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A first look at the Tundra Labs HDK

The Ghost Howls

Today I host a new article of the amazing Rob Cole, passionate maker and ergonomics expert from Immersion Mechanics , already the author of amazing posts on this blog, especially about the ergonomics of the Valve Index.

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Data Dive: VR Finishes Q1 Strong

AR Insider

O ne prevailing misperception in the tech world is that VR is in the gutter. Some have even pronounced it dead. Such sentiments reflect the backlash to VR’s circa-2016 hype cycle. It didn’t fulfill world-changing proclamations trumpeted at the time… and deserves some grief.

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Case Study: The Design Behind ‘Cubism’s’ Hand-tracking

Road to VR

Hand tracking first became available on the Oculus Quest back in late 2019. Out of enthusiasm for this new input method, I published a demo of Cubism to SideQuest with experimental hand tracking support only a few days later.

Learn How A Virus Spreads With VR Algebra Game ‘Pandemic’ On Quest

VRScout

Prism’s immersive algebra learning app breaks down the mathematics of a viral outbreak.

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EXCLUSIVE: Apple AR glasses hands-on preview

The Ghost Howls

Some days ago, all the community got excited because on the invitation to WWDC 2021, Apple has drawn an Animoji with some applications reflected on her glasses. Everyone started wondering if Apple could announce its AR glasses at WWDC or not. I have some exclusive info to share with you.

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Niantic Previews the Future of AR Gaming with Codename: Urban Legends Demo

Next Reality AR

As if teasing its own smartglasses weren't enough, augmented reality gaming developer Niantic gave gamers a glimpse of how 5G speeds can revolutionize how they play mobile games in the near future.

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‘VAIL VR’ Is A Hyper-Realistic Multiplayer Shooter Centered Around Tactical Gunplay

VRScout

Work with your team to claim the last remnants of humanity in this fast-paced 5v5 shooter. In the not-so-distant future, a large portion of humanity has vacated the Earth in search of a new life aboard the Colony, an orbiting facility they believe will serve as a springboard for human civilization.

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Christopher Lafayette: Let’s build together an inclusive XR community

The Ghost Howls

I’ve had the enormous pleasure of speaking with Christopher Lafayette , one of the most esteemed members of our XR community. He’s mostly active on Linkedin and has always worked in VR considering not the technology, but the human and all the collectivity at the center of his vision.

Microsoft Wins $21 Billion Contract to Produce Military-Grade HoloLens for US Army

Next Reality AR

After years of testing and modifications, the US Army is moving forward with its customized version of HoloLens 2 from Microsoft. In separate announcements published on Wednesday, the US Army authorized moving from rapid prototyping to production and rapid field testing.

Quest 2 May Be Selling Thrice as Fast as the Best Selling VR Headset, PSVR

Road to VR

While Facebook has yet to reveal official unit sales figures for Oculus Quest 2, various data points the company has offered, along with data from developers, has allowed us to hone in on a reasonable estimate.

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I Tried FundamentalVR’s Surgical Training And Things Did Not Go Well

VRScout

FundamentalVR’s multi-person training platform could be the future of remote education for the growing medical sector. In terms of VR-based medical education, few companies are pushing the envelope quite like FundamentalVR.

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.29): Rec Room becomes a unicorn, Sandbox VR is back to business and more!

The Ghost Howls

It’s a sunny lockdown day here in Italy, the sun is shining and the trees are blossoming. I hope that your day is sunny too and you are safe and happy. I’m sending you good vibes through this post.

Google Maps Expands Live View AR Navigation Capabilities to Airports & Shopping Malls

Next Reality AR

The AR walking navigation feature in Google Maps, which is arguably one of the most useful mobile augmented reality to available to consumers, is about to get even more indispensable for travelers.

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Monthly-connected VR Headsets on Steam Top 3 Million Milestone

Road to VR

For the third month running, the number of VR headsets on Steam has reached a new record high of some 3 million, or 2.4% of Steam users. Monthly-connected VR Headsets on Steam.

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Story-Driven VR Fitness Game ‘Gym Masters’ Announces Kickstarter

VRScout

Build the raddest gym in Gym City with the help of the Gym Masters. Developer ViFit this week launched an official Kickstarter for Gym Masters , a narrative-driven VR fitness game that looks as radical as it does exhausting.

