Hands-on review: Apple’s head-tracking for music is one weird trip

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What happens when you add head-tracking to the already immersive audio experience of Dolby Atmos Music? Apple Home Theater Music AirPods Max Apple Music Dolby Atmos Music head tracking spatial audio

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

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The post Peter Thiel-Backed Startup Turns VR Head Tracking Into Data For Advertisers appeared first on UploadVR. VR Industry News ads advertisements analytics head tracking peter thiel privacy retinad. The newest inductee into Pether Thiel’s entrepreneurial industrial complex is Samuel F. poirier samuel

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Head-tracking spatial audio in tvOS 15 is awesome

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Apple delivers an immersive movie experience through a set of wireless headphones, putting the Apple TV 4K ahead of Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Chromecast. Apple Home Theater

Oculus Rift S Update Improves Head-Tracking, Adds Stabilized Recording

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updates are now rolling out for Rift and Quest, including improvements to head-tracking and in-VR recording on Rift S. ” Rift S uses inside-out tracking similar to Oculus Quest instead of the outside-in system with the original Rift. Oculus 20.0

Apple's Dynamic Head Tracking Is Here. If You Have the Expensive AirPods

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However, with iOS 15's public release , Apple’s also added Dynamic Head Tracking—and for that, you’re… Read more. Back in June, Apple introduced both lossless audio and Dolby Atmos-powered spatial audio to Apple Music.

Yamaha’s new wireless headphones take aim at the AirPods Max

Digital Trends

Apple's $549 AirPods Max have new competition: Yamaha's $500 YH-L700A offer ANC, transparency, and built-in head-tracking sensors, just like Apple's cans. Home Theater News AirPods Max head tracking noise-canceling headphones spatial audio Yamaha

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Comprehension Virtual Fact and Augmented Reality

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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. See Also: Former Oculus VP of Engineering Demonstrates Long Range VR Tracking System. On that second check, it was confirmed: rock solid inside-out 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. The company is built around the idea that once you immerse yourself in virtual reality, the next thing you want to do is interact with it using your hands and have it track your head movements accurately

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.” ” Inside-out positional tracking—the ability to precisely determine where an object is in space using only sensors mounted on the device itself—has been an obvious need but an elusive challenge for the VR and AR industries.

VR Glossary

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3DoF Or 3 Degrees of Freedom also called rotational/orientation refers to a type of head tracking in VR. One is able to turn their head left and right, tilt up and down, and roll their head from side to side. 6DoF Or 6 Degrees of Freedom also called positional tracking refers to the type of head and body tracking in VR. Eye Tracking refers to the ability of a VR headset to be able to tell the direction a user is looking.

How Does VR Create the Illusion of Reality?

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I’ve recently written a loose series of articles trying to explain certain technical aspects of virtual reality, such as what the lenses in VR headsets do , or why there is some blurriness , but I haven’t — or at least haven’t in a few years — tackled the big question: How do all the technical components of VR headsets, e.g., screens, lenses, tracking, etc., Most attempts to answer it fall back on technical aspects, such as stereoscopy, head tracking, etc.,

A HoloArticle

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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. To extract eye positions, HoloLamp uses an additional set of cameras looking upwards to identify and track the viewer’s face, probably using off-the-shelf face tracking algorithms such as the Viola-Jones filter. VR Hardware 3d displays augmented reality Head tracking HMD hologram projection mapping

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. But before diving into developing a Lighthouse tracking driver plug-in for Vrui’s input device abstraction layer, I decided to cobble together a small testing utility to get a feel for OpenVR’s internal driver interface, and for the Lighthouse tracking system’s overall tracking quality.

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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‘Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time’ Now Fully Playable In VR

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Based on videos provided by BrianMp16, the VR mod appears to support 6DoF head-tracking and at least some degree of motion controls. A new mod brings the classic Nintendo 64 action-adventure game to PC VR headsets for the first time.

‘Pokémon GO’ Developer Niantic Teases a See-through Headset

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If this is a proper AR headset (with head-tracking and a reasonably wide field of view) we’re almost certainly looking at some sort of waveguide display, as the kind of bird-bath optics we see in devices like Nreal’s headset would be much bulkier.

Valve papers tease eye tracking VR headset potential

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In a patent application made public today, Valve showed drawings and descriptions of a new sort of VR headset.

