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How to activate AR in your Oculus Quest Home Menu

The Ghost Howls

Today I was reading Upload VR, and I’ve found a very interesting article by David Heaney stating that now it is possible to use your real environment as your Oculus Quest Home environment.

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Media Molecule Says Dreams PSVR Support Now In QA/Bug Fixing Phase

UploadVR

Creative Director and Co-Founder of Media Molecule, Mark Healey, stated on Twitter that Dreams’s PSVR support is now in the bug fixing, localization and quality assurance phase of development, indicating that it’s quite close to release.

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Social VR App ‘VRChat’ is Seeing Record Usage Amidst the Pandemic

Road to VR

Social VR app VRChat is seeing a surge of users thanks to a well timed update and people around the world looking to connect with others while being asked to stay at home.

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FundamentalVR Is Offering A Free Ventilator Course For Health Professionals

VRScout

The medical simulation company has collaborated with Imperial College to train the skills to ventilate COVID-19 patients. There is an unprecedented demand for ventilators due to the coronavirus pandemic, yet the physical machines are really only part of the equation.

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SkyReal’s VR CAD visualization makes companies save up to 40% of product development time

The Ghost Howls

I had the pleasure of having a quick chat with Hugo Falgarone, the founder and CEO of SkyReal , a startup offering CAD models visualization in VR. SkyReal is a French company that started as a project inside Airbus, and then evolved into a separate company.

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Amazon’s Great New VR-Centric Show Is Called Upload (Really), Premieres In May

UploadVR

If you’re looking for something new to watch during social isolation I’ll readily recommend the new show Upload from The Office creator Greg Daniels. The 10 episode season arrives May 1 on Amazon, and it’s got VR right at its heart.

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In-Vehicle VR Company Holoride Adds Marvel Film Directors To Its Team

VRScout

The Russo Brothers join Holoride’s new advisory board alongside Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey.

The XR Week Peek (2020.04.20): Oculus Quest goes AR, Oculus Jedi may be like Valve Knuckles and much more!

The Ghost Howls

Heeeeelllo VR people! It’s time for another mega roundup of news! But before reporting to you what has happened this week, I’m pleased to announce that I will actually be a speaker at AWE in the end! There won’t be a physical AWE, but there will be an online one, made through online webinars.

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The Under Presents Is Live VR Theater By Way Of David Lynch, And You Need To Try It Now

UploadVR

It’s taken me too long to get here, I know. The Under Presents, Tender Claws’ latest VR extravaganza, has been available for six whole months and much like Virtual Virtual Reality before it , I’ve been sleeping on it.

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Mozilla to Launch ‘Hubs Cloud’ as a First Step Toward an Open Web-based Metaverse

Road to VR

Mozilla Hubs is the company’s impressive WebXR social app which allows users from almost any device (VR or not) to jump into a virtual room with the click of a link.

Oculus Quest Platform SideQuest Receives Complete Overhaul, Announces Developer Awards

VRScout

New additions include private listings, wishlists, and SideQuest badges. I think most of us can agree Facebook’s Oculus Quest headset would not be wear it is today without the support of SideQuest.

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Training Healthcare Workers With XR

Tech Trends VR

FundamentalVR collaborated with Imperial College to offer free virtual training in ventilating COVID-19 patients. There is an unprecedented demand for ventilators due to the coronavirus pandemic, yet the physical machines are really only part of the equation.

VR Ears Doubles Kickstarter Funding Goal In Less Than 24 Hours

UploadVR

And just like that, Rebuff Reality’s VR Ears peripheral is funded on Kickstarter. Twice over, even. Yesterday we reported on the launch of the crowdfunding campaign for this VR audio upgrade peripheral. Rebuff was looking to raise $30,000 by May 21.

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‘Dreams’ PSVR Expansion Now in Final Development Stage, Suggesting Nearby Launch

Road to VR

Dreams (2020) launched out of Early Access on PS4 earlier this year, and while PSVR users have been patiently awaiting any news of the promised VR support, Media Molecule has stayed fairly mum on the subject.

