September, 2023

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Quest 3 Specs may have all already been leaked

The Ghost Howls

In two weeks, Meta will launch the Meta Quest 3 , and everyone in the community is excited about that. The problem is that there’s no space left for surprises because we already know everything about it. Meta already teased some details in June before the Apple Event, and over these weeks we had all the information revealed through leaks and rumors.

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ArborXR Directory: The Connective Tissue That XR Needs

AR Insider

An in-depth, searchable directory of the top enterprise content creators and their demo apps from around the world––making it easier for companies to discover partners and get started in XR.

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Hands-on: Quest 3 is an Impressive Leap That’s Still Held Back by Software Struggles

Road to VR

Quest 3 is an impressive leap in hardware, especially in the visual department, but it continues Meta’s tradition of building great hardware that feels held back by its software. Update (September 27th, 2023): Fixed the link to the second page at the bottom of this page. After months of teasing and leaks, Quest 3 is finally, officially, fully announced.

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Apple Vision Pro Release Date Rumors and Latest News

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Since Apple confirmed its entry into the extended reality market at WWDC 2023 in June, consumers have been clamoring for an official Apple Vision Pro release date. Advertised as more than just a mixed reality headset, the Apple Vision Pro could mark a new era for extended reality. This “ spatial computing ” device is perfectly aligned with the concept of the metaverse, promising to bring virtual content and real-world environments closer together.

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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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EON REALITY AND VEDX SOLUTIONS ANNOUNCE GROUNDBREAKING PARTNERSHIP TO EXPAND SPATIAL AI EDUCATION IN LATIN AMERICA

EON Reality

EON Reality and VedX Solutions Collaborate to Amplify Spatial AI Education in Colombia and Across Latin American Territories. IRVINE, CA – September 26, 2023 – EON Reality, a world-renowned leader in Artificial Intelligence and Extended Reality-based experiences for education and industry, is thrilled to announce a significant partnership with VedX Solutions.

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The main takeaways from the Meta Connect keynote 2023

The Ghost Howls

The keynote of Meta Connect 2023 finished a few instants ago, and if you follow me on social media, you know that I’ve not been enthusiastic about it, to say the least. But let’s anyway analyze together what have been the most important pieces of news we got from it! IMHO this #MetaConnect2023 keynote was the worst ever, with no surprise announcement, and with AI totally stealing the spotlight from XR #VirtualReality #Meta pic.twitter.com/z0M4CG0MhF — TonyVT SkarredGhost (@Skar

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How is the U.S. Army Using AR?

AR Insider

One of the many fitting use cases for AR that continues to emerge is making soldiers more situationally aware and empowered. What's the current status and trajectory? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Epic Games is “exploring native Unreal Engine support” for Apple Vision Pro

Road to VR

Unity, makers of the popular game engine, announced earlier this week it’s getting ready to levy some pretty significant fees on developers , causing many to rethink whether it makes more sense to actually go with the main competition, Unreal Engine from Epic Games. It seems Epic isn’t wasting any time to help transition those creating projects for Apple Vision Pro.

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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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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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EON SPATIAL AI GLOBAL TOUR: INSIGHTS FROM DUBAI, BUCHAREST, AND SOFIA

EON Reality

Introducing the Spatial AI Tour Blog Series by Dan Lejerskar, Founder of EON Reality Embark on a global journey with Dan Lejerskar, the Founder of EON Reality, as he takes you through the cutting-edge intersections of technology, education, and innovation in the 24-city Spatial AI Tour. In this ongoing series, Dan offers firsthand insights and captivating stories from cities around the world, spotlighting how Spatial AI is transforming the landscapes of learning, training, and technological grow

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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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Varjo cuts in half the price of Aero!

The Ghost Howls

I’m writing this article to give you all a heads-up about a good thing that happened today. In one of those many webinars that Varjo organizes, the Finnish company has revealed that it is going to slash the price of the Aero… by a 50% factor! Varjo Aero at $990/€990 Varjo Aero (Image by Varjo) Varjo has announced that the new price of the Varjo Aero will be $990/€990, down -50% from the previous original price.

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How Can We Encourage More Women to Work in Immersive Technology?

AR Insider

As immersive tech evolves it's increasingly important for women to be part it. However, they're still underrepresented. How do we change that, and encourage immersive pursuits among women? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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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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Valve Launches SteamVR 2.0 Beta, Bringing Long-awaited Platform Features into VR

Road to VR

After a period of significant silence about VR from the company, Valve today surprise-released a beta for SteamVR 2.0, a major upgrade to the platform’s VR interface which finally brings more of the platform’s core capabilities into VR. Valve originally said it planned to release “SteamVR 2.0” in 2020. But it would be Valve without the infamous Valve Time.

