February, 2023

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5 Questions for the Metaverse

AR Insider

The concept of the metaverse has more questions than answers these days. Guest author Kyr Poskonoff raises 5 key questions that need to be answered before the metaverse can materialize. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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VR Game Futuclass Teaches You Basic Chemistry

VRScout

Experiment your way through a variety of hydrogen VR lessons in this unique educational experience. VR has proven to be an incredible tool when it comes to education. The technology allows students the ability to immerse themselves in a variety of different subjects like never before. So far we’ve seen everything from historical VR experiences to medical apps designed to train up-and-coming healthcare professionals.

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Digital Fashion Week New York: Reimagining the Future of Phygital Fashion

ARPost

The 2023 Digital Fashion Week New York was a three-day event that was a hub for phygital fashion experiences. Merging the physical and digital fashion worlds, the Web3 event provided audiences with immersive phygital fashion experiences, as well as informative discussions, and networking opportunities, and acted as a digital venue for independent designers around the world to showcase their designs.

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Discover Latin America’s XR ecosystem with Oscar Cartagena

The Ghost Howls

In my career as an XR professional, I’ve got to know people from all over the world, especially thanks to this blog, social media, and the international events I attended. This has let me expand a lot my horizons, and understand that often, without noticing, we focus on only one part of the world, the one that is closer to us. But there are many others, with different problems, markets, and talents, we know little about.

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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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Report: TikTok Parent Lays Off Hundreds at VR Subsidiary Pico Interactive, Tencent Scraps VR Plans

Road to VR

TikTok parent company ByteDance is reportedly laying off what South China Morning Post maintains will be “hundreds of employees” working at its VR headset manufacturing subsidiary, Pico Interactive. A separate report from Reuters also maintains Chinese tech giant Tencent is scrapping its plans to release a VR headset. According to two people with knowledge of the Pico layoffs, a substantial portion of the VR headset maker is expected to be affected.

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VR Marketing: Keep it Simple & Fun

AR Insider

One key area of strategic refinement in VR is marketing. There, we see a need for simplicity and plain-spoken approaches. It's all about lowering friction and communicating VR's fun side. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Toei Animation & Sony Music Solutions Bring The 90s To VR

VRScout

Relive the glory days of anime in these exclusive VRChat worlds available now on PC VR, Quest, and PC. Toei Animation, the Japanese animation studio behind popular series such as Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon , has teamed up with Sony Music Solutions to develop a series of virtual worlds available via the popular VR social platform VRChat. Designed to replicate the unorganized room of a classic 90s otaku, “Nostalgia1999” includes a variety of Sony products and anime merchandise designe

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Orlando Mayor Offers 2,500 Open Positions to Build Metaverse in the MetaCenter

ARPost

To bring the metaverse to life, Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the opening of 2,500 new jobs in Orlando. Over the years, Orlando has become a leading hub for tech companies that want to innovate and explore the capabilities of emerging technologies. Orlando as a Growing Hub for Tech Talent “The density of talent, investment, industry, and creativity in Orlando has made the city ground zero for metaverse development, making Orlando the MetaCenter,” shared David Adelson, Orlando Economic Partnership C

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Zombieland: Headshot Fever Reloaded Coming to PlayStation VR2 At Launch

Cats and VR

XR Games and Sony Pictures VR (SPVR) announced that a new, completely revamped version of the hit VR arcade light gun style shooter Zombieland: Headshot Fever will arrive as a PlayStation®VR2 launch title. Zombieland: Headshot Fever Reloaded is a premium version of the hit VR game, rebuilt to take advantage of PlayStation®5 and PlayStation®VR2. Fans will experience the action, characters and humor from the hit movie franchise with a brand new cel-shaded art style, new character models, new anima

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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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VR Veteran Studio Behind ‘Bigscreen’ Unveils Thin & Light PC VR Headset ‘Beyond’

Road to VR

The team behind social VR viewing app Bigscreen today unveiled a thin and light PC VR headset that not only promises a few intriguing enthusiast-grade specs, but also a custom-made fit based on a 3D scan of your face. In short, it’s a big first for the VR veterans, who are responsible for one of the most beloved VR content viewing platforms. Called Bigscreen Beyond, the $999 headset presents an interesting set of features which are squarely aimed at PC VR enthusiasts: dual OLED microdispla

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What are your Digital Rights on the Metaverse?

XR Today - Virtual Reality

The metaverse is complicated concept for consumers and companies alike. On the one hand, the successful development of the metaverse could have incredible benefits. It could break down walls between communities, enhance collaboration and communication, and transform the way we interact. On the other hand, the metaverse raises a number of new questions about how human and corporate rights can be preserved in a decentralised, ever-evolving space.

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Come to XR’s Superbowl: AWE USA

AR Insider

Don't miss out on the XR world's very own superbowl: AWE USA, kicking off May 31 in Santa Clara, CA This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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MIT Built An AR Headset That Gives You X-Ray Vision

VRScout

Follow virtual footprints toward lost items with the X-AR. Researchers based out of the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are working on an augmented reality (AR) headset that uses holograms to guide users toward hidden objects. The device can even verify whether or not the user has picked up the specific object they are looking for using a combination of wireless signals and computer vision technology.

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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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The Future Is Now: 2023 Metaverse and XR Predictions Worth Looking Into

ARPost

Recent technological advancements have pushed the envelope of what modern technologies are capable of. Furthermore, these innovations have greatly changed the way users interact with such technologies. Given that our technological advancements, consumer behavior, and tech trends continue to evolve at breakneck speed, being aware of metaverse and XR predictions can help you better prepare for the future.

