• Leap Motion’s New North Star Demo Brings Table Tennis To AR
    Leap Motion’s New North Star Demo Brings Table Tennis To AR

    Leap Motion has found a new use for its open source AR headset, North Star; table tennis.

    The hand-tracking specialist today revealed a new demo for its headset, which was announced last April. Whereas we’ve seen North Star handle advanced AR UI, table tennis showcases some other features of the headset. For starters, it allows the player to jump into a virtual game of the sport using a real table and a specialized paddle; the headset creates both the ball and an AI opponent for you to challenge.

    Using a hand gesture the player summons a virtual ball and then serves it just like they would a real one. The opponent, meanwhile, is designed to make only humanly possible returns, giving you a real game of table tennis without anyone there to practice with. Check it out in the video below.

    But what may first appear as a simple game has deeper implications about the future of AR training and beyond.

    “Eventually, as AR systems become more advanced and lifelike, we will be able to practice against “impossibly difficult” artificial opponents and use that intuition in the real world like never before,” Leap Motion’s Johnathon Selstad said in a blog post. “Current and near-future professions may be aided by advanced AR training systems that allow us to casually achieve levels of skill that previously required months of determined practice.”

    For now these demo is purely experimental, just like North Star itself.

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  • John Cusack & Christina Ricci Make Their VR Debut In ‘Distorted Reality’

    Another VR project starring AAA talent shows how the immersive medium is continuing to attract more of Hollywood’s biggest names. To compliment the theatrical film release of Distorted on June 22nd, Minds Eye Entertainment and SkyVR have partnered to produce Distorted Reality, a scripted, live-action cinematic VR distributed through OneTouchVR on Google Daydream, Oculus Go,

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  • Three Colorado Companies Are Working Together To Map Mars They are starting on Earth, but have big goals.
  • Unity Reveals MARS Tool For More Robust AR Apps
    Unity Reveals MARS Tool For More Robust AR Apps

    At Unity’s Berlin event the company revealed the Mixed And Augmented Reality Studio (MARS) for creating more robust software that interacts with the real-world environment in a believable way.

    Most augmented reality apps in 2018 (and earlier) have a limited understanding of the real world. This understanding is so limiting to software design — and user experience — that companies like Magic Leap and Microsoft use the term “Mixed Reality” to try and differentiate their efforts from earlier ones. Magic Leap, for example, uses a suite of sensors on its upcoming Magic Leap One headset to develop a detailed understanding of the environment around the player. This new set of tools from Unity is built for precisely that type of device.

    MARS is slated to arrive this fall. Check out the MARS section about 41 minutes into this video:

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  • Oculus Update: Import Objects To Home, 5K Video Method Released
    Oculus Update: Import Objects To Home, 5K Video Method Released

    Oculus is supporting the glTF 2.0 file format in its Home environment and allowing users to import 3D objects with the latest update.

    With the 1.26 update rolling out today users get to import 3D objects and use virtual computer monitors, TVs and arcade cabinets to display traditional windows and applications from their computer. Later this month, the creativity app Medium will get support to export creations directly to this home environment. These customization features could go a long way to helping the Rift deliver a more personalized and comfortable experience. For instance, people could start using this functionality to import a 3D couch model that’s then placed in the same general position as their real-life couch.

    Oculus today also revealed details surrounding CTO John Carmack’s “5K” method for increasing the fidelity of 360-degree video experiences, though it comes with a “key compromise” requiring creators “to accept lower resolution at the top and bottom of the sphere.”

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