Khronos Group Would Welcome Input From Microsoft On OpenXR Standard

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During GDC 2017, Khronos Group unveiled OpenXR as the name for their VR/AR API standard that’s currently being developed. We reported on the announcement and broke down a bit of why this standard was something for the VR industry and community to get excited about, but we also got the chance to speak with Khronos Group president Neil Trevett to get some questions answered. The Khronos Group is hoping to be able to ship the API around GDC of next year.

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Apple Developers Join The WebVR Community Group

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You could be on Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, on a PC, Mac, smartphone, or even a Nintendo Wii and you’re still gonna see the same website. Today, Brandon Jones from Google (who is one of the chairs in the official WebVR Community Group ,) noticed that developers from Apple have officially joined the group. In the Community Group there are 147 non-Chair participants as of the time of this writing.

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Microsoft Joins OpenXR, Becoming a Decisive Backer in the Open, Royalty-free VR/AR Standard

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Khronos Group , the consortium behind the OpenXR project which aims to standardize the way applications communicate with AR and VR headsets, just added Microsoft to its ranks. image courtesy Khronos Group. Up until now, it wasn’t clear which way Microsoft was headed.

Apple Developers Join WebVR Community Group Shaping the Future of VR on the Web

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With Apple’s newly public interest in VR , developers from the company have join the W3C WebVR Community Group to have a say in the development of the WebVR standard. The post Apple Developers Join WebVR Community Group Shaping the Future of VR on the Web appeared first on Road to VR.

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Google Launching WebVR Support for Android Chrome in January, Desktop to Follow

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There, Google said that the company soon plans to ship a public version of Chrome on Android with support for WebVR 1.1. SEE ALSO Google Shows HTC Vive Running at 90 FPS in Chrome with WebVR. Google News Web VR Chrome google megan lindsay virtual reality web web vr webvr

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Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Strategy Driven By Pioneer Who Helped Launch VR’s Renaissance

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A pioneer who helped kickstart VR’s renaissance is driving the strategy for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, spanning both HoloLens and a collection of VR headsets rolling out later this year. We knew Mark Bolas, who ran the mixed reality lab at USC, took a position at Microsoft as the company built up its efforts in mixed reality, but we didn’t know precisely what he’d be doing. It will be his first public appearance since at Microsoft last year.

Addition of OpenXR Support in Oculus PTC Could Smooth Cross-Platform Development

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The industry is striving for ever greater openness and interconnectivity, hence why The Khronos Group and its affiliates began working on OpenXR. At present only Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality headsets support OpenXR.

HoloLens 2 Hits the Ground as the U.S. Army’s Own AR “combat multiplier”

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Microsoft won a decisive $480 million defense contract with the U.S. We might not know what [the battlefield] looks like, but we can predict and take Google images and implement that into the IVAS. Army late last year to bring the company’s AR hardware platform to the battlefield.

First Ever OpenXR Demo Heading To Siggraph 2018 This Week

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Khronos Group’s anticipated VR/AR standard API, OpenXR, is finally getting its first ever public demo at Siggraph 2018 this week. The platform, which was announced at GDC last year, will be shown running an Unreal Engine VR demo inside both the StarVR and Microsoft’s Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headsets at the event in Vancouver, Canada, from August 12th – 16th. VR Industry News Khronos Group OpenXR

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Google Bringing WebVR Support to Android Chrome in JanuaryWebVR.

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Google Bringing WebVR Support to Android Chrome in January WebVR is gaining significant momentum; last month the biggest players in the browse space came together to discuss the future of VR on the web at the W3C Workshop on Web & Virtual Reality. webvr vr virtual reality google chrome

Is Microsoft Surface Laptop a Disappointment?

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During its newly established EDU event, Microsoft announced Windows 10 S (S for Student, not for Superman ), a new Surface laptop and several partner PCs. Just as Apple started to run out of steam, Google came to the front with its cloud-driven Chromebooks.

Did Seebright Just Launch Google Cardboard for AR?

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Case in point is Microsoft’s HoloLens, where a development kit will set you back for $3000. Osterhaut Design Group sells their R-7 glasses for $2799.99. Next iteration of Google Android OS will feature Daydream UI and we feel it might be the main feature of upcoming Android.

AR will mean dystopia if we don’t act today

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Imagine a super version of Google Earth, but machines instead of people use it. Apple’s ARKit algorithms wouldn’t work with Google’s ARCore data even if Google gave them access. Google, etc.) Waze or Google search). Matt Miesnieks. Contributor.

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

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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.

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Editorial: Smartphones Won’t Be Replaced By VR And AR Headsets, Yet

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Some industry players have already talked about the death of the smartphone , but those groups also missed out on the smartphone altogether so they’re ambitious to move on to the next platform. The best examples of this are the Magic Leap prototypes, Microsoft Hololens and Qualcomm’s VR reference design. This is where I believe that Google and Facebook have the right idea. AR Editorials Mixed Reality arm facebook google Intel microsoft Peraso qualcomm samsung

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Intel Dismisses IoT for Augmented and Virtual Reality

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There’s a clear reason why, and it can be found in recent ‘resurrection’ of Google Glass in ‘Enterprise Edition’, as well as wanting to react to popular products from Vuzix and ODG (Osterhaut Design Group). Thus, it isn’t surprising to learn how Intel’s New Technologies Group (NTG) is pushing AR / VR strongly, as they believe it is an ideal place to manufacture low-power chips and sell at premium margin.

