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Google stops selling its Cardboard VR goggles after seven years

387f43e0-7c29-11eb-bdbd-655447e2eea0Google has officially bid farewell to Cardboard, its cheap gateway into the world of mobile virtual reality. The goggles are no longer available on the company’s online store, reports Android Police. The writing was already on the wall for Cardbo…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/google-stops-selling-cardboard-vr-goggles-141926732.html
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Microsoft’s “Ignite” VR Event Spiraled Into a Virtual Burning Man Festival

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Microsoft’s Ignite conference is underway, and this year it held the event’s keynote address in Virtual Reality. Alex Kipman, the man behind Kinect and HoloLens, spent most of the keynote addressing the audience in hologram form and showing off Microsoft’s new Mixed Reality Mesh concept. What came next is something beyond words and description. Thankfully, we have the video too.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/72610/microsofts-ignite-vr-event-spiraled-into-a-virtual-burning-man-festival/
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Leaked Videos Hint Samsung Smart Glasses Might Also Be in the Works

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It looks like Apple and Facebook aren’t the only tech giants developing a pair of augmented reality smart glasses. Over the weekend, Twitter user @WalkingCat leaked two videos allegedly from Samsung showcasing a pair of AR glasses dubbed “Glasses Lite” and what appears to be the company’s vision for “Next Wearable…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/leaked-videos-hint-samsung-smart-glasses-might-also-be-1846323686
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Stretchable skin sensor could help you touch things in VR

ba96a4d0-25c2-11eb-a8fe-dde618bbebaeVirtual reality doesn’t quite match up to the “reality” label without tactile sensations, but that might not be an issue for too much longer. Cornell scientists have developed a new form of stretchable skin sensor that uses fiber optics to provide a…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/cornell-stretchable-skin-sensor-for-vr-robots-155317989.html
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‘Fortnite’ will host a Halloween ‘cross reality’ concert for singer J Balvin

c8f39290-1366-11eb-9fff-4031888ed18eEpic Games has teamed up with Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin for Fortnite’s next big event: A Halloween concert that Epic says would combine an artist’s performance and its XR technology (cross reality) technology for the first time. The singer’…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/fortnite-j-balvin-halloween-concert-080036803.html
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The Oculus Quest 2 Is Shipping Now, Better Order Quick Before It Sells Out

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Facebook unveiled the Oculus Quest 2 last September and promised a cheaper, lighter, and more powerful headset. Now the $300 Oculus Quest 2 is here, and if you didn’t preorder, it’s not too late to get your hands on one. At least not yet, but don’t dally too long.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/57086/the-oculus-quest-2-is-shipping-now-better-order-quick-before-it-sells-out/
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Google Maps’ AR Mode Is Getting a Bunch of New Features

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Google Maps has a built-in AR mode called Live View that helps you get directions and find specific places by using your phone’s camera and overlaying them in the real world. In a recent post on the Google Blog, the company announced several new (or improved) features for Live View.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/55976/google-maps-ar-mode-is-getting-a-bunch-of-new-features/
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Why Are VR Headsets So Bulky?

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Show me someone who looks cool in a VR headset, and I’ll show you a dork with no aesthetic sense. Largely, this has to do with their bulk: as consumer tech continues to shrink, they stubbornly remain massive, looking less like portals into hyper-real alternate dimensions and more like large futuristic sea animals…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/why-are-vr-headsets-so-bulky-1845109876
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Oculus VR Headsets Will Soon Require Facebook Accounts

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Some of the very best VR headsets right now are Oculus branded, and we’d even argue that the Oculus Quest is THE VR headset to own. Facebook bought the Oculus company in early 2014, and now the social network is imposing its will on virtual reality fans. Eventually, you’ll have to log in using a Facebook account, though current owners get a short reprieve.

When the Oculus first came out, it introduced Oculus accounts to buy and install games. Even after Facebook bought the company, those accounts continued to work. You can still create one, and if you want link it to a Facebook account.

But now Facebook wants to move you over to just using a Facebook account. The social network announced that starting in October, everyone using an Oculus device for the first time will have to sign in with a Facebook account. If you’re an existing user with an Oculus account, you’ll get the option to merge it with your Facebook account.

If you decide not to merge your account, you can keep using your device until January 2023. At that point, Facebook plans to disable Oculus accounts, and while your device will still work, it will be severely limited. You won’t have store access to buy games anymore, for instance. Facebook says it will try to help you keep your existing games and apps, but they may stop working.

Facebook also says that future devices (like the rumored Oculus Quest sequel) will require a Facebook account even if you have an Oculus account. One way or another, Oculus will move you to a Facebook account, or you’ll have to move to a new VR headset company.

Facebook says it’s doing this to move to a single-method sign-on system that empowers social networks inside Virtual Reality. The company wants to push its services like Facebook Horizon and Facebook Gaming streams.

In some ways, the biggest surprise here is that Facebook didn’t make the move sooner. But at least the change isn’t coming without warning.

Source: Facebook

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/51123/oculus-vr-headsets-will-soon-require-facebook-accounts/
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Watch AI-controlled virtual fighters take on an Air Force pilot August 18th

f8aa32e0-d956-11ea-befe-b046ce451f8eDue to the coronavirus pandemic, DARPA will no longer hold an in-person event for its third and final AlphaDogfight Trial that’s scheduled to take place from August 18th to the 20th. It’ll be held virtually instead, and both participants and viewers…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/darpa-alphadogfight-championship-043711508.html
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