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Netvios tells us the differences between the VR gaming market in China and in the West

The Ghost Howls

When I visited China at the beginning of the year, I had the pleasure of visiting Netvios offices in Guangzhou and speaking with Anjie Cao, the CEO of the company. She gave me a very interesting presentation about the status of VR in China and the difficulties of launching a VR game there. In this article, I collected the most interesting tidbits of that presentation to share with you, so that if you want to start distributing your content there, you know what you have to do.

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This Laptop Features AR Glasses Instead Of A Screen

VRScout

Who needs a monitor when you have your own pair of tethered AR glasses? Earlier this week, human-computer interaction Sightful unveiled Spacetop, a personal computing device that allows you to access vital web applications from the comfort of your own virtual workspace. Instead of a conventional computer monitor, you view content using tethered augmented reality (AR) glasses.

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Dreamwave: Immersive 3D Worlds for Virtual Events

ARPost

Virtual events are getting more exciting with the latest technological developments in virtual reality. One such product is Dreamwave, a web-based metaverse platform that provides companies, brands, and creators with a unique way to host online events. Dreamwave boasts ready-made and custom 3D environments called “microverses” to make brand experiences stand out.

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Meta & BMW Are Taking In-Car XR To The Next Level

VRScout

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Meta and the BMW Group have partnered to develop a research project focused on the integration of virtual and augmented reality (AR) into vehicles. The partnership, which was first announced in 2021, aims to explore how this technology could be used to enhance passenger and driver experiences. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen VR technology used in passenger cars.

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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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Does the Metaverse Need a New Narrative?

AR Insider

If we’re to climb out of the metaverse trough, we need to shift the narrative. The current one is uninspiring, plagued by legless avatars, dormant VR headsets, and a notion unrelatable to most. Guest author Evan Helda breaks it down. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Spatial Beats: Google, TikTok & OpenAI

AR Insider

Welcome back to Spatial Beats, AR Insider's weekly series that features observations and insights of author and futurist Charlie Fink. This week, we look at all the latest converging points of XR and AI. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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The 20 Best Rated & Most Popular Quest Games & Apps – May 2023

Road to VR

While Oculus doesn’t offer much publicly in the way of understanding how well individual games & apps are performing across its Quest 2 storefront, it’s possible to glean some insight by looking at apps relative to each other. Here’s a snapshot of the 20 best rated Oculus Quest games and apps as of May 2023. Some quick qualifications before we get to the data: Paid and free apps are separated Only apps with more than 100 reviews are represented App Lab apps are not represented (see our lates

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Meta Reportedly In Talks With Magic Leap For 'Mainstream AR Products' Tech Deal

Upload VR

Meta is in talks with Magic Leap over a potential "multiyear agreement", the Financial Times reports. The report cites "people familiar with early discussions" as saying the deal could involve intellectual property (IP) licensing and contract manufacturing for "mainstream AR products". That IP could include some of the company's augmented reality (AR) waveguide patents.

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Sony Establishes Virtual Production Collaboration Centre

XR Today - Augmented Reality tag

Virtual Production (VP) technologies are a rising solution for film production professionals. The technology field leverages immersive hardware and software stacks, enabling on-set professionals to project realistic virtual environments as backdrops with immersive visualizations viewable by a human’s and a camera’s eye. VP solutions look to replace or enhance pre-existing film production operations such as green screens and in-vehicle backdrops.

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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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Apple Exec Reportedly Pushed For Headset To Have 'Strong Gaming Component'

Upload VR

Phil Schiller, who leads the App Store, pushed for Apple's upcoming headset to have a "strong gaming component", Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports. The report published this weekend is a rundown of the key Apple executives behind the hardware, software, content and marketing of the headset expected to be branded Apple Reality Pro. Schiller is "known to have a VR car racing rig at home", Gurman writes, and "pushed for the device to have a strong gaming component, particularly via third-party apps".

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Meta Takes ‘Magic Leap’ in IP Licencing Talks, FT Reports

XR Today - Augmented Reality tag

Meta Platforms is set to ink a massive partnership with augmented reality (AR) firm Magic Leap, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. The new deal aims to share intellectual property licencing and contract manufacturing to create AR-based solutions. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report comes after nearly two turbulent years of developing the spatial communications platform.

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Cards & Tankards Deals A Hand Later This Week On Quest

Upload VR

Two years after appearing on PC VR, Divergent Realities confirms Cards & Tankards arrives on Quest later this week. Arriving on May 25, Cards & Tankards is a free-to-play social collectible card game set in a fantasy tavern. Offering over 160 cards between 4 "mechanically unique factions," placing cards on the tavern table turns them into mini-figures as you battle other people or AI opponents.

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What is Google ARCore?

XR Today - Augmented Reality tag

Augmented reality (AR) is becoming increasingly common in everyday life. We see evidence of augmented experiences on social media through 360-degree photos and videos. Endless smartphone apps now feature AR functionality. For example, firms like Walmart and Ikea have smartphone applications for customers to position new furniture items in their homes or try on clothes.

