Everyone, have a Happy Navaratri! This weekend, people in India are celebrating one of the most prominent festivals, and I am very thrilled for Dandiya, a type of dance performed during Navaratri! I wish you a nice weekend as well.
Anyway, it’s been a fairly exciting week in the AR/VR sector as Apple’s mixed reality headgear has been the topic of much speculation in recent months and finally Pico 4, a potential rival, is here all set to disrupt and give Meta quest 2 a stiff opposition! We’ve got more stuff coming soon…… and now, let’s start another wonderful week with a roundup of news!
- Apple Will Release Several AR/VR Headsets, the First Mixed Reality Headset Could Be Called Apple Reality Pro
Apple’s mixed reality headgear has become the subject of much speculation in recent months. According to a new claim, the Cupertino-based company is developing at least three augmented reality and virtual reality headset devices, not just one.
According to Bloomberg’s Apple reporter Mark Gurman, Apple is working on three AR/VR headsets, with the first one, which has been rumoured, perhaps being dubbed the “Apple Reality Pro.” “headset. According to Bloomberg’s Power On newsletter, at least 3 Apple headsets with the codenames “N301,” “N602,” and “N421″ are actively in development.”
The first of these headsets, the N30, is said to be the “Apple Reality Pro,” Apple’s high-end competitor to Meta’s planned Quest Pro headset. The N602, on the other hand, is rumoured to be the successor of Apple’s original Reality Pro headset and may be less expensive. The N421 will be Apple’s long-rumored augmented reality glasses, although it may not be available for some time, according to the story.
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2. This One-Of-A-Kind AR Fashion Show Features ‘No Clothes’
If you’re a lover of augmented reality (AR) technology, you’ve probably come across the work of Doddz, a prominent AR designer who’s collaborated on a range of fantastic AR experiences with everyone from Disney and Facebook to Doja Cat and Drake.
The multi-talented developer has also collaborated on interactive fashion creations with celebrities such as Shaquille O’Neal and Anthony Joshua. Doddz expanded their fashion goals with a one-of-a-kind runway presentation at London’s Kacheete. The exhibition, which was created in collaboration with Snapchat, acted as a showcase for Doddz’s new AR fashion line, Defy. Rather than wearing actual clothing, attendees used the Snapchat app to project digital apparel over the models in real time.
Immersive technology is primed to be the next big thing in fashion, with the debut of AR headsets just a few years away. Major corporations have already begun to investigate how AR may be used to augment existing apparel or develop totally new combinations.
RTFKT, for example, has lately produced a selection of Nike NFT sweatshirts. Each NFT includes a tangible sweatshirt with a one-of-a-kind QR code that, when scanned, displays a pair of digital wings. Previously, the studio released the RTFKT x Nike Dunks Genesis Crypto Kicks, a pair of real sneakers with NFT equivalents.
3. For Enterprise, Pico 4 Pro will have eye and face tracking as well as autoIPD.
In addition to the Pico 4 consumer headset, the business has also developed a Pico 4 Pro model geared towards enterprise use-cases. Pico 4 was unveiled this week, pitting it directly against Meta’s Quest 2. However, it looks like the company is prepping for Meta’s upcoming Project Cambria, a high-end enterprise-focused standalone headset (which is rumoured to be called the Quest Pro).
Along with the Pico 4, the business unveiled the Pico 4 Pro. The headgear, which is expected to be released later this year, seems to be roughly the same in terms of technology, but with the addition of three internal cameras for eye and facial tracking. Pico states the Pico 4 Pro will feature automated IPD adjustment with eye-tracking by monitoring the user’s IPD every time the headset is put on and then altering the IPD distance with a motorised drive. While the Pico 4 has a motorised drive, it does not include eye-tracking, hence the IPD value must be adjusted manually.
Aside from eye and facial tracking, the Pico 4 Pro looks to have the same technology as the Pico 4, including a Snapdragon XR2 CPU, 2,160 2,160 (4.7MP) per-eye resolution, and pancake lenses with a reported 105° field-of-view. A complete list of the headset’s specifications can be found here.
Pico 4 Pro, on the other hand, will be significantly different in terms of software. According to the business, the headgear would have an enterprise-focused variation of its operating system and will not require any type of “personal identity” to operate, implying no logins. Pico
has yet to disclose a particular release date or pricing for the Pico 4 Pro, however it has stated that the headset would be available in the US at some point later this year.
4. Pico 4: Everything you need to know about Byte dance’s Quest 2 competitor
For the past two years, the VR market has been firmly in control. Meta Quest 2 swiftly established a quasi-monopoly by offering beginner-friendly virtual reality at an unbelievable price. The Pico 4 is the first virtual reality headset to threaten this position. It functions independently, provides well-known VR games, and costs less than a Meta Quest 2 despite having somewhat superior technology.
Byte Dance, the parent company of TikTok and a competitor to Meta, purchased Pico in the summer of 2021: The owner of the fastest-growing social network is now competing with Meta in the virtual reality industry by investing in technology and pricing its goods competitively. While Pico previously offered its VR goods primarily to corporations and Chinese customers, the company is now expanding into the Western market as ByteDance. The Pico Neo 3 Link was the first to hit the market.
Pico finally debuted the Pico 4 on September 22nd, after much speculation. This is the first time that Western consumers have the option of choosing between two low-cost standalone headsets: Meta Quest 2 and Pico 4. Although the Pico 4 incorporates certain new VR technology, it is not a direct competitor to Meta’s planned Quest Pro VR headset. The Pico 4 Pro, which will be released later, is more suited for this purpose.
5. AmazeVR receives a million-dollar investment following a successful virtual tour.
Following the achievement of a successful movie tour, more investors are seeing possibilities in virtual concerts and AmazeVR. AmazeVR has gained new investors, who have invested an additional $17 million in the firm. Mirae Asset Capital is leading the current Series B fundraising. This, as well as investments from Mirae Asset Venture Investment, CJ Investment, Smile gate Investment, GS Futures, and LG Technology Ventures, were renewed. CJ ENM and Krafton are two new strategic investors.
$17 million for virtual reality concerts
So far, the firm has put its technology through its paces on several tours, including specially designed concert buses and movie theatres. The firm intends to provide its digitally improved live experiences to music listeners at home beginning in the first quarter of 2023. Users will be able to witness the performances in the comfort of their own living rooms via in-home streaming for VR headsets such as the Meta Quest 2.
Megan Thee Stallion, a rap artist, poses in front of a fantastical fire ring. Megan Thee Stallion, a rap artist, is also on the list for the impending in-home streaming. AmazeVR would hope to get additional supporters by December 2022. The start-up received a $15 million investment in January. One explanation for the upbeat attitude might be the summer’s successful “Enter Thee Hottieverse” tour. Megan Thee Stallion’s virtual performance visited AMC cinemas in 15 locations, with 75 percent of seats sold out.
That’s almost 4.3 times the normal movie theatre occupancy rate of 15 to 20%, according to TechCrunch. At the same time, the $20 to $25 ticket price is much higher than the average movie ticket price ($9.17).
AmazeVR intends to provide in-home streaming in 2023.
AmazeVR intends to launch its “Music Metaverse service” in all major VR app stores in the first quarter of 2023. The business isn’t identifying specific platforms yet, but the news release teases them, including Apple’s expected VR headset: “AmazeVR is pioneering VR concert production and online distribution ahead of several big 2023 debuts, including next generation headsets like the Meta Quest Pro (October 2022) and Apple’s own VR gear.” According to CEO Ernest Lee, the fresh cash will assist develop collaborations with artists, agencies, labels, and publishers. AmazeVR also hopes to recruit celebrities to their service.
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