Thu.Jan 19, 2023

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Another CES 2023 Gem: Next-Gen Z-Lens Waveguide Technology by Lumus

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Lumus has recently launched its Z-Lens AR architecture, which can help with the development of more compact AR glasses in the near future, thanks to efforts that reduced its micro-projector’s size by 50%. Making its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023, the new Z-Lens—which builds on the company’s Maximus 2D reflective waveguide technology —can be fitted with prescription lenses.

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Celebrate The Lunar New Year With This VR Puzzle

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Realities.io is kicking off 2023 with a new free puzzle. The VR puzzle game Puzzling Places has added a new 3D puzzle inspired by the Lunar New Year. Available now on Meta Quest, PlayStation VR, and PICO 4 VR headsets, this latest puzzle has you constructing the entrance to an ancient scholar building located in Beijing, China. Similar to past content, the “Lunar New Year Special 2023” puzzle was captured using 3D photogrammetry technology, resulting in a hyper-realistic 3D model of

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‘Gorilla Tag’ Reports $26M in Revenue, Over 700K Users Played on Christmas Day

Road to VR

Gorilla Tag is undoubtedly a hit. Its primate-centric locomotion style and infectious game of tag has vaulted it into the top spot as the most-rated game on the Quest Store, surpassing even the Meta-owned rhythm game Beat Saber. Now, the indie team behind Quest’s most popular game revealed they’ve generated over $26 million with Gorilla Tag.

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VR Puzzle-Platformer PathCraft Launches On Quest 2

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Okay, this game looks straight-up adorable. Available now on Meta Quest 2 and Quest Pro headsets, PathCraft is a new VR game developed by Devil Cow Studio and published by Vertigo Games that tasks you with safely escorting an adorable-looking companion through a series of increasingly complex puzzles. According to the official release, the colorful-looking puzzle platformer was designed from the ground up for VR and features support for hand-tracking, allowing you to place building blocks with y

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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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Hands-on: Pimax Crystal Touts Impressive Clarity, But Suffers From a (potentially fixable) Flaw

Road to VR

At CES 2023 Pimax was showing off its latest high-resolution headset, the Pimax Crystal, which uses new lenses and new displays for what the company says is its clearest looking image yet. And while it’s definitely an improvement in many areas over the company’s headsets, there’s a key flaw that I hope the Pimax will be able to address.

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PSVR 2 Launch Day Games Revealed, 30+ Titles Including ‘Horizon’, ‘Resident Evil Village’ & ‘Gran Turismo 7’

Road to VR

PlayStation has finally revealed its launch day (or rather “launch window”) titles for PSVR 2. Notable highlights include Demeo , Gran Turismo 7, Horizon Call of the Mountain, and Resident Evil Village, although there’s no word on when VR’s favorite block-slashing game is making the move to Sony’s next-gen VR headset. First, here’s the list of guaranteed launch day games coming on February 22nd, 2023.

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Holoride: A Comfortable Ride In VR With Gamepad In Hand

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At CES 2023 in Las Vegas we tried out Holoride, a startup working to add “thrill to every ride” with a VR platform made for use while riding in fast-moving vehicles. For the Holoride demo during CES in Las Vegas we left the VR area of the Las Vegas Convention Center and took an Uber to a nearby hotel where Holoride was offering demos of its technology platform.

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Microsoft to Cut Back Staff for US Army’s IVAS Headset amid Layoffs

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Microsoft has reportedly planned to reduce the number of employees working on its US Army mixed reality (MR) headset. News of the cutbacks comes amid the company’s massive layoffs, reports revealed on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg reported the Redmond, Washington-based tech giant will slash 10,000 jobs and several hardware projects.

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OhShape Gets An Ultimate Refresh, Out Now On Quest And Pico

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OhShape Ultimate brings a definitive update to Odders Lab’s popular rhythm game, and that’s available now on Quest and Pico. First released in 2019, OhShape previously received several updates including a new difficulty level and party mode , but Ultimate marks its most comprehensive change yet. Available for free on Quest and Pico, Ultimate contains new menu and environments for its 3rd album as well as an improved tutorial and interface improvements.

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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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The FSP Hydro G Pro 1000W ATX 3.0 PSU Review: Solid and Affordable ATX 3.0

Anand Tech

With the ATX 3.0 era now well underway, we've been taking a look at the first generation of ATX 3.0 power supplies to hit the market. Introducing the 16-pin 12VHPWR connector, which can supply up to 600 Watts of power to PCIe cards, ATX 3.0 marks the start of what will be a slow shift in the market. As high-end video cards continue to grow in power consumption, power supply manufacturers are working to catch up with these trends with a new generation of PSUs – not only updating power s

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Colossal Cave Available Now On Quest 2, PSVR 2 Release Confirmed

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The VR remake of text-based adventure Colossal Cave Adventure is available today on Meta Quest 2, with a PSVR 2 release confirmed for later in the year. This reimagined version of Colossal Cave is being developed by Sierra On-Line co-founders Ken and Roberta Williams through Cygnus Entertainment, bringing new meaning to the original game through its transformation into a fully-fledged 3D adventure available on both flatscreen and VR platforms.

