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Inside VR & AR (Jan 7th, 2019)

1. American entrepreneur Marc Andreessen believes VR will be “one thousand” times bigger than AR, according to a recent a16z podcast. Andreessen is known in part for serving on the boards of Oculus VR and Facebook, and sees great potential for VR: “...for everyone who doesn’t already live on a college campus or in Silicon Valley or in a major other city, the new environments we’re going to be able to create in VR will inherently be much more interesting,” he said on the podcast. “And there will be a lot more of them.” — TECHCRUNCH

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2. NVIDIA today announced the new GeForce RTX 2060, and more importantly, that 4 million PC VR headsets have been sold. CEO Jensen Huang didn’t explain how he arrived at that figure, but it seems like a good figure to VR Focus: "Oculus and HTC have never released any numbers for the amount of headsets they’ve managed to shift since launch in 2016...4 million headsets sold for what is considered an expensive niche in the videogame market seems like a good figure.” — VRFOCUS

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3. DigiLens is showing off its new Crystal AR glasses prototype and heads up displays for smart cars at this week’s CES. The glasses connect to a smart phone via USB-C cable, and could sell for $500, according to CEO Chris Pickett. As VentureBeat points out, not only does portability put the Crystal glasses ahead of the Magic Leap One and Microsoft Hololens, but could cost as little as one-fifth to one-tenth of those devices’ costs. — VENTUREBEAT

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4. Audi announced a new independent company today—named Holoride—that looks to bring VR experiences to the backseat of every car. According to TechCrunch, the company plans to have an SDK out to developers by the end of the year, and furthermore is “keen on making this an open platform and agnostic in every way,” so the company isn’t just focusing on Audi vehicles. Holoride plans to launch the program in the next three years. — TECHCRUNCH

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5. Insta360 today opened reservations for its $15,000 professional-level 11K VR camera. — ROAD TO VR

6. 3dRudder's foot-based VR controller will come to PSVR in April, according to the company's statement in the lead up to this week's CES 2019. — VRFOCUS

7. At CES this week, Nissan will present an in-car, driver-assistant AR concept the company is calling "Invisible-to-Visible" (I2V). — NEXT REALITY

8. Next week Accell Cables will launch an Oculus Rift adapter that condenses the headset's HDMI and USB-A cables into a single USB-C cable. — ROAD TO VR

9. Rokkid will show off its Project Aurora at CES this week, which aims to reduce the number of screens consumers are forceds to view throughout the day. — TECHCRUNCH

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10. Hands-on with the impending Oculus Quest...

"It’s not a #CES for me until I do VR...I love Super Hot on the Oculus Quest so much. It’s soooooooo much fun. This is the VR headset we’ve all been waiting for. #ces2019" - @raywongy

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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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At a pre-CES press conference Monday, HTC announced new VR hardware: the new Vive Pro Eye which will add eye-tracking to the popular headset, and Vive Cosmos, which appears to offer a wireless VR experience.
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