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Holograms Are Coming To California State Parks

VRScout

Download the Virtual Adventurer app now to explore 9 California State Parks in immersive AR. The California Department of Parks and Recreation is using augmented reality (AR) technology to enhance your in-park experience at 9 participating state parks. This includes futuristic holograms, digital reconstructions, and 3D imagery highlighting California’s various cultural, historic, and natural resources.

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Apple Vision Pro to Support One of VR’s Most Prominent Social Apps

Road to VR

Apple unveiled Vision Pro on Monday, its long-awaited standalone headset capable of both virtual and augmented reality. While the Cupertino tech giant seems to be emphasizing Vision Pro’s AR capabilities thanks to its color passthrough cameras, it’s also going to pack one of VR’s most prominent social apps, Rec Room. Apple’s launch of Vision Pro is still a good bit away—it’s coming first to the US in early 2024 at the hefty price of $3,500.

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Trivia Crack Is Getting Its Own VR Game

VRScout

Compete against other players and share valuable knowledge in Trivia Crack VR. Trivia Crack , the trivia-based mobile game that blew up in popularity around 2014, is returning as a VR experience for Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest Pro, and Meta Quest 3 headsets, according to an official release from Etermax’s gaming division. The original Trivia Crack app launched in 2013 on iOS and Android devices, garnering an impressive 600 million downloads worldwide and more than 150 million active users ann

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‘Escape Simulator’ is Bringing Its 8-player Co-op Escape Rooms to VR

Road to VR

Pine Studios, the team behind the Escape Simulator franchise, announced an upcoming VR port of the studio’s hit escape rooms. Called Escape Simulator VR , the game is slated to bring both solo and online co-op, the latter of which supports up to eight players. Pine Studios says however two to three players is the best number for its swath of escape rooms, with is said to include 25 original rooms made in collaboration with real-world escape room designers.

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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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Meta Quest 3 and Apple Vision Pro: A Tale of Two Headsets

ARPost

Both Apple and Meta revealed highly anticipated headsets in the last seven days. The hype is just about the only thing they have in common. The two headsets have different audiences, different affordances and requirements, and drastically different price points. As such, they illuminate two drastically different approaches to the XR space. The Meta Quest 3 The Meta Quest 3 has been the subject of rumors, speculation, leaks, and outright fabrication probably since before the Quest 2 came out.

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Apple to Adopt Metaverse Services

XR Today - Virtual Reality

This week is all about Apple. Even before the firm’s monumental and, in some ways, controversial device announcement, which saw audiences amazed at a high price point and technology promise, the XR industry was on each of their seats with predictions on Apple’s immersive debut. Apple is trying to become an MR and spatial computing leader by releasing the Vision Pro device.

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Apple Vision Pro Debrief on the Voices of VR Podcast

Road to VR

Apple’s announcement of Vision Pro is reverberating throughout the industry. Beyond just a new headset, the company’s entrance into the space introduces new ideas that are now being discussed around the tech-sphere. To dig further into what Apple Vision Pro means for the XR industry more broadly, I spoke with host Kent Bye on the Voices of VR podcast.

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Here's What Zuckerberg Told Meta Staff He Thinks Of Apple Vision Pro

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In a company-wide meeting, Mark Zuckerberg gave Meta employees his take on Apple Vision Pro. The meeting took place earlier today in person for some staff and was video streamed to others. That stream seems to have leaked to The Verge's Alex Heath, who said he watched the meeting and transcribed it. Zuckerberg claimed the "good news" was that Apple has "no kind of magical solutions" to the problems of AR/VR hardware design that Meta's engineers and researchers "haven’t already explored and thoug

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SK Hynix Starts Production of 238-Layer 3D NAND: 34% Denser with 2.4 GT/s Interface

Anand Tech

SK Hynix announced this week that it had started volume production of its 238-layer TLC NAND memory. The new device promises higher bit density and lower NAND bits cost for the manufacturer and enables ultra-high-performance SSDs as it features a very high interface speed of 2400 MT/s. SK Hynix's first 238-layer 3D TLC NAND device has a 512 Gb capacity (64 GB).

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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 Vision Pro Displays Mostly Run At 90Hz, With One Exception

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Apple confirmed Vision Pro's display refresh rate. Vision Pro features dual OLED microdisplays with a combined total of 23 million pixels, more than any other headset ever shipped. In a WWDC23 developer talk, Apple confirmed that the display refresh rate is 90Hz for most content. However, when watching 24fps content the refresh rate will temporarily change to 96Hz.

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Big Leap for Hard Drive Capacities: 32 TB HAMR Drives Due Soon, 40TB on Horizon

Anand Tech

Offering a brief update on the future of hard drives, Seagate has shared some fresh insights concerning launch of its next generation hard drives featuring its heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology. The company's initial commercial HAMR hard drive is set to offer a 32 TB capacity, presumably in the third quarter of 2023 , but the new recording technology will enable a relatively quick capacity increase to 40 TB.

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Journey To The Center Of The Earth Now Available For Walkabout Mini Golf

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Walkabout Mini Golf's latest course takes you on a Journey To The Center Of The Earth. The latest release in Mighty Coconut's Jules Verne series of paid add-on courses features 18 holes of vertigo-inducing underground cave exploration. There's a new game mechanic here with undulating waves ready to sweep away your ball as you find your way along the Walkabout path.

