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.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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The Chinese company is also making a standalone VR headset for Google’s upcoming WorldSense platform and a standalone device for Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mixed Reality platform. San Francisco-based Leap Motion has raised a $50M Series C for their hand- and finger-tracking technology. The round was led by JP Morgan Asset management, and this fresh influx of cash brings Leap Motion’s total funding to almost $95M.

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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. Realmax has an SDK that is compatible with Unity 2017 and Unity 2019.

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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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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). Learn more (XR Collaboration) Learn more (Unity College).

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.12.23): Facebook works on its OS, Oculus Link official cable released, Huawei VR glasses available, and much more!

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Besides that, it is also hiring key figures to make this AR dream a reality : the operating system project will be supervised by Mark Lucovsky, a former Microsoft engineer who co-developed Windows NT. Unity releases the XR Interaction Toolkit.

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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.

Who Will Own the Metaverse?

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It’s been called the AR Cloud by many, the Magicverse by Magic Leap, the Mirrorworld by Wired, the Cyberverse by Huawei, Planet-scale AR by Niantic and Spatial Computing by academics. The incumbents like Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft or Snap already own global social graphs, but perhaps looking to unseat them could be the multiplayer gaming behemoths like Sony, Activision Blizzard or EA, or 3D-specific ideas like Aura’s “avatar as a service”.

On the XR Beat, with VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi

XR for Business Podcast

And then even Magic Leap, I’ve heard rumors that they’re going to be introducing an enterprise division, or an enterprise something. And now, to this day, I think it remains Microsoft’s best pivot ever. Alan: Have you been to the Microsoft campus?

On the XR Beat, with VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi

XR for Business Podcast

John Riccitiello — the CEO of Unity — was one of the first to point out that there was going to be this great sort of gold rush of people who were going to overhype VR and its potential, and then we’re going to see this gap of a disappointment where the early reality didn’t match up with the hype and a lot of people were going to bail on it. And now, to this day, I think it remains Microsoft’s best pivot ever. I don’t know about Magic Leap yet.

On the XR Beat, with VentureBeat's Dean Takahashi

XR for Business Podcast

John Riccitiello -- the CEO of Unity -- was one of the first to point out that there was going to be this great sort of gold rush of people who were going to overhype VR and its potential, and then we're going to see this gap of a disappointment where the early reality didn't match up with the hype and a lot of people were going to bail on it. And then even Magic Leap, I've heard rumors that they're going to be introducing an enterprise division, or an enterprise something.

OSVR - a Look Ahead

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Acer, NVIDIA, Valve, Ubisoft, Leap Motion and many others joined the ecosystem. We see goggles, motion trackers, haptics, eye trackers, motion chairs and body suits. Many game engines – such as Unity, Unreal and SteamVR- immediately support it. Magic Leap is not commercial yet. Microsoft Hololens kits are shipping to developers, but are not priced for consumers yet. Introduction OSVR is an open source software platform and VR goggle.