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Magic Leap is Selling Its First AR Headset for Just $550

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It looks like Magic Leap is holding a barn burner of a sale on its first AR headset, Magic Leap 1, as the one-time $2,300 device can now be had for $550. As first reported by GMW3 , Magic Leap appears to be flushing excess stock of the 2018-era AR headset via the Amazon-owned online retailer Woot. .

Lynx Secures $4M in Series A Funding, Aims to Become “European Champion of Mixed Reality”

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Lynx, the French XR hardware startup known for crowdfunding the Lynx R-1 mixed reality headset , today announced it’s secured $4 million in its Series A round, led by social VR platform Somnium Space.

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Meta Research Explores a New Solution to One of VR’s Biggest Display Challenges

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New research from Kent State University and Meta Reality Labs has demonstrated large dynamic focus liquid crystal lenses which could be used to create varifocal VR headsets. Vergence-Accommodation Conflict in a Nutshell.

Unexpected Update Brings New Content to SteamVR Home

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Valve released an update to SteamVR this week that unexpectedly added new content to SteamVR Home.

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 become such a negative experience with learners? Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer for ELB Learning, will introduce a new learning framework called the C.A.R.E.S Learning Effectiveness Model.

Niantic is Bringing Its Large-scale AR Positioning System to WebAR Too

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This week Niantic announced Lightship VPS, a system designed to make possible accurate localization of AR devices at a large scale to enable location-based AR content that can also be persistent and multi-user.

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New Kat Walk VR Treadmill Aims to Impress At-Home Users, Kickstarter Coming May 14th

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Known for kickstarting its original Kat Walk VR treadmill in 2015, Kat VR is heading back to the crowdfunding platform to launch the second generation of its ‘Kat Walk C’ VR treadmill, which again promises to appeal to at-home consumers looking for more immersion.

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Qualcomm’s Latest AR Glasses Reference Design Drops the Tether, Keeps the Compute

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Qualcomm has revealed its latest AR glasses reference design, which it offers up to other companies as a blueprint for building their own AR devices.

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Project Cambria’s Price Will Be “Significantly Higher” Than $800, Meta Reveals

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Following a report today which claimed Meta’s upcoming Project Cambria headset would be priced at $800, rather than denying the information as a rumor, the company took the curious step of confirming the headset would be much more expensive.

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Reality Labs Chief Scientist Outlines a New Compute Architecture for True AR Glasses

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Speaking at the IEDM conference late last year, Meta Reality Labs’ Chief Scientist Michael Abrash laid out the company’s analysis of how contemporary compute architectures will need to evolve to make possible the AR glasses of our sci-fi conceptualizations.

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

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

Join Micah Eppler from eLearning Brothers to see hands-on examples of how organizations are transforming outcomes with video-based training strategies.

VR Attraction Zero Latency Ditches Backpack PCs in Favor of Vive Focus 3 & Wireless Rendering

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Zero Latency, one of the longest running VR attractions in the out-of-home VR space, is dropping the backpack PCs that were once the backbone of the platform. Now the company says it’s moving to standalone Vive Focus 3 headsets with wireless delivery of PC-rendered VR content.

Prototype Meta Headset Includes Custom Silicon for Photorealistic Avatars on Standalone

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Researchers at Meta Reality Labs have created a prototype VR headset with a custom-built accelerator chip specially designed to handle AI processing to make it possible to render the company’s photorealistic Codec Avatars on a standalone headset.

Sense Arena Secures $3M to Expand Ice Hockey VR Training Tools, Add New Sports

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VR ice hockey training company Sense Arena announced that it’s closed a $3 million investment round, something the startup says will be used to support continued development on its ice hockey training platform as well as expand to new sports.

VR Roguelike ‘OUTLIER’ Cancelled Due to “overestimated demand”

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Joy Way, the studio behind VR titles Stride and Against , announced it’s abandoning development on its most recent PC VR title, Outlier , which hit early access on Steam in March. The studio released a statement on Friday detailing the decision to remove Outlier from sale on Steam.

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Immersing the Curious Mind in VR: Why You’re Missing Out on Proven ROI!

Speaker: John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO, CenarioVR® Creator

Join John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO and creator of the award-winning VR course builder CenarioVR®, to find out why organizations choose immersive learning and how they've used innovative approaches.

‘The Last Clockwinder’ Review – So Much More Than Just Robots Picking Fruit

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The Last Clockwinder is casual puzzle game that tasks you with building moving contraptions out of your own clones.

