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Apple Vision Pro Hands-On: Very Good In Some Aspects, A Bit Bad In Others

The Ghost Howls

F inally, I have been able to put my hands on an Apple Vision Pro. Thanks to the very kind people of the Helsinki XR Center who let me spend more than one hour with it, and my buddy Gianni who let me have another half an hour, I managed to have enough time to play around with the device to have an informed opinion about it. And I would like to share it with you, even if I’m sure that you have already read a thousand opinions about it… but mine is the only one where you will find the

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Amping Up for AWE 2024: What to Expect

AR Insider

The bellwether event in the XR ecosystem, Augmented World Expo (AWE), is marking its 15th anniversary by moving to Long Beach from Silicon Valley. We take a look at speakers, agenda highlights and what you can expect. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Canon to Launch a More Affordable Stereo Wide-angle Lens for Spatial Video Capture

Road to VR

Leading camera maker Canon today announced its next big entry into its dual-optic lens category, which allows its line of high-end EOS R7 cameras to take spatial video and photos. Called the RF-S3.9mm F3.5 STM Dual Fisheye lens, Canon says its more affordable VR lens system is engineered to offer “a perfect balance between clarity and usability for vlog-style VR creation.” The new Dual Fisheye lens seems to be mostly the same idea and execution as the previous model introduced in 20

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Apple Vision Pro International Pre Orders Open this Month

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

Today, during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2024 kick-off keynote, the company discussed various elements of its product portfolio. During this, Apple unveiled VisionOS 2, the latest version of its spatial computing operating system, and international availability for the Vision Pro. Apple Vice President Mike Rockwell and Tim Cook, CEO, unveiled the new updates.

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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 Features Coming in VisionOS 2, Including What Apple Apple Didn’t Show

Road to VR

If you watched the WWDC 2024 keynote, you’ll have seen the announcement of VisionOS 2 and some highlights of what’s coming to the Vision Pro headset. But there’s lots more that Apple didn’t actually show on stage. Here’s everything we know so far. Beyond what Apple showed of VisionOS 2 in the WWDC keynote, there’s a lot more coming when the update launches this Fall.

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Apple Vision Pro Will Soon Let You Convert 2D Photos to 3D & Share Them Live via SharePlay

Road to VR

Apple today announced at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) its big visionOS 2 update, which is set to arrive on Vision Pro sometime later this year. With it comes a few new features which promise to let you convert 2D photos into spatial photos, and share them live with your Vision Pro-owning friends. Alongside iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, Vision Pro has the ability to natively take 3D photos and video, although you probably have a ton of standard 2D snaps in the backlog that are

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Ex-Meta CTO, Carmack, Casts Doubts on Quest Pro

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

Following previous concerns over Meta’s OS development, Meta’s ex-CTO, John Carmack , explained his opposition during the development of the Quest Pro device, a workplace-focused solution that leverages MR interactions. The Pro headset came out with the Quest 3 MR headset, which offers a limited but similar experience at a lower price, In an X Post, Carmack stated : I tried hard to kill the Pro completely, I had very high confidence that it would be a commercial failure and distract the te

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Some of Vision Pro’s Biggest New Development Features Are Restricted to Enterprise

Road to VR

VisionOS 2 is bringing a range of new development features, but some of the most significant are restricted to enterprise applications. VisionOS 2 will bring some of the top requested development features to the headset, but Apple says its reserving some of them for enterprise applications only. Developers that want to use the features will need ‘Enterprise’ status, which means having at least 100 employees and being accepted into the Apple Developer Enterprise Program ($300 per year

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AI And Jobs: The Good And Bad News

Bernard Marr

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the discussion about artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on jobs is more relevant than ever. I’ve witnessed first-hand how AI can be a powerful force for both innovation and disruption. While the advent of AI presents exciting opportunities for augmenting human capabilities and enhancing our work, it also poses significant challenges that we, as a society, must be prepared to face.

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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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Vision Pro is Leaving US Exclusivity as Apple Set to Launch in New Countries Starting This Month

Road to VR

Apple announced at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) today that it’s finally set to release Vision Pro internationally, as it’s now coming to a number of new countries over the next two months. Previously only available in the United States since its initial launch in February, Apple says it’s now bringing Vision Pro to mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the UK, which includes keyboard support for major world lang

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Interview: Largest ‘Blade & Sorcery’ Update Yet Hits PC VR This Month and Quest Later This Year, Full Details on Crystal Hunt and More

Oculus

On June 17, the long-awaited Progression Mode, officially dubbed Crystal Hunt, will be released for the PC VR version of Blade & Sorcery. This is not only the biggest update yet for the immensely popular medieval combat game, but it also marks the game’s full release out of early access.

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VisionOS 2 is Available in Developer Preview Starting Today

Road to VR

Today at WWDC 2024, Apple revealed VisionOS 2, the first major update for its Vision Pro headset. The new version of the software will be available for developers to experiment with starting today. VisionOS 2 is primarily designed to round out some rough edges from the headset’s release earlier this year, while adding some new features and also expanding development capabilities so developers can take greater advantage of the headset.

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How Generative AI Will Change The Jobs Of Artists And Designers

Bernard Marr

By definition, artists and designers are creative people. They work in these jobs because they have talent and skills that they love to share with the world. So, it isn’t surprising that many of them are cautious or distrustful about the impact generative AI will have on their professional lives. However, like writers, architects, and other creative professionals, many find that it creates opportunities to work more efficiently and even enhance their creativity.

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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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VisionOS Update to Bring Ultra-wide Screen & Higher Resolution to Mac Virtual Display

Road to VR

Apple today announced its 2.0 version of visionOS, which is bringing alongside it a number of new features including a wider and higher-resolution version of Mac Virtual Display. The feature, which is set to launch sometime later this year, will let users dramatically increase their work areas as they connect Vision Pro to Mac. The company says the “ultra-wide display that wraps around you” will allow for resolutions “equivalent to two 4K monitors, side by side.” Content

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How Generative AI Will Change The Jobs Of Computer Programmers And Software Engineers

Bernard Marr

One of the most powerful features of language-based generative AI tools like ChatGPT, Microsoft’s Copilot, or AWS Code Whisperer is the ability to create computer code. After all, code is just another language – one that’s designed to be understandable by both humans and machines – and LLMs like GPT-4 are able to analyze, sequence and predict it just as they can with natural languages.

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Immerse Yourself in the Music with ‘Just Dance VR,’ Coming to the Quest Platform This October

Oculus

Step into a world of music that surrounds you and get ready to take your dancing to a whole new level with Just Dance VR, releasing on October 15 for Meta Quest 2, 3, and Pro.

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How Businesses Should (And Should Not) Use AI: A Strategic Blueprint

Bernard Marr

Businesses often find themselves at a crossroads in the race to leverage artificial intelligence (AI). The lure of AI’s promise is undeniable—from enhancing customer experiences to automating routine tasks. Yet, how a company approaches AI can spell the difference between mere technological flirtation and achieving real, transformative outcomes.

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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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Motive.io and Innoactive Bridge XR Training Platforms

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Motive.io and Innoactive have created a platform integration between Motive XMS and Innoactive’s XR CMS. Users will now be able to use any learning management system (LMS) to run Innoactive XR training content. Both Motive and Innoactive offer training platforms that allow users to create virtual reality training programmes. Ryan Chapman, CEO of Motive.io , commented on its new technology partnership with Innoactive: “We are excited to partner with Innoactive to deliver this powerful integration

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