Varjo’s New VR and XR Headsets Show Us a Glimpse Into the Future of Mixed Reality

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Consumer mixed-reality headsets have come a long way since the first Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, thanks to higher-resolution displays, faster refresh rates, improved motion-tracking, and more. However, enterprise-level headsets have arguably made even bigger strides, and with its new third-gen VR and XR HMDs, Varjo could be giving us regular folks a peek at the kinds of upgrades we can expect to see trickle down to consumer VR in the next couple years.


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Available starting today, Varjo’s new VR-3 and XR-3 have a

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A new Facebook cloud game mixes Telltale writing and reality TV. Users will decide the story.

Just weeks into Facebook’s debut into the cloud gaming market, it has its first “exclusive” title that’s a perfect fit for Facebook users: a reality show that lives completely in the cloud.

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Coming Wednesday, “Rival Peak” is a Facebook Watch program in which artificial intelligence-driven “contestants” will live, work and exist for every minute of the day within the fictional region of Rival Peak, a mountainous forest region that emulates the Pacific Northwest. With a diverse cast of internationally-based characters, Facebook users will decide what each contestant of the show will do in the game, how they behave, and who will basically be “voted out” by the end of every week of its 12-week run.


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The game/show is being developed by Pipeworks Studios and Genvid Technologies, including former staff of the beloved-but-shuttered Telltale Games, who created some of the strongest narrative adventure games

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Automotive Augmented Reality Market Demand, Revenue, Key Findings and Latest Technology, Forecast Research Report 2022

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New York, United States, Mon, 30 Nov 2020 04:40:17 / Comserve Inc. / — Augmented reality displays are a more intuitive and safer way to use navigation, access information, make calls, and listen to music without moving the eyes away from the road.

Augmented reality displays are a more intuitive and safer way to use navigation, access information, make calls, and listen to music without moving the eyes away from the road. All the information can be displayed on the windshield, a projector screen to decrease the driver’s distraction and offer safety and convenience.

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The key drivers of this technology is that there is no need for the driver to look at the GPS box or dashboard because the GPS navigation system is displayed right on the windshield and

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Give the gift of Bill Nye with his virtual reality science kit

This year, you can give your kids the gift of science with fully immersive VR experiments from the scientist generations have grown up with — Bill Nye. 

Bill Nye’s Virtual Reality Science Kit ($59.99) includes VR goggles and a free mobile app that can be used on any smartphone to make kids feel like they’re hanging out with Bill in his lab or are exploring rocky caves, volcanoes, or waterfalls. 

Bill Nye (the Science Guy)’s kit includes an 80-page book that can be brought to life through the VR goggles, which teaches 30 step-by-step science projects.

Kids will learn chemistry, biology, and physics through experiments that help them “tattoo” an egg, create a lemon battery, or make their own speakers. They’ll learn about scientific principles like density, oxidation, and chemical reactions and be able to follow along with Bill Nye as he walks them through all 30 experiments (with

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Virtual auto, CES, NADA shows face hard reality

Trade shows are a different animal altogether. But the Canadian developments seem foreboding for a couple of major events coming up early next year: CES and the NADA Show.

CES, the consumer electronics show that is usually held in Las Vegas, has grown into the pre-eminent auto show in North America — even as the transportation industry vies for attention there with gaming, photography, robotics and every other type of breakthrough technology one can imagine.

Switching to a virtual format this year led to a partnership with Microsoft, which has a suite of software for group meetings and what is now essentially a video production, said Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, which hosts CES.

“We’re also creating it so that exhibitors will have their own video presence and an interactive link which allows them to meet with potential customers, show off technology, and it’ll be a very

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Combining Mixed Reality Tech With Brain Signals Could Improve Rehabilitative Medicine

A new headset and software platform allows researchers and developers of mixed reality programs the opportunity to incorporate signals from the brain and body into their technology, something that has wide potential for use in rehabilitative medicine.

Virtual and augmented reality has already been used to treat patients with a range of psychiatric disorders including ADHD, PTSD and anxiety, but this tech could help improve how effective it is.


“You can use virtual reality to put people into those environments and throttle how intense the experience is, but if you could know how intense the reaction is that someone is having, you can decide whether to dial it up a little bit, or dial it down a little bit just to make sure that they’re not overwhelmed by the immersion,” says Conor Russomanno, CEO of OpenBCI, a Brooklyn-based startup that developed the Galea headset.

Another application of the technology,

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When ‘future’ technology trends become today’s reality

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This year has been a tough year for many but looking ahead to 2021, the technology world promises a wide range of opportunities to adapt…

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Gartner recently shared the following story to illustrate this point. When the employees at an industrial site returned to work after the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, they noticed a few differences. Sensors and RFID tags had been deployed to monitor if employees were washing their hands regularly.

Computer vision technology was implemented to determine if employees were complying with mask protocol and speakers had been introduced to warn people against any regulation violations. The company was also using this behavioural data to better understand and influence how people behave at work.

While some of this may seem extreme, it showcases that business

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Could virtual reality be the future of sports?

What’s the future of sport? Virtual Reality sport is, according to four companies specializing in this field.

In time of coronavirus when it’s difficult to practice sport as we used to, and in an age where screens are an increasing part of our days while physical activity is declining, what can be a better solution than Virtual reality sport?

Four companies, Fun with Balls, Icaros, Sphery, and Valo Motion, decided to address this challenge by creating a new form of sports combining the real world with technology to make physical exercise more attractive, accessible and inclusive for everybody. 

“In sports, competition is a key driver for motivation. Using technology like virtual reality we are now able to create new forms of immersive and challenging workouts to take this motivation to a completely new level,” said Icaros treasurer Michael Schmidt, adding that “this makes physical workouts much more

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PSVR Brought Virtual Reality To The Masses

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The Last GenerationThe Last GenerationA look back at 2013-2020, the age of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Virtual reality has become much easier to jump into these days. Headsets are becoming cheaper and cheaper and some, like the Quest 2, don’t even need a powerful PC. But not that long ago VR was expensive, hard to hook up, and a mess. And PSVR was an imperfect but exciting solution.

On paper, PSVR sounded too good to be true. Launched in 2016, it cost only $400. That might sound like a lot, but other headsets at the time cost around $500-700 or more and required beefy, expensive PCs. This wasn’t the case with PSVR. Anyone who already owned a PS4, even that old dusty one in your basement you didn’t use anymore, would be able to buy a VR headset and start

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How VR and mixed reality are becoming important in the future of work

In 2020, companies have been forced to try new technologies because of the pandemic. One company sees this tech staying for the long haul.

TechRepublic’s Karen Roby spoke with Kyle Jackson, founder of Talespin, a software company that specializes in immersive technology, about how businesses are using new technologies in the pandemic and into the future. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

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Karen Roby: I think this is really interesting, Kyle, that you guys talk to customers every day, and you’re hearing the things they’re saying, the problems they’re having, solutions they’re looking for, and you put a lot of that information together to come up with some predictions for 2021. Of course, the first prediction I would like to think that we would all think is that it’s going to be a more positive, better year for all of us

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