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Virtual Reality Is Helping Healthcare Workers Cope With Stress

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Virtual reality usage has been on the rise throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It has provided countless hours of entertainment to those sheltering at home. Now, it is also aiding healthcare workers on the frontlines. BehaVR is a VR company specializing in digital therapeutics for behavioral health.

Every Announcement From The Oculus Gaming Showcase

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Oculus teases new games and several long-awaited updates during its first-ever VR gaming showcase. Oculus held its first-ever VR gaming showcase earlier today, revealing new games and several major updates coming to Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift headsets this year.

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How VR helped one student learn German

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When I first arrived in Austria I was extremely happy because I was finally ready to pursue an international degree. There was however a little obstacle I had to surpass before I could attend my university course.

The XR Week Peek (2021.04.19): Quest 2 adds Air Link and Resident Evil 4, Pico and HTC are ready to launch, and more!

The Ghost Howls

It’s a crazy busy period for me and I really need a good sleep. BTW, I’ve managed to found some time here and there to write this newsletter, because I’m happy to inform you of the community, especially my Patrons that always cheer for me (have you considered supporting me on Patreon as well?).

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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.

‘Alien: Isolation’ is Free on Epic Games Store Starting Today

Road to VR

Alien: Isolation (2014) is still an awesome horror experience, even if the Xenomorph-filled game of ‘cat and mouse’ is showing its age when played on modern SteamVR-compatible headsets. Still, you can’t argue with free.

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Snapchat, Google, & Verizon Highlight Humanity's Impact on the Environment with AR for Earth Day

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It's Earth Day, which means that nonprofits, individuals, and brands are making a concerted effort to raise awareness of environmental issues and how to change behaviors to reverse impacts of pollution, deforestation, and suburban sprawl, among others.

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VR Training Program Teaches Underserved Population Soft Skills to Increase Their Employment Chances

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Navigating the employment world is a challenge for people with disabilities. However, an initiative by Viability, funded by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), promises to make things easier for the underserved, thanks to an innovative VR training program.

Update: Fitness-focused ‘HTC Vive Air’ Is Just a Concept

Road to VR

An apparently never-before-seen HTC headset won an IF Design Award today, which arrived with multiple photos of what was listed as a consumer headset targeting release in 2021.

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NewImages, Cannes, Tribeca Join Forces In Unprecedented Collab

VRScout

NewImages Festival, Cannes XR, and Tribeca present XR3, a VR platform bringing together nearly 50 incredible works. Each selection will be available via the Museum of Other Realities (MOR) in a virtual exhibition space designed especially for this occasion.

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.

Google Adds Pac-Man, Hello Kitty, & More Japanese Anime & Video Game Characters to AR Search

Next Reality AR

Gamers, anime fans, and those with an interest in Japanese culture are in for an AR treat courtesy of Google.

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Has Covid Accelerated Enterprise AR?

AR Insider

O ne talking point in the AR world over the past year is that the technology is Covid-aligned. That goes for the social connection and whimsy of AR lenses, as well as product visualization in eCommerce. Online shopping has inflected and AR piggybacks on that to a degree.

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Epic Games Secures $1B Investment to Build Its Unreal Engine-powered Metaverse

Road to VR

Epic Games, the company known for its hit battle royale title Fortnite and the Unreal Engine game engine, has managed to attract a stunning $1 billion in its quest to establish a metaverse of linked games and services.

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These Location-Based VR Shipping Containers Are COVID Safe

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UNCONTAINED features advanced haptics and COVID safety protocols to offer a one-of-a-kind LBVR solution.

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Marvel Studios Tosses 'Falcon & the Winter Soldier' AR Game to Fans in Time for Finale

Next Reality AR

Disney Plus shows WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier are both streaming hits, but the two series could not be more different in terms of giving fans a taste of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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New VR Fitness App VZfit Helps Stay at Home People Stay in Shape

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The gym is closed, but you want to keep exercising and stay in top shape. Now you can do it in a fun and exciting way with VZfit, a VR fitness platform developed by VirZOOM.

