VR News Roundup #2

1. Defending the Right to Repair for XR

Right to Repair is a U.S. law that allows consumers the ability to repair and modify their own consumer electronic devices. The legislation is designed to allow researchers and ethical hackers to tinker with these devices and find security flaws. The law has successfully included legal provisions such as Section 1201 of The Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Read More

2. Teletherapy, AI, VR — The Future of Mental Health Care

The market for telehealth is expected to reach a projected value of $559.52 billion by 2027. Telehealth now uses a range of devices (such as blood pressure readers, pulse oximeters, and blood glucose monitors) Several services can be accessed via mobile phones and apps and supported by assistive technologies. Read More

3. Oculus Quest 2 Jailbreak Discovered

A VR researcher claims to have discovered a successful Oculus Quest 2 jailbreak. XR Safety Initiative (XRSI) says root access has been gained to Facebook’s new standalone headset. The jailbreak could let users access the headset without a Facebook account. It’s possible Facebook could try to take legal action against this movement. Read More

4. Are We Living In A Virtual Reality?!

Virtual Reality allows us to step into a video game as a character. Medicine, Entertainment, Education, and Architecture are taking advantage of this technology. It allows doctors to get hands-on experience without someone’s life on the line. During this time of online learning, virtual reality should be relied upon. Read More

5. How Technology is Revolutionizing Beauty Ecommerce

L’Oréal product ModiFace allows consumers to have an AR-powered makeup try-on experience. Sephora’s Virtual Artist analyses your skin and facial features to recommend products to try on. 88 percent of mid-sized companies are already using AR in some capacity. Read More

6. AR REMOTE ASSISTANCE FOR SOLAR SYSTEMS MAINTENANCE

Augmented reality is finding numerous applications in the complex tasks of installing and maintaining photovoltaic solar systems. Augmented reality allows remote experts to provide real-time guidance as well as add a virtual object on top of the real-world image. The technician may interact with the virtual world and have additional information. Read More

7. Cloud Gaming, Meet Facebook Gaming

Cloud game streaming promises to deliver unprecedented access to games across every screen. Facebook Gaming has launched several cloud-streamed games in the Facebook app and on browser. Rest assured that the cost of trying our cloud games is $0. Cloud gaming is about expanding the types of games we already offer, so we’ll start with the format people enjoy playing on Facebook. Read More

8. Impressive PS5 DualSense Haptics & Tracking Tech Bodes Well for Future PSVR Controllers

The launch of PlayStation 5 is just a few weeks away and promises to bring PSVR support with it. PS5’s new DualSense controller may give us an exciting glimpse of things to come. DualSense isn’t just a name change… it really is a big jump in controller technology from its predecessors. Rather than old-school ERM (eccentric rotating mass) rumble motors, the controller features a pair of powerful LRAs (linear resonant actuators) Read More

9. DecaGear CEO Shares Details on Company Background, Future Plans

DecaGear is an upcoming PC VR headset promising big specs and an ambitious price of $450. Road to VR spoke with Or Kuntzman, the founder & CEO of Megadodo Simulation Games, the company building DecaGear. The company is already “entering a QA stage where all the software systems are working and the prototypes are printed in-house” Read More

10. Does Facebook’s Oculus VR Account Integration Go Too Far?

Many VR enthusiasts are upset about the required Facebook account integration. Some users are running into issues or getting banned which results in your Quest 2 being rendered useless. Not everyone uses Facebook or wants to use Facebook as a social media platform. The good thing is that it forces you to be accountable for your actions online. Read More

11. Digital Catapult’s Augmentor Programme Reveals 10 new XR Startups

Digital Catapult’s Augmentor programme announced an open call for UK-based XR startups. They’ve now chosen 10 companies working across the immersive industry spectrum. They will now begin a 12-week programme to help grow their products and enhance their business model. The teams selected for the 2020 Augmenter programme are: Emperia, Evidential, MagicBeans, MOONHUB, Retinize, Slanted Theory, VIKA Books, Percept Imagery and Overview Ark. Read More

12. What the VR is Going on at Facebook? Accounts, Store Content and the Splits

Facebook has introduced a new policy of requiring a social media account for the Oculus Quest 2. This has led to concerns over banned accounts, what happens to bought content if you don’t want Facebook and using multiple headsets with the same account. Thankfully it turns out using the same Facebook account on two or more headsets simultaneously will NOT get your account “banned” Read More

13. Oculus Confirms Using The Same Facebook Account On Multiple Headsets Will NOT Result In A Ban

Facebook clarifies its terms of service for Oculus VR after a series of customer complaints. Users have reported issues connecting their Facebook accounts to multiple Oculus headsets. Having the same account on two or more headsets simultaneously will NOT get your account “banned,” Facebook says. Read More