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2023 Predictions: The Creator Economy Collides with AR

ARVR

As we enter a new year, it’s time for our annual ritual of synthesizing the lessons from the past twelve months and formulating the outlook for the next twelve. 2022 was an incremental year for AR & VR, which both continue to gradually push forward in gaining mainstream traction. Highlights include mobile AR engagement & monetization, continued R&D in AR glasses, and the gradual march of VR.

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Former Oculus CTO Has Doubts About PSVR 2’s Chance for Success

Road to VR

John Carmack, former CTO of Oculus and key player in the VR startup’s genesis story, says Sony’s upcoming PSVR 2 headset may be see a bumpy road to adoption based on its high price and potential for scattershot geographic distribution. Carmack seems to really like PSVR 2’s hardware from a technical standpoint; the headset’s 2,000 x 2,040 per-eye OLED displays combined with PS5’s ray tracing performance might deliver some notable gains when it comes to motion-to-phot

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The Top 10 Companies Building the Sports Metaverse

XR Today - Virtual Reality

As interest in the expanding Metaverse landscape continues to accelerate, companies are discovering a range of potential use cases for digital environments. In recent years, numerous leading brands have begun to build their own Metaverse strategies, designed to engage customers, support employees with immersive training and improve collaboration. In the sporting world, the metaverse space allows teams and athletes from every environment to connect with fans in a new, more engaging space.

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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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Can Virtual Tours Transform Real Estate?

AR Insider

Resonai surveyed 300 real estate professionals for their thoughts on virtual tours, discovering that it isn't a Covid-era fad. Guest author Emil Elon breaks down the results and takeaways. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Vuzix AR Swim Goggles Used For Tactical Scuba Diving

VRScout

The Vuzix Smart Swim glasses can display valuable information to swimmers and divers while submerged. Vuzix, a company specializing in wearable augmented reality (AR) technology, recently conducted an experiment in collaboration with OPTAC-X and Kymeta Corporation during which its Vuzix Smart Swim glasses were used to perform a SATCOM-enabled AR scuba dive.

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IKEA Launches Interactive AR Game to Teach Children About Marine Life

ARPost

On February 13, IKEA launched an educational and interactive AR game called Lilla Äventyret ( The Little Adventure ). The AR game was made possible through IKEA’s partnership with Meta and Warpin Reality and lets users learn more about marine life and ways with which they can protect them. This isn’t IKEA’s first foray into leveraging AR to deliver better experiences for customers.

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OpenSim land area up, number of public grids hits record high

Hypergrid Business

OpenSim land area has this month gone up by a significant 6,622 standard region equivalents thanks to new grids and a significant expansion at other grids. All public OpenSim grids now have a total of 110,458 standard-sized regions in virtual land area. Speaking of new grids, the total number of public OpenSim grids that we track is now up to 418, a record high.

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Who C.A.R.E.S.!? How Learning Got Its Bad Rap & What We Can Do About It

Speaker: Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer at ELB Learning

Since when has learning and development (L&D) become such a negative experience with its intended learners? Could it be because learners have been conditioned by very poor learning experiences over the past two decades, combined with the kinks of technological innovation? Or is it because learning has typically been designed as a one-size-fits-all solution, despite the fact that humans are not clones?

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11 Essential Tips & Tricks for New PSVR 2 Owners

Road to VR

PSVR 2 is finally here and for those of you lucky enough to get your hands on Sony’s newest VR headset, here’s some essential tips and tricks you’ll want to know. PSVR 2 is a pretty straightforward headset thanks to the fact that once you plug it into the console you’ll see the usual PS5 menu that you’re already used to.

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How Are Popular Brands Leveraging the Metaverse to Connect with Clients?

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Across the digital landscape, there are countless news reports and articles discussing how the metaverse will soon arrive to transform the way companies connect with customers. However, the reality is the metaverse is no longer just the “future” of customer interaction; it’s a reality already influencing countless brand interactions. For years, companies have been searching for new ways to engage their audiences, generate loyalty, and increase conversions.

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The Man From the Future Projects 2023

AR Insider

One of our favorite voices in the wide world of spatial computing is Tom Emrich. Each year, he publishes top trends and predictions. So to synthesize and summarize his findings, we've excerpted our favorite parts for AR Insider readers. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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This Unofficial Hogwarts Legacy VR Mod Looks Magical

VRScout

“You’re a wizard, (insert name here).” Warner Bros. Games’ highly-anticipated Hogwarts Legacy game hasn’t even been officially released yet and modders are already hard at work bringing the action-adventure RPG to life in 6DoF VR. Hogwarts Legacy VR Mod (Praydog’s Upcoming UE VR Mod) It’s been a dream of mine to explore Hogwarts in VR one day (you might say I’m a fan, I even proposed to my wife with a Golden Snitch ).

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The Key to Getting the Best Out of Video-Based Practice & Coaching

Speaker: Micah Eppler, Account Executive for Rehearsal of eLearning Brothers

Did you know that companies such as Paychex, 3M, and Honeywell are getting better results by incorporating video-based practice and coaching within their L&D strategy? From sales pitches to soft skills, learners are becoming top performers by applying and validating knowledge transfer using the unique benefits of video. Whether used as a stand-alone application or integrated with a learning platform, video-based practice and coaching platforms give learners the ultimate opportunity to repeatedly