January, 2023

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2022 Was a Plateau Year for VR, Here’s What to Expect in 2023

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The end of 2022 marks more than a decade since the Oculus Kickstarter sparked the modern era of VR. While the space has undoubtedly grown tremendously since then, 2022 felt largely like a plateau year, with Meta standing unchallenged as the dominant player in the space—while progressing disjointedly in too many directions at once. But with new headsets, promising new content, and a looming heavyweight positioned to challenge Meta all on the horizon, 2023 could big a much bigger year for the VR s

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Lumus Launches Game-Changing AR Z-Lens At CES

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These new AR lenses deliver a 2K x 2K resolution experience and address vergence-accommodation conflicts. The Israeli-based augmented reality (AR) company Lumus will be expanding its 2D Maximus platform by unveiling its 2nd generation of Lumus’ Z-Lens waveguide architecture during CES 2023. Not only will this hardware advancement shrink the projector module by more than 50%, but it also enables the development of lightweight and high-resolution AR glasses with seamless Rx integration and o

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7 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter About XR

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The world of XR is vast, and expanding every day. One way to accelerate your XR smarts is through podcasts. There are many out there – too many to cover in one article - but we dive into 7 as a cross-section to get you started. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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New Chipotle AR Experience Motivates Fans to Keep New Year’s Health Resolutions

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Aside from serving great food made from fresh ingredients, restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill strives to promote health and wellness by making healthy food more accessible and creating engaging experiences. This January, it kicks off the year with a Chipotle AR experience that motivates fans to keep their New Year’s health resolutions. Chipotle AR Experience: No Quitting on Quitter’s Day.

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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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7 pieces of advice if you have to remotely work as a VR developer from China

The Ghost Howls

You all know that I’m spending a few weeks in China, and apart from eating a lot, I’ve also to keep working remotely at our VRROOM platform for concerts and live shows. I was a bit worried about the possibility of working remotely from here, and some people from the team were, too. There is not only the problem of the timezone but also the unknown of the internet connection and the inability of reaching Western websites like Google.

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Razer Announces Quest 2 Adjustable Head Strap & Facial Interface

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Razer is getting into the VR accessory game soon, as the company announced at CES 2023 that it’s selling a head strap system and facial interface built specifically for Meta Quest 2. The accessories were built by Razer in collaboration with ResMed , a San Diego, California-based medical equipment company that knows its way around all-day comfort. “Designed for long-lasting comfort and weight-balanced support, the Razer Adjustable Head Strap System was created with all head shapes in

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Roblox VR Could Be Heading To Quest In 2023

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The popular kid-friendly MMO would no doubt be a hit on standalone headsets. According to The Verge , Roblox , one of the biggest online video game platforms in the world, could be heading to VR on Meta Quest headsets sometime later this year. The news was mentioned earlier this week in the website’s official Command Line newsletter and comes from unnamed “sources.” If true, this could prove to be a major win for Meta.

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2023 Predictions: The Creator Economy Collides with AR

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There are two related trends we’re tracking: the rise of the creator economy and growth in AR marketing. These high-momentum forces are on a collision course and will fuel each other in 2023. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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BRCvr Presents Re-Burn-23, a Burning Man-Inspired Event, Launches “Blind Burners World”

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BRCvr , the award-winning virtual version of Black Rock City , will present Re-Burn-23 this month. The global virtual Burning Man-inspired event can be accessed via Zoom and AltspaceVR. It will run from January 27 to January 29, 2023, and will include exciting additions to its lineup, such as the metaverse environment “Blind Burners World.” What Is Re-Burn-23?

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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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HTC’s upcoming headset name and (maybe) price could have been leaked

The Ghost Howls

Let’s start this 2023 with a leak! I’ve been tipped about the fact that the Korean store of HTC may have accidentally leaked the name of the new Vive headset that will be revealed at CES… and maybe also its price. The Vive “Flowcus” HTC has been teasing a new standalone headset for months , without sharing much if not some images revealing some small details of the device.

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Emerging Trends in the VR Gaming Industry?—?2023

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Emerging Trends in the VR Gaming Industry — 2023 Technology is evolving at a fast pace. Imagine if we could pick the visions and ideas and make them come true. 2023 is currently shaping up to be the year of promise for the VR gaming industry. Highly anticipated components have paved their way into the hands of the people. Virtual reality games, in particular, have come a long way from the lukewarm response they received in their early years.

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Every Game Getting a Free PSVR 2 Upgrade

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The lack of backwards compatibility between PSVR 2 and the original PSVR is a bit of a double-edged sword. On one hand, we’re getting a ton of games for Sony’s next-gen VR headset that have been specifically built or overhauled to make use of the new hardware, but it also means a lot of games in your PSVR library will forever be stuck in the past.

