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Microsoft Reveals ‘Maquette’, a VR Tool for Spatial Ideation and Design

Road to VR

Microsoft Maquette is a brand new VR tool from Microsoft which is all about prototyping spatial designs. Maquette appeared quite suddenly this week, apparently without any official announcement from Microsoft; it seems to have been picked up by MSPoweruser after being spotted by twitter user WalkingCat.

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The Top XR Vendors Majoring in Construction in 2022

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Meta recently announced the arrival of a popular architectural tool “ Unity Reflect ” in the Meta Quest environment for 2022. Perhaps the go-to solution for mixed reality innovation in the construction space, Microsoft provides businesses with a unique opportunity to combine real and virtual landscapes.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.03.16): HTC launches Tracker 3.0, Facebook has 10,000 people working on XR, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Image by Road To VR, from HTC images). HTC launches Vive Tracker 3.0 HTC was not teasing a new standalone headset, but a new Vive Tracker. I know that many of you won’t be excited by this news, but remember the Vive Tracker is one of the most successful accessories ever created by HTC. Come and visit it!

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What is MRTK-Unity? – Mixed Reality ToolKit

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The Mixed Reality Toolkit (MRTK) by Microsoft is an open-source toolkit that has been around since the HoloLens was first released in 2016. Understanding the MRTK-Unity Toolkit for MR Developers. Microsoft-driven MRTK-Unity is a suite of components and capabilities used to speed the creation of cross-platform MR applications in Unity.

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Microsoft Joins OpenXR, Becoming a Decisive Backer in the Open, Royalty-free VR/AR Standard

Road to VR

Khronos Group , the consortium behind the OpenXR project which aims to standardize the way applications communicate with AR and VR headsets, just added Microsoft to its ranks. Among its count of members, the OpenXR working group consisted of nearly every major player in the industry except Microsoft until now.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.10.26): DecaGear is an intriguing VR headset, HTC is working on a new device, and more!

The Ghost Howls

A new FCC listing appears for an HTC Vive headset. And in fact, a new request to FCC for a new device has arrived from HTC. FCC certifications are requested before releasing an electronic device in the US (to certify that it is safe to be used), so this is a clear sign that HTC is going to release a new headset soon.

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Most Innovative XR Collaboration Vendors to Watch in 2022

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Similar to Meta, Microsoft has made some significant investments into the XR landscape in the last couple of years. Microsoft Teams now has its own Mesh integration, so companies can pull one of the world’s favourite collaboration apps directly into the MR space.