Facebook Researchers Found A Way To Essentially Give Oculus Quest More GPU Power

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Facebook Researchers seem to have figured out a way to use machine learning to essentially give Oculus Quest apps 67% more GPU power to work with. The Oculus Quest is a standalone headset, which means the computing hardware is inside the device itself.

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‘Neural Supersampling’ Could Give Future Oculus Quests Console-Quality Graphics

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While just a few years ago “Zoom and Enhance” was used to mock those falsely believing computers could do this, machine learning has made it reality. What’s stopping this from being a software update for your Oculus Quest tomorrow?

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Key Google AR/VR Director Heads To Facebook Reality Labs

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Google continues to bleed experts in AR and VR technology as Facebook Reality Labs staffs up for a bigger push into hardware. We’ll note that Paul Debevec left Google recently for Netflix.

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Google Develops Real-Time Finger Tracking Algorithm For Mobile Chips

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Google released an open source algorithm which performs real-time 21-point finger tracking on mobile hardware. The system is part of Google’s MediaPipe, a modular framework for machine learning based solutions such as face detection, object detection, and hair segmentation. Unfortunately, Google’s blog post doesn’t mention the quality and latency of the current implementation. Google finger tracking google

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Oculus Quest Unity SDK References Shared-Space Colocation API

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Code found by VR developers in the Oculus Unity Integration reveals Facebook’s shared-space “colocation” API for Oculus Quest. Colocation means having multiple Oculus Quests sharing the same playspace.

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Google Reveals Experimental 6DOF Controllers For Daydream, Dev Kits Incoming

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Google revealed an experimental accessory for the Lenovo Mirage Solo which adds a pair of six degrees of freedom controllers to the standalone Daydream headset. A Google blog post describes the way the faceplate communicates with the controllers as a “unique optical tracking system” which “uses machine learning and off-the-shelf parts to accurately estimate the 3D position and orientation of the controllers.”

Editorial: What To Make Of Facebook’s Oculus Quest Pro Hints

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Oculus Quest 2 is heading toward mainstream adoption and Facebook’s executives in charge of VR strategy have dropped hints surrounding a “Quest Pro.” Oculus Quest Pro Release Timing.

The XR Week Peek (2020.07.20): Oculus ready to manufacture the Quest S, Pico doubles-down on 3DOF, and more!

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Image by Oculus). Oculus could be starting the production of a new Quest at the end of July. Multiple reports seem to confirm that Oculus is actually starting the production of a new Oculus Quest headset, with an expected release date in 2021. Google’s investment for a 7.7%

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Emerging Technologies Achievable Through The Cloud: 4 Practical Examples

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BigQuery from Google Cloud has many powerful features that allow users to view their data in real-time, providing continual up-to-date information to help guide business decisions. BigQuery’s Machine Learning and Business Intelligence Engine analysis of various data models are quite powerful.

The XR Week Peek (2020.04.20): Oculus Quest goes AR, Oculus Jedi may be like Valve Knuckles and much more!

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Last Oculus Quest update shows hints of an Oculus MR ecosystem. Facebook is continuously updating the Oculus Quest , its most successful device, and this week it has rolled out the runtime v16. My bet is that if Oculus is going to launch this service, it is going to be at OC7.

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5 Insights Google’s VP of VR Clay Bavor Gave Us Into Daydream

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The VR spotlight might be on Oculus right now after last week’s developer conference, but we haven’t forgotten about Google’s Daydream ecosystem. You may have already seen a snippet of our chat with VP of VR Clay Bavor from last week’s Made By Google event, but he had plenty more to share during our in-depth interview. Here are five things we learned from Google’s VR figurehead last week. All of Google Did.

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Oculus Quest vs Vive Focus vs Lenovo Mirage Solo – 6DoF Standalone Specs Showdown

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In late September, Oculus revealed the $399 Oculus Quest , the first consumer standalone VR system announced to include 6DoF controllers – the same highly praised ‘Touch controllers’ that come with Rift (just with the tracking ring upwards instead of downwards, explained in the next section). Google (which provides the software for the Lenovo Mirage Solo) is not sitting idle either. Critically, Google has not given any details on the tracking range or quality.

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Oculus Quest Review: consumer Virtual Reality v1 is here

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The time for my Oculus Quest review has come. The Quest has a nice packaging , as all Oculus products. I really love opening Oculus products , since usually they are packaged really well, and the Quest is no exception. Oculus Quest box content (Image by Oculus). This was a bit the philosophy of Google Daydream View, that was the first headset employing this kind of materials. Front view of the Oculus Quest. Oculus Quest Right View.