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EON-XR GLOBAL USER WORKSHOP January 25, 2023

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EON-XR GLOBAL USER WORKSHOP January 25, 2023 EON-XR Release Update with AI Focus Join us to learn about EON-XR, the cutting-edge technology that is revolutionizing the way we interact with virtual environments. During this event, you will have the opportunity to learn about the latest release of EON-XR, including EON AI Assistant, EON Interact, and many other exciting features.

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Gorilla Tag Made $26 Million In Revenue On App Lab

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A new interview from GamesBeat reveals that Gorilla Tag, the free-to-play VR multiplayer hit, made $26 million in revenue from in-app purchases while it was on App Lab. Developer by Another Axiom, Gorilla Tag launched in Steam Early Access for PC VR and on SideQuest for Quest headsets in February 2021, before becoming available on App Lab for Quest a month later.

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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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This Week In XR: Apple Punts See-Through AR, Layoffs Hit HoloLens, Metaverse Fashion Start Up Raises $6 Million

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Metaverse and AI topped tech talk in Davos.

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Microsoft Reportedly Making Cuts In HoloLens Group Amid Wider Downsizing

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Microsoft is reportedly reducing the size of its HoloLens group. The company announced yesterday it is laying off 10000 employees (around 5% of its total workforce) citing macroeconomic conditions. Microsoft is far from the only big tech company to make this move – this week Amazon started laying off 18000 people, Meta laid off more than 11000 in November, and Snap laid off 20% of its staff in September.

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Celebrate Creators and Get Your Jam On at the #POPMJam!

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The #POPMJam competition hosted by Meta Horizon Worlds recently concluded, and the 89 submitted worlds from creators showcased just how far creative building skills have come. From what it in game currency to engaging experiences that blended multiple games together, there was no shortage of ingenuity displayed by participants.

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PathCraft Review: A VR Puzzler With Both Charm And Challenge

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PathCraft , the puzzle-based platformer from Devil Cow Studios and Vertigo Games, is available now for Quest 2 and Quest Pro. This retro-inspired adventure immerses you in a whimsical world replete with elaborate puzzles to tickle your gray matter – here’s our full PathCraft review. In each of its retro-themed levels, PathCraft introduces you to a colorful world filled with vibrant drawings and cardboard dioramas straight out of a child’s imagination.

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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.

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Editorial: New Year, New Directions—Why I Am Substantially Cutting Back on My Coverage of Second Life, and Refocusing the RyanSchultz.com Blog on Virtual Reality and Social VR

Ryan Schultz

Photo by Jordan Ladikos on Unsplash When I started this blog in July of 2017, I had never intended to become a Second Life blogger. There were hundreds of other bloggers out there who were doing a far better job than I could of covering Second Life, and they still are! Throw in the Facebook groups, Discord servers, and YouTube channels, and you have a thriving commentary community on the vibrant ecosystem that is Second Life.

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Ski Goggles That Tell You the 411 As You Conquer the Slopes!

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Snow sports enthusiasts rejoice! This year, AR technology is making its way into winter fun with Ostloong’s Sirius ski goggles. Equipped with GPS navigation, cellular data and an HD camera, this OUTDOOR AR Display can enhance communication and help keep skiers safe while they tear up the mountain.

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Take on Cybernetic Dinosaurs in ‘Primal Hunt,’ Out Today on Meta Quest 2

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Dinosaurs are more than capable of tearing most living beings apart. Give them access to machine guns and rocket launchers, and suddenly you’ve got yourself.

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“Gorilla Tag Swings Into The Big Time With $26 Million In App Lab Revenues!”

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Gorilla Tag, the free-to-play VR multiplayer hit by Another Axiom, is a massive success story for VR developers. From February 2021 to its graduation to the full Quest store in December of 2020 it made over $26 million from in-app purchases on App Lab alone – an incredible amount for any game.

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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 (L&D) become such a negative experience with its intended learners? Could it be because learners have been conditioned by very poor learning experiences over the past two decades, combined with the kinks of technological innovation? Or is it because learning has typically been designed as a one-size-fits-all solution, despite the fact that humans are not clones?

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Meta Quest v49 Update: New ‘Do Not Disturb’ Mode, Easier Parental Supervision Setup, and an Abstract Home Environment

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Our v49 update begins rolling out soon, bringing with it a new avant-garde Home environment, a new Do Not Disturb mode that silences intrusive notifications.

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“PSVR1’s Past Dip – PSVR2 to the Rescue!”

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Return of a Classic: Explore the Mysteries of ‘Colossal Cave’ Today on Meta Quest 2

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As in the original game from Will Crowther and Don Woods, Colossal Cave has you exploring a vast and mysterious cave system filled with fantastical.

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Prisms VR Wants To Teach Your Kids Math On Quest 2

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Looking to teach your kids math through virtual reality? Prisms VR is expanding its educational platform onto Meta Quest 2, arriving today via a subscription model. Following an enterprise launch in 2021, which saw developer Prisms of Reality bring this educational program to 92 school districts across 23 states, Prisms VR is now receiving a consumer release.

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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 Climate 4.0 Economy. Climate change is here. We see it in many ways already. Weather catastrophes: Texas freezing over, the wildfires of California, the increasingly unpredictable violence and frequency of hurricanes, the rapid melting and disappearance of polar ice caps. Much more evidence all around us. What can we do in our corporate organizations, in our homes and communities, to change the current course?