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What’s the XR Device Sales Outlook?

AR Insider

When it comes to AR and VR devices, what are projected annual sales and installed bases? And which device classes are leading the way? Our latest Behind the Numbers installment dives in. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Former Oculus CTO “unconvinced” Mixed Reality Apps Will Sell Headsets (like Quest 3)

Road to VR

Less than 48 hours after Meta fully unveiled Quest 3 , John Carmack, legendary programmer and former CTO of Oculus, expressed doubts about mixed reality’s ability to increase headset sales. Carmack departed Meta late last year , concluding what he called at the time his “decade in VR.” Still, it’s clear the key cohort in Oculus’ genesis story has a lot to offer when it comes to all things XR.

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Spatial Beats: Meta, Amazon & ChatGPT

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 highlights and strategic implications from Meta Connect. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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New Quest Dev Tools to Add Leg Estimation for More Convincing Avatars

Road to VR

Meta announced that it’s offering new developer tools for Quest headsets to make avatars more realistic. The company also unveiled a Quest 3-exclusive upper body tracking feature that supports a much wider range of body motion. Announced at Connect 2023 late last week, Meta showed off some new features coming both to Quest 3 and the rest of the Quest platform.

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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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Vantari VR Expands Training Solution to Middle East, Italy

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Virtual reality (VR) medical training firm Vantari VR has begun rolling out its software platform across the Middle East and Italy to help democratise medical training worldwide, the company announced last week. With the expansion, the Sydney, Australia-based firm aims to boost access for clinicians seeking remote medical training solutions and democratise the use of emerging technologies.

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New Red Matter 2 Update Promises 'Console Quality' Upgrades On Quest 3

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Red Matter 2 received its Quest 3 update promising 'console quality' enhancements for standalone VR. While Meta's new headset doesn't launch until October 10, Vertical Robot released the Quest 3 update today for Red Matter 2. Changes like increased rendering resolution, 4K textures, and dynamic shadows were outlined previously but the studio's now elaborated further.

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Maximizing Business Benefits with Virtual Training Solutions

Program Ace

Virtual training offers businesses flexibility, cost-efficiency, and global scalability. Discover the training techniques and the potential of modern virtual training solutions.

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Arizona Sunshine 2 Hands-On: Killing Zombies With Man's Best Buddy

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We recently went hands-on with Arizona Sunshine 2 from Vertigo Games on PC VR. Here's our first look at how the sequel aims to build on its predecessor. Zombies are a pretty common foe in VR and Arizona Sunshine from Vertigo Games gets some credit for being early with its release in 2016. Though the genre has evolved with more recent efforts like Chapters 1 & 2 of The Walking Dead Saints & Sinners, Arizona Sunshine 2 looks to take you back out to the desert with a new slate of tools at y

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Asus Formally Completes Acquisition of Intel's NUC Business

Anand Tech

ASUS has formally acquired Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) products based on Intel's 10 th to 13 th Generation Core processors. Asus is set to continue building and supporting Intel's existing NUCs and will, over time, roll out its own compact NUC systems for office, entertainment, gaming, and many other applications. " I am confident that this collaboration will enhance and accelerate our vision for the mini PC, " said Jackie Hsu, Asus senior vice president and co-head

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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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Espire 1 Convergence Update Gives PC VR Parity With Quest

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Espire 1: VR Operative receives a major PC VR update, providing almost complete feature parity with Quest. Released in 2019, Espire 1: VR Operative received a sequel with Espire 2 last year but developer Digital Lode isn't done with the original yet. Called the ' Convergence Update ,' it brings the previously Quest-exclusive 1.7 , 1.8 and 1.9 updates to Steam and Rift.

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Meta Connect 2023: Where was the Metaverse?

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

That is a wrap. After weeks of anticipation from the XR community, audiences were ready to see how Meta concluded its 2023 following a dip in faith at the start of the year. XR audiences fully expected Meta to unveil its Quest 3 product during the event, which the firm announced with an October 10 release date. Moreover, the firm doubled down on its AR smartglasses product portfolio with its new Meta Ray-Ban product, due October 17.

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Demeo Battles Receives Steam Next Fest Demo Today

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Demeo Battles, the PvP Demeo spin-off from Resolution Games, receives a flatscreen PC demo today ahead of Steam Next Fest. Steam Next Fest doesn't officially begin until October 9 but the Demeo Battles demo is available today , following on from last month's release date confirmation. Unfotunately for VR players today's demo is just for flatscreens, but it should still prove out the game's fundamentals for players who might be interested in picking it up.

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Immersive Technology Quiz; Take the Quiz to Test Your Knowledge!

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Immersive technology quiz options have a unique role. On the one hand, they're a fun way of exploring how much you know about an exciting new subject. But on the other, it's also a way of learning about those technologies. An immersive technologies quiz shows what you know. But you'll soon see that it also [.] The post Immersive Technology Quiz; Take the Quiz to Test Your Knowledge!

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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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GOLF+ Teases Quest 3 Visual Enhancements

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GOLF+ will receive a Quest 3 upgrade with more realistic graphics. Responding to a request for comparison videos between Quest 2 and Quest 3 editions, GOLF+ CEO and founder Ryan Engle shared how the golfing sim compares. Currently available on Quest 2 , a short video showcased clear improvements on Meta's upcoming headset with upgraded lighting, textures and shadows.

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The XR Week Peek (2023.10.02): Meta Quest 3 launched, Vive Ultimate Tracker leaked, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Welcome to this new edition of the XR Week Peek, which this week will be a bit special because I will summarize here what happened during the Meta Connect, the event during which Mark Zuckerberg launched the Quest 3, the Ray-Ban Meta smartglasses, and new techniques for data harvest… cough cough I mean, new AI services. I was used to making a dedicated roundup for the Meta Connect every year, but this year it has been so disappointing that I don’t think it deserves its own article But there

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Revolutionizing XR Development

Tech Trends VR

The ArborXR Directory Platform Connects Businesses with Trusted VR Developers In a significant stride towards transforming XR development, ArborXR introduces the ArborXR Directory. This centralized platform is designed to seamlessly connect businesses with established VR developers. Boasting a roster of over 60 seasoned developers and a curated library of 20+ demo apps, ArborXR is poised to redefine the XR development landscape.

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EON SOFTSKILLS REVOLUTIONIZES PROFESSIONAL TRAINING WITH IMMERSIVE VIRTUAL REALITY

EON Reality

EON Reality sets the benchmark for multidisciplinary learning, harnessing the power of AI and Augmented Reality. IRVINE, CA – October 2 , 2023 – EON Reality, the global leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer, proudly announces the launch of EON SoftSkills, a groundbreaking virtual reality training platform designed to reshape professional skill development across a multitude of industries.

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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.