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

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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.

Augmented Reality Top 8 of 2018

VRScout

As a new communications medium, Augmented Reality (AR) is changing the way we consume and share knowledge and how we express ourselves creatively. This year AR included a range of experiences from contemporary art to currency to close-captioning.

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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.

You Should Definitely Buy A PSVR This Black Friday

UploadVR

You might have noticed that we’re quite fond of VR here at Upload. In fact, we’re absolutely enthralled about it; we love to play in it, talk about it and write about it. But, when it comes to actually recommending you buy a VR headset?

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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.

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.

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

The Ghost Howls

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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 Images Captured by Microsoft's Project Kinect for Azure Surface Online

Next Reality AR

Images captured by Microsoft's next generation Kinect depth-sensing camera that will facilitate augmented reality experiences in the next version of the HoloLens and give computer vision to untold multitudes of connected devices in enterprise facilities, have made their way into the wild.

NY Times Brings Readers Closer to Bowie's Freaky Costumes in Augmented Reality

Next Reality AR

Continuing with its new paradigm of using augmented reality to cover the news, The New York Times has published a feature story that takes a peek into the late David Bowie's eclectic wardrobe of on-stage outfits.

European Inventor Award Profiles Microsoft's Alex Kipman as Finalist for HoloLens

Next Reality AR

Usually when the public gets to see and hear Microsoft's Alex Kipman expound on the future of immersive computing, it's because the company has a new product to show off. But on Tuesday, Kipman was in the spotlight for an entirely different reason: an award nomination.

New Magic Leap Images Appear as Saudi Prince Gets Demo from CEO Rony Abovitz

Next Reality AR

It turns out that the government of Saudi Arabia has managed to do something last month's Game Developers Conference couldn't — give us a few new glimpses of the Magic Leap One being worn by someone other than Shaq.

Audi Has Deployed 1,000 VR Showrooms in Dealerships Worldwide

Road to VR

German car maker Audi was quick to see the potential of VR and has been experimenting since the early days of VR’s resurgence to see how the tech could be used to enhance the car buying experience.

Master of Shapes Combines VR Racing With Real Go Karts

VRScout

Virtual environments. Real-world racing. Last month we had the opportunity to check out Master of Shapes’ VR go-kart experience, a bold new location-based venture that blends virtual reality racetracks with real-world racing.

Google Expands ARCore to More Android Devices, Adds iOS Support

Next Reality AR

The roster of handsets supporting Google's augmented reality toolkit now includes 46 Android models as well as support for ARKit-compatible iPhones and iPads. The latest devices to support ARCore include the Nokia 6.1 Plus and 7 Plus, Moto G6 and Z3 Play, One Plus 5T and 6, and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S.

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Magic Leap’s Mica AI Is Like A 21st Century Rorschach Test

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Magic Leap introduced a concept called Mica and called it “her” during a section of its 3-hour keynote this week about how an artificial intelligence could operate as an assistant to humans. I feel like I met in person what Magic Leap showed in its video.

Star Wars Holochess Comes to ARKit-Friendly iPhones & iPads

Next Reality AR

Part of the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges experience that was once exclusive to users of Lenovo's Mirage AR headset is now available to anyone with an ARKit-compatible iOS device.

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Snapchat Virtually Restores London's Big Ben with Holiday-Themed, Location-Based AR Lens

Next Reality AR

The city of London is getting a holiday gift this season, but it's not the kind you unwrap, since it's completely delivered in augmented reality.

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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