March, 2019

Miller Lite & Trigger Global Turn St. Patrick's Day into an Augmented Reality Celebration

Next Reality AR

Every year, fans of Irish culture, as well as those looking to celebrate their own culture, come together on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.

OpenXR Standard Ratified, Microsoft, Oculus, & Others to Release First Implementations

Road to VR

OpenXR is a royalty-free standard for cross-platform VR and AR development. It’s backed by many of the biggest names in the VR and AR industries and has been in development by the consortium for two years now, organized by Khronos Group.

Oculus ‘Rift S’ Will Be Present At GDC 2019

VRScout

Reports indicate Oculus’ next headset will make its debut later this month. In October of last year, a report by Techcrunch claimed that Facebook’s Oculus would be abandoning its plans of a proper Oculus Rift 2 in favor of minor hardware updates to the existing Rift headset.

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#SXSW2019 – Feeling Real Sensations in Virtual Reality

Tech Trends VR

The world of Ready Player One might be a lot closer than we think. At South by Southwest, Tech Trends checks out the haptic suit that promises to take immersion to the next level. . By Laura Kobylecky. The Telasuit looks like something straight out of science fiction film.

HTC Brings Gloveless Finger Tracking To Vive and Vive Pro, Gestures To Vive Focus

UploadVR

HTC released an SDK which allows developers to add finger tracking to their Vive or Vive Pro apps. For the Vive Focus standalone headset the SDK instead provides hand position and gesture recognition. The feature was first announced back in October.

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Nintendo throwing its cappy into the VR game with its newest Labo sets

Cats and VR

Nintendo has a cardboard VR headset and accessories for Nintendo Switch coming in April with a new official Nintendo Labo kit. According to Nintendo : With the new Nintendo Labo VR Kit, there’s more to Make, Play, and Discover together than ever before.

Spatiate Brings Multi-User Augmented Reality Painting to Magic Leap One

Next Reality AR

While painting in augmented reality is not a groundbreaking pursuit, the ability for Magic Leap One, iPhone and iPad, and Android users to collaborate remotely on virtual artwork would be.

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YouTube Stories Adds A Twist To AR Selfie Filters

VRScout

YouTube introduces real-time face filters powered by machine-learning, but there’s a catch. Everyone has a unique story to tell, and now YouTube creators will have the ability to make their stories even more unique through a Snapchat-esque AR selfies.

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The Brain Science of Simulation Training with Virtual Reality

Tech Trends VR

In many high-pressure situations such as emergency medicine, law enforcement, firefighting, air traffic control and the military the litmus test for success is behavioral performance.

Beat Saber Confirmed As Oculus Quest Launch Title

UploadVR

Facebook’s $400 Oculus Quest standalone VR headset is launching with Beat Saber in its lineup. For Facebook, Beat Saber was a must-get its Oculus Quest launch lineup. The game is a system seller for some buyers.

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The most important XR news from MWC 2019

The Ghost Howls

The MWC 2019 in Barcelona has finished some days ago. Like every year, during this event we have seen some important AR news, but not that many, since the event was more focused on mobile phones than immersive technologies.

HBO Crowns Snapchat as King of Its 'Game of Thrones' Augmented Reality Promotion at SXSW

Next Reality AR

The hype for HBO's Game of Thrones reached proportions as epic as the series itself this week with the latest release of the final season's official trailer, but it's a Snapchat promotion that will truly make fans at SXSW bend the knee.

Facebook Shows Off Research Aiming to Deliver Truly Realistic Avatars

Road to VR

Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) chief scientist Michael Abrash believes AR and VR will be the primary way people work, play, and connect in the future.

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HaptX VR Gloves Uses Telerobotics To Transmit Touch Across The Globe

VRScout

HaptX lets you control a robotic hand, and feel what the robot feels, anywhere in the globe.

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Banishing Your Nightmares with VR

Tech Trends VR

New research shows how immersive technology can help patients treat recurring nightmare syndrome.

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Oculus Rift S Hands-On: Facebook’s New PC VR Headset Takes Small But Important Steps

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Five years ago Mark Zuckerberg directed Facebook to purchase Oculus VR for $3 billion. This was the state of consumer VR in 2014. In 2016, the first consumer Rift shipped for VR-ready PCs. Facebook encountered fierce competition.

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Oculus reveals the Rift S: all you need to know

The Ghost Howls

Today at GDC, after a lot of rumors, Oculus has finally unveiled the successor of the Oculus Rift CV1: the Rift S.

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Microsoft HoloLens 2 Team Interview — Inside the Specs, Design, & Future of Enterprise Augmented Reality

Next Reality AR

As I've mentioned in recent days, it was refreshing to discover that Microsoft's HoloLens 2 stage production was every bit as accurate as presented (check out my hands-on test of the device for more on that).

