AR/VR Weekly | July 1, 2020

AR/VR Weekly
I keep reminding myself that VR remains a young technology every time I put on an Oculus Quest. Its performance is fine, but I just don’t like wearing the thing on my head for more than 15 minutes or so at a time. 
I want something smaller and more comfortable. Something that sits on my noggin’ without taking over so much real estate there. They remind me of … headcrabs. So I’m excited about the new architecture Facebook revealed this week. 
In the paper “Holographic Optics for Thin and Lightweight Virtual Reality,” Facebook discusses the details of these thin screens. They still seem thick – the size of a smartphone – but I find it comforting (sorry not sorry for that!) that we’re seeing more projects looking at smaller form factors for VR. 
Any time I use the Oculus Quest to show off VR gaming, I get met with both wonder and worry. They do enjoy trying it out at first, and they’re often amazed by what they see. But inevitably, they note how the headset just feels too dang big on their head.
It’s going to take some time – and likely a few models – before we go from today’s bulky headsets to something far slimmer and sleeker. I’m looking forward to watching this transformation.
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From GamesBeat
Tom Hall interview: Why this Doom co-creator is making virtual reality games
Facebook reveals holographic optics for thin and light VR headsets
HTC’s Vive X incubator backs 7 new startups, focuses on enterprise XR
Google acquires holographic glasses startup North
How high refresh and frame rates will change phone screens and cameras
MWM Interactive partners with Oxenfree dev Night School Studio
Video of the Week
Our friends at UploadVR talk about the new prototype glasses from Facebook.
Our friends at UploadVR talk about the new prototype glasses from Facebook.
Beyond VB
WalkinVR Add-on Makes VR More Accessible to Disabled Gamers, Steam Launch Next Week | Road to VR
Google Figured Out How To Stream 6DoF 360 Video Over The Internet | UploadVR
The coronavirus means cadaver dissection happens in virtual reality | Slate
Dyess Air Force base adds virtual reality to maintenance training program | KTAB
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