August, 2023

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The Waveguide Revolution: Transforming Consumer-Ready AR

AR Insider

There are several approaches for AR glasses' optical and display systems. Waveguides are among them, but how do they work and what are the advantages? Guest author David Goldman examines. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Walkabout Mini Golf’s Official Putter Is An Awesome VR Accessory

VRScout

Take your virtual golfing to the next level with this unique VR accessory for Meta Quest and Rift. This past June, VR developer Mighty Coconut announced that it has partnered with VR accessory provider Hello Real on an official putter accessory for its VR mini golf game Walkabout Mini Golf , available now on Meta Quest and Rift headsets. Credit: HelloReal & Mighty Coconut The Walkabout Grip-to-Putter is available for a limited time and makes use of a variety of unique features designed to im

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The XR Week Peek (2023.08.28): Quest 3 unboxing leaked, Samsung+Google headset situation is blurry, and more!

The Ghost Howls

After a few days where we thought we were all living in a big oven, here in Italy we’re having the first taste of Autumn, with the temperatures going down and a lot of rain falling from the sky. I’m in that situation where I don’t know if being happy or not: on the one side, having some fresher air is welcome, but on the other side, this means that the Summer is beginning to end, and this makes me a bit sad.

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Exploring the World of Live XR Theater

ARPost

The last three years may feel as though they’ve gone by pretty quickly. A few short years ago, we were seeing an explosion of interest and production in XR theater and live virtual entertainment. The pandemic meant that a lot of theaters were empty, creating a strong need for audiences and entertainers alike. Now it’s 2023. Theaters are open again. But, that doesn’t mean that XR theater has gone anywhere.

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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 ‘The Light Brigade’ Update Brings New Player Classes, Items, Levels & More

Road to VR

Funktronic Labs released a massive update today to its roguelike shooter The Light Brigade (2023), which includes new player classes, tactical items, power-ups, levels and more. Called the ‘Memories of War’ Update, the new content drop is rolling out today to SteamVR, Quest 2, and PSVR 2, including a bunch of new stuff. Check out what’s in the update below, courtesy of Funktronic Labs: The Engineer: a new player class that deploys pilotable drones The Breacher: a new shotgun-wi

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ARtillery Briefs, Episode 69: The State of Spatial Computing

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Where are we in spatial computing’s lifecycle and what subsectors are leading the way? This is the topic of a recent ARtillery Intelligence report and Briefs episode. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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You Can Now Play The Original Far Cry In VR With Motion Controls

VRScout

The 2004 classic looks better than ever in VR. Crytek’s first-person shooter Far Cry can now be played in VR with motion controls thanks to a third-party mod from German developer Holger Frydrych. You may remember Frydrych for his work on the popular Half-Life 2 VR Mod , which lets you experience Valve’s iconic action shooter in 6DoF (six-degrees-of-freedom) VR.

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The XR Week Peek (2023.08.22): VRChat Android alpha released, Kinect For Azure discontinued, and more!

The Ghost Howls

It’s been a very pleasant week for me: on the 15th I celebrated the 7th Birthday of my blog , and it was terrific to receive greetings, compliments, and kind words from many people in the community! I’ve even been mentioned on Forbes by the amazing Charlie Fink ! I thank you all for the love you made me feel that day, I’m still blushing! And what is a better way of celebrating my blog’s birthday than writing a new fantastic roundup of the best XR news of the week?

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Highlighting the Top 3 XR Trends of 2023 [Insights From This Year’s AWE USA]

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The 2023 edition of AWE USA not only lived up to its reputation but also reached new heights, reportedly marking its largest event to date. From cutting-edge hardware to new, groundbreaking technology and software solutions, this year had it all. 3 Trends That Will Shape the Future of XR Let’s dive in and explore the main three trends that stood out and are bound to shape the narrative for the future of XR.

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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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Quest 3 Unboxing Reportedly Leaked Ahead of Fall Release, Video Here

Road to VR

Meta’s upcoming Quest 3 headset is slated for a Fall 2023 launch, possibly even at the company’s Connect developer conference coming September 27th. It seems Meta has suffered yet another unauthorized pre-launch unboxing of their hardware, echoing the Quest Pro leak from last year. The video in question was posted to Reddit today , and subsequently captured and reposted in full by X (formerly Twitter) user ‘VR Panda.

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Meta Quest 3 Release Date Rumors and Latest News

XR Today - Virtual Reality

According to industry experts, the new “Meta Quest 3” release date has been all but confirmed by the tech giant. Unlike some of the other hype-inducing headsets revealed by market leaders this year, the Quest 3 could be arriving a lot sooner. When Mark Zuckerberg announced the updated Quest system, analysts suggested the wearable could hit the market this year.

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6 Reasons South Korea is the Next Metaverse Hotbed

AR Insider

South Korea is known for many things, from smartphone innovation to K-Pop. We can now add the XR to that list. The country has become fertile ground, given a culture of innovation and rich gaming & entertainment industries. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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This KFC VR Game Is Played Inside A Bucket Of Chicken

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The more points you earn the more IRL chicken you get. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), the popular American fast food chain, has launched a VR game in Hong Kong, China that transported players to a KFC-inspired world where they could earn real-world fried chicken by completing virtual objectives. The “Bucketverse VR” experience immersed players in a delicious-looking world inspired by modern-day Hong Kong in which they were tasked with collecting virtual fried chicken.

