Wed.Sep 13, 2023

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ArborXR Directory Elevates XR’s Ecosystem

AR Insider

One challenge in early-stage tech sectors is opportune but dispersed ecosystems. ArborXR Directory faces that challenge as connective tissue between XR players and professionals. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Apple Confirms Vision Pro Still Slated to Release in Early 2024

Road to VR

Apple’s “Wonderlust” product launch event featured the official unveiling of iPhone 15 and both Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2. While XR wasn’t a major focus of the event, Apple confirmed its upcoming mixed reality standalone Vision Pro isn’t seeing any delays to push it off its early 2024 release. First unveiled at WWDC in June, Apple CEO Tim Cook said last night during the product event that Vision Pro is still “on track for release in early 2024.” Vision

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Can AR Transform Product Sales?

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Among AR use cases, one with an early lead is immersive product marketing and sales. How is this shaping up and where is it headed as AR evolves from handheld to headworn? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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This Steam Add-on Aims to Make It Easier to Sleep in VR

Road to VR

Sleeping in VR is definitely a thing. Just head to any of the so-called ‘sleep worlds’ in VRChat to see avatars snoozing away whilst curled up on a virtual couch. Now a Steam overlay looks to make it easier for the VR sleepers among us to catch their forty winks. Called OyasumiVR – VR Sleeping Utilities, the software is designed to detect when you’re asleep and automate various tasks, something its creator ‘Raphii’ says can help make VR sleeping “as co

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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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Major Partnerships set to Revolutionize XR Training

XR Today - Virtual Reality

This week, hand-tracking market leader SpectreXR made various strides in innovating in XR input with various partnerships that aim to elevate immersion for XR training applications and user experiences. Notably, SpectreXR is collaborating with UltraLeap in a “ shared goal ” to enhance immersive training by leveraging UltraLeap hardware alongside “OctoXR” – the firm’s first-party hand-tracking SDK.

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OSFest 2023 starts Friday, runs through Sunday

Hypergrid Business

(Image courtesy OSFest.) The annual OpenSimulator Community Conference, known as OSFest , will take place September 15 through 17 inside the OSFest virtual world grid. The three-day event features live music, exhibits, talks, tours, social spaces, and shopping for attendees across the hypergrid metaverse. This year’s OSFest offers 94 hours of presentations, panels, tours, and workshops as well as 98 hours of live music performances across four stages.

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Unity Sticks With Install Fees As Developers Mull Lawsuits

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SideQuest threatened Unity with legal action over its planned install fees while telling the game engine maker to "stick that up your pipe and smoke it." Yesterday saw Unity announce the Runtime Fee , a new charge based on revenue in the last 12 months and installs, counting from 2024 forward. With costs as high as $0.20 per install depending on your Unity plan , this new fee covers both future releases and currently available games.

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Apple Brings Spatial Computing to iOS

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

Apple is gearing up for the Vision Pro debut. The firm’s first XR headset is due soon, and with it comes a spatial computing ambition that draws similarities and differences to Lenovo, Microsoft, Meta, HTC VIVE, and other XR headset vendors. However, a key difference and benefit that Apple has over some of its competition is the already-established iOS ecosystem of products and software.

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Bigscreen Beyond Ultra-Compact SteamVR Headset Now Shipping

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Bigscreen Beyond is now shipping to the first US preorder customers. Beyond is an ultra-compact and ultra-light SteamVR headset designed to enable truly comfortable long duration PC-based VR sessions. The key drivers of its tiny size and light weight are the use of OLED microdisplays and the fact that each unit is customized for the buyer's face and eyes instead of being adjustable, based on an iPhone 3D face scan.

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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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Bizzlogic Fully Launches Meadow Enterprise Metaverse

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

XR company Bizzlogic announced on Tuesday it had fully launched its Meadow enterprise metaverse platform. The turnkey, flagship metaverse-as-a-service platform offers users virtual spaces for working, collaborating, and connecting. With its intuitive, easy-to-use, and flexible functionality, enterprises, organisations, and others can boost engagement among their teams as well as customer bases.

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NFL Pro Era 2 Huddles Up This Month On Quest & SteamVR

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NFL Pro Era 2 continues the new annual sports series, arriving this month on Quest and PC VR headsets. Teased during June's Meta Quest Gaming Showcase , the NFL Pro Era sequel marks VR’s second official NFL game, featuring Lamar Jackson returning as the cover star. NFL Pro Era 2's biggest change is a new head-to-head multiplayer mode, letting you battle online and "pitch your favorite teams against each other.

