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

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Image by Magic Leap). Magic Leap is on sale. A report on Bloomberg informed us all that Magic Leap is exploring a sale of the company. Also because the brand “Magic Leap” is not as shiny as before , when we were all expecting great things from it.

BBC Earth Is Bringing A New AR Experience To Magic Leap

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BBC’s next immersive experience won’t be appearing on the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive; it’s coming to Magic Leap One. Preloaded also worked with the BBC on the excellent Life in VR app for Google Daydream.

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GDC 2018 ‘Day 1’ Roundup – Vive Pro Pricing, Magic Leap SDK, Nvidia RTX, and More

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Vive Pro date and price, Magic Leap announcements, Nvidia’s real-time ray-tracing, and Budget Cuts resurfaces. Image courtesy HTC. HTC have finally revealed the price and release date of the anticipated Vive Pro , opening preorders globally at Vive.com and other retailers.

Magic Leap Head Of Public Relations Leaves To Join Stealth Startup (Update)

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Update: We received the following statement from Magic Leap about the departure: “Andy Fouche will no longer serve as VP of Public Relations for Magic Leap, Inc. A LinkedIn profile for Fouché lists him formerly in the Magic Leap position.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.12.09): Qualcomm XR2 defines the future of XR, Magic Leap having tragic sales, and much more!

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Image by Magic Leap). Magic Leap may be in trouble, but its CEO remains confident. It seems that soon it will release a refresh of the Magic Leap One , but we have to see if this will be enough. HTC won’t announce anything big at CES.

Apple CEO: VR Has “Lower Commercial Interest” than AR, New Hires from Magic Leap & Oculus

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Numerous acquisitions and hires point to a company who recognises mobile technology, such as its iPhone, is now reaching or indeed past its zenith in commercial potential, and (much like former mobile giant HTC has) needs to find another route to remaining relevant in the space in the future.

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My predictions for augmented reality in 2019

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Magic Leap. Me, wearing a Magic Leap One. The most important news has been for sure the launch of the Magic Leap One. Rear view of the Magic Leap One. Leap Motion. You may ask why I’m adding Leap Motion here. Magic Leap.

GDC 2018 ‘Day 2’ Roundup – ‘Budget Cuts’ Hands-On, Google Maps and ARCore, Squanch Games’ Exclusive, and More

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We go hands-on with Budget Cuts, Google presents ARCore and Maps API-enabled apps, Squanch Games’ Daydream exclusive title announced, and Magic Leap talks about developing games for a spatial computing platform. Google highlights 4 ARCore apps. Image courtesy Google.

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Justice League, Magic Leap And Quake II: The Five Biggest Stories In VR This Week

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No series rules the arena shooter genre like Quake and playing it in VR looks like an intense rush on both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. A bigger, more expansive app is on the way, but a taster experience launched on Google Cardboard this week, giving us our first peek at new minigames in which we play as Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and more. Magic Leap Gets A Rumored Price And Release Window.

Google-backed Magic Leap Reveals Mixed Reality Music App

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Way in October, Magic Leap , the still-in-stealth-mode company developing an augmented-reality headset, announced that it has raised $502 million in Series D equity funding , led by Singapore investment firm Temasek Holdings. This came as a confirmation of a last week when Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz cryptically promised “ fun and cool stuff ” from this secretive augmented reality startup.

AR+VR Weekly: Magic Leap One’s FOV, HTC Vive still most popular with devs & new Apple AR patents

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In addition to keeping you up-to-date on the top AR+VR news, funding activity, and launch announcements, here are there three stories you need to know: Magic Leap One’s FOV, HTC Vive still most popular with devs, and new Apple AR patents. Some hidden text in Magic Leap’s developer website code revealed that the field of view for the upcoming Magic Leap One will be 40 degrees horizontal by 30 degrees vertical, with a 4:3 aspect ratio.

HTC Vive Focus launched worldwide: an enterprise standalone headset, starting from $599

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You will be able to finally buy it in Europe and North America for $599, from the dedicated page on the HTC website. HTC Vive Focus Specs. The Vive Focus is HTC’s standalone headset , the one that the Taiwanese/Chinese company wants to use to start making virtual reality widespread.