Have Facebook’s Big Bets on Oculus Exclusive Games Been Successful? A Data-driven Look

Road to VR

Facebook has purportedly spent at least $500 million to bring a wide range of content to its VR headsets.

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‘1080° Snowboarding’ Creator Developing Game For Quest

VRScout

Shred the virtual gnar in this arcade snowboarding experience from Giles Goddard and developer Chuhai Labs.

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The AR Location Wars, Part IV: Snap

AR Insider

A s you likely know, one of AR’s foundational principles is to fuse the digital and physical. The real world is a key part of that formula… and real-world relevance is often defined by location. That same relevance and scarcity are what drive real estate value….location, location, location, location.

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Taqtile Continues to Explore 5G With Booz Allen Hamilton and DOD

ARPost

Taqtile is an XR company that specializes in training and remote assistance. Interestingly enough, that’s not what makes them one of the most exciting companies in enterprise XR. They’re more involved than most companies in terms of testing and advancing 5G.

‘Carve Snowboarding’ Coming to VR From Creator of ‘1080° Snowboarding’

Road to VR

1080° Snowboarding (1998) is a classic Nintendo 64 classic snowboarding game that inspired future titles in the genre like SSX Tricky. Now one of the game’s original creators, Giles Goddard, is bringing a new, first-person VR snowboarding game, Carve Snowboarding to Oculus.

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Oculus Launches New-And-Improved VR Avatars

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Start using your new avatar today in Topgolf with Pro Putt, PokerStars VR, and Epic Roller Coasters. Oculus today announced the launch of its new Oculus Avatars on a handful of popular Oculus titles, including Topgolf with Pro Putt, PokerStars VR, and Epic Rollercoasters.

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XR Talks: Augmenting Hollywood

AR Insider

O ne ongoing pastime at AR Insider is to examine ways that AR itself is broadening. The technology shouldn’t be forced into a narrow definition of graphics that overlay the physical world. “Augmentation” should include a more expansive set of ways to fuse the digital and physical.

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Jim Ryan: Next-Gen VR Is A ‘Strategic Opportunity’ For PlayStation

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‘After the Fall’ Will Launch on Quest Alongside Rift & PSVR, New Gameplay Trailer Revealed

Road to VR

Zombie shooter After the Fall has been confirmed for Oculus Quest, in addition to previously confirmed platforms Oculus PC and PSVR. Developer Vertigo Games today revealed a new gameplay trailer offering the clearest picture yet of the game’s post-apocalyptic co-op zombie action.

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Battle A 100-Foot Kraken In ‘Swordsman VR’s’ Pirates Update

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Sinn Studio’s physics-driven VR sword-fighting game adds dismemberment and a new pirate faction.

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Where is VR in its Evolutionary Arc?

AR Insider

O ne striking realization about spatial computing is that we’re almost seven years into the sector’s current stage. This traces back to Facebook’s Oculus acquisition in early 2014 that kicked off the current wave of excitement….including including lots of ups and downs in the intervening years.

Carve Snowboarding Coming To Oculus Quest From 1080° Creator

Upload VR

Facebook revealed a new snowboarding game is coming to Oculus Quest with the announcement of Carve Snowboarding. The game was revealed in the first-ever Oculus Gaming Showcase with an announcement trailer providing a glimpse of some of the mechanics and downhill gameplay.

‘The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners’ Aftershocks DLC Coming to Quest May 20th, Trailer Here

Road to VR

Skydance Interactive’s critically-acclaimed action-horror game, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners (2020) , is getting a free update on May 20th. Called ‘Aftershocks’, the DLC drop will launch first on Oculus Quest.

Amazon Salon Lets You Sample Hair Colors Using AR

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Amazon’s first in-person haircare and styling center offers AR hair consultation as well as point-and-learn technology.

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