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Inside VR & AR (Jan 14th, 2019)

1. CES 2019 is over, but intel is still oozing out, like the fascinating, origami-like haptic thumbstick device from Foldaway Haptics. The Switzerland-based company’s solution uses a three-legged platform built into a controller to add “rich feedback” to a controller’s thumbstick, according to Road to VR. The company’s co-founder told the site the current prototype can push back with two newtons of force (similar to the weight of two apples in your hand), with the ability to scale up to 15 newtons. Foldaway is reportedly in the process of raising $2M in seed investment. — ROAD TO VR

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2. Details about Meta’s recent fall are still emerging, most recently that a patent infringement lawsuit filed against the company by Genedics, LLC may have been the final nail in the coffin. Despite documents showing Meta is insolvent, the company (as recently as last Friday) insists it “remains in full operation and continues to develop, sell and support its products…” There are many twists and turns to this saga, and Next Reality has the play by play. — NEXT REALITY

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3. Now that CES 2019 is over, many are looking ahead to the rest of this year’s events: case in point, GDC 2019 in March. Niantic founder and CEO John Hanke will deliver a “Vision Track” talk at the event providing a deep look into current AR tech, as well as “[helping] you imagine near- and long-term AR games and experiences that deliver persistent shared experiences in the real world.” With “Pokemon Go’s” continued blockbuster success, I expect this will be a popular event. — GAMASUTRA

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5. Electronic Caregiver is using Amazon's Sumerian Host VR creation platform to offer "Addison," the "world's first" virtual caregiver. — VRSCOUT

6. Popular VR social app "Rec Room" announced its app had been installed on more than 1 million VR headsets in 2018. — VENTUREBEAT

7. "Audioshield Fitness" composer Winifred Phillips updates last year's VR music resources article with a new update covering "new developments in the field." — GAMASUTRA

8. The Los Angeles Times predicts diminishing investments in VR will continue through 2019. — LOS ANGELES TIMES

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9. Hard to overhype these moments of magic from when you first don the visor...

"Had my dad try VR for the first time. 'I'm just glad I got to witness this in my lifetime. This is magic.'" - u/twitchyketch (REDDIT)

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10. What better way to tour CES 2019 than in VR?

"WATCH This Video in a VR Headset! Here is a short compilation reel that includes some of the sights and sounds of CES 2019. I shot all of this in VR180 using the Vuze XR camera..." - Jim Malcolm (YOUTUBE)

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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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