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

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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

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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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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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.

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. Starting today, a new version of its Pico G2 “4K” headset is available; another enterprise-focused iteration set to follow this year.

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.

Top VR Media Players for Android and iOS

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See Also: Best VR Hand Tracking Games for Oculus Quest in 2020. A reliable player that satisfies the average user’s needs should have the following features: Compatible with various video formats; Capable of accessing media from various sources, such as local storage and URLs; Allow the user to set various parameters for an optimal viewing experience; Good head tracking with reduced latency.

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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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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. Obviously a full-on VR adaptation with roomscale movement support and motion controller tracking would be glorious, but I’d honestly settle for head-tracking only as well.

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. Eye-tracking not only lets users select UI elements simply by looking at them, but also allows developers to know where a user is looking to better optimize AR apps by better understanding user behavior. Head tracking : 4 visible light cameras. Eye tracking : 2 IR cameras. Eye tracking : Real-time tracking.

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. Ginza Sony Park, the Japanese tech giant’s Tokyo-based hub for Sony brand promotion, is now playing host to a new Ghostbusters -themed multiplayer experience using a newly revealed Sony AR headset prototype.

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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. At Oculus Connect 5, engineer Jian Zhang discussed the limits of rotational-only reprojection in a 6DoF environment like Quest, noting that it leads to positional tracking judder from the incorrect projection.

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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? Look no further than this new developer diary.

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. Alien: Isolation is one of the best and most tense horror games from the past decade and even though it doesn’t have official VR support, you can play it in VR thanks to a great mod. Grab the game now on Steam for 95% off (that’s just $2!) today only for Alien Day. That’s until 10:00AM PT 4/28/20.

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 Those eerie looking VR motion chairs we took for a spin during Sundance are back again, this time for a Mummy Day celebration in Hollywood over the weekend.

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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.

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. First introduced back in 2016 as Project Santa Cruz, the Quest brings full head and hand tracking to world of standalone headsets, something not yet available in similar offerings like the Lenovo Mirage Solo or Vive Focus (which both offer positional head tracking but not positional hand tracking).

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Vuzix Will Ship $1,000 Consumer Blade AR Smart Glasses In February

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Blade is powered by a quad-core ARM CPU and a customized version of Android OS, with integrated gyroscope hardware for basic head tracking. Following last year’s release of an enterprise version of Blade , a pair of augmented reality smart glasses that resemble traditional sunglasses, Vuzix confirmed dates and pricing for its consumer model.

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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. According to early reports by consumers, Sony’s PlayStation VR headset is capable of running on current major consoles such as Microsoft’s Xbox One and Nintendo’s Wii U.

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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. The newest display is measured at 32 inches and provides multiple perspectives for 3D content which can be viewed by multiple people in the room without any additional headsets or head tracking. Looking Glass revealed its latest holographic display – the Looking Glass 8K Immersive Display.

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

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Like Gear VR, Oculus Go only has head tracking (three degrees of freedom) and comes with a single controller, which is basically targeted at casual users looking for an easy way to either consume media or play simpler games than you might find on the company’s $400/$450 positionally-tracked standalone, Oculus Quest. Facebook slashed the price of Oculus Go for Black Friday, and kept it for the post-holiday season.

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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. But with VR poised to be disruptive, most, if not all, industries will be reshaped by it. That includes banking. The immersive nature of virtual reality makes the often dull world of finance more compelling for people. you might ask.

Cyberpunk 2077 VR Support Isn’t Planned ‘Right Now’ Due To Game Design Challenges

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ski explains, that’s just “rudimentary VR” so it wouldn’t include a revamped UI, head tracking, 6DOF interactions, controller tracking, and more to feel fully supportive of VR devices. We already knew Cyberpunk 2077, the next RPG epic from CD Projekt RED, creators of The Witcher series, would not have VR support. Official company channels confirmed that last year online. But now we’ve got more insight directly from company president, Adam Kici?ski

Star Wars: Squadrons VR Review In Progress – The Galaxy’s Finest Space Combat

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You have no hand presence in the cockpit at all — it’s just a head tracking only game. You’re sitting still when you play a game like this so all you need is head tracking. Star Wars: Squadrons is finally here and it absolutely delivers.

‘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. CCP says the feature allows non-VR players to take advantage of the head-tracked ‘look-to-lock’ weapon functionality present in the VR experience of the game.

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. With hand-tracking users will be able to more naturally and directly interact with augmented reality content.

Sony London Dev: VR Will Invent ‘One New Genre Of Game’ In Next 5 Years

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Hampden thinks it will be to do with creating an experience that provides presence, surround audio, distinctive input methods, and head tracking. Today’s VR games are fantastic, immersive experiences, but they’re largely built upon the foundations of traditional gaming. We have tons of shooters, puzzle games and platformers for example, but not much that feels truly unique to VR. A developer at Blood And Truth creator, Sony London Studio, thinks that will change soon.

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GDC 2018: Magic Leap One Getting Unreal Engine 4 Support

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Reportedly, Unreal Engine 4 support for Magic Leap One will include the following features: Head tracking. Eye tracking. Gesture and hand tracking. 6DOF hand controller (Totem) tracking. Today at GDC, Epic have announced that Unreal Engine 4 will officially support the Magic Leap One.

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. Neo 2 has been floating around for a few months now in its prototype form, albeit without the newly unveiled addition of eye-tracking. ” Eye-tracking in VR allows for a few other things too outside of foveated rendering though.

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. It’s uncertain days for Google’s mobile VR ecosystem, Daydream.

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