2020

Facebook To Discontinue Oculus Rift S Beginning 2021

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You can still buy an Oculus Rift S.for now. It’s been an exciting week for VR! During Facebook Connect this past week, Mark Zuckerberg talked about the future of how AR technology will play an important role in the future of the company that included information on Project Aria.

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The Ghost Howls turns 4!

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It’s my blog’s birthday! Today The Ghost Howls turns 4 years old, making me feel a little bit old. It was August, 15th 2016 when I wrote my first post, accompanied by an embarrassing image with a flower downloaded from Pixabay.

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Osso VR Secures $14M Investment to Further Develop VR Surgical Training Platform

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Osso VR today announced it has raised $14 million in Series A funding to further develop its VR surgical training platform. The financing round was led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures, with participation from SignalFire, GSR, Scrum Ventures, Leslie Ventures and OCA Ventures.

Wilder vs. Fury Boxing Rematch Will Feature an AR Experience & Sponsorship via a UFC Legend

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As augmented reality continues its collision course with mainstream adoption, the technology will now have a role in one of the most anticipated boxing matches of the year.

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HP Reverb G2: 4K VR Headset With Valve Audio/Lenses, Touch-Like Controllers, & IPD Slider For $600

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HP appears to be taking notes from both Valve and Facebook with its latest headset, the Reverb G2, featuring four outward-facing tracking cameras, Valve’s audio and lens technology and redesigned Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) controllers that look a lot more like Oculus Touch. Reverb G2 is priced $600.

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Feel VR From Your Head To Your Toes Using These Haptic Sneakers

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DropLabs’ audio-enabled footwear features support for all Bluetooth 4.2 compatible devices. This month marked the launch of DropLabs’ EP 01 Triple Black , an updated version of the companies previously-released EP 01 haptic sneaker.

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Fundamental Surgery ‘Teaching Space’ Lets Medical Students Collaborate In VR

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Instructors can deliver hands-on training to multiple students at once via multi-user classrooms. When it comes to training for a specific profession, nothing beats good old-fashioned hands-on experience.

VR Burning Man Event Will Feature Live Music, Art, And Workshops

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Black Rock City meets the multiverse in this one-of-a-kind virtual celebration. This past April, festival organizers made the painful decision to cancel Burning Man 2020 citing ongoing concerns over COVID-19.

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‘Mario Kart: Home Circuit’ Brings AR And RC Cars To The Nintendo Switch

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Turn your living room into a one-of-a-kind ‘Mario Kart’ level October 16th. In celebration of the historic 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.,

‘Beat Saber’ Meets Traditional Polka In This Hilarious VR Accordion Experience

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My dream of starting a virtual polka band is slowly becoming a reality. What do you get when you combine the most popular VR rhythm game available on headsets with traditional Czechoslovakian polka music? It’s a question we’ve all been asking ourselves these last few years.

Ride Your Real Bike In The Virtual World With The Blync VR Controller

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Pedal your way through a variety of virtual terrain or create your own.

Alone Together: What I have learned organizing a big VR concert

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On June, 21th, in the occasion of the French Music Fest, there has been a virtual reality concert held by electronic music legend Jean-Michel Jarre.

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‘Myst’ Remake Coming to Quest & SteamVR Headsets Soon, Trailer Here

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Myst (1993) , the iconic point-and-click puzzle adventure from Cyan Worlds , is coming to the Quest platform later this year, and on SteamVR headsets “soon.”

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Snapchat Turns Real World into AR Scavenger Hunt with Nearly Instant Object Recognition

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While Snapchat is no stranger to location-based AR scavenger hunts, the app's new world-facing game adds some environmental understanding to the mix. This week, Snapchat launched a new Snappables game dubbed Scavenger Hunt.

Panasonic Targets 2021 For Its Slim VR Glasses

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Qualcomm today revealed its expectations for wired and eventually wireless VR and AR viewers in the coming decade. As part of the update Panasonic also released a statement indicating the company is targeting 2021 for its lightweight VR glasses.

