June, 2023

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Quest 3 will feature next-gen Qualcomm chipset and cost $499

The Ghost Howls

Breaking news: ahead of The Meta Gaming Showcase, Zuck teased the Quest 3 on Facebook and Instagram. This is what the Zuck has written: Introducing Meta Quest 3. The first mainstream headset with high-res color mixed reality. 40% thinner and more comfortable. Better displays and resolution. Next gen Qualcomm chipset with 2x the graphics performance.

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Apple Vision Pro Developer Tools Are Available Now

VRScout

The visionOS SDK is built using the same basic framework that is used by Apple’s other operating systems. Apple recently introduced visionOS SDK , a set of new tools and technologies that will help developers create compelling app experiences for Apple Vision Pro , which Apple CEO Tim Cook said is “the beginning of a new era for computing.” Apple developers will be able to create new and innovative spatial computing apps that take full advantage of Vision Pro’s incredible visual and

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10 Top Use Cases of Blockchain in Virtual Reality

ARPost

While talking about blockchain technology , we should keep in mind that this is a new and still evolving industry. There are several use cases of blockchain in different industries, including virtual reality. Here are the top use cases of blockchain in VR. 1. Decentralized Asset Ownership Blockchain can be used to verify and track the ownership of virtual assets in VR, making it impossible for fraudulent transactions to occur, one example is DeFi (Decentralized Finance) in which there is no thre

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Niantic Unlocks Native AR Marketing

AR Insider

AR is a technology that requires native thinking. Unlike various video channels (mobile, desktop, etc.), you can't port media from one to the other. This applies to ads as well, as Niantic has demonstrated with its latest move. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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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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Apple Vision Pro Will Support WebXR for Fully Immersive Experiences in the Browser

Road to VR

Apple has confirmed that Safari on Vision Pro will support WebXR, a web-standard that allows immersive experiences to be delivered through the browser. In a somewhat surprising move, Apple confirmed that Safari on Vision Pro will support WebXR. Prior to the reveal of the headset, it was an open question whether the company would entertain the idea of XR experiences through the browser, and even more so if the company would adopt the relatively new WebXR standard.

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Editorial: Apple Vision Pro is a mix of innovation, and year-2016 VR, for a hefty price. But…

The Ghost Howls

I just watched the full keynote of Apple at WWDC , where the company in Cupertino announced the Apple VisionPro headset. I’m sure you all already know what has been announced there, so instead of telling you what you already know, I want to tell you my instinctive reactions just after the announcement. The official video with the full announcement What I was looking for If you are a reader of my weekly newsletter, you know what I was looking for in this announcement.

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Could AR Mirrors Replace Brick-And-Mortar Stores?

VRScout

The virtual fitting room market has the potential to explode over the next few years. According to a recent report by SourceJournal , Zero10, an augmented reality (AR) fashion platform and the official AR partner of Coach, is developing technology that could revolutionize the in-person shopping experience. Last week at Viva Technology Paris, Zero10, an augmented reality (AR) fashion platform and the official AR partner of Coach, revealed its AR Store prototype.

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Virtual Reality Enhances Ketamine Therapy Sessions With Immersive Experiences

ARPost

Recently, TRIPP PsyAssist completed its Phase 1 Feasibility Study to demonstrate its use as a pretreatment tool for patients undergoing ketamine therapy. This VR solution is an example of emerging technologies that facilitate the development of more accessible and transformative mental health care solutions. Globally, more than 500 million people have anxiety and depression.

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Meta announces Quest 3

Cats and VR

Mark Zuckerberg just announced Meta Quest 3, the next-generation virtual and mixed reality headset, which launches later this year. It features higher resolution, stronger performance, breakthrough Meta Reality technology, and a slimmer, more comfortable form factor. Quest 3 will ship in all countries where Meta Quest is currently supported this fall.

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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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Hands-on: Apple Vision Pro isn’t for Gaming, But it Does Everything Else Better

Road to VR

While Apple’s new Vision Pro headset isn’t going to satisfy the existing base of consumer VR users, it’s mastering the rest of the basics better than anyone else. Probably 90% of what consumers are using VR headsets for today is entertainment, and of that entertainment, most of it is gaming. And if you’re among those people using such headsets today, you’ll reasonably be disappointed that Apple Vision Pro lacks controllers and isn’t going to be playing top VR

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Apple to Adopt Metaverse Services

XR Today - Virtual Reality

This week is all about Apple. Even before the firm’s monumental and, in some ways, controversial device announcement, which saw audiences amazed at a high price point and technology promise, the XR industry was on each of their seats with predictions on Apple’s immersive debut. Apple is trying to become an MR and spatial computing leader by releasing the Vision Pro device.

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AWE 2023: Hands-on wide-FOV headset XTAL 3 and Manomotion

The Ghost Howls

I’m back to telling you about some hands-on sessions I had at AWE in Santa Clara, California. And today there are a two I’m sure you will find interesting… XTAL 3 Presentation of XTAL 3 headset One thing I’m very happy about having tried at AWE is the XTAL 3 headset by Vrgineers. I was very curious to try this device since when I read its hands-on by Upload VR, in which David Heaney claimed it was the first wide FOV headset without peripheral distortions he had tried.

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Could Origami Be The Future Of VR Haptics?

VRScout

The art of folding paper could be the key to unlocking more realistic VR experiences. A group of researchers based out of Westlake University in China has developed a device that can improve the realism and fidelity of objects in VR using an approach inspired by origami, the art of paper folding to create 3D figures and shapes. Hanqing Jiang, who was a part of the research team, learned about a form of origami called curved origami (or curved crease origami) while at Arizona State University

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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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ZERO10 to Debut Its First AR Store at Viva Technology in Paris

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After the successful showing of its AR try-on technology at the Metaverse Fashion Week , AR fashion company ZERO10 is launching its first prototype AR Store that aims to bring a whole new experience to shopping. Following previous successful collaborations with fashion brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Coach – which saw the launch of the brand’s AR Mirror and Storefront, respectively – ZERO10 is now debuting the AR Mirror as a standalone store.

