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What Will TCL Nxtwear S Bring to the Smart Glasses Landscape?

AR Insider

TCL's Nxtwear S smart glasses are a big step up from the G model, projecting a 130-inch TV in your field of view, as well as basic 3DOF games and 360 videos. Charlie Fink goes hands on. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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‘Echo VR’ Online Play is Back with the Help of This Unofficial Mod

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Meta shut down Echo VR , one of its best-performing VR games, in early August. At the time, it seemed like there was little hope for fans to ever play again, but now a modder has released an experimental project that brings unofficial online matches back to the zero-G sports game. Created by David ‘Xenomega’ Pokora, the so-called ‘EchoRelay’ mod for the PC VR version of the game has brought back online services, which includes both Echo Arena and the game’s VR shoot

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Meta, NBA Open 180-Degree Live VR Sports on Meta Quest

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Meta Platforms has begun rolling out virtual reality (VR) sports matches for the National Basketball Association (NBA). After the season kicked off last week, the major sports organisation began showcasing on the Meta Quest. With the partnership, Meta will offer immersive live games with 180-degree video. It will also showcase on-demand seasonal games and content via Xtadium and a dedicated NBA Arena platform on its Horizon Worlds metaverse.

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HPE Empowers Users with Generative AI through Advanced Computing & Cloud Solutions

Bernard Marr

According to the National Registry of Exonerations , since 1989, the wrongly-convicted have lost 29,950 years of their lives thanks to miscarriages of justice in the US legal system. But decades of experience in providing high-performance computing (HPC) and storage solutions to industry mean it’s well-positioned to provide the infrastructure its clients need for their transformative AI initiatives.

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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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How is Niantic Feuling Geospatial AR?

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Niantic's Lightship ARDK builds on the concept of a visual positioning system. Rather than GPS, it uses visual signals to localize a given device. How will this fuel the promise of geospatial AR? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Are Haptic Gloves Making a Comeback?

XR Today - Virtual Reality

This week, Fluid Reality debuted a haptic glove solution, which introduces a range of competitive features to the fledging XR accessories marketplace that sees haptic glove solutions present benefits in healthcare, automation, and training use cases – despite the haptic market appearing somewhat dormant in 2023. The firm’s new haptic glove product notably features untethered usability, meaning that the product does not need to be physically wired to an additional computing device 

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Sniper Elite VR: Winter Warrior Takes Aim Next Month On Quest

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Sniper Elite VR: Winter Warrior brings Rebellion's shooter back to virtual reality, arriving next month on Quest. A sequel to 2021's Sniper Elite VR , Rebellion partnering with Just Add Water once more. Playing as a former Italian resistance soldier called 'the Partisan,' Winter Warrior sees you embark on a story-driven campaign to find and destroy Nazi 'wonder-weapons.

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How Many VR Headsets Did Meta Sell in Q3?

AR Insider

What do Meta's Q3 earnings tell us about Quest unit sales? And what does that in turn signal for the Meta's positioning as Quest 3 enters the market? We crunch the numbers in the latest Data Dive. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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HTC is Sending a VR Headset to the ISS to Support Astronaut Mental Health

Road to VR

Virtual reality is already being used on the ground to help prepare astronauts for the rigors of space, although now HTC says it’s sending its standalone VR headset Vive Focus 3 to the International Space Station (ISS) to help support the mental health of astronauts during their mission. To help alleviate stress, and maybe even combat homesickness, a specially-fitted Vive Focus 3 will make its way to the ISS starting on November 7th as a part of a resupply mission.

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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, XRHealth, Nord Space ‘Launch’ NASA VR Mental Health Trial

XR Today - Virtual Reality

XRHealth and HTC VIVE are set to blast off with a groundbreaking solution in a major partnership to help astronauts tackle mental health issues. In a 5 November lauch date to the International Space Station (ISS), XRHealth’s immersive healthcare solution will set course for the stars with HTC VIVE and Nord-Space Aps. HTC VIVE will configure specifications of some of its VIVE Focus 3 headsets to the conditions of microgravity in space, allowing astronauts to use the device for their mental

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Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite Performance Preview: A First Look at What’s to Come

Anand Tech

Last week we saw the announcement of Qualcomm’s first post-Nuvia laptop SoC design, the Snapdragon X Elite. A new brand name being anchored by a new, custom Qualcomm CPU core, the Snapdragon X Elite will be Qualcomm’s most aggressive entry into the laptop SoC market to date, with Qualcomm dedicating far more in the way of engineering resources – and marketing resources – into developing their latest generation Arm SoC for Windows laptops.

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Spatial Beats: Magic Leap, Pico & Big Tech Earnings

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Welcome back to Spatial Beats, AR Insider's weekly series that features observations and insights of author and futurist Charlie Fink. This week, we look at Magic Leap's CEO swap and big tech earnings' AI boost. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Hands-on: ‘UNDERDOGS’ is a Smashing Good Time and an Innovative Approach to VR Mech Combat

Road to VR

UNDERDOGS is an upcoming VR mech brawler that takes the veteran indie VR studio behind Racket: Nx in an ambitious new direction. It was clear all the way back in 2018 with the release of Racket: Nx that developer One Hamsa has a certain sense of game-feel and attention-to-detail that’s rare to find in most VR games. The studio managed to take a broad idea like ‘racquetball in VR’ and turn it into something really unique and totally fitting for the medium.

