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NVIDIA announces Unity connector for Omniverse at GTC 2022

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[Disclaimer: This article has been written as part of a paid collaboration with NVIDIA. It’s been written by me, on a topic I had an interest in, and trying to convey useful information to the community, so I hope you’ll like it].

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Mark Zuckerberg teases a picture of Cambria, to be launched on October, 11th

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Today Meta has announced the date of the Meta Connect , the upcoming event by Meta in which it will announce its latest advancements for what concerns VR, AR, and the M-word. The event will take place at 10 am PT on October 11, and it will be fully virtual , like last year.

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Jeremy Bailenson talks about 1,000,000 Walmart employees training with VR, presence, and the VR “empathy machine”

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Today I’m very proud to host on my blog what is probably one of the best interviews I have ever had in these 6 years of career in VR blogging. I promised to celebrate this blog’s birthday with a few cool interviews and this is one of them.

The metaverse enters the Gartner hype cycle (but with a 10+ years outlook)

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Ten days ago, the business analysts at Gartner released their “Hype Cycle” for 2022 , and inside there are references to some of the technologies that we in the immersive community care about, in particular the metaverse. Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies.

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 so is the Zoom fatigue that many experience. The importance of compelling content is more apparent than ever. In this webinar, learn how PowerPoint provides terrific tools to create the kind of dynamic visual content you need to capture your remote audience’s attention. Come along to this masterclass packed with live demonstrations of how to create compelling presentations for successful meetings in a virtual and hybrid environment. In this webinar, you will learn how to: Create dynamic visuals that support persuasive stories to engage your audience Develop professional-looking designs for presentations and other content Become a PowerPoint legend with techniques to make effective presentations quickly and easily June 30th, 2022 at 9:30 am PDT, 12:30 pm EDT, 5:30 pm GMT

Bytedance announces Pico 4 for just €429, with accessories and BIG developer incentives!

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Pico has just announced today its new headset: the Pico 4. It is the first real consumer-oriented HMD released by Pico on the market with wide availability, after the Pico Neo 3 Link has been used to test the waters in limited beta quantities.

Vive Trackers Experiments – Part 1: Everything you need to know about Vive Trackers

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Today I host a new post by my friend and VR professional Rob Cole , who has already published many interesting posts on my blog, including a review of Pimax Sword controllers , a series of hack on how to modify the Valve Index , and his experiements in creating new innovative controllers for SteamVR.

RP1 may have created the networking layer of the metaverse

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We all know that these days the metaverse, the infamous M-word, is one of the hot topics in the tech world. We also know that this dream is very far away, and the estimates talk about between 5 and 15 years from now.

The XR Week Peek (2022.08.15): NVIDIA makes many announcements at SIGGRAPH, new leaks on Apple and Pico, and more!

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As you’ve read in my other article written today , this is a special day for this blog… but it is also Monday, so I won’t skip writing a new amazing roundup of AR/VR news So, wishing you a happy Ferragosto (the name of today’s holiday in Italy), I leave you to the best XR news of the week!

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The XR Week Peek (2022.08.29): PSVR 2 to launch in 2023, Meta accounts released, and more!

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Very busy day at work, but here I am during the evening writing this roundup of news for you!

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.

Mojo Vision CEO successfully wore a smart contact lens in his eye

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Today I report news that I’m pretty excited to write about: the CEO of Mojo Vision has worn in his eye a functioning smart contact lens and used it for around one hour. This is not 2050, but only 2022, and this sci-fi movie thing is really happening in front of us.

EXCLUSIVE leaked images of Pico 4 Controllers!

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Last week, we were able to discover more info about the upcoming Pico headset thanks to the FCC filings of the “Pico 4” spotted by Janko Roettgers.

Have a glimpse of VR at the Tokyo Game Show!

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This year the Tokyo Game Show is back to being a physical event, and as usual, many huge gaming brands are participating in it.

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How to build and run OpenXR applications in Unity

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After a long time with my lovely Unity 2019.4 LTS, I have decided it was time to switch to something new, not to miss the new features that Unity has implemented these years. I have so started using Unity 2021.3 LTS (2021.3.5 to be exact) and experimenting with it.

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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

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

My doubts about the Apple headset and mainstream VR

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The hype for the Apple visor is very high, and everyone is waiting for it as a kid waits for Christmas. Poised to arrive around January 2023, it is considered by many the savior of XR, the hardware that will show the real possibilities of immersive realities and make finally VR mainstream.

