August, 2017

‘Google Earth VR’ Lets You Experience the Total Solar Eclipse Right Now

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KFC Has A VR Job Training Simulator For New Employees

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The only way to escape this training room is learn how to fry chicken. We’ve seen brands like UPS integrate VR into training facilities and Walmart drop staff into Black Friday VR shopping simulators.

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Impressions: What We Think Of The HP Windows VR Headset Dev Kit

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This week we got our hands-on the first development kit edition of the HP “Windows Mixed Reality” VR headset. Right off the bat let’s clarify that verbiage. Microsoft is using the term “Mixed Reality” as an umbrella to encapsulate VR, AR, and all other related devices.

High Fidelity’s content protection plan has high costs

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[ Editor’s note : In this opinion column, Kitely CEO Ilan Tochner is responding to High Fidelity’s content protection plan , which uses the same blockchain technology as that which powers Bitcoin.

Move Big Data To The Public Cloud With An Insight PaaS

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In five years you’ll be using Insight PaaS for big data in the public cloud. On-premise won’t be an option. Here is why. Cloud Is The Hottest Market For Big Data Technology The shift to the cloud for big data is on.

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ARKit is a Goldmine for VR Developers

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One of the most enjoyable accounts on Twitter in recent days has been @MadewithARKit , which curates some of the best new pieces of content created in Apple’s new ARKit toolbox.

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Island Oasis gets a new owner

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(Image courtesy Island Oasis.). The Island Oasis grid now has a new owner, and has been offline since Monday while the servers are being moved to their new location. The grid is expected to be back up on Friday, according to the official announcement.

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Make The Case That CX Transformation Is Both Important And Urgent

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Customer experience (CX) is finally gaining the attention it deserves, with 84% of companies seeing CX as a higher priority than they did two years ago. But there’s a disconnect when it comes to executing CX transformation, and the underlying issue is a lack of executive buy-in.

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Apple’s next big thing is not an iPhone

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The next big thing from Apple won’t be a piece of hardware – it won’t be the fabled iPhone 8. The next big product to come from Apple will work on the next top-tier iPhone, but it wont work exclusively on that device.

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Today’s Firefox Update Brings Rift and Vive WebVR Support to Everyone

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Today is a big day for WebVR as the latest public update to Firefox adds support for the Rift and Vive, making it easy to step into VR experiences that are served directly from the web. WebVR is a in-development web standard that makes it possible to create VR content that lives on the web.

This VR Meditation Experience Responds to Your Heart and Mind

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Keep your cool. SIGGRAPH 2017’s VR Village was jam-packed with a variety of immersive technologies. From haptic wearables, multiplayer VR dance parties, to a slew of mixed-reality demonstrations.

Halo VR Is Coming From Microsoft And 343 Industries

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Microsoft confirmed today it is working with 343 Industries to bring its epic Halo series to its Windows Mixed Reality platform. The franchise is one of the biggest in gaming and a major driver of Xbox console sales over the years.

The fact KFC did not invite one their biggest fans to their VR event hurts!

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In a special media event for the "media" KFC unveiled a VR experience that seemed more like Bioshock than a VR Chicken Frying trainer.

OpenSim actives down but land area up this month

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OpenSim’s public grids gained nearly 1,500 regions this month despite the summer season, but total active numbers were down by just over 2,000. The 257 currently active grids reported a record high area, totaling the equivalent of 83,189 standard regions.

Microsoft mixed reality gets a big boost with Steam support and Halo

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Microsoft is gearing up for a big week of mixed reality announcements and showcases at IFA 2017, but it’s also made a few big reveals ahead of time.

Oculus’ New ‘Stereo Shading Reprojection’ Brings Big Performance Gains to Certain VR Scenes

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Oculus is calling its latest rendering tech ‘Stereo Shading Reprojection’, and says that for scenes which are heavy in pixel shading, the approach can save upwards of 20% on GPU performance.

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First Look at RED’s Hydrogen Holographic Smartphone

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This prototype teaser gives us a little more info, but keeps the “holographic” features a mystery. High-end camera manufacturer RED has been working on a brand new smartphone device supposedly designed to crush current smartphone camera technology.

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Atom View Brings Real-World Scans Into VR With Realistic Results

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The push towards photorealistic VR takes another step forward today with the reveal of Atom View from Nurulize. Atmo View is a new piece of software that allows content creators to translate real-world scans into assets for virtual environments.

