News of the Week

MONDAY 16 OCTOBER 2017

AR vandalism makes the NY Times

More big content
Here’s the trailer for the new Star Wars VR experience coming to Disney parks
Pixar Announces First VR Project ‘Coco VR’, a ‘Next level social experience’

Facebook Oculus announces 2 new VR headsets, both standalone

Bad Content
Oculus will start refunding users for bad VR content

Good Content
Discovery, Google Launch Multi-Part Virtual Reality Trip Around the World
‘Everest VR’ Hits PlayStation VR Today
TRIPP Raises $4 Million to Develop ‘Mood Altering’ VR Experiences

Hardware Wars
Sony Isn’t ‘Entirely Comfortable’ With PSVR Market Lead By Current Margin
Google, Facebook and Microsoft Line Up For VR Standalone Push
How to get the new Microsoft and Samsung ‘mixed reality’ headset
Snap CEO’s Focus on Spectacles Underscores Hardware Ambitions

Hardware Innovations
A Finnish VR startup is developing a ‘human eye-resolution’ headset that is ’10 years ahead of its time’
Jaunt VR’s 6DOF Interactive Experience Free The Night Debuting Exclusively For Windows Mixed Reality
The Basslet: a wearable subwoofer for your body

Surprises (or maybe not)
Artist virtually vandalises Jeff Koons’ Snapchat artwork to protest “AR corporate invasion”
Go ahead, try to guess what Magic Leap does based on this video

MONDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pimax Kickstarter exceeds $1M (+ “scent modules” and “eye tracking models” for “foveated rendering” via partners)
Standalone VR Headsets Are On The Way! (note source)
Ars Electronica opens VR Lab
Oculus tweaks VR audio to seem closer and more realistic
China’s Largest Messaging App ‘WeChat’ is Creating its Own AR Platform (HT to Jack Hua Zhu)
Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal (money goes to HTC VR dev?)
3 things you need to know about augmented reality in China
VR Industry Forum Draft Guidelines Push for Open Ecosystem

MONDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2017

ARKit and ARCore will not usher massive adoption of mobile AR (The “AR Cloud” Will)
Report: Magic Leap To Cost Between $1,500 And $2,000, Limited Shipping Soon
Google Earth Integrates With Street View In New Update
https://vr.google.com/earth/ (still clunky)
Apple shows off breathtaking new augmented reality demos on iPhone 8 (tabletop game)
Adobe to introduce 360 VR editing, character animation to CC (video post-production ++)
Chinese Pimax has an 8K VR headset coming to Kickstarter soon (impressive!)
Felix & Paul’s ‘The People’s House’ 360 Video Wins an Emmy (cinematic VR)
This Robot Disarms Bombs Through Virtual Reality (HT to Bishka)
THESE CRAZY HEADPHONES LET YOU RECORD IMMERSIVE 3D SOUNDSCAPES ANYWHERE (Binaural)
Eye-tracking is virtual reality’s next frontier
The Everything Simulator (Thoughtful Medium story by VR VC)

MONDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Here’s the first of weekly “News of the Week” posts. I monitor lots of blogs and newsfeeds, so this is a no-brainer for me. If you have any news items, please email me before Monday classes and I’ll give you a HT for it 🙂 .

This first batch is actually a week old. I’ll catch up next week.

Notes:
– AR, particularly “mobile AR,” is heating up.
– Magic Leap is still attracting attention, even with no product yet to show.
– VR in medicine (note “Snow World”) and sports (especially STRIVR).
– “Naming problem” is an issue for location-based “big” experiences.

Links:

Apple shows off new AR apps just as Google launches ARCore
Google’s ARCore is the answer to Apple’s ARKit
ARCore: Augmented reality at Android scale
Made with ArKit

Check out these smartglasses designed by $4.5 billion startup Magic Leap

3 Ways Virtual Reality Is Transforming Medical Care
VR Is Changing Sports: More Than 30 Teams Use STRIVR Training While SyncThink Diagnoses Concussions

Immersive entertainment has a naming problem