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Analysis: Meta opens up its walled garden to become the Android of XR

The Ghost Howls

Today a (positive) earthquake hit the virtual reality ecosystem: Meta has just opened up its walled garden, as a strategic move to expand its business in the virtual reality market. It has just authorized other VR OEMs to use its Quest operating system and blurred the lines between the Meta Quest Store and App Lab. Let me tell you everything about this massive news and also analyze with you why this has been a very good idea.

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Case Study: Can AR Boost New Product Awareness?

AR Insider

Swisscom wanted to promote the launch of its new “blue” line of consumer services, such as mobile data plans. So it turned to AR. What were the results and strategic takeaways for AR marketing best practices? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Meta is Opening Quest’s Operating System to Third-party Headsets, Marking a Massive Shift in Strategy

Road to VR

Today Meta made what is likely to be an industry-altering announcement: it plans to open up the Quest operating system to third-party device makers. Asus, Lenovo, and Xbox have been tapped to create new headsets built on the operating system which is being branded ‘Meta Horizon OS’ Meta has just made its biggest strategic move in the XR space since betting the farm on standalone headsets over PC VR.

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Haptic Solution to Support XR Accessibility for the Visually Impaired

XR Today - Virtual Reality

This week, HaptX gained a Phase 1 Small Business Technology Transfer program grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, and National Eye Institute to advance research into using haptic solutions to provide accessible XR applications for visually impaired groups. HaptX Founder and CEO Jake Rubin added: Our research team will explore solutions that can significantly improve digital experiences for visually impaired people.

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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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No, Apple Didn't Just Dramatically Cut Vision Pro Production Due To Weak Demand

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Headlines are circulating claiming Apple cut Vision Pro production by almost 50% due to weak demand. Here's why they're almost certainly false. The source of these articles is a new note from supply-chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been reporting on Apple's supply chain for more than 10 years. Kuo's claims sometimes turn out to be true, but not always , and his latest contradicts not only what we know about Vision Pro production, but what Kuo himself said just a few months ago.

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ASUS, Lenovo & Xbox Are All Making XR Headsets Running Meta’s New Third-party Friendly Operating System

Road to VR

Meta today announced it’s opening its operating system to third-parties , and has named three heavy weights that have pledged support for its newly renamed Meta Horizon OS: Asus, Lenovo, and Microsoft’s Xbox. In a blog post , Meta says it’s tapped ASUS’s Republic of Gamers to develop an “all-new performance gaming headset,” Lenovo to “develop mixed reality devices for productivity, learning, and entertainment,” and Xbox to create its own limited-edition

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TSMC Jumps Into Silicon Photonics, Lays Out Roadmap For 12.8 Tbps COUPE On-Package Interconnect

Anand Tech

Optical connectivity – and especially silicon photonics – is expected to become a crucial technology to enable connectivity for next-generation datacenters, particularly those designed HPC applications. With ever-increasing bandwidth requirements needed to keep up with (and keep scaling out) system performance, copper signaling alone won't be enough to keep up.

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Meta Rebranding Quest Software Horizon OS, Will Run On New Headsets From ASUS, Lenovo, More

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Meta is rebranding its Quest software platform to Meta Horizon OS, and opening it up to third-party headset makers. Headsets running the platform will feature a "Built with Meta Horizon OS" sticker on the box. They'll have access to the same core software and platform services as Meta Quest headsets, including Meta's tracking and mixed reality technology and store.

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AR in Higher Ed: Potential & Pitfalls

AR Insider

AR continues to change the ways college students learn, making curriculum more interactive. Yet, as higher ed increasingly leverages this technology, there are ethical and privacy pitfalls. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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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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Oculus Founder Reacts to Horizon OS News: “Hopefully it isn’t too late”

Road to VR

Meta dropped a major announcement yesterday, saying it plans to allow select partners to build third-party headsets that will run Horizon OS (formerly Quest OS). The news is prompting significant discussion within the XR industry, including from Oculus founder Palmer Luckey. Here’s a quick primer for those of you who are newer to XR industry. What eventually became the ‘Quest’ headset and ‘Horizon OS’ platform from Meta started when the company bought a VR startup c

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JEDEC Extends DDR5 Memory Specification to 8800 MT/s, Adds Anti-Rowhammer Features

Anand Tech

When JEDEC released its DDR5 specification (JESD79) back in 2020, the standard setting organization defined precise specs for modules with speed bins of up to 6400 MT/s , while leaving the spec open to further expansions with faster memory as technology progressed. Now, a bit more than three-and-a-half years later, and the standards body and its members are gearing up to release a faster generation of DDR5 memory, which is being laid out in the newly updated JESD79-JC5 specification.

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Meta's Head Of AR Glasses Hardware Claims They're As Mindblowing As The Original Oculus Rift

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Meta's Head of AR Glasses Hardware claims they give the same "Oh my God, wow! I can't believe this!" reaction as the original Oculus Rift. The claim comes from an interview Caitlin Kalinowski gave to Android Central. Kalinowski was previously the Head of VR Hardware at Oculus for the consumer Oculus Rift, Oculus Touch, Oculus Go, Rift S, Oculus Quest, Quest 2, and Quest Pro.

