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Inside VR & AR (Jan 25th, 2019)

1. Oculus has made it easier to share your in-headset view with nearby mobile devices. The Oculus Mobile App now displays a small headset icon in the app’s main menu that lets users stream to the phone running the app. In-headset, users will see a small red dot in the upper right corner when screencasting starts. Road to VR walks through the process, if users need assistance. — ROAD TO VR

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2. Sundance’s New Frontier exhibition kicks off today, bringing innovative VR and AR storytelling tech to viewers. This includes karaoke with a digital puppet, immersive theater, "human-type AI" (pictured) and much, much more. “We’re seeing work being done on a larger scale...seeing more kinds of stories being made possible because of [technological] innovations,” said New Frontier’s chief curator. — CNET

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3. Audio is one of the more promising angles for increasing immersion in VR and AR, and people like Mathias Johansson of Dirac Research are making progress on solutions. Johansson runs through some of the current directions of research, which include lower-cost solutions that creative readers may be able to incorporate into their own VR creations. He believes his own company’s solution is the best path forward, as is to be expected, but with his tech appearing in “products by gaming headset manufacturers later this year,” we’ll soon know if the Dirac solution is up to snuff. — IEEE SPECTRUM

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4. In a sign of things surely to come, new curated content library XR Portal contains over 500 pieces of immersive content, emphasizing educational experiences. VR and AR use in education/simulation settings is growing daily, and platforms like YouTube (360), Within and RYOT are good, but XR Portal pulls from these in addition to other sources, such as universities, educational sites and independent creators. “By enabling access to hundreds of XR experiences focused on educational content, XR Portal is solving the largest pain point for educators, researchers, librarians and others: content curation, navigation and distribution,” said Maryam Sabour, who launched XR Portal. — VRFOCUS

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5. Leap Motion has revealed "Release 3" of its AR Project North Star AR headset prototype, showing of a "more inviting, less hacked together, and more reliable" device, according to the company. — ROAD TO VR

6. Vuzix' Blade AR glasses (pictured below) are the "least silly-looking" and most viable of the current fleet of AR headsets, by VR Scout's reckoning. — VRSCOUT

7. Colin Farrell narrates a new VR series debuting at Sundance that follows "Gloomy," the half-zombie, half-human child at the center of an apocalyptic scenario. — ROAD TO VR

8. Linden Labs has announced new comedy shows on its VR platform Sansar, including live performances in partnership with SF Sketchfest. — VRSCOUT

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9. What about nightmares CAUSED by VR? I'm looking at you, "Resident Evil 7: Biohazard"...

"A #virtualreality therapy has shown to reduce anxiety levels and nightmare frequency in a new study. #VR has been considered a tool for entertainment, but these developments might signal a change in how mental health issues are treated. What do you think? http://ow.ly/LzCc30npw0W " - @DGNewson

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10. VR-first IRL performance! Lots of potential here (which social platform @AltspaceVR recognizes)...

"Sick photos from my exhibit yesterday by Ricky Adam #VR #ukulele" - @kayleighsmyth96

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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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