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Inside VR & AR (Jan 9th, 2018)

Oculus has partnered with Xiaomi to manufacture its standalone VR headsets. Xiaomi will build the Oculus Go, the headset the company revealed in October, as well as a second headset for the Chinese market called the Mi VR Standalone. Both devices will be built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile VR platform, share the same core features, and look similar. Facebook's VP of VR Hugo Barra made the announcement at CES 2018. Barra oversees Oculus now, but was formerly the VP at Xiaomi. — ENGADGET

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HTC unveiled an updated version of its Vive VR headset at CES Monday: the Vive Pro. The Vive Pro has a higher resolution of 2880 by 1600 pixels, integrated headphones, and a lighter, more comfortable design. The updated headset works with existing Vive apps and trackers, and HTC is also planning to update its tracking hardware. The company also introduced a new wireless adapter for the Vive Pro and Vive. — VERGE

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NBC will be broadcasting coverage of the 2018 Olympics next month in virtual reality. The South Korean games will be the first winter Olympics program offered in VR. NBC broadcast the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio in VR, but most of the programming was on a next-day delay. The 2018 games will be streamed live to all paid TV subscribers. — VARIETY

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Intel is opening a studio in Los Angeles for VR and AR content production. The new facility is called Intel Studios and sits inside a 10,000-square-foot dome. The studio uses volumetric capture to create high-end holographic content. The chip maker hired the visual effects and artistic designer Diego Prilusky to devise the space; Prilusky worked at Replay Technologies, which Intel acquired in 2016 along with Replay's 360-degree technology system, freeD. — TECHCRUNCH

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Rokid has revealed a prototype AR Rokid Glass device at CES 2018. The Chinese AI and robotics company created the AR glasses to work with its AI voice assistant. The Rokid Glass has an OLED display and uses a Samsung Exynos 8890 processor and looks similar to the brightly colored Spectacles created by Snap. Rokid's standalone device uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. — CNET

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Nvidia has created Drive AR software to give drivers more information. The platform is meant to also work with NVIDIA’s self-driving car technology. Drive AR's SDK will enable developers to use the graphics and AI functions to overlay information about road conditions, points of interest, potential hazards, and more with interactive displays. Nvidia's Drive platform will be available to carmakers and ride-sharing services. — VRFOCUS

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