Hilarious New Mod Lets Developer Play VR In ‘Minecraft’

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In a video posted to Reddit this week, user classified39 shows off a custom mod that allows them to view a 360 virtual image complete with head tracking inside of Minecraft using Immersive Portals and Computercraft.

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? In October, Snapchat took social media by storm with its Lenses for cats. But the latest addition to the camera app has given dog lovers an augmented reality Christmas gift they won't want to return.

VorpX VR Driver Adds ‘FullVR’ Support for ‘GTA V’ and ‘Red Dead Redemption II’

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While the app doesn’t add core VR functionality like hand-tracking, for many games it adds head-tracking, stereoscopy, and other tweaks that make non-VR games playable inside the headset. VorpX is a tool which adapts many non-VR games to be played with VR headsets.

Here’s Steam Deck Running A Valve Index With SteamVR Home

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We don’t get to see any actual games running on the device and only the headset itself is connected to the kit, not the Valve Index controllers, but it does at least seem like head-tracking is working at the very least.

HTC Announces Vive Flow, a Compact VR Headset Focused on Casual Entertainment & Wellbeing

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Tracking & Input. The headset supports 6DOF head-tracking and users can pair an Android phone to be used as a 3DOF controller (head-based pointing can be used as a fallback). Hand-tracking won’t be supported at launch, though it may come in a future update.

Get $150 off HP Reverb G2, Offering Class-leading Resolution & Acceptable Tracking

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As for the headset’s optical tracking skills, Lang thought room-scale head-tracking was just as solid as other WMR headsets; some software-induced stutter exists when transitioning between apps or loading screens. Tracking.

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.

Pico Announces 2 New Versions of Its Latest 3DOF VR Headset

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Both headsets only offer 3DOF head tracking, and include a single 3DOF controller. Oculus Go’s days are numbered , however Pico Interactive seems undeterred by Facebook’s move to retire the 3DOF VR headset.

Top VR Media Players for Android and iOS

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See Also: Best VR Hand Tracking Games for Oculus Quest in 2020. Other useful features of the app: Using head movements to select content; On-screen menu activation by looking at the exit doors; Re-centering viewport for optimal comfort; Drag and drop playlist creation.

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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. The company this week announced that it is trialing VR headset use in flights between London Heathrow to New York JFK. To do this, British Airways is using SkyLights’ specialist VR viewer, AlloSky.

360° VR Motorcycle Ride, 3D VR High Speed Motorcycle Ride Virtual Reality Competitive Game

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Super Cool Appearance Design, High Immersion Effects, Accurate motion simulation With High Quality Magnetic suspension motorcycle racing games (8 different scenes) & V-Racer games(16 racing tracks). 3, Head-tracking Selecting Game.

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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Did Oculus Quest Pro’s Controllers And Specs Leak Online?

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Two screenshots appearing to show new Oculus controllers with onboard cameras instead of a tracking ring were posted on image sharing platform imgur. Instead, three cameras (one on the top face and two on the side) seem to be present for independent inside-out computer vision tracking.

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.

Now Anyone Can Buy HoloLens 2 Direct from Microsoft

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It packs in a number of features not present in the original 2015-era HoloLens, the most prominent of which is eye-tracking. Head tracking : 4 visible light cameras. Eye tracking : 2 IR cameras. Hand tracking : Two-handed fully articulated model, direct manipulation.

Case Study: Boeing Cuts Production Time with AR

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Cognitive Load Going deeper on Boeing’s AR deployment, it let technicians move through multiple instruction prompts using voice commands, Google Glass gestural taps and a head-tracking interface.

You Can Now Play The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind In VR

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Instead of converting the game to a full roomscale VR experience with motion controllers, like this OpenMW project is now doing, VorpX is just a 3D injector that adds head tracking and a 3D effect to non-VR games.

Qualcomm Reveals AR Viewer Reference Design Based On XR1

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There’s support for a camera with image stabilization — meant for certain use cases like a remote assistant — as well dual monochrome cameras for 6DoF head tracking as well as hand tracking.

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Triton Project is an affordable DIY AR headset

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Additionally, I would highly recommend buying this head padding kit from Knox Labs as it will dramatically increase comfort as you wear the headset, especially for longer periods of time as you will be immersed within the Triton. Triton works with Leap Motion (now Ultra Leap) hands tracking.

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