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Audi’s EV Concept Features Support For AR Glasses

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The futuristic SUV features a digital console that can only be seen using AR technology. German automotive manufacturer Audi recently unveiled a new concept SUV that can turn into a pickup truck on-demand. The “Actisphere” vehicle features a range of over 600 km, 800-volt charging technology, and no local emissions. Not only that, but the futuristic crossover features support for augmented reality (AR) technology.

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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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The Strip Gets Spatial: All the XR at CES

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How was XR represented at this year's CES? Charlie Fink goes hands-on, walking 23 miles in four days to get immersed in all the newest gadgetry. We have his first-hand take. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Another CES 2023 Gem: Next-Gen Z-Lens Waveguide Technology by Lumus

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Lumus has recently launched its Z-Lens AR architecture, which can help with the development of more compact AR glasses in the near future, thanks to efforts that reduced its micro-projector’s size by 50%. Making its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023, the new Z-Lens—which builds on the company’s Maximus 2D reflective waveguide technology —can be fitted with prescription lenses.

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A few thoughts on the Vive XR Elite

The Ghost Howls

One of the most important XR news from CES has been the reveal by HTC of the Vive XR Elite. I’ve always published news articles about the release of all the most recent HTC headsets, but this time I wasn’t at CES and I hadn’t received any kind of press material from the company, so I had no way to write a meaningful article about it in time.

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The History and Evolution of the Metaverse

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The concept of the metaverse, a virtual shared space that is created by the convergence of virtually enhanced physical reality and physically persistent virtual space, has been around for decades. However, it was popularized in the late 20th and early 21st centuries through science fiction literature and media, and more recently, through the development of virtual and augmented reality technologies.

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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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‘Gorilla Tag’ Reports $26M in Revenue, Over 700K Users Played on Christmas Day

Road to VR

Gorilla Tag is undoubtedly a hit. Its primate-centric locomotion style and infectious game of tag has vaulted it into the top spot as the most-rated game on the Quest Store, surpassing even the Meta-owned rhythm game Beat Saber. Now, the indie team behind Quest’s most popular game revealed they’ve generated over $26 million with Gorilla Tag.

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Original Legend Of Zelda Gets An Unofficial VR Remake

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VR mods bring the NES classic to life in VR on Meta Quest 2 headsets. *[UPDATE 1.12.23] – We’ve updated the article based on new information about the project’s creator. We apologize for the mistake.*. It’s no exaggeration to say that The Legend of Zelda redefined video games when it launched on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) back in February 1986.

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Can VR Elevate Supply Chain Management?

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VR is quickly becoming a staple in many verticals from automotive to healthcare. And it's creating value in horizontal functions like training and design collaboration. The latest function to emerge is supply chain management. We examine the ways. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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RealWear Announces Navigator 520 Assisted Reality Enterprise Headset

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RealWear’s Navigator series of enterprise “assisted reality” headsets just got bigger. The company recently announced the Navigator 520, an updated version of the series flagship model released just over a year ago. Improvements Due to New “HyperDisplay”. The RealWear Navigator 500 launched in December of 2021 and it does what it was designed for well.

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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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Seoul Metropolitan Government Launches Public Metaverse

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This Monday, South Korea’s Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that its Metaverse platform for public service relationships is now open to the capital’s population. The Mayor of Seoul, Oh Se-hoon , introduced the public launch of Metaverse Seoul which according to Se-hoon is a place of communication for the region’s citizens. Metaverse Seoul allows its users to access various public services and resources within an immersive virtual reality (VR) environment.

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How Much Do Consumers Spend on Mobile AR?

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Like many analyst firms, market sizing is one of the ongoing practices of AR Insider’s research arm ARtillery Intelligence. A few times per year, it goes into isolation and buries itself deep in financial modeling. The latest such exercise zeroes in on mobile AR revenues. This takes the insights and observations accumulated throughout the year and synthesizes them into hard numbers for spatial computing ( see methodology and inclusions/exclusions).

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Report: Sony Reduces PSVR 2 Production Forecast Amid Lackluster Preorders

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Sony is reportedly lowering near term sales figures for its upcoming PSVR 2 headset, allegedly halving initial sales projections based on lackluster preorders. Slated to launch on February 22nd, Sony was expected to produce an initial run of two million PSVR 2 headsets, however a recent Bloomberg report maintains the company has reduced those forecasts to just one million in the first quarter.

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AR Ski Goggles Display Info While You Shred

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AR technology makes its way into the mountains. This year’s CES featured no shortage of exciting announcements, including the reveal of Sirius, a pair of advanced ski goggles that use augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technology to display valuable information over the real world as you cut through powder. Developed by Swiss startup Ostloong, the goggles feature GPS navigation, cellular data, and an HD camera, according to the official website.

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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