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VR Training to Reach Middle East Regions

XR Today - Virtual Reality

As the XR industry grows, more regions are stepping foot in the immersive sector – both consumer and enterprise. Worldwide XR distribution and adoption success depends on inclusive and accessible software and hardware – with a particular focus on regional availability and understanding. The XR space and its vendors commonly use remote collaboration and communication as a selling point.

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EON REALITY ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH NEXTECH ASIA CO. TO EXPAND AI-POWERED XR OFFERINGS

EON Reality

Nextech Asia Co. to Showcase EON Reality’s Innovative VR and AR Solutions in New Strategic Partnership. IRVINE, CA, September 11, 2023 – EON Reality, Inc. (“EON Reality”), a global leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality (“XR”) solutions powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), is thrilled to announce a new strategic partnership with Nextech Asia Co., a prominent technology solutions provider.

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Quest 3 Will Get Inside-Out Upper Body Tracking & AI Leg Estimation Later This Year

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Quest 3 is scheduled to get upper body tracking and AI estimated legs in a software update in December. All other major VR systems only track your head and hands, while some also track your eyes, and a few track facial expressions. Quest 3 doesn't have eye or face tracking, but it will get a tracking feature not seen in any other headset to date. Quest 3's side cameras face downwards.

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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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Editorial: This VR cycle may take more time than expected

The Ghost Howls

Two days ago I was reading an interesting editorial about PSVR 2 by Scott Hayden, and my mind started wandering about the current moment of virtual reality, the stasis we live in, and our expectations for the upcoming headset. In this article, I’m going to tell you all the thoughts I had. The new “Autumn” of VR If you’ve read some of my articles this year, you know I’m defining this moment as an “Autumn” for virtual reality.

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Is There Hope for Hollywood’s AI Embrace?

AR Insider

Hollywood has been wary of AI – a central sticking point in the writers and actors strikes. Yet a world away, at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month, a more hopeful AI embrace was underway. Charlie Fink breaks it down. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Meta is Reportedly Partnering with LG to Create Apple Vision Pro Competitor

Road to VR

Meta is reportedly teaming up with South Korean tech giant LG Electronics to offer up competition to the Apple’s forthcoming Vision Pro mixed reality headset, which is slated to arrive sometime in 2024. South Korea’s Maekyung (Korean) is reporting on two new Meta headsets: a low-cost Quest model that will be priced at “less than $200” coming in 2024, and a high-priced model in a joint venture with LG in 2025, which is supposedly set to take on Apple Vision Pro.

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Venice Film Festival 2023 Is Cinematic AI’s Coming Out Party

Charlie Fink

Stars optimistic about AI’s cinematic potential.

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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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INTRODUCING EON INTELLIROLE’S INNOVATIVE DELEGATION SKILL ENHANCEMENT, POWERED BY SPATIAL AI

EON Reality

IRVINE, CA, September 11, 2023 – EON Reality, Inc., a global forerunner in Augmented and Virtual Reality (XR) for education and industry, proudly presents its newest feature in the EON IntelliRole suite, specializing in delegation skills and leveraging Spatial AI technology. This groundbreaking service is designed to equip both individuals and organizations with the vital skills required for superior task delegation.

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Meta Reportedly Partnering With LG For 2025 Quest Pro Successor

Upload VR

Meta is reportedly partnering with LG for future Quest Pro headsets. In November last year South Korean news outlet SBS Biz reported Meta had entered talks with LG Display with the aim of securing OLED microdisplay supply for future headsets. Microdisplays have significantly higher pixel densities and thus can enable higher resolution more compact headsets.

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My predictions for Meta Connect 2023: Meta Quest 3 and…

The Ghost Howls

Tomorrow is the day the Meta Connect starts! Every year I like to play the speculation game about what to expect from there… and every year I predict a lot of things wrong (like that year that I said that the Quest Link was not going to happen… shame on me). This is a tradition I can’t skip this year, too. I’m swamped with work so I do have not much time to write a long post… but I still want to play the prediction game with you!

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Will this Tricked-out Firefighter Helmet Save Lives?

AR Insider

We all know what a scuba diver is, but what about a smoke diver? Firefighters not only need oxygen but thermal imaging for search and rescue. Emily Olman goes hands on with Longan Vision's solution. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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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