March, 2024

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Trends and predictions for XR in 2024

The Ghost Howls

We are at the beginning of March and I just realized that I haven’t written yet a post with my predictions for augmented and virtual reality for this year. So (a bit late) here you are a list of some of the most relevant XR trends to follow in 2024, with some predictions of what to expect next. (Some of them have been brainstormed with Lorenzo Cappannari with whom I wrote an article a few months ago and who I thank for the collaboration ).

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The Short History and Long Future of Smart Glasses

AR Insider

Though there's still a ways to go, the past six months have seen a noticeable inflection in the smart glasses category. We look back at the category's history and forward to its potential impact. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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PSVR 2 Firmware Update Points to Wired PC VR Support, Potentially Freeing Users From PlayStation 5

Road to VR

Sony announced last month it was bringing PC VR support to PSVR 2 sometime this year, although the company didn’t specify how or exactly when this would happen. While we’re no closer to knowing when , all signs now point to a direct wired connection—holding a few implications for Sony’s VR strategy. According to the latest PS5 firmware update , PSVR 2 now works without needing Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) and DisplayPort Compression (DSC), two things which were b

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Meta Remains Committed to Enterprise Metaverse

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Meta set itself a high benchmark when it first unveiled the Horizon Worlds platform and the Metaverse concept. The firm promised large-scale hopes in a short period. While Meta’s expectations and marketing predicted quick adoption, the firm’s Metaverse ambitions fell dormant. A recent post by the Menlo Park-based firm noted that while the hype cycle dwindled, with many eyes turning towards the genAI booms, including Meta’s, the firm remains “committed to both.” Me

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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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3rd Rock, OpenSim’s second-oldest grid, is shutting down

Hypergrid Business

HG Safari at the JFK Dallas build on 3rd Rock Grid. (Image courtesy HG Safari.) 3rd Rock Grid , the second-oldest grid in OpenSim, will be shutting down soon. “We have to shut down the grid due to a few circumstances that have technical consequences, making it impossible to further manage the grid,” said 3rd Rock Grid board member Florin Spanachi, who is also known as Eldovar Lamilton in-world.

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We need camera access to unleash the full potential of Mixed Reality

The Ghost Howls

These days I’m carrying on some experiments with XR and other technologies. I had some wonderful ideas of Mixed Reality applications I would like to prototype, but most of them are impossible to do in this moment because of a decision that almost all VR/MR headset manufacturers have taken: preventing developers from accessing camera data. My early start with MR As you may know, I got started with passthrough mixed reality in 2019, far before Quest enabled the use of passthrough.

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Style & Focus, Part III: 7 Smartglasses to Watch

AR Insider

Among all the trends in spatial computing – including Apple Vision Pro and the ongoing convergence with AI – accelerated innovation in smart glasses sticks out. We look at exemplars. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Apple is Adding Support for Vision Pro’s Input System to WebXR

Road to VR

Apple is adding support for Vision Pro’s unique input system to WebXR, the web standard which allows XR experiences to run right from a web browser. One of the most unique things about Apple Vision Pro is its input system which eschews motion controllers in favor of a ‘look and pinch’ system which combines eye-tracking with a pinch gesture.

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Could Spatial Computing Help Detect Early Alzheimer’s Symptoms?

XR Today - Virtual Reality

This week, Cambridge researchers may have discovered an incredibly valuable medical innovation suggesting that VR could detect early Alzheimer’s symptoms in patients. Research conducted by experts at the University of Cambridge asked volunteers to navigate a spatial/immersive environment, which in turn helps researchers detect impairments in spatial understanding – an early Alzheimer’s warning sign.

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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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VWBPE 2024 Conference Mythic Origins starts this Thursday

Hypergrid Business

Screenshot from VWBPE 2023 spotlight presentation. The seventeenth annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference , beginning on Thursday, March 14, 2024, will be an online distributed conference happening in multiple virtual spaces. This conference focuses on the use of immersive virtual environments for educational purposes including virtual and augmented reality.

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Quest 2 Is Now Just $200 Everywhere, And Walmart Is Including $50 Store Credit

Upload VR

Meta just officially cut Quest 2's price to $200 for the 128GB model, the only model remaining. It comes just one month after the 256GB model went out of stock across the Meta Store and retailers, and it remains unavailable. When bought from Walmart , the headset also comes with $50 Quest Store credit, effectively valuing it at $150 if you plan to buy standalone games.

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NVIDIA Blackwell Architecture and B200/B100 Accelerators Announced: Going Bigger With Smaller Data

Anand Tech

Already solidly in the driver’s seat of the generative AI accelerator market at this time, NVIDIA has long made it clear that the company isn’t about to slow down and check out the view. Instead, NVIDIA intends to continue iterating along its multi-generational product roadmap for GPUs and accelerators, to leverage its early advantage and stay ahead of its ever-growing coterie of competitors in the accelerator market.

