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Oculus Quest’s ‘Space Sense’ Feature Detects People And Pets


The company’s latest update introduces a handful of exciting features that revolve around safety and accessibility. Facebook (Meta) today announced the rollout of update v34 for the Oculus Quest platform.

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Oculus Space Sense: how to activate it and hands-on it!

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At Facebook Connect , Facebook/Meta announced that Oculus Quest was getting a new runtime update, the v34, bringing with it very interesting features to the Quest 2.

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New Quest Rendering Tech Promises Massive Gains in App Performance

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At Connect 2021 last week, Meta revealed a new Quest rendering technology called Application Spacewarp which it says can increase the performance of Quest apps by a whopping 70%.

Will Web AR Pull Ahead as a Go-to Channel?

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Will consumers spend 90 seconds downloading an app for an experience that lasts 30 seconds? This question raises the benefits of Web AR. What are its dynamics and best practices? We examine in the latest report excerpt. The post Will Web AR Pull Ahead as a Go-to Channel? appeared first on AR Insider.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

‘The Twilight Zone VR’ Announced For Quest & PlayStation VR


Imagine a world… XR Producer Fun Train ( Tarzan VR, The Exorcist: Legion VR ) today announced The Twilight Zone VR , an upcoming VR game for Oculus Quest and PlayStation VR based on the iconic 1959 television series of the same name.

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Meta Hackathon This Month Challenges Devs to Use Its Latest XR Tools for $700,000 in Prizes

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Meta (formerly Facebook) is offering up $700,000 in cash prizes this month in an XR hackathon aimed at developers and creators from all over the world. The objective: choose between Spark AR and Presence Platform and build something cool and useful.

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Meet XR Terra, the Company Teaching XR Technology


XR technology is increasingly becoming a part of the corporate landscape. As the hardware becomes more affordable and the software becomes more robust, the experiences enabled become more valuable. But, they don’t necessarily become easier to use. XR Terra is there to help. Meet XR Terra.

Five Classic Video Games That Deserve A VR Remake


VR remakes are all the rage at the moment. Here’s our selection of classic video games we’d love to play in VR.

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AWE USA brings back XR physical events

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Augmented World Expo (AWE) will start on November, 9th 2021, in Santa Clara, USA. The event, which will run until the 11th, will be the first major event about AR and VR to be back in a physical location after a long time.

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.

Meta Offered a Glimpse into the XR R&D That’s Costing It Billions

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During the Connect 2021 conference last week, Meta Reality Labs’ Chief Scientist, Michael Abrash, offered a high-level overview of some of the R&D that’s behind the company’s multi-billion dollar push into XR and the metaverse.

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XR Announcements and Themes Fresh From Microsoft Ignite


The second edition of Ignite, Microsoft’s annual software event, took place this week (November 2-4) virtually once again – hosted in Teams, naturally.

The Oculus Quest Is Now The Meta Quest


Just a week after Facebook (Meta) announced the name change, we’re already seeing ‘Meta Quest’ branding out in the wild. Last week during Facebook Connect 2021, Mark Zuckerburg took to the stream to reveal the official rebranding of Facebook to “Meta.”

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3 Ways AR Could Make it Big in Banking

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AR continues to show its strengths in several areas including gaming and interactive marketing. But what about banking? In areas like customer service and data visualization, AR could transform the centuries-old industry. We examine how.

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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

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Leaked 3D Model Offers a Clearer Glimpse at Meta’s Project Cambria Headset

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Meta (formerly Facebook) announced a mixed reality headset at its Connect 2021 dev conference last week—code named Project Cambria.

Meet The Forge: A Metaverse XR Studio System by Prox & Reverie


A new XR studio system is aiming to revolutionize the entertainment industry. Prox & Reverie recently launched The Forge, a purpose-built metaverse studio system.

Facebook (Meta) Is Improving Its Developer Ecosystem


The company puts a focus on community building with a new suite of developer tools. Last week was quite a busy one for Facebook, or should I say Meta.

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Meta Quest 2 Is Already Replacing Oculus Quest 2 Branding

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A week on from its Connect conference, Meta is moving ahead with rebranding the Oculus Quest 2 as the Meta Quest 2. In last week’s keynote, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Meta is the new corporate company name for Facebook.

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Microsoft’s Metaverse Ambitions Grow as Teams Platform to Include 3D Avatars & Immersive XR Meetings

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Microsoft is making a strong bid to bolster its version of the metaverse as it looks to roll out 3D avatars and immersive meetings for its Microsoft Teams communication platform.

Reality Bytes: Meta, Apple & Snap

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What are the biggest insights and observations in AR and adjacent sectors this week? Welcome to Reality Bytes, featuring lightning-round video commentary from AR Insider partner, M7 Innovations. The post Reality Bytes: Meta, Apple & Snap appeared first on AR Insider. Commentary Reality Bytes

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Location-Based AR Mobile Game ‘Pikmin Bloom’ Is Adorable


Nintendo’s pint-sized creatures return in a Pokémon Go -like mobile game for iOS and Android devices.

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Twilight Zone VR Game Announced For Oculus Quest, PSVR

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Here’s a suitably weird announcement – there’s an official Twilight Zone VR game on the way. The Twilight Zone VR is coming to Oculus Quest and PSVR as three self-contained episodes.

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Cult-favorite PC Game ‘Deep Rock Galactic’ Opens Door to VR Mods With New Update

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Deep Rock Galactic is a cult-favorite PC co-op game where teams of up to four players dive into perilous caverns in search of precious minerals while battling hordes of alien bugs along the way.

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XR Talks: The Evolution of AR Adoption

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Where are we in AR's adoption lifecycle? Snap recently held a virtual event to outline its recent study with Deloitte. It's filled with consumer survey research and is the focus of this week's XR Talks. The post XR Talks: The Evolution of AR Adoption appeared first on AR Insider. XR Talks

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The Oculus Quest 2 Is One Of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2021


Oprah’s legendary holiday shopping guide includes Facebook’s (Meta) latest standalone VR headset.

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Take-Two CEO Now Likes VR, Suggests More To Come Post-GTA: San Andreas

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A year after Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said he wasn’t very compelled by VR, he now thinks it’s “really exciting”, and that the company may do more past the recent reveal of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas VR.

Unpacking Connect 2021 – What it Means for the Metaverse of the Future

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We’re just one week past the Connect 2021 event where Meta (formerly Facebook) laid out its grand vision for both XR and the metaverse, including rebranding its entire company around the concept. The event was heavy on vision with a lot of the near-term news being more disparate.


Understanding the Atmosphere Around Policy in Emerging Technologies


“Emerging technologies” like extended reality, 5G internet, and blockchain are currently emerging faster than policy on them is developing.

‘Blade & Sorcery: Nomad’ Available Now On Oculus Quest 2


Warpfrog’s ultra-popular melee combat game makes its way to Facebook’s (Meta) latest standalone VR headset.

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