May, 2024

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Killabears Kills it With AR, Part 2

AR Insider

Following its lens campaign, Killabears is out with an interactive AR game that fills players' space with attacking bears they can shoot down to stay alive and gain points. We break down gameplay and strategic implications. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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COLD VR Demo review: a promising adrenaline action game

The Ghost Howls

Today I’ve tried the free demo of COLD VR, the VR game that is the opposite of Superhot VR (hence the joke of the name). I think this game is fun and has a lot of potential, but it needs a bit more of polish to become a true hit when the full version will be released. Discover why in this review of the free preview demo that is available on Steam.

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Google Partners With Magic Leap to Secure Key Tech for AR Headsets

Road to VR

Google and Magic Leap today announced a “strategic technology partnership.” The move shows Google seeking to gain ground to keep up with the likes of Meta, Apple, and others in a race to control the AR headset market. While consume VR headsets have been around for years now, none of the world’s major technology companies have launched consumer-focused AR glasses.

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VR Meetings: Platforms, Best Practices and Tips

XR Today - Virtual Reality

VR meetings have grown increasingly popular in recent years as companies look for ways to bridge the gaps between hybrid workers and enhance team productivity through immersion. Although a virtual reality meeting may not be the same as collaborating with a colleague in person, VR can bring a unique sense of “presence” to conversations between staff.

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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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Meet Showrunner, The Netflix Of AI

Charlie Fink

Primetime Emmy winning ex-Pixar and Oculus team, Fable, launched the first web streaming series made exclisvely with AI.

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Can AI Unlock AR’s True Potential?

AR Insider

Until fairly recently, developments in AR and AI have largely been two separate conversations. They continue to converge to streamline AR creation workflows and engender conversational interfaces, among other things. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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How to make mixed reality demos that merge real and virtual worlds

The Ghost Howls

Recently I had fun doing some experiments in mixed reality, showing a door to another world, or my balcony having a view to a virtual reality place. Some people asked me how I did that and in this post, I’m sharing my knowledge giving you some hints about how to replicate the same experience in Unity. It won’t be a step-by-step tutorial, but if you have some Unity skills, it will be enough for you to deliver a mixed reality experience.

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Sony Certifies PSVR 2 Hardware Adapter as It Makes Way for Official PC VR Support

Road to VR

Sony said earlier this year it was bringing PC VR support to PSVR 2 , and while we still don’t know when that’s set to arrive, it appears the company is nearing the final steps thanks to a certification with the competent certifying authority in South Korea. As reported by tech analyst and YouTuber Brad ‘SadlyItsBradley’ Lynch, Sony has certified the ‘PlayStation VR2 PC Adapter’ with South Korea’s National Radio Research Agency, which is tasked with cer

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Liverpool City uses VR in £100m Baltic Merseyrail Construction Project

XR Today - Virtual Reality

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority recently outlined a plan to introduce the new Liverpool Baltic Merseyrail station, ready for use in 2027. The Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram introduced the project in 2022, aiming to boost public transportation accessibility in the area. The project marks a huge investment in the region. Currently, forecasts estimate the project to cost roughly £100 million.

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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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Cannes Film Festival Fully Embraces XR

Charlie Fink

Seven years after featuring Innaratu's seminal VR work, "Carne y Arena," the Cannes Film Festival has created a new immersive Category and Award.

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Arm Unveils 2024 CPU Core Designs, Cortex X925, A725 and A520: Arm v9.2 Redefined For 3nm

Anand Tech

As the semiconductor industry continues to evolve, Arm stands at the forefront of innovation for its core and IP architecture, especially in the mobile space, by pushing the boundaries of technology to deliver cutting-edge solutions for end users. For 2024, Arm's year-on-year strategic advancements focus on enhancing last year's Armv9.2 architecture with a new twist.

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Cannes Film Festival Gets Spatial

AR Insider

The prestigious Cannes Film Festival is featuring extended reality, XR (VR, AR and other variations of spatial computing), as an official category and competition. We take a look at all the finalists. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Magic Leap And Google Announce AR Partnership

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Magic Leap has entered a "multi-faceted, strategic technology partnership" with Google. The companies say the partnership will combine Magic Leap's "leadership in optics and manufacturing" with Google's "technology platforms". Google was an initial investor in Magic Leap, leading a $542 million funding round back in 2014. Google CEO Sundar Pichai also joined the Magic Leap board at the time, but he stepped down in 2018, ostensibly due to his schedule being too busy.

