Wed.Dec 06, 2023

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2024 Predictions: A Smart Glasses Turning Point

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As we enter 2024, signs point to a potential turning point for smart glasses. These include XReal Air 2 and Ray Ban Meta Smartglasses. We examine the evidence in our 2024 predictions This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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‘LEGO Bricktales’ Quest Review – VR Brick-building Done Right

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LEGO Bricktales may not be a VR-native, as it was first released on flatscreen last year, but this Quest-exclusive port makes a pretty solid case that lego brick-building not only works in VR, but is something anyone can do for hours on end—even in the face of a pretty kid-focused story. LEGO Bricktales Details: Available On: Quest 2/3/Pro Reviewed On: Quest 3 Release Date: December 7th, 2023 Price: $30 D eveloper: ClockStone STUDIO Publisher : Thunderful Publishing AB Gameplay LEGO Brick

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Meta Teases Render Of Advanced 'Mirror Lake' Headset It Says Is "Practical To Build Now"

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Meta showed a render of the advanced 'Mirror Lake' prototype it teased last year, and said it's "practical to build now." The render, showing what the headset would look like being worn, was teased by Meta's Director of Display Systems Research Douglas Lanman during a talk titled "How to Pass the Visual Turing Test in AR/VR" given at The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences.

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Pardon Our Dust: We’re Investigating a Layout Issue on Road to VR

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Today you might be seeing an odd looking version of our site with some layout issues. Rest assured we’re aware of the problem and investigating. In the meantime, here’s a look back at a very old version of our site from 2013! Road to VR circa 2013 The post Pardon Our Dust: We’re Investigating a Layout Issue on Road to VR appeared first on Road to VR.

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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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AMD Unveils Ryzen 8040 Mobile Series APUs: Hawk Point with Zen 4 and Ryzen AI

Anand Tech

Although CES 2024 is happening next month in Las Vegas, AMD has lifted the lid on their latest Zen 4 mobile processors, the Ryzen Mobile 8040 series. Codenamed Hawk Point, the Ryzen Mobile 8040HS series is set to be the successor to this year's 'Phoenix' mobile chips. Two new families of Ryzen Mobile chips have been announced, including the mid-ranged 8040HS APUs and the lower-powered 8040U series with a lower TDP designed for thin and light notebooks.

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AMD Widens Availability of Ryzen AI Software For Developers, XDNA 2 Coming With Strix Point in 2024

Anand Tech

Further to the announcement that AMD is refreshing their Phoenix-based 7040HS series for mobiles with the newer 'Hawk Point' 8040HS family for 2024, AMD is set to drive more development for AI within the PC market. Designed to provide a more holistic end-user experience for adopters of hardware with the Ryzen AI NPU, AMD has made its latest version of the Ryzen AI Software available to the broader ecosystem.

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Justice Reaches PC VR In Early 2024

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Justice is coming to PC VR early next year. Announced during the UploadVR Winter Showcase, Fast Travel Games revealed that its stealth RPG Vampire: The Masquerade - Justice , which previously released on Quest and PSVR 2, is reaching Steam next. The studio states it will outline what to expect with the PC VR port and a finalized release date "soon." 0:00 / 0:42 1× Alongside today's Steam reveal, Fast Travel Games also confirmed that Justice will receive free trials on Q

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XR Predictions Series is Now Live, Exclusively at XR Today!

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XR Today has launched its XR Predictions series in a fresh exposition of ideas, creativity, and observations hard-pressed to find on the internet! The novel series has gathered some of the best and brightest in the sector, who will share their insights and commentary on the future of the virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) industry. With the world experiencing the highs and lows of immersive tech, the technology stands on the precipice of an innovation renaissance but continues to s

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Demeter, The Asklepios Chronicles Delivers MR Platforming Next Month On Quest

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Demeter, The Asklepios Chronicles is a new mixed reality platformer with an Ancient Greek twist, and it's coming soon to Quest. Developed by Novelab ( Notes on Blindness , On the Morning you Wake ), Demeter is a narrative-driven puzzle platformer that will "turn your furniture and walls into arduous puzzles that challenge your wits and dexterity." Playable in any size room thanks to procedural generation, your goal involves helping Atalanta after her ship crashes inside your home.

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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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TSMC Solidifies Leadership on Foundry Market as Intel Jumps into Top 10

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The global foundry industry witnessed a substantial rise in demand in the third quarter of 2023, according to TrendForce. The Top 10 foundries collectively saw their revenue soar to about $28.29 billion, marking a 7.9% increase compared to the previous quarter. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) maintained its No. 1 position as it managed to increase its shipments, whereas Intel Foundry Services found itself in Top 10 for the first time in the recent quarters.

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Zero Caliber 2 Targets 2024 Release On Quest & PC VR

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Zero Caliber 2 is officially confirmed, bringing the FPS sequel to Quest and PC VR next year. Developed by XReal Games, Zero Caliber 2 is a direct sequel to the studio's 2018 first-person shooter. Announced today in the UploadVR Winter Showcase, this offered a brief look at gameplay. Here's the reveal trailer: 0:00 / 0:37 1× Today's announcement follows two major Zero Caliber updates across 2023.

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MeetKai, Meta-Stadiums Launch FIFA Sports Metaverse

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MeetKai, a pioneer in the events metaverse space, teamed up with entertainment, gaming, and NFT metaverse platform Meta-Stadiums to launch a world-first football experience. To successfully launch the platform, MeetKai and Meta-Stadiums partnered with football agency SLFC Soccer. The platform also leverages virtual worlds to attend football matches as avatars to watch professional clubs and FIFA teams compete.