Preserving The Art Of Black Lives Matter Using AR

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A city-wide digital art show celebrates the street art of BLM. Designers at the architecture and design firm GGLO have created an augmented reality art show aimed at paying homage to the eclectic lineup of street paintings created as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Facebook XR Branding Spotted In The Wild Ahead Of Facebook Connect

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A sleek new logo for a post-Oculus company. With Facebook Connect —previously Oculus Connect 7—just around the corner, hardcore fans are scouring every inch of the web in search of any and every update regarding the highly-anticipated developer conference.

Travelers Are Paying Real Money To Take VR Flights To Nowhere

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Satisfy your traveling bug with this bizarre VR traveling experience.

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Virtual Aquarium Brings Children’s Aquatic Art To Life

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Visitors can design custom sea creatures and feed their digital creations. Next-generation art collective teamLab is on a mission to blend the worlds of technology, art, science, design, and nature.

Miranda: A Live Steampunk VR Opera Where You Play As Judge & Jury

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It’s trial by opera in this interactive murder-mystery. There’s been a murder! One of the city’s wealthiest women has been found dead, but things don’t quite add up. The circumstances of her death are shrouded in mystery.

2021 Mercedes S-Class Will Feature AR Navigation And 3D Eye-Tracking

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AR-enhanced navigation and 3D stereoscopic displays arriving later this year. German automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has never been shy about its love for immersive technology.

The XR Week Peek (2020.08.24): Facebook login gets imposed on Quest and the community riots, and much more!

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This week in XR has been incredibly calm and nothing important has happened, apart from little things like the riot of the entire XR community against Facebook Jokes apart, I’m working to organize my blog’s 4th birthday party on VRChat… you asked for it, and you will have it! Top news of the week.

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All-Female VR Film ‘Baba Yaga’ Adds Glenn Close, Jennifer Hudson, Kate Winslet

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Baobab’s upcoming immersive short features a stacked cast of Oscar-winning talent.

Someone Remade ‘Among Us’ in VR and It’s Strangely More Fun Than the Original

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Thought playing the unofficial Fall Guys remake in VR was fun? Now you can sample some of the traitorous mayhem in the hit social game Among Us (2018) in VR too—and it’s strangely more fun than the original in a few ways.

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Startup Phiar Prepares Beta Launch of AR Driving Navigation App for iPhone

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Google pushed a new kind augmented reality walking navigation to the mainstream last year, and now startup Phiar is hoping users will use its AR app in the same way for driving navigation.

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Watch The Upload VR Showcase: Summer Edition Right Here, 9am June 8

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Yes, this is the VR Showcase you’re looking for. Bookmark this page, because the Upload VR Showcase: Summer Edition goes live at 9am PT/12pm ET/5pm BT! Wait, what’s the Upload VR Showcase: Summer Edition?

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Developer Copy & Pastes Real Margaritas Using AR Technology

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From copy and paste to copy and taste. This past May we covered a unique augmented reality app by developer Cyril Diagne that uses a selection of AR and machine learning technology to capture digital renditions of real-world objects and automatically isolate them from their surrounding environments.

VR Go-Kart Rig Features Haptic Feedback And Wind Simulation

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CXC’s haptic rig simulates “the violence, the vibration, the physical effort” of a real race.

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Five VR Games To Hold You Over Until ‘Star Wars: Squadrons’

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Get your space fix with these five VR spaceship games. One of the most highly anticipated Star Wars VR games is almost here, united alliance of fanatic Star Wars fans around the world are chomping at the bit to jump into our VR headsets to test our pilot skills.

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Arena-Scale VR Is On The Rise Thanks To The Oculus Quest

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Standalone technology is leading the way for a brand new wave of location-based VR. We’re not even half way through 2020 and so far this year is shaping up to be a big one for standalone location-based VR thanks to the Oculus Quest.

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