Microsoft Now Lets You Film Mixed Reality With HoloLens Hack


Showing off what Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality can do is difficult without actually putting it on someone’s head, but the company’s new camera hack is providing a helping hand. Whenever we’ve seen HoloLens on-stage at shows like E3 , or Microsoft’s own press conferences, the company will have one person wearing the kit, while the audience sees what they see using a special camera. Tagged with: HoloLens , mixed reality filming.

Google Sheets And Excel VR Spreadsheets Are A Thing Now

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If your dreams occasionally involve spreadsheets that extend endlessly in all directions, good news: Researchers have developed a virtual reality spreadsheet interface that could expand Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel files from flat screens into 3D spaces.

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Microsoft Announces Siri Competitor with Voice-Activated VR Experience


You may not be aware of this but for years now Microsoft has been steadily working to build the world’s smartest computer brain. Today, Microsoft is announcing Custom Speech Service, the latest program to join the ranks of Microsoft Cognitive Services. Custom Speech Service is a highly adaptable voice-to-text program that is being positioned as a much more intelligent version of Siri or the Google Assistant.

Museum Of Other Realities To Host Cannes XR Virtual Program In June


Originally planned as a physical event as part of the Cannes Film Market (the business counterpart to the Cannes Film Festival), all of the program will now be moved to an online setting. The Cannes Film Festival is the latest in a string of events that have been canceled or moved to an online format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. More information and the full line-up is available on the Cannes Film Maret (Marcé du Film) website.

Exclusive: First-Ever Impact Reality Summit Announces 2020 Lineup


Some of the biggest names in social impact will be in attendance, including: Participant Media, Conservation International, the Rainforest Alliance, Connect for Climate/World Bank, and the Milken Institute, as well as tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and Oculus. Following on from the 360 film, audiences can welcome and feed the baby elephant named Dudu to the sanctuary, using real world props to create an innovative and photo realistic interactive VR experience.”

What F8 2017 Means for Mass Market Adoption of Immersive Technologies


Other technology giants with strong consumer brands have their developer conferences in the coming weeks, let’s see how they in turn contribute to stimulating the mass market adoption of immersive technologies: Microsoft Build : May 10-12, 2017. Google I/O : May 17-19, 2017. News 360 Film Augmented Reality f8 Facebook Facebook Spaces Mark Zuckerberg Oculus Rift

The XR Week Peek (2020.12.28): Flight Simulator VR released, a new hack lets you use Quest without Facebook, and more!

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Microsoft Flight Simulator releases VR patch. Microsoft Flight Simulator is now compatible with VR headsets : not only the HP Reverb G2 as initially teased but all the headsets that are compatible with OpenXR , so basically all the most famous devices. Header image by Microsoft).

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.01): Sony confirms PSVR 2, Facebook teases Quest 2 Pro, and more!

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All the 3 major VR runtimes (Oculus, SteamVR, Microsoft) are now compatible with OpenXR , and this means that on the runtime layer on PC, now OpenXR has been fully integrated. For this reason, many companies had to pivot away from making VR films, and this is a great pity.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.02.01): Facebook is very confident in Quest 2 sales, Valve is working on Neural Interfaces, and more!

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Google makes Tilt Brush opensource. Google has just announced that the VR painting program Tilt Brush has been put opensource on GitHub. The bad news is that this means that Google has abandoned it. Google is becoming well-known for abandoning the interesting project it creates.

Unity Vision VR/AR Summit 2017: Courtside for the Convergence of Realities


Microsoft. Building on the fact that 91% of all HoloLens applications built in Unity, Brandon Bray, Principal Group Manager of Microsoft, announced that mixed reality will soon be available for Unity developers. Google Tango with Unity. At Unite LA, Google Product Manager Nathan Martz announced the launch date for Daydream and confirmed that a Unity integration was on deck for Unity 5.6.

