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Inside VR & AR (Dec 4th, 2017)

Huawei's new VR controller has been revealed. The company is planning a new VR headset that will reportedly run on the Google Daydream platform, but the new controller doesn't appear to conform to the Daydream platform as it has an additional trigger. The new controller is called a  "Virtual Reality Handle," and is detailed in FCC documents. The Bluetooth device has a touchpad, and controls for volume and return, a home button, and a trigger. It can also answer or decline calls from within VR. — DIGITAL TRENDS

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The ZED mini camera attaches to VR headsets and adds AR functions to the devices. The depth-sensing camera is made by Stereolabs, and it captures the user's actual environment in stereoscopic video and maps the captured data in real-time to track its position in a 3D environment. Stereolabs is also updating its SDK for the original ZED camera. The device is available for pre-order now for $449 and will ship Dec. 18. — VRSCOUT

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Notch is a new technology that can scan a user's body in motion, ultimately allowing for analysis of golf swings, dance moves, or fitness routines. Notch founders Eszter Ozsvald and Stepan Boltalin have been working on the tech since 2013 and crowdfunded their efforts on Kickstarter. The device includes six sensors to be worn on the body and costs $387. Notch has partnered with 4DMotionSports and others to record PGA instructions and players. Notch has an SDK that works with Android and iOS for building consumer apps. — TECHCRUNCH

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Niantic, the creator of the hit AR game Pokémon Go, is remaking its first AR game Ingress. Niantic says that the update, which will be called Ingress Prime, will feature a new story, a new design, and new technology. The story will feature an expanded narrative and an anime series. The company is also using other platforms including ARKit and ARCore instead of the platform which the original title used. Prime Ingress is set to launch in 2018, which is also when Niantic plans to release its third AR titleHarry Potter: Wizards Unit. — INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES

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More than 100 games now support Tobii's eye-tracking technology. The technology also makes games more accessible to players with disabilities who may have difficulty using keyboards or standard controllers. The company collaborated with game studios to add eye-tracking support, and the titles include Assassin's Creed OriginsF1 2017Agents of MayhemRise of the Tomb RaiderWatch Dogs 2The Hunter WildlandsDeus Ex: Human Divided, and Steep. The eye-tracking enhances a broad range of game genres. — VENTUREBEAT

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Grand Central Recording Studios has built a new VR room. The post-production audio company said that the existing VR audio software tools and system were not producing the sound it wanted, so they built a special studio. The room contains 56 speakers and is a Dolby Atmos Theatrical licensed suite that can be used for 3D and other formats. Grand Central said its new VR room will produce sound according to each intended platform and specific game, experience, or film. — VRFOCUS

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