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  • Adobe Launches AR Creation Tool ‘Project Aero’ For Creative Cloud
    Adobe Launches AR Creation Tool ‘Project Aero’ For Creative Cloud

    Adobe released a preview of a powerful new AR editing & creation tool, currently named ‘Project Aero’. The key feature of Aero that sets it apart from similar projects is its direct 1st party integration with Adobe’s popular Creative Cloud suite, which millions of creators already use and love — you can request early access here.

    Creators can instantly export their 2D or 3D content from Photoshop CC to Aero. They then simply open the Aero app on their iPad and they can view the content in real dimensions in real space, leveraging Apple’s ARKit framework for high quality positional tracking.

    Aero might ultimately become a tool used to prototype AR content, to create AR experiences, or it could be used as a visualization tool for creators making 3D designs of objects that will become physical. For example, a furniture designer could use Aero to rapidly see how their new chair would look in a physical room, and then adapt their design based on how it looked.

    Project Aero brings Adobe Creative Cloud projects into AR

    Right now Project Aero is iOS only, however Adobe tell us the “vision is to bring Project Aero to additional platforms and devices in the future.” Google’s ARCore SDK provides the same general ease to integrate high quality AR tracking for Android devices, but very few tablets have support for ARCore. Most Android tablet manufacturers use mid-range chips and low-quality rear cameras while Apple tends to use high end components. The result is that even the $329 iPad base model is able to support AR.

    Project Aero is clearly in its early stages, but Adobe believes that it will help to push AR forward, helping to solve the issue of lack of compelling AR content by letting the many Creative Cloud users of the world use a toolset with which they are already comfortable.

    Tagged with: adobe, ar, ARKit, augmented reality, creative cloud, iPad

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  • Texan Pilots Use Oculus Go For In-Flight Navigational Guidance

    Co-founders of Thrust Vector aim to create safer flights by introducing VR to the cockpit. Piloting an aircraft isn’t easy. Thankfully, John Nagle and John Paul Sommer, co-founders of Texas-based AR & VR contract development and consulting company Thrust Vector, have begun utilizing VR technology inside the cockpit to assist in real-time navigational guidance. In a

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  • Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Unveils New VR Roller Coaster A new VR roller coaster experience has been launched at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Florida.
  • Dead Effect 2 VR Giveaway Livestream: Sci-Fi Zombies In Space
    Dead Effect 2 VR Giveaway Livestream: Sci-Fi Zombies In Space

    Dead Effect 2 VR from BadFly Interactive is one of the most unknown and underrated VR shooters out there. It went under my radar for a while too. But what we’ve got here is a VR game with tons of weapons and enemies, a structured campaign with over a dozen hours of content, optional co-op, and even PvP support as well. And since it’s the spooky month of October, it only makes sense for us to venture out into a game again that’s loaded with zombies. We’re gonna play co-op today as well!

    We’ll be playing Dead Effect 2 VR on PC and I’ll be using an Oculus Rift with two Touch controllers. For the giveaway, we are giving out 10 codes for Steam, which can be used for either Rift or Vive. We’re starting any minute now, right around 2:30PM PT and we’ll aim to last for around an hour or so. We’ll be livestreaming directly to the UploadVR Facebook page and we’ll also be using Restream to go directly to YouTube as well. Either way, you can see the full stream embedded right here down below once it’s up:

    You can see our most recent archived streams over on the UploadVR Facebook Gaming portal right here. There’s lots of good stuff there!

    Let us know which games or discussions you want us to livestream next. Comment with feedback down below!

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  • Attack On Titan VR Attraction Launches In Tokyo Later This Week

    Enlist in the Survey Corps and take on a massive humanoid creature in Attack on Titan: The Human Race. Based on reports by Siliconera, fans of the popular manga and anime series, Attack on Titan, will soon have the opportunity to go head-to-head with a man-eating Titan in VR as Attack on Titan: The Human

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  • YDreams Reveals Status of VR Projects In Corporate Update YDreams talks about corporate partnerships and Arkrave VR location-based VR project in its corporate update.
  • AR Robot Battles Get An Upgrade As Reach Robotics Unveils MekaMon V2 The robots controlled with an AR smartphone app get some new tricks.
  • Oculus Launches 10% Off Referral Program For Rift
    Oculus Launches 10% Off Referral Program For Rift

    Despite how far the Oculus Rift’s price has come down since launch, for many potential buyers it’s still a little too expensive to justify. If you’re an owner, you’ll often find yourself wishing that your friends had one too so you could play co-op and multiplayer VR games together. Games like Raw Data, Arizona Sunshine, From Other Suns, and Echo VR are much better with friends.

