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Inside VR & AR (Feb 6th, 2019)

1. HP is developing a VR headset with a higher-resolution display and a better design than earlier models. The Copper headset's display will have a resoltion of 2160 x 2160 per eye, which will make the view sharp enough that no diffuser will be needed to manage the "screen door effect' that shows up when there are spaces between pixels. —  ENGADGET

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2. Pokemon Go made $68.1 million in January. The location-based AR game that took the world by storm when it launched in 2016, now has total revenue of $2.3 billion, according to market research firm Sensor Tower. Last month's haul is a significant percent uptick from January 2018, when the game made $37 million. Its new trainer battle feature, which was introduced in December, is the main reason for the game's revenue spike. —  VENTUREBEAT

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3. The U.S. Navy has enlisted Microsoft's HoloLens for its training programs. The Weapons Augmented Reality Scoring System, which runs on HoloLens, gives simulated live-fire training in 3D, giving trainees a "view" of the battlefield. The system allows users to tally hits and misses to see how they might perform in a real combat situation. —  NEXT REALITY

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4. The AR "Star Wars: Project Porg" experience is coming soon to Magic Leap One. According to ILMxLAB, the game's maker, the immersive experience featuring the wide-eyed creatures from "The Last Jedi" will be "hatching soon." Magic Leap teased the game at its dev conference in October, and was originally slated for a December release. The game will center around caring for the Porgs and taking instructions from the voice of C-3PO Anthony Daniels. — ROAD TO VR

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5. VR footwear accessory Cybershoes has launched an Indiegogo campaign. The shoes took in more than $245,000 in a Kickstarter campaign, and aims to raise an additional $30,000. The "shoes" allow for a smoother experience when a user is "running" in VR, a motion that sometimes causes nausea. — ROAD TO VR

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6. A new Oculus Rift VR experience provides insight into dementia. "Dementia First Hand," by creative agency Galactig guides users though mundane everyday events as they might be experienced by a person with dementia. Tasks like making a cup of tea are fraught with confusion, and allow users to better understand how dementia patients experience the world.— VR FOCUS

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7. A closed beta for expressive avatars in Oculus appears to be launching soon. 

8. Voting is open for the Game Developers Audience Choice Award. 

9. If you've ever wanted to hang out in the apartment from 90's sitcom "Seinfeld," now there's an AR experience for iPhone and iPad users.

10. From r/virtualreality: What are the best lesser-known VR games?

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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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