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Inside VR & AR (Feb 8th, 2019)

1. The Verge has a roundup of the best VR and AR from the Sundance Film Festival. The list includes picks for the best VR animation (Gloomy Eyes), Best Social Experience (Mechanical Souls) and Best Interactive Mechanic (The Dial). Sundance featured more than two dozen AR/VR exhibits this year. —  THE VERGE

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2. DiRT Rally 2.0 will soon be available for VR racing on the Oculus Rift. Details were scarce about the latest version of the popular rally racing game, but a release promised "rebuilt and improved handling" as well as newer graphics. It's expected to be available this summer.  — CNET

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3. If you have a Google Pixel you can play with an AR version of Childish Gambino. The Playground AR experience and its Playmoji characters now feature the actor/singer (otherwise known as Donald Glover) dancing to three songs. If you take a "selfie" with the Playmoji you can get it to change facial expressions.—  9to5 GOOGLE

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4. Golf is fast becoming one of the hottest sports for VR experiences. The PGA Tour's AR app now provides a 360 live video of the tee box on two Pebble Beach holes. It's one of several golf-related AR experiences released in recent days; a new Magic Leap experience lets fans interact with an AR Jordan Spieth. — NEXT REALITY 

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5. Virtual reality is being used to help researchers better study autoimmune diseases. Researchers at Benaroya Research Institute in Seattle have been studying autoimmune and immune system diseases, such as lupus, using VR headsets. Being able to view cells in 3D allowed for a more detailed analysis, the researchers reported. — R&D MAGAZINE

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6. The travel industry is beginning to adopt AR, albeit slowly; interactive hotel elements, augmented tourist apps and gamification are among the most prevalent uses. Hotel chains like Best Western and Starwood Hotels have led the way in using AR to attract and entertain guests. — REVFINE

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7. ProTubeVR will launch a Kickstarter later this month to help fund a VR gunstock accessory that provides intense haptic feedback to users. 

8. A traveling fan experience based on the wildly popular Halo video game will feature a "free-roam" VR experience called Halo: Training Grounds. Users will experience the game as part of a three-member team of soldiers in a combat training scenario.

9. AR is becoming more accessible for retailers; Forbes writes about how even smaller companies like Tenth Street Hats can incorporate the technology into their web presence. 

10. Upload has the latest on the Oculus Quest and potential cross-buy with Oculus Go.

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This newsletter was 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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