Google, Facebook and Microsoft Line Up For VR Standalone Push


Over the next two weeks we are expecting major announcements related to VR from Microsoft, Google and Facebook. Microsoft. Halo is coming to Microsoft-based immersive systems. 3 (Tuesday morning) Microsoft will give one final overview of its mixed reality strategy before its manufacturing partners, later this month, start shipping inexpensive but surprisingly capable PC-based virtual reality headsets. Google. Google’s Daydream View.

Microsoft Just Bought VR Social App AltspaceVR


Microsoft is rescuing the beloved VR social network. The Silicon Valley social VR startup that has taken us on a roller coaster ride of emotions over the past months has big news—AltspaceVR has been acquired by Microsoft. Announced at today’s Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco, AltspaceVR will be joining Microsoft as part of the family. The announcement comes as Microsoft prepares to launch its own VR and AR platform, called Windows Mixed Reality, on October 17.


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Microsoft Joins Google, HTC Vive, Facebook, Samsung, and Sony as an XR Association Member

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Formerly called the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA), today the XR Association (XRA) has announced that Microsoft has joined as a member company alongside founding members HTC Vive, Sony, Google, Facebook, and Samsung. Microsoft’s XRA membership means that Heidi Holman, Microsoft’s Assistant General Counsel will represent the company on XRA’s Board of Directors.

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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. Among its count of members, the OpenXR working group consisted of nearly every major player in the industry except Microsoft until now. Up until now, it wasn’t clear which way Microsoft was headed. Microsoft Microsoft VR News Bits OpenXR khronos microsoft microsoft vr microsoft xr openar openvr

Samsung Is Working on a VR-AR Hybrid Headset, Already Tested ‘Prototype’


With the Gear VR’s launch in 2015, Samsung were technically the first company to release a modern-age consumer VR headset, and Gear VR is still the most owned VR headset on the market. Over the past year, there have been multiple hints from Samsung that their next step may be a standalone VR headset with AR capabilities- a “hybrid” so to speak. The Odyssey may be a stepping stone to a fully standalone Samsung VR headset.

7 Must-Have Samsung Gear VR Apps and Experiences


It may be hard to believe but its been four years since Samsung and Oculus first announced their smartphone-powered Gear VR headset. Samsung and Facebook/Oculus are on a mission: to bring the full-internet experience inside of your virtual reality headset. Phonecast is a Samsung-created dashboard that gives you access to a suite of intelligently designed web-apps, browsers and popular services like YouTube. There’s a reason that Microsoft spent $2.5

Microsoft Adds ‘Flashlight’ Camera Feature To Windows VR Headsets


Headsets running Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, like those from companies such as Acer, Lenovo and Samsung, can access the new feature with the latest Windows 10 Insider build. From the Microsoft blog post linked earlier: You can open a portal into your real world at any time via the Start menu, a button shortcut, or a voice command. This “Mixed Reality Flashlight” looks like a good first step for Microsoft.

Chrome Removed The Great Suspender Extension, But Don't Mourn Your Lost Tabs Just Yet

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Google has reportedly blocked the popular extension The Great Suspender and removed it from its Chrome Web Store for containing malware. But if you were one of the many users who relied on the tab manager to keep your browser running smoothly, don’t freak out just yet.

Will Apple, Facebook or Microsoft be the future of augmented reality?

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Yet Facebook , Microsoft and others are arguably more important to where the market is today. Apple ARKit, Google ARCore ). Augmented Reality Column Hardware Venture Capital Apple Facebook Google head-mounted displays Magic Leap Microsoft mixed reality Samsung smartglasses smartphone smartphones Snap Snapchat Virtual realityTim Merel. Contributor. Tim Merel is managing director of Digi-Capital. More posts by this contributor.

Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards


Google, Sony, Oculus, Samsung, Acer and HTC have combined their efforts in order to create a healthy and equal industry for virtual reality hardware and software to develop and expand. Although there are still some big names in virtual reality and augmented reality missing from the GVRA (Looking at you Valve and Microsoft) it’s still an impressive roster featuring some of the most influential players. News Acer Google GVRA HTC Oculus Sony

Google Glass Resurrected As New Enterprise Edition


Google Glass might be considered a sort of precursor to everything we write about on UploadVR today. Long before Cardboard, Daydream, and Tango, Google aimed to give the world a normal pair of glasses that presented simple AR overlays; far more primitive than what we see now with Microsoft’s HoloLens, but still very promising. The device seemed doomed, though, when Google stopped producing its prototype Explorers kit in 2015. Featured Google VR Industry News

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Google: Daydream Has ‘More Than 150 Apps’


At Google I/O 2017 developer conference this week, the company announced a standalone Daydream VR headset in partnership with Qualcomm , with Lenovo and HTC slated to release commercial versions later this year. Google also shared a small tidbit: Developers have built “more than 150 apps” for Daydream so far. Google unveiled the Daydream platform a year ago at I/O 2016, but the View headset only arrived in November. Like Microsoft , Google is facing an uphill battle in VR.