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Asgard's Wrath 2 Preview: Godly Proportions & Lofty Expectations

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Asgard's Wrath 2 arrives next week and we've been playing through the opening hours in preparation for our full review. We're holding back our full judgments until then, simply because the game is so vast that it will be impossible to tell how we feel about it until we've been able to play (and digest) the rest of this 60+ hour epic from Meta and Sanzaru Games.

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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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The AMD Advancing AI & Instinct MI300 Launch Live Blog (Starts at 10am PT/18:00 UTC)

Anand Tech

This morning is an important one for AMD – perhaps the most important of the year. After almost a year and a half of build-up, and even longer for actual development, AMD is launching their next generation GPU/APU/AI accelerator family, the Instinct MI300 series. Based on AMD's new CDNA 3 architecture, and combining it with AMD's proven Zen 4 cores, AMD will be making a full-court press for the high-end GPU and accelerator market with their new product, aiming to lead in both big-m

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Horizon Worlds Now Supports Members-Only Worlds For Clubs & Communities

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Meta Horizon Worlds now supports members-only worlds, enabling the platform to be used by clubs, groups, and communities. Members-only worlds are persistent, so continue to exist even when no one is online in Horizon Worlds. Creators can choose to publicly list them so anyone can place a request to become a member, or set them as unlisted so membership is only available through invitation.

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Meta Nixes Android, iOS Messages in v60 Quest Update

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Meta has made several significant changes to its immersive platform via its v60 update , which will roll out across its family of product lineups, reports revealed this week. The changes will take place across its Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest Pro, and Meta Quest 3 virtual reality (VR) headsets, with rollouts kicking off on 4 December. v60 is coming. Here’s what’s new: New Horizon Home Environments Quest Performance Updates New Profile Design Boundary and Space Improvements Blog here: [link] Full Det

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An Apology From UploadVR To Our Partners & Fans

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We are deeply sorry to our fans and partners for the audio levels in the Winter Showcase today. The error on our part might be forgivable if this was the only time this has happened with one of our Showcases, but it’s not. We’ve had audio problems before and, indeed, we had resolved to not have them happen again. Unfortunately for everyone who was excited to see new VR games today, we missed the mark again and there’s simply no excuse to drop the ball here.

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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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XR Predictions 2024: The Year of Immersive Tech

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XR Today has launched its XR Predictions series in a fresh exposition of ideas, creativity, and observations hard-pressed to find on the internet! The novel series has gathered some of the best and brightest in the sector, who will share their insights and commentary on the future of the virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) industry. With the world experiencing the highs and lows of immersive tech, the technology stands on the precipice of an innovation renaissance but continues to s

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The Pirate Queen Sets Sail Next February On Quest & PC VR

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The Pirate Queen explores the life of a legendary 19th-century pirate next February on Quest and PC VR. Announced this spring, The Pirate Queen: A Forgotten Legend comes from Singer Studios. Directed by Eloise Singer, this narrative adventure game stars Lucy Liu as 19th-century pirate Cheng Shih who sailed the South China Sea. At today's UploadVR Winter Showcase, both Singer and Liu outlined what to expect in a new gameplay trailer: 0:00 / 1:19 1× Previously debuted during this year's Tribeca Fe

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Celebrating 10 Years of AI Innovation + the Future of AR/VR

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of Meta’s Fundamental AI Research (FAIR) team. It’s an exciting milestone—and one that FAIR itself celebrated by introducing new.

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LEGO Bricktales VR Receives New Gameplay Launch Trailer On Quest

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LEGO Bricktales VR receives a new gameplay trailer before tomorrow's launch on Quest. Revealed during the UploadVR Winter Showcase, the latest LEGO Bricktales trailer gave us a fresh look at the flatscreen-to-VR adaptation. Captured using a mix of in-engine footage and Quest 3 directly, the new trailer details how developer ClockStone Studio is using mixed reality passthrough to place LEGO dioramas on your real-world table.

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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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Developer Diary: Cosmic Events + Loki Anomalies Bring Live Ops to ‘Asgard’s Wrath 2’

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Oculus Studios Senior Producer Mari Kyle is back with a new dev diary focused on some otherworldly disturbances in the game: Cosmic Events and Loki Anomalies.

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Quest 3 Update Arrives Next Month

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners will receive its Quest 3 upgrade next month. Announced this June, Skydance Interactive previously confirmed plans to release "an enhanced version" of The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners for Meta's latest headset back in June. Though it originally targeted a fall 2023 launch, that's now arriving on January 16, 2024.

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A World Worth Saving: Pre-Order ‘Demeter’ to Save 10%

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Demeter is a unique adventure built from the ground up for mixed reality (MR). In this one-of-a-kind platformer, you’ll solve puzzles, fight enemies, and explore.

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Project Demigod Launches 2024 After Surpassing 100k Units On App Lab

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Project Demigod, developed by Omnifarious Studios and published by Fast Travel Games, is set for a full launch on the Quest Store and Steam in 2024. Fast Travel Games unveiled a new trailer, linked above, for the superhero simulator game during today's UploadVR Winter Showcase. Fast Travel also revealed to UploadVR that the game has sold over 100,000 units on App Lab for Quest since its launch in May last year, with 85% of those sales occurring this year specifically.

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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?