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Spatial Beats: Perseverance XR, Rebecca Minkoff & 3D Maps

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Realworld is based on the Microsoft version of Google Earth. You can watch the films on their custom-built 360° Desktop web browser theatre or any VR headset. W elcome back to Spatial Beats.

Cannes XR Virtual Brings Art to Life With Virtual Reality


Cannes XR Virtual is The Marché du Film’s online virtual reality art showcase taking place from June 24 to 26. Tribeca Film Festival, VeeR VR, Positron, and many others will be sharing their content at the three-day event as well. Creators can watch immersive films in 360° at the exhibit. You can look forward to representatives from Google, Facebook, Intel, HP, Microsoft, and more. Marche du Film Online will stream it on their platform.

2019 Events Schedule: The Major VR/AR Conferences And Festivals


Tribeca Film Festval // April 24 – May 5. Microsoft Build // May 6 – 8. Google IO // May 7 – 9. Some of the biggest virtual reality and augmented reality technology announcements of the year will be made in connection with the events listed on this page. We’ll update this list from time to time as we get updates about major new events in 2019, like Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

VR & AR 2018: A Year In Review


If 2018 is remembered for anything, it’ll be for the multiple high-quality animated VR films released throughout the year. Featuring an absolutely stellar voice cast including everyone from John Legend and Oprah Winfrey, to Constance Wu and Diego Luna, Crow: The Legend is arguably one of the most well-structured VR short films ever released. Image Credit: Baobab Studios / ILMxLAB / Oculus Facebook / Microsoft / Gap / Oculus Facebook.

Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab Is A VR Tie-In That Does The Series Proud


Blade Runner is one of those rare films that’s managed to protect its integrity by avoiding spin-offs and tie-ins that would dilute the original’s profound impact. Fortunately, like the sequel, this week’s VR tie-in app, Blade Runner: Memory Lab, does right by the film’s mythos. The actor, though, has been photoscanned-into the world using Microsoft’s mixed reality volumetric capture rig, the European version of which we got to see earlier this week.

Augmented Reality in the Movies: When Fantasy Becomes Reality


Here we’re taking a look back at some of the films that first piqued our interest in AR and how the technology in these films fits into our real lives. In the film, overruling aliens subconsciously control the humans on Earth through subliminal media messaging, encouraging them to consume, reproduce and obey. Items like Google Glass and Focals offer consumers today the ability to text, update their calendar and even control their smart homes directly from their glasses.

Over 20 Use Cases of Smart Glasses, VR Headsets, and Smartwatches at Airports


Ideas on the ground and on board: The airport industry first began toying with wearable technology with the release of the original Google Glass in 2013. In fact, airports and airlines gave us some of the earliest – and incredibly imaginative – use cases of Google Glass Explorer Edition, arguably the device that set enterprise wearables in motion. That year, SITA worked with Helsinki Airport to explore visualizing airport operations with the Microsoft HoloLens.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.09.01): HoloLens 2 may come in September, Oculus may commercialize a multiplayer LBVR solution, HP Reverb is back and much more!

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Image by Microsoft). According to Reuters, Microsoft’s executive vice president Harry Shum took the stage at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai and said that the HoloLens 2 will be released sometime in September of this year. After the news started becoming widespread, Microsoft has released an official statement saying that actually there is no official date announced for the shipping of the headset. Venice Film Festival is featuring a rich VR section.

Vancouver’s VR/AR Global Summit Puts Content First


Already a Battle Royale [has] happened in the past five years for buying first option broadcast rights for AR content across sport, music, comics, and films. I think this is a good thing, as the gigantic pockets of Apple, Google, Magic Leap, Huawei and such like will help fund the creative endeavours of a whole new content ecosystem.”. and LNG Studios , each showcasing programs that put hardware like HTC Vive or Microsoft HoloLens through their paces.

