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Foundational Skills for Breaking Into XR

AR Insider

Spatial computing is one of the most exciting sectors of the digital landscape. What's the path to a career in XR for those that want to break in? We examine some of the technical skills required. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Oculus Rift Creator Palmer Luckey is Developing a New XR Headset

Road to VR

Palmer Luckey, Oculus founder and creator behind the original Oculus Rift, teased an upcoming announcement that he’s working on a new XR headset. Luckey says in a post on X that he’ll be talking more about the device at Augmented World Expo (AWE), which takes place in Long Beach, California from June 18-20. Image captured by Road to VR Could it be a consumer standalone like Quest?

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US Fire Department Launches VR Training Programme

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Clackamas Fire District has ploughed $50K into a VR training programme for its firefighters and paramedics. The money went into purchasing virtual reality (VR) software created by the Australian company EmergiSim, with headsets costing much less by comparison that are available to buy from Amazon for $199. The online resource for firefighters, FireRescue1, published an article explaining how the software could simulate various high-stress scenarios, such as protests, shootings, and even terroris

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Musk’s xAI Raises $6 Billion, Magic Leap And Google Are Besties Again, Meet The Netflix Of AI

Charlie Fink

See a live rap musical made for the Canva Create Conference, plus Google and Magic Leap sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g.

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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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What’s Behind Google’s Latest AR Mapping Moves?

AR Insider

Google Maps offers immersive animations at specific locations to offer deeper context or history of a given place. The idea is to engage in deeper ways after you get to your destination. We examine drivers & dynamics. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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VR Training and Haptics to Boost Railway Operational Safety

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Recently, HaptX partnered with immersive learning solutions provider RoundTable Learning to deploy VR training to railway workers. The partners are working with BNSF to provide railway engineers with an immersive step-by-step training platform to improve engineer safety. BNSF will regularly leverage VR as part of its 2024 safety and technical training initiative.

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Quest v66 Update "Significantly" Reduces Quest 3 Passthrough Distortion & Warping

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The Quest v66 update "significantly" reduces Quest 3's passthrough distortion and warping, according to Meta. The v66 update also brings an experimental option to use wrist-mounted menu buttons instead of the pinch gestures when using hand tracking, background audio and media controls, the ability to hide apps in your library, and a new sleep mode. As always, keep in mind that Quest system software updates "roll out" gradually, so it may take a few days or even more than a week for your headset

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Style, Simplicity & Sound: How Does Viture One Stack Up?

AR Insider

Eschewing the idea that AR glasses have to offer Magic-Leap-like dimensional graphics or be a Hololens2-like jack-of-all-trades, the latest batch of smart glasses are simpler, focused, and stylish. How Does Viture One stack up? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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HTC Announces ‘Vive XR Elite Deluxe Pack’, Including 4 Free Accessories for Its Flagship Quest Competitor

Road to VR

HTC Vive announced it’s offering a new hardware bundle for its Vive XR Elite headset that brings some handy new accessories to users for free, which are designed to enhance the headset’s ergonomics and increase user comfort. Called the Vive XR Elite Deluxe Pack, the bundle includes four new accessories, which are also being offered for free to new and existing owners of the headset.

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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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Are Digital Twins Changing the Mining Industry?

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Recently, fresh reports from the international mining industry have highlighted how IGO exploration site workers will soon be able to leverage VR visualisations to explore location-specific subsurface and promote inter-departmental collaboration. IGO is creating rich digital twins based on subsurface geophysical and geological 3D data replicating the firm’s Nova mine in Western Australia.

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AMD Unveils Ryzen 9000 CPUs For Desktop, Zen 5 Takes Center Stage at Computex 2024

Anand Tech

During AMD's Computex 2024 kick-off keynote, AMD's CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, officially unveiled and announced the company's next generation of Ryzen processors. Today marks the first unveiling of AMD's highly anticipated Zen 5 microarchitecture via the Ryzen 9000 series, which is set to bring several advancements over Zen 4 and the Ryzen 7000 series for desktop PCs, which will launch sometime in July 2024.

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4 Factors Defining the Art of Experiential Music

AR Insider

Experiential art offers deeper and more immersive user experiences than traditional formats. How is this colliding with spatial computing to create immersive fan experiences for musicians? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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‘Batman: Arkham Shadow’ Trailer Reveals Story Behind Quest 3’s Next Big First-party Exclusive

Road to VR

Batman: Arkham Shadow is coming exclusive to Quest 3 sometime later this year, and today we’re getting a peek at the story behind what’s shaping up to be VR’s biggest full-fledged Batman game, and next big first-party exclusive from Meta. Following the release of Batman: Arkham Shadow ‘s teaser trailer in May, developers Camouflaj and Oculus Studios today revealed we’re in for an epic battle to prevent the “Day of Wrath,” set to take place on the Fourth of July.

