eXcess Reality Podcast, Ep. 1: Hand tracking, hardware rumors, and an upcoming VR jam!

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Welcome to the very first episode of the eXcess Reality podcast!

To start off with some exciting news… we were finally able to order an Oculus Quest!

We’ve just passed the one year anniversary of the release of the Oculus Quest and Rift S – https://www.oculus.com/blog/celebrating-the-one-year-anniversary-of-oculus-quest-and-rift-s

And Facebook is reporting that they’ve sold $100m worth of VR apps – https://uploadvr.com/facebook-100-million-dollars/
(Sounds like it’s time to get in on app-making!)

There are reports that the popularity of VR has gone up since quarantine – https://abc7news.com/spatial-vr-meeting-spacial-virtual-reality-how-does-work/6183856/

Hand tracking is coming out of beta – https://www.oculus.com/blog/celebrating-the-one-year-anniversary-of-oculus-quest-and-rift-s

Have you seen this mini beat saber? – https://twitter.com/pushmatrix/status/1260209543864356865
I SO want to play it! – https://www.roadtovr.com/miniature-beat-saber-concept-ar-daniel-beauchamp/

If you think that’s cool, there’s a VR Jam coming up in August, and we’re planning to participate! – https://itch.io/jam/tray-table-vr-jam

Some of the ideas we’ve had:
• hand-tracking orchestra app
• claw machine game
• plane route experience
• horror game – plane crash
• jenga with turbulence

We discuss rumors about the Apple Glass – https://bgr.com/2020/03/24/apple-glasses-ar-leak-features-2022-release/

And the troubles/pivoting that Magic Leap has been facing – https://www.businessinsider.com/magic-leap-could-pivot-to-healthcare-ar-with-new-funding-2020-5?op=1

I’m really excited that companies are addressing motion sickness, since that’s a huge problem for me – https://www.thegamepost.com/2020/05/08/next-gen-playstation-vr-patents/

And related to that, this video about the movement decisions made by the Half-Life Alyx dev team is fascinating – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX58AbJq-xo
Who wants to send me headsets to test for motion sickness?

There’s allegedly a new, lighter Oculus Quest coming out next year – https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-05/facebook-s-oculus-developing-smaller-lighter-quest-vr-headset

And our App of the Week is this nifty Size.Link app, that works right in the web browser on your phone: https://size.link/

Let us know what you think, and we’ll see you next week for episode 2!

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