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Mary Matheson speaks about storytelling in VR and the importance of 360 movies

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A few weeks ago I had the enormous pleasure of speaking with Mary Matheson , an award-winning director of traditional and VR movies, and talk with her for around half an hour all about storytelling in VR.

Pico Neo 3 Link Review: A good start for Bytedance in the consumer market

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Today I finally review for you the Pico Neo 3 Link! I had a lot of delays in writing this article (sorry Pico, sorry VR community), but I promise you that it will be deep and detailed… as you like the posts on my website. Pico Neo 3 Link Video Review.

Hands-on XCOM Labs streaming… and more from AWE!

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There is one last experience I want to tell you about from my trip to AWE USA a few months ago: the time I visited XCOM Labs to try its remote rendering solution! XCOM Labs.

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.

My experience at Dreamscape

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Some months ago, when I was in Los Angeles to attend AWE , I had the opportunity of trying one of the experiences offered by Dreamscape , one of the leading companies for LBVR (Location-based VR) entertainment. It has been my first time at Dreamscape, so let me tell you how it was!

AWE 2022: Unity CEO talks about his vision of the metaverse

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The first day of AWE has just passed by. With the show floor still closed, the highlight of the day has been the speech by Unity CEO John Riccitiello that spoke about the metaverse , telling us what he thinks it is and how he thinks it can evolve.

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The XR Week Peek (2022.07.25): Google to test AR glasses in the wild, Pico 4 spotted, and more!

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The heat hasn’t killed me yet, so this week I can still write a new roundup of interesting news about AR and VR. I have to say that notwithstanding the summertime, some things worth reading have happened, so do not miss this episode!

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Dream Catcher VR Demo review: a relaxing puzzle in VR

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Yesterday evening I wanted to try one of the demos available for the Steam VR Fest , and since the guys and gals of CM Games suggested I try their new game Dream Catcher VR , I did it. And as you can imagine, I’m here telling you my experience with it. Dream Catcher VR.

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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.

AWE 2022: Hands-on with Magic Leap 2 and its awesome visuals

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AWE 2022 is being crazy for all the people I’m meeting. And everyone is asking me the same question: “Hey Tony, what is the thing that I should absolutely try at this AWE?” ” and from this afternoon, I always ask the same thing: Magic Leap 2. Let me explain to you why.

How to (not) solve SteamVR framerate issues on Windows 11

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Since the battery of my previous laptop was growing in size transforming it into a timebomb, I got a new one (also thanks to my friends at Ristband !).

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The XR Week Peek (2022.09.19): Pico 4 is launching on 22nd, PSVR 2 gets reviewed, and more! [+ Giveaway]

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This is the last newsletter of this Summer 2022! The weather is starting to get cold here, but our XR ecosystem is getting hot, with the upcoming launches of Pico 4 and Quest Pro, not to mention the upcoming NVIDIA GTC where I hope to see RTX40 graphics cards being revealed! Are you excited?

The XR Week Peek (2022.09.05): Apple headset to be called Reality, Fortnite may come to Quest, and more!

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September has just arrived! It’s a month that I always find a bit sad because it marks the end of the summer (at least on my hemisphere), but on the tech side, this Autumn and this Winter are going to be pretty hot, so the techie that is in me is actually happy.

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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.

Mojo Vision smart contact lenses are now “feature complete”

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We are one step closer to having smart contact lenses. Mojo Vision , one of the most interesting startups in the XR market, has just announced that its smart contact lens prototype is now “feature complete” , reaching a new milestone in its product development timeline.

Meta and the next 24 months crucial for its leadership

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Meta is currently the market leader in VR, and no company does even get close to its sales numbers. The Quest 2 is a great gaming machine offered at a ridiculous price, and it has totally crushed the competition.

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Conquest VR preview: high-quality audio comes to Quest

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At AWE, I have finally been able to try the upcoming Conquest VR audio accessory. It’s a while since I know about this project, because the CEO of the company, Raghu Bathina , is one of my patrons , and so I was very happy to finally be able to try this interesting device.

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AWE 2022: OWO Vest electrified me in VR

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On the last day at AWE, I had some cool demos on the show floor, but the one that I will never forget has been OWO, the haptic shirt that traumatized me. OWO Vest. Owo Haptic Vest (Image by OWO).

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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. Join Chris Paxton, President of D3 Training Solutions, to walk through simple strategies step by step.

“Rock Life: The Rock Simulator” review: What the VR community asked for is here

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While yesterday the VR community was on fire because of the new anti-modding update of VRChat and the price rise of the Quest 2, I was discovering a little gem of VR gaming , suggested to me by my friend Dario of Cybermachine Studios.