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Inside VR & AR (Mar 1st, 2019)

1. Jak Wilmot has now successfully completed the challenge of spending an entire week in Virtual RealityWilmot didn’t however, fulfill the necessary conditions to qualify for setting a new world record for longest time spent in VR. "You have to make an 'input' every 15 seconds and use the same app for the whole runtime. Chatting or passively watching Netflix is not allowed," he explained. - ANDROID PIT

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2. Augmented Reality can be an effective tool to help children learn to code. Many technology companies, start-ups and educational institutions are developing and adopting AR to teach computer science subjects. A Georgia Tech study ​​​​​found that students using a mobile AR platform to learn digital programming skills significantly outperformed their counterparts being taught via more traditional methods. -EDTECH MAGAZINE

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3. The Los Angeles Philharmonic opened an Augmented Reality tour of its Concert Hall today. Thought Experiments in F# Minor is an immersive video and sound experience (which the creators define as “physical cinema”) by multimedia artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. Visitors will be guided by an AR "cat person" on an iPad Mini device and listen to spatial audio recordings of music by LA Phil musicians as they explore overlapping realities. “ "It's about the past and the present aligning on something, that for me, has this magic point," Miller says. The walk will be available for free most days between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Disney Hall. - LAIST

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4. A new patent filed by Microsoft sheds light on how the company plans on incorporating smartphones into the Mixed Reality ecosystem. The document explains the different input methods, such as gesture controls, that can be leveraged when combined with smartphones to interact better with the virtual environment. - MS POWER USER

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5. The Time Machine is a project that recreates 1964 Tokyo in Virtual Reality. The piece is part of celebrations leading up to Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Olympics and will debut from March 10-13 at SXSW in Austin. It uses photogrammetry to convert pictures of the city taken in 1964 into a fully immersive – albeit black and white – environment where visitors can roam in the past. - UPLOADVR​​​​

6. With more businesses keen to adopt immersive tech, Bernard Marr outlines 10 compelling use cases of AR technology across a variety of sectors such as retail, construction, maintenance, education, healthcare, tourism, and navigation. - FORBES

7. The HoloLens 2 is sparking increased interest in immersive tech among investors. Industry commentators have praised Microsoft’s strategy in quietly building its Mixed Reality platform value proposition for businesses. The AR market is expected to grow rapidly in 2019. - INVESTOR PLACE

8. Black creatives are making their mark on the immersive technology space. “There’s a groundswell of People of Color working in VR right now and we’re using the medium to tell our stories, says Will Roberts, CEO and Founder of Augmented Pictures, a company making educational Virtual Reality content. - BLOOMBERG

9. First impressions of the HoloLens 2 have mostly been positive but not everyone is on board. Michael Simon takes issue with the device’s limitations and Microsoft's focus on enterprise, arguing that mobile screen-based AR still presents a more attractive market opportunity. - PC WORLD

10. Science reporter Matt Simon tests a haptic robotic glove, raising interesting possibilities for enabling remote working and collaboration in virtual environments as immersive technology evolves. - WIRED

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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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