Zapbox, the “cardboard of AR,” has morphed into a plastic headset that enables a 6DoF “pass-through” Augmented and Virtual Reality experiences using almost any smartphone, and it’s now available via Kickstarter. When the original Zapbox launched in 2016, the company glibly described their $40 paper viewer as “Magic Leap for super cheap.” Back in 2016 there was no AR Kit/Core plane detecting technology for smartphones, so they had to use paper markers to anchor their AR content to the physical world.

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Zapbox is back as a 6DoF caddy with a head mount and controllers. Zappar

We’re not generally fans of Kickstarter campaigns, having repeatedly backed products that turn out to be nothing more than the sea monkeys advertised in the back of vintage comic books. In this case, we’re going to go out on a limb for Zappar, because the new Zapbox is a pass-through device. Your view of the physical world is directly through the smartphone camera, where it can mix in digital content more seamlessly. …

Today, HaptX, Virginia Tech, and the University of Florida won a $1.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop the first program to bring force feedback to upper and lower limbs in virtual environments, ForceBot. …

Venues (formerly Oculus Venues) will present a new multimedia show in VR by two-time Grammy Nominated DJ and producer Steve Aoki tonight (Wednesday night, September 30th, at 6 pm PST). The show is produced by Supersphere for Oculus Quest users, who can register here to reserve a seat at the show tonight.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — SEPTEMBER 20: DJ/producer Steve Aoki performs onstage during the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 20, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) GETTY IMAGES

Steve Aoki is a world-famous DJ and music producer known for his wild multimedia dance shows, which sell out all over the world. …

Charlie Fink

AR/VR Consultant, Columnist, Author of the AR-enabled books “Metaverse, A Guide to VR & AR” (2018) & “Convergence” (2019). http://forbes.com/sites/charliefink

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