Pandemic spikes popularity of virtual reality travel

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As lockdowns slammed borders and tourism hot spots shut, people continue to want to see the world. Virtual reality travel hasn’t come anywhere close to replacing in-person tourism, but it has rapidly spiked in popularity since the pandemic started. VR technology has made it possible for people to experience sites from around the world, without having to leave a living room. As countries closed borders in response to pandemic waves, people remained curious about the world. That said, just because it wasn’t possible or safe to see the various sites…

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Microsoft lands US Army $21.9B contract for Integrated Visual Augmented Systems

Integrated Visual Augmented Systems - US Army

The tech giant has scored yet another sizeable government contract, now for wearable AR devices. Microsoft has landed another large government contract, now in the form of producing its Integrated Visual Augmented Systems (IVAS) based on its HoloLens 2 AR device. The Army awarded the technology giant the wearable augmented reality device contract last week. The purpose of the Integrated Visual Augmented Systems devices is to assist soldiers to “fight, rehearse and train using a single platform,” said a statement released by the US Army. The contract is for five…

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Google Cardboard has come to an end as the tech giant ceases the VR gadget’s sale

Google Cardboard

Though it remains an open source project, the company will no longer be pursuing it. The last virtual reality product from the top search engine company, Google Cardboard, has come to an end. The technology giant has ceased the sale of the VR gadget, marking the end of a lengthy phasing out of what had once been ambitious efforts in this tech category. The Google Store posted a message on its site at the end of last week, announcing the end of the device. The message posted at the Store…

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Sony unveils new PS5 VR headset for updated platform

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The electronics giant took nearly half a decade to add a next generation to its virtual reality experience. Customers have waited just over four years, but a new and long awaited PS5 VR headset has finally been announced as Sony brings its first virtual platform upgrade. This next generation headset was designed specifically for the new PlayStation 5. Of course, this doesn’t mean that gamers will be able to get their hands on the PS5 VR headset right away. Though it has been officially announced, there is still quite a…

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Apple augmented reality app launches as For All Mankind booster

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The Time Capsule application enhances the experience of watching season 2 on Apple TV Plus. A new Apple augmented reality app launched in preparation for the For All Mankind season 2. The Apple TV Plus release is meant to be enhanced through the For All Mankind: Time Capsule application. The mobile app uses AR to help fill the gap between the first and second season of the show. To do this, the Apple augmented reality app uses AR artifacts from the show’s world. When all is said and done, it’s…

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