Welcome to part 2 of August’s Immersive News Round-Up! If you read part 1 you will know how action packed the month began! So this time I thought it would be helpful for you if I categorised this blog into sections. I will call-out that this is subjective to what I would term as items belonging to each category so scan the other areas in case something of interest to you is hiding elsewhere because of my sorting skills!!!
Alrighty then, let’s go -)
Immersive Market News:
Holographic content company investment success via Tipatat
VR is a turning point for the Spa & Wellness industries via Forbes
Rec Room is now accessible via iPhone and iPad via Shawn Whiting
6D.ai are partnering with Qualcomm to create shared experiences between HMD & Smartphones for the first time (including ability to support android devices now!) via 6D.ai
AltspaceVR comes to Oculus Quest on 12th September via AltspaceVR
SideQuest has more active users reported than that of the Rift. Developers and players alike are flocking to this store for content via SideQuestVR
Nate Mitchell, last remaining co-founder at Oculus leaves via Nate Mitchell
MRTV YouTube Kickstarter campaign is a success
Jaroslav Beck (Co-Founder of Beatsaber) gives back to the community via Jaroslav Beck
6d.ai 3D model advancements via Matt Miesnieks
Can you tell the difference between a real sandwich and an AR one via Helen Papagiannis, Ph.D
Interesting use of LightSpace AR app to retrace your steps via Bobby Carlton
No Man’s Sky released in VR via Loki Eliot
West World Awakening comes to VR via West World HBO
Community member Phased Dragon manages to get Google Lens to work inside VR via Educators In VR
Immersive Art & Design Content
Rec Room Marker creations via Shawn Whiting
Rec Room 2D art Contest via Shawn Whiting
VR Chat user created space via Lakuza
VR Artists share their processes via Kent Bye
How to build virtual worlds as a new form of self expression via Ryan Schultz
Google Sign language AI turns hand gestures into speech via Optomize Ltd
VRTK version 4 needs your support via The Stone Fox
Oculus Insight AI Tracking explanation video via Oculus
VR treadmill via Evan Kirstel
Feel Real sensory mask breaks their silence with an update via Feel Real
Sad news that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 doesn’t support the Samsung Gear VR Headset. This could see the beginning of the end for the Samsung Gear VR.
In the same article, from UploadVR, the same scenario has happened with the new Google Pixel 3a not supporting Daydream either.
This month I attended & presented in virtual reality Disneyland thanks to Chuck Webster’s Disney Data Analytics & Immersive tech event in Altspace!
Bigscreen releases a Modern Cinema with launch party via Bigscreen VR
Lindsey Stirling performs live as a virtual reality avatar thanks to WaveXR via Andy Fidel
HTC Vive The Global Accelerator Program accepting applications until the end of September
Panel opportunity to showcase use cases in enterprise & beyond via Myra B
Unity Student Ambassador Program accepting applications via Unity
Showcase your Start-Up at SXSW Pitch 2020. Deadline 15th November via Amy Peck
Podcasts & Talks
John Carmack appears on the Joe Rogan Podcast via John Carmack
XR for Business – publishing 3 podcasts a week now so you are spoiled for choice here!
Using Immersive Tools & Spatial Networks (Social VR & Social AR) for Education & Remote Teaching by Andy Fidel
Walmart CEO says that VR Training saved lives in El Paso shooting via Stanford VR
Female Disruptors Site Launched via Navah Berg
How do we further advance the science of therapeutic VR? via Brennan Spiegel, MD
Bit of personal news as well from me – I’m a published author!
How VR helps with Mental Health via Kier Simmons
Women who are long serving, respected, talented and admired in the gaming/tech industry have made serious accusations of sexual harassment & assault dating back several years. The Gaming industry is experiencing its own ‘Me Too’ movement. Sadly the virtual reality community is not untouched as Oculus Co-Founder, Michael Antonov, is also accused too. This is NOT OK. Although I am pleased to see the reactions of the entire community coming together to comfort and support the brave women who are voicing what happened to them.
A number of job vacancies this month have started to specify a need for virtual & augmented reality market awareness for their candidate required skills via Suzanne Lee & Cameron Brown
Phew – fantastic to see so much hard work, collaborations and progress happening across the industry! I’m seriously going to have to figure out how to anchor sections in this blog or perhaps even break these fortnightly blogs down into sub sections eg go back to a category a page again!!!
Thanks for reading! Take care and see you again in 2 weeks time -)