Mon.Apr 08, 2024

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AI in Gaming: Unleashing Chat Wars on Discord

AR Insider

What's behind AI-powered multiplayer Discord game, Chat Wars? AR Insider Editor-at-Large Emily Olman goes one on one with Exjin Studios founder, and veteran game designer, Timothy Johnson. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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‘Horizon Forbidden West’ Gets Unofficial VR Support from ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ Modder

Road to VR

Luke Ross , the modder dedicated to bringing unofficial VR support to flatscreen games, released a new VR mod for the PC version of Horizon Forbidden West. Only released on PC on March 21st, Horizon Forbidden West again follows series protagonist Aloy as she braves a majestic but dangerous new frontier that’s filled to the brim with bigger and more awe-inspiring machines.

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Quest 3 Update Brings Improved Passthrough Quality, External Mic Support & Lying Down Mode

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The Meta Quest v64 system software update is starting to roll out. Version 64 is focused almost entirely on Quest 3, bringing improved passthrough quality, external mic support, and lying down mode. The update also makes casting continue when you take the headset off. As always, keep in mind that Quest system software updates "roll out" gradually, so it may take a few days or even more than a week for your headset to get the Quest v64 update.

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TSMC to Receive $6.6B Under US CHIPS Act, Set to Build 2nm Fab in Arizona

Anand Tech

TSMC has entered into a preliminary agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce, securing up to $6.6 billion in direct funding and access to up to $5 billion in loans under the CHIPS and Science Act. With this latest round of support from the U.S. government, TSMC in turn will be adding a third fab to their Arizona project, with its investment in the region soaring to more than $65 billion.

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The Future of eLearning in 2022: A Sensitive Eye for Authentic Translation and Localization

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

To avoid awkward and sometimes disastrous learning content, instructional designers must use authentic translation in the right context to get optimal results. For example, even a simple phrase like “got milk” translates to “are you lactating” in Mexico. Can you imagine what a straight translation might do to your course? With over 317 million people in the US and over 6.7 billion potential customers in the world, personalizing training seems logical.

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PC VR On Steam Is Actually Growing, Not Shrinking

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It's sometimes claimed that PC VR usage on Steam is shrinking, but here's why that isn't actually true. The Steam Hardware & Software Survey reports the percentage of Steam users that use a VR headset on SteamVR each month. In March this figure was 1.82%, down from 1.97% in February. This figure has been gradually trending down since March 2020, when Valve changed the survey's methodology to scan your SteamVR logs for the past month instead of only currently connected headsets.

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EXOcars Promises Physics-Based Offroad Racing On PC VR Next Month

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EXOcars uses real driving physics for a new VR racing game and it reaches Steam Early Access next month. Created by XOCUS ( Rock and Roots , Presentiment of Death ), EXOcars sees you drive a customizable buggy for offroad driving, factoring in suspension dynamics, different track surfaces, ramps and obstacles. XOCUS confirms steering wheel peripherals are also supported.

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An Updated Comparison Chart of 15 Social VR Platforms (April 2024)

Ryan Schultz

Image by Pexels from Pixabay I have—finally!— had an opportunity to update my Google spreadsheet of social VR platforms, removing those which are no longer around, and adding a few new ones since the last update, which was several years ago. Please note that this spreadsheet is focused solely on metaverse platforms which support virtual reality, i.e. social VR.

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EA Sports WRC Getting PC VR Support Later This Month As Assetto Corsa Evo Announced

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EA Sports WRC will receive PC VR support later this month. Released last November for flatscreen platforms, EA Sports WRC is the latest racing game from Codemasters based on the FIA World Rally Championship. While EA's initial announcement confirmed PC VR support would arrive in a free post-launch update, similar to 2019's Dirt Rally 2.0. The Season 4 reveal trailer below provided our first official look at VR gameplay.

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The Mixed Reality Headset Trends to Watch in 2024

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

The extended reality landscape is evolving, bringing with it new mixed reality headset trends that impact consumers and business leaders alike. Though mixed reality hasn’t earned as much attention as virtual and augmented reality in the past, that’s all starting to change. Innovators like Apple, Meta, Microsoft, and Varjo have revolutionized the space, showing how flexible, versatile, and powerful mixed reality can be.

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How to Train Employees 65% Faster With Virtual Reality

With a rapidly changing economy, Avangrid Renewables looked to virtual reality to develop a standardized form of immersive training in order to onboard and upskill technicians faster than ever before.

