2019

How AI and Haptics Could Revolutionize VR Gaming

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Emerging technologies could add a whole new level of immersion to VR. If you’re reading this right now, chances are, you’re not really familiar with the topic of neuroevolution. Or deep learning. Or natural language processing. Frankly, this is normal– these are all smaller subsets of artificial intelligence (AI), and it’s still a new, competitive, and developing field.

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Augmented reality is reaching a mature state according to Gartner

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According to the very famous market analysis company Gartner, Augmented Reality is no more an “emerging” technology, but it has graduated as a mature one. This news comes one year later than a similar one regarding Virtual Reality : in a popular post of mine of 2018, I highlighted how in that year VR had disappeared from the Gartner Hype Cycle (the curve showing the current maturity status of all emerging technologies).

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Snapchat Is Helping the Music Industry Reinvent Music Videos via Lens Studio

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There have been enough music artists releasing Snapchat AR experiences over the past week to fill a small festival. Count them with me: Bruno Mars. Gucci Mane. Kodak Black. Missy Elliot. Imagine Dragons. Panic! At the Disco. The barrage of AR camera effects come courtesy of Lens Studio, which is also making the extra effort to draw attention to these Lenses via its Twitter account.

Scientists Develop Artificial Skin That Allows You To Feel In VR

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The self-sensing material forms to a user’s body, providing next-level haptic feedback. According to an article published last week to the journal of Soft Robotics , scientists based out of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland, have developed a skin-like material that, when worn over a users’ body, simulates a far more realistic sense of touch than that of current haptic feedback technologies.

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Hands-On With Kura’s Breakthrough Wide Field Of View AR Technology

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San Francisco-based startup Kura Technologies ( official website ) claims it will launch compact AR glasses with a wide field of view, high resolution, high opacity, high brightness, and variable focus in mid-2020. We got the chance to try a series of four different prototypes from Kura that each demonstrated portions of these promises. We came away very impressed. The nature of the demos we tried makes it hard to say what the actual finished device will be like, but we’re optimistic.

Colorado State University Has Deployed a 100 Headset VR Lab for Biomedical Education

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Colorado State University has deployed a new VR lab; designed to accommodate up to 100 students simultaneously, the lab’s headsets run custom software which allow students to visualize life-sized virtual cadavers and medical imagery in a shared virtual space. The so-called Immersive Reality Training Lab lab is part of a new CSU facility called the Health Education Outreach Center, says Jordan Nelson, a member the school’s Dept.

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World Bank Turns To VR Filmmaking To Fight Global Poverty

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Sparking action against global poverty using the power of VR filmmaking. The numbers are horrific. 3 billion people around the globe are living on less than $2.50 per day, including the 1.2 billion living in extreme poverty, existing on less than $1.25 per day. . Efforts to combat world poverty are met with fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV), affecting both low and middle-income countries. It is estimated that by 2030, FCV countries will be home to 46% of the world’s most extreme poor.

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Violin Virtuoso Lindsey Stirling To Perform Live In VR For The First Time

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Help celebrate the launch of her latest album with a virtual interactive performance. . For those of you unfamiliar with the works of Lindsey Stirling , the talented musician is best known for her one-of-a-kind violin performances in which she blends a variety of musical genres while at the same time performing choreographed dance routines. .

400K Live Viewers Tuned In For Lindsey Stirling’s VR Violin Performance

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The dancing violinist broke new ground with her one-of-a-kind VR performance. Last month acclaimed electronic violinist, dancer, and singer-songwriter Lindsey Stirling performed a one-of-a-kind VR performance for a live crowd of 400,000 viewers scattered all across the globe.

Niantic’s Latest AR Game Turns The Entire Earth Into One Giant Game Of Catan

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Pokemon Go meets Settlers of Catan in Catan – World Explorers. First released in 1995 to a small, but passionate group of fans, award-winning strategy game Settlers of Catan would eventually go on to become one of the most influential board games ever released. Set on the fictional island of Catan, the game tasks players with collecting resources and establishing settlements with the goal of accumulating Victory Points; the first to accumulate 10 points wins. .

