2020

Is Oculus Quest killing PC VR?

The Ghost Howls

As I promised you in my latest Week Peek , I’m writing an editorial to share with you my thoughts about what has just happened with Onward, and why this may be a negative turning point for PC VR , that in the end may even disappear from the consumer market.

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CrowsNest’s Anna is the future of hospitality

The Ghost Howls

Some days ago I had a chat with my friend Eloi Gerard , the CEO of CrowsNest XR , about Anna, the virtual concierge assistant he is launching. I found it a very interesting project, so let me tell to you about it!

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Stanford Research Shows VR Users Can Be Identified Using Only 5 Minutes of Motion Data

Road to VR

Privacy in VR is an ever growing issue, especially now that all new Oculus accounts must login to Facebook with their real identity, which includes anyone who wants to use a Quest 2.

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Oppo Unveils Smartphone-tethered AR Glasses, Push for Content Coming in 2021

Road to VR

Oppo, the China-based smartphone manufacturer, held its second annual Inno Day in Shenzhen, China today, showing off a new version of its concept AR glasses.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

VR Burning Man Event Will Feature Live Music, Art, And Workshops

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Black Rock City meets the multiverse in this one-of-a-kind virtual celebration. This past April, festival organizers made the painful decision to cancel Burning Man 2020 citing ongoing concerns over COVID-19.

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Zylia’s 3D Audio Technology Could Be The Start Of Virtual Concert Halls

VRScout

A collaboration with the Pozna? Philharmonic Orchestra signals a new era in live-recorded audio for virtual reality creators.

A new enterprise headset is awaiting us in 2021…

The Ghost Howls

As you for sure know, this Saturday I have been one of the hosts of the Virtual Reality Day organized by Bob Fine. I have invited and moderated some amazing speakers : Gianluigi Perrone , Ivan Varko, Gijs Den Butter , Louis Cacciuttolo, Rob Cole, and Alvin Wang Graylin.

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Five Ways VR Is Being Used In Modern Healthcare

VRScout

How VR technology is revolutionizing the heatlhcare sector. When you hear the term “VR,” you might think of entertainment, social media, or the exploration of virtual worlds; perhaps the last thing you’d ever think of is the healthcare industry.

Google & Red Bull TV Premier 'The Last Ascent' with Synced AR Experience That Puts Nature in Your Home

Next Reality AR

In recent weeks, Google managed to capitalize on the hype surrounding the Star Wars streaming series The Mandalorian with an AR app that was not only exclusive to Android but also available only for 5G-equipped devices.

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How to Train Employees 65% Faster With Virtual Reality

With a rapidly changing economy, Avangrid Renewables looked to virtual reality to develop a standardized form of immersive training in order to onboard and upskill technicians faster than ever before.

Facebook Research: 3D Body Reconstruction From Just One Camera

UploadVR

For the annual computer vision conference CVPR, Facebook is showing off an algorithm which can generate a fairly detailed 3D model of a clothed person from just one camera. Facebook is the company behind the Oculus brand of virtual reality products.

Study Shows VR Technology Can Have A Positive Psychological Impact During Lockdown

VRScout

How immersive technology is keeping users sane during the coronavirus pandemic. There’s no question about it. The current COVID-19 pandemic has us going through a roller coaster of feelings right now.

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A Mystery HTC VR Headset Appears In FCC Filings

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The above image deptics the Vive Proton prototype VR headset. Before any consumer electronic product with electromagnetic emissions (radiofrequency) can be sold to the public, they must meet specific requirements to be considered safe by the FCC through an FCC Test Report.

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Feel VR From Your Head To Your Toes Using These Haptic Sneakers

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DropLabs’ audio-enabled footwear features support for all Bluetooth 4.2 compatible devices. This month marked the launch of DropLabs’ EP 01 Triple Black , an updated version of the companies previously-released EP 01 haptic sneaker.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Exclusive: Tundra Tracker Aims for Smaller, Cheaper Alternative to Vive Tracker for SteamVR Tracking

Road to VR

Tundra Labs , which makes chips and development kits for devices which use SteamVR Tracking, is building its own tracking accessory for the tracking ecosystem. The company is positioning its Tundra Tracker as a smaller, cheaper, and better alternative to HTC’s Vive Tracker.

