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Building the Metaverse Community

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By Caspar Thykier, Co-founder and CEO of Zappar. It’s been a week now since the end of AWE, which is enough time to reflect and get a healthy sense of perspective after the euphoria of the first large in-person gathering for the XR community in some time.

Expert View: Eroding the Barrier to Entry in Game Development

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By Ela Darling, co-founder of Gamelodge. The process of building an indie video game, especially for Virtual Reality, can be an arduous years-long endeavor.

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Wrapping Up #AWE2021

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Now in its 12 th year, the Augmented Reality World Expo in Santa Clara was something special. Looking back at the past week it feels surreal to think that I was sharing indoors spaces with hundreds of people.

Hacking Unconscious Bias

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Can immersive tech help us tackle the pervasive and enduring problem of systemic racism? Technologies such as Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed reality – referred to as XR – have long been collectively touted as an “ Empathy Machine ,” and for very good reason.

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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.

Collaborating in XR

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How immersive technology can help us better connect with one another in the #COVID19 age. Even in times of global pandemic, no one has to be alone.

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Emerging Post-Pandemic Innovations

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How Technology is helping us cope with the global coronavirus fallout. As COVID-19 sweeps through nations, quickly making established ways of working, studying, socializing, and conducting business impractical or even impossible, people turned to technological innovation for alternatives.

Looking Through the Infinite Retina

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A deep-dive into the world of Spatial Computing. By Irena Cronin and Robert Scoble. The Infinite Retina comprehensively documents everything you need to know about Spatial Computing and where it’s heading Click To Tweet.

Tech Trends at AWE 2021

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One of the biggest events in the XR calendar is back in person this year, and Tech Trends will be in Santa Clara for it! The XR Community is meeting, in person, this November in Santa Clara, California to connect, learn and grow the AR and VR ecosystem.

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Revolutionizing Retail with Augmented Reality

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Samsung used Zappar’s Augmented Reality technology to bring customers new experiences in-store with innovative use of WebAR. The world’s biggest brands are now consistently embracing AR technology to enhance their products and engage users with truly interactive experiences.

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.

Enterprise XR is Coming of Age

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Unity’s Latest Trends Report Declares 2020 will be a Breakthrough Year for XR. 15 Experts weigh in on why we’re reaching a tipping point in spatial computing. This looks to be the year where we move beyond tentative experimentation into scalable deployment of immersive tech in the workplace.

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Building the VR Platform of the Future

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The latest announcements Facebook’s first virtual Game Developer’s Showcase which is happening this week. In the midst of the growing coronavirus pandemic, holding any sort of normal conference is entirely out of the question.

Helping COVID-19 First Responders With XR

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ThirdEye Gen believes its technology could help save lives during the coronavirus pandemic. The X2 MR Glasses weigh just 300 grams and claim to be the world’s smallest Mixed Reality glasses.

COVID-19 Accelerating VR Adoption

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The Coronavirus pandemic has become a catalyst for us to embrace immersive technologies in our “new normal” workflow. This pandemic may prove to be the inflection point for humanity to reimagine the way we interact with each other,” Professor Shafi Ahmed tells me.

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.

Report: Managing the Supply Chain With AR

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Todd Maddox gives a neuroscience perspective on how Augmented Reality can help optimize industrial processes. In manufacturing, the supply chain manager is responsible for the flow of goods and services, including all processes that transform raw materials into final products.

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CES: The Online Experience

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Trend Forecasting with CTE at a Socially Distanced CES. By Laura Kobylecky. CES is a yearly technology trade show and conference, owned and operated by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

Virus-Free Virtual Training for Healthcare Workers

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Two women-founded XR companies have partnered to provide free COVID-19 training.

Virtual Collaboration in the Age of #COVID19

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The new collaborative feature shows how XR can help us keep connected during the coronavirus pandemic. Vancouver-based start-up Precision OS just introduced a new multiplayer feature for VR surgical training platform.

Training Healthcare Workers With XR

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FundamentalVR collaborated with Imperial College to offer free virtual training in ventilating COVID-19 patients. There is an unprecedented demand for ventilators due to the coronavirus pandemic, yet the physical machines are really only part of the equation.

Experiencing Immersive Art in Colorado

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The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) opens this week, and it will dedicate an entire pavilion to XR Experiences.

