May, 2021

Pico Neo 3 launched in China for around $390, Pro edition to come to the West for $699

The Ghost Howls

After a long pre-launch, finally the Chinese vendor Pico has unveiled completely its Neo 3 headset. And it looks like a very interesting consumer-oriented clone of the Quest 2 for the Chinese market , something that could finally kickstart the consumer segment in the Red Country.

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Yaw2 Motion Simulator Surpasses $1M On Kickstarter


Yaw VR’s smart chair offers a 40-degree motion range for roll, 70-degree for pitch movements, and haptic vibrations.


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Intel Researchers Give ‘GTA V’ Photorealistic Graphics, Similar Techniques Could Do the Same for VR

Road to VR

Researchers from Intel’s Intelligent Systems Lab have revealed a new method for enhancing computer-generated imagery with photorealistic graphics.

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AT&T and NBA Launch Mobile AR Experience via Chicago Bulls App

Next Reality AR

The Chicago Bulls may not be very relevant in the current NBA standings, but they do lead the league in one other area. With an assist from Nexus Studios, AT&T has debuted StatsZone, an augmented reality experience that presents game statistics in an immersive format, in the Chicago Bulls app.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Enabling the Spatial Web: What’s the Mp3 of AR?

AR Insider

F requent readers of this publication know that one of the most important and under-exposed AR sub-sectors is enabling technologies. Also known as “ picks & shovels ,” these are the tools that do the back-end heavy lifting, including developer platforms and 3D creation engines.

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AGAINST Demo Review: a noir rhythm action game

The Ghost Howls

Joy Way, the indie game studio behind the VR parkour game STRIDE, has just released a free demo of their upcoming game AGAINST (yes, they love capsed names). I just played it and of course, I’m here telling you my first impressions about it! The video version of this review!

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This AR Book Lets You Summon Demons With Your Voice


Use the Book of Asmodeus and your smartphone to defeat the 12 demons and bring your deepest desires to life. You’ve stumbled across a mysterious leather-bound book tucked away in the darkest corner of your home’s attic.

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Vive Pro 2 to Launch With 6MP Resolution, 120Hz, 120° field-of-view, on June 3rd, Starting at $800

Road to VR

HTC today announced the Vive Pro 2, an upgraded version of the Vive Pro headset which first launched in 2018.

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Microsoft Brings Chromium-Based Edge Browser, Swipe to Type, & More to HoloLens via Windows Holographic Update

Next Reality AR

Since its launch two years ago, the HoloLens 2 has been the best AR headset available, and nothing has come close to touching it since. So, at first blush, new features arriving for the device via an update to the Windows Holographic operating system might seem a bit.tame.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Will Web AR Unlock ‘Camera Marketing?’

AR Insider

T here’s a growing realization that apps aren’t always the optimal vessel for AR. Yet with mobile AR, it’s born on a device where apps rule. 90 percent of mobile users’ time is spent in apps versus the web. Can AR break that cycle? And if so, could web AR be the answer?

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How REACT Neuro Uses Pico VR Headsets to Assess Brain Health


We know the common use cases for VR headsets: playing games , working with colleagues , and checking in with your brain health. Okay, the last one isn’t on everyone’s list right now. But it could be one day with the help of REACT Neuro and Pico. .

V2EC: Eye-tracking accessory for Vive Focus 3 and Vive Virtual Character announced!

The Ghost Howls

Yesterday, like all of you, I followed Vivecon with all its announcements of the Vive Focus 3 BE and the Vive Pro 2 , but I missed the usual inspiring speech by Mister President.

Sony Teases Shadow Banning System For PSVR In New Patent


The new system would allow the company to shadow ban VR players based on their gestures and language.

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Vive Focus 3 Announced with Snapdragon XR2, 6MP Resolution, $1,300 Enterprise Price & June 27th Launch

Road to VR

HTC today revealed its latest standalone VR headset, the Vive Focus 3. The enterprise-oriented headset will bring Snapdragon XR2, a whopping 6MP per-eye resolution, 120° field-of-view, new controllers, and more for $1,300. The Vive Focus 3 release date is set for June 27th.

