Another Friday another Field of View, where we catch you up on what's been going on in the wondrous worlds of virtual and augmented reality.
In this pre-CES 2018 week, we actually didn't see too much movement on the virtual or augmented reality front, as we're still reeling a bit from the formal announcement of Magic Leap's first big product.
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However, we did get a look at how Samsung's C-Lab cooked up smart glasses for the visually impaired, which offer a slightly askew version of augmented reality. We also took a look at the state of play of the one of the most exciting virtual reality developments in 2018: Location VR.
Without further ado, here's what you need to know in the world of VR and AR this week.
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HTC is teasing a new resolution
Happy new year, folks. I know it's a bit late to say that, but tell that to HTC. Today it dropped a big hint about what's to come on 8 January at CES 2018 by tweeting a picture of the inside of what looks like an HTC Vive, with the tagline "New Year's Resolution."
Of course, with the "New Year's" is blurry and the "Resolution" is in sharp focus, it seems clear that HTC is teasing some kind of upgrade for the Vive with improved resolution. It's a little more difficult to say whether this is a full-fledged HTC Vive 2 or whether this is more of a modest upgrade, but we won't have long to find out!
Rokid's sleek AR glasses headed to CES
Rokid is a Chinese startup that usually focuses on smart home gadgets, but now the company sees an opportunity in the world of AR and is going for it with the Glass.
Based on the rendering, they look a bit like a fair of generic sunglasses, which is impressive considering these are AR glasses that include a touchpad and camera on the bridge. It can not only take voice commands, but also commands from your hands. It's also going to run Android, so expect plenty of apps.
The Rokid is counting the Snap Spectacles as an influence, as it wants to be as light and wearable as possible. By the looks of the render, it could achieve that, but we'll have to wait and see how this one does at CES.
HTC Vive wireless adapter TPCast available now
If you're anxious to enter the wireless future of virtual reality, your opportunity is finally here. TPCast, the wireless adaptor for Vive, is finally available for purchase.
Y0u can pick it up now on Amazon for $299, though be warned if you're in the UK the price will be inflated for you.
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Need a psychedelic VR musical experience? Icarus Six Sixty Six is your best bet. Sampling music from Brendon Small's album Galaktikon II: Become the Storm, it'll throw you into a Google Tilt Brush-created experience that'll likely blow your mind. Available for both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Watch this: Minnesota Vikings VR
Big Vikings fan? Maybe you can't get to, or watch, all of the games? The Vikings have you covered with this app. You'll get VR footage from pretty much every home game at the Vikings stadium, which opened back in 2016. You'll even get VR videos of construction of said stadium. There's no better way to get ready for the playoffs. Available for Oculus Rift and Gear VR.
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