The Verge: How Ommy Akhe makes her ultra-cool Instagram AR filters

The Verge: How Ommy Akhe makes her ultra-cool Instagram AR filters. “I first saw Akhe’s work in the Spark AR Community group on Facebook, a place for users to show off their latest filters and share tips. The London-based creator’s filters push the limits of what Instagram Stories are capable of, elevating AR lenses to an art form. She’s created dozens of filters that are not only impressive technically, but conceptually as well, playing on everything from Co-Star push notifications, read receipts, and our AI facial recognition fears.”

CNET: Mixed-reality apps will be downloaded 10 billion times by 2024, research says

CNET: Mixed-reality apps will be downloaded 10 billion times by 2024, research says. “Apps with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality will reach 10 billion installations by 2024, according to Juniper Research. This is up from around 3 billion installations of mixed-reality apps for 2019, the study published Monday said.”

PC World: Minecraft Earth goes live in preview for the entire United States

PC World: Minecraft Earth goes live in preview for the entire United States. “Microsoft has pushed Minecraft Earth live to iOS and Android users in the United States in early access, meaning that pretty much anyone can download the preview and start exploring Microsoft’s virtual world.”

New York Times: How Virtual Reality is Augmenting Realty

New York Times: How Virtual Reality is Augmenting Realty. “There has never been a more likely moment for virtual and augmented reality to move beyond showroom demonstrations, not just in the increasingly digital buying and selling process, but also in design and construction, which remain stubbornly analog. Just ask the contractor lugging rolls of paper plans to construction sites.”

Ars Technica: Microsoft’s DreamWalker VR turns your daily commute into a totally different one

Ars Technica: Microsoft’s DreamWalker VR turns your daily commute into a totally different one. “Researchers at Microsoft have developed new VR technologies that they claim allow users to remain fully immersed in a virtual world even while traversing public places in the real world on foot.”

Mozilla Mixed Reality Blog: Firefox Reality Top Picks – Bringing You New Virtual Reality Experiences Weekly

Mozilla Mixed Reality Blog: Firefox Reality Top Picks – Bringing You New Virtual Reality Experiences Weekly. “So you bought yourself a fancy VR headset, you’ve played all the zombie-dragon-laser-kitten-battle games (we have too!) and now you’re wondering… what else is there? Where can I find other cool stuff to explore while I have this headset strapped to my face? We felt the same way, so we built Firefox Reality to help you in your quest for the most interesting, groundbreaking and entertaining virtual reality content on the Web.”

The Verge: Is the world ready for virtual graffiti?

The Verge: Is the world ready for virtual graffiti?. “Imagine a world that’s filled with invisible graffiti. Open an app, point your phone at a wall, and blank brick or cement becomes a canvas. Create art with digital spraypaint and stencils, and an augmented reality system will permanently store its location and placement, creating the illusion of real street art. If friends or social media followers have the app, they can find your painting on a map and come see it. You might scrawl an in-joke across the door of a friend’s apartment, or paint a gorgeous mural on the side of a local store. Now imagine a darker world.”