Report: Meta to Release Four New VR Headsets by 2024, Starting with Project Cambria in September

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According to a report by The Information , Meta plans to release four new VR headsets by 2024, and that’s purportedly in addition to its AR devices.

Co-op ‘Ghostbusters VR’ Game Revealed from Sony Pictures Virtual Reality and Developer nDreams

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Today at the very end of the Quest Gaming Showcase, Meta announced an upcoming Ghostbusters VR game in development by Sony Pictures Virtual Reality & nDreams, built for four-player co-op. Can’t say we saw that one coming.

Niantic to Launch City-scale Visual Positioning System for AR Devices Later This Month

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Niantic says it plans to launch its Lightship Visual Positioning System at its developer summit later this month. The system aims to form an underlying 3D map of the world so that all devices can share the same frame of reference even on massive scales.

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Everyone Wins! How Games Can Improve Learning Outcomes Across Multiple Generations

Speaker: Stephen Baer, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Game Agency

Nearly 70% of American adults play video games. Stephen Baer, Chief Creative Officer at The Game Agency, will discuss each generation’s unique learning styles and identify game types that appeal to each one and improve your learning outcomes.

Researchers Show Full-body VR Tracking with Controller-mounted Cameras

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Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated a practical system for full-body tracking in VR using cameras mounted on the controllers to get a better view of the user’s body.

Google Acquires MicroLED Startup Raxium to Bolster AR Ambitions

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Google is adding to its portfolio of XR microdisplay designs and talent, as the company announced it’s acquired microLED (µLED) designer Raxium.

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A Dating App for Meeting Avatars in VR Aims to Build Very Real Relationships

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Flirtual is a dating app designed to match VR users together and to facilitate dates in social VR applications. The creators say it’s a codification of a trend that’s already happening—people meeting in VR and going on to form real-world relationships.

Meta Plans to Take Nearly 50% of Creator’s Earnings in ‘Horizon Worlds’

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This week Meta announced that it was beginning to test selling tools so that creators can sell things inside of Horizon Worlds and earn real money. Now the company has offered up more detail about how that will work, including the fees creators will pay on earnings made through the platform.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Meta CEO Teases Project Cambria’s Color Passthrough in New Video

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Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked a bit about the company’s upcoming high-end VR headset Project Cambria today and what it can do.

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Unofficial Render Purports to Show Production Model of Meta’s Next-gen Headset, Project Cambria

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YouTuber SadlyItsBradley claims to have seen actual photos of the production model of Meta’s next-gen mixed reality headset, Project Cambria. Though they aren’t sharing the source photos, they worked with a 3D modeler to create a detailed rendering of what the photos showed.

Virtual Social Platform ‘Rec Room’ Hits 3 Million Monthly Active VR Users

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Rec Room a social VR game which also supports non-VR devices like PC, console, and mobile phones, has reached an impressive 3 million monthly active VR users, which the company says is just a fraction of its total monthly active usership.

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Canon Announces MREAL X1 Enterprise Headset with Larger FOV

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Canon announced its next enterprise XR headset, MREAL X1. The device, which offers passthrough AR, appears to be a modestly upgraded version of the company’s 2021 model, MREAL S1, as it boasts a field of view (FOV) that’s “2.5 times larger.”

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.

Manus Begins Pre-orders for Latest VR Gloves, Quantum Metagloves

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VR glove creator Manus has launched pre-orders for its latest device, Quantum Metagloves, an input solution targeted at enterprise users.

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‘Red Matter 2’ Announced for Quest 2, Promising to Deliver the “best graphics on mobile VR to date”

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Today during the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase, developer Vertical Robot announced Red Matter 2 for Quest 2, the sequel to its 2018 PC VR game which was eventually ported to Quest.

Quest Users Can Now Watch YouTube Together Thanks to ‘Bigscreen’ Update

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Bigscreen is putting Meta to shame again, as the VR hangout app just got a serious bump in functionality for Quest users and PC VR users alike. Now VR’s favorite social viewing app includes native YouTube support, so you can watch anything on YouTube with friends and strangers.

‘Elden Ring’ is Getting an Unofficial VR Mod This Week

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We’re about to get a chance to come face-to-face with the myriad eldritch horrors that lurk within Elden Ring (2022) , as one of the most well-known names in the VR modding community, Luke Ross, announced the PC version of the game is getting unofficial VR support.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

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

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

HTC Teases New Vive Product Likely Aimed at Virtual Production

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HTC shared a curious tease that reveals a new Vive product which appears to be part of a system leveraging the company’s Vive Trackers for virtual productions.

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