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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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Apple Reportedly Working On Vision Pro Full Body Tracking For Fitness Apps Post-Launch

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Apple is reportedly still working on full body tracking for Vision Pro so the platform can eventually support fitness apps. Last week The Information's Wayne Ma reported that Apple cut full body tracking from Vision Pro "years ago" because its engineers "couldn’t make it reliable enough", but his reporting didn't mention whether or not the company was still working on it for post-launch.

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AMD Unveils Ryzen Mobile 7040U Series with Zen 4c: Smaller Cores, Bigger Efficiency

Anand Tech

In May, AMD unveiled their Ryzen 7040U series of CPUs designed for thin and light notebooks, which they codenamed 'Phoenix.' Initially, AMD announced four Zen 4-based CPUs for the ultra-portable notebook market, with the Ryzen 7 7840U (8C/16T) and Ryzen 5 7640U (6C/12T) both leading the charge with AMD's integrated Ryzen AI, which is AMD's first-generation NPU for on-chip AI and inferencing.

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What’s Behind Google’s Latest AR Shopping Play?

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Google's new Beauty ads embolden its ongoing AR ad ambitions in a fitting category: cosmetics. What's behind this move, and the search giant's broader play to future proof its core business with immersive marketing? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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‘Sniper Elite’ is Getting a New VR Game on Quest Soon, $15 Price Suggests Lower Ambitions

Road to VR

Rebellion, the studio behind the Sniper Elite franchise, announced a new VR game coming to Quest this month: Sniper Elite VR: Winter Warrior. The studio threw out a reveal trailer in addition to announcing a pretty close release date; it’s coming to Quest 2/3/Pro on November 30th. While we can’t tell how deep the game will be just by looking at the trailer, Sniper Elite VR: Winter Warrior is only priced at $15, which suggests we’ll be getting a shorter game that the original Sn

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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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If VR Is Dead Why Are So Many People Saying VR Fitness Saved Their Lives?

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Have you ever had trouble cancelling a physical gym membership? How much did it cost you and how many times did you use it before attempting to cut off that financial siphon? Please, take a moment to think about the math. Now, what if you could pay $350 up front for a year at the world’s most accessible gyms? You can walk away any time you want and keep or sell any of the equipment you’ve been sent.

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This Week In XR: Rivals Back Anthropic AI With Billions, AR Contact Lens Is Back, AI Comics

Charlie Fink

The $40 M Invested in AR Contacts, and the $5 M In Comics are dwarfed by the cash needs of an AI company.

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Reality Bytes: TikTok, Google & AI Skin

AR Insider

This week on Reality Bytes we discuss AI-infused ads with Google, get into the mix with TikTok, and walk a mile in someone else’s skin. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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‘Vampire: The Masquerade – Justice’ Review – Iconic Kills in Unexpectedly Shallow Waters

Road to VR

The latest VR entry into to the World of Darkness universe lets you loose on the streets of Venice as a bloodsucking ghoul in search of your master’s killer and a stolen relic. Although it takes cues from stealth games like Hitman and Assassin’s Creed , Vampire: The Masquerade – Justice— let’s just call it Justice for short—takes a decidedly more linear approach to missions than I thought it might from our initial preview.

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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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Qualcomm Will Reveal A High-End XR Chip Early Next Year, Reportedly For Apple Vision Pro Competitors

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Qualcomm is seemingly planning to reveal a new XR chipset early next year that could be for Apple Vision Pro competitors. South Korean news outlet Electronic Times said it interviewed Qualcomm's GM & VP of XR Hugo Swart at Snapdragon Summit 2023 last week. The article is in Korean, but all popular machine translation tools show Electronic Times quoting Swart as saying Qualcomm plans to unveil a next-generation XR chip in the first quarter of 2024.

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Soft Skills Training: How to Overpower Your Workforce

Program Ace

Discover the importance of soft skills training in today's workforce. Get straight into its significance, benefits, and how it propels the growth of your work environment.

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When Will AR Shopping Be a Mass-Market Reality?

AR Insider

We hear a lot about AR shopping, such as 3D virtual try-ons. But seeing past the common chorus of value propositions, there are still adoption barriers. for users and brands. How is friction being addressed? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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‘Silent Slayer’ is a Fascinating Puzzle Game Premise From the VR Puzzle Experts

Road to VR

Schell Games, the studio behind the I Expect You to Die VR puzzle series, showed off more of its upcoming VR game which is all about slaying vampires—and of course the ever-looming threat of a jumpscare if you fail. Coming in 2024 to Quest, the new trailer finally shows off some gameplay of Silent Slayer: Vault of the Vampire , which the studio initially announced back in June during Meta’s Quest Gaming Showcase.

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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