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Cannes Film Festival Gets Spatial

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The prestigious Cannes Film Festival is featuring extended reality, XR (VR, AR and other variations of spatial computing), as an official category and competition. We take a look at all the finalists. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Meta Would “love” Discord to Support Quest: Another Reason Why It Actually Just Needs Google Play

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Meta CTO Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth says the company would “love” to have some sort of Discord integration on Quest in the future, pending interest from Discord, that is—once again highlighting the fact that Quest really just needs Google Play. Meta isn’t exactly throwing its weight around to tempt Discord into supporting the Quest platform, although that’s probably equally true for a ton of services currently missing from Meta’s XR app store.

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Liverpool City uses VR in £100m Baltic Merseyrail Construction Project

XR Today - Virtual Reality

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority recently outlined a plan to introduce the new Liverpool Baltic Merseyrail station, ready for use in 2027. The Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram introduced the project in 2022, aiming to boost public transportation accessibility in the area. The project marks a huge investment in the region. Currently, forecasts estimate the project to cost roughly £100 million.

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5thScape Raises $6M in Funding to Build Largest Virtual Reality Ecosystem

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5thScape , a recently launched virtual reality project has garnered the attention of global investors and enthusiasts after raising $6 million in its pre-sale. The presale currently in its 5th round, offers participants the opportunity to get involved in the project at a very discounted price. The Growth of Virtual Reality Industry As the world of virtual reality continues to evolve, revolutionary products such as the 5th Scape are created to cater to the ever-changing needs of users.

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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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Spatial Beats: Big Bucks for AI, and ScarJo Says Heck No

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Massive funding rounds continue for AI, ScarJo slaps down OpenAI, and Microsoft gets volumetric. We have these items from the XR and AI realms through the eyes of Charlie Fink. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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AR and VR Modernise US DoE Facility

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have been used to enhance operational efficiency and save millions of dollars in procurement fees at a US DoE Facility. Augmented Reality Kits: The Top Picks for Developers in 2024 Is Ford Developing Augmented Reality Products? Nottingham University Opens Virtual Reality Classroom Specifically, these technologies are being deployed to upgrade pit production operations (PPO) at The Savannah River Plutonium Processing Facility (SRPPF), located within

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Scale AI Raises A Billion, New AI Startup H, $220 Million, Suno AI, $125 Million

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ScarJo says heck no to OpenAI as billions flow into new AI companies. Big money is making big bets on AI's disruptive potential.

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AR Briefs, Episode 70: AR Marketing Best Practices

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Among AR sub-segments that we track, AR marketing is one of the most revenue-producing today. But What’s driving it? Who's leading the way? And what are best practices in the AR marketing playbook? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Microsoft and Meta to ‘deepen partnership’ with ‘Windows Volumetric Apps’ on Quest

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At Microsoft’s Build developer conference the company announced it was bringing Windows Volumetric apps to Quest, which Microsoft calls a way to “extend Windows apps into 3D space.” Pavan Davuluri, head of Windows and Devices at Microsoft, announced on stage at Build the company was “deepening [its] partnership with Meta to make Windows a first class experience on Quest devices.” Microsoft says it’s aiming to transform workflows by bringing Windows 365 and local PC connec

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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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The Best VR Headset for PC: High-Performance Headsets

XR Today - Virtual Reality

If you’re looking for the best VR headset for PC, you’re in luck. The virtual reality landscape has exploded in recent years, with innovative new solutions from leading brands like Meta, Pico, and Varjo and new systems from forward-thinking startups. While many modern headsets promise a wire-free (standalone) experience, PC-tethered headsets still represent a valuable part of the market.

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Windows Volumetric Apps: Microsoft Will Stream Windows Apps With 3D Popouts To Quest Headsets

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Microsoft announced Windows Volumetric Apps, a new API for extending 3D elements of PC applications streamed to Meta Quest into 3D space. "We're deepening our partnership with Meta to make Windows a first-class experience on Quest devices. And Windows can take advantage of Quest's unique capabilities to extend Windows apps into 3D space." The new API will act as an extension to Windows applications when streamed to Meta Quest via Microsoft's upcoming Windows app for Quest, which will let you acc

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Can AR Boost Business Valuations?

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AR has a growing list of benefits for consumers and businesses. But can AR products held by a given company boost its valuation, especially when it matters in the midst of M&A cycles? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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6 Years On, ‘Beat Saber’ Shows No Signs of Stopping with New Free Music Pack

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Beat Saber is the VR rhythm game behemoth that can’t be stopped. Just two months after dropping the Daft Punk music pack , Beat Games is teasing its next music pack, the free OST 7 pack. Beat Saber launched as a little-known indie game in early access on SteamVR all the way back in May 2018. It was clear then that it was something special, but I don’t think anyone can say they knew just how big it would be—it reportedly surpassed $250 million in lifetime sales as of 2023.

