5 Potential Gear VR ‘Killer Apps’ Demonstrated During Samsung Contest

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The Gear VR Killer App contest hosted by Samsung at the Upload Collective earlier this month brought in a hundred-plus technophiles eager for a chance to check out the finalists — and to find out which (if any) deserved “killer app” status. “[It] It] needs to be accessible,” as contest judge Nicole Lazzaro explained, ”create an experience you want to try again (and fun enough where you want to buy the hardware just to play that app), and bring all your friends.”.

Apple’s Investment In Lidar Could Be Big For AR

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Six months after lidar arrived in the iPad Pro, the hardware’s potential hasn’t been matched by Apple software. That said, if Apple uses the lidar hardware properly in the iPhones, it could become a bigger deal and differentiator going forward.

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Leap Motion’s New 180-degree Hand-tracking Comes to Qualcomm’s Latest VRDK Headset

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Qualcomm has debuted an updated version of their VR Headset Reference Design now with Leap Motion’s new 180-degree hand-tracking to bring gesture control to mobile VR headsets. The purpose of the headset, which the company calls the VRDK (Virtual Reality Development Kit), is to act as a foundation for Qualcomm’s device partners to make their own VR headsets based on Qualcomm’s mobile computing hardware.

Hands-On: The Mira Prism Headset Wants To Be The Google Daydream Of AR

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Instead of relying on hand-based gesture controls every Prism will come with a controller you hold in your hand similar to the Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream controller. The design principles, style, color, and controller aren’t the only things that reminded me of the Daydream though — the co-founders themselves are pretty honest about the inspiration.

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Magic Leap Versus HoloLens — Which Is Going To Win Over Developers?

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The other significant pivot Microsoft made in recent years, adds Zachary, was to move away from being hardware-centered to focusing on the cloud, marketing Azure’s ability to enable what they call ‘The Intelligent Edge’: “Microsoft is the only one of the large players that has actively decided to be a multi-platform company. Object Theory is one of the oldest Mixed Reality companies around, having launched in June 2015, before the HoloLens had even started shipping.

Developing the Future of Mixed Reality

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The other significant pivot Microsoft made in recent years, adds Zachary, was to move away from being hardware-centered to focusing on the cloud, marketing Azure’s ability to enable what they call ‘The Intelligent Edge’: “Microsoft is the only one of the large players that has actively decided to be a multi-platform company. The main question they’re asking themselves now is whether CIOs at Fortune 100 companies will want to invest in a start-up’s hardware solution Click To Tweet. “No