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VR ad industry working to fix fragmentation issue

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An industry group and individual vendors are working to fix the problem of incompatibility across multiple virtual reality content hosting, distribution and advertising platforms. Image courtesy Kronos Group.).

2018 In Review: The Year Standalones Took VR And AR Everywhere

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Also in 2018, the United States Army awarded Microsoft a contract worth nearly half a billion dollars to augment U.S. Microsoft’s HoloLens as seen on the International Space Station. Magic Leap reportedly lost out on the contract won by Microsoft. The leak came as both HTC and Google started showing the Vive Focus and Mirage Solo standalone VR headsets featuring a pair of “6DoF” point-and-reach hand controllers.

Is Apple Working On A VR headset?

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Some members are even "borrowed" from the Microsoft's HoloLens group. Flyby collaborated with Google to develop software for Project Tango 3D-mapping. I t's unclear if Apple intends to complete with the likes of the Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard , Samsung Gear VR or HTC Vive.

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Oculus Rift Has Hidden Preliminary Support For OpenXR

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It was developed by a working group managed by Khronos, a non-profit industry consortium. The working group includes the major VR companies such as Facebook, Valve, Microsoft, NVIDIA, AMD, HTC, Google, Unity, and Epic.

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The HoloLens Application that Wants to Save eCommerce Retailers Millions

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Students from Georgia Tech are working with Microsoft and Walmart to increase efficiency in warehouses using Mixed Reality. She met her co-f ounder Sarthak Srinivas outside the office of Thad Starner (Google Glass’s inventor) at Georgia Tech.

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Virtual Reality is officially a fad. I am out

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A consortium made by all the major XR companies of the world (Facebook, HTC, Microsoft, Google, etc…) called Kronos has fed all the data related to VR of the last 50 years into a big AI, to get analytics and predictions about the future of this technology.

Unreal Engine Adds Oculus Quest Vulkan Support, Unity To Follow ‘Later This Year’

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Vulkan was developed by The Khronos Group, a non-profit industry consortium which includes major tech companies like NVIDIA, AMD, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Intel.

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My predictions for augmented reality in 2019

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On the contrary, Microsoft has worked a lot on the platform, to make it more appealing to enterprise customers. It has released experiences like Microsoft Remote Assist, that let different teams in a company work together to solve maintenance problems. Google Maps in AR).

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. It’s the first of September!

This Company is Building an AR Version of ‘Minecraft’ for iOS and Android

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recently teased an update to their project that aims to replicate the official Microsoft version of Minecraft for HoloLens, the company’s $3000 AR headset, and put it on mobile devices capable of running Google’s ARCore and Apple’s ARKit.

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Magic Leap CEO Suggests Development Milestones Met, Patent Shows Sleeker Form Factor

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In an industry populated with giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft it is astounding that one of the most important names in the game is a startup known as Magic Leap. million dollars from the likes of Google, Qualcomm and China’s Alibaba group.

Magic Leap Raises Another $500+ Million In Series D Funding

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The round was led by Temasek with participation from EDBI, Grupo Globo, Janus Henderson, Alibaba Group, Fidelity Management and others. They join several other high-profile investors including Google, which helped put the company on the map in the first place. Magic Leap remains shrouded in mystery but continues to impress investors; the company’s just raised another $502 million in a Series D round of funding.

VR Veteran Tony Parisi is Leading Unity’s AR & VR Strategy Beyond Gaming

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But it’s safe to assume that it’s on the roadmap, especially with the recent news that the co-creator of WebGL & WebVR, Vlad Vukicevic recently joined Unity’s emergent technology group. Microsoft Shows Windows in VR, Gives Acer VR Headset to Vision Summit Audience.

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With Facebook’s ????, Oculus Is Fending off Old Enemies, Former Friends, and New Foes

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Starting with the launch of Google’s Daydream VR platform for Android in late 2016, the writing was on the wall for Samsung—Google’s largest Android hardware partner by far—to eventually support Google’s VR offering. New Foes – Microsoft & Co.

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Epic Aims to Take on Steam with Newly Announced Epic Games Store

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There wasn’t a specific announce surrounding support for VR games (see update), although as Khronos Group’s OpenXR standard marches ever onward in its mission to make market fragmentation a thing of the past, it’s possible those “open platforms” will also include VR.

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AR+VR Weekly: Meta sale, Facebook’s AR glasses and Magic Leap mobile AR

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Meanwhile, Facebook was in the AR news this week with the company bringing on the lead engineer for Google’s AR/VR team to head up its Portal division as well as a restructuring within the company to set up a group tasked with building AR glasses. Microsoft opens AI and VR incubator in China ( VentureBeat ). Microsoft to hold HoloLens 2 press event next month ( The Verge ).

EON Reality UK, The Landing and KPMG Manchester Discuss VR, AR and The Future

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Overall, the group talked about an array of both research and commercial products from industry sectors that are increasingly deploying immersive technology solutions to save money and stay ahead.

Hackathon Brings Much Needed Attention to WebVR

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Unfortunately, when it comes to immersive experiences, WebVR sits backstage, while VR headsets from HTC, Oculus, Playstation VR, Google and Samsung soak up all the limelight.

VRLA’s John Root on AR, Privacy, & eSports in VR

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Industry-leading companies sponsoring this year’s expo include Intel, Dell, Qualcomm, VIVEPORT, Microsoft, Neurogaming and OptiTrack, as well as a full lineup of innovative companies shaping the future of immersive tech. Katie Kelly, Head of Engagement, AltspaceVR / Microsoft.