Peter Thiel-Backed Startup Turns VR Head Tracking Into Data For Advertisers

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HoloLens Inside-out Tracking Is Game Changing for AR & VR, and No One Is Talking about It

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But immersive head-mounted AR for consumers has had one major hurdle that Microsoft may have just solved. When accuracy and latency isn’t low enough, the augmented objects swing around with your head and your brain doesn’t consider them part of the world.

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Eonite Claims to Have Solved Inside-out Positional Tracking for VR and AR

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Lots of companies have made this claim actually, but Eonite specifically says they have the “world’s most accurate, lowest latency, lowest power consuming software to democratize inside-out positional tracking for VR and AR.” ” But it isn’t just for tracking.

uSens raises $20 million for mobile AR and VR hand-and-head tracking

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uSens has raised $20 million to develop natural hand and head tracking for augmented reality and virtual reality applications.

How Does VR Create the Illusion of Reality?

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Most attempts to answer it fall back on technical aspects, such as stereoscopy, head tracking, etc., 4:36 — Handling user movement, or: why head tracking is necessary. 5:45 — Embedded (real) video showing head tracking in action.

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the position of the screen(s) is fixed and precisely measured during installation, and the viewer’s eye positions are provided via real-time head tracking. Fortunately, in head-mounted displays that screen is bolted to the viewer’s head, solving the problem.

Lighthouse tracking examined

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This is great news: it will allow me to port Vrui and all Vrui applications to the Vive headset and its tracked controllers in one fell swoop. Figure 1: The Lighthouse 6-DOF tracking system, disassembled ( source ). So, let’s have a close look at Lighthouse tracking.

Oculus Rift DK2’s tracking update rate

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I’ve been involved in some arguments about the inner workings of the Oculus Rift’s and HTC/Valve Vive’s tracking systems recently, and while I don’t want to get into any of that right now, I just did a little experiment. The tracking update rate of the Oculus Rift DK2, meaning the rate at which Oculus’ tracking driver sends different position/orientation estimates to VR applications, is 1000 Hz. VR Hardware 3D tracking Head tracking Oculus Rift

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Snapchat's New Augmented Reality Trick Is Literally for the Dogs, Lets You Turn Your Pet into a Nerd or Reindeer

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Similar to the Lenses for people and cats, the Lens for dogs recognizes when dogs appear in the camera view and affixes AR effects to their heads, tracking the dogs. First, there was SnapCat. Now, we have DogChat! Or SnapBark?

British Airways Is The Next To Trial In-Flight VR/360 Viewing

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They support basic three degrees of freedom (3DOF) head-tracking, allowing you to watch a range of 360 degree content along with traditional and 3D films. Another major airline is set to trial in-flight VR entertainment. This time it’s UK giant, British Airways.

Disney Movies VR Experience

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Videos are 360-degrees spherical video without head tracking. So if you move your head, it is disorientating. With the recent success of Disney's latest Star Wars movie The Last Jedi. Disney brings us Disney Movies VR , but is it any good? The Disney Movies VR experience is a short collection of experiences highlighting some of most popular Disney movies, such as: Jungle Book. Captain America. Star Wars. Disney Movies VR - The GOOD. It is FREE. 3D Menus are cool.

Alien: Isolation Is 95% Off Today Only And Has A Great VR Mod

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It doesn’t have motion controller support, but plays great with a gamepad and enable full head-tracking.

5 Reasons Why The Outer Worlds VR Support Could Be Amazing

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Consider this article my formal plea to either Obsidian Entertainment to add at least head tracking support, if not a full VR update, as well as a list of reasons an intrepid would be praised for doing some of the dirty work.

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Sony Reveals AR Headset Prototype in New Ghostbusters Location-based Attraction

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According to the demo video (linked below), the unnamed “R&D prototype” looks to include both 6DOF head-tracking as well as hand-tracking, and appear to be a standalone unit similar to Microsoft HoloLens.

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Oculus Teases Positionally Aware TimeWarp for Quest

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The Oculus Mobile (Gear VR, Go, and Quest) runtime already performs rotational reprojection (called “Asynchronous Time Warp” / ATW), but this ignores positional head movement.

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Arca’s Path Kicks Off Dev Diary Series Ahead Of Launch

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Members of developer Dream Reality Interactive are on hand to introduce you to the world of its first commercial VR game, in which you steer a ball through increasingly tricky levels using VR’s head-tracking functionality. Want to know more about VR marble maze, Arca’s Path?

Looking Glass Reveals New 8K Holographic Display Monitor

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For those unfamiliar, Looking Glass isn’t traditional AR or VR but provides a method of viewing 3D content without the need for head-worn gear. Looking Glass revealed its latest holographic display – the Looking Glass 8K Immersive Display.

First Borderlands 2 VR Gameplay Video Arrives

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That allows full freedom of movement, though obviously you don’t get the same kind of realistic tracking that you would get with the PlayStation Move support. It looks like aiming is assigned to head-tracking, much like it is in Resident Evil 7 or if you play Skyrim VR with the gamepad. Direct from Twitch Con 2018, we have our first proper look at gameplay from Borderlands 2 VR.

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Oculus Announces Quest, The High-end Standalone Headset Starting at $400

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The headset is high-end standalone, meaning it doesn’t rely on a PC, but still manages to include the positional head and hand tracking that makes high-end headsets so immersive.