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How Much is Spent on AR Commerce Enablement?

AR Insider

How much do brands spend on technologies to AR-enable their eCommerce shopping flows, including product try-ons, and other 3D visualization? Our latest Behind-the-Numbers installment dives in. 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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Vision Pro and Quest 3 Hand-tracking Latency Compared

Road to VR

Vision Pro is built entirely around hand-tracking while Quest 3 uses controllers first and foremost, but also supports hand-tracking as an alternate option for some content. But which has better hand-tracking? You might be surprised at the answer. Vision Pro Hand-tracking Latency With no support for motion controllers, Vision Pro’s only motion-based input is hand-tracking.

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This Chinese VR Headset Vendor is Entering North American Markets

XR Today - Virtual Reality

DPVR, a Chinese VR hardware and software education solution provider, is entering a strategic partnership with ASI Corporation to expand its global market reach to the United States and Canadian regions. DPVR looks to expand its headset portfolio into the western amusements, enterprise, education, and consumer sectors. The firm is already present in these Western markets; however, the ASI partnership will help boost this goal.

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OpenSim area continues growth streak

Hypergrid Business

The total land area on OpenSim’s public grids reached the equivalent of 132,969 standard regions this month, an all-time high — and the third month in a row that OpenSim land area has broken records. There was an increase of 1,089 standard region equivalents compared to last month. Meanwhile, the total number of registered users went up by more than 1,338.

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ALVR For Apple Vision Pro Is Now Available To Download & Forwards Hand Tracking To SteamVR

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ALVR, the app that enables Apple Vision Pro to work on SteamVR, is now available for anyone to download. If you're interested in VR you're probably familiar with the three most popular tools to make Meta Quest headsets act as PC VR headsets on Windows: Virtual Desktop, Steam Link, and Quest (Air) Link. But you might not be as familiar with ALVR , the open-source alternative that has been around since before any of those.

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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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Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger to Deliver Computex Keynote, Showcasing Next-Gen Products

Anand Tech

Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the organizer of Computex, has announced that Pat Gelsinger, chief executive of Intel, will deliver a keynote at Computex 2024 on June 4, 2024. Focusing on the trade show's theme of artificial intelligence, he will showcase Intel's next-generation AI-enhanced products for client and datacenter computers.

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5 Ways XR Elevates Medical Training

AR Insider

Interactive 3D models don't just have applicability in product marketing. They're finding a home in medical training. How is this coming together and how could it transform anatomical education? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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New VR Publisher Unveils ‘VRIDER’ Superbike Racing Game, Coming to Quest and PC VR

Road to VR

VRAL Games, the publisher behind the SBK superbike mobile franchise, announced it’s publishing its first VR motorcycle racing game, coming to Quest and SteamVR headsets later this year. Called VRIDER, the multiplayer game is set to be the official title of the Superbike World Championship , bringing 12 licensed circuits, 23 official riders, and five official superbikes model: Ducati Panigale V4 R, BMW S100RR, Kawasaki Ninja ZX 10RR, Honda CBR1000RR, and Yamaha YZF R1.

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LG Launches Business Metaverse

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Following its recent partnership with Meta, LG Electronics is launching its first enterprise-ready Metaverse platform for HVAC installers and professionals. According to the firm, its “LG Air Solution Village” Metaverse offers HVAC professionals an immersive space for several use cases, including virtual showrooms and functional installation simulation.

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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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Saudis To Bet Forty Billion On AI, Nvidia’s Nerd Woodstock, State Of Unreal

Charlie Fink

It was a week of dueling conferences and big, big money.

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Flat2VR Studios Is Creating Licensed VR Ports Of Flatscreen Games

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Flat2VR Studios is a new gaming studio developing officially licensed VR ports of flatscreen games. Formed by VR publisher and marketing group Impact Reality, Flat2VR Studios aims to bridge the gap between traditional video games and VR experiences. Created from the Flat2VR community, it's partnering with established VR modders like Team Beef ( Doom , Quake 3 Arena ), Cabalistic ( Half-Life 2 VR ), Raicuparta ( Outer Wilds , Firewatch ) and more.

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Asus Launches Low-Profile GeForce RTX 3050 6GB: A Tiny Graphics Card for All PCs

Anand Tech

Asus this week has become the latest PC video card manufacturer to announce a sub-75W video card based on NVIDIA's recently-released low-power GeForce RTX 3050 6GB design. And going one step further for small form factor PC owners, Asus has used NVIDIA's low-power GPU configuration to produce a half-height video card that can fit into low-profile systems.

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Lessons From Developing a Vision Pro App

AR Insider

What are early lessons in Vision Pro app design as the playbook is still being written? Ludenso breaks down its biggest learnings and insights from its educational AVP app. 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