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Rec Room Will Be Available On Apple Vision Pro

Upload VR

Rec Room was listed on the Apple Vision Pro's App Store in a clip from WWDC. Rec Room is made with the Unity engine, which Apple Vision supports via "layering" onto its own RealityKit engine. When describing visionOS's new App Store, footage in Apple's keynote showed a section of the visionOS App Store titled 'Apps and Games We Love'. Rec Room is clearly listed, alongside other apps like Zoom.

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Apple to Open Locations for Devs to Test Vision Pro This Summer, SDK This Month

Road to VR

Ahead of the Apple Vision Pro’s release in ‘early 2024’, the company says it will open several centers in a handful of locations around the world, giving some developers a chance to test the headset before it’s released to the public. It’s clear that developers will need time to start building Apple Vision Pro apps ahead of its launch, and it’s also clear that Apple doesn’t have heaps of headsets on hand for developers to start working with right away.

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#1217: Apple Vision Pro Hands-on Debriefing with Road to VR Editor Ben Lang

Voices of VR

I speak with Road to VR Editor Ben Lang about his hands-on impression of the Apple Vision Pro that he had on Monday, June 5, 2023. Check out his full article: “Hands-on: Apple Vision Pro isn’t for Gaming, But it Does Everything Else Better.” Also see my Twitter thread live coverage of #WWDC23. This is […] I speak with Road to VR Editor Ben Lang about his hands-on impression of the Apple Vision Pro that he had on Monday, June 5, 2023.

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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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AWE 2023 Day 2: Lenovo VRX and Sightful SpaceTop have been the surprises of the show floor

The Ghost Howls

Today it was the first day at AWE in which the show floor opened, and I could start going hands-on with many interesting pieces of XR hardware. I’ve tried many things but I have not the time to describe to you them all today, so let me tell you in this article just what have been the two devices that surprised me the most: the Lenovo VRX headset and the Sightful Spacetop laptop.

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AR Technology Is Invading The Kitchen

VRScout

Could this immersive AR experience revolutionize the culinary arts? Earlier this month, the popular culinary livestreaming network Kittch announced that it is partnering with American technology company Qualcomm to create hands-free cooking experiences accessible via AR glasses. Developed in collaboration with technical design company Trigger, the platform will offer users a variety of useful features while in the kitchen.

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How Retailers are Using Augmented Reality to Enhance In-Store Shopping

ARPost

The retail sector is changing because of augmented reality technology, which is giving businesses new and interesting ways to interact with customers and enhance their shopping experiences. AR is a perfect fit for the retail sector, giving businesses new opportunities to communicate with customers, promote their goods, and increase sales. AR in Retail: A Match Made in Heaven Customers may virtually try on things, allowing them to see how a product appears or fits without having to try it on phys

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Here's What Zuckerberg Told Meta Staff He Thinks Of Apple Vision Pro

Upload VR

In a company-wide meeting, Mark Zuckerberg gave Meta employees his take on Apple Vision Pro. The meeting took place earlier today in person for some staff and was video streamed to others. That stream seems to have leaked to The Verge's Alex Heath, who said he watched the meeting and transcribed it. Zuckerberg claimed the "good news" was that Apple has "no kind of magical solutions" to the problems of AR/VR hardware design that Meta's engineers and researchers "haven’t already explored and thoug

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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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New Quest 2 & Quest Pro Update Brings Performance Boost and New Home Environments

Road to VR

Meta says it’s has begun pushing out a software update which will bring some pretty profound performance boosts to both Quest 2 & Quest Pro. Update (June 21st, 2023) : Meta says Quest update v55 is now starting to roll out to Quest 2 & Quest Pro users. The company is promising the update will deliver a significant boost to the devices’ performance which should make the VR experience smoother overall while allowing apps to render at somewhat higher resolutions.

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UPDATED: Your Guide to SL20B— Second Life Celebrates Its 20th Birthday with Sixty Sims, June 22nd-July 11th, 2023!

Ryan Schultz

Pioneering virtual world Second Life will celebrate its 20th anniversary with events running from June 22nd to July 11th, 2023, spanning a mind-boggling sixty sims! The theme this year is Our Fantastic Future. Twenty-four of those sims have been set aside for the biggest-ever Shop and Hop event. You can’t get in yet, but you can already get an idea of the futuristic design in these thumbnail images used in the Second Life Destination Guide entries for the SL20B Shop and Hop sims : As in pr

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AWE 2023 Day 1 Highlights: Neal Stephenson on Stage, Qualcomm, Zapbox, and more!

The Ghost Howls

My first day at AWE has just finished, and while I’m sleepy because of jet lag, let me tell you my highlights of the day! Today the showroom was closed, so it was mostly about networking and random demos of devices. The opening Ori Inbar kickstarted AWE 2023 with a great keynote. Kudos to him for the preparation of everything: his speech was motivating and fun, and there were some parts, like the dialogue between him and his holographic avatar which were unexpected surprises.

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AR Lets You Fly The Rainbow Flag In Banned Cities

VRScout

#SavetheRainbowFlag In honor of Pride Month, the Gilbert Baker Foundation—an organization dedicated to the original creator of the LGBTQ Rainbow Flag—has partnered with full-service ad agency INNOCEAN and creative production partner Tool to launch an augmented reality (AR) filter that allows you to proudly fly the Rainbow Flag anywhere in the real world.

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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