Rovio Reinvents Angry Birds as Web-Based AR Tower Defense Game for Burger King Campaign

Next Reality AR

Angry Birds, one of the first franchises to find success in mobile gaming, continues to shoot its shot at new life in augmented reality gaming.

Bionik Plans Mantis VR Headphones For Quest 2 With Adaptors This Summer

Upload VR

Bionik is planning to release the Mantis VR headphones for Oculus Quest 2 this summer. Mantis VR is a set of detachable over-the-ear headphones designed to fit most VR headsets, with the latest update to the accessory planned for release this summer online and in some physical stores.

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Bose’s hearing aids cost $850, no audiologist visit necessary

Digital Trends

The Bose SoundControl Hearing Aids are the first to receive FDA clearance for direct-to-consumer sales, thanks to Bose's use of app-based customization. Home Theater Bose Bose SoundControl Hearing Aids hearing aids


Sony Pictures’ Jake Zim talks about the new Zombieland VR game and how to turn existing IP into amazing VR content

The Ghost Howls

I had the great pleasure to interview SVP of VR at Sony Pictures Jake Zim on his experience with developing, producing, and launching VR games inspired by Sony Pictures’ movies Spider-Man , Jumanji , Groundhog Day , and most recently, Zombieland.

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First VR Film Shot Aboard ISS Available On Oculus Venues


Watch Episode One of Space Explorers: The ISS Experience free for a limited time as part of National Space Day. In honor of National Space Day, Oculus will be streaming a 24-hour loop of developer Felix & Paul’s groundbreaking VR film, Space Explorers: The ISS Experience.

Oculus Appears to be Testing Android Apps on Quest

Road to VR

It appears Oculus is currently testing out Android app integration on Quest, which could bring to the standalone headset everything from Spotify to Among Us.

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Transform Your Friend into an AR Musical Synthesizer via This HoloLens 2 NFT App

Next Reality AR

One of the oldest electronic musical instruments is the theremin, a synthesizer that generates sound based on hand gestures, as featured in the classic "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys.

Exclusive: Next-Gen PlayStation VR Is 4K With Foveated Rendering And Vibration Feature

Upload VR

Sony’s next-generation VR headset for PlayStation 5 has significantly higher resolution, inside-out tracking, a vibration motor, and even foveated rendering, reliable sources tell UploadVR.

How crowdsourced lidar could give your car X-ray-like superpowers

Digital Trends

Currently, self-driving cars can only see as far ahead as their onboard sensors can scan. But what if they could use the sensors in the car ahead of them too? Features AR Augmented Reality LIDAR

The XR Week Peek (2021.05.11): Pico Neo 3 launched, HTC may announce Focus 3 and Pro 2, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Welcome to my 200TH ROUNDUP! Yes, it’s 200 weeks (around 4 years) that I try to inform the community every week about the best AR/VR news, at first just by e-mail, and then also on a special column on my website.

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NuEyes’ AR Glasses Are Made For Hardcore PC Gamers


Work and game on a 148″ augmented reality screen using the companies Pro 3e 5G smart glasses. AR company NuEyes is taking its passion for AR and gaming to the next level with the launch of the Pro 3e 5G-enabled smart glasses through their gaming division, NuGaming.

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Zuckerberg: Oculus Quest Pro Could Bring Face & Eye Tracking

Road to VR

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down with CNET for an interview where he speaks about the company’s progress on its next generation of VR devices, namely what it might include in the ‘Oculus Quest Pro’ standalone headset.

The Quick Guide to Augmented Reality Deployment in the Enterprise


In the last five years, augmented reality technology has evolved far beyond its most widespread adoption ever – killing digital critters on Pokémon Go.

Facebook Headsets Now Make Up 60% Of SteamVR Use

Upload VR

3 in 5 SteamVR gamers in May used Oculus headsets, according to Valve’s monthly hardware survey data. Companies like Facebook, Valve, & HTC don’t reveal sales figures. The Steam Hardware Survey remains the most reliable indicator of PC VR’s adoption.

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HDMI 2.1: What it is, and why your next TV should have it

Digital Trends

HDMI 2.1 is finally here, but there are still plenty of questions to be answered. We cover the latest version and all of its new features. Home Theater HDCP 2.2 HDMI 2.0 HDMI 2.1 hdmi hdcp Tier 4