Sat.Dec 18, 2021 - Fri.Dec 24, 2021

‘VRChat’ Avatars Are Getting A Major Upgrade

VRScout

Who doesn’t love a good virtual head pat? This past April, VRChat hosted a developer stream during which the company revealed a new set of features on the way to its ever-growing social VR platform.

A comprehensive list of publishers of VR games

The Ghost Howls

The demo of our fitness XR game HitMotion: Reloaded is now complete, and we are evaluating the possibility of partnering with a publisher for finding the funds and the support needed to build the full game.

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Social VR App ‘Rec Room’ Raises $145M Funding, Now Valued at $3.5B

Road to VR

Social VR platform Rec Room has sealed another big funding round to close out the year. The Seattle-based startup today announced it’s secured a new $145 million financing round, bringing the company’s total valuation to $3.5 billion.

Celebrating the Holidays With Mobile AR

ARPost

The news cycle doesn’t really slow down in the XR world. Fortunately, in the last few weeks, a lot of announcements and updates have been in the spirit of the season. Hopefully, these festive mobile AR engagements will help you stay in the holiday spirit. The HERMÈS MERRY SNOWMAN.

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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 become such a negative experience with learners? Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer for ELB Learning, will introduce a new learning framework called the C.A.R.E.S Learning Effectiveness Model.

Somnium Space Reveals Modular VR Headset

VRScout

Somnium’s PC VR headset allows you to program its sensors and buttons to meet your individual needs. At the beginning of the year, social VR platform Somnium Space began teasing a new VR headset with a unique modular design.

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Unity’s Incredible Mixed Reality Demo is Coming to Quest in 2022

Road to VR

Earlier this year the Unity Labs team shared an incredible proof-of-concept mixed reality demo that shows the power of blending the real and virtual worlds together. Now the developers behind the project say you’ll be able to get your hands on the experiment on Quest sometime next year.

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VR/AR Association Holds Virtual Summit Dedicated to the Metaverse

ARPost

Last Friday, December 17, The VR/AR Association held a one-day event dedicated to the metaverse and avatars as part of the Immerse Global Summit Series.

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‘Bigscreen’ Update Greatly Improves Remote Desktop Feature

VRScout

Experience the metaverse in a different way through Bigscreen’s improved Remote Desktop feature. Popular VR streaming app Bigscreen has expanded significantly over the past several years.

The XR Week Peek (2021.12.21): Google is building an AR OS, Nike acquires RTFKT, and more!

The Ghost Howls

I’m super-late with this newsletter because we of New Technology Walkers are working on some cool stuff for our game HitMotion: Reloaded!

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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

Join Micah Eppler from eLearning Brothers to see hands-on examples of how organizations are transforming outcomes with video-based training strategies.

Road to VR’s 2021 Game of the Year Awards

Road to VR

Whether you’re off dodging lasers and defusing bombs, shooting back hordes of zombies with your friends, or just sitting down for a quiet night alone with a photogrammetric jigsaw puzzle, there’s plenty of options out there on how you to teleport yourself to another universe through the magic of virtual reality.

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Journey to Freedom and Equality: How an AR Experience Makes History Come Alive

ARPost

In 1961, Hank Thomas, along with other Freedom Riders, rode buses and made a bold move that changed the face of history.

Tiffany Haddish Is ‘Supernatural’s’ Latest VR Fitness Coach

VRScout

Start the new year off right with a collection of fitness challenges led by the famous actress, comedian, and producer. With 2022 just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions.

VR Cover accessories for Oculus Quest 2 Review

The Ghost Howls

I got a package from VR Cover with some cool accessories for Oculus Quest 2 to review. Since they know I am working on a VR fitness game , they sent me the Fitness Facial Interface and some other nice add-ons for it.

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Immersing the Curious Mind in VR: Why You’re Missing Out on Proven ROI!

Speaker: John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO, CenarioVR® Creator

Join John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO and creator of the award-winning VR course builder CenarioVR®, to find out why organizations choose immersive learning and how they've used innovative approaches.

‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ VR Support Arrives from Modder Behind ‘GTA’ & ‘Red Dead Redemption’ VR Mods

Road to VR

Luke Ross , the modder who brought VR support to a host of non-VR games such as GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Mafia II, surprise-released a VR mod for the PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn. YouTube channel Cas and Chary got an exclusive first look at the mod.

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How a Breakthrough in MicroLED Paves the Way for the AR Glasses of the Future

ARPost

MICLEDI Microdisplays is posed to change the face of augmented reality and augmented reality glasses. As a fabless developer of microLED displays for AR glasses, the company has developed an industry-first microLED arrays-for-AR.

Viveport Announces Its Own Original Anime ‘BIRDIE WING’

VRScout

Birdie Wing is not only the first-ever anime released on Viveport, but the first original anime featuring women’s golf.

How Can AR & VR Empower Fundraising?

AR Insider

AR and VR keep finding new areas of applicability. These include commercial and altruistic use cases. In the latter camp is nonprofit fundraising. How can XR's empathy-evoking tendencies help? We explore. The post How Can AR & VR Empower Fundraising? appeared first on AR Insider. Contributors

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Everyone Wins! How Games Can Improve Learning Outcomes Across Multiple Generations

Speaker: Stephen Baer, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Game Agency

Nearly 70% of American adults play video games. Stephen Baer, Chief Creative Officer at The Game Agency, will discuss each generation’s unique learning styles and identify game types that appeal to each one and improve your learning outcomes.

Quest Store Holiday Sale Begins, Deep Discounts on Top Titles & Bundles Ending December 26th

Road to VR

Is there a new Meta Quest 2 waiting for you under the tree this year? Or maybe you’re just looking for the best seasonal deals in VR gaming? Either way, this holiday season Meta has whipped up another massive game sale that’s bringing discounts top Quest titles.

Here is why your iPhone 13 could soon be made in India

Digital Trends

Planning to buy an iPhone 13 next year? There is a good chance that the device you buy was made at a factory in India. Mobile News Apple iPhone India

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Wield The Mighty Vaxcalibur In ‘Virus Popper: Reopened’

VRScout

Get vaccinated and mask up as you prepare to battle waves of virus variants in order to save the universe. Released back in April 2020 on PC VR and Meta Quest headsets, Starcade Arcade’s Virus Popper is one of the goofiest VR games available at the moment.

Ericsson Emodo Joins the Ranks of AR Labs

AR Insider

Ericsson Emodo has become the latest tech player to launch a creative lab for AR marketing. Like Snap's Arcadia and AR Lab, this will help brands take the first steps towards immersive advertising. We examine. The post Ericsson Emodo Joins the Ranks of AR Labs appeared first on AR Insider.

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.

Topics and Takeaways From XR Safety Week

ARPost

Do you feel safe in the metaverse ? Chances are, if you’ve even thought about XR safety, it’s because you’ve already had a negative experience in an immersive environment.

Stellantis going full throttle on electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids at CES 2022

Digital Trends

Stellantis' CES 2022 booth will be chock-full of EVs and plug-in hybrids from Jeep, Fiat, and Citroën. Cars CES 2022 Chrysler Citroen Fiat Jeep Stellantis

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The new TESLA phone Pi will change the world

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This is not just a phone, it is a whole ecosystem. Continue reading on AR/VR Journey: Augmented & Virtual Reality Magazine ». satellite-technology future-technology tesla-phone tesla self-improvement

AR in Sports: Moneyball Meets 3D

AR Insider

One of the ways mobile AR can create value is to deepen fan experiences in sports. Future-gazing use cases include getting live informational overlays on players and plays. But what formats are here today? We examine the landscape.

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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.