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In a New Gilded Age, Who Makes the Rules?

AR Insider

As new digital domains take shape, who will build and maintain the guardrails? Editor-At-Large Emily Olman interviews Techlash author and former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler for answers. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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The XR Week Peek (2023.11.14): Quest Lite is coming to China, Samsung XR headset expected for 2024, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Finally back to normal with these newsletters! Let’s dig into the most interesting pieces of news of this week! Top news of the week Meta and Tencent are bringing the Quest to China According to the latest rumors, after one year of negotiation, finally, Meta and Tencent have found an agreement to bring the Quest to China. But it won’t be the Quest 3 to be distributed there, but a “cheaper version” of the VR headset, which may be the rumored $199 Quest 3 Lite device that many analysts are specula

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Valve is “still working on VR and still pushing forward on it”

Road to VR

Valve unveiled its Steam Deck OLED late last week, offering up a hardware refresh for the first time since the company launched the handheld gaming device last year. While the company has been full steam ahead on handhelds and developing Steam OS, Valve says it’s “still pushing forward” on VR. Valve ostensibly has a standalone VR headset in the works , and although there wasn’t any big announcement (or acknowledgement) of what the company has in store just yet.

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VIROO Partnerships Shows XR ‘Here to Stay,’ Virtualware CMO Says

XR Today - Virtual Reality

As companies increasingly demand virtual reality (VR) training solutions, enterprises like Virtualware are creating them for Europe and the world’s largest enterprises. The news comes as the Bilbao, Spain-based company sponsors the Unity Unite 2023 Summit and aims to showcase its Virtual Reality-as-a-Service (VRaaS) platform, VIROO. The comprehensive suite of solutions allows businesses to engage with immersive training services complete with hardware, software, and solutions.

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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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Xreal Air 2 Review Roundup

AR Insider

Xreal Air 2 will start shipping on November 30. Until then, the device has made its rounds among hardware pros. So in anticipation for the release, we're rounding up our favorite reviews. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Vision Pro Will Use External Display for More Than Just Showing Your Eyes

Road to VR

The recently released VisionOS Beta 6 contains a video showing how users will scan their face to create their avatar using the Vision Pro cameras. Perhaps more interestingly, the video shows that Apple plans to use the external display for more than just showing the user’s eyes through the headset. Probably the most unexpected thing about the Apple Vision Pro reveal is the headset’s external display.

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What is SteamVR 2.0, and What are the Business Benefits?

XR Today - Virtual Reality

SteamVR 2.0, not to be confused with the SteamVR Base Station 2.0, is quickly making waves in virtual reality space. Despite an early start in the VR industry, with the introduction of solutions like the Valve Index , Valve has been relatively quiet in the XR space for a while. Though rumors suggest a new extended reality headset could be on the horizon, Valve has yet to update its hardware portfolio to compete with brands like Meta and Apple.

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Can AI and AR Work Together to Boost eCommerce?

AR Insider

eCommerce is an increasingly fitting place for. This joins AR's tenure in eCommerce over the past decade, including product try-ons. Can the two technologies together represent a formidable one-two punch? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Immersed Says Visor Will Have A Standalone Mode As Preorder Price Rises To $950

Upload VR

Immersed says Visor will now have a standalone mode, and it increased the price to $950. What Is Visor? Visor was announced in August as an ultra-compact productivity headset with OLED microdisplays, inside-out tracking, HD color passthrough, hand tracking, and eye tracking set to release in 2024 with support for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Immersed says it has a tethered battery pack but can support support a wireless monitor streaming mode, and has integrated inside-out tracking.

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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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Varjo Teaser Strongly Suggests New XR-4 Headset Reveal

Road to VR

High-end enterprise headset maker Varjo is teasing an online “special event” where it says viewers will “discover the future of VR/XR.” The tease heavily points in the direction of the company’s next headset, likely the XR-4. Varjo has been steadily making its high-end enterprise focused XR headsets better and cheaper over the course of years.

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Western Digital Releases 24TB Ultrastar & Gold Hard Drives, 28TB SMR Drives Ramping

Anand Tech

Western Digital is announcing today that it has begun volume shipments of its 24 TB hard drives based on conventional magnetic recording (CMR) to its full customer base. In addition, the company started to ramp up production of its 28 TB HDDs featuring shingled magnetic recording (SMR) that will be used by select customers. The new lineup of 3.5-inch 7200 RPM hard drives includes Western Digital's Ultrastar DC HC580 24 TB and WD Gold 24 TB HDDs, which are based on the company's energy-as

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How Much is Spent on Immersive Shopping Enablement?

AR Insider

How much do brands spend on software that enables immersive product visualizations such as virtual try-ons? Our latest Behind the Numbers installment breaks down the data from our research arm, ARtillery Intelligence. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Banter Takes On VRChat With Performant Social VR On Quest

Upload VR

At 9 am on a recent weekday I was standing in a Banter virtual broadcast studio with the founder of SideQuest, Shane Harris. Next to him was an avatar with a name overhead reading “Rev. Lunar Tiger”, and to my right three cameras stood in positions very close to the ones we use to record our weekly VR Download podcast. I told Harris to hold on as I started typing messages to my colleague David Heaney on Slack, looking out from the underside of Meta Quest 3 tapping my fingers on the keys.