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Location-Based AR Ghostbusters Experience Launching In Japan

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Work together with friends to rid Ginza Sony Park of a ghostly threat. Beginning this weekend in Tokyo, Japan, Ginza Sony Park will be hosting Ghostbusters In The Park , a massive live event celebrating the historic 35th anniversary of Ghostbusters.

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HTC Vive Cosmos slated for Q3 2019, it will feature some surprises

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I have some exclusive news on the Vive Cosmos , one of the most awaited headsets of 2019, that I want to share with you. Fasten your seatbelts and read this article. As you may know if you follow me on social media, last week I spent my whole time in Taiwan , at first in Kaohsiung and then in Taipei.

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Nissan Augmented Reality Concept Assists Drivers in Detecting Unseen Obstacles

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While the technology companies continue to drive forward with autonomous vehicles, Nissan's vision of the future of self-driving automobiles lies in a cooperative experience between human and machine, facilitated by augmented reality. At CES 2019, which officially kicks off this week, Nissan will present its in-car augmented reality concept, dubbed Invisible-to-Visible (I2V), via an interactive 3D experience at its booth in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Normal VR Technology Turns Any Unity VR/AR App Into A Multiplayer Experience

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The company behind the multiplayer plugin Normcore proves the viability of a virtual office and beyond. The 2017 video from Normal VR started with an adorable, yellow, blob-like virtual avatar daintily standing in the middle of a real, physical office. Its arms waved freely through the air, painting three-dimensional flowers with an expression of pure serenity on its face.

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Oculus Quest Mixed Reality Capture Tools Now Available

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Record yourself in the virtual world with Oculus’ official MRC kit. Yesterday, Oculus launched its official set of Mixed Reality Capture Tools for the Oculus Quest, allowing users to record high-quality gameplay footage where real-world objects and people appear in VR.

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Augmenting Our World: Three AR Trends On The Rise

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Exploring the rise of AR-based entertainment. Whether it be gaming, education, travel and navigation, or marketing, AR offers both consumers and companies a rapidly-growing medium in which to enhance nearly every facet of our lives. According to a report from MarketWatch, the “AR Gaming Market” is expected to reach over $280 billion by 2023 ( HTF ). Plus, Smart Toy revenue is estimated to grow by almost 200% to $18 Billion by 2023 ( Juniper Research ).

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This Psychedelic AR Book Cover Is Turning Heads Online

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Forget the old phrase “you can’t judge a book by its cover.”. UK-based artist Alexander Ward was shocked to see his AR-enabled cover for Allowah Lani’s book I am love was circulating online. When scanned with a smartphone camera, the books cover opens a 3D portal to a visually-captivating psychedelic cosmos. “It It certainly was very surprising,” Ward explained, “[I] can’t imagine anyone expects their video to travel around merrily on Twitter gathering almost a million views.”.

Microsoft Shows Off Language-Translating Hologram Powered By HoloLens 2

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Microsoft’s Japanese-speaking hologram steals the show at Inspire 2019. Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Mixed Reality headset was front-and-center at the 2019 Inspire conference as the company showcased their latest advancements in artificial intelligence as well as mixed reality hologram technology.

Oculus Quest Shortage Is A Good Sign For VR

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Industry insiders weigh in on the potential impact of the standalone headset. Facebook’s standalone 6DOF headset, Oculus Quest hit retail stores on May 21 st , and in just one week after launch, the VR headset was listed as sold out at many U.S. retailers such as Walmart, Amazon and Newegg, suggesting that VR is finally catching on with consumers. So, what is about this iteration of the VR headset that is getting consumers outside of the VR industry all hyped up about VR?

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NYPD Uses Location-Based VR For Active Shooter Training

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The next generation of police training arrives in Brooklyn, NY. When it comes to the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau—New York Cities primary local resource to guard against international and domestic terrorism—there’s no such thing as being overly prepared. Now, through the help of location-based VR technology, the NYPD is training hundreds of officers in multiple scenarios that would be impossible to recreate in real-life.

