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Inside VR & AR (Feb 4th, 2019)

1. Online eyeglasses company Warby Parker has introduced an AR feature to let customers "try on" frames virtually. The feature is only available to Warby Parker users on iOS, on iPhone X or newer, as it was built using ARKit. This is the company's latest attempt at an AR feature; an earlier iteration was pulled because it wasn't providing a strong enough user experience. — TECHCRUNCH

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2. The British military plans to try out VR headsets that create "hostile" experiences to train soldiers. The military is reportedly investing about  £1 million (about $1.3 million) to purchase the trial units from Czech software firm Bohemia Interactive Simulations, as part of a larger Defence Innovation Fund. The headsets could potentially save the British Army money on training costs.— DAILYMAIL

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3. The Bill Murray film "Groundhog Day" has a sequel of sorts, in virtual reality. Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son is a VR game where the son of the Murray character from the 1993 movie gets stuck in a similar time loop. The game is available on PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and Vive. — ENGADGET

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4. FastCompany has a list of the 5 things that will change the workplace in the next decade, with VR playing a key role. In addition to creating more pleasant "work spaces," VR will help improve communication and reduce potential bias in hiring and other workplace situations.  — FAST COMPANY

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5. Educators in Canada say the country's higher learning institutions could benefit from more VR use in classrooms. From anatomy classes to culinary schools, the technology is being used across Canada to teach students in more immersive ways. But cost and lack of access to technology are preventing more widespread use. —GLOBAL NEWS. CA

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6. CNET ranks the best VR headsets of 2019 looking at tethered, mobile and standalone units. 

7. The U.S. should create a task force to study the risks of AR and VR technology, says a VentureBeat contributor.

8. VR Scout reviews the new Jarvish AR motorcycle helmet. 

9. "The Messy Truth" VR experience won the Lumiere Award from the Advanced Imaging Society.

10. Hololens inventor Ali Bar-Zeev has reportedly left Apple.

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This newsletter is curated by Pittsburgh-based freelance journalist Kim Lyons, whose byline has appeared in The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review and other local and national publications.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies) 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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