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Community Download: Are Oculus and HTC The Apple and Microsoft of VR?


For every Nintendo there is a Sega and for every Apple there is a Microsoft. There are a handful of major players already cutting their teeth in VR including Google, Sony and Samsung; but the two titans sitting at the top of the heap are Oculus and HTC. Our big question today is this: when it comes to VR, are Oculus and HTC the respective Apple and Microsoft of the industry? HTC/Microsoft . The technology world is always a game of rivals.

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. Just a few weeks ago, major forces collaborating on the WebVR Spec gathered in San Jose, CA for the W3C Workshop on Web & Virtual Reality , a two-day conference where the likes of Mozilla, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Oculus, The Khronos Group, and many more hashed out the latest developments and directions for the WebVR ecosystem.

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Google: Wireless Positional Tracking “Solved”, But Heat Still A Problem For VR


Last week, at a Google press event UploadVR had the chance to speak with Google Tango’s director of engineering, Johnny Lee. Without these outside components, one could not lean into objects in an experience, and would be limited to the left, right, up, down, tracking currently seen in mobile VR headsets such as Google Cardboard or the Samsung Gear VR.

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Microsoft Research reveals more FlashBack VR tech details


Things like Google Cardboard and the Samsung Gear VR does significantly lower the barrier to entry, but it still requires an investment in a … Continue reading. Archive computing Microsoft research virtual reality vrAlthough today's generation of virtual reality devices and platforms has made technology more accessible, at least compared to its almost sci-fi stature years ago, it hasn't exactly made it accessible to everyone, especially the budget constrained.

This Is the Laptop You Should Buy Right Now

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laptop buyers guide apple lenovo google microsoft samsung huaweiWe’ve reviewed a ton of laptops and played around with even more.

Microsoft aquires AltspaceVR


AltspaceVR , the virtual reality social network that hosts events like stand-up comedy or presidential debate-watching parties, is now part of Microsoft. After a sudden shutdown due to a drop in funding in July, Microsoft obviously has now come to the rescue. Microsoft has no plans to kill off the AltspaceVR, or stop it working on rival VR platforms. AltspaceVR is available for Google Daydream, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR, but not Windows Mixed Reality.

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


Surprisingly, Microsoft is taking steps to change that, as it recently added HoloLens AR headset demos to its retail stores , letting mall shoppers go hands-on with a potentially transformative technology. 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.

Samsung Has Bought a Cloud-Computing Company that Could Give.


Samsung Has Bought a Cloud-Computing Company that Could Give Mobile VR a Big Boost With the recent introduction of Google Daydream , the mobile VR space is heating up. Now a new acquisition from Samsung could help to power even more immersive VR on smartphones. According to The Wall Street Journal , however, Samsung is not looking to go up against its many rivals in this sector, which include Amazon Web Service, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.

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


billion from companies listed below like Google and Qualcomm. Google – NASDAQ: GOOG – Cardboard, Google VR, Daydream & Tango, VR cameras, Tilt Brush. Samsung – KRX: 005930 – GearVR (partnership with Oculus VR) and 360 Camera. Microsoft – NASDAQ: MSFT – VR operating system, VR platform, VR headset.

The Coolest Gadgets of 2020

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For companies like Apple and Microsoft, this could have been a landmark year were it not for everything else going on. apple zen surechip samsung google amd sony jbl onyx peloton fitbit commerce

Unity Updates XR Platform to Improve Multi-Platform Offering on 2019.3, Removes Gear VR & Google VR Support

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and beyond, the company has confirmed that Samsung Gear VR and Google VR support will end due to the fact the relative companies have moved their interest away from these products. It’s worth noting Gear VR and Google VR will remain supported in Unity 2018 LTS for developers working on existing projects. ” Just like Gear VR, and Google VR, OpenVR will remain supported in Unity 2018 LTS. News Google VR OpenVR Samsung Gear VR Unity Unity 2019.3

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


The best examples of this are the Magic Leap prototypes, Microsoft Hololens and Qualcomm’s VR reference design. While we know that companies like Facebook and Google are hard at work on their own standalone prototypes, there is very little expectation they’ll be any smaller than the current AR/VR headsets out today. 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

How VR and AR Headsets Can Help Avoid The In-Flight Laptop Ban


Sean Ong, a mixed reality developer, demonstrated in May how the Microsoft HoloLens can serve as a desktop-like workaround on an affected US-bound Emirates flight from Dubai when paired with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. ” However, the Microsoft HoloLens’ current price point at $3,000 and status as a developer tool make the headset unwieldy for the average flier. If you own a mobile VR or AR headset, the laptop ban might not be as bad as you think.

