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How I got started with virtual reality (and you can, too)

The Ghost Howls

If I had to choose the most common question I’ve received in these 4 years on the blog, social media, and Quora, I would surely pick “How do I get started with virtual reality?”

CES: The Online Experience

Tech Trends VR

Trend Forecasting with CTE at a Socially Distanced CES. By Laura Kobylecky. CES is a yearly technology trade show and conference, owned and operated by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

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Finding Peace Through VR Therapy

VRScout

Visitations VR brings the world of art and science together to help lift the weight of the world off of your shoulders, even for just a moment.

VR Fencing Trainer Combines a Real Sword with Virtual Instruction

Road to VR

Easily joining my list of ‘things I didn’t foresee VR being used for’, Fencer is a virtual reality fencing trainer which uses a real fencing sword attached to an Oculus Quest controller to help would-be fencers learn the underlying strategies and movements.

AR Snapshots: Anime Makeovers, Mandalorian Helmets, Twerking Muppets, & More on Snapchat

Next Reality AR

In the three years since Snapchat launched Lens Studio, developers and artists have created more than 1.5 million AR camera effects with the desktop tool.

Case Study: Panera Drives ‘Craveability’ with AR

AR Insider

A R continues to evolve and take shape as an industry. Prominent sectors include industrial AR , social , gaming , and shopping. But existing alongside them is AR advertising. This includes paid/sponsored AR lenses that let consumers visualize products on “spaces & faces.”.

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‘Rec Room’ Now Has Over 1 Million Monthly Active VR Users

Road to VR

It was only a month ago when social VR platform Rec Room reported it crossed the two million annual VR user mark , an important milestone worth celebrating along the app’s five-year journey.

Samsung Beats Apple to the Punch with SmartTags+ & AR Finder

Next Reality AR

Over the past two product cycles, Apple has been rumored to be preparing to reveal its Apple AirTags tracking devices that can help iPhone owners find their possessions with augmented reality. Now, it's 2021, and AppleTags are nowhere to be found.

How Augmented Reality Is Helping Teens Address Anxiety

ARPost

Augmented reality is a promising way to address growing mental health problems among teenagers. It might just be what teenagers need to handle feelings of anxiety, especially during these trying times. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health.

Panasonic’s AR HUD Could Be The Future Of Automotive Safety

VRScout

Eye-tracking, AI navigation, and 3D imaging radar promise next-level road traffic safety.

Analysis: Monthly-connected VR Headsets on Steam Pass 2 Million Milestone

Road to VR

2020 was a big year for VR on Steam with the release of new headsets, Valve’s flagship VR title Half-Life: Alyx , and the Coronavirus pandemic which drove large increases in gaming.

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Oculus Quest 2 secondary accounts, app sharing have lots of caveats

Slashgear

Oculus fans’ fears finally came true when Facebook announced that the Oculus Quest 2 would require a Facebook account to even use. That hard requirement had very significant and mostly negative implications and it seems that those will continue despite the mounting criticism and backlash.

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Holo4Med Introduces PulsoCare to Prevent Hospital Overcrowding During COVID-19

ARPost

Polish XR company Holo4Med has been working overtime for almost a year to throw its technological might into helping healthcare providers manage the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most powerful weapons against the pandemic is distancing. This makes hospital overcrowding a great fear.

Education’s Next Big Leap: Immersive VR Education For Better Learning

VRScout

Immersive education presents a safer, more effective alternative to conventional learning. Training and education barriers exist at all levels of education—from primary to post-secondary students and on through these student’s careers into Enterprise and business training programs.

Panasonic Reveals Improved Specs for Its Impressively Compact VR Glasses

Road to VR

At last year’s CES, Panasonic unveiled a prototype of a pretty sleek pair of VR glasses.

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Lenovo announces lightweight ThinkReality A3 smart glasses at CES 2021

Hypergrid Business

(Image courtesy Lenovo.). Electronics giant Lenovo introduced a new set of augmented reality glasses this morning at the Consumer Electronics Show , held virtually this year.

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HTC GM Predicts ‘Rise Of All-In-Two’ VR Devices In 2021

Upload VR

2021 will see Facebook push on with its all-in-one VR headset, the Oculus Quest 2. But Vive maker HTC also predicts the rise of another category of device this year – the all-in-two.

