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Inside VR & AR (Jun 7th, 2018)

PwC is predicting that there will be more than 33 million active VR headsets in the U.S. by 2022. The advisory firm released its annual report on global media this week, and the report suggests that in five years the number of VR users will be equal to the number of customers Netflix had in the first quarter of 2018. According to PwC, VR is the fastest-growing category in media and entertainment based on revenue. The report projects a 40 percent global compound average growth rate over the next five years, and that revenues in the U.S. will grow, going from $414 million in 2016 to $7.2 billion by 2022. — QUARTZ

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Magic Leap revealed its Creator Edition bundle this week. The AR startup showed three key pieces of the Creator Edition bundle: a Lightwear headset, a Lightpack portable computer, and a wireless controller. The VR devices are meant to superimpose virtual objects on the real world, which the company calls "mixed reality" instead of augmented reality. Magic Leap uses light fields instead of standard displays, and the headset has 6DoF tracking and spatial speakers. The company says it is still on track for a 2018 release, and a limited number of developers already have the devices. — VENTUREBEAT 

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IPS Group has developed AR technology to help officers enforce parking regulations. The San Diego-based company uses smartglasses or a mobile device to show AR overlays of parking meters, highlighting expired meters. The AR technology also allows officers to get vehicle history and driver information by viewing the license plate of an automobile. The technology builds on a collaboration between IPS, Honda Developer Studio, and Visa that envisioned an in-vehicle payment solution enabling people to pay parking fees without finding a meter. — VRFOCUS

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Ruberg is an upcoming VR game that provides users with gadgets to make virtual machines. The game is based on the concept of a Rube Goldberg machine, a machine designed to perform a simple task in an unnecessarily complicated or convoluted way. Ruberg was developed by Metanaut and is slated to be released this year on HTC Vive via Steam, but users can test a free pre-alpha version right now over at metanaut.itch.io. — VRSCOUT

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The location-based virtual reality startup Spaces is developing a VR experience based on Skydance's Terminator Genisys. The Los Angeles-based company confirmed that the multiplayer experience will launch soon in the U.S., Japan, and China. Teams of guests will play the 30-minute game together, which will also have haptic feedback to mimic the wind and explosions. Spaces will offer a sneak peek of the attraction to a small number of people at a secret location. — HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Zotac unveiled the latest version of its PC backpack, the VR GO 2.0. A few companies including ZotacHP, and MSI have developed backpacks to carry a PC that supports VR and pairs with a headset. Zotac's new version features 2.4GHz eighth-generation Core i7-8700T processors with 16GB RAM, and is slimmer, lighter, and has glowing lights. The battery life is still just 1.5 hours on its two 6,000mAh Li-Ion batteries, but the batteries can be "hot-swapped" for extra cells on a charger. — ENGADGET

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