Fri.Sep 15, 2023

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OpenSim land area at new all-time-high — again

Hypergrid Business

OpenSim land area has passed 130,000 standard region equivalents this month, for a new all-time high. This is the second month in a row that OpenSim has set a land record. The total number of regions grew by over 2,000 over the past month. Registered users also increased, by more than 5,000, and active users increased by more than 800. Traffic is expected to be even higher in the next month because the annual OSFest kicked off today.

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The 5 Biggest Risks of Generative AI: Steering the Behemoth Responsibly

Bernard Marr

In the constantly evolving technological landscape, Generative AI emerges as both a beacon of opportunities and a nucleus of substantial risks. Leveraging massive data sets to conjure anything from realistic text to fabricated videos, Generative AI, underpinned by engines like OpenAI’s GPT-4, carries with it a Pandora’s box of potential dangers.

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Intel Broadens FPGA Range with New Products Across All Six FPGA Platforms

Anand Tech

Intel's Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) is broadening its FPGA product range with the introduction of six new programmable platforms aimed at different types of customers and workloads. In addition to a new sub-family of Agilex 5-series offerings, Intel is launching its all-new Agilex 3 series offerings along with new Agilex. The highlight of today's announcement is the Intel Agilex 3 FPGA series of power and cost-optimized FPGAs in compact form factors.

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Unity Drops a Bombshell: What Will Be the Impact on Social VR Platforms?

Ryan Schultz

A collage of Twitter ( sorry, X ) statements from smaller game developers announcing they are dropping Unity after the company’s announcement earlier this week ( source ) On Tuesday, Unity dropped a bombshell on software developers: a new fee structure that will charge devs using its popular game engine on a per-install basis, with less than four months advance notice.

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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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New Asgard's Wrath 2 Deep Dive Details Roguelite Dungeon Crawling

Upload VR

Meta continues its Asgard's Wrath 2 deep dives with details about the asynchronous 'Uncharted Rifts' dungeon-crawling mode. Following last month's developer blog for Asgard's Wrath 2 , which saw Meta detail the Cosmic Guardian protagonist, this new Uncharted Rifts overview comes from Senior Game Producer Mari Kyle. A procedurally generated dungeon mode, each trip promises new layouts based on your hero and selected loadout.

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PvP Spin-Off Demeo Battles Sets November Release Date On Quest & SteamVR

Upload VR

Demeo Battles, the PvP spin-off of tabletop co-operative dungeon crawler Demeo from Resolution Games, is set for release on November 9. Announced almost a year ago, Demeo Battles switches out the original's co-op gameplay for shorter matches consisting 1v1 or 2v2 player-vs-player (PvP) action. It takes the same turn-based tactics, art style, champions, monsters and more from Demeo , adapting them into a new competitive format with a few key changes.

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“Ghostbusters Take On the Ghoulish Ghost Lord in October – Out Now on Quest & PSVR 2!”

VRGames

The highly anticipated Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord is set to launch next month, just in time for Halloween. Developed by nDreams and released exclusively on PSVR 2 and Quest with cross-play support, the mission-based co-op game lets players fight together to save San Francisco from the titular villain.

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#1271: Indie Immersive Narratives at FIVARS & the Fragility of XR Creation, Distribution, & Open Source Ecosystems

Voices of VR

The latest Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories (FIVARS) starts today in a hybrid exhibition of 65 immersive stories until September 19 in Toronto and until October 3 with an online exhibition of spherical video and cinematic VR. I had a chance to sit down with FIVARS founder Keram Malicki-Sánchez to get a […] The latest Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories (FIVARS) starts today in a hybrid exhibition of 65 immersive stories until Septe

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Meet Owatch at GTI Asia China Expo 2023

Steki Amusement

Meet Owatch at GTI Asia China Expo 2023 The 15th GTI Asia China Expo will be grandly opened in Area A of Pazhou Complex of Guangzhou China Import and Export Fair on September 11-13, 2023. Owatch is Asia’s leading manufacturer and supplier of commercial virtual reality simulators. attracted the attention of customers and friends from all over the world.

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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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Pimax Crystal hands-on: a headset with astonishing visual clarity

The Ghost Howls

Today I host another fantastic guest post written by VR ergonomics expert (and friend of mine) Rob Cole. Rob is a big fan of PCVR (he even tried to design a new SteamVR controller , do you remember?) and recently he had the opportunity to go hands-on with the high-resolution Pimax Crystal headset. He wanted to write on my blog his opinion on this device to inform the community and of course I accepted, because I’m more than happy to host another one of his super-detailed articles.

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“Team Up and Bust Ghosts in the New ‘Ghostbusters VR’ Game — Out Now on Quest 2 & PSVR2!”

VRGames

Fans of the classic Ghostbusters franchise have a lot to be excited about. nDreams has announced that the first in-home virtual reality game – Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord – will launch on October 26th, 2023 with a price tag of $55.

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Proof of Concept: A VR Interview with YONK on the Future of Design

Oculus

For our inaugural episode, we’re spotlighting YONK, a Netherlands-based 3D animation studio that uses Medium by Adobe to craft visually striking artwork, animations, and character.

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“Explore Meta Horizon’s Expanding Universe: Now on Mobile and Web!”

VRGames

We are thrilled to introduce a new way to experience our Meta Horizon Worlds: on mobile! Our first Meta Horizon World is available now, and it promises the same immersive virtual reality (VR) experience that players have come love about our products.

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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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‘Demeo Battles’ Comes to Meta Quest 2 + Pro on November 9, Pre-Order Now to Save 10%

Oculus

Demeo Battles is coming to Meta Quest 2 and Pro on November 9 for $19.99 USD. You can pre-order it now to save 10% off the purchase price!

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Big XR News from Boeing, ENGAGE XR, Apple, and Meta

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

XR looks to be picking up in the public consciousness. Many XR firms are distributing immersive workplace solutions to a range of enterprise end-users, and at the same time, vendors are working on providing extensive product portfolios. Now the Metaverse is gaining newfound traction from enterprise clients, companies like Meta, Microsoft, and Apple are reinforcing XR as a serious technology for various use cases.

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