Thu.Jun 20, 2024

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Reality Bytes: TikTok, Disney & Apple

AR Insider

This week on Reality Bytes, we explore TikTok Shop's beauty e-comm dominance, Disney's "advergame" and shoppable ads, and WebXR's integration with Apple's visionOS 2. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Meta is Reportedly Working on a Tool to Let You Force Quest OS Updates via PC Tether

Road to VR

Meta appears to be readying a tool that will allow Quest users the ability to force software updates via a tethered connection. XR enthusiast and serial data miner Luna uncovered existence of the tool, which is said to allow users the ability to update Quest’s operating system over USB via the “Sideload Update” option in the recovery menu.

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Can AR Strengthen Supply Chains?

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Many supply chains can’t withstand unplanned delays, disruptions, and downtime — the ripple effects extend from production to delivery. Can AR increase their resiliency? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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The Past Year Proves Fatal for Major Metaverse Platforms

XR Today - Virtual Reality

The Metaverse… Post-COVID, the Metaverse was the leading technology trend. With worklife entering the home and remote working becoming mainstream due to the global lockdown, international virtual meeting platforms gained a unique and fruitful period of interest and investment. As conventional remote communication and meetings saw a mighty boom of interest, forward-thinking solution providers and businesses were ready to experiment with the new stage of digital communication.

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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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Immersive Puzzler ‘Infinite Inside’ to Release on Vision Pro & All Major Headsets Next Month

Road to VR

Maze Theory today announced that its upcoming immersive puzzle-adventure game Infinite Inside is set to arrive next month, coming to all major headsets. Initially released as a demo on Quest earlier this year, the full game is set to arrive on July 12th across Vision Pro, Quest 2/3, Pico, SteamVR headsets and PSVR 2. On mixed reality-supported devices (re: not PC VR or PSVR 2), Infinite Inside is said to blend VR and MR, making these “multi-dimensions a fundamental part of the storytelli

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New Meta Accelerator Aims to Fund Quest Developers Building ‘Lifestyle Apps’ Using MR, AI, & Hand-tracking

Road to VR

Meta announced a new developer accelerator aimed at kickstarting ‘Lifestyle’ apps for Quest which make use of mixed reality, AI and hand-tracking. Meta says in the announcement selected participants of its new ‘Meta Quest Lifestyle App Accelerator’ can apply for seed-stage grant funding, as well as product resources and mentoring from Meta and participating VC partners, which include a16z, Anorak Ventures, BITKRAFT Ventures, Boost VC, and Lightspeed. “The program f

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I Used Meta Ray-Ban Glasses & Apple Vision Pro To Cover Augmented World Expo

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Augmented World Expo in Long Beach is the first conference I’ve attended fully equipped with Meta Ray-Ban glasses and Apple Vision Pro as part of my reporting toolkit. I made plans to attend Augmented World Expo this year in Long Beach without a schedule in mind. Here, there are people I wanted to see and talk to in the physical world. I’ve taken many of those meetings off the record or on background with discussions informing my reporting long-term.

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AWE ’24: Sony Provides Spatial Computing without a Headset Requirement

XR Today - Augmented Reality tag

This week, at AWE 2024, Sony Electronics introduced new 3D visualisation tools that enable users to see and interact with XR content without smart glasses via the ELF-SR2 (27-inch) and ELF-SR1 (15.6-inch) Spatial Reality Displays to enable professional RT3D workflows and considerations. Thanks to the new display technology, users can avoid invasive VR headsets, promoting longer XR content use periods without the perceived hardware hurdles.

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The Cooler Master V850 SFX Gold ATX 3.0 PSU Review: Small Scale

Anand Tech

In response to the increasing popularity of compact and portable gaming PCs in the past couple of years, we've seen several PC peripheral manufacturers release larger collections of SFX form factor cases and power supplies. Chief among these has been Cooler Master, where the prolific PC part vendor recently expanded their SFX series to include ATX 3.0-compliant PSUs.

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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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Rogue Ascent Brings The Roguelike VR Shooter To Steam Next Month

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Rogue Ascent, a VR roguelike sci-fi adventure, reaches Steam next month with controller support. Developed by Nooner Bear Studio, Rogue Ascent is a VR shooter that can be played entirely through hand tracking. Fighting through procedurally-generated levels across a space station, you're tasked with saving the planet below from obliteration by a super laser.

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#1397: The Troll Project Aims to Create Community-Based Interventions for Trolling & Record Ethnographic Interviews

Voices of VR

The Troll Project was created by clinical psychologist Ruth Diaz to interrogate the root causes of trolling, but also tackling the issue head on within social VR spaces with some community-driven solutions that she has experimented with. She’s recorded a number of ethnographic interviews with existing trolls, former trolls, and community managers to get a […] The Troll Project was created by clinical psychologist Ruth Diaz to interrogate the root causes of trolling, but also tackling

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Escape Simulator VR Meets PowerWash Sim In Today's DLC

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Escape Simulator VR meets PowerWash Simulator in a new DLC crossover, and it's out now on Steam. Announced two weeks ago, Escape Simulator VR is turning the PowerWash Simulator VR garage into a "mind-bending" escape room. Armed with familiar power washing tools, you're tasked with cleaning away this room to uncover clues, letting you play alone or with up to seven other players in online co-op.

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Summer Savings: Dive Into Our June Sale for Deals Up to 75% Off

Oculus

Today’s the summer solstice, and we’re celebrating with deep discounts across the Meta Quest Store. Now through 11:59 pm PT on June 30, you can save up to 75% off hundreds of titles during our June Sale.

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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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MiRacle Pool Sinks The Shot In Quest Store Mixed Reality Release

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It’s no secret that a lot of folks out there would probably love to have a pool table or other large social fixture in their living spaces. Realistically, most people simply don't have the floorspace, or budget, to make it happen. This is where mixed reality fills in the gaps. Digital objects and other people can be brought into our physical spaces, basically teleported in by headsets like the Meta Quest 3 and Apple Vision Pro.

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Hololight Showcases Hololight Hub at AWE 2024

XR Today - Augmented Reality tag

Hololight is exhibiting its app management platform ‘Hololight Hub’ at AWE 2024, which can host, stream, and scale augmented reality and virtual reality applications. Businesses will be able to use this web-based platform to manage XR applications, such Frontline, Arthur, Matsuko, Taqtile, and Uptale. As well as being granted seamless access to stream the XR apps, users will also gain the performance and security features contained within the Hololight Hub.

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Downtown Club Review-In-Progress: A Solid Chassis On Which To Build

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Within the first few moments, Downtown Club has me feeling like Max Verstappen. Lined up on the grid, I flex my gloved fingers and grip the steering wheel. The countdown begins and my right hand finds the shift knob. Three. Two. One. And I'm ready to race. After the first lap, a different Max springs to mind: my childhood friend's Labrador retriever who was hit by a car.

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Western Digital Rolls Out Updated Budget WD Blue SN5000 SSDs, Adds 4TB Model

Anand Tech

Western Digital expanded its WD Blue NVMe family of budget SSDs this week with the introduction of the the WD Blue SN5000 series, an updated lineup of SSDs that, among other things, adds a 4 TB model. Being budget drives, the SN5000 series is not going to be a performance monster, but their combination of capacity, reliability, and relatively low price could make them popular both among casual buyers and among enthusiasts looking for relatively cheap bulk solid-state storage.

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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.