ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Will Ship on Time

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With a handful of high profile games being delayed in the last few weeks (like Cyberpunk 2077 , Doom Eternal , The Last of Us Part II , and more) there’s been lingering worry that Valve—perhaps the game studio most infamous for delays—would wind up delaying Half-Life: Alyx.

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Might Be The Darkest VR Game Yet

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The post-apocalyptic VR RPG is now available on SteamVR, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Quest via Oculus Link. . Skydance Interactive’s highly-anticipated Walking Dead VR RPG The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is finally available on PC VR headsets and boy howdy is there a lot of blood. .

How To Play The Original Half-Life In VR With 6DoF On Oculus Quest

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Ahead of the release of Valve’s upcoming flagship VR title, Half-Life: Alyx, you might be looking to play through some of the earlier entries in the Half-Life series.

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CES 2020 Interview: Collaborating in a Mixed Reality World With Spatial

Peter Graham

The was a lot going at CES 2020 this month when it came to virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) technologies, with Spatial ‘s collaboration tool of particular note.