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Magic Leap 2 Gets Spectator Phone App & Embraces OpenXR

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Magic Leap 2 now has a spectator view phone app, and the company has switched to using OpenXR for development. If you're unfamiliar, Magic Leap 2 is a transparent optics AR headset, a rarity in today's market where competitors are focusing on camera passthrough headsets. Priced at $2300, it's targeted at enterprise applications. Magic Leap 2 Specs Suggest Best-In-Class Transparent AR Magic Leap 2’s specs, at least some of them, were revealed this week in a presentation at SPIE Photonics West 202

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American College of Cardiology Leverages XR Training Tools

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Last week, Osso VR continued its success story by providing XR training for healthcare professionals and learners through a new curriculum module release that the firm co-developed with the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Osso VR is partnering with the ACC to expand its presence in the cardiovascular sector, as currently, many healthcare training solutions providers aim to distribute immersive training towards niche medical procedures.

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Meta Quest v64 Update: Passthrough Improvements, External Mic Support, and More

Oculus

Today we’ll begin rolling out the new Meta Quest v64 software update, with upgraded Passthrough quality on Meta Quest 3, support for your fanciest external microphones, and more.

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How Generative AI Will Change The Jobs Of HR Professionals

Bernard Marr

HR is fundamentally about managing humans – so how will the job change in a future where powerful generative AI tools are everywhere? Empathy, emotional intelligence and an understanding of human nature are essential when it comes to managing a human workforce. Not exactly qualities that machines – even ones as human-like as ChatGPT – are renowned for!

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Are You Still Watching? How to Create Engaging Presentations for Virtual Learning

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director at BrightCarbon

Remote meetings are here to stay - and many are BORING. If you are trying to engage your learners (or any audience), compelling content is critical. But trying to create stimulating content with the same tools you’ve always had is hard, right? Thankfully, wrong! Terrific tools in PowerPoint along with visual assets help you create the kind of dynamic content you need to capture your remote audience’s attention, with functions that allow for interactive sequences and navigation.

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Homeworld: Vast Reaches Is A VR RTS Coming To Quest This Spring

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Homeworld: Vast Reaches adapts the popular RTS series for VR this spring on Quest. Created by FarBridge, Homeworld: Vast Reaches takes place between the original game and Homeworld 2. As Fleet Command Tyrra Soban, you're tasked with fending off the Radaa, an opportunist group of "duplicitous interstellar traders" determined to steal your hyperspace core.

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Generative AI And The Risk Of Inbreeding

Bernard Marr

We all understand the concept of inbreeding in human terms – where people who are too genetically similar reproduce, resulting in offspring with deformities. With each inbred generation, the gene pool becomes less and less diverse. But how could this possibly translate to generative AI? And why should we be concerned about generative AI inbreeding? Read on to find out.

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EON Reality Transforms Education and Training in Afghanistan Through Immersive XR and AI Technologies

EON Reality

“Empowering Afghanistan’s Future: EON Reality Transforms Education with Immersive XR and AI Technologies.” IRVINE, CA April 8th th 2024 – EON Reality, the forefront leader in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) knowledge transfer for industries and education, proudly announces its landmark expansion into Afghanistan. This initiative encompasses the establishment of Afghanistan’s inaugural Spatial AI Center, poised to revolutionize the educational landscape and

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Generative AI Is Coming To Your Home Appliances

Bernard Marr

Across all industries, organizations are rapidly embracing generative AI. Among them, makers of home appliances like fridges and ovens. Generative AI in your oven? Why not? Ater all, AI has been creeping into our homes for years (think smart lightbulbs and Alexa) – but thanks to generative AI, these interactions will become even more human and more personal.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

With 191 country signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement now hard at work in the race to zero carbon by 2050, much of the heavy lifting in ecosystem sustainability falls on the shoulders of the world's densely populated urban centers. This conversation considers how today's AI-enabled simulation media, such as AR/VR, can be effectively applied to accelerate learning, understanding, training, and solutions-modeling to sustainability planning and design.

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EON Reality Expands its Rollout in Algeria Targeting National Rollout with 10,000 Tailored Courses with the Launch of Spatial AI Center and EON AI Autonomous Agents

EON Reality

EON Reality Announces National Rollout of the Spatial AI Center in Algeria IRVINE, CA – April 08, 2024 – Marking a significant advancement in the digitization and educational transformation of Algeria, EON Reality, a global leader in VR and AR-based knowledge transfer for education and industry, is excited to announce the national rollout of the first Spatial AI Center in Algeria.

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Amazon Harnesses Generative AI For Seamless Palm Recognition Shopping Experience

Bernard Marr

Generative AI may have made headlines for its ability to write text and create art, but its uses extend beyond simply generating content. Amazon has been using the technology to recognize customer palm scans for its Amazon One payment system. Let’s explore how the technology behind ChatGPT is helping Amazon to reimagine the shopping and payment experience.

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