April, 2022

Walkabout Mini Golf Is Evolving Into A Mini Golf Metaverse

VRScout

A new starting area offers new ways to socialize with friends both on and off the green. Originally released on Meta Quest VR headsets back in 2020, Walkabout Mini Golf has since received a number of major improvements, from new courses to expressive player avatars.

Pico launches Pico Neo 3 Link: the first true Quest 2 competitor (in Beta)

The Ghost Howls

Today is a watershed moment for virtual reality : Pico has finally done what everyone in the XR community was waiting for with the launch of Pico Neo 3 Link , the first Quest 2 competitor. Let me explain everything you need to know in this article! Pico enters consumer VR.

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Co-op ‘Ghostbusters VR’ Game Revealed from Sony Pictures Virtual Reality and Developer nDreams

Road to VR

Today at the very end of the Quest Gaming Showcase, Meta announced an upcoming Ghostbusters VR game in development by Sony Pictures Virtual Reality & nDreams, built for four-player co-op. Can’t say we saw that one coming.

Here's Why Hydrogen Cars Were Doomed To Fail

Slashgear

Hydrogen cars sounded like a great idea, but they're hardly around anymore. What happened? It turns out the tech simply isn't as viable as EV alternatives.

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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 so is the Zoom fatigue that many experience. The importance of compelling content is more apparent than ever. In this webinar, learn how PowerPoint provides terrific tools to create the kind of dynamic visual content you need to capture your remote audience’s attention. Come along to this masterclass packed with live demonstrations of how to create compelling presentations for successful meetings in a virtual and hybrid environment. In this webinar, you will learn how to: Create dynamic visuals that support persuasive stories to engage your audience Develop professional-looking designs for presentations and other content Become a PowerPoint legend with techniques to make effective presentations quickly and easily June 30th, 2022 at 9:30 am PDT, 12:30 pm EDT, 5:30 pm GMT

CaixaBank and Imagine Show Us What Fintech in the Metaverse Should Look Like

ARPost

Spanish retail banking financial group CaixaBank is “entering the metaverse” through imaginLAND. This virtual destination and immersive event series is an extension of imagin, a “digital services and lifestyle platform” backed by CaixaBank.

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Experience What It’s Like To Be Slapped By Will Smith In VR

VRScout

It was only a matter of time… Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past week, odds are you’ve heard about the now-infamous confrontation between comedian Chris Rock and actor Will Smith during the 2022 Academy Awards.

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Introducing Legverse – The First Metaverse For Legs

The Ghost Howls

There are times when small companies bring big innovations to our world. This is most probable during the evolution stage of a new technology: imagine what has happened for instance with Facebook, Youtube, and Netflix when the broadband Internet became widespread.

Unofficial Render Purports to Show Production Model of Meta’s Next-gen Headset, Project Cambria

Road to VR

YouTuber SadlyItsBradley claims to have seen actual photos of the production model of Meta’s next-gen mixed reality headset, Project Cambria. Though they aren’t sharing the source photos, they worked with a 3D modeler to create a detailed rendering of what the photos showed.

Why Time Travel Is Already Possible, According To NASA

Slashgear

According to NASA, not only is time travel possible, but we are each taking part in time travel every single day of our lives -- from a certain perspective. Science

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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 become such a negative experience with learners? Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer for ELB Learning, will introduce a new learning framework called the C.A.R.E.S Learning Effectiveness Model.

The Optics Explosion: Component Manufacturers Make Big Announcements

ARPost

Everyone watches for the VR headset and AR glasses launches. But who watches the components?

Who’s Using AR and How Often?

AR Insider

30 percent of U.S. adults have used AR at least once according to our latest survey. But how often are they using it? We drill into survey sentiments in the latest Behind the Numbers installment. This post appeared first on AR Insider. ARtillery Intelligence Data Trend Analysis behind the numbers

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Giant VR Robots Are Building Railways In Japan

VRScout

Could VR-powered humanoid robots be the future of heavy construction?

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On|Metaverse: The lessons I learned organizing a physical event about VR

The Ghost Howls

On Thursday, April 21st, in Italy there has been the first edition of the On|Metaverse Summit , an amazing hybrid event of which I have been a co-organizer.

