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Inside VR & AR (May 10th, 2018)

Intel revealed its new TrueVR camera system at the Intel Global Summit in Palm Springs, California. Intel is using Altia Systems’ PanaCast Live to capture sporting events in 3D. When Intel first launched TrueVR, the company used a system of camera pods with 12 cameras each, but with Altia's cameras, the company only needs to use six per pod. Each camera captures 13-megapixel images at 60fps and the video can be pieced together on the pod itself. — SPORTTECHIE

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Sansar is partnering with esports teams in its Overwatch League to create VR clubhouses. Sansar is the social VR platform created by Linden Lab, which also built the virtual world Second Life. Sansar's Overwatch League lets fans watch esports teams play in VR, and the company is working with the Houston Outlaws and the San Francisco Shock teams to create virtual clubhouses and enable VR photo opportunities, meet-and-greets, and exclusive giveaways. — VENTUREBEAT

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A team of Australia-based engineers launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new standing motion controller platform. The platform is called Alto100 and has a different type of VR locomotion than omnidirectional treadmills. The Alto100, developed by Visospace, is more compact and lets users lean in a direction rather than move in a direction. The Indiegogo campaign is more than halfway to its $7,500 funding goal. — ROADTOVR

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Niantic is planning to build a 3D AR map by collecting the smartphone data captured by its users. Niantic is the developer of the hit AR game Pokémon Go as well as the AR game Ingress, which was updated last year. Niantic CEO John Hanke told Reuters that the company was building the map to let players "build out the game board they want to play on."  Hanke also said that third-party developers could obtain a license to use its AR map. — VRFOCUS

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Mercedes-Benz has created an AR experience to replace its owner's manual. The AR app is called Ask Mercedes and is available for free in the Apple iOS store. The app lets users explore the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class or S-class premium car features, watch how-to videos, or access a digital version of the owner's manual. Owners can also access the app's virtual assistant and ask questions about the vehicle. The app will be coming to Android soon, but in the meantime, the company is still issuing physical copies of the manual to buyers. — VRSCOUT

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Google demonstrated browser-based AR experiences at this week's I/O developers conference. The company's new WebXR API is a platform to help integrate VR and AR experiences into Chrome and other web browsers. Web-based VR is already available but web-based AR is still being developed. Google says the demo from the conference will be available to developers in a few weeks and they can start creating new, in-browser experiences. — ENGADGET

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