July, 2021

The XR Week Peek (2021.07.26): Facebook aims at the Metaverse, Quest 2 goes MR, and more!

The Ghost Howls

I’m incredibly happy about having been hosted by Sebastian Ang (MRTV), one of my favorite VR content creators, in his weekly podcast on Youtube! We spoke about AR and VR for 2 hours and we were having so much fun that we could have gone on for other 2 hours without problems!

VR Technology Could One Day Be Powered By Your Sweat


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Google Adds More Olympic Athletes to Its Roster of Augmented Reality Search Content

Next Reality AR

After facing delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Olympic Games are underway in Tokyo, but a surge in cases worldwide has taken the spectator out of these spectator sports.

Facebook is Unlocking AR Capabilities for Developers on Quest 2

Road to VR

Facebook announced today that an upcoming update to the Quest development SDK will include experimental support for a Passthrough API which will allow Unity developers to build AR experiences and features into apps on Quest 2.

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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.

Virtex Stadium – the First “True” Virtual Reality Stadium for Esports Launches Soon


Esports fans, rejoice! Soon, you will not just watch a game from the outside, but be at the very heart of the action thanks to the soon-to-be-launched virtual reality stadium.

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The XR Week Peek: Facebook abandons BCIs, VR grows fast, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

It’s a nice summer day here in Italy, and I hope things for all of you are going well. I feel a bit weird because I’ve discovered yesterday that I’m the subject of nightmares for Celine Tricart , a well-renowned VR creator.

VR Parkour Game ‘STRIDE’ Coming To Oculus Quest


Run, jump, vault, shoot, slide, and roll your way through this fast-paced VR free running experience.

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Google Launches Augmented Reality Filters on Meet App for Mobile

Next Reality AR

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Google has packed new functionality into Google Meet to compete with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other video conferencing platforms.

VR Content Revenue Grew by 30% in 2020, Becoming Media’s Fastest-growing Market

Road to VR

Virtual reality gained impressive ground in 2020, a recent PwC study finds. Global VR content revenues reportedly increased by around 30% year-over-year, beating out film, traditional video games, and music. As reported by Protocol , VR’s global content revenue is estimated to be around $1.8

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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.

SuperWorld Will Sell You a Share of the Brooklyn Bridge for 100 ETH


Have you ever been so attached to a place that you wished you could own it? Maybe leave something behind so that people who came to visit later could see what it meant to you? Or maybe you’re less sentimental and want to make money off of the idea of a place.

Spatial Beats: Facebook, Snap & Epic Games

AR Insider

W elcome back to Spatial Beats. Click your heels together and say metaverse three times. The chasm between concept and reality here is huge, yet it’s the word on everyone’s lips. Mark Zuckerberg said it out loud.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.07.05): Facebook to have $6B of losses for the VR business, investments in XR are on the rise, and more!

The Ghost Howls

It’s summertime, and as usual, during this part of the year, people think about going to the seaside more than about VR, and so the news to talk about are always fewer. So expect this and the following weeks to be a bit calmer for the XR ecosystem.

New Deal Could Bring VR & Gaming To Netflix


Shonda Rhimes and Netflix ink a new deal that could VR and gaming content to the continually growing entertainment platform.

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USA Today Showcases New Summer Olympics Sports with Augmented Reality

Next Reality AR

After a postponement of the Summer Olympics for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tokyo is set to host the games this summer, despite a surge in cases in the city.

‘Lone Echo II’ Coming to Oculus PC in August, Original ‘Lone Echo’ Discounted to $10

Road to VR

The long-awaited sequel to Ready At Dawn’s space adventure Lone Echo (2017) is nearly here. Lone Echo II is now set to arrive on August 24th, likely making it one of the last PC-only games funded by Facebook to arrive on the Oculus Store.

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Oculus Quest 2 128GB Model On Sale August 24 For $299

Upload VR

Facebook plans to start selling a 128GB version of Oculus Quest 2 on August 24th for $299. The new entry level Quest 2 model doubles the storage of the 64GB device it replaces. Facebook will still sell a 256GB model for $399.

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Book Review and Author Interviews on “The Augmented Workforce”


The Augmented Workforce: How Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and 5G Will Impact Every Dollar You Make is the new book by authors Cathy Hackl and John Buzzell.

How to record 360 videos of your VR experiences

The Ghost Howls

We all like to shoot videos and screenshots of the VR experiences we play : sometimes to me it is a necessity because I need content to insert inside my articles for my blog, but in general, we all love to save some great moments we had in VR, in the same way we feel the need to take a picture when something interesting is happening in real life.

VR Headset From Russia Boasts Impressive Specs


Russian state corporation Roscosmos reveals a prototype of its new VR headset, announces additional hardware for 2021. This past February, Roscosmos, a state corporation of the Russian Federation specializing in space flight, announced that it was in production of consumer-focused VR hardware.

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Create Your Own Holograms at Home with the Volu iPhone App

Next Reality AR

With the release of Object Capture this fall, Apple is giving everyone with a Mac and a camera the means to create their own 3D objects. But what about volumetric video, which currently requires multi-camera rigs like those at Microsoft's Mixed Reality Capture studios?

Epic Games Acquires Sketchfab, the Massive 3D Object Library Compatible with AR/VR Headsets

Road to VR

Sketchfab , the platform that lets you view, share, and download 3D models via traditional monitors and AR/VR headsets, today announced its been acquired by Unreal Engine creators Epic Games.

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Data Dive: Facebook Reaches 600 Million AR Users

AR Insider

L ast month, Facebook’s held a toned-down version of it’s annual F8 developer conference known as F8 Refresh. It included a handful of notable and incremental AR updates, such as multipeer AR face filters. These bring a syncronous multiplayer twist to social AR.

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Facebook Deprecates Proprietary Oculus APIs In Favor Of OpenXR

Upload VR

Facebook will deprecate its proprietary Oculus APIs in favor of industry standard OpenXR.

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Discover The Virtual Burning Man 2021

The Ghost Howls

The Burning Man is one of the most important festivals that runs every year in the United States. Last year it was held in a completely digital version, and its event inside Altspace VR was a blast , with all people in the VR communities talking enthusiastically about it.

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Immersive Tech Brings The Tokyo Olympics To Life At Home


From volumetric video to AI-powered motion capture , here’s how immersive tech is changing the most historic sporting event on the planet.

How to View Art from Your Chromecast in Augmented Reality

Next Reality AR

The Chromecast TV streaming lineup from Google is one of the more popular products in the category, primarily due to its low price tag and broad app support. With more than 430,000 reviews on the App Store, Chromecast has even found fans of those in the Apple ecosystem.

Rezzil Secures $2.75M Investment for Oculus Quest Sports Training App ‘Player 22’

Road to VR

Rezzil, a UK-based VR sports training and analytics startup, announced that its secured an investment round of over £2 million (~$2.75 million), which will be used to promote its new consumer-focused sports training platform, Player 22.

AR: Coming to a Shopping Mall Near You

AR Insider

O ne of AR’s core properties is to fuse the physical and digital (a.k.a. phygital ). Part of this involves physical places: AR devices have to understand a space before they augment it. This breathes new opportunity into the longstanding location intelligence sector.

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Watch this young Paul McCartney deepfake turn into Beck

Digital Trends

Paul McCartney is 79 but in his latest music video released just a few days ago he’s been cleverly “de-aged” to appear as the fresh-faced Beatle of yesteryear. Movies & TV Music News Beck deepfake Music Video Paul McCartney

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