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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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Pixel Ripped 1978 Gets A June Release Date On Quest 2, SteamVR and PSVR 2

Upload VR

Atari announced a June 15 release date for Pixel Ripped 1978, developed by Brazilian studio ARVORE. This entry follows in the footsteps of the series' previous entries, 1989 , 1995 and the On The Road spin-off, but is the first to feature a partnership with Atari. This will push the setting deeper into nostalgia-laden gameplay, featuring gameplay inspired by some classic Atari titles such as Yars' Revenge and Crystal Castles shown in a whole new light.

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Intel HPC Updates For ISC 2023: Aurora Nearly Done, More Falcon Shores, and the Future of XPUs

Anand Tech

With the annual ISC High Performance supercomputing conference kicking off this week, Intel is one of several vendors making announcements timed with the show. As the crown jewels of the company’s HPC product portfolio have launched in the last several months, the company doesn’t have any major new silicon announcements to make alongside this year’s show – and unfortunately Aurora isn’t yet up and running to take a shot at the Top 500 list.

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XR in Manufacturing Case Study: Kognitiv Spark and Surepoint

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

For experts in the manufacturing landscape, extended reality can offer a host of potential benefits. Immersive solutions not only provide companies with the tools they need to better train their employees and enhance collaboration, they also ensure staff members can complete tasks in a range of environments, with high levels of efficiency. With XR tools, manufacturing leaders can ensure employees on the field, and working with clients have access to all of the high-quality resources they need

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X-AR (Augmented Reality with X-Ray Vision)

CraneMorley

Back to Blog Page Creators at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a new reality called X-AR. How the creators describe this new type of extended reality is Augmented Reality with X-Ray Vision. This x-ray vision is different than the ironman x-ray vision we like describe with digital twins to show the components inside a car for example.

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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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The Art of Storytelling in Brand Activation Campaigns

VRPlayin

Storytelling is a powerful tool that can evoke emotions, inspire action, and create lasting connections between consumers and brands. By incorporating storytelling into your brand activation campaigns, you can elevate your marketing efforts and enhance the overall impact of your initiatives. In this blog post, we’ll explore the art of storytelling in brand activation and offer tips on how to create compelling narratives that resonate with your audience.

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Strategies for Maximizing Competitive Edge in Construction & Mining Equipment Sales

AUGray

Introduction: In the fiercely competitive world of construction and mining equipment sales, staying ahead of the curve is crucial for success. To maximize your competitive edge, it’s essential to adopt effective strategies that differentiate your offerings, captivate potential customers, and drive sales. In this article, we will explore key strategies that can elevate your sales game and help you dominate the market.

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“Going Beyond: Exploring Virtual Worlds with Tino Truong on the Between Realities Podcast!”

VRGames

This week’s episode of the Between Realities podcast saw Alex and Skeeva interview Tino Truong, Founder of BasedXR. During their conversation, Tino discussed how his company is revolutionizing reality as we know it through the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

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Unleashing the Power: Elevating Marketing Strategies for Construction & Mining Equipment

AUGray

Introduction: In the dynamic world of construction and mining equipment, a strong marketing strategy can be the key to gaining a competitive edge. To optimize your marketing efforts and maximize your reach, it’s essential to employ innovative tactics that captivate your target audience and differentiate your brand. In this article, we will delve into actionable strategies that will empower you to elevate your marketing game and achieve remarkable success in the industry.

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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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Stealth Action Classic ‘Budget Cuts’ Comes to PSVR 2 & Quest with ‘Ultimate’ Edition in June

Road to VR

The newly announced Budget Cuts Ultimate , which combines both Budget Cuts (2018) and Budget Cuts 2 (2019) stealth action games into a single experience, is set to launch on PSVR 2 and Quest 2 next month. Budget Cuts Ultimate is set to bring both games to those respective platforms for the first time, launching on June 1st. Originally released on PC VR and the original PSVR, Budget Cuts makes use of a unique portaling system that completely rethinks teleportation in VR as we know it.

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Thriving Through Recession: Strategies for Construction and Mining Equipment Manufacturers

AUGray

Introduction: The construction and mining equipment industry is no stranger to economic downturns. During recessions, manufacturers face numerous challenges, including reduced demand, increased competition, and financial constraints. However, with the right strategies in place, it is possible for manufacturers to not only survive but thrive during challenging times.

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Here’s What The Future Of The Internet Will Look Like

Bernard Marr

It’s difficult to predict exactly what the future internet will look like because new technology is evolving so quickly — but there is no doubt that the newest iteration of the web will transform virtually every part of our economy and society. What exactly do I mean by “future internet”? I’m talking about the third evolution of the web, where life online will become more decentralized and immersive.

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Driving Cost Reduction: Data-Driven Sales and Marketing for Construction and Mining Equipment Companies

AUGray

Introduction: In the highly competitive landscape of the construction and mining equipment industry, reducing costs while maximizing sales and marketing effectiveness is crucial for sustainable growth. Traditional approaches to sales and marketing can be costly and inefficient, but with the power of data-driven strategies and emerging technologies like AR/VR and immersive technology, companies can optimize their operations, enhance customer experiences, and drive down costs.

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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?