Sat.Mar 16, 2019 - Fri.Mar 22, 2019

OpenXR Standard Ratified, Microsoft, Oculus, & Others to Release First Implementations

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OpenXR is a royalty-free standard for cross-platform VR and AR development. It’s backed by many of the biggest names in the VR and AR industries and has been in development by the consortium for two years now, organized by Khronos Group.

Nintendo Switch Labo VR Features Over 64 Games, First Trailer Revealed

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Missed the news? Nintendo’s getting into VR. At least, it sort of is. Later this year the beloved gaming company will launch a Nintendo Switch Labo VR Kit. It’s a set of cardboard peripherals that you make yourself. One forms a Google Cardboard-style headset to plug the Switch into.

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#SXSW2019 – What does Augmented Reality Sound Like?

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Tech Trends checks out the AR Bose Frames as we wrap up our coverage of the South by Southwest 2019 festival in Austin. . By Laura Kobylecky. In addition to the regular programming of sessions, SXSW also attracts brands looking to launch exclusive products.

Miller Lite & Trigger Global Turn St. Patrick's Day into an Augmented Reality Celebration

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Every year, fans of Irish culture, as well as those looking to celebrate their own culture, come together on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.

Valve Psychologist: Brain-computer Interfaces Are Coming & Could Be Built into VR Headsets

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Valve’s resident experimental psychologist Dr. Mike Ambinder took the stage at GDC 2019 today for his talk on the state of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and how they’ll inform the future of game design.

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Oculus ‘Rift S’ Will Be Present At GDC 2019

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Reports indicate Oculus’ next headset will make its debut later this month. In October of last year, a report by Techcrunch claimed that Facebook’s Oculus would be abandoning its plans of a proper Oculus Rift 2 in favor of minor hardware updates to the existing Rift headset.

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7-Eleven Delivers an Assist to BodyArmor Drink with Augmented Reality Promotion for NCAA Basketball Tournament

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Now that the NCAA Basketball Tournament is underway, 7-Eleven has decided to launch an augmented reality experience to remind basketball fans where they can quench their thirst throughout March Madness.

HTC Planning Lip-tracking Module Dev Kit for Vive Pro

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Today at GDC, HTC announced plans to make available a lip-tracking module for the Vive Pro. The company says it doesn’t currently have plans to consumerize the device, but instead wants to make it available for research and experimentation.

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HP Reverb Is The Best Windows Mixed Reality Headset Yet

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HP unveils their ultra comfortable VR headset at HP Reinvent global partner conference. The Windows Mixed Reality platform has seen its fair share of ups and downs since the introduction of Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and HP third-party headsets back in October of 2017.

Charlie Fink on his new book Convergence and the future of XR

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When I think about great XR journalists, one of the first names that come to my mind is always Charlie Fink.

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Snapchat Gives Movie Fans Augmented Reality Superpowers with Voice-Activated 'Shazam!' Lens

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When the titular hero of your superhero movie activates his powers with a catchphrase, it would be pretty neat if your augmented reality promotion for that film could react to the user's voice. Luckily for Warner Bros.,

Every Oculus Quest Launch Title Confirmed So Far

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Unfortunately we didn’t learn more about Oculus Quest’s launch date at GDC 2019 this week, although Oculus did reveal a few more titles coming to the standalone 6DOF headset at launch this Spring.

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GDC 2019: HTC Announces Lip-Tracking Dev Kit For Vive Pro

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Say cheese, facial-tracking is heading to Vive Pro & Vive Pro Eye. This week HTC Vive America’s Vice President of Product and Operations–Vinay Narayan–revealed plans for a developer kit that adds lip-tracking capabilities to the HTC Vive Pro & Vive Pro Eye.

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Oculus reveals the Rift S: all you need to know

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Today at GDC, after a lot of rumors, Oculus has finally unveiled the successor of the Oculus Rift CV1: the Rift S.

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ODG Filing Points to Magic Leap Acquisition of Auctioned Patent Assets

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In case you thought the long and unfortunate story of ODG was over, hold on, there's one last chapter to tell. As we reported in January, ODG's remaining patent assets were put up for auction, but the buyer was never revealed.