Baby Shark VR & AR Experiences Keep Families Entertained & Educated Under Lockdown

VRScout

VR sharks doo doo doo doo doo doo ! The viral children’s song “Baby Shark,” ranked on the Billboard Hot 100 list for 20 straight weeks, the first Korean non-pop song to do so.

6 investment trends that could emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic

TechCrunch VR

Rocio Wu. Contributor. Rocio Wu is a venture partner at F-Prime Capital who focuses on early-stage investments in software/applied AI, fintech and frontier tech investments. More posts by this contributor. Will China’s coronavirus-related trends shape the future for American VCs?

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You Can Now Set Up Oculus Quest’s Guardian With Controller-Free Hand Tracking

UploadVR

Facebook seems to be steadily turning the Oculus Quest standalone headset into a more advanced platform with each subsequent update to its system software.

‘Bigscreen’ Brings On-Demand Movies to Platform in New Update

Road to VR

Bigscreen , the social VR viewing platform, introduced paid movies late last year so you could buy a ticket to join people in watching a number of 2D and 3D films at set times, working more or less like a physical movie theater.

Supernatural’s One-On-One Coaching Takes VR Fitness To The Next Level

VRScout

The all-in-one immersive fitness platform is available now via the Oculus Store.

Snapchat AR Use Jumped 25% in Late March

AR Insider

Data Point of the Week is AR Insider’s dive into the latest spatial computing figures. It includes data points, along with narrative insights and takeaways. For an indexed collection of data and reports, subscribe to ARtillery Pro.

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Supernatural Takes Oculus Quest Fitness A Few Steps Further Than Beat Saber

UploadVR

After playing Supernatural this week, my legs are sore to a degree unmatched by Beat Saber, Pistol Whip, BoxVR, OhShape, or any other VR app.

Waveguide Maker DigiLens Secures Additional Investment by Samsung Ventures

Road to VR

DigiLens , the Silicon Valley-based waveguide maker, today announced that Samsung’s venture capital group Samsung Ventures is increasing its stake in the company.

Turn On, Tune In, And Breathe Out In Psychedelic Inspired VR Journey SoundSelf

VRScout

The hypnotic technodelic is now available on PC VR headsets. Since we can’t leave our homes and we’re stuck where we’re at, why not take a trip to the middle of your mind?

Supernatural VR fitness game is like Beat Saber with extra steps

Slashgear

A new at-home workout system that exists entirely within virtual reality is now available for the Oculus Quest headset. Called ‘Supernatural,’ this fitness game works alongside a companion mobile app to track workouts and keep players active.

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SoundSelf Is The Closest You’ll Get To A VR Acid Trip

UploadVR

I’m sure SoundSelf’s transfixing brand of synthy visuals is based on very, very thorough research from a lifetime of meditation and self-discovery. I am sure it is profound and learned in a way that many VR meditation apps may not be.

XRHealth Secures $7M Investment to Expand Its AR/VR Telehealth Platform

Road to VR

XRHealth , a Boston-based medical company, today announced that it’s raised $7 million in funding to expand its telehealth platform targeted at VR headset users.

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Relive The Glory Days Of 90’s Gaming With Pixel Ripped 1995, Available Now

VRScout

The sequel to 2018’s retro VR adventure offers double the action and triple the nostalgia. Growing up in the 1990’s, few things were more important to a child than their Playstation or Nintendo 64.

EON Reality Adds Former President of Viveport Rikard Steiber to Advisory Board

EON Reality

The former HTC, Google, and MTGx executive joins EON Reality to assist with investments, marketing, and sales strategy.

Oculus Quest Store 2020 Stats: 170+ Apps And Strong Cross-Buy Support

UploadVR

Almost a year after launch, the Oculus Quest’s store features 170 apps/games, 82 of which support cross-buy between Quest and the Rift platform.

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The 3 Most Common Arguments Against VR Why They’re Wrong

Road to VR

With the recent release of Half-Life: Alyx , VR has been thrust into the spotlight of the mainstream gaming audience.

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ThirdEye Is Deploying Mixed Reality Smartglasses To Help COVID-19 First Responders

VRScout

The New Jersey-based company believes its technology could help save lives during the pandemic. . The X2 MR Glasses weigh just 300 grams and claim to be the world’s smallest mixed reality glasses.