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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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.

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California Fire Department Using VR To Train Recruits How To Fight Wildfires

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VR technology offers firefighters-in-training realistic training scenarios. In 2019 alone, over 6,402 fires have been recorded in California.

Facebook’s Sean Liu: we are at an inflection point of the VR industry

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It’s since when I launched my blog that I always dreamed of interviewing someone from Oculus , and finally today this dream has come true.

Stay fit and have fun in mixed reality with HitMotion: Reloaded (out now!)

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After a long ride lasted many months, finally our mixed reality fitness game HitMotion: Reloaded has been published on Viveport M ! The game has been released in Early Access and costs €4.99/$5.59/RMB39.90. HitMotion purpose is to let people stay fit while having fun.

First-Of-Its-Kind Mixed Reality Fitness Game Makes Its Way To Vive Focus Plus

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HitMotion: Reloaded blends VR, MR, and exercise to create a truly unique fitness experience. It’s safe to say VR changed the way people think of video games. With the introduction of immersive entertainment, gaming is no longer a strictly sedentary experience.

Europe’s XR Community Came Out In A Big Way For The Fifth Annual VRDays Conference

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The Dutch conference hit a major milestone in November, let’s take a look back.

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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.

China Announces New Regulations To Combat Fake News Created Using Deepfake Technology

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Beginning 2020, videos created using VR and AI technology will need to be identified as such.

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New VR Power Battery Pack For Oculus Quest Provides Power And Counter Weight

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A new battery pack for the Oculus Quest, the VR Power, aims to increase your play time and give you an ergonomic solution to counter balance the front-heavy weight of the Quest at the same time. The VR Power is made by Rebuff Reality and just recently became available the preorder.

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Road to VR’s 2019 Game of the Year Awards

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Every year is the biggest year for virtual reality. It seems more developers are delving into VR to explore the medium, hone their techniques and find out what works and what doesn’t.

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Vader Immortal – An Excellent First Attempt At A Major VR Trilogy

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ILMxLAB’s three-part series officially comes to a close with a solid, but flawed final episode. Last week developer ILMxLAB ( Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, Vader Immortal ) released the third and final episode of its original episodic series, Vader Immortal – A Star Wars VR series.

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Nreal’s Android-Friendly AR Glasses Are A Blend Of Fashion And Function

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The $1200 HoloLens alternative could be the everyday AR headset we’ve been waiting for. A lot has been said about AR technology; how it can change the way we learn, socialize, and work.

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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HTC Vive Cosmos, maybe the most versatile PC VR headset, launches at $699

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Finally, the moment has come: after months of teasing, silence, rumors and spinning heads, the Vive Cosmos has finally been launched! The final price has been revealed: 699$ and so its availability, plus some little surprises! Discover everything with me…. Vive Cosmos. HTC Vive Cosmos (Image by HTC). The Vive Cosmos is the latest PC VR headset announced by HTC at CES 2019.

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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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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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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. .

Star Wars Baby Yoda Unofficially Comes to Magic Leap via This Developer Experiment

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The first season of Star Wars: The Mandalorian may be over, but the love for its biggest star, Baby Yoda, persists.

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.”.

Beat Saber Studio Beat Games Acquired By Facebook

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A bombshell announcement from Facebook today reveals the company is acquiring Prague-based Beat Games, the studio behind popular VR rhythm slasher Beat Saber. Terms of the acquisition “will not” be disclosed, according to Facebook, though it is possible details might leak.

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Google Unveils ARCore Depth API to Make AR More Natural & Interactive

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ARCore, Google’s developer platform for building augmented reality experiences for mobile devices, is unveiling today a new tool called Depth API, which not only lets mobile devices create depth maps using a single RGB camera, but also aims to make the AR experience more natural, as virtual imagery is more realistically placed in the world.

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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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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.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Checks Out HaptX And Their VR Gloves

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HaptX debuts bimanual VR gloves at inaugural re:MARS Conference. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos literally went “hands-on” with the future of robotics this past week during Amazon’s inaugural re:MARS conference in Las Vegas, NV. During a quick pop-in at the HaptX booth, the billionaire tech entrepreneur tried out the company’s new two-handed robotic system that uses a combination of VR gloves , haptics, and sensors to give you the ability to feel objects in VR anywhere in the world.

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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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