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AWE 2023 Day 2: Lenovo VRX and Sightful SpaceTop have been the surprises of the show floor

The Ghost Howls

Today it was the first day at AWE in which the show floor opened, and I could start going hands-on with many interesting pieces of XR hardware. I’ve tried many things but I have not the time to describe to you them all today, so let me tell you in this article just what have been the two devices that surprised me the most: the Lenovo VRX headset and the Sightful Spacetop laptop.

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AWE USA 2023 Day Two: More Keynotes, More Panels, and the Open Expo Floor

ARPost

The second day of AWE is the day that the expo floor opens. That is always thrilling, and we’ll get there, but first – more keynotes and conversations. AWE Day Two Keynotes Day One kickstarted the keynotes, but AWE Day Two saw exciting presentations and announcements from Magic Leap and Niantic. Both affirmed a theme from the day before: meaningful XR is already here.

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Quest 3 Will Continue to Support PC VR Thanks to Oculus Link

Road to VR

Like its predecessors, Quest 3 will be able to plug into high-end gaming PCs to play top PC VR titles. Meta might have largely abandoned PC VR, but it’s not ready to pull the plug completely. A spokesperson for the company has confirmed with Road to VR that Quest 3 will continue to support Oculus Link (also known as Quest Link) and Air Link. Oculus Link allows users to plug Quest headsets into their PC via USB-C to interface with the Oculus PC software.

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AR Turns Your Car Into A Transformers Robot

VRScout

“Autobots, transform and roll out.” Snap Inc. is back with yet another creative augmented reality (AR) experience for its popular social media app, Snapchat, that turns your personal vehicle into a giant mechanical robot from the long-running Transformers series. Available just in time for the new Transformers: Rise of the Beasts movie, the “Transform Your Car” Lens was built by Paramount Pictures using SnapML, Snap’s machine learning technology.

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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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Can AR Alter the Adtech Landscape?

AR Insider

The advertising industry hasn't changed much over several decades, except for Adtech's tracking mishaps of the past decade. Now, AR brings new dimension to the sector. What will be the practical impact? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Immersive Video Key to Boosting Engagement, BlueJeans Says

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

The lines between unified communications (UC) and extended reality (XR) have begun to blur. Several companies from both verticals have begun exploring immersive video features across communications platforms. By doing so, firms can expand their connectivity with a greater impact on employees, audiences, and collaborators. XR Today is honoured to interview Joe McStravick, Managing Director, EMEA and APAC, BlueJeans.

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Meta Tests Horizon Worlds Model & Texture Importing With 'Titanborne' Shooter

Upload VR

Meta tested asset importing to overhaul Horizon Worlds graphics with a new shooter world called Titanborne. The company described Titanborne as a "sneak peak at new features, improvements and creator tools currently in development", confirmed to be the model and texture importing features announced at Connect 2022 in October. 0:00 / 1× Currently Horizon Worlds creators build virtual worlds entirely inside VR, using the controllers to place and manipulate primitive shapes then using a spatia

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The Impact of Apple’s XR Device, Deep Dive with Agora Exec

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

WWDC is just around the corner, and the XR industry is on the edge of its seats! For years, Apple has teased XR audiences with hints at a revolutionary immersive device which may flip the technology sector on its head, similarly to the iPhone’s effect on the mobile phone sector. At the same time, Meta is readying the release of the Meta Quest 3, the successor to the widely popular consumer-grade, gaming-focused VR device.

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Lucy Liu Plays 'The Pirate Queen' Next Year On Quest & PC VR

Upload VR

The Pirate Queen tells the story of a legendary 19th century pirate, with Lucy Liu taking the helm next year on Quest and PC VR. Directed by Eloise Singer, The Pirate Queen: A Forgotten Legend explores the life of Cheng Shih , a 19th-century pirate that commanded a fleet of 70,000 across the South China Sea. Focused on female empowerment and diversity, gameplay promises "exploration, throwing, climbing, rowing, fishing, and solving environmental puzzles.

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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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TeamGroup Announces T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR5 Memory: Up to DDR5-8266

Anand Tech

At Computex 2023, TeamGroup unveiled two additions to its extensive family of memory products. Available with ARGB heatsinks or subtle black non-RGB heatsinks, the TeamGroup T-Force Xtreem DDR5 memory promises high performance for memory overclockers and gamers. Looking to rival the high-speed DDR5 kits from companies such as G.Skill, the T-Force Xtreem DDR5 memory is available up to DDR5-8266, with overclocked XMP 3.0 profiles designed to be used with Intel's 13th Gen Core series processors

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Asgard's Wrath 2 Developer Walkthrough Reveals New Worlds, Combat Changes & More

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A developer walkthrough of Asgard's Wrath 2 from yesterday's Meta Quest Gaming Showcase gave us an in-depth look at Sazaru Games' upcoming sequel. Meta revealed Asgard's Wrath 2 yesterday, its big AAA bet on Quest that promises "60 hours of exploration" when it launches later this year. The walkthrough (which is age-restricted, meaning we can't embed it – you'll have to watch it here on YouTube ) explains that Asgard's Wrath 2 "picks up where the first game left off, in a mysterious taven you c

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Meta Reveals Quest 3 VR Headset: Higher Resolutions and Next-Gen Snapdragon SoC

Anand Tech

Meta on Thursday announced the Quest 3, its next generation all-in-one untethered VR/MR headset. The updated headset is based around a newer Qualcomm SoC for VR/MR applications, offering increased performance, a higher resolution display, improved controllers, an all-new 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) positional tracking system, and backwards compatibility with existing software developed for existing the Quest headset.

