2019

How AI and Haptics Could Revolutionize VR Gaming

VRScout

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.

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Augmented reality is reaching a mature state according to Gartner

The Ghost Howls

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.

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

Next Reality AR

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.

Scientists Develop Artificial Skin That Allows You To Feel In VR

VRScout

The self-sensing material forms to a user’s body, providing next-level haptic feedback.

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

UploadVR

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.

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

Road to VR

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.

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

The Ghost Howls

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.

Editorial: Why Half-Life: Alyx could be very important for Virtual Reality

The Ghost Howls

Yesterday evening I came home at night after a long day at work and I opened my laptop to read (and share) some more news on the just-launched Oculus Link. What I discovered instead was that Valve had finally announced its flagship VR game, called “Half Life: Alyx” on Twitter!

My Oculus Connect 6 predictions: a glimpse of the XR of the future

The Ghost Howls

The Oculus Connect 6 is approaching. Next week, on 25th and 26th, Oculus will hold its main yearly event , and as always, it will talk about the milestones reached by the company and then it will show future hardware and software. But what can we expect from this important event?

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

The Ghost Howls

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).

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Super-interview with Jeri Ellsworth about her Tilt Five glasses, AR tech, and startups!

The Ghost Howls

Today Tilt Five is launching its Kickstarter campaign for its innovative augmented reality glasses for tabletop gaming.

How to be a good VR startupper – Part 1

The Ghost Howls

This is the week of this blog’s birthday and so I’m publishing a very special post, that I’m going to split into two parts.

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Nissan Augmented Reality Concept Assists Drivers in Detecting Unseen Obstacles

Next Reality AR

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.

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

VRScout

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

Low-Fi: Get Your Latest Look At Sci-Fi Stunner In New Video

UploadVR

IRIS VR’s Low-Fi is shaping up to be one of our most anticipated VR titles of 2020. That remains the case following the launch of this new developer walkthrough.

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Road to VR’s 2019 Game of the Year Awards

Road to VR

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

The Ghost Howls

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.

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Leap Motion’s North Star is the DK1 of AR: hands-on preview and how to buy it!

The Ghost Howls

You probably have heard about Leap Motion’s Project North Star , that should be able to offer people affordable augmented reality. Anyway, there’s still a lot of confusion and mistery about this device.

Neuralink announces new BCI: why us VR people should care

The Ghost Howls

Yesterday, finally Elon Musk has detailed in a public event the work that its secretive BCI startup Neuralink has done in these two years of stealth mode.

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Skyworth v901 review: a 4K 3DOF VR headset to watch high-res videos

The Ghost Howls

When I was in Qingdao , the general manager of Chinese manufacturer Skyworth has made me try a 3DOF VR headset called v901 , and I was impressed by the 8K video I have viewed inside, so he has kindly given me a sample of the device to test and review.

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Suzanne Borders: BadVR is mixing art and technology to innovate data visualization

The Ghost Howls

For the next two days, I will feature on this blog a long interview I made with Suzanne Borders, the CEO of BadVR.

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nReal AR glasses hands-on preview

The Ghost Howls

It is something that I say since the beginning of 2019 : nReal is one of the most interesting AR startups out there. That’s why when I traveled to Beijing, I really did everything that I could to visit its HQ. Entrance of nReal offices in Beijing, China.

How to get started with Oculus Quest development in Unity

The Ghost Howls

As soon as my Oculus Quest arrived, I immediately started playing with it and have fun with Beat Saber, Robo Recall, Creed and all the other titles. But then, as a developer, I felt the urge to understand how to develop my applications in Unity for the Oculus Quest.

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Vuzix Blade Adds Google Assistant Beta to Extend Its Voice Assistant Capabilities

Next Reality AR

Smartglasses maker Vuzix made a big splash at CES 2018 with the inclusion of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant among the AR superpowers of its consumer-centric Blade smartglasses. Now, it's time to tell Alexa to make room, as Vuzix is bringing Google Assistant support to Blade.

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Russian Farmers Using VR To Calm Their Cows And Increase Milk Production

VRScout

An emotionally-stable cow is a happy cow. Somewhere northwest of Moscow on a dairy farm in Krasnogorsk roams a herd of VR-wearing cows immersed in a serene summer pasture tailor-made for bovine enjoyment.

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

UploadVR

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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Facebook Acquires ‘Beat Saber’ Studio Beat Games

Road to VR

Facebook today announced it has acquired Beat Games, the studio behind the hit VR rhythm game Beat Saber (2018). Beat Games is joining Oculus Studios as an independently operated team based out of Prague.

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Vive Focus Plus can now play natively PC VR games (in streaming)

The Ghost Howls

At ChinaJoy today, HTC has just announced a little but very important news: the Vive Focus Plus will be able to connect to Viveport on PC and play all its games via Wi-fi streaming. All natively. Wi-fi streaming.

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7Invensun shows that eye-tracking on a standalone headset is now possible

The Ghost Howls

In Beijing, I have visited again my friends of 7Invensun , one of the worldwide leaders in eye tracking technologies. During my first visit , they showed me some cool prototypes: a prototypical eye tracking add-on for HoloLens and a prototypical Vive Focus with embedded eye tracking.

Mind Labyrinth VR Dreams review: explore your emotions in VR

The Ghost Howls

I spent some time playing with Mind Labyrinth VR Dreams after the fellow community member Andrea Marinelli of Frost Earth Studio sent me a key to play this game. I think it is an intriguing game, but only if you like the genre. Discover it with me. Gameplay.

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

The Ghost Howls

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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