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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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. An estimated 250,249 acres of land have burned, three people have lost their lives, and suppression costs from the fires have risen to over 163 million dollars.

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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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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Toyota Using VR To Train Robots To Assist The Elderly

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Practice makes perfect for this army of house-cleaning robots. Earlier this week Japanese-based Toyota Research Insitute released details regarding a new project currently in development that will have researchers teaching robots how to complete various types of housework using VR technology. . Using a series of 3D sensors and cameras attached to the robots, researchers in a VR headset can view the world from the robot’s perspective and control its actions using standard motion controllers.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Report: Apple AR Headset Launching Early 2020

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Will Apple be the first to kick-start the AR headset market? According to research conducted by TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will begin mass production of its long-rumored AR headset before the end of the year and will launch the device as early as the second quarter of 2020. .

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Photo-Realistic VR Tour Of The Palace Of Versailles Now Available Free On SteamVR

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Photogrammetry capture brings the Royal Opera House to life in VR. Developed by makemepulse in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture and Château de Versailles, VersaillesVR – The Palace Is Yours , a free app available now on SteamVR-compatible headsets that allows you to tour a hyper-realistic recreation of France’s famous Palace of Versailles in VR.

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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. .

Nuclear Power Plant Uses VR For Control Room Training

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Fortum looks to VR to provide cost-effective training for its operators. VR is quickly becoming the go-to training solution for a growing number of industries. So far we’ve seen the technology used to enhance medical training, educate employees on critical soft-skills, even prepare store associates for major holiday shopping events.

Unreal Engine’s New Virtual Production Tool Is Reshaping Cinematography

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Is real-time VR technology the future of filmmaking ? Unreal Engine is changing how filmmakers and advertisers are making movies and commercials with a new virtual production tool that allows them to add special effects in real-time. The new technology replaces conventional methods, such as using a greenscreen or adding special effects in post-production, with LED walls that can create immersive virtual environments on and active film set in real-time.

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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.

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.

Photogrammetry Capture Brings Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling To Life In VR

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Step into a painstakingly-crafted recreation of a historic masterpiece. In 1508, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, a sculptor by trade, was forced against his will by Pope Julius II to paint the ceiling of the legendary Sistine Chapel, a location within the holy Vatican City where new Popes are selected.

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.

German Circus Ends Its Use Of Live Animals In Favor Of 3D Holograms

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Circus Roncalli adopts holographic tech amid concerns over animal cruelty. The international circus industry has been struggling as of late. In 2017, the famous Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus permanently closed its tent flaps to the public; meanwhile, new regulations have heavily impacted circus providers throughout numerous European countries.

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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.”.

US Navy Using Magic Leap Headsets To Keep Soldiers Combat-Ready At Sea

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The Magic Leap One AR headset enters the US Military training program. A new AR training tool developed by Magic Leap Horizons will use Magic Leap One AR headset to deliver various AR military training scenarios to the US Navy. Soldiers wearing the headset will experience a room size training environment designed to keep sailors and marines combat-ready while at sea.