A Recap of XR News For the Past Week: XR Contact Lenses, Lenovo Headset and More
Another busy week in XR comes to and end. This is a recap of some of the major industry developments that happened over the past seven days.
Ubiquity6 Adds Display.Land Codeless Game Engine to Capture App
This week, Ubiquity6 announced its plans to launch Display.Land Studio as a companion to its widely popular Display.land app over the coming year. The Display.Land AR app was announced last fall and enables smartphone users to capture the volume of space and then navigate this in 3D.
The scans generated can then be shared on the platform’s social network as well as on other social platforms. Apart from these captures, Display.Studio will also make it possible for users to add animation, objects as well as content from other sources like Sketchfab into their scenes. Users can subsequently find these additions in the real world where they will be overlaid exactly in the spot they were in inside the 3D scan. The Display.Land Studio has been described as a “codeless game engine for everyone”. Any user is able to request early access currently. The Beta access for Display.land Studio has been slated for Spring 2020 with the general access slated for summer 2020.
Magic Leap and Nreal Agree to Mediation Ahead of 2021 Trial
Augmented reality giant Magic Leap filed a lawsuit against Nreal alleging the latter had stolen its trade secrets. The lawsuit is also directed at Nreal founder who once worked at Magic Leap. The two parties have now agreed to a mediation but the lawsuit will head to a jury trial should they fail to agree.
Mojo Vision’s AR Contact Lenses
This was perhaps one of the most notable developments this week. Mojo Vision revealed its AR contact lenses, the first of their kind in the industry. The Mojo Lenses are able to detect and highlight edges of objects. The technology is currently seeking FDA approval for the prescription version of its innovation. The first use-cases for the Mojo contact lenses could be in aiding the visually impaired in low-light situations.
FDA Approves AR Guidance System for Spinal Surgery
Another step forward for XR health. FDA has provided clearance for the Xvision Spine system developed by Augmedics. The guidance system for spinal surgery gives 3D images of patients’ spines and assists surgeons in their procedures in operating rooms.
Augmedics, the developers of the AR guidance system, have already demonstrated the accuracy of their xvision system to be sufficiently high that it has now gained an FDA 510 clearance. Sales of the technology has already started in the US and hardware shipments are scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.
Iron Man Launched Delayed to May
The PSVR exclusive Iron Man VR that was planned for release on February 28 has now been pushed forth to May 15. The 3-month delay should allow Camouflaj to smooth out any potential issues with the highly anticipated game. Fans will have to wait a little longer.
Doctor Who: The Edge of Time Finally Coming to Oculus Quest
After previous postponements, the developer Maze Theory has finally re-confirmed the release date for Doctor Who: The Edge of Time for Oculus Quest as January 23. Support for Valve Index headset has also been officially incorporated via a new patch.
Pimax Moves Customer Back to China
Citing cost considerations, Pimax confirmed that it has moved its customer support service back to China. US-based customers likely to face customer support challenges as a result. European support centers planned in Germany, Poland and France.
Lenovo Building New Standalone Virtual Reality Headset
Lenovo is about to give Oculus Quest a run for its money if a recent FCC filing is anything to go by. The patent filing shows that Lenovo is working on an upcoming standalone VR headset. It is not clear what platform the new VR hardware will be running on following the shutdown of Google’s Daydream platform that the company had relied on for its previous virtual reality headset, the Lenovo Mirage.