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Inside VR & AR (Jan 10th, 2018)

Lenovo has unveiled the first standalone VR headset that operates in the Google Daydream ecosystem, the Mirage Solo. The Mirage Solo uses Google’s WorldSense six degrees of freedom (6DoF) positional tracking and comes with a controller, and as a standalone headset it requires no mobile phone or computer. Lenovo says the device will ship in Q2 2018 and be priced at less than $400. The headset has access to Google's catalog of 250 apps and games, and Lenovo is also developing a VR experience based on "Blade Runner: 2049" called Blade Runner: Revelations. — VERGE

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Google showcased two new consumer cameras at CES 2018,  the Lenovo Mirage Camera and YI Technology’s YI Horizon VR180 Camera. Both cameras shoot stereoscopic photos/video and can create content for YouTube's new VR180 format. The devices have dual lenses in front and produce 4K video. The cameras will be on shelves this spring, and there will be a third camera from LG coming later this year. Google has also included professional-level Z Cam K1 Pro for use with the VR180 platform and is working with Panasonic to add VR180 support to its GH5 cameras. — VRSCOUT

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AiFi has showcased its AR apps at CES 2018 this week. The Wonderlens and Holo Messenger apps work on any iPhone or iPad. Wonderlens lets the user "segment" or cut their image from any background and transfer it to another background, and Holo Messenger enables the user to make a hologram of themselves. The Santa Clara-based company AiFi has 18 employees and raised $4 million in funding. — VENTUREBEAT

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There's a new law in Oregon that allows drivers to pump their own gas, and a new VR training experience to help drivers learn how to do it. The app was created by PIXO Group, a Michigan-based software developer specializing in VR training simulations for emergency responders. The scenarios include dealing with accidental spillage, managing kids inside the vehicle while pumping, and fending off attackers with the nozzle. The app is called Virtual Reality Gas Pump Training. VRSCOUT

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World Wrestling Entertainment is partnering with NextVR to broadcast its matches. The WWE was reportedly experimenting with VR back in November, and now is moving forward with its own channel on NextVR's platform, which also broadcasts NFL, NBA, and other sports events. NextVR is placing 10-12 special cameras around the ring to create 10-minute highlight programs from special 2018 WWE events. — ADWEEK

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Vuzix Blade AR glasses are being displayed at CES 2018. The glasses are the first to be paired with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. The Blade weighs less than three ounces but features a full-color display that can be moved around in the user's field of vision. The glasses are priced at $1,000 (for now) and can be connected to the internet using Wi-Fi or paired over Bluetooth with an iPhone or Android device. They don't have object recognition, spatial mapping, or tracking like a Microsoft HoloLens but they do have a sleek, comfortable design compared to other AR glasses. — ENGADGET

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