VR Digest: WebVR, Render Token, and Lenovo Mirage

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written by John Dewar (@jstarrdewar) Issue 136 – September 7, 2017

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Hi Friends,

Apple’s fall hardware reveal is coming up next Tuesday. We aren’t expecting any news on the VR front, although one can always hold out hope for a surprise. At any rate, it will be nice to see ARKit launch publicly and find out what kind of capabilities the new model’s face sensors will enable. We’ll fill you in next week!

We were accepted to Oculus Connect 4, so Aaron, Bowdy and John are planning to attend. If you applied and haven’t gotten your confirmation yet you may want to check your Facebook settings, John’s email address was out of date and his confirmation got lost as a result.

John, Aaron, Bowdy, and Elissa 
at Studio Transcendent


Smashing Magazine published a nice guide to the state of WebVR APIs along with some helpful tips on making the most of them in this first wave of releases.

Ian Hamilton has been keeping an eye on developments with OTOY’s intriguing Render Token project. The company plans to start offering Render Tokens for sale on September 19 (a new term has sprung up to describe such events: ICO or “Initial Coin Offering”; China announced over the weekend that it was instituting a blanket ban on them).

Hamilton also published an in depth profile of OTOY’s Jules Urbach which is well worth a read.

We’ve written about the anxiety and pain management experiences that we’ve created for AppliedVR. Dr. Brennan Spiegel, the Director of Health Services Research for Cedars-Sinai Health System, brings those experiences to his patients and reports huge success. In March, he is presenting Virtual Medicine, a conference which will feature various leaders from the world of medical VR.

The Voices of VR podcast discusses the creation of The Last Goodbye, a holocaust testimonial film, with Gabo Arora, who previously created Clouds Over Sidra. Holocaust testimony is a fantastic use of VR, and the window of opportunity to do that is rapidly closing.

The Lenovo Mirage AR headset is now available to preorder. At $200, it is pricey and there is only one piece of content announced for it. Road to VR aggregated some hands on reports. It doesn’t sound too promising.

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