Family Gaming: VR Experiences Transforming Together Time Under Lockdown

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For many parents and guardians this means learning to work from home while simultaneously keeping their families safe, happy, and healthy under quarantine. Available on Oculus Store for Rift , PlayStation Store , Steam , and Viveport.

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‘Beat Saber’ Could Be Oculus Quest’s Killer App

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In fact, the game has become so popular that Beat Saber arcades are now emerging , automated VR arcade machines where it is the only game available. The game’s easy to learn but hard to master mechanics combined with catchy music make it fun for gamers and non-gamers alike, and great for parties. Oculus is positioning Quest as a gaming console, and CTO John Carmack said that he expects it to compete with Nintendo’s Switch.

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Weekly Funding & People Roundup: Google acquires Owlchemy.

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Weekly Funding & People Roundup: Google acquires Owlchemy Labs VR game studio, Improbable grabs $502M, Vivid Vision raises $2.2M, Oculus’s first employee just left 1) Google has acquired the VR game studio behind such popular gaming titles as Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. 4) The first employee hired to work on the Oculus Rift at Oculus VR — the virtual reality headset company Facebook paid $2 billion for — is quitting.

Digital Frontier: Where Brain-computer Interfaces & AR/VR Could One Day Meet

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It sounds fantastical, but the more I learn about BCI, the more I’ve come to realize that this wish list of functions is really only the tip of the iceberg. Adam Marblestone, a research scientist at Google DeepMind and PhD in biophysics from Harvard, isn’t so starry-eyed about the initial launch of Neuralink’s N1 tech though. SEE ALSO Oculus Chief Scientist Dives Deep Into the Near Future of AR & VR.

VR for HR: Learning How to Tell Stories in XR, with BODYSWAPS’ Christophe Mallet

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“You cannot learn empathy on powerpoint!” To learn more about Somewhere Else Solutions, you can visit them at somewhereelse.co. Alan: So to put things in perspective, what you’re saying is that everybody focused on making the environments look real or making the interactions, maybe it’s training, but you’d be training on a machine, or manufacturing, or a car, or a truck, or something like this. You cannot learn empathy on a PowerPoint, right?

VR for HR: Learning How to Tell Stories in XR, with BODYSWAPS’ Christophe Mallet

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“You cannot learn empathy on powerpoint!” To learn more about Somewhere Else Solutions, you can visit them at somewhereelse.co. Alan: So to put things in perspective, what you’re saying is that everybody focused on making the environments look real or making the interactions, maybe it’s training, but you’d be training on a machine, or manufacturing, or a car, or a truck, or something like this. You cannot learn empathy on a PowerPoint, right?

VR for HR: Learning How to Tell Stories in XR, with BODYSWAPS' Christophe Mallet

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"You cannot learn empathy on powerpoint!" To learn more about Somewhere Else Solutions, you can visit them at somewhereelse.co. Alan: So to put things in perspective, what you're saying is that everybody focused on making the environments look real or making the interactions, maybe it's training, but you'd be training on a machine, or manufacturing, or a car, or a truck, or something like this. You cannot learn empathy on a PowerPoint, right?

100 VR Games That You Should Absolutely Be Playing: Day 1

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The fact is that whether you own an Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PSVR or otherwise, you’ve got plenty to play. Platforms: Gear VR , Oculus Go. Don’t sleep on lands end if you have access to Oculus’ mobile VR suite. Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR , PlayStation VR. Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive. Platforms: Oculus Rift , HTC Vive. Platforms: Oculus Rift , HTC Vive, Windows VR , PlayStation VR. Platforms: Google Daydream.

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Exclusive: First-Ever Impact Reality Summit Announces 2020 Lineup

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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.

Facebook Details Artificial Intelligence-Enabled Foveated Rendering Reconstruction

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Facebook published a research paper for its machine learning-based reconstruction for foveated rendering that the company first teased at Oculus Connect 5 (in late 2018). The display itself is the same as on the regular Vive Pro (and in the Oculus Quest).

Onward On Oculus Quest Review-in-Progress: Lock And Load Without Wires

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Multiplayer shooter Onward releases today for Oculus Quest. If you’re curious what we think so far, here is our Onward Oculus Quest review-in-progress! With the release of Onward on Oculus Quest, it marks a big moment for Downpour Interactive.

