Inside XR - February 26th, 2018

Inside XR (Feb 26th, 2018)

Facebook pulls shooting demo / Taj Mahal in VR / Ghostbusters AR game

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Facebook removed a shooting game from the Oculus Rift demo booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The game, Bullet Train, lets players shoot and kill masked enemies in a train and is a part of a standard package included in Oculus demos. After photos emerged from the shooting game demo, Facebook VR VP Hugo Barra decided to pull the game from CPAC. Barra said "In light of the recent events in Florida and out of respect for the victims and their families, we have removed them from this demo." — ENGADGET


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Samsung India is teaming up with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to launch VR tours of the Taj Mahal and other heritage sites in India. The project is a part of the "Digital India" program in which VR and other platforms are used for education and tourism. There are currently 36 UNESCO sites in India. — VRFOCUS


Snapchat is launching a new 3D Friendmoji Deluxe World Lens feature today. The lens allows users to impose a 3D virtual avatar of themselves and their friends on the actual environment. Snap introduced its machine-learning lenses in 2015, and recently added World Lenses and 3D Bitmoji. The new 3D Friendmojis are available on the main Snapchat app on Android and iOS. — VENTUREBEAT


The controversial damming of the Nile River in Africa is the topic of a new, two-part VR documentary by the BBC. VR Hub, the BBC's new VR studio, released the documentary last week. The BBC has created other VR experiences, including Planet Earth and a space simulation, but the Damming of the Nile is the first to be produced since VR Hub was formed in November of 2017. — VRSCOUT


Google is showing its new AR game based on the Ghostbusters franchise at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week in Barcelona. The game, Ghostbusters World, highlights the company's public release of its ARCore platform out of the developer preview. Ghostbusters World was developed by South Korea-based publisher FourThirtyThree Inc. and despite its unveiling with Google, the game will also be available on iOS. — TECHCRUNCH


Vuzix is showing the latest version of its AR glasses at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week in Barcelona, Spain. The Rochester, New York-based tech company first unveiled the Blade glasses at CES 2018 in January. Vuzix Blade sync with a smartphone and are the first smartglasses paired with the Alexa voice assistant. The device also tracks gestures and head motion and overlays an AR display on the actual environment. — DAILY MAIL


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