Mon.Aug 01, 2022

VR Technology Used To Help Separate Conjoined Twins

VRScout

Surgeons call it ‘Man-on-Mars stuff.’ ’ In one of the most complex separation procedures ever conducted, three-year-old conjoined twins Bernardo and Arthur Lima were successfully separated by medical professionals with the help of VR technology.

Xiaomi Unveils Consumer Smart Glasses with 50 MP Camera & Micro OLED Display

Road to VR

Chinese tech giant Xiaomi today unveiled a pair of smart glasses that the company is positioning as an addition to an active lifestyle, targeting consumers at 2,499 yuan (~$370).

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The XR Week Peek (2022.08.01): Quest 2 price raise, PSVR 2 passthrough, Pico 4 leaks, and more!

The Ghost Howls

I hope you are having a good summer! Before starting with the XR news of the week, let me propose to you an interesting opportunity.

Interview: Director Of HBO Doc We Met In Virtual Reality

VRScout

Learn how to the most interesting documentary of 2022 came to be. We Met In Virtual Reality is a new feature-length documentary film that follows the stories of five individuals using VR technology to connect with each other and the world in a variety of a unique and throught-provoking ways.

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

Report: Pico 4 Controllers Appear in Leaked Images, Revealing New Ergonomic Design

Road to VR

ByteDance’s Pico Interactive is getting ready to launch a new line of standalone VR headsets soon looking to compete with Meta, dubbed Pico 4 and Pico 4 Pro. Now a leak has allegedly revealed Pico 4’s controllers, and they look to be a significant step forward in terms of ergonomics.

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Here’s a Breakdown of the Newly Increased Prices of Quest 2 & Official Accessories

Road to VR

Now that August is here, Meta has made good on its promise to raise the price of Quest 2 and its accessories. Here’s a quick look at how the company has increased prices for its most popular VR headset yet.

What Are the Seven Layers of the Metaverse?

XR Today - Augmented Reality tag

Over the last two years, metaverse technologies have matured due to investments from firms such as Meta Platforms, Microsoft, Epic Games, and many others. According to research from Emergen Research last year, the Metaverse was valued at $47.69 billion in 2020 and would reach $829 billion by 2028.

Hackers stole passwords from 140,000 payment terminals using malware

Digital Trends

The Android-based payment system, Wiseasy has experienced a data breach that has allowed hackers to gain control of thousands of its payment terminals. Computing News Android payment system cybersecurity hackers two-factor authentication

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TravelZoo to Launch Subscription-Based Metaverse SaaS

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Last Thursday, online tourism aggregator Travelzoo revealed plans to debut a Metaverse Software as a Service (SaaS) eCommerce platform, with an estimated September release date. The firm introduced TravelZoo: Meta during its Second Quarter 2022 Performance presentation.

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.

FitXR: Leading the Path Toward Immersive, Personalized VR Fitness

ARPost

Immersive VR fitness is changing the way we approach and enjoy physical activity. With it, you can turn any space into a new workout space, access a range of new workouts regularly, and get in shape with your friends—even if they’re not physically there.

Check out NASA’s skywatching tips for August

Digital Trends

NASA is back again with its monthly roundup up of skywatching treats, which this time includes a chance to view the distant ice giant planet Uranus. News Space Moon NASA planets skywatching space

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Whatever Happened to the Transhumanists?

GizModo VR

Gizmodo is 20 years old! To celebrate the anniversary, we’re looking back at some of the most significant ways our lives have been thrown for a loop by our digital tools. Read more.

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Devotion explores a true story from America’s forgotten war

Digital Trends

Lovecraft Country's Jonathan Majors stars in Devotion as Jesse Brown, an African-American pilot who fought for his country during the Korean War. Movies & TV News Devotion dramas Jonathan Majors Sony Pictures Top Gun: Maverick

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.

F1 22 Devs Have ‘No Plans’ For PSVR 2, Quest 2 Right Now

Upload VR

F1 22 is the first game in the annual franchise that works with PC VR headsets, but the series is yet to make a showing on other headsets. So, could we see PSVR 2 and Quest 2 versions? That isn’t in the works right now, it seems.

Intel could give us Wi-Fi 7 devices long before Apple gets around to it

Digital Trends

Intel is planning to introduce Wi-Fi 7 sometime in 2024 just as Apple turns to Wi-Fi 6E for its upcoming devices. Computing News Apple FCC Intel Internet iPhone 14 Router Wi-Fi 6E Wi-Fi 7 WiFi

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Stress Level Zero: Bonelab Requests T-Shirt Size For Full-Body Avatar Fitting

Upload VR

Stress Level Zero developer Brandon J Laatsch revealed Bonelab will feature settings for adjusting the in-game full body avatar “to fit your real body.”

The Last of Us Part I should launch on PlayStation Plus Premium

Digital Trends

Arguments over The Last of Us Part I's price tag could be solved if Sony would add it to PlayStation Plus. Features Gaming Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Destruction All-Stars last of us PlayStation Plus Extra PlayStation Plus Premium ps plus ps3 PS4 PS5 The Last of Us Part I

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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.

SEC Says 11 People Fooled Users Out of $300 Million in Crypto Pyramid Scheme

GizModo VR

Some crypto critics like Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner have called the entire apparatus of crypto “ nothing more than a pyramid scheme.” It’s an easy claim when you cite the ever-growing number of scams in the crypto scene that have cost users over $1 billion since last year. Read more.

Netflix drops impressive trailer for Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

Digital Trends

Netflix released the visually-stunning trailer for its new anime series, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, which is based on the 2020 video game, Cyberpunk 2077. Movies & TV News Anime cyberpunk 2077 Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Netflix Netflix anime Studio Trigger

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The Penguin's Colin Farrell Wants More Cobblepot in The Batman Sequel

GizModo VR

While all was quiet on DC’s San Diego Comic-Con front in regards to The Batman sequel and its Penguin series spin-off , star Colin Farrell recently told Entertainment Weekly he expects shooting to start on his straight-to-order series early next year.

August 2022 movie preview: Bullet Train speeds into theaters

Digital Trends

August 2022 sees the release of the Brad Pitt thriller Bullet Train, the A24 horror Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, Three Thousand Years of Longing, and more! Features Movies & TV action movies Beast Bodies Bodies Bodies bullet train Emily the Criminal Three Thousand Years of Longing

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.

Nichelle Nichols Touched Hearts Across the World

GizModo VR

After Nichelle Nichols passed over the weekend, the reactions from friends, family, and fans have been pouring out across social media.

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GPU prices have fallen off a cliff in spectacular fashion

Digital Trends

Prices for both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards are continuing to drop, with a new report highlighting how they’ve now fallen well below the MSRP. Computing News AMD GPU Nvidia Radeon 6000 RTX 30

Top Kenyan Officials Defend Facebook's Role in Coming Elections After it Approved Pro-Genocide Ads

GizModo VR

Two Kenyan cabinet bosses have issued strong statements opposing an ultimatum handed down to Meta last week by the nation’s cohesion watchdog.

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‘Wordle’ today, August 2: Answer, hints, and help for word of the day (#409)

Digital Trends

Trying to solve today's Wordle? If you're stuck, we've got a few hints that will help you keep your Wordle streak alive. Gaming News wordle wordle answer wordle help wordle today

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.