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Spatial raises $14M more for a holographic 3D workspace app, a VR/AR version of Zoom or Hangouts

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Other investors include Expa, Lerer Hippeau, Leaders Fund, Samsung NEXT and Andy Hertzfeld (of Macintosh fame). The idea of taking what Spatial has built to produce its own applications for customers, and turning that into a platform that others could use, too, is something that the company had always planned to do — platforms are front and centre in Agarawala’s mind, given his pedigree of years working at Google, which acquired his previous startup, BumpTop, in 2010.

Did Seebright Just Launch Google Cardboard for AR?


Case in point is Microsoft’s HoloLens, where a development kit will set you back for $3000. It was no other than Google that delivered the first “million unit VR headset” By launching Cardboard VR application and the headset made out of… cardboard, Google set the stage for massive adoption of VR among developers, and the company isn’t stopping anytime soon. Apple or Google, it doesn’t matter as being platform agnostic is all that counts.”

Field in View: Valve, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Sony – Who Believes What’s Best For VR?


Between Sony’s PlayStation VR, Google’s Daydream, Microsoft’s Windows Holographic, Facebook’s Oculus, and Valve’s SteamVR, we don’t just have different tech specs but different philosophies that will continue to seperate each of them as 2017 goes on and may ultimately decide who truly leads the industry in the years to come. Google. Google wants to essentially create the Android of VR by building on top of that exact operating system.

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New PSVR, Samsung Odyssey And Oculus Connect: The Five Biggest Stories In VR This Week


This week has seen some big announcements both from Microsoft and Google, and next week will see Facebook give the latest on all things VR at Oculus Connect. Samsung’s Windows VR Headset Revealed. With a deep partnership with Oculus on Gear VR and its own standalone headset in the works we didn’t expect to see another headset from Samsung any time soon. Missed out on all the week’s biggest VR news? Where have you been, Mars?

Google Bringing WebVR Support to Android Chrome in JanuaryWebVR.


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. There, Google said that the company soon plans to ship a public version of Chrome on Android with support for WebVR 1.1. webvr vr virtual reality google chrome

New to VR? A beginner’s guide


Google Cardboard. from Google. Google Daydream View. from Google. COMPATIBILITY: The Google Daydream View is only compatible with these devices: Pixel, Pixel 2, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, Moto Z, Moto Z 2 , ZenFone AR, Mate 9 Pro, Axon 7. Google’s Daydream View is a mobile VR device that comes with a handheld Bluetooth controller for navigation and gameplay. Samsung Gear VR (with controller). Photo by Samsung.

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


It helps that the field of view is surprisingly large when compared to the likes of the postage-stamp sized view in the Microsoft HoloLens. 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. With a goal of fulfilling the role of being the Google Daydream of AR, there are a lot of hurdles left to cross still.

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‘Bigscreen’ Now Supports Windows VR, PSVR and Mobile Headsets Coming in 2018

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Bigscreen , the social VR app which lets users connect in a virtual environment while retaining the ability to use (and share) their own PC desktop content, now supports Microsoft’s ‘Windows Mixed Reality’ VR headsets. Previously available on the Oculus store and Steam, Bigscreen is now also available on the Microsoft store.

This year's best Black Friday tablet deals include $200 off the brand new iPads

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BEST BUDGET PICK: Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (32GB or 64GB) — save $80 on Amazon. It probably doesn't hurt that Apple and Samsung both recently updated their respective lineups, which means you've got older and newer models to choose from.)

Developing the Future of Mixed Reality

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We talk to the first developers to join Microsoft’s HoloLens partner program about what the future of Mixed Reality looks like. It was really interesting to see Microsoft pivot towards enterprise with the HoloLens and I think it was absolutely the right move for them to make Click To Tweet. By pivoting towards the enterprise market early on, Microsoft managed to create strong and sustained demand for Mixed Reality tools among companies looking to solve real business needs.

Students Hack Positional Tracking onto Gear VR with SteamVR Tracking

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Mobile VR solutions like Samsung’s Gear VR currently employ rotational tracking only. The popular forms of mobile VR headsets, such as the Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream View and Cardboard, are currently limited to rotational head tracking, meaning that you can look around comfortably from a single vantage point, but movements of the head through 3D space (like leaning forward or backward) cannot be tracking.

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The 9 Biggest VR Stories Of GDC 2017


With Google Daydream launching with motion controls last year, Samsung and Oculus’ Gear VR needs to play a bit of catch up. Fortunately the pair are doing just that; a new Gear VR was announced at Samsung’s MWC press conference last weekend, and will likely be fully unveiled when the company reveals its new S8 smartphone later this year. Hands-On With the Microsoft Windows Holographic VR Headset. Whew, what a week. Can we sleep now?