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. “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. “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.”
Engadget: Google open sources Cardboard as it retreats from phone-based VR. “Google’s decision to back away from phone-based VR may have an upside for creators. The internet giant is releasing a Cardboard open source project that will let developers create VR experiences and add Cardboard support to their apps.”
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.”
Maine: Maine State Archives to launch virtual reality, PSAs for bicentennial. “The Maine State Archives will celebrate American Archives Month this October with the launch of two special projects in commemoration of Maine’s bicentennial of statehood: The Maine Bicentennial Moments Public Interest Advertising announcements series; and the Maine Virtual Reality Experience.” The VR experience will have more content added over time.
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.”