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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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Stanford Designs ‘Breakthrough’ Lightweight VR Headset

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Stanford University has designed a lightweight virtual reality (VR) headset that could mark the end of users complaining about comfort levels. Will these High-End VR Headsets Shift the Market? First Look at Meta’s New Smart Glasses Design VR/AR Headsets and Smart Glasses: What’s the Difference? The latest VR headset design uses both metasurface waveguides and AI-powered holography to create immersive experiences right in front of our eyes.

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QuestCraft 5.0 Brings Minecraft VR To Quest 3 Unofficially With 120FPS Performance

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QuestCraft 5.0 revamps the unofficial Minecraft VR port for Quest 3 with performance improvements. In the absence of an official standalone release, QuestCraft is a wrapper for Minecraft with full motion control support that you can sideload onto Quest headsets. Previously one of the only Quest 2 apps that didn't work on Quest 3 , SideQuest's recent ' Indie Spotlight ' presentation announced that QuestCraft Version 5.0 is available now and fixes this compatibility issue.

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Will Mobile AR Reach $21 Billion by 2028?

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Mobile AR is projected to grow to $21.5 billion in 2027 as it piggybacks on 3.6 billion global smartphones. Who's spending what and which revenue subsegments are seeing the most action? Our latest Behind-the-Numbers dives in. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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The Number of Discoverable Quest Apps Has More Than Tripled With the Merging of App Lab

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Meta has begun the process of merging ‘unlisted’ App Lab apps into the main Quest store, more than tripling the number of discoverable apps. App Lab, as many of you know, is the holding zone for apps that didn’t get hand-picked by Meta for inclusion in the main Quest store. Up until now, App Lab apps have been effectively ‘unlisted’, meaning they can’t be discovered in the Quest store unless you have a direct URL or search for the exact name of the app.

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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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VITURE Launches Latest XR Glasses ‘VITURE Pro’

XR Today - Virtual Reality

VITURE has released its latest set of XR glasses ‘VITURE Pro’, which it designed to ‘redefine’ the industry. VITURE’s Steps Behind Debuting an XR Consumer Device VITURE Co-Founder on Consumer XR Device Competition Rokid Debut New Smart Glasses for Productivity According to the immersive mobile entertainment company, the VITURE Pro offers high-end gaming and streaming experiences with a 135-inch virtual screen, one of the biggest displays on the market.

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TSMC's Roadmap at a Glance: N3X, N2P, A16 Coming in 2025/2026

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As announced last week by TSMC, later this year the company is set to start high-volume manufacturing on its N3P fabrication process, and this will be the company's most advanced node for a while. Next year things will get a bit more interesting as TSMC will have two process technologies that could actually compete against each other when they enter high-volume manufacturing (HVM) in the second half of 2025.

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Reality Bytes: TikTok, OpenAI & Airbus

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This week on Reality Bytes, we discuss OpenAI's Scarlett Johansson-cloning "Sky" voice, TikTok enhances search, and Airbus unveils a billionaire's fantasy. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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You Can Now Play ‘Hellblade 2’ in VR Thanks to This Indispensable Mod

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (2017) was one of the most visually amazing games to get official VR support, however developers Ninja Theory decided not to go that route with the game’s recently released sequel, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II (2024). If you have a beefy enough computer though, you can already play it in VR thanks to the ever-handy UEVR mod.

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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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Has LG Shut Down its Meta Partnership?

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Recently, reports from South Korea have cast doubt on the current technology partnership between Meta and LG Electronics. Following a fruitful start, the publication Korea JoongAng Daily reports that the alliance is slowing down, putting the development of Meta and LG’s new competitive XR headset on hold. According to the report, the duo is struggling to gain momentum due to the lack of available XR content and a slow maturation pace of related XR technology developments.

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LG-Meta Headset Reportedly Delayed To 2027 Due To Differences Between The Companies

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Seoul Economic Daily reports LG is delaying the headset it's working on with Meta to 2027. Previous reports from Maeil Business Newspaper and The Korea Economic Daily described this headset as a high-end Quest Pro successor aimed for 2025 at a price around $2000. In February LG and Meta officially confirmed an XR "strategic collaboration", including on "next-gen XR device development", though neither company was more specific on what exactly this will entail.

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How can you improve your gameplay and get help from the Skycoach service in Final Fantasy 14

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What a gamer needs to do if he wants to speed up the development of his hero in Final Fantasy 14 and the Awakening update…… Continue reading → How can you improve your gameplay and get help from the Skycoach service in Final Fantasy 14 This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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‘Swordsman’ Studio Secures $2.5M to Create New Free-to-Play VR Combat Game

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Sinn Studio, the Toronto-based indie behind VR sword-fighting game Swordsman (2020), has secured $2.5 million in a funding round, which is slated to propel the studio as it develops a new free-to-play combat game for VR. The funding round was led by Hartmann Capital, and includes participation by Boost VC, Republic, Alumni Ventures, Mana Ventures, MetaVision, and angel investors including Chris Ye of Uken Games.

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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