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‘Defunctland VR’ Brings A Legendary Disney Ride Back To Life After 25 Years

VRScout

Creator Kevin Perjurer is bringing Disneyland to life in VR, one digital attraction at a time.

Oculus Quest 2 is Getting Multi-User Accounts and App Sharing Next Month

Road to VR

Facebook announced that its long-awaited support for multiple user accounts and device-specific app sharing is heading to Oculus Quest 2 starting next month.

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Samsung Confirms AMD RDNA GPU In Next Exynos Flagship

Anand Tech

Today during the Exynos 2100 launch event, Samsung's Dr. Inyup Kang, VP and GM of the System LSI division, confirmed that their partnership with AMD on integrating a next-generation RDNA based GPU will be coming to fruition with the next generation flagship Exynos design.

SteamVR Saw 1.7 Million New Users In 2020

Upload VR

Valve’s SteamVR platform saw a total of 1.7 million new users in 2020, the company today announced. SteamVR is one of two major destinations to play PC VR content, the other being Facebook’s Oculus platform.

Facebook Announces Multi-User Support And App Sharing For The Oculus Quest

VRScout

You and up to three friends can now share a single Quest headset. Oculus Quest and Quest 2 owners are finally getting several features they’ve been asking for since launch: support for multiple accounts and app sharing.

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CREAL Reveals Its First Light-field AR & VR Headset Prototypes

Road to VR

Switzerland-based CREAL, which is developing a light-field display, has revealed its first prototype AR and VR headsets. The milestone marks ongoing progress in shrinking the once-bulky tech into something which can be worn on the head.

AMD Launches Ryzen 5000 Mobile: Zen 3 and Cezanne for Notebooks

Anand Tech

It has been a year since AMD launched its previous generation Ryzen Mobile processors. At the time, the update from Zen to Zen 2, as well as moving to TSMC’s 7nm manufacturing process, gave the company the biggest boost in its notebook performance and battery life in AMD’s history.

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Panasonic’s Slim VR Glasses Add 6DOF And Diopter Adjustment

Upload VR

Panasonic teased major updates to its super slim VR glasses at CES 2021. We saw the glasses for the first time at the CES last year and noticed some issues with its optics , but it was an early prototype and its weight reduction compared to current VR designs is an incredible achievement.

Panasonic’s Ultra HD VR Eyeglasses Return To CES With New Improvements

VRScout

Panasonic’s HDR eyeglasses are as gorgeous as they are mysterious. Panasonic turned heads at last year’s CES with the reveal of its ultra high definition VR eyeglasses.

Valve: Steam Saw 1.7 Million New VR Users in 2020, 71% Increase in VR Game Revenue

Road to VR

Valve today shared a handful of new stats revealing the growth of VR on Steam over the course of 2020. In an 2020 year-in-review recap of Steam , Valve took note of SteamVR’s growth over the last year. The company said that Steam saw 1.7

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Qualcomm to Acquire NUVIA: A CPU Magnitude Shift

Anand Tech

Today Qualcomm has announced they will be acquiring NUVIA for $1.4bn – acquiring the start-up company consisting of industry veterans which originally were behind the creation of Apple’s high-performance CPU cores.

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Doom 3 Runs On Oculus Quest And Quest 2 With Doom3Quest

Upload VR

Simon Brown and his enthusiastic partners at Team Beef have done what Facebook, Oculus and Zenimax-owned Id Software could not. Doom 3 now runs on Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2. The landmark shooter made by Id — originally released in 2004 — arrives in standalone VR in 2021.

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‘System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition’ Will Feature VR Support

VRScout

Nightdive Studios teases official headset support in a short gameplay video. Survival horror fans rejoice! After lengthy radio silence from Nightdive Studios, the Washington-based developer this week provided fans with a long-awaited update on System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition.

‘Beat Saber’ & ‘Job Simulator’ Top PSVR’s Most Downloaded Games of 2020

Road to VR

PlayStation has released the top 10 list for most-downloaded PS4, PS5 and PSVR games of 2020. It should come as no surprise to anyone that two of the VR industry’s most successful games have nabbed the top two spots: Beat Saber and Job Simulator.