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5 Ways XR Elevates Medical Training

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Interactive 3D models don't just have applicability in product marketing. They're finding a home in medical training. How is this coming together and how could it transform anatomical education? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Vision Pro and Quest 3 Hand-tracking Latency Compared

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Vision Pro is built entirely around hand-tracking while Quest 3 uses controllers first and foremost, but also supports hand-tracking as an alternate option for some content. But which has better hand-tracking? You might be surprised at the answer. Vision Pro Hand-tracking Latency With no support for motion controllers, Vision Pro’s only motion-based input is hand-tracking.

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3rd Rock, OpenSim’s second-oldest grid, is shutting down

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HG Safari at the JFK Dallas build on 3rd Rock Grid. (Image courtesy HG Safari.) 3rd Rock Grid , the second-oldest grid in OpenSim, will be shutting down soon. “We have to shut down the grid due to a few circumstances that have technical consequences, making it impossible to further manage the grid,” said 3rd Rock Grid board member Florin Spanachi, who is also known as Eldovar Lamilton in-world.

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Quest 3 Has Higher Retention Than Previous Headsets, Meta Confirms

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Meta confirmed that Quest 3 owners have higher retention than owners of its previous headsets. Industry speculation and analysis often focuses on headset unit sales, but what really matters to both Meta and developers is how many buyers actually regularly use the headset instead of leaving it on a shelf or in a drawer. By March 2023 Meta had sold nearly 20 million Quest headsets, and in October 2022 6.37 million owners reportedly actually used their headset that month.

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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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Where Do Spatial and Affective Computing Meet?

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Spatial computing intersects with affective computing: “computing that relates to, arises from, or deliberately influences emotions.” UX design specialist Stef Hutka tells us how. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Zuckerberg’s VR Vision: Will Rejecting Google’s Android XR Cost Meta in the Long Run?

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(Image by Maria Korolov via Adobe Firefly.) Could Mark Zuckerberg’s lust-driven quest to own VR, AR and mixed reality end up costing Meta at the end of the day? That’s a question being posed after The Information reported recently that Google had approached Meta partner with its new software platform — Google Android XR — that is being developed for virtual reality.

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visionOS 2 Is Reportedly Coming This Year - Will It Bring 3D Spatial Personas?

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visionOS 2.0 for Apple Vision Pro will release this year, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports. Apple Vision Pro launched on February 2 with visionOS 1.0. Earlier this month Apple released visionOS 1.1 with improvements to the realism of Personas, reliability of Mac Virtual Display, positioning of Volumes, and more. visionOS 1.1 Is Out Now, Improving Personas And More visionOS 1.1 for Apple Vision Pro is out now.

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Will Vision Pro Be a Brand Marketing Vessel?

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Despite the chorus of punditry on Apple Vision Pro, its real fate lies in an x-factor: What the market will bear. But until brands and enterprises vote with their wallets, we can look to survey data to take their temperature. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Meta is Discontinuing Quest 1 Support for New Apps Starting Next Month

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Meta announced last year it was sunsetting the original Quest , which was first released in 2019. While many developers of new apps have since stopped including the nearly five year-old headset as a supported device, now the company says it’s taking choice out of the equation, as no new apps will be able to offer support for Quest 1 starting on April 30th.

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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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How to use AI to write an opinion column

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(Image by Maria Korolov via Adobe Firefly.) So. You have some thoughts about where OpenSim is going. Or there’s a cool new fashion designer in OpenSim you want to tell people about. Or there’s a feature you’d really like to see implemented. You’ve been thinking for a while about writing it up and sending it to Hypergrid Business to be published, but writing is just so much work!

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New Apple Pencil Model With Vision Pro Support Reportedly Being Tested By Apple

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A new Apple Pencil that supports Vision Pro is being tested by Apple, according to MacRumors. MacRumors cites "a source familiar with the matter" as saying Apple has internally tested such a stylus to allow drawing in visionOS apps like Freeform. The report doesn't however go into any specific detail on how the new device works. Supporting the report's claims, in February a VR developer found a reference to a 'Stylus' in the Unity PolySpatial package for visionOS. 0:00 / 0:17 1× Drawing in Visio

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6 Ways XR Boosts Enterprise Safety & Productivity

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The convergence of XR and risk management has gained attention among industrial enterprises keen on visualizing hazards in a simulated environment. How is it playing out? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Heavy Metal Rhythm Shooter ‘Metal: Hellsinger’ is Coming to Major VR Headsets This Year

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Popular rhythm shooter Metal: Hellsinger (2022) is getting a VR version, bringing its frenetic action and metal-heavy soundtrack to all major VR headsets this year. Games publisher Funcom and original developer The Outsiders announced that Metal: Hellsinger VR is being developed from the ground-up in collaboration with Lab42 Games, a Sumo Digital studio since 2020.

