2018

Virtual Reality is reaching a mature state according to Gartner

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Some days ago, while browsing the Facebook group VIRTUAL REALITY, I found a post comparing the Gartner Hype Cycle 2017 and 2018. The results of the comparison were basically two: Augmented Reality has not moved in the graph; Virtual Reality has disappeared.

Hands-on: HaptX’s VR Glove is the Closest I’ve Come to Touching the Virtual World

Road to VR

HaptX, a company building a VR glove offering impressively detailed haptic feedback as well as force feedback, is steadily improving.

Toyota Begins Testing HoloLens for Production Process Improvements

Next Reality AR

With HoloLens and its enterprise-focused software offerings, Microsoft continues to make an impression on companies looking to adopt augmented reality, with Toyota Motor Corporation among the latest.

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Therapists Using VR To Treat Mental Health Issues

VRScout

Limbix is building up immersive content that therapists can use to tackle phobias, depression and anxiety. There are over 300 peer-reviewed studies that show VR is an effective tool for treating mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction.

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What is mediated reality and how I experimented with it on the Vive Focus

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Less is more. So, when everyone is trying to do augmented reality, I’m sitting here trying to do the opposite, that is Diminished Reality (and Mediated Reality in general). .

Varjo’s ‘Bionic Display’ Headset is a Breathtaking Preview of VR’s Future

Road to VR

More resolution in VR isn’t just ‘nice’, it’s a major contributor to immersion.

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US Army Declares Microsoft the Winner in Battle for $480M AR Headset Contract

Next Reality AR

In their first head-to-head major contract clash, Microsoft has emerged victorious over Magic Leap, as the US Army has awarded a $480 million contract to the HoloLens maker.

Verizon Uses VR To Prepare Employees For Hostage & Robbery Situations

VRScout

Verizon is the latest company to use VR to guide employees through dangerous scenarios. Imagine that you are an employee at a retail store getting ready for the start of the day.

10 Projects That Have Us Excited About the Next Generation of VR & AR

Road to VR

With leading high-end VR headsets debuting in 2016, we’ve had about two years to see what the first-generation VR experience looks like.

No Headset? A VR Space Like Star Trek’s “Holodeck” May Soon Become Reality

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Light Field Lab promises the next generation of AR/VR with their headgear-free holographic system.

Microsoft Video Shows Off BAE Systems' HoloLens-Powered Manufacturing Training Solution

Next Reality AR

While some in the augmented reality space are tweeting about future amazing immersive experiences and others are showing off cool experiments, Microsoft continues to move forward with tangible business solutions right now that show how the HoloLens can improve business.

Google’s Daydream 6DOF Controllers Now Shipping To Developers

UploadVR

The first unboxing video for Google’s 6DOF controllers hit the Web as the first wave of developer kits appear to be shipping out.

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China shows its masterplan to lead Virtual Reality in 2025

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We all know that China is a country that is betting big on Virtual Reality. The Chinese VR ecosystem is very active and it is evolving pretty fast: this summer I have been in China and I met some cool startups that are working on software (e.g.

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HTC Vive Focus launched worldwide: an enterprise standalone headset, starting from $599

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After a long wait, finally, the Vive Focus is ready to exit from its home country. You will be able to finally buy it in Europe and North America for $599, from the dedicated page on the HTC website. HTC Vive Focus Specs.

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NASA JPL may have given us a preview of next gen HoloLens

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It’s L.E.A.P. Conference time and everyone is only talking about Magic Leap in these days. But today, we may also have some cool news about next gen HoloLens: in a video, we may have spotted its future appearance.

All you need to know about the leaked Valve VR headset: is Half-Life 3/2 coming?

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The VR ecosystem is in fibrillation because of the leak of a possible upcoming next-gen Valve HMD headset. But what do we know about it? Well, in this article I’ll try to summarize all that we know and all the main speculations regarding it.

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Magic Leap’s John Gaeta talks about the future of cinema, storytelling and mixed reality

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One of the best moments ever at View Conference 2018 , has been when I was able to interview John Gaeta. If you don’t know who John Gaeta is… well, he is the inventor of the bullet-time of the movie The Matrix.

Where Thoughts Go review: an emotional journey in VR

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Where Thoughts Go is an emotional virtual reality experience developed by Lucas Rizzotto , a very smart XR developer and community member.

Magic Leap One first impressions review: it’s not a leap, but a step

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I thought it would have taken me a lot before I would be able to try the Magic Leap One , but luckily this has not been the case. Thanks to a friend and a bit of luck, I’ve been able to test it and so I will be able to give you my impressions on the device … are you interested?

A Candid Assessment of the Industry From a Leading Indie VR Developer

Road to VR

What is happening with the VR industry? Is adoption and growth still on target to support a vibrant and diverse ecosystem of independent VR developers?

VAR Live Launches Largest VR Theme Park In Malaysia

VRScout

The 14-room facility features vibrating floors, haptic peripherals, and artificial wind. Location-based VR made serious headway in Malaysia this month as immersive entertainment specialists VAR Live launched what is now the largest VR-based theme park in the entire country.

First App for Meta 2 Headset Lets You View 3D CAD Models in Augmented Reality

Next Reality AR

Augmented reality headset maker Meta Company unveiled Meta Viewer, its first software application, during its keynote at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara on Wednesday.

IMAX VR Is Dead

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A regulatory filing confirms what’s been clear for some time — the IMAX VR experiment is over.

Oculus Connect 5 mega round-up: all you need to know about Oculus Quest and the other announcements!

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As it is tradition of this little blog, I will write a full round-up of the Oculus Connect 5 , the very important Oculus event that has been held in San Jose on 26th and 27th of September (2018).

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My predictions for Oculus Connect 5

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Next week, on September 26th-27th, Oculus will perform its annual showcase event: Oculus Connect , that has now arrived at its 5th edition.

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4 hard lessons on VR startup life that I’ve learned attending events

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Hello all! As I’ve told you in my newsletter, this period I’m travelling to attend events to try to spread awareness for my consultancy company New Technology Walkers.

Vive Immersive Labs shows how VR can make office life better

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We know that virtual reality and augmented reality will help all of us in improving a lot of sectors of our lives. A new research by Vive Immersive Labs shows how it can be fundamental to make our office lives better. Let’s see how.

Oculus Quest vs Vive Focus: let the battle begin

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The Vive Focus was most probably the best VR standalone on the market when Oculus last week announced what will be the first consumer 6DOF VR standalone headset. And so here we are again: Oculus vs HTC, America vs China, Hugo Barra vs Alvin Wang Graylin. The never-ending story.

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View Conference 2018: What does holophonic, ambisonic and spatialized audio mean?

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Today at View Conference 2018 I attended a very interesting workshop by Gianni Ricciardi and Matteo Milani about immersive sound. I absolutely wanted to attend it, because I know that audio is very important for immersion in virtual reality , but I have a great lack of knowledge in that field.

The world is your dancefloor with Beat Reality

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Today is a great day for me because finally there is a second app of mine on Viveport. It is called Beat Reality and it is a super innovative musical mixed reality experience for the Vive Focus. The root of all this is still the #30DaysInVR initiative by Enea Le Fons.

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‘Modbox’ AR to Arm You With an Arsenal of Virtual Objects to Create Useful & Fun AR Apps

Road to VR

The developers behind Modbox (2016) , the VR physics sandbox for SteamVR-compatible headsets, have been experimenting with augmented reality recently, something they say is a perfect fit for the Modbox software.