#BuildTheFuture Immersive Collaborative Environments

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The Wild partners up with Igloo Vision to bring real-time collaboration to shared XR environments. The Wild , a start-up from Portland, Oregon has just announced an integration with UK-based Igloo Vision to open up new avenues for collaboration and experiential design review for teams working in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC). Igloo Vision designs and develops immersive 360° projection spaces, along with the enabling software and technology.

I Have AR Dream

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Madame Tussauds is using Augmented Reality to bring its iconic wax figures to life. For those of us who have always yearned for a time machine so we could experience the most amazing moments in history, immersive technologies are really stepping up to the plate, providing the closest we can get to that without actually cracking the whole space time continuum conundrum.

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Digitizing our Existence

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Meet the spatial mapping companies looking to bring our lives into the cloud in real-time. Why would we want to build a parallel reality populated by digital twins ?

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Expert View: Exploring Dreams through [AR]T

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How AR Artists in Residence Are Shaping Project Aero. By Stefano Corazza, Fellow and Head of Augmented Reality, Adobe. Immersive media is becoming increasingly ubiquitous and already changing our everyday interactions. And in the creative world, artists are starting to show us what a powerful tool augmented reality (AR) can be for storytelling.

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Report: Immersive Experiences in Education

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A newly published white paper investigates the pedagogical theory and use cases for deploying mixed reality in the classroom. It is easy to get excited about the possibilities the Mixed Reality spectrum brings to education. Humans are essentially programmed to learn best through experience, and that is just what immersive technologies enable: we’re not just learning it, we’re living it.

Tech Trends at #VRX2019

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The World’s Premier Extended Reality Event will take place in December in San Francisco. According to one study , the extended reality (XR) market is forecast to grow to more than $209 billion in the next four years, an 800% increase from their 2018 prediction of $27 billion.

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Report: VR as an Empathy Builder

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Todd Maddox delves into the Neuroscience behind immersive technologies’ unique ability to make us experience things from another person’s perspective. Merriam-Webster defines empathy as “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another…without having these fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.”.

Unlocking the Magic of XR With Your Voice

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Should you ever be in any doubt over the truth of Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law (the one that states that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic), just try a HoloLens 2 experience where you can just tell holograms what to do.

Exploring Location-Based VR

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Location-Based Virtual Reality is experiencing a huge surge in popularity, and an exclusive webinar will explore the present and future of the medium.

Engaging Audiences With Immersive Technology

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“In what new ways might arts institutions engage audiences through immersive experiences?”. That’s the million-dollar question. Or near enough. There is $750,000 in funding on offer for arts institutions – as well as technologists, companies and artists partnering with arts institutions – looking to answer it.

Playing With XR

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How immersive technologies like Augmented Reality are changing TableTop gaming and making it even more social. By Brian Thomas at Enlightened Digital. The gaming market has been on the rise for a long time now. The industry as a whole is projected to hit over 90 billion dollars by 2020. That will be 12 billion dollars in growth since 2017. Strategy and war games, which have historically been more popular in Europe, have been gaining serious ground in the US Click To Tweet.

Immersive Training for Retention

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How Virtual Reality training can help healthcare professionals retain crucial information. Healthcare professionals are tasked with learning and retaining an enormous amount of knowledge and skills.

#SXSW2019 – Feeling Real Sensations in Virtual Reality

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The world of Ready Player One might be a lot closer than we think. At South by Southwest, Tech Trends checks out the haptic suit that promises to take immersion to the next level. . By Laura Kobylecky. The Telasuit looks like something straight out of science fiction film. It’s sleek and form-fitting. It’s the virtual reality body suit that people might imagine when they think of such things Click To Tweet.

#SWXW2019 – Augmenting ARt

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Brian Behm is an Artist Using the world as his canvas and digital elements as brushtrokes. Tech Trends catches up to him at South by Southwest in Austin. . By Laura Kobylecky. Brian Behm is here at The South by Southwest Conference in Austin as both a speaker and mentor. He wears many hats as an artist, creative director, and motion designer. Visual communication seems a native language to him.

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The Brain Science of Simulation Training with Virtual Reality

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In many high-pressure situations such as emergency medicine, law enforcement, firefighting, air traffic control and the military the litmus test for success is behavioral performance. It is one thing to know “what” to do, and to have the ability to verbalize the appropriate steps to achieve some aim, but it is another to know “how” to do it, and to generate the appropriate behaviors in the correct sequence quickly and accurately.