Designing the User Experience for WebAR, with Google’s Interaction Developer Austin McCasland

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Austin McCasland is a UX prototyper working with Google, and he and Alan chat about the finer points of UX design for AR. He’s designed and developed Paint Space AR, named by Apple as one of the best apps of 2017 and currently works full time at Google as an AR Interaction designer.

The XR Week Peek (2020.10.26): DecaGear is an intriguing VR headset, HTC is working on a new device, and more!

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While Oculus is getting all the glory for the Quest, its competitors are not sleeping. Huawei has upgraded its sleek VR glasses and now they support 6DOF movement and 6DOF controllers that are very similar to the Oculus Touch. Learn more. Learn more and register.

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Designing the User Experience for WebAR, with Google's Interaction Developer Austin McCasland

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Austin McCasland is a UX prototyper working with Google, and he and Alan chat about the finer points of UX design for AR. He's designed and developed Paint Space AR, named by Apple as one of the best apps of 2017 and currently works full time at Google as an AR Interaction designer. Alan: If you're looking to learn more about Austin, you can visit his website at austastic.com. And I think the next big one is going to be clothing, which I know Google has made an investment in.

Designing ?Virtual Virtual Reality?, One of Mobile VR?s Most Immersive Games Yet

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Launched initially on Daydream in early 2017, and now available on Gear VR, Oculus Go, and Oculus Rift, Virtual Virtual Reality’s smart interaction design gives players freedom and control which—combined with a narrative tying it all together—makes Virtual Virtual Reality one of the most immersive mobile VR games to date. The story unfolds as the player travels between virtual realities, diving deeper and deeper into the machinations of Activitude.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.11.11): Cardboard becomes opensource, HoloLens 2 and nreal shipping and much more!

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Image by Google). Google completely opensources Cardboard. With a surprise move, Google has announced with a blog post that it ha opensourced completely Cardboard. Regarding what components have been opensourced, Google states that “The open source project provides APIs for head tracking, lens distortion rendering, and input handling. Google has already abandoned all its VR projects (e.g. Google Jump, Daydream), and Cardboard is the last one of a long list.

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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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Mobile AR has no interesting use cases; People complain that living another world in AR/VR and not living a real life is wrong, even if it can make our lives better… but no one complains that we are having air conditioning, that prevents us from living the real heat ; Oculus may, in the end, release an SDK to create multiplayer free-roam experiences (like the one of the Dead And Buried demo at OC5). VR is an empathy machine, but this is not always the case.

The XR Week Peek (2021.10.19): HTC launches Vive Flow, Magic Leap 2 announced, and more!

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HTC advertises it as a headset for relaxation and productivity because it wants to position it as a different product than a gaming machine like Oculus Quest 2. This is an enormous endorsement for virtual reality, and the previous use of 17,000 Oculus Gos by Walmart pales in comparison.

The XR Week Peek (2021.08.09): New specs revealed for PSVR 2, Valve may be working on a standalone headset, and more!

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I’m overly happy to announce to you that today we of New Technology Walkers have launched our VR fitness game HitMotion: Reloaded on Oculus App Lab ! Google Tensor chip is made for AI and AR. It will be so overly important for Google Lens , for instance. Learn more.

XR Trends to Watch In 2022

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In this article, we will explore seven XR trends that have been taking shape over the past year to be the top trends in not only 2022, but within the long-term future of AR, VR and MR. Machine Learning. Google’s real-time face and body tracking; Source: Google.

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Facebook Develops AI Supersampling to Boost Rendering Performance for High-resolution VR Headsets

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Researchers claim the approach is “the first learned supersampling method that achieves significant 16x supersampling of rendered content with high spatial and temporal fidelity, outperforming prior work by a large margin.”. Oculus Varifocal Prototypes, Image courtesy Oculus.

The XR Week Peek (2020.10.12): Quest 2 is launching, dogs use AR, and more!

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Facebook has started today enforcing the “Facebook login” rule , asking Oculus users to merge their Facebook and Oculus accounts. You activate the machine, pay for its usage and you can have cloud rendering. Image by Google). MRTK now supports Oculus Quest.

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AR & AI Storytelling Innovations in ‘TendAR’ from Studio Tender Claws

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Google’s ARCore technology was used for the augmented reality overlays, the Google Cloud Vision AI API for object detection, as well as early access to some of Google’s cutting-edge Human Sensing Technology that could detect emotional expressions of the participants. What is the potential for some of anonymized physical data to end up being personally identifiable using machine learning?

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

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Oculus has also partnered with Virtuclear to offer prescription lenses for the Quest 2 for $80. 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. Learn more.

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