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Why Are Hotels Investing in Augmented Reality Technology?


Augmented reality technology has made its way into the hospitality industry. From virtual maps to quirky digital experiences, hoteliers are creating fun and memorable guest experiences using AR.

How Can AR Shape Healthcare’s Next Era?

AR Insider

3 Ways Augmented Reality Can Enhance Post-COVID Healthcare. by Emil Alon. A ugmented reality (AR) is undergoing impressive growth. After an initial sales decline in 2020, the latest forecasts are trending upward. Some projections chart an increase from $15 billion in 2020 to $77 billion in 2025.


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Finally, An App That Lets You Censor Reality


Some things are better left unseen. Available now on iOS devices, voxelizeAR is a newly-released app from developer Rare Realities, LLC that allows you to transform portions of the real world into 3D pixels—otherwise known as “voxels.”

The XR Week Peek (2021.08.16): Facebook releases Passthrough APIs, Quest on the road to 10M units, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Hello everyone! This summer week has been amazing for me and I want to share my happiness with you. It has all been because of these three pieces of news: My blog is now 5 years old !

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.

Facebook Surprise-launches New VR Meeting App With Virtual Desktops and up to 50 People

Road to VR

Facebook today is surprise-launching a new app called Horizon Workrooms , a virtual collaboration space that connects both VR and video chat users.

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Full Body VR Controller AXIS Launches Kickstarter


Backers will receive Refract’s easy-to-use motion-tracking system and first-person fighting game Freestriker.

How App Lab DB is helping indie VR games to get discovered

The Ghost Howls

We all know that it is very difficult to be published on the Official Quest Store and we indie developers have to resort to publishing on the alternate App Lab store.

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Unreal Engine Gets OpenXR Improvements Just in Time for Oculus Development Shift

Road to VR

The latest version of Unreal Engine 4, version 4.27, brings “production-ready” support for OpenXR. The change comes just in time for Oculus developers, as the company recently announced it’s fully moving open to the OpenXR standard for VR development going forward.

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Best AR/VR Certifications to Kickstart Your Career in 2021


For many of our readers, AR and VR are not just personal interests. They want to learn how to create immersive experiences and enjoy a rewarding career in this industry. We are here to offer helpful advice and information to anyone – business people, gamers, developers, and content creators.

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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.

Even North Korea Is Using VR & AR In The Classroom


Not even the second-world authoritarian regime can ignore the impact immersive technology is having on modern education. There are few modern nations more perplexing than the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The Ghost Howls celebrates its 5th birthday!

The Ghost Howls

August, 15th is a special day in Italy: it is called “Ferragosto”, and people go out with their friends and families and grill some BBQ in the parks, have picnics, or just chill together. Almost no one works, and people are focused on enjoying good food and good company.

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Stunning View Synthesis Algorithm Could Have Huge Implications for VR Capture

Road to VR

As far as live-action VR video is concerned, volumetric video is the gold standard for immersion. And for static scene capture, the same holds true for photogrammetry.

Will AR Ad Revenue Reach $6.7 Billion by 2025?

AR Insider

L ike 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.

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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.

PrecisionOS Brings VR Medical Training To Struggling Areas


VR training lets surgeons in low-resource countries go through the motions before performing on patients.

Things People Ask You as a Writer Covering XR Technology


XR technology is a fascinating world to live and work in. When you write about XR and emerging technology, people ask a lot of questions; some more often than others. If you have questions that you’ve always wanted to ask a writer in this field, answers to your questions may be found below.

‘Space Pirate Arena’ Launching Soon on Quest, Will Require a 33×33ft Playspace

Road to VR

Space Pirate Arena is an upcoming pseudo-sequel to VR classic Space Pirate Trainer (2017). All your training, it seems, was leading up to going head to head against other players in a huge virtual arena… and you’ll need an equally huge playspace in real life to play.

Spatial Beats: More Metaverse Mania

AR Insider

W elcome back to Spatial Beats. This week, we look at the ongoing metaverse mania. I was thirty years too early for the party so it’s sadly anti-climactic for me. I learned long ago it’s going to take years to sort this out. If that is even possible. Will the Metaverse be browser-based or app-based?

‘Getting Over It’ In VR Looks Soul-Crushing, In A Good Way


2017’s charmingly odd platforming game Getting Over It is getting an unofficial VR remake for the Oculus Quest and PC VR.

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New Tips to Overcome VR Motion Sickness


A few years ago, we shared some tips to overcome VR motion sickness. Back then, HMD performance was lower than at the present. Thus, many of these instances of motion sickness were caused by poor depth of field, high latency, and other technology-related issues.

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The 20 Best Rated & Most Popular Quest Games & Apps – August 2021

Road to VR

While Oculus doesn’t offer much publicly in the way of understanding how well individual apps are performing across its VR storefronts, it’s possible to glean some insight by looking at apps relative to each other. Here’s a snapshot of the top 20 Oculus Quest games and apps as of August 2021.

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Case Study: Porsche Avoids ‘Pilot Purgatory’

AR Insider

hough we spend ample time examining consumer-based AR endpoints, greater near-term impact is seen today in the enterprise. This takes many forms including camera commerce and collaboration. But the greatest area of enterprise AR imact to day is in industrial settings.

‘Space Pirate Arena’ Could Be The Most Important VR Game Of The Year


Developer I-Illusions’ hall-scale VR game could mark the start of a new era in multiplayer gaming on Quest.

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Mondly Brings Language Training To Oculus Quest Next Week

Upload VR

Mondly is bringing its language-teaching VR experience to the Oculus Quest next week. An official version of the app will launch on the platform on August 26. It was previously available on Oculus Go, Rift, SteamVR and Gear VR and works in tandem with the Mondly smartphone app, too.

Facebook Connect Will be Held Online on October 28th

Road to VR

Facebook today announced that its XR conference, Facebook Connect (previously called Oculus Connect) will be held on October 28th. This is the second year running that the event has been in an online format due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Data Dive: Pokémon GO Hits the $5 Billion Mark

AR Insider

T hough generalist tech press have moved on to other shiny objects, Pokémon Go is at the height of its popularity and continues to break records. The latest figures from Sensor Tower estimate* that the game has made $5 billion in lifetime revenue as it passes its fith birthday.

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Facebook’s ‘Horizon Workrooms’ Is VR Coworking At Its Finest


The open beta for Facebook’s remote collaboration platform is available now on Oculus Quest 2 headsets.

Developer Turns Half-Life: Alyx’s City 17 Into Quest Home Environment

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We probably won’t see a native version of Half-Life: Alyx on Oculus Quest headsets anytime soon, but one developer did bring the game’s iconic setting to the platform.

A VR Newcomer Just Raised $7 Million to Build Social VR Games

Road to VR

VR developer ForeVR Games today announced it has raised an additional $7 million in seed capital, bringing its total capital raise to $8.5 million. The studio is focused on bringing classic real world games—like bowling—into VR with an emphasis on social play.

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