Inside XR - October 28th, 2019

Inside XR (Oct 28th, 2019)

New Games Announced for Tilt Five / Apple Glasses Could Have Transition-Like Lenses / Vanessa Williams Magic Leap Musical

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1. Tilt Five has added two AR game partners to its platform. The company's Mixed Reality headset and controllers for tabletop gaming have proved wildly popular, hitting their $450,000 funding goal in under 24 hours. This is all the more amazing for Jeri Elsworth’s latest venture as it it did so with only general indications of which games might actually be supported. With Kickstarter campaign wrapping up today, however, the company announced partnerships with Tabletopia (which offers classic games such as chess and cards as well as more modern ones) and Monocle Society, which plans to bring their storytelling card game Weave to the platform. Tilt Five says that with Tabletopia even if “your friends don’t have Tilt Five, they can still join in via PC, phone, or tablet.”  – VENTUREBEAT

2. A new patent filed by Apple hints that the company is researching ways in which AR glasses could adjust to different light conditions. The documentation mentions an "adjustable opacity system" which – much like transition photochromic lenses that we see in standard glasses - would "display computer-generated content over selected portions of the real-world objects." According to Digital Trends’ Christian de Looper, this could solve a major issue with AR glasses, namely that it can be rather hard to see the images against a brightly lit background environment. Looper also speculates that this technology could work somewhat like transition lenses and function more like a hybrid between AR and VR, at least partially blocking out certain areas so that projected images show up brighter depending on what you were using the glasses for light source could automatically trigger an adjustment of the opacity of the glasses. – TECH RADAR

3. Google has dogfooded its Augmented Reality tech with the new Pixel 4 phone. The company sneaked in an AR advertisement onto the back of the Pixel 4 smartphone box. The device was released on Oct. 24, and comes with the Google Lens advert which tells users: Welcome to #teampixel," reads the animated ad. "Tap to join the global community @googlepixel." tapping any of the photos displayed in the AR slideshow will take you to the Google Pixel Instagram account. – MASHABLE

4.  Dallas Cowboys fans got to experience 80ft-tall players in Augmented Reality. The experience, which required the creation of a digital model of the arena, was powered by Scape Technologies, which calls it the largest 5G demo to date. Nexus Studios created the graphics and photo-realistic models that populated the display, which was shared with 80 thousand football fans this month. The giant AR models interacted with the environment and played against CGI robots when the stadium was viewed through compatible mobile devices. Fans could also view live player statistics and play a half-time game in AR. – ARPOST

5. Vanessa Williams is starring in a Mixed Reality Musical for Magic Leap.  At Comic-Con Paris this weekend immersive production company Wilkins Avenue unveiled what they call the first-ever AR musical. Featuring singer Vanessa Williams, "Out There," tells the story of Liv, a young girl who has lived her life in her bedroom yet yearns to explore the world outside. Through Magic Leap, audiences can share Liv's journey in their own physical environment, with their actions triggering reactions in the characters.   "It's a uniquely delightful entertaining experience, halfway between an escape room and a Pixar musical," says Thibault Mathieu, the musical's creator and CEO of Wilkins Avenue. – NEXT REALITY

6.  A portable projector allows children to access immersive content without wearing a headset. The Cinemood 360 weighs under 5lb and measures around three inches but can display interactive360-degree content up to 12-feet in both dark and dimly-lit environments. The device works by holding and aiming it at different positions throughout the room, and kids can follow along with preloaded educational Disney experiences, access parent-approved video streaming services, and use the screen mirroring functionality. It will begin shipping this December starting at $499 via Amazon and the official CINEMOOD website but is available for pre-order at $299 while stocks last. – VRSCOUT  

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

Editor: David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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