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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

VRScout

Generate electricity while interacting with your favorite games and apps.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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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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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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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What You Need to Know About Virtual Reality Chairs

ARPost

The addition of virtual reality chairs to the world of gaming is bringing novel experiences to players all around the globe. Along with premium visuals, sounds, and even scents, VR chairs are taking video games to a whole new level. But what exactly are VR chairs? And how do they work?

Immersive Tech Brings The Tokyo Olympics To Life At Home

VRScout

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

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.

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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Elon Musk reveals how non-Tesla EVs will use Superchargers

Digital Trends

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has offered more details on how non-Tesla owners will be able to use Supercharger stations in a change to its service later this year. Cars News electric cars Elon Musk Evs Supercharger Station superchargers Tesla

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Oculus Move VR workout system might sync with Apple Health

Slashgear

Apple’s mobile ecosystem has been marked by two main pillars in the past few years.

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AR Experience Introduces Three New Olympic Sports

VRScout

The Washington Post uses AR and interactive video to showcase three new Olympic sports debuting in Tokyo. The 2020 Olympics are finally here after being delayed due to the global pandemic.

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Stride Sprints Onto The Oculus Quest Store This August

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Mirror’s Edge-inspired free-running game Stride is coming to the Oculus Quest store in August. The game from Joy Way was accepted onto the Oculus Quest store by Facebook earlier this year and now the developers say it’ll officially release there on August 5.

TCL’s 8K 6-Series mini-LED TVs are shockingly affordable

Digital Trends

TCL's first 8K mini-LED TVs are here in both 65- and 75-inch sizes and they're way more affordable than similarly-sized 8K models from both LG and Samsung. Home Theater Mini-LED QLED TV TCL TCL 8K 6-Series

Case Study: Elekta Medical Boosts Uptime with AR + IOT

AR Insider

T ough we spend ample time examining consumer-based AR endpoints, greater near-term impact is seen today in the enterprise. This takes many forms including camera commerce and collaboration. But the greatest area of enterprise AR impact today is in industrial settings.

I Went To Cannes XR And Saw The Future (And The Past)

VRScout

Arriving in Cannes for the film festival is a remarkable experience. Everything you’ve been told about it is true, immaculately dressed people, palm trees, yachts… . The French, as you may or may not know, do festivals very well.

Quest 2 Sales Paused As 4 Million Facial Interfaces Recalled

Upload VR

Oculus Quest 2 sales are paused as Facebook adds a silicon cover to the boxes of every new headset, following reports of facial skin irritation with the original foam.

World of Warcraft development paused amid Activision-Blizzard harassment lawsuit

Digital Trends

A senior World of Warcraft designer says development on the game is paused in light of Activision-Blizzard's harassment case. Gaming News Activision Blizzard blizzard World of Warcraft

Amazon to Accept Bitcoin by End of 2021 and Develop Own Currency by 2022: Report

GizModo VR

Amazon has plans to accept the cryptocurrency bitcoin by the end of 2021, according to an anonymously sourced report in the London newspaper City A.M.

Intel's Process Roadmap to 2025: with 4nm, 3nm, 20A and 18A?!

Anand Tech

In today’s Intel Accelerated event, the company is driving a stake into the ground regarding where it wants to be by 2025.

Cooking Simulator VR Arrives On PC This Week

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Just over a year since we first wrote about it, Cooking Simulator VR is finally seasoning itself up for launch. The port of the original Cooking Simulator lands on SteamVR on July 29. No word on possible PSVR or Quest versions of the game yet. Check out the launch trailer below.

Jeff Bezos offers NASA $2 billion in plea for moon mission role

Digital Trends

Jeff Bezos has offered serious financial assistance to NASA in a bid to get his spaceflight company, Blue Origin, involved in the upcoming lunar missions. News Artemis blue origin Moon NASA space

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The Seemingly Cursed Tokyo Olympics Are Now in the Path of a Tropical Storm

GizModo VR

Against all odds, and a one-year delay, the Tokyo Olympics are currently taking place, squaring off against a global pandemic and sweltering heat.

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Oculus Quest 2 face pad recall and a new tiny bummer for early adopters

Slashgear

The release of the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset was given a bit of a kick in the pants by reports of skin irritation on the faces of some users.

4 Million Quest 2 Facial Interfaces Shipped In USA, Recall Listing Confirms

Upload VR

Facebook has shipped around four million units of the Oculus Quest 2 facial interface in the USA, both separately and included alongside the headset. That much was revealed in a newly-listed alert from the U.S.

The larger, more powerful Apple Silicon iMac may not launch until 2022

Digital Trends

According to well-known leaker Dylan, the larger redesigned Silicon iMac may not launch until 2022. Apple Computing News Apple iMac Apple MacBook Pro Apple Silicon M1X M2X

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With Successful 10th Flight, Ingenuity Has Now Flown More Than a Mile on Mars

GizModo VR

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter successfully completed its 10th flight on Mars on Saturday, bringing its total distance flown on the Red Planet to more than one mile (roughly 1.60 kilometers) and capturing important images to help out its friend, the Perseverance rover. Read more.

Apple warns iPhone and Mac owners of vulnerability, and it's update time

Mashable VR

It's updating time. Again. Apple issued a series of warnings Monday aimed at Mac, iPhone, and iPad owners. The tech giant alerted customers to vulnerabilities in iOS, iPadOS , and macOS which could leave their devices open to hackers.