Tue.May 23, 2023

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VR Brings A Terminally Ill Girl’s Dream To Life

VRScout

A group of compassionate VR developers came together for an incredible cause. We’ve come across a considerable number of life-changing VR projects over the years, from humanoid time capsules to VR-controlled robots designed for disabled workers. There’s also the story of the grieving mother reuniting with her child via a digital simulation and a prison program that connects incarcerated parents with their children in VR.

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VITURE One XR Glasses Hit the Market in Style

ARPost

Have you been waiting for sleek wearable XR glasses that would look great with any outfit? Your long wait is over. VITURE , the innovative tech startup, has officially launched its highly anticipated product, the VITURE One XR Glasses. Step into a new realm of immersive entertainment. Get ready to redefine your gaming and streaming experiences with this wearable technology.

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You Can Soon Talk To Holograms Thanks To AI

VRScout

AI-powered “conversational” holographic characters are on the way from Looking Glass. Hologram technology company Looking Glass today unveiled the latest addition to its 3D holographic platform: Looking Glass Liteforms. Powered by the company’s headset-free 3D holographic display technology, these “conversational” holographic characters are capable of chatting naturally with users, similar to popular text-based chatbots (minus the text).

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Apple Invites XR Media Outlets to WWDC Keynote for the First Time

Road to VR

Apple has sent invitations to its upcoming WWDC keynote to select media outlets, including Road to VR. Apple has historically not invited XR media to its events, let alone commented in any way on its XR R&D that has been reportedly happening behind the scenes at the company for years. Road to VR is among the XR media outlets who have received an invitation to Apple’s WWDC keynote for the first time.

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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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The XR Week Peek (2023.05.23): Leaks and rumors about Apple headset intensify, VRChat to launch Creator Economy, and more!

The Ghost Howls

It’s been a strange week. On the technological side, it has been exciting. Since there is the possibility that Apple announces its headset soon, all the companies are rushing to announce what they have in the pipeline before the big day. This means that these days we are going to have a lot of announcements. This and the next editions of the newsletter are going to be full of cool pieces of news.

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Microsoft Officially Launches Avatars for Teams

XR Today - Virtual Reality

During its online Build event this week, Microsoft officially unveiled that its long-coming Avatars for Teams service will drop as general release integration is available on Windows and Mac. Windows and Mac users can access the integrated, immersive service for Microsoft Teams via the desktop application. The news comes after Microsoft debuted the service via its public preview avenue.

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Four Years Ago Oculus Quest Redefined VR, And Set The Stage For What's Next

Upload VR

Four years ago this week, Oculus Quest started shipping and changed VR forever. Before Quest , the only way to get a consumer VR setup with positional tracking and tracked controllers was through a gaming PC or PlayStation 4. And unless you strapped a $300 wireless adapter to the crown of your head after mounting its transmitter and two base stations on your wall - your connection to that PC or PS4 was a thick & heavy tether.

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Microsoft Mesh for Teams to Roll Out Upgrades at Build 2023

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

Microsoft unveiled fresh, immersive features for its Microsoft Mesh-powered Team platform, it announced at its Build 2023 event on Tuesday. With the update, users can add immersive experiences to private previews on the platform, leading to greater engagement while attending meetings. Teams users can now connect in immersive spaces with realistic interactivity.

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Sony Confirms PSVR 2 Sold 600k Units Up To April, Outpacing Original PSVR Launch

Upload VR

In a Business Segment Meeting, Sony confirmed that PlayStation VR2 sold just shy of 600,000 units in the six weeks from launch up until April. This means PSVR 2 outpaced sales of the original PSVR at launch, which sold roughly 550,000 units in its first six weeks. A slide from Sony's May 24 Game & Network Services presentation These figures come from the graph pictured above, taken from the presentation for Sony's Game & Network Services segment of today's meeting.

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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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XR in Telecoms and Media Case Study: Verizon and Snapchat

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

Telecommunications companies are making a huge impact on the XR landscape. After all, delivering immersive experiences requires more than just the right screens, or hardware. Companies also need to ensure they can produce and deliver high-quality content at exceptional speeds. As a result, many telecoms and media brands are starting to offer enhanced solutions to AR investors, combining the latest software with 5G, and cloud services.

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UploadVR Is Attending Apple's WWDC23 Keynote On June 5

Upload VR

UploadVR will attend the Apple WWDC23 keynote on June 5. Rumored to have been in development for many years, numerous reports suggest a VR and AR capable Apple headset , believed to be branded Apple Reality Pro, will be publicly announced during WWDC23. Running for five days, Apple's annual conference starts with a keynote address on June 5 at 10am PT.

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AMD Launches Zen 2-based Ryzen and Athlon 7020C Series For Chromebooks

Anand Tech

Last year, AMD unveiled their entry-level 'Mendicino' mobile parts to the market, which combine their 2019 Zen 2 cores and their RDNA 2.0 integrated graphics to create an affordable selection of configurations for mainstream mobile devices. Although much of the discussion over the last few months has been about their Ryzen 7040 mobile parts, AMD has launched four new SKUs explicitly designed for the Chromebook space, the Ryzen and Athlon 7020C series.

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Bigscreen Beyond Preorders Now Available Via Financing, Starting At $32/Month Over 3 Years

Upload VR

Bigscreen Beyond can now be preordered via financing instead of the outright $1000 payment. The financing is provided by Affirm, with 6 month, 18 month, or 36 month periods available. Bigscreen says rates between 0% and 35% APR are available, depending on your credit score, and a downpayment "may be required". At a typical 10% APR that comes to $32.23/month for three years.

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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 other DWI: Driving while immersed

TechCrunch VR

Jeremy Bailenson Contributor Share on Twitter Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab and author of “Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do.” On May 17, Meta and BMW released a video hailing a joint research breakthrough that will allow virtual reality headsets to work in moving cars.

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“AR-Rific! Check Out This Laptop With Glasses Instead of a Screen!”

VRGames

Sightful unveiled Spacetop this week, a personal computing device that combines innovative tethered AR glasses and virtual workspace technology. Instead of relying on traditional monitors or laptops, the user interacts with content through NReal AR glasses in the proprietary Spacetop environment.

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Micron Expects Impact as China Bans Its Products from 'Critical' Industries

Anand Tech

In the latest move in the tit-for-tat technology trade war between the United States and China, on Sunday the Cyberspace Administration of China announced that it was effectively banning Micron's products from being purchased in the country going forward. Citing that Micron's products have failed to pass its cybersecurity review requirements, the administration has ordered that operators of key infrastructure should stop buying products containing chips from the U.S.

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“June: Sneak Into Virtual Reality with the Ultimate Edition of ‘Budget Cuts'”

VRGames

The highly anticipated Budget Cuts Ultimate is the combination of two popular VR games – Budget Cuts (2018) and Budget Cuts 2 (2019).

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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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What’s Cookin’ in Apple Land? The Spring 2023 Headset Rumor Roundup! Specs, Release Date, & More

VRGames

Read more about this here: [link]

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