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‘Mannequin’ Brings Tense Hide and Seek Multiplayer to Meta Quest 2, 3, and Pro in 2024

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Coming to Meta Quest 2, 3, and Pro in 2024, Mannequin is the brand-new title from us at Fast Travel Games, makers of Vampire: The Masquerade - Justice, Wraith: The Oblivion - Afterlife, and Apex Construct—and it’s our first ever in-house multiplayer project. One team plays as a race of shape-shifting alien invaders, able to pose and disguise themselves as motionless humans to avoid detection.

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New AirPods Pro Model Supports 'Ultra-Low Latency' Lossless Audio From Vision Pro

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The new AirPods Pro model will support "ultra-low latency" lossless audio from Apple Vision Pro. Apple announced the new AirPods Pro model yesterday during its September event livestream where it also announced the iPhone 15 series and new Watch models. As well as switching the case from Lightning to USB-C, the new model adds IP54 dust resistance. But more interesting than either of those changes, when paired with the upcoming Apple Vision Pro headset , they support a custom Apple 20-bit, 48 kHz

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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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“Unlock a New Dimension with the iPhone 15 Pro – Apple’s First Smartphone for Spatial Video Viewing!”

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Today Apple unveiled its new lineup of iPhones, the iPhone 15 Pro among them. With the new device comes a first for Apple devices: being able to capture spatial video for immersive viewing on their upcoming Vision Pro headset.

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Arashi: Castles of Sin - Final Cut Carves Out A November Release On Quest, PSVR 2 & SteamVR

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Skydance Interactive announced today that Arashi: Castles of Sin - Final Cut will release on November 16 for PSVR 2, PC VR and Quest headsets. In terms of Quest models, the release from Skydance only specifically mentions Quest 2 in relation to the November release date (though by nature of cross-compatibility, Quest Pro will be supported by default as well).

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“Exploring the Far-Reaching Wonders of Meta Horizon Worlds v127!”

VRGames

Meta Horizon Worlds v 127 is the latest version of the expansive space exploration simulator. It has been welcomed by gamers around the world, with its continued improvements in gameplay and science fiction majesty. Players will experience improved visuals, bug fixes, and more optimized code that runs behind-the-scenes.

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Strike A Pose: Fast Travel's New Multiplayer Game Mannequin Adapts Prop Hunt For VR

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Taking mechanics from Prop Hunt and skillfully adapting them for VR, Mannequin forces players to stroke a pose and hide among frozen NPCs in a multiplayer hunt between humans and aliens. Read on for our full hands-on impressions from Gamescom. Fast Travel Games revealed Mannequin today, its newest multiplayer VR title coming to Quest, SteamVR and PSVR 2 in 2024.

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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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“Leap Into Action: Gorilla Tag Goes Bananas in Outta Hand Platformer!”

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New State of Play Presentation Confirmed, Promising 'PSVR 2 Highlights' Tomorrow

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Sony's latest State of Play presentation airs tomorrow, promising "PSVR 2 highlights" will be shown. Describing this presentation as having "something for everyone," we'd expect this to primarily focus on flatscreen PS5 games with a few PSVR 2 highlights and Sony advises this will primarily focus on updates to previously announced games. With Resident Evil 4 Remake's VR Mode playable at Tokyo Game Show next week, Capcom's latest VR adaptation seems a likely candidate.

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Pocket Presence: ‘NFL PRO ERA II’ Launches September 28 on Meta Quest 2

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It’s been nearly a year since the launch of NFL PRO ERA, which marked the first-ever officially NFL and NFLPA licensed game in VR. At this summer’s Meta Quest Gaming Showcase, StatusPRO, Inc. teased the next step in the game’s evolution. And today, the sports technology and gaming company formally announced NFL PRO ERA II—the new-and-improved second outing for the franchise launching September 28 for Meta Quest 2.

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‘Arashi: Castles of Sin - Final Cut’ Launches November 16 on Meta Quest 2

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It’s been three months since Skydance Interactive announced that it’s bringing the award-winning stealth-action VR game Arashi: Castles of Sin to Meta Quest 2 and.

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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?