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Inside VR & AR (Feb 26th, 2019)

1. Royal Philips showed off its Mixed Reality application for the HoloLens 2 at Mobile World Congress. Physicians rely on advanced imaging technologies like ultrasound to guide their actions during minimally invasive procedures. The concept sets those images in front of the surgeon’s eyes in a holographic screen, rather than relying on placing bulky hardware around the operating table. Radiologist, and chief medical officer for image-guided therapy at Philips Atul Gupta claims this represents a seismic shift in improving patient outcomes and reducing costs. -  HEALTHCARE IT NEWS

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2. In addition to announcing HoloLens 2, Microsoft also unveiled the Azure Kinect Developer Kit at MWC this week. The DK includes a seven-microphone rig for capturing spatial audio, a 12MP RGB camera, and 1MP depth camera. Together with cloud integration, the idea behind features such as Spatial Anchors and Azure Remote Rendering is to enable the creation of consistent and shared mixed reality worlds. - ARS TECHNICA

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3. Developers need 5G to deliver compelling immersive games. In a speech at MWC, the CEO of Niantic (the company behind Pokemon Go) said it was stretching the limits of what was possible with current infrastructure. The next generation of AR games -  such as his company’s prototype codenamed Neon – will depend on highly responsive wireless connections. – FORTUNE

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4. Oscar-nominated Director Neill Blomkamp says he believes that the future of entertainment lies with immersive technology. The creator of films like District 9, Elysium and Chappie says that people will increasingly choose to tell stories in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality, creating three-dimensional experiences that overlap elements of film and gaming.  - BBC NEWSBEAT

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5. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has defended the company's decision to go ahead with a contract to supply the U.S. army with HoloLens Mixed Reality Technology for training and deployment. - WIRED

6. VR YouTuber Nathie shared this video showing a novel use for the Virtuix treadmill. Players can now experience the thrill of running from the bulls in Pamplona in Virtual Reality, supposedly risking fewer fatal injuries.  TWITTER

7. Vuzix has just announced its new M400 smartglasses at MWC. The latest in the company's M-Series, the Augmented Reality glasses will be among the first headsets to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform and are due for release later this year. - ENDGADGET

8. The Brooklyn Academy of music is hosting a series of immersive art installations over four floors on the BAM Fisher building. The program designed by digital artists is open to anyone over 6.  - NEWS 12 BROOKLYN

9. Bournemouth has got its second VR arcade. The new facility is one of Europe's largest, with 30 headsets that will enable a number of seated and moving virtual experiences. -  DAILY ECHO

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This newsletter was written and curated by Alice Bonasio, a journalist and consultant obsessed with the immersive technology space, including AR/VR/MR/XR and any other acronyms that fit into the realities spectrum. Over the past 15 years, Alice has advised a wide range of start-ups and corporations on digital transformation and communication strategy and is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tech Trends. She also regularly contributes to publications such as Quartz, Fast Company, Wired, Playboy, The Next Web, Ars Technica, VRScout and many others. Follow her on Twitter @alicebonasio

Editing team: Kim Lyons (managing editor at Inside, a Pittsburgh-based journalist with recent bylines in the NYTimes and Columbia Journalism Review.) and Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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