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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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Latest SteamVR Update Includes Steam Link Improvements for Quest

Road to VR

The latest major SteamVR update has arrived, coming with it an improvement to Steam Link for Quest. Initially released in November 2023, Steam Link is Valve’s own app on the Meta Quest Store which allows users to quickly and easily connect their Quest headset wirelessly to SteamVR to play PC VR or flatscreen PC content, essentially letting you bypass Meta’s own Air Link.

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Network Rail’s XR Training Pilot Reaches 1,000 UK Students

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Recently, Network Rail officially taught more than 1,000 students at the Trinity Academy in Thorne, Doncaster, a landmark number for immersive training programmes. Industry professionals at Network Rail’s Community Safety team and the British Transport Police hosted five railway safety sessions at the Doncaster school, showcasing the dangers of trespassing on railways.

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Scale AI Raises A Billion, New AI Startup H, $220 Million, Suno AI, $125 Million

Charlie Fink

ScarJo says heck no to OpenAI as billions flow into new AI companies. Big money is making big bets on AI's disruptive potential.

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TSMC's Roadmap at a Glance: N3X, N2P, A16 Coming in 2025/2026

Anand Tech

As announced last week by TSMC, later this year the company is set to start high-volume manufacturing on its N3P fabrication process, and this will be the company's most advanced node for a while. Next year things will get a bit more interesting as TSMC will have two process technologies that could actually compete against each other when they enter high-volume manufacturing (HVM) in the second half of 2025.

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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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The Empathy Machine at SXSW, Part I

AR Insider

If virtual reality is the empathy machine, SXSW 2024 was the empathy festival. AR Insider Editor-at-Large Emily Olman reports about her emotive experiences on the ground with immersive works. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Windows Volumetric Apps: Microsoft Will Stream Windows Apps With 3D Popouts To Quest Headsets

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Microsoft announced Windows Volumetric Apps, a new API for extending 3D elements of PC applications streamed to Meta Quest into 3D space. "We're deepening our partnership with Meta to make Windows a first-class experience on Quest devices. And Windows can take advantage of Quest's unique capabilities to extend Windows apps into 3D space." The new API will act as an extension to Windows applications when streamed to Meta Quest via Microsoft's upcoming Windows app for Quest, which will let you acc

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Meta Would “love” Discord to Support Quest: Another Reason Why It Actually Just Needs Google Play

Road to VR

Meta CTO Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth says the company would “love” to have some sort of Discord integration on Quest in the future, pending interest from Discord, that is—once again highlighting the fact that Quest really just needs Google Play. Meta isn’t exactly throwing its weight around to tempt Discord into supporting the Quest platform, although that’s probably equally true for a ton of services currently missing from Meta’s XR app store.

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You’re Invited: Join Us to Celebrate Excellence at XR Awards 2024

XR Today - Virtual Reality

XR Today invites the extensive immersive industry to join XR Awards 2024 for its yearly online showcase event, which will broadcast live on Thursday, May 23 2024, at 4 PM BST/11 AM EST. The XR Awards are a great way to get ahead and learn about the firms leading in transforming business with immersive technology. Finalists include roughly 36 unique finalists, showcasing the very best in the enterprise XR industry covering a wide breadth of categories including but not limited to Best Virtual Rea

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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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OpenAI’s Sora Brings Director’s 10-Year Music Video Vision To Life

Charlie Fink

Filmmaker Paul Trillo’s new music video, The Hardest Part, for the band Washed Out, is the first created entirely using Sora AI.

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ASUS to Unveil First Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite-Based Laptop On May 20th

Anand Tech

Asus on Tuesday said that it would announce its first 'AI PC' based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Elite system-on-chips later this month. The new laptop is set to be introduced at the Next Level. AI Incredible virtual launch event on May 20. The launch of Asustek's new Vivobook S 15 will be hosted by Asus and will be joined by representatives of Qualcomm and Microsoft, who will reveal how they collaborated with PC maker to develop the first notebook based on Qualcomm's Snapdrago

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10 Ways AI Has the Potential to Elevate VR

AR Insider

How will AI elevate VR. Guest author Unborn Tech examine 10 ways these two technologies have the potential to unlock each other – from intelligent and reactive UX to streamlining experience creation. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Apple Is Reportedly About To Start Selling Vision Pro Outside The US

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Apple will soon start selling Vision Pro outside the US, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports. Apple Vision Pro is currently only sold in the US. At launch Apple said it will come to other countries "later" in 2024, but has only so far only confirmed China and hasn't yet set a specific window or date. Gurman, who reliably reported many details of Vision Pro before it was officially revealed or even acknowledged to exist by Apple, reports today that Apple is now conducting Vision Pro training sessions

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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