Lyft Patents Show How AR & VR Could Change Ridesharing


Lyft drivers would access this information through an AR headset, such as a Microsoft HoloLens, Google Glass, or Magic Leap, which would place the digital content directly in the view of the Lyft driver, or through an AR enabled smartphone. Besides Audi’s Holoride, attendees were able to experience multiple immersive backseat entertainment projects, including self-driving cars featuring 270-degree VR films to keep passengers entertained.

Adobe To Launch AR Features ‘As Fast As We Can,’ Exec Says


On the other hand, VR cuts you off from your visual surroundings to completely immerse you in an app or film. Apple CEO Tim Cook said last year that “AR will change everything” and make the iPhone “even more essential,” while Microsoft has been revamping its computing around VR and AR, or what it calls “mixed reality.” Adobe also debuted Project Dali last year , a VR painting app built in the vein of Google Tilt Brush.

RED Digital Cinema Is Building Facebook’s Reality Camera


RED’s digital cameras (like the one pictured above) helped change the way movies were made by playing a key part in the switch-over from using film to completely digital production. Some of the world’s largest tech companies, including Google and Microsoft, have been building up reality capture teams and exploring a variety of partnerships over the last few years to make higher quality cameras and easier-to-use production pipelines.

Unity Technologies Hosting Vision VR/AR Summit Asia in Beijing


Unity revealed that representatives from Google, Samsung Gear VR, PTC Vuforia, Sony PlayStation VR, and Microsoft HoloLens will be on hand to discuss new developments in their individual technologies. Best Film / Interactive Story. The very first Vision VR/AR Summit was home to keynote addresses from established leaders in the emerging industries, leaders such as Gabe Newell of SteamVR, Palmer Luckey of Oculus, and Dr. Richard Marks of PlayStation VR.

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The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review


You can enjoy the full audio recording below: In this week’s VRScout Report, we discuss Microsoft and Intel teaming up to influence the development of VR/AR with mixed reality headset Project Alloy. MICROSOFT AND INTEL’S NEW BABY: PROJECT ALLOY. Microsoft has been pushing the term “mixed reality” for the Hololens, its augmented reality headset, and now they are introducing another phrase: “merged reality.”

The XR Week Peek (2020.06.13): Magic Leap exploring a sale, events are going virtual and more!

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And while this is anyway a good result for a startup (developing an AR headsets means spending billions in R&D), targeting the consumer market has been a suicide move , that let Microsoft get full control of the profitable enterprise market. This means that if you are in Google Earth VR in a green room where there is a friend of yours, you can see the city that you are visiting all around you, and the real image of your friend being there with you.

Austin’s Rapidly Growing VR Community


There’s a unique flavor of VR that exists in Austin— the cross-pollination of industries like film, gaming, and tech that make the VR scene here truly ‘Austin’” said Autumn Taylor, Studio Director of Owlchemy and a co-organizer of VR Austin. In May 2017, Owlchemy Labs was acquired by Google. After scoring a partnership with Microsoft, they’ve talked at length about relocating to San Francisco. Does Austin have the largest VR community outside of Los Angeles?

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Leaping Into the AR Magicverse?

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There are plenty of players like Microsoft HoloLens and DAQRI which consistently deliver not only cool demos, but real use-cases for holographic Mixed Reality Click To Tweet. It seemed an exciting proposition back then, sold mainly off the back of some very cool concept videos cooked up by New Zealand-based special effects company WETA (you know, the one from all the Lord of the Rings films).

The XR Week Peek (2020.02.17): Half-Life Alyx will launch on March, 23rd, MWC has been canceled and much more!

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More info (Use Google Translate). Google Chrome now supports WebAR. The news of the week regarding WebAR is that finally, Chrome 81 will implement the WebXR standard for what concerns augmented reality, making easier to enjoy WebAR experiences through Google’s browser. More info (Google Chrome 81 supports AR) More info (Nicolò Carpignoli’s initiative). Image by Microsoft). More info (News on filming) More info (A shot recorded by a fan).

Who Will Own the Metaverse?

