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The Formats & Flavors of AR Virtual Try-Ons

AR Insider

We hear a lot about the benefits of AR product try-ons. But what are the options for brands to get into the game. We break down flavors & formats. and pros & cons of each. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Zuckerberg: Quest 3 Beats Vision Pro in ‘vast majority’ of Cases in Mixed Reality

Road to VR

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg got a chance to try out Apple Vision Pro, which although seven times more expensive than the company’s Quest 3 mixed reality headset, is arguably its biggest competitor right now—at least in terms of mental real estate it’s taking up. Here’s what the Meta chief himself thought about Apple’s first XR headset.

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OpenSim area hits new high as usage grows

Hypergrid Business

The total land area on OpenSim’s public grids reached the equivalent of 131,880 standard regions this month, an all-time high, with an increase of 369 standard regions compared to last month. Meanwhile, the total number of registered users went up by more than 2,100 and the number of active users rose by over 2,200. I’m now tracking a total of 2,653 public grids, of which 316 were active, and 251 published their statistics this month.

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ChatGPT’s Memory Boost, Sora Text-To-Video, And Nvidia’s PC Chatbot

Charlie Fink

OpenAI can now remember conversations and persomal details. It also introduced Sora, a text to video upgrade of Dall-E that can generate one minute videos.

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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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Can Solos AirGo3 Put the Smart in Smartglasses?

AR Insider

Since Mark Zuckerberg pronounced AI as the new force multiplier in smartglasses, there's been elevated attention on this pairing. But it's not the only one. We examine the GPT-powered Solos AirGo3. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Mark Zuckerberg Tried Apple Vision Pro But Claims Quest 3 Is Better - Here's Why

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Mark Zuckerberg says he tried Apple Vision Pro, but he doesn't seem impressed. In a three-and-a-half-minute video posted to his Instagram page , the Meta CEO gave his review of Apple’s headset and his comparison to Meta’s own Quest 3. Zuckerberg didn‘t seem impressed with Vision Pro, stating that while he previously expected that Quest 3 would just offer better value than Vision Pro, after using it he now believes Quest 3 is outright “the better product, period” because it’s “better for the vast

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Meta Licenses New Haptic Technology

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

Is haptic technology on the comeback? It could be with this significant licensing agreement. Recently, Meta signed a deal with haptic technology innovator Immersion Corporation to leverage the former’s patents to enhance Meta’s XR hardware, software, and products. Immersion Corporation creates haptic patents which provide touch-based feedback technology for XR peripherals and applications.

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Podcast: How Does Vision Pro Future-Proof Apple?

AR Insider

One theme Vision Pro coverage isn't so much about specs and gadgetry but Apple's broader positioning and master plan. To add some color, AR Insider Editor in Chief, Mike Boland was recently on Localogy's podcast. We have audio and show notes. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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TikTok is the First Big Social Media Platform to Launch a Native Vision Pro App

Road to VR

Vision Pro launched with over a million iOS apps earlier this month alongside a little over 600 native apps created specifically for visionOS. That number has grown steadily, although the biggest entrant lately is TikTok, the first social media giant to be available as a native app on Vision Pro. TikTok parent company ByteDance released what it calls “a newly imagined” version of its the popular video sharing platform on the $3,500 Vision Pro, which is decidedly different from the st

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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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Job Simulator & Vacation Simulator Are Coming To Apple Vision Pro

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A Unity sign-up page confirmed two of the best-selling VR games are coming to Apple Vision Pro: Job Simulator and Vacation Simulator. The sign up on Unity's site for a visionOS roundtable to be hosted later this month mentioned you'll "hear how Owlchemy Studios brought their popular titles, Job Simulator and Vacation Simulator , over in the fully immersive (VR) space".

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Report: NVIDIA Forms Custom Chip Unit for Cloud Computing and More

Anand Tech

With its highly successful A100 and H100 processors for artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC) applications, NVIDIA dominates AI datacenter deployments these days. But among large cloud service providers as well as emerging devices like software defined vehicles (SDVs) there is a global trend towards custom silicon. And, according to a report from Reuters , NVIDIA is putting together a new business unit to take on the custom chip market.

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Reality Bytes: ChatGPT, ESPN & Epic Games

AR Insider

This week on Reality Bytes, we look at an Epic new Disney experience, give the play-by-play on sports streaming, and teach ChatGPT more about ourselves. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Felix & Paul Studios Secures Multi-Million Dollar Financing for Next Location-based VR Experience

Road to VR

Felix & Paul Studios, the Emmy Award-winning XR studio, announced it has secured funding for its next location-based VR (LBVR) experience based on what it says will be a brand-new IP. The studio hasn’t released the exact figure of the financial backing, however says it was a “multi-million dollar” amount which came from Export Development Canada (EDC), The Bank for Canadian Entrepreneurs (BDC), the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), and National B

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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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Arizona Sunshine 2 Gets 4K Textures With Quest 3 Update

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Arizona Sunshine 2 gets 4K textures in today's Quest 3 patch. Released last December, we've known for a while that Arizona Sunshine 2 would receive further enhancements. With Patch 1.2 out now on all platforms, the Quest 3 version promises upgrades to the zombie visuals, higher quality models and shading, reworked particle effects and increased render scale compared to Quest 2. 4K textures were also introduced for Buddy, weapons and player hands.

