2018

Virtual Reality is reaching a mature state according to Gartner

The Ghost Howls

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

The Ghost Howls

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

VRScout

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.

Get Samsung Odyssey+ For Just $299 Starting Today – 40% Off Black Friday Sale

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Samsung is offering an incredible early Black Friday deal starting today — its Odyssey+ high end PC VR headset for just $299. This saves $200 (40%) from the regular $499 price. The deal applies only to customers in the United States.

The Future of Location-Based Virtual Reality

Tech Trends VR

With home-based systems getting better and cheaper every day, can VR Arcades keep the punters interested and turn a profit? We talk to some key players about what it takes to be successful in that space.

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.

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

The Ghost Howls

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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Magic Leap Finally Delivered a Live, Public Demonstration of the Magic Leap One, Here's What Happened

Next Reality AR

On Wednesday, the people at Magic Leap finally (FINALLY) decided to give the public a dedicated, slow, feature by feature walk through of the Magic Leap One: Creator Edition. How was it? About as good as it gets without actually getting to see what images look like through the device when wearing it.

China shows its masterplan to lead Virtual Reality in 2025

The Ghost Howls

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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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.

Microsoft Japan Concept Video Demos How HoloLens Will Help Pilot the Drone Ships of the Future

Next Reality AR

Although the HoloLens is still primarily the domain of developers and researchers, the device is nevertheless on the cutting edge of showing us what will be possible with augmented reality in the coming years.

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Oculus Quest Hits FCC on Its Way to Spring 2019 Launch

Road to VR

As we head into 2019, there’s a growing sense of bated breath within the VR industry as the Oculus Quest launch draws near. Today the headset popped up in FCC listings, seemingly indicating that things are on track for the Spring 2019 release.

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Disney Researchers Introduce ‘MotionStick’ AR Puppeteering

VRScout

Disney Researchers build off an idea from 2011 to develop a new way to puppeteer digital characters in augmented reality.

Microsoft Shows Off Rare Images of Early HoloLens Prototypes

Next Reality AR

All those early prototype images Magic Leap is so fond of showing off are great, but they rank a far second when compared to a new set of images just revealed by Microsoft in relation to the HoloLens.

Red Dead Redemption 2 On PSVR With Cinematic Mode Is A Wild Ride

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Earlier this year I wrote about breathtaking it was to don a PSVR headset and stare down massive colossi in Shadow of the Colossus when its remaster released on PS4 in February.

Expert View: 3 ways VR is transforming Learning & Development

Tech Trends VR

. Immersive tech and training go back 50 years, but how has that relationship changed? Are we in for disruption or just another buzz-term? By Daniel Fraga and Christophe Mallet – Somewhere Else. As VR is evolving, we’re not only learning skills safely through simulations anymore.

Dev Report: Microsoft's First HoloLens Update in Over a Year Now Available in Preview, Hints at Big Plans for 2018

Next Reality AR

After more than a year and a half of silence, the rumors have morphed into reality: Microsoft has finally released an update for the HoloLens. And with that update comes a collection of new features that hint at big plans for the HoloLens this year.

Magic Leap One Makes a Surprise Appearance During World Cup TV Show

Next Reality AR

Magic Leap shows up in the weirdest places. Last week, right at the start of World Cup fever, for some reason, the Magic Leap One appeared on a Brazilian television show.

Meet the 8-Year-Old ARKit Developer Who Just Uploaded Her First Augmented Reality App to Apple's App Store

Next Reality AR

While you were busy browsing Instagram, composing tweets, or chasing Snapchat updates, an eight-year-old ARKit developer was hard at work on her first step toward taking over the tech world via augmented reality.

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.

How 'Ready Player One' Used Microsoft's HoloLens to Help Build Its VR Cinematic Universe

Next Reality AR

A funny thing happened on the way to the release of the virtual reality epic Ready Player One — augmented reality grabbed a major piece of the spotlight. Specifically, Microsoft's HoloLens.

Artsy Claims Crown as First App to Take Advantage of ARKit's New Wall-Crawling Abilities

Next Reality AR

Less than a week after ARKit 1.5 became available to the public through the iOS 11.3 update, the App Store has its first app with AR features (Artsy) to leverage Apple's AR toolkit update.

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