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Inside VR & AR (Jan 22nd, 2019)

2. Russian company AntiLatency is showing off its lightweight, modular tracking system for VR. The system uses a small device, called ALT, that attaches to headsets, arms, controllers, and anything else a user wants to track. This wide-angle device is used in conjunction with infrared markers to create an easily scalable, external sensor-less tracking solution. Shipments are expected to begin in March. — VRFOCUS

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3. European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano is using the Magic Leap One in preparation for an upcoming mission, Parmitano revealed on Twitter. Specifically, he and fellow astronaut Andrew Morgan (representing NASA) are using the AR headset to prepare for an extra-vehicle activity run. "Through the holographic lenses we can see the ISS and the equipment we'll [be] working with," Parmitano tweeted. — NEXT REALITY

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4. Darth Maul actor Ray Park relented to fan requests and donned a PSVR headset to try “Beat Saber” for the first time. “Here ya go! Some of you have asked. First time on Beat Saber and couldn’t resist a bit of a boogie!” Park posted on Instagram. “My kids are the best at it in our home,” he added. Though a Darth Maul, double-bladed lightsaber mod exists for the popular VR experience on PC, Park stuck with the "vanilla" default sabers… which is still pretty awesome. — VRSCOUT

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5. "Beat Saber" studio Beat Games has announced it needs "some more time" to work on its paid DLC before release, which some expected by December 2018. — ROAD TO VR

6. Applications are now open for Digital Catapult and the Arts Council of England's CreativeXR 2019 program. — VRFOCUS

7. 8-bit VR roguelike "Compound" (pictured) won Road to VR's 2018 Design Award for Excellent in Indie Development, and is now adding more features to the Early Access experience. — ROAD TO VR

8. Mixed reality golfing trainer vGolf announced it will debut its tech at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show this week. — VRFOCUS

9. Early reviews of "A Fisherman's Tale" show a novel and enjoyable puzzler, if a bit too short. — ROAD TO VR

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10. This tech needs to be added to preservation efforts in conflict areas immediately!

"Using ARCore we are trying to recreate the ancient heritage in Augmented Reality." - u/flipparapp (r/augmentedreality)

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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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