    Well, we have good news for you. Earlier this month, Oculus launched a referral program for the Rift, seemingly intended for this exact scenario. By referring your friend to purchase the Oculus Rift, your friend gets 10% (around $40) off the Rift, and 30 days later you receive a $30 Oculus Store credit for VR apps/games.

    Of course, there are some restrictions here. For starters, it’s seemingly USA-only for now, so both you and your friend will need to be in the USA. Additionally, each Rift owner can only refer up to 3 friends, however technically those friends could refer even more.

    Oculus CTO John Carmack recently stated that the Oculus Go headset was beating sales expectations, but no similar statement has ever been made about the higher end Rift, and many analysts believe that the Rift (and PC VR in general) is selling poorer than many expected. While $40 off doesn’t make a radical shift in affordability, it may be just what’s needed to get some people to join their friends in PC VR, a natural way to grow the Rift user-base.

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  • Intel Announces Tech Learning Lab With VR Features The Intel Tech Learning Lab will give students and educators around the USA access to cutting-edge VR technology.
  • VRS Conference Sees uSens Discuss Hand-Tracking in VR and AR Dr. Yue Fei, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder at uSens will be delivering a keynote speech at VRS.
  • Elite Dangerous: Beyond Gets Set To End Season 3 With Biggest Update Of The Year Chapter Four is coming this year, with a PC Beta later this month.
  • Niantic Talks About the Future of Augmented Reality During a presentation at GeekWire's summit, Niantic Labs representatives spoke about its AR technology.
  • MagiMask Is A $99 Smartphone AR Headset Shipping In Q1 2019
    MagiMask Is A $99 Smartphone AR Headset Shipping In Q1 2019

    After two years of quiet development, Ludenso is announcing the $99 MagiMask AR headset. The company is currently hosting a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the end of the product’s development, but regardless of whether or not the campaign is successful headsets will start shipping out to pre-orders in Q1 2019.

    They’re asking for $24,519 USD by November 15th and as of the time of this writing have already raised $14,309 USD.

    Prior to MagiMask the same company also held successful Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaigns for the MovieMask, a head-mounted display purely designed for watching movies in an immersive environment. You can buy one right now (Best Buy, IndieGoGo) for about $99. Stylistically, the MagiMask looks almost identical, but this time you slot your phone inside.

    In terms of design and comfort, the MagiMask looks very similar to the Google Daydream View. Personally, I’m not a fan of cloth-based headsets because they’re not built firmly and, in m experience, droop in the front and have light leak issues. Obviously I haven’t tried the MagiMask, but that’s the impression I get from the footage and images.

    Interesting, the MagiMask doesn’t use two lenses to magnify the phone screen like you’d find in the Gear VR or Daydream View and it doesn’t reflect screen images onto a mirror display like the Aryzon or Mira Prism. Functionally, it looks similar to the Ghost, but we can’t confirm how similar the technology is. Instead, the MagiMask is one large display inside the headset, shown above.

    In addition to being compatible with most existing AR apps that you can already download on your iOS or Android device according to a press release, MagiMask also ships with physical trackers as well for developers to use as real world anchors. The included trackers are a MagiTile, which lays flat on a surface like a table or held in your hands like shown above, MagiKards, which are like multiple smaller MagiTiles, and the MagiDice, a cube that you can pick up and hold as a trackable object.

    Or in the GIF below, you can see how the MagiDice and MagiTile can interact with one another:

    “We believe people have been led into the AR market with false hopes and outrageously expensive hardware,”  said Eirik Wahlstrøm, CEO and co-founder of Ludenso. “We have created a hardware platform for mobile AR using our unique head-mounted display and tracker kit. Our HMD works with 99% of the existing apps without customizations, and gives 100% augmented FOV and improved resolution. Our low cost and innovative technology will enable developers around the world to have the hardware tools they need to reach millions of customers and give tech enthusiasts the opportunity to own an AR headset without having to spend thousands of dollars.”

    Based on what we’ve seen the technology seems sound and the price point is definitely attractive — but to be clear, we haven’t tried it yet. The fact that the device is reportedly shipping no matter how the crowdfunding turns out is a very good sign. We’re

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  • Jarvish Reveals More Details on AR Smart Helmet The X-AR smart helmet will be launched in a Kickstarter campaign in the second half of 2019.
  • Attack On Titan Gets VR Attraction A location-based VR attraction based on anime Attack on Titan will be coming to Tokyo.