Field of view: Apple's finger controller points to mixed reality ambitions

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Welcome to your latest instalment of Field of view, the only place to find out just what the hell has been going on in the weird and wonderful world of VR and AR.

This week, we're talking Apple and mixed reality, VR documentaries, some good news for Windows Mixed Reality headset owners and the revival of an AR startup.

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Remember, you can check out the rest of this week's big stories over in our dedicated news section. So, let's get into it.

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Apple finger controller patent hints at its mixed reality vision

We don't know when Apple will make its first big move into dedicated mixed reality hardware (hopefully it won't be long), so we all have to go on right now are patents. The latest patent to surface is for a “Finger-mounted Device with Sensors and Haptics", with images that suggest a series of sensors could be placed on fingernails that can measure motion and even uses haptic feedback to respond to a user's touch or gestures.

This patent suggests the finger-mounted device “may be used to control a virtual reality or augmented reality system [or] may provide a user with the sensation of interacting on a physical keyboard when the user is making finger taps on a table surface (e.g., a virtual keyboard surface that is being displayed in alignment with the table surface using a head-mounted display).”

As we've said many times before, for every one patent that does materialise, there are hundreds more that never see the light of day. The idea of a finger controller certainly sounds exciting, and it will certainly whet the appetite for anyone eager to see what Apple has in store for us.

Watch Eminem's VR documentary trailer

Slim Shady has not been shy exploring VR and AR, and now he's ready to give us a taste of his new VR documentary. Marshall from Detroit aims to show the Eminem's hometown through his own eyes. It's debuting at the 2019 Sundance Festival and you can see the official teaser trailer above.

Windows Mixed Reality gets some Google Chrome love

If you own a Windows Mixed Reality headset, it looks like you'll soon be able to use the web browser when you're in the immersive realms. Chrome support for Windows headsets will gain WebVR support, which is Google's program to enable websites to be viewable in virtual reality. There's no details when it's going to land, but at least we know that one of the most popular browsers will soon gain compatibility.


A Martin Luther King VR experience is coming to museums in the US

One of the most seminal moments in the civil rights movement will be given the VR treatment as Dr King's “I Have a Dream” speech is being produced into an immersive experience. Viewers will be able to watch speech and the protestors march to the National Mall from a variety of vantage points. The VR experience is being produced by Time, entertainment studio Ryot and the Estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It will be available in museums from next year although participating museums have yet to be confirmed.

Blippar is coming back to give AR another go

The UK AR startup forced into administration at the end of 2018 is making a return. Blippar is relaunching and will be focusing on developing an augmented reality creation and publishing platform. It will be hoping that its Blippbuilder platform will help make it easy for people to create augmented reality experiences.

Poppy AR experience is coming to Sundance

The pop star and social media fave has teamed up with Ryot and augmented reality studio 1RIC to create an AR experience that will premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. According to Billboard, A Jester's Tale is a 12-minute, interactive story that follows a fictional storyline inside of a child's bedroom. The experience will feature a series of character holograms and Poppy will be one of them. You can get a flavour of what Sundance goers can expect when they don the AR headset.

Apollo could be landing on Creed: Rise to Glory

Field of view: Apple's finger controller points to mixed reality ambitions

We're going to finish up with some BIG VR gaming news. Well, it's big news if you're fans of the pretty brilliant Creed: Rise to Glory, which is available on Rift, Vive and PSVR. Survivos, the devs behind the boxing VR game have been teasing a Rocky Legends update with a picture of one Apollo Creed. The game does already allow you to get in the ring with Rocky Balboa (on PSVR) so could we also get to trade blows with Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago and erm, Tommy Gunn? Hopefully all will be revealed soon. Ding ding indeed.

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