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Inside VR & AR (Feb 15th, 2019)

1. The BBC plans to release a short, virtual reality episode of "Doctor Who". Titled "Doctor Who: The Runaway," the episode will feature the voice of current Doctor Jodie Whittaker as guide through an adventure that begins inside an animated TARDIS. The release date for the episode is still TBA. — ENGADGET

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2. ARCore's new developer release includes an API for Augmented Faces and an ARCore app to teach basic AR principles. The Augmented Faces feature uses the front-facing camera and allows apps to create Snapchat-like facial features with overlay effects that don't require a depth sensor. The new release is available in Unity of Sceneform. — 9TO5GOOGLE

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3. Mattel is releasing a new AR version of the drawing game Pictionary that allows users to "draw" in the air. CNET previewed the game at the New York Toy Fair, and found it easy to play and "pretty addictive." There's no headset required, just a compatible Android or Apple device, and the AR "pen." The company plans to release Pictionary Air in June, and it will retail for around $20. —  CNET

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4. London-based Cornerstone Partnership and Immerse UK are testing VR as a tool for helping children in foster care who may have experienced trauma. The Virtual Reality Programme, which launched in 2017, provides immersive content for professionals who deal with children in crisis to give a fuller understanding of the children's experiences. — VR SCOUT

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5. “Playmoji” AR stickers will be released by the Google Lens app in late February.9.

6. Central Saint Martins will hold the first-ever mixed reality catwalk show at London Fashion Week. 

7. Digiday has a look at how NASCAR is using AR and 360-degree video.

8. First-person puzzle shooter ChromaGun VR will launch on PSVR next week.

9. Microsoft's Light Capture tool will enhance AR and HoloLens apps. 

10. Snapchat is hosting a Lens Studio experience featuring Michael Jordan at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte. 

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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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