November, 2023

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Varjo announces XR-4 mixed reality headset with impressive resolution

The Ghost Howls

After teasing many images with the number 4 on them, finally Finnish manufacturer Varjo has announced its new headset: it is called XR-4 and it features mixed reality and a fantastic resolution. Varjo Varjo is a well-known company in our space because of its ability to deliver very high-end headsets, usually targeted at enterprises or at prosumers. The startup became famous because thanks to a special display-in-a-display design, it managed to achieve retina-level resolution at the center of the

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How Does Snap Scan Fit into the AR Master Plan?

AR Insider

Snap is intent on AR as a core part of its feature mix, and its revenue model. But how does visual search – a flavor of AR – manifest in Snap Scan? And how does it all fit into Snap's AR master plan? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Valve Launches ‘Steam Link’ on Quest for a Direct Connection to SteamVR

Road to VR

Valve today released its first-ever application on one of Meta’s VR platforms. Steam Link allows users to quickly and easily connect their Quest headset wirelessly to SteamVR to play PC VR or flatscreen PC content. Oculus Link / Air Link has for years allowed any Quest headset to connect to a PC to play PC VR content, but it requires users to install and use the long-outdated Oculus PC software.

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Spatial Computing: Expert Roundtable

XR Today - Virtual Reality

What a year 2024 has been for XR. At the start of the year, the technology industry faced layoffs as some major firms, such as Meta, started 2023 cautiously. Despite the 2022 Metaverse boom that swept imagination and scepticism equally, 2023 was tough during H1 for the immersive industry. However, the narrative quickly switched towards the middle of the year.

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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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OpenSim user activity ramping up for the holidays

Hypergrid Business

As usual this time of year, activity on OpenSim grids is up as people spend more time inside on the computer, and grids ramp up for holiday events. Compared to last month, the number of active users is up by over 1,700. The total land area is down, however, by the equivalent of 5,395 standard regions. Land area would have increased this month except for the fact that OSgrid, the largest grid in OpenSim, lost 6,684 regions.

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Looking for the iPhone moment of AI in Spatial Computing

The Ghost Howls

I’m finally back to writing articles after a long time. And since it’s Sunday and it’s a bright day outside of the window, I want to restart writing articles with something bright and funny … a satirical post about all the hype around technology that I’ve seen these months. I hope you will move some muscles around your lips while reading it… The iPhone moment The only true iPhone moment In my 9+ years in XR, I’ve heard countless times that something that

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In a New Gilded Age, Who Makes the Rules?

AR Insider

As new digital domains take shape, who will build and maintain the guardrails? Editor-At-Large Emily Olman interviews Techlash author and former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler for answers. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Meta Pauses Quest 3 Elite Battery Strap Sales Amid Widespread Charging Fault

Road to VR

Meta paused shipments of its Elite Strap with Battery for Quest 3 amid widespread user reports of a charging fault that renders the battery useless. Meta says it’s now manufacturing new battery straps that fixes the defect, and that replacements are being handled on a case-by-case basis. We reported earlier this month that the Elite Strap with Battery was facing serious reliability issues among its users.

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VIROO Partnerships Shows XR ‘Here to Stay,’ Virtualware CMO Says

XR Today - Virtual Reality

As companies increasingly demand virtual reality (VR) training solutions, enterprises like Virtualware are creating them for Europe and the world’s largest enterprises. The news comes as the Bilbao, Spain-based company sponsors the Unity Unite 2023 Summit and aims to showcase its Virtual Reality-as-a-Service (VRaaS) platform, VIROO. The comprehensive suite of solutions allows businesses to engage with immersive training services complete with hardware, software, and solutions.

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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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Amazon Unveils Graviton4: A 96-Core ARM CPU with 536.7 GBps Memory Bandwidth

Anand Tech

Nowadays many cloud service providers design their own silicon, but Amazon Web Services (AWS) started to do this ahead of its rivals and by now its Annapurna Labs develops processors that can well compete with those from AMD and Intel. This week AWS introduced its Graviton4, a 96-core ARM-based system-on-chip (SoC) that promises to challenge renowned CPU designers and offer unprecedented performance to AWS clients. "By focusing our chip designs on real workloads that matter to customers, we

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Meta CTO: We Asked Google To Bring The Play Store To Quest, But They Said No

Upload VR

Meta's CTO says Google declined a request to bring its Play Store to Quest. When asked about Meta's plans to support 2D Android apps in an Instagram AMA (ask me anything) session yesterday, Andrew Bosworth replied: There's nothing preventing Android developers who have an APK that's running on Android phones today from bringing that into VR. They just have to ship the APK to us.

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Let’s meet at MatchXR in Helsinki!

The Ghost Howls

This year I was too busy with my daily work to attend AWE Europe (and I was pretty sad about that), but luckily I had an opportunity to do an expected final trip of the year. I’m pretty excited to tell you that I’m flying to Helsinki, Finland to attend MatchXR! MatchXR is a cool event to connect to the Finnish and northern Europe XR community in general.

