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
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.
Samsung Gear VR beats Google to the punch with Chromecast streaming
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
TIME share their favorite mobile virtual reality experiences
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.
Move freely and feel objects with the Hapto multi-platform VR 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.