Preserving Historical Landmarks In VR Should Be A Priority

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Ensuring history survives using modern day technology. Yesterday, the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France suffered a devastating fire that caused significant, lasting damage to the 12 Century building. Although French authorities were able to save the bulk of the structure, including the two rectangular towers, a large portion of the frame was destroyed, along with the entirety of the landmarks iconic spire.

Coachella Debuts Its First Interactive AR Stage

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Festival-goers can interact with space-themed AR content before, during, and after performances. Today marks the first weekend of the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, and while festival-goers are knee-deep in the festivals usual helping of chart-topping music and A-list celebrities, those visiting the famous Sahara tent are experiencing a much different musical experience. Image Credit: Abra Williams / Made You Feel.

Xiaomi may have laid off its Mi VR standalone team: what’s the future for Oculus Go?

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In these days, I got a quite interesting rumor: Xiaomi may have abandoned its plans for the Mi VR standalone headset , the Chinese counterpart of the Oculus Go. Before I continue with this story… Before I tell you what I know, let me clarify one thing: THIS IS A RUMOR. Xiaomi has not confirmed nor denied this news , since it has not answered to my request on the topic. Everything contained in this article may be refuted , or could be true only in part.

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Early Augmented Reality Concept Film That Envisioned the Future Gets a Sequel Powered by Kickstarter

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Long before the HoloLens or the Magic Leap One, a California-based team of independent filmmakers envisioned what the future of augmented reality might look like. Now, after millions of people viewed the initial short film called "Sight," the directors, operating under the name Robot Genius, are looking to extend their futuristic vision.

The Future of Fashion: Magic Leap One Street-Style As You Never Imagined

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Mainstreaming XR Wearables Starts with Styling for Inclusion. The old adage “seeing is believing” certainly checks out, but to believe in something, an idea, a notion, has one seeing it proven over and over again. I decided to create a photo campaign to make mixed-reality wearables look good and diversity in tech industry marketing a must. It’s what I believe in and what I want to see. Pics or it didn’t happen, ya know?

HaptX VR Gloves Uses Telerobotics To Transmit Touch Across The Globe

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HaptX lets you control a robotic hand, and feel what the robot feels, anywhere in the globe. During the 1950’s Ralph Mosher, project engineer behind GE’s Cybernetic Anthropomorphic Machines Systems (CAMS), pursued the idea of using robotics as an extension of human arms in a way that could precisely mimic human movements in real-time.

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Zero Latency Reveals Second Gen Of Their Free-Roam VR Platform

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One of the best location-based VR entertainment platforms just got even better. With premium location-based VR experiences on the rise, free-roam providers have started getting creative with their platforms in the hopes of attracting an increasingly hard-to-please audience away from a growing pool of competitors.

USA TODAY Builds AR Replica Of Notre Dame In Less Than 8 Hours

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Take an augmented tour of the structural damages caused by Monday’s fire. While French President Emmanuel Macron hopes to complete the repairs within five years, architectural experts predict it could take decades to fully renovate the historic Notre Dame cathedral after Monday’s devastating fire.

New Volumetric Capture Studio The Lightframe Co. Opens In NYC

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The company is scheduled to host a Microsoft pop-up later this month. There’s a new studio in town and it’s here to capture the world in 3D. Calling Brooklyn’s Industry City home, The Lightframe Co. is a digital production studio specializing in mixed reality production and holographic technology. Using a bleeding-edge 360-degree green screen set for volumetric capture, the studio works alongside a variety of companies, assisting them in any and all of their 3D spatial recording needs.

Enklu Launches San Francisco’s First AR Maker Space

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Memberships and day passes are now available to west coast developers and players. The city of San Francisco will be getting its very first dedicated AR maker space thanks to Enklu , a cutting-edge company that approaches traditional venues and transforms them into modern experience centers using immersive AR technology.

Defying Gravity With The Weightless VR Bungee System

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Run, swim, and flip your way through your favorite immersive experiences. Developed by Nick D’Angelo, award-winning artist and winner of Inkmaster on the Paramount Network, Weightless VR is an in-home bungee system that grants you total freedom of motion while in VR, allowing you to run, swim, leap, and dance with nearly zero restrictions. Based on a system used by stunt doubles in movie production, think more crouching tiger hidden dragon.