US Fire Administration Advocates The Use Of VR For Firefighter Training

VRScout

An average of 11 firefighters have died every year since 2008 during training sessions; VR could help reduce those numbers.

Developer Creates VR Time Machine To Relive His Past Year

VRScout

Creator Luicas Rizotto wore Snapchat Spectacles every day for a year to capture 2019 in VR. Earlier this week, Lucas Rizzotto , the creator behind the VR experience Where Thoughts Go , announced to the world via Twitter that he had finally cracked the code of time-travel.

Kai XR: Bringing VR To The Classroom, One Headset At A Time

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Kai XR offers students a unique look into their futures. Kai Frazier is a woman on a mission who wants to know why we aren’t building technology for children. The dedicated Techstars entrepreneur has always shown a passion for the difficult, yet rewarding work of teaching students.

Standalone 5G headsets are coming in 2021

The Ghost Howls

In the XR communities, the hype for the Qualcomm XR2 reference design is high, because it will bring many innovations to standalone XR headsets : better graphics, eye tracking, passthrough vision, AI, and much more.

Virtuix Reveals Omni One At-Home VR Treadmill

VRScout

Virtuix looks to become the “Peloton for gamers” with its latest omni-directional device.

HBO Rolls Out 'His Dark Materials' AR Experience To Bring Characters to the Real World

Next Reality AR

In this year of everything going virtual and remote, it makes even more sense now that Hollywood is leaning heavily on augmented reality. In this case, it's HBO using AR to promote its highly-acclaimed original programming.

Star Wars: Squadrons VR Support Confirmed

UploadVR

Star Wars: Squadrons VR support has been confirmed by publisher EA. First teased last week after a leak, Star Wars: Squadrons is a new space dogfighting game set in the beloved franchise. It’s developed by EA Motive and is on the way to consoles and PCs later this year.

Apple Files Patent For Mixed Reality Headset That Projects Images On Your Eyeballs

VRScout

Apple looks to eliminate screens entirely according to a patent published by the USPTO. This week the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent filed by Apple Inc.

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Japanese Convenience Stores To Begin Employing VR-Controlled Robots

VRScout

Japanese store chain Family mart hopes to have robotic employees working in 20 branches by 2022. Imagine walking into your local convenience store only to find the usual checkout person had been replaced by a remote-controlled robot operated in VR by a human being located hundreds of miles away.

Award-Winning Fashion Photographer Starts Virtual Modeling Agency

VRScout

With the modeling industry on hold, virtual models are stepping up to fill the runways. Shavonne Wong is an award-winning fashion photographer with 10 years of experience.

Wacom Unveils VR Pen Built for “the next creative future”

Road to VR

Wacom , a leader in stylus pens and tablets for creative professionals, unveiled a new device late last month which was built specifically for creators looking to leverage the power of VR. Called Wacom VR Pen, the device is a pressure sensitive stylus controller.

Katy Perry?s Mixed Reality Performance On American Idol Was A Virtual Showstopper

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American Idol ends its latest season with a virtual bang. This Sunday marked the conclusion of season 18 of American Idol. The long-running singing competition switched to a virtual format this past April as a direct result of the ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns.

Facebook Just Bought An AR Startup That’s Building A 3D Map Of The Entire World

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Facebook purchases AR startup Scape Technologies for a reported $40M. The future of Facebook appears to be centered around VR and AR. During Oculus Connect 6 , the company announced Facebook Horizon , a social VR world where you can literally step into a virtual version of your Facebook page.

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VR Technology Reunites Grieving Mother With Her Deceased Child

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South Korean documentary ‘I Met You’ shows how VR technology is bringing the dead back to life. We’ve seen VR technology used in a variety of incredible ways, but nothing quite as extraordinary as bringing the dead back to life.