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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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AviTron closing at end of August. Maybe.

Hypergrid Business

Free land on Avitron. (Image courtesy AviTron.) AviTron owner Alexander Pomposelli has a long history of closing grids without warning. Back when he ran AviWorlds, I counted more than a dozen times that he closed that grid, often without any warning. Residents complained of losing access to regions, inventories, and in world-currency balances. At one point, he finally gave up, and turned AviWorlds over to former business partner Josh Boam — then started AviTron.

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Alien Invasion AR FPS Review

ARPost

What better place to play a game about an alien invasion in your backyard than in your backyard? When a game studio offered to stage an alien invasion right here in my neck of the woods, I shelved my concerns about violent video games and picked up my mobile phone to see what Alien Invasion AR FPS is all about. Resisting an Alien Invasion in Augmented Reality Set in the not-too-distant future, Alien Invasion AR FPS by Stary, tells the story of an insidious and subtle alien foe.

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‘Half-Life 2: RTX’ Remaster Could Mean Big Upgrades for ‘Half-Life 2’ VR

Road to VR

NVIDIA this week announced Half-Life 2: RTX , a community-made remaster of the legendary game featuring all-new assets, textures, and lighting. Pieces of the remaster are likely to make their way to the already existing Half-Life 2: VR Mod. When it rains, it pours, as they say. After years of delays, Half-Life and VR fans have been treated over the last 12 months to full VR mods of Half-Life , Half-Life 2 , Half-Life 2: Episode One , and Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

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What are the Biggest Issues Facing the Metaverse?

XR Today - Virtual Reality

The Metaverse is still in its early stages of development, and several pressing issues need to be addressed before it can become a mainstream reality. The Metaverse refers to a collection of online immersive services distributed and managed under an umbrella application. Enterprise and consumer-facing firms face potentially business-changing opportunities, but many pressing issues face Metaverse services before they can hit the ground.

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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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Can Inworld Redefine AI Character Engines?

AR Insider

Unlike chatbots, Inworld powers multimodal character expression by orchestrating multiple machine-learning models that are designed to mimic the full range of human communication. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Legendary Electronic Musician Aphex Twin Launches AR App

VRScout

Immerse yourself in a variety of trippy visuals accompanied by new music from the latest EP. Richard David James, better known by his stage name, Aphex Twin, is an award-winning musician, composer, and DJ made famous by his unique style of contemporary electronic music. This week the ground-breaking artist released a new augmented reality (AR) app that’s almost as trippy as his music.

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OpenSim hits record high land area

Hypergrid Business

OpenSim’s public grids hit a record high this month with its largest land area ever, the equivalent of 127,958 standard regions. This was an increase of 2,252 regions compared to last month. Meanwhile, the total number of registered users on public OpenSim grids increased by 7,440 and the total number of active users rose by 666. This was despite the fact that several grids did not report their stats this month, including The University of St Andrews’ School of Computer Science , wh

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Challenges Behind Applying Real-World Laws to XR Spaces and Ensuring User Safety

ARPost

Immersive technologies bridging the gap between the physical and digital worlds can create new business opportunities. However, it also gives rise to new challenges in regulation and applying real-world laws to XR spaces. According to a World Economic Forum report , we are relatively slow in innovating new legal frameworks for emerging technologies like AR and VR.

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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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Meta Reveals New Prototype VR Headsets Focused on Retinal Resolution and Light Field Passthrough

Road to VR

Meta unveiled two new VR headset prototypes that showcase more progress in the fight to solve some persistent technical challenges facing VR today. Presenting at SIGGRAPH 2023, Meta is demonstrating a headset with retinal resolution combined with varifocal optics, and another headset with advanced light field passthrough capabilities. Butterscotch Varifocal Prototype Revealed in a developer blogpost , Meta showed off a varifocal research prototype that demonstrates a VR display system which prov

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Siggraph 2023 Highlights

Charlie Fink

The 50th anniversary of the venerated computer graphics conference took place in Los Angeles from August 6th - 10th, 2023.

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AI’s Latest Conquest: Sci-Fi Shorts

AR Insider

Milan Cucuk made the short video 1000 Miles, Part 1, in eight hours from his own script, using AI tools Mid-Journey, Runway, and Elven Labs. What does this say about generative AI's potential? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Drive An M4 Coupe In BMW’s Mixed Reality Experience

VRScout

Your controller is the car. BMW aims to educate the public about the role of mixed reality (MR) technology in regard to the future of passenger economy and entertainment. That said, this isn’t some boring classroom type of education or your average MR gaming experience using a handheld controller. Your controller is BMW’s all-new high-performance $86,000 M4 Competition Coupé.

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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

Did you know that companies such as Paychex, 3M, and Honeywell are getting better results by incorporating video-based practice and coaching within their L&D strategy? From sales pitches to soft skills, learners are becoming top performers by applying and validating knowledge transfer using the unique benefits of video. Whether used as a stand-alone application or integrated with a learning platform, video-based practice and coaching platforms give learners the ultimate opportunity to repeatedly