Nobody cares about VR/AR/MR

bubblesort

Active member
Joined
Nov 16, 2018
Messages
535
There's a lot happening in the VR/AR/MR space this year, so I thought I'd start a nobody cares thread for all the little things that might be flying under the radar.

Since around Dec/Jan, I've been hearing rumblings from the VR/AR community that there are some exciting things happening. I think most of us are pretty cynical about that kind of talk, because we've all seen this hype cycle many times before. I think it's still interesting to follow. Anyway...

Unity is having an IPO

CNN's Van Jones built a VR experience to show people what it's like being a black man pulled over by police.

SecondLife is only one of 8 grids participating in Burning Man this year.

Apple bought Spaces, and acquired another VR patent.

VirBELA is a virtual business meetings platform, kinda like what SL was trying to be under Kingdon's leadership (if you don't remember, Kingdon was a CEO of LL, and his vision of SL as a place for meetings failed miserably). They are reporting a 260% profits jump in Q2, over Q1, which they say is because of the pandemic forcing more people to telecommute.

BI put out an article on the current state of AR contact lenses. Looks like there are some government trials happening with them right now.

Librestream is an industrial AR company who is offering free software licences to people affected by hurricane Laura.

Facebook is consolidating their VR teams (and probably sunsetting the Occulus brand).

Facebook launched their new virtual world the other day, it's named Facebook Horizon. Here's a marketing video for it. Does anybody else think the lack of legs is creepy? I mean, think I get why they did it, it just looks weird to me. I guess that's one way to stop their virtual world from turning into another sex dungeon like SL. People without genitals can't cyber!


Most of the links I just posted came from weekly Forbes column This Week In XR. They just started a podcast for XR, too. It's kind of surprising that Forbes has a regular column for this, because the mainstream press still mostly ignores this kind of tech. Good column to follow, though.
 

bubblesort

Active member
Joined
Nov 16, 2018
Messages
535
VR/AR is the next dotcom bubble...
I always thought of it as a recurring tiny bubble, that happens once or twice a decade. It's never been big enough to seriously impact the NASDAQ, but it's big enough to disappoint us over and over. One of these days it will take off. Probably not in our lifetime, though.
 
  • 1Agree
Reactions: Khamon

Noodles

Queen of Ramen
Joined
Sep 20, 2018
Messages
792
Location
Illinois
SL Rez
2006
Joined SLU
04-28-2010
SLU Posts
6947
Is Facebook Horizon actually available now? Do you have to have a headset to use it?
 

bubblesort

Active member
Joined
Nov 16, 2018
Messages
535
Is Facebook Horizon actually available now? Do you have to have a headset to use it?
It looks like a lot of media outlets are burying the lead that it's closed beta, not public beta. I keep seeing headlines calling it a public beta, like this, but then I click on the articles and see it's actually still invite only. Horizon is probably only for journalists right now.

Here's a link to the Horizon Facebook page. They will probably post there first when beta opens.

I predict that FB will finally fully open Horizon on Sept 16, during their Facebook Connect event, which is all about their VR/AR work. It looks like they are focused on reorganizing and rebranding away from the Occulus brand, so it doesn't make much sense to launch something like Facebook Connect, only to rebrand the product after a couple of weeks. At the very least, I think it's a good bet that they won't be releasing Horizon before Sept 16.
 
  • 1Like
Reactions: Noodles

Fionalein

an old grumpy cat
Joined
Jul 30, 2019
Messages
1,431
SL Rez
2017
It looks like a lot of media outlets are burying the lead that it's closed beta, not public beta. I keep seeing headlines calling it a public beta, like this, but then I click on the articles and see it's actually still invite only. Horizon is probably only for journalists right now.

Here's a link to the Horizon Facebook page. They will probably post there first when beta opens.

I predict that FB will finally fully open Horizon on Sept 16, during their Facebook Connect event, which is all about their VR/AR work. It looks like they are focused on reorganizing and rebranding away from the Occulus brand, so it doesn't make much sense to launch something like Facebook Connect, only to rebrand the product after a couple of weeks. At the very least, I think it's a good bet that they won't be releasing Horizon before Sept 16.
It might tank like the Sansar launch on Steam... we will see how it's percieved.
 
  • 1Agree
Reactions: bubblesort

bubblesort

Active member
Joined
Nov 16, 2018
Messages
535
The Occulus community is in an uproar right now, because you can't use Occulus without Facebook any more, as per a new TOS change. A lot of them are selling their used Occulus headsets, so if you're looking for deals on ebay or craigslist something, now might be a good time to pick one up cheap.

 
  • 1LOL
Reactions: Fionalein

Textured Surface

New member
Joined
Oct 8, 2018
Messages
12
So, the specs for the Oculus Quest 2 were leaked. It's going to be using Qualcomm's new, designed for VR/AR applications, XR2 chip. It has "near 2k each eye displays." It is stand-alone. It's rumored to be priced at 299/399.
Here are the specs:

Now for the kicker. Facebook has come out and straight-up stated, yup, "You violate any of their terms of services, across any of their services, and you will lose functionality on your Quest2, to include Oculus store purchases." Furthermore, it isn't "If you have an Oculus account, you don't have to link to Facebook until 2023" If you purchase any new hardware, to include the Quest2, you agree to the new terms of service which require you to immediately link your Oculus account to Facebook.

 
Last edited:
  • 1Sad
Reactions: bubblesort