The Ways And Means Of B2B Buyer Journey Maps: We’re Going Deep at Forrester’s B2B Forum

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A very, very long time ago, a sales training instructor told me, “It’s the job of the sales person to teach the buyer how to buy.” And that was essentially true for a very, very long time — until the emergence of the digitally empowered buyer.

Educators sour on virtual worlds

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Interior of the Educator Commons store on OSgrid’s Wright Plaza. Image by Maria Korolov.). Educators are souring on virtual worlds, as evidenced by declining participation in online forums, in virtual conference attendances and education-related destinations on the Second Life grid.

Watch the 2017 solar eclipse in 4K 360 VR livestreamed next week

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Next week will mark the arrival of a solar eclipse that will be visible across a path spanning from the west to the east coast of the US. Many people are planning to make the trip into the path of totality to see it in person, but if you can’t for some reason, no worries.

VR Headsets Based on Kopin’s 2K Display Expected by End of 2018

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After we went hands-on with Kopin’s prototype headset featuring their 2K VR micro display last week, people are curious to know when the screens might actually hit the market.

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Japanese AR App Lets You See Dead People at Virtual Graves

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Your deceased loved ones can come back to life in augmented reality. Japanese tombstone engraving company Ryoshin Sekizai is out with a new AR app, Suma Tomb , that places the image of a dead person at a virtual gravesite of your choice.

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KFC’s VR Training Game Is Finger-Licking Frightening

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Colonel Sanders; beloved icon to the fast food industry, feeder of millions and, uh, secret sociopath? Judging by KFC’s bizarre new VR training app, that may well be the case.

If you own an HTC Vive and still have not tried Mindshow you really don't care about VR.or probably were not in the Alpha. Mindshow is now on Steam Early Access for everybody!

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Mindshow is a product built from a passion for VR. Not just because VR is cool but because we were promised the future when we were kids and still seeking it. “VR VR is still in its infancy, and there’s still a lot to learn about the way players interact with VR.

A default avatar could make you look like a copybotter

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If you’re using a default avatar that comes with some versions of OpenSim, your name might wind up on copybotted content without you knowing about it. That’s just what happened to a user known as “Gemini Fullmoon,” a resident of the Great Canadian Grid.

Make Each Route The Best Path For Buyers

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Is your organization considering how to holistically optimize all of its routes-to-market? Curious how other firms are thinking about their direct and indirect selling channels in 2017 and beyond?

Researchers Showcase Impressive New Bar for Real-time Digital Human Rendering in VR

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A broad team of graphics researchers, universities, and technology companies are showcasing the latest research into digital human representation in VR at SIGGRAPH 2017.

A Look at the World’s First Interactive Mixed Reality TV Show

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The Norwegian program uses MR to bring competition to life; letting viewers play along. It was only a matter of time until mixed reality made its way to broadcast television.

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Impressions: What Developers Think Of The Acer Windows VR Headset Dev Kit

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The HP Windows VR headset is in our hands — you can see tons of pictures and read over 2,000 words of our thoughts (plus a full 9-minute video exploring the home space) to get an idea for what it’s like.

Tonight TheWaveVR and Ash Koosha challenge the boundaries of music and take on tyranny with the power of VR.

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London-based electronic musician Ash Koosha will perform in the US for the first time via virtual reality in TheWaveVR. Originally from Iran, Koosha is currently hindered by Trump’s travel ban, which targets people from majority-Muslim countries and bars them from entering the United States.

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Educators make lemonade with Virtual Worlds

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Architecture students from Egypt and the United States meeting in Second Life. Image courtesy Jon Brouchoud.). Educators are using virtual worlds, but not in the way they had used them in the past, and not in the same numbers.

KFC has a VR training game because nothing is sacred anymore

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It’s not hard to imagine all of the potential applications for virtual reality, but one you may not have considered is its use in employee training. KFC, seeing an opportunity to make the training process more interactive, has decided to blaze the trail for VR training.

VR-based Treatment for Vision Disorders Shows Positive Results in Peer-reviewed Study

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Vivid Vision offers a virtual reality based treatment for lazy eye disorders. A new study published in the peer-reviewed BioMed Journal of Ophthalmology finds positive preliminary results which “indicate the potential for a new treatment for adulthood amblyopia.”

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