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Every Announcement From Sony’s PS VR Showcase

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Sony reveals new VR games and exciting updates during its latest PS VR Showcase event. Today marked yet another PS VR Showcase by Sony, during which the company revealed new games for the PlayStation VR as well as exciting updates on several highly-anticipated titles. The event highlighted seven games in total, from brand new experiences like Winds & Leaves to previously-announced titles such as After the Fall.

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The most important AR and VR news from F8 Refresh

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The Keynote of Facebook F8 Refresh, the digital version of the usual Facebook F8 event, has finished some hours ago. Since I’ve watched it all, I think it’s my duty to write an exhaustive summary of the most important AR and VR news announced at this event for you all members of the XR community, so that you are sure not to have missed anything important.

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What is 6G, how fast will it be, and when is it coming?

Digital Trends

You can go buy a 5G phone today, but what about 6G? What is it, how different from 5G will it be, and when will it arrive? We've got the answers for you here.

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French Eyewear Company Uses Instagram AR Campaign to Launch Innovative Lenses

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So far, AR marketing has allowed consumers to try on various products and see how they look wearing these. Bollé , a French sports and lifestyle eyewear manufacturer, takes things further. Their Instagram AR campaign does not only allow users to see how they look wearing their new product line, but also see the world through it. Why are these sunglasses so special?

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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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‘Army Of The Dead’ VR Game Has You Battling Zombies In A Taco Truck

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Zack Snyder’s latest zombie flick gets its own location-based VR experience featuring a motorized taco truck. Here’s the deal: Las Vegas is crawling with zombies. In order to prevent a global pandemic, the United States government has stacked thousands of shipping containers around the neon capital of the world, forming a makeshift prison for the hordes of undead now occupying the desert oasis.

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Quest is Getting a Third-person Spectator View for Casting

Road to VR

The latest update to the Oculus Integration for Unity includes a beta release of a spectator camera capability which will allow developers to show a third-person view to spectators watching on a smartphone or web browser. Today if a friend wants to watch the action going on inside your Quest game, you can cast your first-person view to your smartphone (through the Oculus app), to a TV (with Chromecast), or to a web browser ( through the Casting page ).

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Haptics in VR gaming with Alex Meland (Haptics Club #1)

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The Haptics club is an Open community about #Haptics. Founded by members of Unity, Interhaptics , Senseglove , and Nanoport. An event every other week with speakers from various industries and academia. Do you want to listen to the full podcast ? Who is Alex Meland and bHaptics? Alex Meland is a Community Manager at bHaptics , and passionate about the world of haptics. bHaptics is a company that specialized in full-body haptic suits.

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Could Facebook’s AR Video Calls Solve “Zoom Fatigue”?

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Spice up your video calls with AR games and party hats. With the COVID pandemic forcing many of us to adhere to social distancing measures, video calls have become essential in the way we work, socialize, and learn. Unfortunately, as the pandemic continued, even this once-futuristic form of communication began to take a toll, resulting in what many refer to as “Zoom fatigue.” .

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Cops Are Now Using a High-Tech Lasso on People

GizModo VR

In an apparent effort to kill fewer people, police departments across the country are investing in what is basically a high-tech lasso designed to automatically restrain suspects without cops having to electrocute or shoot them. Read more.

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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 Vive Pro 2 Review – “Pro” Price with Not Quite Pro Performance

Road to VR

Three years after the original Vive Pro, HTC’s Vive Pro 2 is here. With a class-leading price, the “Pro” branded headset is clearly positioned to one-up its contemporaries. Unfortunately the headset’s performance doesn’t quite justify the Pro price. Before we dive into the full review, here’s a recap of the headset’s specs: Vive Pro 2 Specs.

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AMD Demonstrates Stacked 3D V-Cache Technology: 192 MB at 2 TB/sec

Anand Tech

The AMD team surprised us here. What seemed like a very par-for-the-course Computex keynote turned into an incredible demonstration of what AMD is testing in the lab with TSMC’s new 3D Fabric technologies. We’ve covered 3D Fabric before, but AMD is putting it to good use by stacking up its processors with additional cache, enabling super-fast bandwidth, and better gaming performance.

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VR Party Game ‘Werewolves Within’ Gets Its Own Feature Film

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Ubisoft’s VR multiplayer party game comes to life on the big screen as a modern horror-comedy. Back in 2018, it was revealed that the popular VR party game Werewolves Within was being developed into a full-length feature film produced by Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the same team responsible for 2016’s Assassin’s Creed film. Today, we received our first look at the modernized film adaptation, and what we’ve seen so far has us genuinely excited for this upcoming horror-comedy.

