This was another busy week in XR with a string of new announcements, launches, patent applications and much more. Apple super-analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with a string of new predictions and confirmations on 2020 launches. Holoride is continuing to demonstrate its in-car virtual reality entertainment technology, this time in partnership with Ford and Universal and Microsoft filed patent for a new virtual reality floor mat! It should be interesting. Here is a recap of some of the top XR news this week.
New HiiDii Smartglasses
A new set of Kickstarter-funded smartglasses are about to hit the market. According to the Kickstarter page, the HiiiDii smartglasses will use a combination of gyroscope and blink-detection technologies that will allow users to control devices by clicking and dragging them using eye blinks and head movements as user inputs.
These new clear glasses from GWD will also work with prescription lenses, have an impressive 10-hour battery life as well as a Bluetooth range of 30 feet. The HiiiDii smartglasses will work smoothly with Mac OS, Windows and Android and require only an hour of charging. The project is currently on Kickstarter and is expected to ship by 2020.
Holoride Launches In-Car VR
For the first time, Holoride’s in-car VR entertainment will be available to the general public at the Universal CityWalk in Hollywood from October 14th to November 9th. This time, Holoride will be partnering with Universal for the Bride of Frankenstein VR experience which will be mapped onto a Ford Explorer SUV that will take participants on a short ride around the Universal CityWalk.
It is the latest attempt to showcase the Audi spin-off’s hardware- and content- agnostic functionality. The technology pulls data from the real driving experience and translates it into the virtual environment thereby giving users enhanced immersion and eliminating motion sickness.
Post Malone to Freely Broadcast Concert to Oculus Venues
Post Malone’s Runaway Tour will be at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on October 17th. The concert will be streamed freely in virtual reality through Oculus Venues for three and a half hours. Oculus Venues is currently only available on Oculus Quest and Oculus Go headsets.
Microsoft VR Floor Mat Patent Published
Most of the VR-related patents published so far have been mostly about virtual reality headsets and peripherals. But Microsoft is set on creating a new and very unique kind of peripheral: a virtual reality floor mat. This mat is meant to solve the problem of safety in the VR space by creating a safe and fool-proof boundary within which users can enjoy a VR experience without bumping into obstacles.
According the patent filing, the VR floor mat will be able to sense the player’s position and also detect their footsteps. The mat will be placed in an open living room space in front of a game console and Kinect sensor.
Zero Latency Doubles Speed After HP Partnership
Following its partnership with HP, Zero Latency has improved from two installations a month to one a week. HP now supplies Zero Latency with free roam venues using the Windows Mixed Reality headsets along with the backpack PCs which has enabled it to dramatically increase capacity. Zero Latency is now approaching 50 locations in total.
Image Metrics launches LUNAR AR Platform
Image Metrics is using the AR platform LUNAR to simplify the creation of augmented reality experiences for the enterprises that want to utilize the technology for both marketing and customer engagement without relying on apps such as Snap and Instagram. The platform integrates seamlessly with the existing Android and iOS apps but it can also run standalone.
Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo Makes New Predictions
Apple super-analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made a number of predictions this week on the upcoming releases for 2010 including a confirmation of the arrival of the Apple AR Glasses. Kuo has also confirmed the arrival of the successor to the iPhone SE along with an iPad Pro with a rear time-of-flight camera and a new MacBook keyboard that is built with a scissor-switch keyboard.