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Industrial XR Market to top $60bn by 2030, ABI Research Reveals

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

The global industrial extended reality (XR) market is expected to reach $60 billion by 2030, findings from ABI Research revealed this week. ABI’s Enterprise and Industrial XR Training report found that enterprises have been increasingly tapping virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) devices over the last five years. Analysts predict that more than 16 million industrial XR devices will ship in 2027 at current adoption rates.

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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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Palm-Sized Minisforum EM680 Desktop PC Packs AMD's Ryzen 7 6800U and USB4

Anand Tech

We've seen AMD's Ryzen Mobile 6000 series chips show up in several mini-PC devices thus far, and now a recently-released mini-desktop from Minisforum is the smallest yet. The Mini-PC specialty firm has launched its Mercury EM680, an ultra-compact PC based on AMD's Ryzen 7 6800U that is pushing the envelope on compute density, using a far more powerful SoC than we tend to see in these daintiest of devices.

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EyeBlend better than an Apple Vision Pro – still

Life at the Feeding Edge

Tweet In 2016 I wrote Cont3xt the follow up to Reconfigure and part of that was an upgrade our lead character gets. She has access to an API that can manipulate the physical world like the virtual, she builds that up into a Unity application for her smart phone in the first book. The second she gets an EyeBlend headset, state of the art (and still just a little ahead of Apple and co’s attempts.

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HTC VIVE Releases VIVE XR Elite Business Edition

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

HTC VIVE, one of the top extended reality (XR) manufacturers in the market, announced on Wednesday it had launched its VIVE Business+ solution. This will include launching a new VIVE XR Elite Business Edition device. According to the firm, the device will offer enterprise-grade functionality with headset device management capabilities. This allows companies to upgrade, manage, and add content to full fleets of devices, rather than with individual manual upgrades.

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Hellsweeper VR Set For September Release For PC VR, Quest 2 & PSVR 2

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Hellsweeper VR will release September 21 on PC VR, Quest 2 and PSVR 2. Publisher Vertigo Games announced the news alongside a new trailer today, ahead of the game's release in the fall. Originally set to release last year, a few delays saw Hellsweeper pushed from late 2022 to Q2 2023 and now into late Q3. However, this is the first nailed-down release date for the game, so it feels a bit more set in stone.

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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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This Week In XR: Apple Intros Vision Pro, Red 6 And Paradromics BCI Close Rounds, Mira AR Acquired

Charlie Fink

Apple's new XR headset will be a game changer. Eventually.

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Bait! Treasure Hunters Update Heads To Shipwreck Shores Today On Quest

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Bait!, the free-to-play fishing game from Resolution Games, takes you to the Shipwreck Shores with a free update on Quest. Available now, this follows on from December's Fishin’ Buddies update, which introduced multiplayer fishing and the Casters' Cove hangout area for up to 12 players. Treasure Hunters takes us to Shipwreck Shores, a small island believed to be protected by a giant crab.

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Fashion in the Metaverse: The Bold New Frontier

Program Ace

Explore where fashion transcends the confines of the physical realm. Welcome to the bold new frontier — fashion in the metaverse.

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“Mothergunship Throws an Epic Anniversary Bash – Get Ready To Forge!”

VRGames

It’s been a full year since the launch of Terrible Posture Games’ Mothergunship: Forge, and that marks an extra special occasion! The team is celebrating with the brand new Anniversary Update, giving players new gun parts made to look like food items.

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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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Master Mixology with ‘Bartender VR Simulator’ on Meta Quest 2 + Pro

Oculus

What do you get when you mix two parts VR sim, one part competition, and a healthy dash of expertise from a professional bartender? Odds are that compelling cocktail would look a little like Bartender VR Simulator. Previously available on App Lab, the Rift Platform, and PSVR, the game’s already attracted a loyal fan base, and now it’s bringing roughly 50% more content to Meta Quest 2 + Pro, so you can discover new bars, new game modes, and more customers to serve.

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“MXR Takes XR Events to the Next Level!”

VRGames

MXR, a new XR visualization tool developed by boutique studio &Pull, is set to revolutionize the live event and fan experience. Deployed this year in case studies with Coachella for performers like Childish Gambino and Gorillaz, MXR integrates 2D displays as well as immersing fans through wearable devices.

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Cooler Master Introduces MasterAir MA824 Stealth 250W Dual-Tower CPU Cooler

Anand Tech

Cooler Master has strengthened the brand's already prolific CPU air cooler portfolio with the latest addition in the form of the MasterAir MA824 Stealth. There's also a 30th-anniversary edition of the new cooler with an ARGB fan. The MasterAir series is already home to some of the more prominent high-performance CPU coolers; therefore, the MasterAir MA824 Stealth will fit right in.

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EON REALITY AND MERSETA INCORPORATE SPATIAL AI TECHNOLOGY TO THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE’S IDC

EON Reality

IRVINE, CA, June 8, 2023 – EON Reality, Inc. (“EON Reality”), a global leader in Virtual and Augmented Reality (“XR”) industry and education solutions powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), has announced the latest improvement to its partnership with the University of the Western Cape and its Interactive Digital Center (IDC). This deal is possible through the help of Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authorities (merSETA), who sponsored the Spatia

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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?