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The World of Mobile VR After Pokemon Go

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With the introduction of Google Cardboard and the Daydream VR platform, Oculus and HTC discrete VR headsets and GearVR headsets for even smartphones like the Samsung’s Galaxy S7, the first tentative steps towards virtual reality gaming are being taken.

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

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Magic Leap One. Magic Leap reportedly lost out on the contract won by Microsoft. The company launched its $2,300 Magic Leap One AR headset development kit in August after revealing earlier in the year it passed $2 billion in total investment, with a huge amount from Saudi Arabia. We don’t follow the logic, but he claimed those larger efforts will be “much more inefficient” compared to Magic Leap. HTC Vive Focus.

For Once, Microsoft Got The Jump On Google and Apple with HoloLens — Will It Last?

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HoloLens moves the game on from the previous-generation MR devices — such as Google Glass — which provided little more than the ability to bring up text or simple icons over the user’s view. Consumer VR devices costing several hundred dollars from Oculus, HTC, and Sony run on powerful household desktop PCs that likely cost at least $1,000. Mixed reality (MR) is a new computing platform that‘s emerging from the current fields of augmented and virtual reality.

Mirage Solo Is Getting Pass-Through Support With Depth Perception And AR

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Google is making it easy to play ping pong whilst wearing the Lenovo Mirage Solo headset, whether you’re in VR or not. Alongside today’s announcement of a pair of experimental six degrees of freedom (6DOF) controllers for the standalone Daydream headset, Google also introduced a new pass-through camera system that will be coming to developers soon. A similar feature was recently revealed for HTC’s new Vive Pro, too.

These Are The Stocks You Could Buy To Invest In The VR Industry

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Also keep in mind that there are plenty of private companies worth investing in, and some public companies listed below have invested in them like Magic Leap who has investments to the tune of $1.39 billion from companies listed below like Google and Qualcomm.

GDC 2018 VR And AR News Roundup: Everything You Might Have Missed

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HTC Launches Three Ready Player One VR Experiences Today. Magic Leap’s Design Discussion Reveals Very Few Real Details (Surprise!). Amazing New Leap Motion Concept Videos. Magic Leap One Getting Unreal Engine 4 Support. Report: Google To Acquire Light Field Capture Studio Lytro. Live-Tweeting a Magic Leap Talk. Google Highlights New ARCore Apps Including Tamagotchi And eBay. HTC Vive’s Updated Trackers Are On Sale Now.

Report Predicts AR and VR Headsets Shipments to Approach 100 Million by 2021

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

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There are however too reluctant holdouts left; Apple and Magic Leap, but it remains to be seen what either are bringing to the table.

Vancouver’s VR/AR Global Summit Puts Content First

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After the release of Magic Leap One earlier this month – the most anticipated launch in the sector – the industry’s best minds have shifted to content. . and LNG Studios , each showcasing programs that put hardware like HTC Vive or Microsoft HoloLens through their paces.

‘Angry Birds VR’ is Coming to All Major VR Platforms in 2019

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While we don’t know much about gameplay mechanics yet, it’s possible the Magic Leap One release of Angry Birds: FPS – First Person Slingshot may hold some answers. Rovio’s Angry Birds defined the early days of mobile games.

All the most important AR and VR news from the GDC 2018

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HTC has finally revealed the price of the Vive Pro : it will cost $799 just to have the headset (no controller and no base stations, so you must already have a Vive 1 kit) and will be available for pre-orders since April, 5th. Magic Leap releases its SDK. Google AR apps.

Eido Inoue tells us everything we need to know about HADO and location based augmented reality

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Between that, I worked on consumer cloud software with Google for five years… managing engineering teams for Gmail, Japanese mobile, Google Labs, and social (Blogger etc.) Meleap (pronounced “may-leap”) is a combination of the words “Merry” and “Leap”.