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Oculus Go Now Permanently Priced at $150, All Supported Countries to See Similar Drop

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Facebook slashed the price of Oculus Go for Black Friday, and kept it for the post-holiday season. Now, the company has confirmed that it’s permanently sticking with that pricing scheme, which comes to $150 for the 32GB version and $200 for the $64GB version.

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Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon XR2 5G Reference Design Headset

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The platform can support up to 7 seven cameras, two internal, one for each eye for eye-tracking and four external cameras, two RGB cameras for MR experiences and two for head tracking.

Qualcomm Reveals XR2 Reference Design For Potential Powerful Oculus Quest Competitors

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The device uses NDI’s electromagnetic controller tracking, for instance, which we saw demonstrated at CES on the Pico Neo 2. This type of tech still tracks the controllers even if something — like your body — is between the headset and the controllers.

Google: ‘Exactly Where We Take Daydream Remains To Be Seen’

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As we head into this week’s I/O developer conference, though, it doesn’t sound like we’re due for an update. The Lenovo Mirage Solo , as it’s called, enabled six degrees of freedom (6DOF) inside-out head tracking, but only used a 3DOF motion controller.

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This ‘Snackable’ Headset Aims to Make VR More Approachable to the Public

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It doesn’t have controllers, and only features 3DOF head tracking; what it does have is a decidedly more approachable opera glasses-style design that lets you hold the headset with one hand so you can press it to your face without needing a headstrap, which could otherwise ward off some users.

‘EVE: Valkyrie’ Winter Update Adds Custom Matches, Spectator Mode & New Map

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The studio also added support for Tobii and TrackIR head-tracking cameras, letting gamers with traditional monitors use head gestures to look around the battlefield in what promises to inch somewhat closer the benefits of actual VR headsets.

Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries Developer ‘Interested’ In VR, But ‘No Plans’ Right Now

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Currently the top of the pile in terms of VR-focused design for a mech combat game is Vox Machinae , which has an elaborately intricate cockpit rife with interactions using tracked motion controllers.

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Payday 2 Will Soon Get Official VR Support For The Entire Game

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From the gameplay footage shown above, it’s clear this isn’t just a head tracking port but is instead fully articulated VR game. Guns are tracked to motion controllers, you can duck down behind cover, and even use your hands to revive downed teammates.

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Pico Unveils Neo 2 Standalone Headset with Integrated Eye-tracking

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Pico Interactive, the company behind a number of enterprise-focused standalone VR headsets, unveiled their newest line of Neo 2 headsets, one of which includes integrated eye-tracking from Tobii. Tracking – Inside-out 6DOF Head tracking and Guardian System?.

Mummy Day Celebration Gets VR Motion Chair Treatment

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The VR experience is enhanced by Positron’s Voyager platform, featuring guided 360-degree motion control, head-tracked 3D audio and haptic integration—allowing you to experience the world of The Mummy in an entirely new way. “We’re

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Follia: Dear Father Is A Disturbingly Gory Upcoming VR Survival Horror Game

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I think we’re looking at a head-tracked only VR game like the good old days of 2016 and prior. Follia: Dear Father is a stealth survival horror game from Real Game Machine that’s filled to the brim with gore and blood.

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Microsoft Launches HoloLens 2 for Enterprise Customers

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Head tracking. Eye tracking. Hand tracking. Eye tracking. Real-time tracking. 6DoF tracking. World-scale positional tracking. Aside from field of view and resolution improvements, HoloLens 2 also launches out of the gate with full hand-tracking.

The Benefits of Virtual Reality in Banking

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High-resolution imagery and low-latency head-tracking brought people into a virtual environment. What comes to mind when you think of virtual reality ? Perhaps it wanders to highly visible applications in gaming, film, art, and retail.

Magic Leap Launches Developer SDK, Confirms Eye-tracking, Room-scanning, and More

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The release of the Lumin SDK confirms that the Magic Leap One will include eye-tracking, as Unreal points out among the various headset capabilities supported by the engine: Head tracking. Eye tracking. Gesture and hand tracking.

Cardboard 3D VR Space FPS game

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Google Cardboard powered stereoscopic rendering and head tracking for mobile VR. Mission: destroy all space fighters. 3 D VIRTUAL REALITY Space FPS games. “1 IN SPACE FREE Cardboard VR” Galaxy VR Cardboard games.

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Skyrim VR Will Not Feature Mod Support At Launch

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Plus, many of the game files and interaction designs on the backend will be different to accommodate motion controls and head tracking.

Lenovo Mirage Solo Standalone VR Headset Reportedly Launching May 11th for $400

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The Mirage Solo will have to compete with the soon-to-launch Oculus Go standalone headset, which lacks positional head tracking, but is also half the cost of the Solo’s purported $400 price point.

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Super Mario Odyssey VR Includes 3D Movie Viewer, Hidden Items

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The account also confirms that the three levels will add more hidden Cat Marios to find, which should be pretty fun using VR’s head-tracking. A lot of Switch fans are going to get their first taste of Mario in VR this week. Super Mario Odyssey is getting an update that will add three new levels to Nintendo’s beloved platformer. These can be played with the company’s recently-launched Labo VR kit. But that’s not all that’s coming in the update.