Mobile VR & AR News Roundup (May 29th – June 2nd 2017)

June 4, 2017

We look back at the biggest news from the past week in mobile VR and AR, from Google announcements and new headsets to an ambitious new multi-platform VR controller.

Google release ‘Daydream Elements’ VR development guidance app

Daydream Elements

Are you a VR developer star in the making? This new app from Google covers the basics of its Daydream platform, including rendering 3D objects and making use of the controller add-on.

Source: UploadVR

Samsung Gear VR beats Google to the punch with Chromecast streaming

Gear VR Chromecast

While the next Daydream update is promised to include Chromecast compatibility, the good news for Gear VR users is that a Chromecast streaming option is built into the latest Oculus app update.

Source: Droid Life

Swedish tech company ManoMotion release hand-gesture tracking software

ManoMotion VR

The 3D real-time gesture tracking can recognize up to two million different hand gestures, and can be implemented into VR, AR and MR experience across mobile devices – and the development kit is free!

Source: Tom’s Hardware

Google show off their WorldSense technology with a new video teaser

Google WorldSense

WorldSense – the new technology that understands movement in space without the need for additional sensors – was announced alongside the standalone Daydream headset at Google I/O last week. Check out how it can work with this cute dodgeball video!

Source: RESOURCE Mag

‘Grand Tour of Italy’: Google allows Daydream users to travel through Venice, Rome, and more

Grand Tour of Italy

Google has teamed up with multiple organizations to introduce cultural heritage sites online, starting with this VR tour across major Italian cities with full commentary.

Source: The Drum

‘Aryzon’ set to become the Google Cardboard of the AR industry

Aryzon AR

The promising low-cost viewer uses the magic of mirrors and stereoscopic lenses to project AR objects right before your eyes, but you might have to wait a bit – it won’t be shipping until September.

Source: Upload VR

Daydream Keyboard app receives a major update

Daydream Keyboard

Chinese speakers and Scandinavian Daydream users will be pleased to find that Google have added seven new languages to the app, along with numerous bug fixes.

Source: Phone Arena

HTC announce first mobile VR headset… for Japan

HTC Link

While the HTC Vive has been a big hit in the VR world, the technology company have made their first step into mobile VR with the HTC Link. The only catch is, it’s a Japan-only release!

Source: Pickr

TIME share their favorite mobile virtual reality experiences

TIME VR

The respectable publication have shared five of their favorite VR documentary experiences, from swimming in Antarctica to touring the White House with former US President Obama.

Source: TIME

Move freely and feel objects with the Hapto multi-platform VR controller

Hapto Controller

The ambitious Indiegogo project promises a controller compatible with all major VR platforms that uses haptic vibration to simulate touching objects within the virtual space.

Source: PR Newswire

Catch up on our previous news summaries here.

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