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Using the Magic of AI to Memorialize

AR Insider

Marco Tempest embodies Arthur C. Clarke's famous dictum: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” His latest work is an AI-fueled retrospective of Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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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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Meta’s Head of AR Hardware Teases Next-gen Transparent AR Glasses with Wide Field-of-view

Road to VR

Meta is full steam ahead on its mixed reality platform, however Head of AR Glasses hardware Caitlin Kalinowski says in a new interview with Android Central that its first augmented reality glasses will offer a real “wow” moment to users thanks to its “high field of view immersion.” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed in late 2021 the company was working on Project Nazare , which is set to be the company’s “first fully augmented reality glasses.” Since th

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TSMC's System-on-Wafer Platform Goes 3D: CoW-SoW Stacks Up the Chips

Anand Tech

TSMC has been offering its System-on-Wafer integration technology, InFO-SoW, since 2020. For now, only Cerebras and Tesla have developed wafer scale processor designs using it, as while they have fantastic performance and power efficiency, wafer-scale processors are extremely complex to develop and produce. But TSMC believes that not only will wafer-scale designs ramp up in usage, but that megatrends like AI and HPC will call for even more complex solutions: vertically stacked system-on-wafer de

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Meta Partnering With Microsoft's Xbox To Make A "Limited Edition" Quest Headset

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Meta is partnering with Microsoft's Xbox to create a "limited edition Meta Quest" headset. The announcement comes as Meta also announced it's rebranding the Quest software platform to Meta Horizon OS, and letting third-party hardware companies such as ASUS and Lenovo make headsets running it. Meta Horizon OS Will Run On Headsets From ASUS & Lenovo Meta is rebranding its Quest software platform Meta Horizon OS, and it will also run on new headsets from ASUS, Lenovo, and more.

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Spatial Beats: Meta’s Multimodal AI Arrives

AR Insider

Ray Ban Meta Smartglasses get smarter, Horizon OS launches and AVP slows down. We have these and other happenings at the intersection of XR and AI through the eyes of Charlie Fink. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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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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Analyst: Vision Pro Demand Fell “sharply beyond expectations,” Leading Apple to Reduce Shipments for International Debut

Road to VR

Independent tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo maintains Apple may be reducing Vision Pro shipments for its international debut by a wide margin due to demand falling “sharply beyond expectations” in the US market. Kuo, a respected figure in supply chain leaks and analysis, says in and in a new blog post that Apple has cut 2024 shipments for Vision Pro to 400–450k units—significantly lower than the reported 700–800k units or more expected for worldwide production this year. “Apple cut

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TSMC Preps Cheaper 4nm N4C Process For 2025, Aiming For 8.5% Cost Reduction

Anand Tech

While the bulk of attention on TSMC is aimed at its leading-edge nodes, such as N3E and N2, loads of chips will continue to be made using more mature and proven process technologies for years to come. Which is why TSMC has continued to refine its existing nodes, including its current-generation 5nm-class offerings. To that end, at its North American Technology Symposium 2024, the company introduced a new, optimized 5nm-class node: N4C.

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Meta Is Getting Rid Of Quest's App Lab And Opening Up The Store

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Meta says it will get rid of Quest's unlisted App Lab and instead make the store much more open. The current Meta Quest Store has faced both criticism and praise for its highly curated console-like approach. That approach avoids the "shovelware flood" problem some other stores suffer from, but also heavily constrains the reach of independent developers, including those with new and interesting ideas Meta's curators don't like but consumers may love.

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The Pros & Cons of Developing on Apple Vision Pro

AR Insider

What can developers expect when building experiences for Apple Vision Pro? 8th Wall's Ian Curtis goes hands-on with four pros and four cons for Vision Pro development. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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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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Meta Affirms it Will Continue Making Quest Headsets Even as it Offers OS to (select) Third Parties

Road to VR

Meta says that even though third-parties will be making headsets with Quest OS (now called Horizon OS) the company will continue to develop its line of Quest headsets. Meta made a huge announcement today , saying that the Quest operating system, rebranded to Meta Horizon OS, would be the software basis of new headsets built by third parties like Asus and Lenovo.

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TSMC 2nm Update: N2 In 2025, N2P Loses Backside Power, and NanoFlex Brings Optimal Cells

Anand Tech

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. provided several important updates about its upcoming process technologies at its North American Technology Symposium 2024. At a high level, TSMC's 2 nm plans remain largely unchanged : the company is on track to start volume production of chips on it's first-generation GAAFET N2 node in the second half of 2025, and N2P will succeed N2 in late 2026 – albeit without the previously-announced backside power delivery capabilities.

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Meta's AR/VR Division Sees 30% Quarterly Revenue Growth "Driven By Quest Headset Sales"

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Meta's Reality Labs division's quarterly revenue grew 30% year-over-year in Q1 2024. Reality Labs is the division of Meta behind Quest headsets, the Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses, and research & development toward AR glasses and their neural wristband input device. In its Q1 2024 earnings call today Meta reported $440 million Reality Labs quarterly revenue, 30% higher than Q1 2023.

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Perplexity AI Raises $63 Million, Vision Pro Sales Slow, Meta Takes A Tumble

Charlie Fink

Wearable AI that knows who you are, where you are, and what you are doing, is the holy grail of tech.

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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