mixed reality

Oculus Passthrough API puts VR user back in the “real” world

Oculus Passthrough API puts VR user back in the “real” world

This week Oculus Passthrough API Experimental was released, giving creators a way to build and test mixed reality experiences for VR and AR devices. Since this is made by Oculus, it's pretty safe to say that the software will be aimed at Oculus devices, but the implications of what we're seeing is far more important than one platform.

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Windows Holographic 21H1 update brings major new features to HoloLens

Windows Holographic 21H1 update brings major new features to HoloLens

Windows 10's first major feature update of the year is already being prepared for rollout but it seems that the HoloLens 2 is getting dibs on its own major update before PCs. In fact, this update might be even more feature-packed than Windows 10's May 2021 update itself. Windows Holographic version 21H1 is now available for download and it finally brings Microsoft's better version of its Edge web browser, the one based on Google Chromium, of course.

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Tim Cook talks Apple Car, augmented reality and Elon Musk’s Tesla

Tim Cook talks Apple Car, augmented reality and Elon Musk’s Tesla

Apple CEO Tim Cook has talked about Apple car rumors, augmented reality, and the electric vehicle segment and his contact - or lack of - with Tesla's Elon Musk, amid speculation by analysts that the Cupertino firm is readying a handful of ambitious launches into new categories over the next few years. Though Cook is, as always, tight-lipped about details and exact product plans, it's clear that Apple isn't interested in a low-key role in either AR or autonomous driving.

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Apple VR helmet, AR glasses and contact lens launch dates predicted

Apple VR helmet, AR glasses and contact lens launch dates predicted

Of all the big tech companies, Apple is perhaps the only one left without its own kind of virtual, augmented, or mixed reality headgear. Of course, it has also been rumored to be working on such devices for years now with almost no end in sight. The end might actually now be in sight if Ming-chi Kuo's predictions are on the mark. If so, Apple will not just have one but actually three such products launching in the next 9 years, including its own AR contact lenses.

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Apple’s $3k mixed-reality headset could pack twin 8K displays

Apple’s $3k mixed-reality headset could pack twin 8K displays

Apple's first mixed-reality headset will be no Oculus Quest alternative, new leaks suggest, with a supposed price tag - and high-end specs - that would put it among the company's most expensive Mac and display models. Long rumored, though believed to be finally headed to market around 2022, the first-generation Apple VR/AR headset would be more akin to a Microsoft HoloLens in positioning and cost.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator VR update released in time for holiday break

Microsoft Flight Simulator VR update released in time for holiday break

The update the game was destined for was released today: Microsoft Flight Simulator now works in virtual reality. This update brings the game out a brand new door, allowing users to transport not just a rectangle of their reality into flight, but their entire audio/visual experience. This update works with a wide variety of VR headsets, starting with (but not limited to) Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

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HoloLens 2 Developer Edition lands in the US, platform expands globally

HoloLens 2 Developer Edition lands in the US, platform expands globally

Oculus has taken up the majority of the VR news of late, though not always in a positive light thanks to parent company Facebook. It isn't the only game in town, of course, but HTC's Vive has mysteriously gone a bit silent. And then there's the realm of mixed reality, where VR and AR collide. Microsoft's HoloLens, technically an AR system, is pretty much still the biggest player and it has just announced two major updates that aim to bring its mixed reality platform to more users and more developers.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator VR close beta is now open for sign-ups

Microsoft Flight Simulator VR close beta is now open for sign-ups

For simulator fans, the latest iteration of the well-aged Flight Simulator could be the franchise's biggest release yet and in more ways than one. The complete set of launch assets spans 10 dual-layer DVDs and that's not yet including the updates that will be released in the months and years to come. It may also be the first of its line to finally reach virtual reality utopia now that the technology is pretty much ready. And if you are similarly ready with the hardware, you can try your luck in signing up for a closed VR beta tester now.

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Nreal Light AR glasses launch bundled with Galaxy Note 20 5G

Nreal Light AR glasses launch bundled with Galaxy Note 20 5G

If you're any kind of an augmented or mixed reality enthusiast, you might now finally have a reason to buy Samsung's new Galaxy Note 20. That is, if you leave in South Korea. Almost like a proverbial unicorn, AR glasses that don't look like bulky headsets have repeatedly been promised but never delivered, that is until now. Nreal, who promised to democratize mixed reality gear, is finally launching its Light smart glasses but with a couple of caveats, including spending more than $1,300 for the experience.

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Magic Leap bets on ex-Microsoft exec to turn mixed reality tide

Magic Leap bets on ex-Microsoft exec to turn mixed reality tide

Magic Leap has found itself a new CEO, with the beleaguered augmented reality company looking to a former Microsoft exec to help turn itself around. Long the darling of Silicon Valley investors, Magic Leap promised a mesmeric world that blended reality with digital graphics, but its first hardware fell well short on the delivery.

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HTC VIVE XR Suite promises to get you ready for the Next Normal

HTC VIVE XR Suite promises to get you ready for the Next Normal

The past five months have seen a lot of sudden changes to how we interact with each other both socially and professionally. There has been an increase in the use of the Internet and computing devices, including smartphones, for work and to keep in touch with friends and families. HTC, however, notes that all these sudden innovations still make humans slaves to flat, two-dimensional screens. It is for that reason that it is launching a couple of XR apps to take that experience to the third dimension, calling it the Next Normal of computing.

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HTC Vive to support XR Viewers powered by Snapdragon phones

HTC Vive to support XR Viewers powered by Snapdragon phones

It seems that the VR and AR pendulum is swinging back to the smartphone side of things. Headsets started out as hulking boxes strapped to your head and wired to a computer but, thanks to Google, some got the idea of shoving a smartphone into that box instead and calling it a day. Realizing the limitations of phones, headset makers like HTC moved away towards standalone devices but may now be moving back to smartphone-powered gear, this time for XR glasses.

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