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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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

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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

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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.

REPORT: Apple Mixed Reality Glasses Launching Mid-2022

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Tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the upcoming headset will launch in Q2 of next year and will feature 15 onboard cameras. This past April, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that augmented reality (AR) technology is “ critically important ” for the future of the company.

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New Deal Could Bring VR & Gaming To Netflix

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

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Yaw2 Motion Simulator Surpasses $1M On Kickstarter

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

Commodore 64 Emulator Brings Retro Gaming To Oculus Quest

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The 80’s most popular home computer arrives on Quest headsets. Back in 1982, one of the coolest devices you could own was the Commodore 64. The C64, as it’s referred to by many enthusiasts, had a screaming MOS 6510/8500 1MHz processor with a paltry 64 KByte of memory.

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Build Your Own Retro VR Arcade In ‘Arcade Legend’

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Upgrade and customize your very own old-school gaming paradise. LAI Games is an Australian-based company with location-based entertainment venues all around the world. Chance are if you’ve stepped into an arcade to play an old-school ticket redemption game, chances are LAI Games was involved.

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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.

This AR Book Lets You Summon Demons With Your Voice

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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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EXCLUSIVE: Apple AR glasses hands-on preview

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Some days ago, all the community got excited because on the invitation to WWDC 2021, Apple has drawn an Animoji with some applications reflected on her glasses. Everyone started wondering if Apple could announce its AR glasses at WWDC or not. I have some exclusive info to share with you.

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VR Headset From Russia Boasts Impressive Specs

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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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Google Adds Raw Depth API to Improve Spatial Awareness & Depth Data for Android AR Apps

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For most mainstream users, LiDAR sensors for precision depth sensing remain the exclusive domain of Apple iPhones and iPads, but Google is helping Android device makers close the depth gap on the software side via its ARCore toolkit.

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

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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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Swedish Dev Auctioning Off One-Of-A-Kind NFT VR Studio

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This unique one-off VR space is up for auction with bidding starting at 30 ETH ($60K). Swedish VR developer Fredrik Ekholm has partnered with one of Sweden’s biggest interior designers to create a high-end VR experience that will be auctioned off on Opensea.io as a one-of-a-kind NFT collectible.

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Student Builds Volumetric 3D TV To Complete Bachelor’s Program

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Stream 3D holographic imagery in real-time. When it comes to modern-day POV-Displays , like those LED fans that spin to create “holographic” imagery, Jan Jessen—aka u/Evlmnkey —is far from impressed.

Take A Look At Facebook’s New VR Avatars For Quest

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The new avatar system will debut first on Facebook Horizon for Oculus Quest headsets.

Niantic Shows Off Mixed Reality ‘Pokémon GO’ Demo Powered By HoloLens

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Microsoft debuts its Mesh mixed reality platform during its Ignite conference alongside a Pokémon proof-of-concept.

‘Deep Nostalgia’ Brings Old Family Photos To Life Using Artificial Intelligence

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Add realistic animation to historical photos in less than a minute with this free-to-use tool.

87-Year-Old Man’s Lifelong Dream Of Hiking The Grand Canyon Made Possible Through VR

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Rendever and Wish of a Lifetime from AARP team up to help one Pennsylvania senior achieve a lifelong goal. Ever since he was a kid, George Hetrick dreamed of traveling to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon.

New Mod Lets You Play Beat Saber In Minecraft In VR

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A new mod brings the hit title to life in Mojang’s survival crafting game. Beat Games’ uber-popular VR rhythm slasher Beat Saber is heading to Minecraft thanks to a new mod from Reddit user u/Swifter1243.

Behind the scenes of the VR concert Welcome To The Other Side

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This New Year’s Eve, together with the team of VRrOOm, I worked on the virtual reality concert Welcome To The Other Side , starring the electronic music legend Jean-Michel Jarre playing inside a virtual Notre-Dame Cathedral. The concert was a huge success (with more than 75M total views!),

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Oculus ‘First Steps’ Now Works With Quest Hand-Tracking

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‘First Steps With Hand Tracking’ and ‘Tiny Castle’ are available now via the Oculus App Lab. It was back in 2019 that Facebook first began rolling out support for hand tracking on the Oculus Quest.

Intel Takes Us Inside to Reveal How HoloLens 2 Is Transforming Computer Chip Production

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The enterprise applications powering the adoption of the HoloLens 2 are only just ramping up as developers continue to work with the still relatively new hardware.

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

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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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Japanese Instrument Manufacturer Korg Teases VR Music-Making App

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A short video shows VR music production on the Oculus Quest 2.

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Facebook Confirms New Oculus Quest Headset Currently In Development

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Zuckerberg spills the tea during the companies Q4 2020 earnings call. Facebook held its Q4 2020 earnings call yesterday, during which Mark Zuckerberg laid out some impressive sales figures for the Oculus Quest 2 while simultaneously confirming the development of a new Oculus Quest VR headset.

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Atari Bets On Blockchain & NFT Gaming With ZED RUN’s AR Horses

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Atari lends its IP to ZED RUN’s digital horses, the up-and-coming Tamagothchi of AR. What if you could combine virtual worlds, blockchain, and digital ownership to create a Tamagotchi 10.0?

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SenseGlove Nova VR Haptic Gloves Are Straight Out Of ‘Ready Player One’

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CES 2021 continues to deliver with the reveal of SenseGlove’s motion tracking haptic gloves.

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