Neowin: Microsoft quietly launches mixed reality app called Outings for exploring landmarks . “In June, Microsoft confirmed that it had decided to abandon its plans for virtual and mixed reality on Xbox One despite confirming previously the arrival of MR experience support on the console this year. While that may seem a huge blow to the company’s MR efforts, it now seems that the software giant is still working on tools for MR in the form of a new app that’s now available to download from the Microsoft Store.”
VentureBeat: While AR plays catch-up in other sectors, it’s taking over the enterprise. “When I ran my last piece earlier this month on the not-so-surprising progressive state of the VR industry, it was intended to shake up the naysayers nest, which for its part pervades with the mistaken notion that the immersive market is somehow suffering or failing. The facts, I argued, point exactly in the opposite direction, but in order to agree they have to be willing to revisit and revise any vestige of false narratives that might be influencing their view of the landscape. Naturally, there are parallels to be drawn in what is happening on the other end of the immersive spectrum; in the land of AR.” This reminds me of Google Glasses.
Google Blog: New on Daydream: circus performers, rockstars, an AI dog and more. “What do Cirque du Soleil, Wiz Khalifa and an AI dog named Artie have in common? Well, not much actually. But, you can experience their amazing content in virtual reality (VR) today on Daydream, our platform for high-quality mobile VR.”
Ars Technica: Hands-on: Oculus Quest is an intriguing new middle ground for VR. “Let’s get one thing out of the way right up front: Oculus Quest is not the wireless, PC-free version of the Rift you may have been dreaming of. The Snapdragon 835 SoC powering Quest is much closer to a mid-range mobile phone than the Nvidia GTX 960 graphics card (and surrounding Windows PC) required to run a tethered Rift. The field of view and maximum refresh rate on the Quest both seem more comparable to the portable Oculus Go, which is a bit of downgrade from the Rift as well (though we have yet to confirm precise numbers for any of these devices).”
Mobile AR News: Google Puts Faces of Historic Women on US Currency via Augmented Reality. “Using image recognition, the new Notable Women app replaces the usual faces shown on various denominations of US currency with faces from the Notable Women database. Once enabled, the app also lets users tap the screen to read more about the person’s achievements.”
Ubergizmo: SpaceX’s Moon Mission Will Be Live Streamed In VR. “SpaceX recently confirmed more details about its Moon mission that’s planned for 2023. It also revealed the identity of the company’s first paying passenger for the trip around the moon who will be accompanied by eight artists on the trip as well. If you’re not one of those people, don’t worry, you will be able to experience the entire mission in virtual reality.”
Search Engine Land: Augmented reality artist creates sculptures using Bing search. “Using the Bing Search API and a proprietary AR platform, an artist created sculptures composed entirely of dynamic search images customized in real time.”