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The Pandemic Might Have Killed Off Some Flu Strains for Good

GizModo VR

Scientists say that two common strains of the seasonal flu have seemingly vanished from circulation, likely due to public health measures like mask-wearing meant to slow the covid-19 pandemic. Though it will take time to confirm the disappearing act, the unexpected good news could make developing next season’s flu… Read more.

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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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‘Pixel Ripped’ Studio’s Next Game, ‘YUKI’, Gets a New Gameplay Trailer, Summer Release Date

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YUKI is an upcoming VR bullet-hell roguelike from ARVORE, the studio behind the Pixel Ripped games, The Line , and more. Today the studio released a new gameplay trailer showing how players will control the game’s character by flying them around with their hands like an action figure. Yuki is now set to launch this Summer on Quest and PC VR, with a PSVR release planned later this year.

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What you need to listen to lossless audio and Dolby Atmos on Apple Music

Digital Trends

With Apple Music poised to open the gates to Dolby Atmos for spatial audio and hi-res lossless audio files, you will need the proper gear to hear all that extra goodness.

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This VR Tool Knows What You’re Thinking Before You Do

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Theia Interactive’s new VR tool takes the guesswork out of designing products and campaigns. . Beyond the obvious use-cases of gaming, socialVR, workforce training, and education, VR can also be used to collect deep marketing data in new and exicting ways. For example, Kellogg’s turned to VR and eye-tracking to put themselves in the shoes of consumers in an effort to develop new ways to better market their Pop-Tart Bites.

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Disney's 'First Openly Gay' Characters, Ranked (by How Embarrassed Disney Should Feel)

GizModo VR

Disney’s history with queer representation on-screen is, diplomatically, dicey at best. The company’s slow arc toward introducing LGBTQIA + characters in major roles and tentpole films has laid the groundwork for eventual substance, but here and now, they’re mostly half steps—half steps that, more often than not, are … Read more.

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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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PC VR Dungeon Crawler ‘Legendary Tales’ to Begin Closed Beta, Trailer Here

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Legendary Tales is a VR dungeon crawler heading into Early Access on PC VR headsets, and now developers Urban Wolf Games have opened the call for testers as it moves into closed beta. Legendary Tales , an ARPG coming to SteamVR headsets, is all about physics-based combat. The co-op dungeon crawler is set to include melee, ranged weapons, and magic spells.

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Space station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm survives debris strike

Digital Trends

The space station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm suffered a debris strike recently that caused a visible hole, though the device is still able to function.

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VR Battle Royale ‘POPULATION: ONE’ Adds Team Deathmatch

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First to 30 kills wins in this limited time game mode coming soon to Oculus Quest and SteamVR headsets. Developer BigBox VR Inc. ( Smashbox Arena ) this week announced the latest update to its popular VR battle royale game POPULATION: ONE. Beginning tomorrow, players can dive into a brand new game mode, Team Deathmatch, and compete against other players for the highest kill count.

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Chevron Celebrates Pride While Funding Bigots in Congress

GizModo VR

Hey, queer people, listen up: Chevron is totally cool with you, and that’s super cool of them! At least that’s the message Chevron is sending this month, as it lines up its advertising to once again celebrate Pride. But Chevron’s Pride celebrations can’t hide the fact that the politicians the company props up each… Read more.

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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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‘EVERSLAUGHT’ is a VR Action Game Built with Intense Locomotion for Players With Iron Stomachs

Road to VR

EVERSLAUGHT is an upcoming VR action game that throws VR comfort design out the window in favor of frenetic combat for players who have no issues with motion sickness. The title is set to launch in Early Access later this month. In development by indie studio ModX, Everslaught is the kind of game VR game that plenty of studios might be building if motion sickness weren’t a thing.

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Tesla restaurants are on the menu, new filing suggests

Digital Trends

Tesla may open a chain of branded restaurants, likely at its Supercharger stations, according to documents filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Playing ‘Beat Saber’ From The Back Of A Dragon Is Pretty Cool

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A new update turns TypeEh Studios’ DragonRide VR into a fast-paced VR rhythm game. Originally released back in August 2020, developer TypeEh Studios’ relaxing VR dragon-riding experience, DragonRide VR , received a massive update this week introducing a brand new game mode inspired by VR rhythm games like Beat Saber and Supernatural. Available now on SteamVR headsets, DragonRide VR is a fantasy-lovers dream, offering players the rare opportunity to grab the reigns and take control of

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Battlestar Galactica's Bear McCreary Knows What Concert Nerds Have Been Missing

GizModo VR

Here’s what you need to know about Bear McCreary , the legendary-in-his-own-time composer for Battlestar Galactica , The Walking Dead , Outlander , and so much more: there’s a part of him that’s bummed he’s not playing a concert right now. Thankfully there’s a fix for that; as io9 can exclusively reveal, he has a new BSG … Read more.

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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