AR/VR

Oculus Quest’s hand-tracking drains just 7 minutes from headset’s battery life

The upcoming hand-tracking feature for Oculus Quest reduces battery life by just 7 minutes, according to Facebook. Hand Tracking was announced during the week at Oculus Connect 6, Facebook’s annual VR/AR conference. Releasing early next year, it will allow users to interact with the Quest menu and supported apps without using the Touch controllers. During the developer …

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Which Is More Important To Emerging Businesses?

Forward-thinking businesses have been looking for ways to leverage augmented reality and virtual reality for some time now. The Pokemon Go craze predicted a new way of thinking. Gone are the days when these technologies were regarded as the work of an overactive imagination. App development companies are now being tapped so that these businesses …

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Gumi CEO believes VR and blockchain are key to connected worlds

Gumi has always been partial to new technology. Founded in 2007, the Japanese game publisher had one of the big hits of the smartphone era with Brave Frontier in 2012. The company went public in 2014, and now it has 865 employees. The company has moved into new markets through its affiliate companies. Yomuneco recently …

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AR is big — 5G will make it huge

From its humble beginnings at the arcade to its growth via consumer electronics in the 1980s and 1990s, gaming has gone through multiple phases and iterations. One of the most significant in the last decade or was the rise of mobile games, supported by items in-app purchases, and the growth of 4G. In the last …

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The problem with PC VR is the PC

“Friction” is the word tech companies now use to acknowledge software and hardware pain points — typically at the point they’re planning to reduce or eliminate them. As the enemy of smoothness, friction is the collection of factors that keep an experience from being effortless, fun, or “magical” in Apple parlance; Polaroid cameras famously demonstrated …

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Google schedules Pixel 4 hardware event for October 15

Google today sent out invites for an October 15 hardware event in New York City. The company will almost certainly detail its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones at the annual Made by Google event. We say “detail” because Google has already shown off the devices in response to the first Pixel 4 leaks. …

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How HTC crafted Vive Cosmos for a new generation of consumer VR

HTC unveiled its high-end consumer virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive Cosmos today. It ships on October 3 for $700, and I had a good hands-on demo with the system, for which preorders are opening today. And I had a chance to sit down with a couple of HTC executives after my demo, and I …

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Why aren’t brands using Google’s augmented reality wrapper?

I’m baffled by why so few brands seem to be using Google’s new AR wrapper. It’s a landmark product that allows both Apple (.usdz) and Android (.glb) augmented reality models to be inserted into a website via a single line of code. My team is using it for clients as we speak. But we feel …

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Trevor Noah’s advice to tech leaders: ‘They are now the man that they were trying to disrupt’

Trevor Noah is a comedian, writer, and political commentator arguably best known for hosting The Daily Show. Noah spoke today about technology, education, gaming, VR, and his foundation that helps children in the U.S. and South Africa. And of course, there were plenty of jokes. But it was Noah’s advice to tech leaders that arguably …

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Red Matter’s Oculus Quest sales eclipse its Rift sales in just 1 week

Sales of Red Matter on Oculus Quest have already surpassed the game’s lifetime sales on Rift, according to the developer Vertical Robot. The Rift version of the game launched 15 months ago. It currently has 172 ratings on the Rift store, averaging 4.4 stars. The Quest version is now at the No. 1 spot on the …

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