June, 2020

Apple Files Patent For Mixed Reality Headset That Projects Images On Your Eyeballs


Apple looks to eliminate screens entirely according to a patent published by the USPTO. This week the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent filed by Apple Inc.

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Oculus discontinues Go and plans its official open Quest Store

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Today I woke up to read this letter from Oculus, sent to me because I’m a developer: Hello, Today, we announced our plans to sunset Oculus Go as we focus on driving forward the future of VR with 6DOF platforms like Oculus Quest.

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Facebook Says It Has Developed the ‘Thinnest VR display to date’ With Holographic Folded Optics

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Facebook published new research today which the company says shows the “thinnest VR display demonstrated to date,” in a proof-of-concept headset based on folded holographic optics.

Star Wars: Squadrons VR Support Confirmed


Star Wars: Squadrons VR support has been confirmed by publisher EA. First teased last week after a leak, Star Wars: Squadrons is a new space dogfighting game set in the beloved franchise. It’s developed by EA Motive and is on the way to consoles and PCs later this year.

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Facebook VR headset prototype looks like cool sunglasses


Facebook is probably one of the last Big Tech companies you’d associate with virtual and augmented reality technologies but it has actually invested a lot of its resources into VR and AR, not even counting its acquisition of VR pioneer Oculus.

Looking Through the Infinite Retina

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A deep-dive into the world of Spatial Computing. By Irena Cronin and Robert Scoble. The Infinite Retina comprehensively documents everything you need to know about Spatial Computing and where it’s heading Click To Tweet.

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HTC announces XR Suite and teases the future of collaboration and workplace

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This night I woke up at 3am to participate in HTC Vive’s event on ENGAGE because I read that it was an “HTC VIVE LAUNCH EVENT” and I was super-confident in the launch of the Cosmos XR or at least of the Cosmos Play.

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‘Onward’ is Coming to Oculus Quest July 30th with PC VR Cross-play, Trailer Here

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Downpour Interactive and Coatsink today announced that Onward , the VR tactical shooter, is coming to Oculus Quest on July 30th.

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Disney Releases Myth: A Frozen Tale On Oculus Quest


Disney released its Myth: A Frozen Tale VR short on Oculus Quest. The project based around Frozen 2 is available now for $2.99. You can check out the trailer here: The project runs just over eight minutes long and is narrated by Evan Rachel Wood with music by Joseph Trapanese.

Augmented, virtual reality see uptake during pandemic

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Virtual Reality health simulation with Arch Virtual. Image courtesy Arch Virtual. ). The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating the use of virtual reality and augmented reality, experts say, especially in retail, education and health. Taylor Freeman.

Shoes That Fit Without Trying Them On — Thanks to Augmented Reality Online Shopping Will Never Be the Same


While participating in different business meetups, I regularly hear pitches from startups. In most cases, I know within seconds whether they will succeed.

‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ First-Person Space Dogfighting Game Announced For VR Headsets


5v5 multiplayer dogfights and a single player campaign confirmed. Fans of 1998’s Star Wars: Rogue Squadron are in for a serious treat!

Nreal Light devkit review: an interesting entry point for AR

The Ghost Howls

Nreal is for sure one of the most interesting AR startups on the market. It got the attention of all the press at CES 2019 revealing an AR glass that is light, fashionable, and affordable. In 2020, it consolidated its product with a series of partnerships and a solid product development plan.

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‘Star Citizen’ Dev on VR Support: “I have no doubt we will get there”

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Star Citizen , the space adventure game seemingly in perpetual Early Access, has been committed to adding VR support since well before consumer headsets existed.

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Wraith: The Oblivion ? Aftermath Is A World Of Darkness VR Horror From Fast Travel Games, Exclusive Look At The VR Showcase


Wraith: The Oblivion – Aftermath is the first VR game set in the World of Darkness universe, and it’s being made by Fast Travel Games. The studio just revealed the project with a teaser trailer seen below. Wraith will be published by World of Darkness owner, Paradox Interactive.

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Does AR Really Boost eCommerce Conversions?

