The XR Week Peek (2020.09.21): Quest 2 released, NVIDIA acquires ARM, Leap Motion 2 on sale, and much more!

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You can finally buy the Leap Motion v2 accessory. The time for us XR developers to buy a Leap Motion 2 has finally come. Leap Motion 1 has been used by almost every developer and researcher , both in VR and not.

Weekly Funding & People Roundup: Leap Motion Raises $50M,

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Weekly Funding & People Roundup: Leap Motion Raises $50M, WaveOptics Raises £12M, Hutch Interiors Raises$10M, ObEN Raises $5M, nDreams Raises £2.7M, Mira Announces $99 AR Headset, Paramount Pictures Names Ted Schilowitz as Futurist in Residence 1) Leap Motion , a hand-tracking company, has raised $50M in Series C funding led by clients advised by J.P.

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Universities Drive VR/AR Research with Leap Motion

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43% of those are the Microsoft Hololens. There are roughly as many Rift DK1 and DK2 units combined floating around as HTC Vives. 59% of universities have Leap Motion Controllers. The post Universities Drive VR/AR Research with Leap Motion appeared first on Leap Motion Blog. Augmented & Virtual Reality Education Leap Motion Team vr first

Microsoft May Leapfrog Facebook and Google in VR With HoloLens Tracking

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Microsoft’s play for command of next generation personal computing can be seen today with the announcement of a series of Windows-powered VR headsets starting at $300. The system is already used on the $3,000 HoloLens, an advanced augmented reality system, but with it employed on a low-cost VR headset Microsoft may have leapfrogged efforts by both Facebook and Google, powered by Windows. This is not the case with the headsets on the way from Microsoft’s partners.

HTC Announces Vive Standalone For The Chinese Market

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Earlier this year HTC became an official partner with Google in producing a Daydream-based standalone VR headset under the Vive brand. Today, HTC announced it is producing a similar device for the Chinese market powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset. It looks like it will access HTC’s storefront, called Viveport, to get to virtual worlds rather than Google Play. Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC, in a prepared statement.

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RealMax Qian review: wide FOV AR is amazing!

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In my unboxing video, you may see that I’ve found an additional Leap Motion v1 controller + Leap Motion mount for RealMax + USB-C cable for Leap Motion. If you need a wide-FOV AR headset and you have a limited budget, go for the Leap Motion North Star.

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My predictions for augmented reality in 2019

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Magic Leap. Me, wearing a Magic Leap One. The most important news has been for sure the launch of the Magic Leap One. You may hate or love Magic Leap, but the fact that it has released a product is for sure a great news for all the ecosystem : if after all those investments, that startup failed, it would have had a ripple effect on all the ecosystem, making investors lose trust in augmented reality. Rear view of the Magic Leap One. Leap Motion.

Researchers Show Off TouchVR Palm And Finger Haptic Feedback Device

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So equipped, the wearer can feel applied force and sliding motions in the palm, combined with vibrations that run from the palm to the fingertips to simulate object textures. There’s no need to hold another controller, as hands are tracked with a Leap Motion hand sensor and HTC Vive Pro VR system.

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‘FlyInside Flight Simulator’ Preview – A Promising Start in VR-native Flying

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FlyInside FSX , the crowdfunded VR plugin for Microsoft Flight Simulator X (2006) , was built well before first-party VR motion controllers existed, developed back in the DK2-era of 2015 as an ad hoc way of jumping into an already highly-detailed flight sim. What’s different about FlyInside though is both Rift and Vive users can use their respective motion controllers to manipulate levers, buttons, and requisite knobs.

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.22): Sony reveals PSVR2 controllers, FRL shows the wristband of the future, and more!

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Facebook has acquired Ctrl+Labs some years ago, and now it is using its expertise to create a wristband that can sense the motion information that your brain is sending to your hands. Image by Microsoft). Vive Facial Tracker works also with non-HTC headsets.

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Intel’s Project Alloy Demonstrates “Merged Reality”

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Project Alloy stands alone among the current lineup of technologies available because it isn’t tethered to a desktop computer like HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, nor does it use a smartphone like Google Cardboard, Gear VR or Google Daydream. This provides Leap Motion type hand tracking as well as six-degrees-of-freedom, room-scale positional tracking. The demo continued using natural hand motions to push a switch to open another room containing a virtual golden lathe.

Intel’s Project Alloy Demonstrates “Merged Reality”

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Project Alloy stands alone among the current lineup of technologies available because it isn’t tethered to a desktop computer like HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, nor does it use a smartphone like Google Cardboard, Gear VR or Google Daydream. This provides Leap Motion type hand tracking as well as six-degrees-of-freedom, room-scale positional tracking. The demo continued using natural hand motions to push a switch to open another room containing a virtual golden lathe.

WCVRI Day 1: Hands-on RealMax AR glasses and Droolon F1 eye tracking!

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And there are booths of many important companies : Lenovo, Microsoft, HP, Huawei, GoPro, etc… so this event has cool stuff to showcase. The virtual elements spanned all my FOV until the frame of the glasses , and this was another smart thing, because my brain was ok to see that there were holograms only inside the frame of the glass, and then after the frame there was nothing anymore (it is the same trick of Magic Leap ). Leap Motion) on the same headset.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.07.15): Apple kills its AR glasses, Oculus full-steam ahead on 2nd gen VR and much more!

