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

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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.

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?

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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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.

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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‘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.

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?

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.

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 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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Google Open-Sources Cardboard To Keep ‘No-Frills’ VR Widely Available

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Now Google is releasing iOS and Android libraries to support Cardboard features such as head tracking, lens distortion rendering, and input handling, as well as an Android QR code library so viewers can pair with apps without using Google’s own Cardboard app.

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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.

Oculus Announces $300 Commercial ‘Go for Business’ Bundle, Pre-orders Now Available

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Featuring 3 DOF head tracking and a single 3 DOF controller, the headset has a few clever design changes from the smartphone-driven Gear VR, including stereo speakers and both more space and dedicated spacer brackets for glasses wearers.

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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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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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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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.

Red Dead Redemption 2 On PSVR With Cinematic Mode Is A Wild Ride

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There is no head-tracking, it’s not 3D, and you can’t reach out and interact using your hands or controller at all — but it’s undoubtedly immersive.

Lenovo Mirage Solo Review: Positional Tracking Comes to Mobile VR (sort of)

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The headset promises to bring one of the top features of high-end VR headsets—positional tracking—to Google’s casual Daydream VR ecosystem. Everyone has a differently shaped head, but I’ve not come into contact with another major headset that fit so poorly.

Altair Digital Are Bringing the Planetarium Experience to Your Face Using VR

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As existing experiences are produced in stereoscopic 3D, they’re ideal for VR viewing, and the naturally panoramic scenes can be glanced around at using head-tracking as you would expect.

Grand Theft Auto V VR Livestream: Wreaking Havoc In GTA’s Los Santos

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It’s head-tracking only, but it was still a blast so we’re back to do it again! Curious about how we livestream the way we do? Then look no further than this handy guide for general tips and this guide specific to our Oculus Quest setup.

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Subnautica’s Below Zero Expansion Probably Won’t Ever Have VR Support

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Everything from the sound design, visual smoothness, and head tracking are excellent and provide a serious sense of presence.

Xiaomi Unveils Low-Cost, Low-Latency VR Headset with Controller

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Much like Samsung Gear VR, Mi VR features a built-in dedicated motion sensor for low latency head-tracking and only works with a select number of the company’s phones.

Google is Bringing Daydream Compatibility to Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG’s Next Flagship Phone

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Taking the stage at I/O, Clay Bavor, the head of Google’s VR team, announced that Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus phones will finally be receiving Daydream support via a software update this summer.

All you need to know on HoloLens 2

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Microsoft has conducted a study on thousands of people, to design a device that can fit a lot of different heads of different people and that is also able to accommodate glasses. The new HoloLens uses its integrated eye tracking to perform user authentication via iris recognition.

Magic Leap Shows Prototype Headset Progress Since 2014

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SEE ALSO Magic Leap Launches Developer SDK, Confirms Eye-tracking, Room-scanning, and More. Schwab continues, introducing a technically ‘wearable’, albeit very uncomfortable looking prototype from 2015 (below), “This thing is called Cheese Head. Eye tracking.

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.

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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Fallout 76 On PSVR With Cinematic Mode Is An Apocalyptic Tease Of What Could Have Been

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While a far cry from actual VR support or at the very least VorpX-style head-tracking, it’s still a novel way of experiencing a non-VR game. Fallout 4 is probably never getting PSVR support.

PlayStation VR Cinematic Mode Apparently Works on Xbox One & Wii U

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That means no Motion controller support, no head-tracking and a slightly-noticeable drop in picture quality. The latest VR headset on the market can connect to major consoles via HDMI. Yes, you heard correctly.

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