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Watch The First Quest 3 Mixed Reality Gameplay Footage Here

Upload VR

Meta just revealed the first Quest 3 mixed reality gameplay, showing the passthrough quality and room-aware features. Mark Zuckerberg posted the footage to his Instagram page , showing him playing a series of mixed reality games and demos on Meta's just-announced $500 headset. 0:00 / 1× Quest 3 will feature stereo color cameras for the first time in a Meta headset.

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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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Ultraleap launches second generation of iconic hand tracking camera – Leap Motion Controller 2

XROM

The Leap Motion Controller 2 is the ideal hardware for experiencing Ultraleap’s world-class hand tracking. Key improvements over the original Leap Motion Controller include higher resolution cameras, an increased field of view, and 25% lower power consumption, all in a 30% smaller package for optimum placement and convenience. [link] It is the most flexible camera ever developed by #Ultraleap and is compatible across platforms and complimentary hardware including VR/MR/AR headsets, PCs, and holo

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Big XR News from AWE 23, Xreal, Meta, and Lenovo

XR Today - Big XR News tag

This week marks the start of AWE 2023, a leading multi-day conference covering every aspect of the immersive industry, and the event is bringing in the biggest brands and best minds in XR to help evaluate the future of the technology space. Following the many announcements and insights from AWE 2023, next week sees Apple host its WWDC event on Monday.

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20+ Amazing (And Free) Data Sources Anyone Can Use To Build AIs

Bernard Marr

When we talk about artificial intelligence (AI) in business and society today, what we really mean is machine learning (ML). This refers to applications that use algorithms (a set of instructions) to become increasingly good at performing a particular task as it is exposed to more and more data relating to that task. These tasks could be anything from answering questions and creating text or images (as demonstrated by apps like ChatGPT or Dall-E) to recognizing images (computer vision) or naviga

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We SAT DOWN w the Devs of the MOST FUN QUEST 2 GAME!!

Full Dive Gaming

Walkabout Mini Golf is one of the MOST FUN GAMES ON QUEST 2!!! GET IT HERE: [link] Enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of intergenerational players every week in every 40 countries solo or in groups up to 8 in number, Walkabout Mini Golf (www.walkaboutminigolf.com) has become the best loved multiplayer experience in virtual reality since launching in September 2020 as a solo project.

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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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“Embark on an Adventure with Meta Quest 3 – Out Later this Year and Featuring Lower Prices & Upgraded Features for Quest 2!”

VRGames

Today, Mark Zuckerberg announced the next-generation in virtual and mixed reality technology: Meta Quest 3. This game-changing headset launches later this year and will bring users an unprecedented level of immersion into its virtual worlds.

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Meta Shows First Glimpse of Quest 3 Mixed Reality Gameplay and Improvements Over Quest Pro

Road to VR

With Quest 3 now officially announced, Meta is emphasizing the device’s improved MR capabilities. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to Instagram to share a first look at mixed reality gameplay on Quest 3 which was announced yesterday. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mark Zuckerberg (@zuck) The video shows the headset’s full color passthrough MR mode, which allows it to present a view of the outside world while selectively adding virtual content to the scene.

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Ready to Quest? 5 Virtual Reality Games We Can’t Wait To Play From the Gaming Showcase!

VRGames

Meta’s Quest Gaming Showcase livestream today showcased an impressive list of upcoming virtual reality games for the Quest 2, Quest Pro and potentially new Quest 3 headset.

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Next-Generation CAMM, MR-DIMM Memory Modules Show Up at Computex

Anand Tech

Dynamic random access memory is an indispensable part of all computers, and requirements for DRAM — such as performance, power, density, and physical implementation — tend to change now and then. In the coming years, we will see new types of memory modules for laptops and servers as traditional SO-DIMMs and RDIMMs/LRDIMMs seem to run out of steam in terms of performance, efficiency, and density.

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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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“Ready to Embark on an Epic Adventure? Meta Quest 3 Ships This Autumn – Cruise On for $500!”

VRGames

Read more about this here: [link]

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ASRock Unveils Z790 and B650E Taichi Lite Motherboards: Taichi Goes Lite

Anand Tech

At Computex 2023 in Taipei, Taiwan, ASRock unveiled two motherboards based on its popular and long-running Taichi series, but with a slight twist. Designed to offer an alternative to their flagship Taichi series, the Z790 Taichi Lite and B650E Taichi Lite, as the model naming suggests, are lighter versions of their premium models. Still maintaining the Taichi aesthetic and retaining several premium features, the Taichi Lite series offers a lower-cost alternative to ASRock's flagship line-up.

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“Discover the Latest Virtual Reality Wonders from Meta Quest Showcase 2023!”

VRGames

Read more about this here: [link]

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Meta Quest 3 Next Gen Virtual & Mixed Reality Headset.

XROM

Mark Zuckerberg announced #Meta #Quest3 the next-generation virtual and mixed reality headset, which launches later this year. It features higher resolution, stronger performance, breakthrough Meta Reality technology, and a slimmer, more comfortable form factor. Quest 3 will ship in all countries where Meta Quest is currently supported this fall. The 128GB headset starts at $499.99 USD, and we’ll offer an additional storage option for those who want some extra space.

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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?