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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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Amazon Adds $2.75 Billion To Anthropic Investment, Sora Goes To Hollywood

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Anthropic’s Claude-3 outperformed ChatGPT- 4 in recent tests. Neuralink patient plays chess.

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Meta Reportedly Still Plans To Bring Cheaper Version Of Quest 3 To China Via Tencent

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Meta still plans to bring the upcoming cheaper version of Quest 3 to China via partnership with Tencent, The Information reports. Cheaper Version Of Quest 3? A Meta hardware roadmap meeting leaked to The Verge in March last year revealed the company planned to release a new headset after Quest 3 in 2024 "at the most attractive price point in the VR consumer market".

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Spatial Beats: More Money Pours into AI

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Amazon doubles down on AI and Sora infiltrates Hollywood. We have these and other items from the AI and XR worlds through the eyes of Charlie Fink. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Meta is Removing a Host of Features from ‘Workrooms’, Requiring Users to Download Files Before June

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Meta announced it’s pushing a major change to Workrooms , its virtual collaboration space that connects both VR and video chat users. The overhaul is set to improve, but also remove a slate of features, so Meta is suggesting active users download important data before the update’s May 30th rollout. Launched in 2021, Workrooms was designed to be a fully-functional virtual meeting space that leveraged a companion app for both PC or Mac, letting you stream your computer’s desktop and s

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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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Report: SK Hynix Mulls Building $4 Billion Advanced Packaging Facility in Indiana

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SK hynix is considering whether to build an advanced packaging facility in Indiana, reports the Wall Street Journal. If the company proceeds with the plan, it intends to invest $4 billion in it and construct one of the world's largest advanced packaging facilities. But to accomplish the project, SK hynix expects it will need help from the U.S. government.

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Spatialify for iPhone 15 Pro Can Now Capture HDR 'Spatial Videos' At 1080p 60fps Or 4K 30fps

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The Spatialify app for iPhone 15 Pro can now record 3D 'spatial videos' with HDR at 1080p 60fps or 4K 30fps. Spatial Video is Apple's term for stereoscopic 3D video on its devices. Currently, only Apple Vision Pro and the two iPhone 15 Pro models can record spatial videos. These 3D videos are saved in the Apple HEVC Stereo Video Profile format, an implementation of MV-HEVC that only Apple Vision Pro can play back natively.

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Reality Bytes: TikTok, Apple & Spotify

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This week on Reality Bytes, we discuss Apple’s new AI plans, debate the power of NVIDIA’s newest chip, and redeem a discount on Instagram. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Psychological Horror Game ‘MADiSON VR’ Delayed by “a few weeks” on PSVR 2 & PC VR

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Previously launched on consoles and PC in 2022, the VR version of psychological horror game MADiSON was set to launch this month on PSVR 2 and SteamVR headsets. Now, just a day before its planned launch, the studio says it’s being delayed by “a few weeks” to allow the team to hit a higher framerate. Perp Games and developer Bloodious Games announced the delay in a blogpost , noting that Unity’s recently released SDK would allow the team to hit 90Hz natively on PSVR 2 ins

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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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Report: China to Pivot from AMD & Intel CPUs To Domestic Chips in Government PCs

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China has initiated a policy shift to eliminate American processors from government computers and servers, reports Financial Times. The decision is aimed to gradually eliminate processors from AMD and Intel from system used by China's government agencies, which will mean lower sales for U.S.-based chipmakers and higher sales of China's own CPUs.

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Meta Is Only Allowing A Few Quest Developers To Disable The Annoying Boundary In Mixed Reality

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Quest mixed reality apps can disable the annoying safety boundary, but only a handful of whitelisted developers can ship this on the Quest Store and App Lab. Boundary, formerly called Guardian, is certainly useful in virtual reality so you don't leave your playspace and bump into furniture and walls. But in most mixed reality apps it's superfluous, since you can already see the environment around you, and downright annoying because it means you can't utilize your full room as a playspace.

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Gamuda CR111 Harnesses EON Reality’s Technology for Enhancing Workplace Safety

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Setting New Standards: Gamuda CR111 Revolutionizes Safety Training with EON Reality’s XR and AI Solutions IRVINE, CA – March 26, 2024 – EON Reality, a global leader in augmented and virtual reality knowledge transfer for industry and education, is proud to announce its latest partnership with Gamuda CR111. This strategic partnership signifies a commitment to leveraging EON Reality’s EON-XR and EON-AI platforms for revolutionizing workplace safety and training methods.

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‘MLB Home Run Derby’ Swings for the Fences on Main Quest Store After Long Stint on App Lab

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Major League Baseball’s batting simulator MLB Home Run Derby VR (2018) has left App Lab and is now available on the main Quest Store, which also comes alongside a few updates to the game. Previously launched on PC VR in 2018 and on Quest via App Lab in 2021, MLB Home Run Derby VR lets you swing for the fences from the batter’s box of all 30 MLB ballparks.

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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