First Ever OpenXR Demo Heading To Siggraph 2018 This Week

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The group includes over 140 members, with major players like Google, Sony, Valve, HTC, Samsung, Magic Leap, Oculus, AMD and Nvidia involved. Khronos Group’s anticipated VR/AR standard API, OpenXR, is finally getting its first ever public demo at Siggraph 2018 this week.

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

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Imagine mixing it with CoreML and obtain some magical applications. The past week has been the week of Half-Life: Alyx, but something else has also happened in the XR world! If you were too focused on smashing headcrabs to read VR news, don’t worry, because the Ghost has got you covered!

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Microsoft’s HoloLens Mall Demos Bring Early AR Glasses To The Masses

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I say “potentially” because many companies — Microsoft, Google, and Apple among them — expect that augmented reality is going to be a big deal some day, but the hardware is currently stuck in a rut. On the other hand, Apple and Google sell affordable AR devices, but none of them are wearable. If you want to experience AR on a device you own today, Apple and Google expect you to hold up your phone or tablet, then look at the screen for a real-time augmented view through the camera.

WCVRI Day 1: Hands-on RealMax AR glasses and Droolon F1 eye tracking!

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Even with the organizers of the event, I have to speak mostly in Chinese (hence my headache) and use a lot of Baidu Fanyi (the Chinese counterpart of Google Translate). RealMax can mount a Leap Motion device, so you have the power of using naturally your hands to interact with AR elements.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.08.11): Gear VR is over, Go long term future is uncertain, Huawei teases its metaverse and much more!

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The winner of this analytics is the Playstation VR, with a revenue share of 30% of the total VR market , compared with Oculus’s 25% and HTC’s 22%. Google launches AR Live View for Maps. Next week my blog will turn 3 years old! I am so excited.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.09.30): OC6, Pimax Day, Huawei VR glasses, Minecraft Earth and much more!

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You have to buy base stations and controllers separately from HTC or Valve. Huawei is advertising these glasses as competitors of Oculus Quest and HTC Vive Pro, but don’t get mislead by this. Google is doing it again.

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Exclusive: Vality is Building a Compact VR Headset with Ultra-high Resolution

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The prototype weighs in at around just 200 grams—less than half the weight of a headset like the original Rift or HTC Vive—and Vality expects the finished product could be under 150 grams.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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THE STANDALONE MOBILE HEADSET THAT HTC IS KEEPING IN JAPAN. Remember, HTC is the Taiwanese-based hardware manufacturer and the HTC Vive Tech Corporation is a subsidiary that partners with American-based software company Valve for content via their huge Steam library.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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Although Google Tango-style software that enables smartphones to sense their surrounding environment is required, you can choose from premade holograms and position the 3D model in your real world room (ICYMI here’s a primer on Google Tango ). HTC VIVE LEADS THE CHINESE MARKET.

Community Download: What Are Your 2019 VR/AR Predictions?

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For HTC we’re mostly just waiting to see what happens next. Without any real exclusives to speak of and the vast majority of the Vive ecosystem living mostly on Valve’s Steam could be problematic for HTC in the long-term. Then you’ve got the scrappy Windows VR platform, the constantly evolving mobile VR landscape between Google Daydream and now the Oculus Go, new contenders like Shadow VR and Pimax , and so much more.

‘Ready Player One’ Author Ernest Cline Explains Why VR Is The.

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Cline has seen his fictional universes blend with reality after the consumer launches of Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive (with Sony’s PlayStation VR slotted for an October debut).

My Taiwanese XR Chronicles part 1: Cave, zSpace, Brogent hands-on

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I had the pleasure of participating to the “VR Visionaries” event in Kaohsiung and then I headed to Taipei to meet some XR companies (like HTC ) and people. In Taiwan, all western websites work and so you don’t need to set up a VPN just to use Google. It felt like magic.

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AR+VR Weekly: IDC’s latest forecast, Macy’s commitment to VR and Apple’s depth-sensing lead

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Over 85 ARCore apps are now in Google Play including Overstock, Ikea, Wayfair, New York Times and more ( Android Police ). Magic Leap opens “Creator Portal” for AR app developers ( The Verge ). Google opens MAPs API so developers can create location-based games ( Road To VR ).