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All the other major companies (Samsung, Huawei, etc…) are working on AR and Apple for sure can’t stop experimenting with if it doesn’t want to miss the next communication platform as Microsoft did with Windows Phone. Microsoft has released this week a new video showing how the game will work. Microsoft is launching in two weeks a private beta for iOS users. In all of this, someone has created the design for a Leap Motion mount for the Index that exploits the frunk.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.01): HP Reverb G2 launched, Qualcomm goes bullish on 5G and Wi-fi 6 and more!

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HP and Microsoft have a long track in offering enterprise hardware, so this headset may battle HTC on his own land (B2B). Rony Abovitz steps down from Magic Leap CEO. It is the end of an era: Abovitz has been the mastermind behind Magic Leap’s communication and vision.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.10.21): Daydream is dead, Varjo VR-2 is out, Sony makes AR glasses and much more!

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VR-2 Pro adds an integrated Leap Motion and a 10m cable. This week, HTC has confirmed Road To VR that the Cosmos doesn’t transmit any data of the positional tracking outside your PC and the data is also encrypted to prevent hackers to access them. In them you can find some interesting insights on how Microsoft designed the UX of HoloLens (go to section 2 of the slides linked below).

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.09.22): Oculus working on AR glasses with Luxottica, Apple glasses FOV discovered and much more!

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HTC has a new CEO: Yves Maitre. HTC, one of the most important companies in the VR landscape, has now a new boss: Yves Maitre. CEOs means a lot for a company: think about how Microsoft has changed going from Ballmer to Nadella. It has bought the hand-tracking company Leap Motion various months ago for $30M since the two hardware are a perfect fit the one for the other. Another week, another roundup of amazing AR/VR news!

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.12.09): Qualcomm XR2 defines the future of XR, Magic Leap having tragic sales, and much more!

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Image by Magic Leap). Magic Leap may be in trouble, but its CEO remains confident. It seems that soon it will release a refresh of the Magic Leap One , but we have to see if this will be enough. More info (Report on Magic Leap) More info (Rony Abovitz’s tweet).

The crazy April, 30th of VR: Oculus Quest, Rift S, Oculus For Business and Valve Index!

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This seems crazy to me: HTC has always been blamed for its high prices (well, $1400 for the Vive Pro was a bit too much…) but the Vive Focus Plus , that is an enterprise device, costs $799… $200 less than the Business Quest! To me, it seems a choice similar to what Microsoft has done with Hololens 2. Competition in the enterprise is getting crazy, with now HTC, Pico, HP, Acer and other companies being in the field.

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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. In fact, all Microsoft-based VR headsets doing this are still wired to a PC and draw significant power through that cord. This makes Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon the companies most likely to hire, acquire or build their way to a platform in VR. The last six years were shaped by unexpected team-ups like Oculus/Facebook and HTC/Valve.

15 things to keep in mind if you have to showcase your VR game in China

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We asked for help to our technical partner HTC Vive, that provided us a girl, Starry, that did this as a part-time job to earn some money while she studied at University. I don’t think that people at Microsoft are crying because of this. Max saw a Chinese guy playing Manny VR with a lot of passion at the HTC booth, so he stole him from there and took him to our booth. The epic Noah Zerkin (the guy making the Leap Motion North Star headsets) at our booth to try the game!

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The High-end VR Room of the Future Looks Like This

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The HTC Vive is arguably the best out there, but having to buy a souped-up laptop just to run it, paying full price for brief games that feel more like demos, and trailing a huge cable off your head and fumbling to mount trackers on your ceiling…it’s not ideal. Imagine the same touch and motion-based actions we’re used to on mobile phones, only happening in the air with our hands while we’re in VR.

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On the XR Beat, with VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi

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I mean, it sort of makes more sense to me that, as long as the prices for the headsets are lingering up pretty high — like the Cosmos from HTC, the brand new one, it’ll be an $800 purchase. Dean: And I think more critical are these more foundational companies, like Facebook and Valve and HTC. It makes the Pro Eye more expensive than the other HTC offerings for sure. Alan: HTC’s got their enterprise division. I don’t know about Magic Leap yet.

On the XR Beat, with VentureBeat's Dean Takahashi

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I mean, it sort of makes more sense to me that, as long as the prices for the headsets are lingering up pretty high -- like the Cosmos from HTC, the brand new one, it'll be an $800 purchase. Dean: And I think more critical are these more foundational companies, like Facebook and Valve and HTC. Dean: Getting back to the platform owners, I think if you look at HTC and some of the things that they've done. you know, they did an eye-tracking version of the HTC Vive here.

A Social VR Experiment

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AltspaceVR works with HTC Vive headsets and seems to have a healthy user base of dozens of users at any given time. As we met more new friends, we realized that something important differentiated our avatars: some people had hands with free-range motion, and others did not. AltspaceVR currently works with three types of headsets: the Oculus Rift , the HTC Vive and the Samsung Gear VR. Hi Everyone! This is Evelyn Eastmond here and I am guest blogging today for eleVR!