HP ‘Reverb’ is the New High-res Headset on the Block, Starting at $600

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HP today announced Reverb (formerly codenamed ‘Copper’), the successor to the company’s first Windows VR headset. Reverb’s high res displays raise the bar on pixel density among consumer VR headsets.

Emerging Tech in Emerging Markets

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As India’s first-ever Immersive Technology festival wraps up, it highlights how the market for making and consuming technologies such as Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality goes well beyond Silicon Valley.

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Japan Using Exercise Bikes & VR Porn To Generate Electricity

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Porn-watching citizens are powering Tokyo’s Shibuya district. As we continue to learn more about the the science behind climate change and its catastrophic potential, it’s more important than ever that we continue to pursue cleaner forms of renewable energy.

Magic Leap & Weta Workshop Preview Multiplayer Mode for Dr. Grordbort's Invaders at GDC

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Visitors to the Unity booth at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco will get a special augmented reality treat courtesy of Magic Leap and Weta Workshop.

Report: New Oculus ‘Rift S’ Headset to be Revealed at GDC Next Week

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According to a report by UploadVR , citing emails sent from Facebook to Oculus developers, the rumored Rift S headsets will be revealed next week at GDC. Rift S was first brought to light in a TechCrunch report last year about the leadership shakeup at Oculus and purported shifting product plans.

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Getting Hands-On with the New HoloLens

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Microsoft’s new piece of kit doesn’t disappoint, but the real excitement of its MWC announcement goes well beyond the hardware.

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Denmark Is Turning To VR To Combat Teen Drinking Problem

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The country uses VR to educate teenage drinkers on the dangerous effects of alcohol. Alcohol abuse amongst teens is a common issue across the globe, but in Denmark, it is a huge dilemma.

Angry Birds Returns to Its Mobile Roots with 'Isle of Pigs' Augmented Reality Game

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After launching its first augmented reality title for Angry Birds on the Magic Leap One, Rovio has doubled back to the platform that made its franchise famous.

Pimax to Launch Ruggedized “8K” VR Headsets for Business This Year

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Today Pimax announced it’s introducing a new business-focused ruggedized line of its “8K” series virtual reality headsets, set to release sometime this year.

HTC Brings Gloveless Finger Tracking To Vive and Vive Pro, Gestures To Vive Focus

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HTC released an SDK which allows developers to add finger tracking to their Vive or Vive Pro apps. For the Vive Focus standalone headset the SDK instead provides hand position and gesture recognition. The feature was first announced back in October.

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GDC 2019: Oculus Rift S Officially Confirmed, Arrives Spring 2019

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Oculus’ latest PC VR headset features a higher resolution and five camera inside-out tracking. After months of speculation, Oculus has officially unveiled the latest addition to their hardware lineup, Oculus Rift S.

WarDucks Lands $3.8 Million Funding for Location-Based Augmented Reality Gaming, Adds Legendary Doom Developer

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With plans to compete with Niantic and other augmented reality game developers, game developer WarDucks has closed a $3.8 million funding round. According to Venture Beat, EQT Ventures led the round, with Suir Valley Ventures and other investors also participating.

Nintendo’s Switch VR Labo Kit Includes a Genius Makeshift 6DOF Controller

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Nintendo’s upcoming Labo VR Kit for Switch includes a trove of creative VR content along with six ‘build it yourself’ cardboard accessories which are paired with VR experiences that work together with them.

Beat Saber Confirmed As Oculus Quest Launch Title

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Facebook’s $400 Oculus Quest standalone VR headset is launching with Beat Saber in its lineup. For Facebook, Beat Saber was a must-get its Oculus Quest launch lineup. The game is a system seller for some buyers.

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Sony Files Patent For Wireless PSVR Device

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Sony looks to cut the cord on console VR. . According to a new patent filed by Sony, the company is looking into wireless functionality for the next iteration of their PSVR headset.

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Exclusive: ODG Filing Points to Magic Leap Acquisition of Auctioned Patent Assets

Next Reality AR

In case you thought the long and unfortunate story of ODG was over, hold on, there's one last chapter to tell. As we reported in January, ODG's remaining patent assets were put up for auction, but the buyer was never revealed.