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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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.

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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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. Companies like Microsoft completely missed the smartphone market, even after trying to buy into it with their acquisition of Nokia, which was too little too late.

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Windows VR Headset Prices Hit Rock Bottom Over Black Friday

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Now that turkey day has come and gone, holiday shopping season has arrived and we’re tracking the best Windows Mixed Reality Black Friday 2018 deals on the Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus, and Samsung Odyssey headsets. Samsung Odyssey+ – $500. Image courtesy Microsoft.

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Fujitsu Has A Windows-Based VR Headset Too

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The first Windows-based VR headsets running on Microsoft’s new Mixed Reality platform are now shipping out, but there’s more on the way. We already knew that Samsung would be releasing its Windows VR device next month (though not in Europe) and that Asus would follow up with its version next year, but now — as revealed by Engadget — Japanese tech company Fujitsu has also announced its own headset for the platform. Microsoft VR Industry News

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Is Sound the Secret Sauce for Making Immersive Experiences?

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The point of all this was to show off the spatial audio technology that Tashev and his team at the Audio and Acoustics Research Group developed for the HoloLens, and which is now being incorporated into its new Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

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. Augmented Reality, also called Mixed Reality (MR, MxR) is set to represent a very large part of our lives.

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

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Former Friends – Samsung. Samsung was perhaps Oculus’ first major ally. The companies co-developed the mobile Gear VR headset, which would be manufactured and sold by Samsung but run the Oculus platform for VR software distribution. New Foes – Microsoft & Co.

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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, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards

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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. Ultimately, the group will develop best practices and share them openly.”.

Is Apple Working On A VR headset?

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Some members are even "borrowed" from the Microsoft's HoloLens group. 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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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.

Exclusive: HP’s Next-gen VR Headset Aims to Raise the Bar on Clarity & Comfort

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Having launched its first VR headset in late 2017, alongside a handful of similar headsets as part of Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, HP is preparing to take its next step with the launch of a new headset that diverges from the pack.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.08.05): SIGGRAPH shows cool XR stuff, Vive Cosmos will probably cost £700, VirtualLink may die and much more!

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The working group, that includes all the major XR companies (Oculus, HTC, Intel, NVIDIA, Valve, etc…), facilitated by the Khronos group, has finally agreed on a set of specifications, after having listened to all the feedback that come after the release of the version 0.9.

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Intel to Buy Imagination Technologies or AMD’s RTG?

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First Intel – Nvidia deal happened in 2000, when Intel gave the best offer to Microsoft and won the deal for the first Xbox console. More recently, AMD spun off its engineering teams under the Radeon Technologies Group, which is lead by Raja Koduri.

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

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Most recently, Microsoft announced their support for WebVR in the Edge browser ; Opera and Apple’s Safari are notable holdouts, having not yet said if they plan to support the spec (though employees from both were registered to attend last month’s meeting).

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Weekly Funding Roundup: Vrse/Within Raises $12.65M, Felix &.

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Weekly Funding Roundup: Vrse/Within Raises $12.65M, Felix & Paul Studios Raise $6.8M & Samsung Acquires Joyent 1) Vrse , a startup building technology for delivering virtual reality video across platforms, is announcing today that it has raised $12.56M and that it’s taking on a new name: Within.

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.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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SAMSUNG AT VIDCON: BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS. Samsung solidified its commitment to the virtual reality space with some big announcements that essentially add up to an end-to-end consumer VR solution. They are rebranding Milk VR to Samsung VR, and opening up the content platform to users.

Visit the Ancient Rome in VR with Rome Reborn

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By the summer of 2018, we were ready to unveil our work to the general public through the stores of Apple, Microsoft, Oculus, and Vive. At the moment, this means solutions such as the Samsung Gear VR and the Oculus GO. So the apps can be purchased in the stores of Apple and Microsoft.

