Here are the Top Ten AR/VR Articles in 2020 from Digital Bodies. This has been a year – and with the tragedy of the global pandemic, it’s a year we are ready to leave behind. We were traveling across the country and the world as 2020 began, never imagining that we would be confined to New York City from March through the end of the year. We shifted our work online, adjusted to new ways of shopping and living, and most importantly, remained healthy. We hope you did, too.
Despite the upheaval in everyone’s’ lives, it was a remarkable year in immersive technologies. We saw the Oculus Quest 2 arrive, fascinating developments and rumors for AR glasses, and social VR spaces take off. Live immersive events became a reality, with one more by Jean-Michel Jarre on the way for New Year’s Eve. As the tech matures, we’ll see these frequently in 2021. On the other hand, we saw Google’s Daydream VR platform came to an end, Facebook’s reliable Oculus Go discontinued, and Magic Leap’s retrenchment. With AR/VR continuing its blistering pace of development, we expect to see many new devices – and more discontinued – in 2021.
Our Top Ten AR/VR Articles in 2020
Here are our Top Ten AR/VR Articles for the year – the ones that all of you made most popular. It’s no surprise that our coverage of the Oculus Quest, AR developments, live VR concerts, and COVID-19 were widely read given the year’s events.
The 2020 Thanksgiving Day Parade – Stay Home and Watch the 360 Video
The Macy’s Day Parade was the most popular of our top ten AR/VR articles in 2020. With public gatherings shut down in NYC, the Parade became a made-for-TV event. But it included some good 360 video, which finally became one of the best ways to experience the Parade this year and not simply a tech gimmick.
The Coronavirus and Virtual Reality
Social and collaborative VR platforms took off in 2020, but our most popular article in that area was on Nanome, the scientific platform researchers used to better understand the virus.
Samsung’s AR Glasses Revealed at CES 2020
We haven’t heard much about Samsung’s AR glasses since CES 2020, which now seems so long ago. But the models were a vision of what we might see in 2021 in augmented reality.
Oculus Quest 2 Sales: 5X More Popular than the Original
It’s no surprise that the Oculus Quest 2 appears throughout our top ten AR/VR articles in 2020. The device was a breakthrough, and the 5X increase in sales proved it – even if the Facebook account requirement remains highly controversial.
Mojo Vision’s AR Contact Lenses for your Eyes
Our AR future is right around the corner, and while we’ll see AR glasses first, cutting-edge research continues on AR contact lenses for your eyes.
VR Hygiene and Safety Issues Post-Coronavirus
Safety issues became a major issue with the Coronavirus, and we were looking ahead to the future as XR labs plan to reopen once the pandemic is under control. We covered the safety recommendations VR hygiene issues you need to consider when using VR headsets in public spaces. This will continue to be a challenge in 2021.
Coronavirus Fighting AR Glasses take your Temperature
The Coronavirus, augmented reality, and health mandates converged as we saw the arrival of AR temperature-sensing glasses that could check your health from a distance. Is it the future of public health or a vision of a future police state?
An AR Running App and Glasses for a COVID-19 World
The Best Tips, Tricks, and Essential Mods for your Oculus Quest 2
If you got the Oculus Quest 2, it didn’t take long to realize that the best standalone VR headset needed some upgrades. It was no surprise that our coverage of the tips, tricks, and mods for the new device made our Top Ten AR/VR Articles in 2020.
Experience Jean-Michel Jarre’s Live Concert in VR Sunday
We weren’t thrilled with Jean-Michel Jarre’s first attempt at a live VR performance, but credit due for the effort – many artists aren’t willing to take the risk. Lindsey Sterling’s VR concert was better, but Jarre returns for another VR concert on New Year’s Eve inside a virtual recreation of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
New Apple Glasses: A ‘Sleek as Hell” Device in 2021
And here is one more article since it tied in popularity with the previous one. Apple reveals nothing about product development, which means everyone speculates about what’s taking place behind Cupertino’s closed doors. We may finally see Apple AR glasses in 2021. If not, they’ll definitely arrive by 2022.
And that’s a wrap for our top ten AR/VR articles in 2020. Stay safe and healthy on New Year’s Eve and in 2021. We’ll see you in what we hope will be a much better year for everyone in the XR community!
Emory Craig is a writer, speaker, and VR consultant with extensive experience in art, new media, and higher education. He speaks at global conferences on innovation, education, and ethical technology in the future. He has published widely and worked with the US Agency for International Development, the United Nations, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Living at the intersection of learning, games, and immersive storytelling, he is fascinated by AI-based avatars, digital twins, and the ethical implications of blurring the boundaries between the real and the virtual.