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A friendly chat on the Open AR Cloud and its advantages

The Ghost Howls

In December 2020, I had a nice chat about the Open AR Cloud with two amazing professionals that are working with it. Unluckily, that was a very complicated period for me (e.g. I was working to deliver the WTTOS concert with Jean-Michel Jarre ) and I forgot about publishing it.

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Google Adds New AR Galleries & Audio Guided Tour to Arts & Culture App

Next Reality AR

With NFTs taking the art world by storm, it's a bit refreshing to know that you can enjoy world famous masterpieces in the comfort of your own home via augmented reality without emptying your cryptocurrency wallet.

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‘Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual!’ Releasing on Quest in June, PC VR & PSVR to Follow

Road to VR

Sam & Max is getting ready to make the big leap to VR this summer in its first original game in over a decade. Developer HappyGiant and publisher Big Sugar announced the action adventure game is coming to Oculus Quest this June.

‘Pokémon Go’ Developer Niantic Is Working On Its Own Headset

VRScout

No word yet on an official price or release date. Location-based AR developer Niantic ( Pokémon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite ) is currently in development of its own proprietary headset device, one that promises to leverage the companies rapidly-expanding platform.

How Virtual Reality Aids People With Low Vision

ARPost

For millions of people around the world who have low vision, virtual reality offers a myriad of possibilities for entertainment and socialization. Putting on a VR-powered headset can improve sight and the quality of life of those with limited vision.

Devilish Lil Nas X AR Experience Debuts on Jadu App

Next Reality AR

Who had Lil Nas X, blood-drop Nikes, and satan worship on your 2021 bingo card?

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‘Pokémon GO’ Developer Niantic Teases a See-through Headset

Road to VR

Niantic, the studio behind the popular Pokémon GO , today teased some kind of see-through headset.

Microsoft Wins Contract To Supply US Army With 120,000 HoloLens Headsets

VRScout

IVAS can improve a soldier’s situational awareness and decision-making capabilities.

XR Talks: A Glimpse Into AR’s Near Future

AR Insider

T he future of any tech sector can often be seen in its innovation pipeline. And what better place to see that pipeline in action than early-stage startups? This is why “demo days” for accelerator cohorts/classes are always illuminating. It’s a glimpse into the near future.

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1-In-4 VR Headsets Used On Steam Are Oculus Quest 2

Upload VR

One in every four VR headsets used on Steam is an Oculus Quest 2, according to the platform’s latest Hardware Survey results. The numbers for March are in, with Facebook’s standalone headset jumping to 24.25% of overall VR headset usage on Steam.

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Facebook’s Bosworth: Quest 2 Has Outsold All Oculus Headsets Combined

Road to VR

During an interview with Bloomberg this week, Facebook Reality Labs VP, Andrew Bosworth, said that Quest 2 has outsold all Oculus headsets combined, a significant milestone for a headset which has only been available for five and a half months. Andrew Bosworth | Image courtesy Facebook.

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‘Pavlov VR’ One Of The First Games Confirmed For PlayStation VR 2

VRScout

The popular team-based military shooter will be available for $24.99. Davevillz of Vankrupt Games confirmed via Twitter yesterday that Pavlov VR will be heading to the PlayStation VR 2, making it one of the first games confirmed for the next-gen console VR headset.

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Can AR Unlock the Context of Content?

AR Insider

Content is King: Here Are the Keys to the Kingdom. by Lucas Nygaard. I f you’re reading this, it’s probably because you’re human.

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Ubisoft Adds VR Support To Its In-House Snowdrop Engine

Upload VR

Assassin’s Creed publisher Ubisoft, which is working on several upcoming VR games, recently revealed that it has added VR support to its in-house development engine, Snowdrop.

This ‘Fallout 4 VR’ Modpack Brings VR-native Overhaul to the Wasteland

Road to VR

There are a ton of Fallout 4 VR mods out there since it launched on the first generation of consumer VR headsets back in 2017, most of which you can find on NexusMods.

‘Population: One’ Adds Private Rooms For A Limited Time

VRScout

You and up to 17 of your closest friends can play together in both War and Squad mode.

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