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Tech Secrets Behind ‘Cosmonious High’s’ Cast of Interactive Characters

Cosmonious High contains 18 characters across six species all created by a team with zero dedicated animators. That means lots and lots of code to create realistic behaviors and Owlchemy-quality interactivity! The ‘character system’ in Cosmonious High is a group of around 150 scripts that together answer many design and animation problems related to...

‘The Last Clockwinder’ Review – So Much More Than Just Robots Picking Fruit

The Last Clockwinder is casual puzzle game that tasks you with building moving contraptions out of your own clones. While constructing complex factories essentially populated by just yourself is good fun, the game also excels in delivering a world that feels alive, which isn’t an easy task when you’re basically (ok, not exactly) in one room the entire...

Niantic is Bringing Its Large-scale AR Positioning System to WebAR Too

This week Niantic announced Lightship VPS, a system designed to make possible accurate localization of AR devices at a large scale to enable location-based AR content that can also be persistent and multi-user. While the first implementation of the system will need to be baked into individual apps, the company says it’s bringing the tech to WebAR too....

Unexpected Update Brings New Content to SteamVR Home

Valve released an update to SteamVR this week that unexpectedly added new content to SteamVR Home. Valve has long been making small but helpful updates to SteamVR, but especially in the last year there hasn’t been a particularly clear signal that the company was putting much work into the platform. That’s why it was surprising to see that with the...

Lynx Secures $4M in Series A Funding, Aims to Become “European Champion of Mixed Reality”

Lynx, the French XR hardware startup known for crowdfunding the Lynx R-1 mixed reality headset, today announced it’s secured $4 million in its Series A round, led by social VR platform Somnium Space. Alongside Somnium Space, participants in the latest funding round also include what Lynx calls early supporters of the company and “other investors...

Meta Research Explores a New Solution to One of VR’s Biggest Display Challenges

New research from Kent State University and Meta Reality Labs has demonstrated large dynamic focus liquid crystal lenses which could be used to create varifocal VR headsets. Vergence-Accommodation Conflict in a Nutshell In the VR R&D space, one of the hot topics is finding a practical solution for the so-called vergence-accommodation conflict...

Magic Leap is Selling Its First AR Headset for Just $550

It looks like Magic Leap is holding a barn burner of a sale on its first AR headset, Magic Leap 1, as the one-time $2,300 device can now be had for $550. As first reported by GMW3, Magic Leap appears to be flushing excess stock of the 2018-era AR headset via the Amazon-owned online retailer Woot.  The listing (find it here) is for a brand new Magic...

Catch Road to VR Co-founder Ben Lang on the Between Realities Podcast

Road to VR co-founder Ben Lang recently joined the crew of the Between Realities podcast. Bringing more than a decade of experience in the XR industry as co-founder of Road to VR, Ben Lang joined hosts Alex VR and Skeeva on Season 5 Episode 15 of the Between Realities podcast. The trio spoke about the impetus for founding the publication, Meta’s...

VR Roguelike ‘OUTLIER’ Cancelled Due to “overestimated demand”

Joy Way, the studio behind VR titles Stride and Against, announced it’s abandoning development on its most recent PC VR title, Outlier, which hit early access on Steam in March. The studio released a statement on Friday detailing the decision to remove Outlier from sale on Steam. Joy Way advises users to either refund the game or keep it in their...

Qualcomm’s Latest AR Glasses Reference Design Drops the Tether, Keeps the Compute

Qualcomm has revealed its latest AR glasses reference design, which it offers up to other companies as a blueprint for building their own AR devices. The reference design, which gives us a strong hint at the specs and capabilities of upcoming products, continues to lean on a smartphone to do the heavy compute, but this time is based on a wireless design....

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