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

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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.

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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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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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AR contact lenses are far away, but a new research is paving their way

The Ghost Howls

Some days ago, I found an article on Futurism talking about a university in France able to create the “first smart contact lens” The article also talked about Augmented Reality and the interest of the DARPA for using this product.

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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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My predictions for augmented reality in 2019

The Ghost Howls

It’s the beginning of 2019, and this means that this is that time of the year when we all make predictions for this year in AR and VR! We all love to make speculations on the technology and I am no exception.

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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Be a cute VR-tuber with Virtual Cast!

The Ghost Howls

One of the most interesting people that I have met at Vive Ecosystem Conference has been Naoki Yamaguchi (?? ??), the CVO (Chief Virtual Officer) of Japanese startup Virtual Cast. Virtual Cast is a solution that lets you be a Vtuber , that is a Virtual youtuber.

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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.

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

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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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Oculus & Unity Release Free VR Development Course with 20 Hours of Content

Road to VR

Already have some basic game dev experience and looking to get into VR? Then you may be interested in Oculus and Unity’s new intermediate level VR game development course, which is not only free, but can get you some valuable feedback from Oculus on your creation.

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All you need to know on Azure Kinect

The Ghost Howls

You all know that I am a big fan of the Kinect.

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

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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.

XTAL hands on: an interesting glimpse to Virtual Reality 2.0

The Ghost Howls

Two weeks ago, I have traveled a bit around Europe and I have visited some beautiful cities. One of this incredible places has been Prague , that in my opinion is a marvelous city that everyone should visit.

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!

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

Next Reality AR

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.

World Bank Turns To VR Filmmaking To Fight Global Poverty

VRScout

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. .

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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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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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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.

HTC announces Vive Pro Eye and Vive Cosmos at CES 2019

The Ghost Howls

The CES is going to start tomorrow, but today HTC has already made its great announcements, showing to the world the upcoming new hardware Vive Pro Eye, Vive Cosmos and software solutions Viveport Infinity and Vive Reality system.

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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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All you need to know on HoloLens 2

The Ghost Howls

Today, at MWC 2019, Alex Kipman went on stage together with Satya Nadella and Julia White to announce the new HoloLens 2. They teased a lot of interesting features and services of the device, and left the remaining technical details to some technical sheets on Microsoft website.