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The Key to Getting the Best Out of Video-Based Practice & Coaching

Speaker: Micah Eppler, Account Executive for Rehearsal of eLearning Brothers

Join Micah Eppler from eLearning Brothers to see hands-on examples of how organizations are transforming outcomes with video-based training strategies.

Quest Users Can Now Watch YouTube Together Thanks to ‘Bigscreen’ Update

Road to VR

Bigscreen is putting Meta to shame again, as the VR hangout app just got a serious bump in functionality for Quest users and PC VR users alike. Now VR’s favorite social viewing app includes native YouTube support, so you can watch anything on YouTube with friends and strangers.

The World Reacts To Elon Musk Buying Twitter

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Elon Musk's Twitter buy has sent the internet spinning with opinions, worries, and discussions of whether a new social network will benefit from a mass exodus. COVID News Health News News Technology

The Future of VR in Education: Full Immersion in Learning

ARPost

The traditional educational process means a dry presentation of facts and putting theory into practice. Many generations have learned according to this “golden” formula. But there is one problem: this model doesn’t take into account the individual characteristics of students.

Where Will AR Have the Most Marketing Impact?

AR Insider

One of AR's early-standout use cases is to make shopping more immersive. But what should brand marketers know before they dive in? We tap into the ad agency perspective in the latest guest post. This post appeared first on AR Insider. Contributors

Immersing the Curious Mind in VR: Why You’re Missing Out on Proven ROI!

Speaker: John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO, CenarioVR® Creator

Join John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO and creator of the award-winning VR course builder CenarioVR®, to find out why organizations choose immersive learning and how they've used innovative approaches.

Grandpa Creates Hologram Twin For Future Grandkids Using VR

VRScout

Not even death will stop this tech-savvy grandfather from meeting his great-grandchildren. Jerry Terrance, an 85-year-old grandfather from Los Angeles, California, has turned himself into a 3D hologram that will serve as a humanoid time capsule for future generations.

Laval Virtual: Hands-on with Lenovo ThinkReality A3 and Actronika Skinetic!

The Ghost Howls

I have just returned back home to Turin (Italy) after my trip to Laval and Paris, and as usual when I attend an event, here I am reporting to you the impressions of some of the hardware and software I have tried there.

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Meta Plans to Take Nearly 50% of Creator’s Earnings in ‘Horizon Worlds’

Road to VR

This week Meta announced that it was beginning to test selling tools so that creators can sell things inside of Horizon Worlds and earn real money. Now the company has offered up more detail about how that will work, including the fees creators will pay on earnings made through the platform.

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The 12 Coolest Scientific Discoveries Of April 2022

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Science continues to amaze us. Here are the most incredible scientific discoveries this month, from black holes merging to Neptune's shifting seasons. Science Technology

Everyone Wins! How Games Can Improve Learning Outcomes Across Multiple Generations

Speaker: Stephen Baer, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Game Agency

Nearly 70% of American adults play video games. Stephen Baer, Chief Creative Officer at The Game Agency, will discuss each generation’s unique learning styles and identify game types that appeal to each one and improve your learning outcomes.

Explore Digital Art Through Galleries in Spatial and Liquid Avatar Technologies

ARPost

XR held promise for art from the very beginning. The boom in digital art and art as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) created even more opportunity for the space. As a reflection of that, there has been a significant rise in immersive art galleries, with some organizations providing that particular service.

Defining the Shape of Spatial Experiences

AR Insider

How do you shape AR and VR experiences for meaningful user interactions? Guest author Wilson Tang tackles this question from a design perspective and an architectural background. This post appeared first on AR Insider. Contributors hide 2

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Snoop Dogg’s New Music Video Was Shot In The Metaverse

VRScout

“Walkin’ though The Sandbox with flip-flops on…” Very few celebrities have embraced the growing Web3 industry (NFTs, crypto, the metaverse) quite like Snoop Dogg.

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A closer look at Canon RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens

The Ghost Howls

Some months ago, Canon announced the “RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens” for EOS Cameras , a lens system to easily shoot high-quality 180 VR videos. At the On|Metaverse Summit here in Italy I have been able to see it in action, so let me tell you something about it!

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 Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.