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Where to Try Vive, PSVR, Rift, Touch, Gear VR, and Daydream for Free

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In the US, stores like Microsoft, Gamestop, and Micro Center host Vive setups offering public demos, while you can find the system in Europe in locations like Currys PC World, GAME, and Scan Computers. Many community VR groups use the Meetup platform to organize regular events dedicated to VR.

How VR Can Get To A Hundred Million Headsets By 2024

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That’s what you’ll think about when wearing the Lenovo Explorer , which was produced in partnership with Microsoft. Simple pointer-based hand controls from Google and Samsung.

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Meet & Greet in AR, with Spatial's Jacob Loewenstein

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Co-founder Jinha Lee developed pioneering AR interfaces at MIT, Microsoft, and Samsung and then also showed them at a TED talk. Our guest today, Jacob, has also been a partner at Samsung NEXT. And I'm really, really excited, because Spatial has raised a seed round from such amazing investors as Inovia Capital, Expa, Lerer Hippeau, Leaders Fund, and Samsung NEXT. And when Jinha finished up at Samsung, AR had sort of started catching on in earnest.

Pixvana Reveals 10K VR Video Player and Publishing Platform ‘SPIN’

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As ‘platform agnostic’ player, we’re sure to see apps available for headsets such as Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Google Daydream, and Oculus Rift. Company founders come from senior product and engineering leadership roles at Apple, Adobe, Microsoft and Lucasfilm.

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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.

VRLA 2018 Returns; Keynote Lineup Announced

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VRLA also revealed that Saturday’s keynote will feature a live performance by Light Balance, the captivating dance group from “America’s Got Talent.” Katie Kelly, Head of Engagement, AltspaceVR / Microsoft.

Why Israel Is A Hotbed For The AR Industry

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Microsoft has a strong presence in Israel, and one of the groups related to AR R&D is Advanced Technology Labs , which focuses on computer vision technologies and natural user interfaces. This group works closely with other Microsoft divisions, including Hololens.

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The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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When the first consumer version of the Oculus Rift was launched in the spring, it was disappointingly bundled with a Microsoft Xbox controller – and we’ve eagerly been awaiting the native Touch Controllers. SAMSUNG AND VICE PARTNER FOR 360 DOC RE: SYRIA.

OC4: Oculus’ Nate Mitchell On VR Hype — ‘Expectations Got Ahead Of Themselves’

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While he works closely with the Rift team, he’s also keenly aware of VR’s evolution over the last five years as he’s part of a small group of Oculus executives who helped create an enormous rush of interest in VR when they sold their startup to Facebook in 2014 for roughly $3 billion. Earlier this year, Samsung said it sold more than 5 million Gear VRs. It should be noted Gear VR sells for around $129 but it is often bundled free with the sale of Samsung phones.

WebVR: Taking The Path Of Least Resistance To Mainstream VR

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Google , Oculus and Samsung Internet also published their WebVR and open-source developer resources. . While we were distracted with VR hype cycles and the “when will VR go mainstream?” ” debate, the understated and overlooked WebVR snuck up on us.

Creators Behind ‘Monument Valley’, ‘Wallace and Gromit’, and More Share VR Insights Ahead of Develop:VR Conference in London

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Focused on harnessing immersive technologies to deliver groundbreaking VR, AR, Animation, DOOH, VFX and 360 degree video projects for some of the world’s largest brands including Sony, BBC, Red Bull, Microsoft and Lexus. Daniel Efergan – Group Creative Director of Digital, Aardman Animations.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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You will also be able to stream your virtual experiences in the Samsung Gear VR to Facebook Live before the end of this year, so stay tuned for more information on that angle.

As UploadVR Turns 2 We Reflect On The First Full Year of Consumer VR

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Samsung starts off the month debuting its VR Internet browser for Gear VR, becoming the first to offer a VR browser. The month closes with Microsoft finally awakening, announcing it will ship the $3,000 self-contained HoloLens augmented reality developer kit to developers at the end of March.