Test Drive a Toyota with Vive Focus in Taiwan

Today we announced that VIVE Focus officially enters the enterprise application VR solutions market in Taiwan. HTC VIVE and Hotai Motor (official distributor of Toyota Motor in Taiwan) are partnering to embracing the highly immersive nature of Virtual Reality technology to launch the “TOYOTA VR Driving Safety Simulation Experience”.  This experience will use Vive Focus to enable customers to experience realistic and immersive test-drives with access to the full features of the vehicles without actually hitting the road.  Read more: https://blog.vive.com/us/2018/04/19/test-drive-toyota-vive-focus-taiwan/


Google and Lenovo’s standalone VR headset will ship by mid-2018

Lenovo has announced the first self-contained VR headset based on Google’s Daydream platform, called the Lenovo Mirage Solo. The Mirage Solo supports the same experiences as existing Daydream headsets, but it’s a standalone piece of hardware, not a shell powered by a mobile phone. Unlike those headsets, it also lets users walk around virtual space using inside-out “WorldSense” tracking. Its price will be under $400, and is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2018, alongside Lenovo’s Mirage VR streaming camera, which is priced under $300.

Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/9/16862618/lenovo-mirage-solo-google-daydream-vr-standalone-headset-pricing-release-announcement-ces-2018

What’s On the Menu? Augmented Reality and 3-D Food Models

At Vino Levantino wine bar in New York City, the desserts are delicious but not always so straightforward.

“We have a few desserts that are not usual … or people (are) not familiar with them,” owner Haim Amit said. “Like we have the kadaif, I mean, not everyone knows what’s kadaif.”

Rather than explain the traditional Middle Eastern dessert to customers, Amit shows them.

Using the Kabaq augmented reality application on an iPad, he demonstrates how virtual, 3-D models of desserts can now be superimposed onto the tabletop in front of customers.

The 3-D models look incredibly realistic, not to mention mouthwatering.

Read more: https://www.voanews.com/a/augmented-reality-3-d-food-models-on-the-menu/4136235.html

Magic Leap: Founder of Secretive Start-Up Unveils Mixed-Reality Goggles

Magic Leap One's Lightpack (left), Lightwear (center) and Control (right)

Magic Leap today revealed a mixed reality headset that it believes reinvents the way people will interact with computers and reality. Unlike the opaque diver’s masks of virtual reality – which replace the real world with a virtual one – Magic Leap’s device, called Lightwear, resembles goggles, which you can see through as if you’re wearing a special pair of glasses. The goggles are tethered to a powerful pocket-sized computer, called the Lightpack, and can inject life-like moving and reactive people, robots, spaceships – anything – into a person’s view of the real world.

Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/glixel/features/lightwear-introducing-magic-leaps-mixed-reality-goggles-w514479

Apple acquired augmented reality headset startup Vrvana for $30M

As Apple reportedly ramps up work to ship an augmented reality headset in 2020, it has acquired a startup from Montreal, Canada that could help it get there. TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired Vrvana, maker of the Totem headset — which had rave reviews but never shipped. The deal was for around $30 million, two sources tell TechCrunch.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/21/apple-acquires-mixed-reality-headset-startup-vrvana-for-30m/

Ushering in the era of Windows Mixed Reality

At an event in San Francisco we unveiled our vision for Windows Mixed Reality, announced SteamVR and AltSpaceVR are coming to Windows Mixed Reality, introduced the new Samsung Odyssey HMD, and kicked off the holiday shopping season by announcing the availability of pre-orders for Windows Mixed Reality headsets at the Microsoft Store. Learn more on the Windows Blog: http://msft.social/b9ULwk

Apple’s Tim Cooks thoughts on Augmented Reality

In a wide-ranging interview, the CEO of the biggest tech company in the world explains how AR will change our lives, and why he thinks the world is actually getting better.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/apple-iphone-tim-cook-interview-features-new-augmented-reality-ar-arkit-a7993566.html