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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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‘Pillow’ Mixed Reality App Wants You to Relax in Bed (and even play with a friend)

Road to VR

Pillow is a new mixed reality app for Quest that aims to help you relax right before bedtime, letting you do more than just count sheep. Created by YouTuber and self-described Mad Scientist Lucas Rizzotto , Pillow comes with four unique experiences to help you unwind before nodding off—all of which are designed to be used laying down in bed. Experiences include: Sky Fishing – fish for user-created voice messages from your ceiling in ponds that change every day Bedtime Stories – c

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Ocutrx Announces New AR Headset For Vision Impaired

Charlie Fink

The new OcuLenz headset will address symptoms of Macular Degeneration

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What Lies on AR’s Longer-Term Horizon?

AR Insider

When will we get all-day AR glasses that offer graphically robust UX and stylistic viability? That combination isn’t possible today, but when will it be? We gather evidence and sentiments from tech leaders. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Quest 2 Price Cut To $250 For The Rest Of The Year

Upload VR

Meta cut the entry price of Quest 2 to $250 until January 1st. UPDATE: Meta told UploadVR the discount will last until the end of December 31st, and this article has been updated to reflect this. The discount appears on Meta Store and all Meta's supported retailers. The 128GB model is down from $300 to $250 while the 256GB model is down from $350 to $300.

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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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Vision Pro Isn’t Here Yet, But You Can Already Start Capturing Spatial Video on Your iPhone

Road to VR

Apple Vision Pro isn’t slated to launch until early next year, but if you’ve got an iPhone 15 Pro you can already start capturing memories as spatial videos. With the recent release of iOS 17.2 beta, Apple quietly added its first pass at spatial video capture for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. “Capture spatial video with remarkable depth on iPhone 15 Pro to view in 3D in the Photos app on Apple Vision Pro,” Apple writes in the update’s release notes. ̶

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NVIDIA at SC23: H200 Accelerator with HBM3e and Jupiter Supercomputer for 2024

Anand Tech

With faster and higher capacity HBM3e memory set to come online early in 2024, NVIDIA has been preparing its current-generation server GPU products to use the new memory. Back in August we saw NVIDIA’s plans to release an HBM3e-equipped version of the Grace Hopper GH200 superchip, and now for the SC23 tradeshow, NVIDIA is announcing their plans to bring to market an updated version of the stand-alone H100 accelerator with HBM3e memory, which the company will be calling the H200.

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Reality Bytes: Snap, Amazon & Humane

AR Insider

This week on Reality Bytes, we dive into the tech and specs of Humane’s AI Pin, look through AI-powered lenses with Snap, and discuss Amazon’s failures in gaming. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Meta Launches New Quest For Business Program From $15/Month

Upload VR

Meta fully launched the new Quest For Business program, offering mass device management features. Facebook actually already had a business platform for the original Oculus Quest called Oculus For Business which was built on top of Workspace, Facebook's Slack & Teams competitor. But Oculus For Business is being closed down, and over the past year Meta has been trialing a new replacement program called Meta Quest For Business which is now fully launching.

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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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Time-looping Puzzle Shooter ‘We Are One’ Releases Level Creator in New Update, Trailer Here

Road to VR

Developer Flat Head Studio and publisher Fast Travel Games today launched the new Level Creator Update for We Are One (2023) , the time-looping puzzle shooter that landed on VR headsets this summer. The update is available as a free download for existing owners on Quest and SteamVR headsets, bringing with it a Level Creator which is said to bring all of the tools you’ll need to make new challenges.

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5 Reasons to Invest in Spatial Computing Technology for 2024

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

Spatial computing technology has played a role in the evolving XR and digital landscapes for some time. However, hype around the concept has recently increased, thanks to companies like Apple promoting their new “spatial computing system”: the Vision Pro. Though still a relatively misunderstood concept, spatial computing has the power to shape the future of human and technology interaction.

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Spatial Beats: Samsung, OpenAI & Humane

AR Insider

Welcome back to Spatial Beats. At its first “developer day,” OpenAI unveiled a range of new features, upgrades, and price reductions that will strongly influence… Continue reading → Spatial Beats: Samsung, OpenAI & Humane This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Review: Assassin's Creed Nexus VR Stands Proud With The Main Series

Upload VR

Assassin's Creed Nexus offers a thrilling VR first-person spin-off, delivering a varied campaign that lives up to the main series. Read on for our full review: It wouldn't be a stretch to call Nexus the most fun I've ever had with Assassin's Creed. I finished the 20-hour campaign thinking "I want more," and Ubisoft's created one of the strongest VR adaptations for an established series yet.

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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