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Welcome back to Field of view, our weekly roundup of the biggest news and recommendations in the world of AR and VR. This week was full of surprises.

24 years after the Virtual Boy, Nintendo is returning to the world of virtual reality. It's got a different tact this time, taking advantage of the extremely popular Switch. You'll put your Switch in the new Labo VR kit, part of Nintendo's larger cardboard toy kit platform. It's a little like Google Cardboard, but writ large and in more varieties.

That's not all that happened this week - here's the rest of the week's news.

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Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 gets leaked

Field of view: Second-gen Google Glass gets leaked

Back in November, Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 got certified by the FCC. We learned that it was mostly a spec bump. It apparently has got a Snapdragon 710 processor with an integrated LTE modem, Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, 3GB of RAM, Android Oreo and a 32MP camera that can do 4K video at 30fps or 1080p at 120fps.

But now the whole shebang has been leaked in photos obtained by 9to5Google and, well, it still looks like Google Glass. The biggest change seems to be using USB-C for charging rather than a magnetic pin system.

There aren't many other changes here that we can see, other that it now comes in a matte black. These photos appear to be from Anatel, Brazil's equivalent to the FCC. As for when we could see the new Glass announced, 9to5Google is guessing 11 March, as that's when the confidentiality for the photos ends.

Oculus working on Go and Quest enterprise editions

Field of view: Second-gen Google Glass gets leaked

HTC launched the Vive Focus standalone headset in the US as an enterprise product, and now it looks like Oculus wants in on the business game. An Oculus job listing from last week says that the company plans on launching enterprise editions for both Oculus Go and Oculus Quest later in 2019.

This isn't the first time Oculus has tried to get businesses on board with VR, as it had a bulk purchasing program in place. However, this time it's going a step further. The enterprise editions will adhere to stricter security standards needed for businesses and come with built-in enterprise features for training and such things.

VR headsets have been slow to gain mass consumer adoption, and the hope is that standalone headsets that are easy to use, like the Go and Quest, will drive that adoption. Getting into enterprise in the meantime is more of a hedge in case consumers still don't take to VR in droves.

Elton John and Peex's augmented concerts go live

Field of view: Second-gen Google Glass gets leaked

Wearable startup Peex makes augmented audio devices that give you control of a concert while you're there. You can use the companion app to emphasize the vocalist rather than the drums, for instance.

Elton John is a big fan, and partnered with the company for his multi-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Now that experiences is live. Concert goers will be able to use the Peex rX wearable to adjust Elton's vocals and music during the show.

The wearable will be in use on select dates of Elton's US tour, from 8 March in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclay's Center until 18 March at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

Pricing isn't set yet, but if you sign up for the VIP package to Elton's tour, the Peer rX is bundled into your package.

Watch this: Palau Blue Hole

There are few things as fun and terrifying as diving into the ocean. There are fish and wild sea life, but you also don't know whether you'll step on coral and cut yourself. YouTube user UnderWater 360 wants to make that a bit easier, so it dove under water in Palau to give potential divers a bit of a preview. It's a beautiful look, and good enough to make you want to go diving in Palau.


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