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Data Dive is AR Insider’s weekly dive into the latest spatial computing figures. Running Mondays, it includes data points, narrative insights and takeaways. For an indexed collection of data and reports, subscribe to ARtillery Pro.

How Augmented Reality Is Used in Teaching Anatomy


In recent years, we have been seeing growing interest in the applications of augmented reality beyond the world of gaming. There is, for instance, increasingly prominent utilization of AR in education.

Creating Real Family Memories Under Lockdown With The Alcove VR App


Travel the globe, share family photos, and play games with loved ones of all ages in this unique social VR experience. Connecting with family isn’t always easy, especially in today’s climate.

Famous musician Jean-Michel Jarre to host a live VR concert on VRrOOm on Sunday

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VR events are one of the big trends of virtual reality of the last 3 months. Because of the coronavirus, many physical events have been canceled and so people and companies are finding new ways to organize gatherings.

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Google Acquires North, the Startup Behind ‘Focals’ Smartglasses

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Google today confirmed in a blog post that it’s acquired North, the Canada-based smartglasses maker behind Focals. The acquisition price wasn’t disclosed, however early reports suggested it was around $180 million.

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Oculus Quest Networked Hand Tracking Points To The Future Of Social VR


A new demo made by Daniel Beauchamp allows for greater social expression in VR by bringing the hands of people wearing Oculus Quests into the same virtual room.

Campaign Tracker: AR Boosts Ad Conversions 300%

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This is the latest in AR Insider’s Campaign Tracker series. Running semi-weekly, it examines marketing campaigns that utilize AR visualization such as product try-ons, and their results. For a full list of campaigns, comparative ROI chart and deeper analysis, subscribe to ARtillery PRO.

Highlights From the Immersive Learning Research Network 2020 Conference


The Immersive Learning Research Network International Virtual Conference concluded last Thursday. What would have been an in-person event was instead held in the VR collaboration platform VirBELA, and through live streams on iLRN’s Youtube channel.

Olfactory Engineering: The Future Of Multisensory VR Could Be Scent-Based


OVR Technology CEO Aaron Wisniewski provides fascinating insights into the world of olfactory engineering. . We use all of our senses to understand and interpret the world around us.

The XR Week Peek (2020.06.29): Oculus kills the Go, Google buys North, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

My super-rush of work lasted one month is over, and now I can return to my previous levels of working! I need some sleep, though. I can also return to my usual weekly roundups of news, and you can read the new one here below. Have fun! Top news of the week. Original image by Oculus).

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Consumer VR Treadmill ‘KAT Walk C’ Coming to Kickstarter June 21st, Starting at $700

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Kat VR, the China-based company behind the original Kat Walk VR treadmill Kickstarter in 2015, is bringing its new consumer-focused VR treadmill ‘Kat Walk C’ to the crowdfunding platform on June 21st.

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The Best VR Games Of 2020 (So Far)


Looking for the best VR games in 2020? Look no further! We’re six months into 2020 and there’s already been a lot of great VR games. As we approach the halfway point, it’s time to reflect on some of the best experiences released for headsets so far.

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HTC VIVE XR Suite promises to get you ready for the Next Normal


The past five months have seen a lot of sudden changes to how we interact with each other both socially and professionally. There has been an increase in the use of the Internet and computing devices, including smartphones, for work and to keep in touch with friends and families.

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Cannes XR Virtual Brings Art to Life With Virtual Reality


Cannes XR Virtual is The Marché du Film’s online virtual reality art showcase taking place from June 24 to 26. You can access the exhibit using multiple formats across various platforms.

How Researchers Are Using Machine Learning To Make VR Sword Fights More Realistic


En garde! Researchers at the University of Bath in Somerset, United Kingdom, have partnered with Cambridge-based game studio Ninja Theory ( Hellblade VR, DmC: Devil May Cry, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West ) to deliver more realistic, data-driven sword fighting in VR.

How to ask Android Permissions for the Oculus Quest in Unity

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Some months ago I published a guide for all Unity developers on how to request Android permissions for the Vive Focus Plus, because it took me a while to sort out how to do it to access the camera stream to do augmented reality on that headset.

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