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Inside VR & AR (Aug 8th, 2018)

1. The Magic Leap AR headset  today opened orders for the $2,295 “Creator Edition”. This is the first generation of the headset—the company has already discussed potential fixes for the next generation. Lots of hands-on reports today from the usual suspects, and initial reports are showing the Magic Leap One may not be the device to “eventually replace smartphones.” Then again, it doesn’t need to at this point. Side note: I’m trying not to read too much into this, but Next Reality is reporting that Magic Leap’s VP of product marketing has left the company for “personal reasons.” — ARS TECHNICA

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2. VR solutions company WorldViz has launched a new version of its Python-based VR development platform, Vizard 6. The platform is used in “university and business settings, where it is utilized to build complex simulations that can be displayed in VR headsets and CAVE systems,” according to VRFocus. The platform can track headsets, hand trackers, haptic feedback systems, motion capture devices, biophysical sensors and more. “Vizard lets users take advantage of open source Python libraries that are widely used by the research community, and supports a range of hardware peripherals and tracking tools that aren’t needed in the games and entertainment world. With Vizard 6, we have focused our attention on hardware and graphics, which were the two most requested areas of our audience,” said the CEO of WorldViz. — VRFOCUS

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3. Newly released Raptor AR Smartglasses hope to bring live data visualization to the eyes of the cycling world. The Raptor glasses contain GPS/GLONASS, as well as the Raptor nav system, “which works similarly to AR navigation of smartphones, indicating upcoming turn-offs using AR indicators." They also contain the usual data tracking functionality, including heart rate, cadence, speed, power and distance. According to VRFocus, the glass are currently in testing with triathlon experts 220 Triathlon. — VRFOCUS

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4. “Beat Saber” is more than just a fast-selling VR experience, it’s also an effective weight loss tool, according to VRScout. A series of car accidents left Robert Long with few options for combating stress- and depression-induced weight gain, which delayed key surgical procedures to repair his back. Enter “Beat Saber”: “It worked for me because it drew in my inner child so I was able to give my all and have fun doing it,” Long wrote in a reddit post for the "Beat Saber" community. “If you give this workout and game your all, you will see some amazing results. Who knows you all may even fine-tune this workout better than I even have now.” Long managed to drop 138 pounds over the course of two months—as this story spreads, I fully expect to see "Beat Saber" (and other VR titles) workout routines show up on YouTube. — VRSCOUT

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5. In addition to pulling us closer to a comprehensive “Internet of Skill,” students and faculty of Keio University and the University of Tokyo have created Doc Ock-like mechanical arms that can be controlled via VR. The system uses a custom PC backpack that allows a remote individual to control the arms wirelessly. The teams are working to turn the device into a marketable product and are already talking with a Tokyo startup accelerator, according to VRScout. The team will show off the project at SIGGRAPH Vancouver next week. — VRSCOUT

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6. VR/2D title “GNOG” was released earlier this summer, but it’s worth circling back to, especially given the relaxing qualities that originally caught my eye. Gaming site Eurogamer reviewed the experience: “You know the bit at the very beginning of Back to the Future, where Marty's turning up all the doohickeys on the massive amp in the doc's office, all the while that audio hum grows and grows in power, in potency? That was me playing GNOG. It's a game of dials and switches, a game made for words like toggle and doohickey. Tinkering with stuff can be such a delight. Who knew?” Especially in a world of increasing chaos, VR can be a great space to take a breather. — EUROGAMER

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7. 360 video from PICO Lures: Fishing in Arkansas… need to get away for a few minutes?

“360 degree video of crappie fishing Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas with PICO Lures featuring PICO Lures owner Mitch Glenn and outdoor writer plus photographer Brad Wiegmann.”

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8. You’ve seen it elsewhere, but you can get even closer...

"Visit the ruins of the RMS Titanic mailroom which held over 3000 bags of mail in total. Sign up to our Titanic VR mailing list on http://titanicvr.io  to find out lots of new and exclusive information about the game! #TitanicVR #Titanic #VR” - @vreducation"

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9. More and more mainstream...

“At the 2018 #Sundance Film Festival, Unity creators made up more than 70% of New Frontier’s #VR interactive experiences. We're excited to see what you have created this year! https://on.unity.com/2OjHyzW #madewithunity” - @unity3D

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10. Stories that need to be preserved...

“For Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter, visiting his homeland is a haunting reminder of the family he lost and the life he might have lived. He returns one last time to say goodbye and capture his personal saga in virtual reality for future generations: http://ow.ly/q2GG30lk8Pl  #VR

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Written and curated by Eric Skalac, who is a hands-on IoT and VR/AR tinkerer, former NPR affiliate news director and eternal learner. He's based in central Illinois where the waves of grain are amber.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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