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Xreal Air 2 Review Roundup

AR Insider

Xreal Air 2 will start shipping on November 30. Until then, the device has made its rounds among hardware pros. So in anticipation for the release, we're rounding up our favorite reviews. 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 is “still working on VR and still pushing forward on it”

Road to VR

Valve unveiled its Steam Deck OLED late last week, offering up a hardware refresh for the first time since the company launched the handheld gaming device last year. While the company has been full steam ahead on handhelds and developing Steam OS, Valve says it’s “still pushing forward” on VR. Valve ostensibly has a standalone VR headset in the works , and although there wasn’t any big announcement (or acknowledgement) of what the company has in store just yet.

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This Week In XR: Open AI Dev Day Bombshells, Aleph Alpha AI Raises $500 Million, xAI’s Grok

Charlie Fink

OpenAI is launching a GPT Store, allowing regular people to make money selling their newly built GPTs.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X & 7970X Review: Revived HEDT Brings More Cores of Zen 4

Anand Tech

AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 7000 processors mark the latest additions to the high-end desktop (HEDT) market, a segment AMD wants to bring back to the mainstream. Based on AMD's proven Zen 4 architecture and built on TSMC's 5nm process, both of AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper 7000 lineups – Pro and non-Pro – are designed to bring more cores and more I/O to the high-end desktop and workstation markets.

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Virtual Desktop's New OpenXR Runtime Bypasses SteamVR To Boost Performance

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Virtual Desktop now has a built-in optional alternative to SteamVR for OpenXR apps with superior performance, and support for 500 Mbit H.264+ bitrate support on Quest 3. Since 2021 Quest headsets have had a built-in feature called Air Link which lets them act as wireless PC VR headsets, but Guy Godin's Virtual Desktop has offered this since the launch of the original Oculus Quest in 2019, and Godin frequently updates his app with new improvements that make it the preferred choice for many PC VR

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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 XR Week Peek (2023.11.14): Quest Lite is coming to China, Samsung XR headset expected for 2024, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Finally back to normal with these newsletters! Let’s dig into the most interesting pieces of news of this week! Top news of the week Meta and Tencent are bringing the Quest to China According to the latest rumors, after one year of negotiation, finally, Meta and Tencent have found an agreement to bring the Quest to China. But it won’t be the Quest 3 to be distributed there, but a “cheaper version” of the VR headset, which may be the rumored $199 Quest 3 Lite device that many analysts are specula

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6 Ways Brands Can Transform CX with AR

AR Insider

AR creates opportunities to reengineer customer experiences (CX). This comes about as there's a parallel shift in customer expectations. We examine 6 ways the technology is transforming CX. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Varjo Reveals XR-4 Headset, Claiming Mixed Realty Visuals “indistinguishable from natural sight”

Road to VR

Varjo has announced its latest high-end enterprise headset, the XR-4. The company is going all out on the headset’s mixed reality capabilities, saying that the view of the outside world as seen through the headset is “indistinguishable” from how the world appears with your own eyes. That’s a seriously lofty claim, but Varjo hasn’t made a habit of hyperbole.

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AI Lip Dubbing Puts Words In Your Mouth

Charlie Fink

The free LipDub app will translate and change your exact voice and lip movements to match the new language you've selected.

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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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Tom Emrich, Director of Product AR Platforms at Niantic

Everything VR & AR

This week the VRARA podcast team welcomes back Tom Emrich. Tom is Director of Product, AR Platforms at Niantic. Tom leads product strategy and development of Niantic’s Lightship Unity SDK (ARDK), WebAR platform (8th Wall), and AR Ads. Come listen as we catch up with Tom and discuss the advancements Niantic continues to bring to the AR development space.

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Valve Hints At Its Wireless VR Headset Plans In Steam Deck OLED Interview

Upload VR

Valve hinted at its future plans for VR in an interview about Steam Deck OLED. Steam Deck OLED was announced yesterday as a mid-generation refresh of the original Steam Deck. Among its improvements are a larger HDR OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate, Wi-Fi 6E, an improved cooling fan, and longer battery life thanks to its 6nm APU revision and larger battery.

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Western Digital Releases 24TB Ultrastar & Gold Hard Drives, 28TB SMR Drives Ramping

Anand Tech

Western Digital is announcing today that it has begun volume shipments of its 24 TB hard drives based on conventional magnetic recording (CMR) to its full customer base. In addition, the company started to ramp up production of its 28 TB HDDs featuring shingled magnetic recording (SMR) that will be used by select customers. The new lineup of 3.5-inch 7200 RPM hard drives includes Western Digital's Ultrastar DC HC580 24 TB and WD Gold 24 TB HDDs, which are based on the company's energy-as

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What Sits at the Intersection of AR and Food?

AR Insider

AR continues to prove itself as a marketing medium in categories from furniture to footwear and cosmetics to cars. Joining that list more recently is food. We dive in with food-focused AR innovator QReal given its recent integration with Denny's. 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