HTC Planning Lip-tracking Module Dev Kit for Vive Pro

Road to VR

Today at GDC, HTC announced plans to make available a lip-tracking module for the Vive Pro. The company says it doesn’t currently have plans to consumerize the device, but instead wants to make it available for research and experimentation.

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Zero Latency Reveals Second Gen Of Their Free-Roam VR Platform

VRScout

One of the best location-based VR entertainment platforms just got even better.

Emerging Tech in Emerging Markets

Tech Trends VR

As India’s first-ever Immersive Technology festival wraps up, it highlights how the market for making and consuming technologies such as Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality goes well beyond Silicon Valley.

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Sniper Elite VR Coming From Battlezone Developer

UploadVR

Rebellion Entertainment’s next VR game will adapt one of its most popular series, Sniper Elite. Yes, a brand new Sniper Elite VR game is in the works. Few details have been shared at this time but we do know that it will be a brand new, standalone game.

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Charlie Fink on his new book Convergence and the future of XR

The Ghost Howls

When I think about great XR journalists, one of the first names that come to my mind is always Charlie Fink.

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Hands-On with Google Maps Walking AR Navigation Experiment, a Peek into Our Smartglasses Future

Next Reality AR

While Google isn't ready to commit to a wide release of the AR walking navigation mode for Google Maps, the company has begun testing the feature with members of its Local Guides crowdsourcing community.

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Valve Psychologist to Explore Brain-Computer Interface Research at GDC

Road to VR

At GDC 2019 later this month, Valve’s Principal Experimental Psychologist, Mike Ambinder will present the latest research pertaining to brain-computer interfaces—using signals from the brain as computer input.

HTC Vive Brings NASA-Inspired VR Artwork To Art Basel Hong Kong

VRScout

Experience outer space without being an astronaut in ‘Too the Moon.’ ’ . 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong took one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind, sparking an entire generations interest in space travel in the process.

Getting Hands-On with the New HoloLens

Tech Trends VR

Microsoft’s new piece of kit doesn’t disappoint, but the real excitement of its MWC announcement goes well beyond the hardware.

Facebook Bets On Realistic Face Tracked Avatars As Key To VR’s Future

UploadVR

Dozens of people are working at Facebook Reality Lab in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on research into ultra-realistic avatars that could redefine communication in the 21st century.

I’m going to Vive Ecosystem Conference!

The Ghost Howls

In the last three weeks, you haven’t heard that much from me: I have written very few articles (it’s like two weeks that I don’t write a post on this blog), I have posted very little on social media and I have answered people always with days of delays.

Microsoft's HoloLens 2 Team Answers More Questions About Biometric Security, Audio, & Hand Tracking

Next Reality AR

Now that the dust has finally settled on Microsoft's big HoloLens 2 announcement, the company is circling back to offer more granular detail on some aspects of the device we still don't know about.

Oculus Rift is Out of Stock All Over the Web, Suggesting ‘Rift S’ is Near

Road to VR

It seems one of two things is happening at the moment: either Oculus Rift has been selling like hotcakes and going out of stock simultaneously all over the Internet, or the company is tuning down production for some unknown reason.

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Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2019 AR/VR Program Schedule

VRScout

Tribeca Immersive returns with an incredible lineup of AR and VR experiences.

Angry Birding in VR

Tech Trends VR

Red, Chuck, Bomb and the Blues face off against their piggy nemeses in the latest Angry Birds instalment.

Google Spotlight Stories VR Movie Team Shutting Down – Report

UploadVR

Google’s Spotlight Stories division gave us VR gems like Pearl and Age of Sail. Sadly, though, it appears the search engine giant is shutting the team down this week. Word comes by way of Variety. The site got hold of an apparent email from Spotlight Stories executive producer Karen Dufilho.

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HP Reverb VR Headset might’ve hit the sweet spot

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The HP Reverb VR Headset Pro Edition has 2x smaller LCD displays where most competitors have larger AMOLED. But the HP headset has more pixels per eye, a larger field of view, and a slightly lighter overall weight than HTC Vive Pro and Samsung Odyssey.

Microsoft to Debut HoloLens 2 Livestream Video Series with Demos, Updates, & Developer Info

Next Reality AR

To build hype for the HoloLens 2 among developers, Microsoft is borrowing a page out of Magic Leap's playbook. Starting on March 12, Microsoft will livestream a six-part series of talk shows, dubbed The Realities Show, that will examine various aspects of the next-generation HoloLens.

Nintendo Jumps into VR (Again) With Switch VR ‘Labo’ Kit Coming in April

Road to VR

Nintendo is bringing VR to Switch in the form of its latest ‘Labo’ kit which aims to “combine the innovative physical and digital gameplay of Nintendo Labo with basic VR technology to create a simple and shareable virtual reality experience for kids and families.”