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Here are some of the headlines in the world of AR & VR that happened during the last two weeks.

New Oculus & HP hardware announcements at GDC 2019

Oculus has revealed its next VR headset, the Oculus Rift S, which updates the headset with better visuals, improved comfort and, finally, no more awkward sensors to set up.

Read the full announcement from Oculus, here: https://www.oculus.com/blog/announcing-oculus-rift-s-our-new-pc-vr-headset-launching-spring-2019/

Meanwhile, HP also announced their upcoming ‘Reverb’ VR headset at GDC.

HP’s newest Windows Mixed Reality headset is called the Reverb, and it sports impressive 2160 x 2160 resolution optics, inside-out tracking, and a lightweight design. The device, announced today, will come in two variations: a consumer model costing $599 and an enterprise Pro version, which comes with a separate 0.6-meter cable and a fabric face mask, for $649.

Read the full HP announcement here: https://www8.hp.com/us/en/workstations/mixed-reality-headset/index.html

Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2019 AR/VR Program Schedule

Tribeca Film Festival, NYC’s annual independent film festival held in Lower Manhattan, has announced their Tribeca Immersive programming for 2019, revealing a stellar lineup of content that delves into all possibilities of storytelling through technology.

Read more here: https://vrscout.com/news/tribeca-film-festival-2019-ar-vr/

Nintendo’s Labo turns the Switch into a perfect VR gateway

Later this year the beloved gaming company will launch a Nintendo Switch Labo VR Kit. It’s a set of cardboard peripherals that you make yourself.

Six Toy-Con creations can be made, including a blaster, camera, elephant, bird, and a pedal, in addition to a pair of VR goggles.

Read more here: https://labo.nintendo.com/kits/vr-kit/

What We Can Expect from the Upcoming 10th AWE AR/VR Conference

The AWE AR/VR conference has reached its 10th edition, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. The three-day event in Santa Clara, CA, will bring together over 250 speakers from leading brands and innovative startups.

Read more here: https://www.awexr.com

Immersion VR Fest: Highlights

The first ever edition of the Immersion VR Festival was held this year on the 1st & 2nd March in the Nehru Centre Mumbai. 45+ Speakers from India & around the globe, Expo Space, Workshops, VR Movie Screening/Experience Zones and panel discussions had the strong audience engaged for both days.

The next Immersion VR Festival is happening in 2020 on February 28th & 29th.

Read more here: http://immersionvrfest.com

ARCore 1.7 adds Augmented Faces API for AR selfies

ARCore 1.7 features a new Augmented Faces API for the front-facing camera. It creates a “high quality, 468-point 3D mesh” so that apps can overlay fun effects on a user’s face without a depth sensor.
 

Read more here: https://9to5google.com/2019/02/15/arcore-1-7-arcore-elements/

And as a bonus, here’s a short video from Unity, showcasing some of the amazing AR & VR games developed on their incredible platform:
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