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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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Meta Connect 2024 Event Dates Revealed

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Meta announced the official event dates for its Connect 2024 technology showcase this week. Taking place September 25 – 26, 2024, Connect will showcase a lineup of Meta’s latest digital solutions from its social media and XR umbrella. Meta has not yet revealed details on the event, other than the event will feature a number of expected sessions, featured technology, and speakers such as CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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AWE 2024 Preview: What To Expect At The XR Event Of The Year

Charlie Fink

Augmented World Expo (AWE) is marking its 15th anniversary June 18 - 20 in Long Beach. This year’s hot topic: how AI will converge with AR.

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Reality Bytes: Apple, OpenAI & TikTok

AR Insider

This week on Reality Bytes, we explore Apple partnering with OpenAI, TikTok's new Symphony AI suite, and a shoppable kitchen makeover series by Tastemade and Shopsense AI. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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First ‘Bonelab’ Update in More Than a Year Brings Enhancements for Quest 3, Modding & Physics

Road to VR

Bonelab (2022) , Stress Level Zero’s sequel to physics-driven VR shooter Boneworks (2019) , just got a massive update which brings more than a year’s worth of enhancements to Quest 3 in addition to a ton of new content for Quest and PC VR headsets alike. The studio detailed the changes in a lengthy update , revealing a series of core developments created over the past 18 months.

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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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Palmer Luckey Is Working On A New Headset He Plans To Announce Later This Month

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Palmer Luckey says he will announce that he's working on a new headset at AWE 2024, which is taking place June 18-20. It comes as Luckey's new company ModRetro just announced and opened preorders for Chromatic , a $200 handheld that can play Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges on a display with the same resolution and colors as the original consoles for a pixel-perfect and color-accurate experience.

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Intel Unveils Lunar Lake Architecture: New P and E cores, Xe2-LPG Graphics, New NPU 4 Brings More AI Performance

Anand Tech

Intel this morning is lifting the lid on some of the finer architectural and technical details about its upcoming Lunar Lake SoC – the chip that will be the next generation of Core Ultra mobile processors. Once again holding one of their increasingly regular Tech Tour events for media and analysts, Intel this time set up shop in Taipei just before the beginning of Computex 2024.

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Spatial Beats: June Gears Up with WWDC & AWE

AR Insider

WWDC and AWE are upon us, while the XR industry sees both new funding rounds and layoffs. This and more from the intersection of XR and AI through the eyes of Charlie Fink. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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‘Skatrix’ Uses Vision Pro to Turn Your Room Into a Virtual Skate Park

Road to VR

Skatrix Pro , the Vision Pro skateboarding app from legendary skater Rodney Mullen, has just been overhauled to deliver even more convincing mixed reality gameplay thanks to its new 2.0 update. Released as a day-one app for Vision Pro earlier this year, Skatix Pro now boasts full-room mixed reality gameplay in addition to a skatepark builder, improved hand input gestures, and nuanced environment sensing.

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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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Hitman 3 VR: Reloaded Finds A New Target This Summer On Quest 3

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Hitman 3 VR: Reloaded rebuilds the sandbox stealth game "from the ground up" with cel-shaded visuals exclusively on Quest 3. Partnering with IO Interactive, XR Games ( Zombieland , Zombie Army VR ) confirmed Hitman 3 VR: Reloaded will introduce dual-wielding for the first time in the series' history, letting you use two weapons or items simultaneously.

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AMD Announces The Ryzen AI 300 Series For Mobile: Zen 5 With RDNA 3.5, and XDNA2 NPU With 50 TOPS

Anand Tech

During AMD's opening keynote at Computex 2024, company CEO Dr. Lisa Su revealed AMD's latest AI PC-focused chip lineup for the mobile market, the Ryzen AI 300 series. Based on AMD's new Zen 5 CPU microarchitecture, the Ryzen AI 300 series – codenamed Strix Point – is intended to offer an across-the-board improvement in mobile SoC performance, with AMD proclaiming that the Ryzen AI 300 series will offer the fastest AI inference performance within the compact and portable P

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STYLY Spatial Computing Lab Lands on Apple Vision Pro

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

STYLY unveiled STYLY Spatial Computing Lab this week. This Apple Vision Pro-ready service makes the award-winning XR content creation platform available on Apple devices for the first time—just days ahead of WWDC 2024. The STYLY suite is a standard tool for creating immersive marketing campaigns that are used extensively in Japan and the US. STYLY is working with leading partners, including KDDI Corporation, “WIRED” Japan, and J.

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Veteran XR Studio Behind One of VR’s Most Recognizable Early Experiences Raises $3.5M

Road to VR

Wevr, the veteran XR studio behind one of VR’s earliest and most recognizable VR demo, announced it’s now secured $3.5 million in new funding from HTC Corp. and Epic Games. It’s been almost a decade since VR enthusiasts first got a chance to don the pre-production version of HTC Vive at GDC 2015, where they likely went face-to-face with a giant blue whale in Wevr’s iconic VR demo theBlu: Whale Encounter.

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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