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In his 1984 classic Neuromancer, characters entered a virtual reality world called “the matrix” (inspiration for the 1999 film of the same name by the Wachowskis). Augmented vision is commonplace in futuristic films, from Minority Report to Iron Man. The World Map in this world therefore isn’t a 2D street map like we have with Google Maps or Open Street Map, nor is it a 3D map with terrain and building volumes.

7 Must-Have Samsung Gear VR Apps and Experiences


Since then, Marvel has released not one but two Guardians of The Galaxy films that people actually love. It may be a blatant imitation of Google’s all-time-great VR painting tool Tilt Brush, but that doesn’t stop VR Canvas from being a truly fun proxy on a much more affordable device. Anyone who has tried the life-changing experience of Google Earth in VR will tell you that there is something magical about soaring around the planet without ever leaving your living room.

Magic Leap Could be a Great Strategic Acquisition


Microsoft tried to use total body immersion combined with a voice and gesture interface which became the Xbox Kinect hardware. Microsoft never saw its full potential outside of gaming and focused its distribution on business to consumer (B2C) even forcing consumers to buy in with its being bundled in Microsoft first run of its Xbox One console. Some parts of the gesture tracking may have made it into Microsoft new AR device, HoloLens.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review


Did Seebright just release the augmented reality equivalent of Google Cardboard? OTOY, a graphics-based software solution whose cloud-based light field streaming and hybrid rendering tech has been used in films like Fantastic Four and Spiderman 3 is one of the most well-funded companies in the mixed reality industry with $101M in funding and a $300M valuation. In a clear Google snub, you can view Facebook 360 photos with a Gear VR… but not with Cardboard.

When to Use Virtual Reality (VR) Instead of Augmented Reality (AR)?


Virtual Reality (VR), by contrast, can be published across a wide range of devices (headsets like Oculus Go/Quest and Gear VR, phones, Google Cardboard, WebVR, and much more), is completely immersive, and doesn’t necessarily require a real-time data connection (ie can be run offline). But even the ones that remain and have pretty good traction, such as Microsoft Hololens, have a major shortcoming — immersion.

The XR Week Peek (2020.03.30): Half-Life: Alyx breaks every VR record, HP teases Reverb G2, and more!

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The same day of the launch of Half-Life: Alyx, Hewlett-Packard has announced its new virtual reality headset, the Reverb G2 , made in collaboration with Microsoft and Valve. Valve could provide some audio-visual improvements, while Microsoft its WMR platform, with inside-out tracking of controllers. If Microsoft will improve the WMR ecosystem with at least 4 tracking cameras, this can be an headset to look at with much attention.

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Their VR short, Henry , is about an adorable yet spiky hedgehog who has logistical issues with hugging and was narrated by Elijah Wood and directed by Ramiro Lopez Dau, who worked on films like Brave , Cars 2 , and Monsters University. This is not NASA’s first foray into mixed reality – they also have a partnership with the Microsoft Hololens for support on the ISS as well.

Crytek-Incubated ‘VR First’ Program to Double Number of Academic VR/AR Labs in 2017

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Unveiled last January by Crytek, the now fully-independent VR First program is designed to foster innovation by not only creating independent VR labs where they once weren’t, but by also converting PC labs into AR/VR-ready facilities—and it’s doing it in top universities and science parks across 23 countries including Purdue University, University of Florida, University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, Oklahoma State, and Vancouver Film School.

The XR Week Peek (2020.03.09): New Half-Life: Alyx videos and details, coronavirus makes events go virtual and much more!

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This week, the damn coronavirus has caused the cancelation of three super-important events: GTC (that will be substituted by the streaming of the sessions), SXSW and Google I/O. More info (GTC canceled) More info (SXSW canceled) More info (Google I/O canceled) More info (Facebook & working from home). There will be various iterations of these prototypes and this research will be very important for Microsoft also for the design of the next generation of HoloLens.