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Enterprise Metaverse Expo 2024: Diverse Workplace Firms Unite over Immersive Solutions

XR Today - VR Headsets tag

This week, XR leaders around the world are uniting at the Enterprise Metaverse Expo 2024, held in Florida from February 13th to 15th, providing a perfect opportunity for immersive industry experts, XR tech vendors, and visionaries to untie to explore enterprise-ready metaverse solutions and opportunities. During this event, attendees can expect to gain valuable insights from industry leaders via invaluable keynotes, delving into the transformative potential of the Metaverse on business and socie

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Spatial Beats: Ups & Downs for Meta, Apple, and OpenAI

AR Insider

ChatGPT gets a memory upgrade and a trademark denial while Vision Pros get lauded and returned. These and other spatial happenings through the eyes of Charlie Fink. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Meta Finally Lets Users Appeal Bans in Social VR App ‘Horizon Worlds’

Road to VR

Meta announced it’s finally giving Horizon Worlds users the ability to file an appeal when suspected of breaking the social VR app’s Code of Conduct. It’s been nearly three years since Meta first released Horizon Worlds in open beta, however now the company has pushed its v149 update which includes the ability to file an appeal when restrictions are placed on their profile for suspected ‘Code of Conduct for Virtual Experiences’ violations.

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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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CitraVR Emulator Gets 'New 3DS' Performance Update On Quest

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CitraVR adds a "New 3DS" performance toggle to the emulator on Quest. Following last month's launch, CitraVR , an open-source Nintendo 3DS emulator adapted for Quest by Air Link creator Amanda Watson, received a new update. Dubbed v0.4.0 , Watson states this adds "about four months of changes from Citra mainline," including a New 3DS toggle to improve performance on some games.

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This AR Wayfinder Platform Could Debut in over 35,000 Offices

XR Today - Augmented Reality tag

ARway.ai, a firm working with various XR device leaders, such as Apple and Magic Leap, to leverage its unique immersive wayfinding platform for a broad range of use cases, recently announced a new partnership that amplifies its product offering to an increasingly sizeable international user base. The firm is developing an immersive solution which allows clients to create bespoke immersive wayfinding visuals that help visitors navigate spaces using phone cameras.

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How Many Headsets Did Meta Sell in Q4?

AR Insider

What do Meta's breakout Q4 earnings tell us about headset unit sales? And what does that in turn signal for aggregate demand and XR sector health? We do some reverse engineering in the latest Data Dive. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Two Classic VR Games From Google’s VR Studio Coming Soon to Vision Pro

Road to VR

Owlchemy Labs, the Google-owned VR studio, announced it’s bringing the chart-topping VR games Job Simulator (2016) and its sequel Vacation Simulator (2019) to Apple Vision Pro. The studio’s seminal ‘Simulator’ franchise has had its fair share of success over the years, with both garnering over a million downloads across all major VR headsets.

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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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Star Wars: Squadrons Gets Hefty Discount On SteamVR & PSVR

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Star Wars: Squadrons, one of VR's best space dogfighters, currently has a massive discount on Steam and PSVR. Released in October 2020, Star Wars: Squadrons takes place after Return of the Jedi, swapping lightsabers for X-Wings and TIE Fighters as you pilot ships from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets and fight in 5v5 battles. Featuring a full campaign and online multiplayer with optional VR support while also supporting HOTAS controls, that's currently discounted by 95% on both Steam an

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The Enermax LiqMaxFlo 360mm AIO Cooler Review: A Bit Bigger, A Bit Better

Anand Tech

For established PC peripheral vendors, the biggest challenge in participating in the highly commoditized market is setting themselves apart from their numerous competitors. As designs for coolers and other peripherals have converged over the years into a handful of basic, highly-optimized designs, developing novel hardware for what is essentially a "solved" physics problem becomes harder and harder.

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Six Affordable Alternatives to the Apple Vision Pro

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

The Apple Vision Pro comes priced at $3,500, a big accessibility hurdle for many. The high cost could price many out of the product. While enthusiasts pick the device up at will, broader audiences may want an affordable alternative or cheaper future Vision Pro iteration. The device comes with top-tier specs to justify its price, such as 256GB/512GB/1TB storage, 23 million pixel display, 90Hz/96Hz/100Hz refresh rate, spatial audio, 2 hours of battery, Bluetooth, eye tracking, hand tracking, and a

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‘Beat the Beats’ Brings Undoubtedly Cool Rhythm-Boxing to PSVR 2 This Month

Road to VR

The VR rhythm genre is getting kind of crowded, with many developers looking to replicate Beat Saber’s ‘hit the thing to the beat’ money machine. Enter Beat the Beats , a project indeed inspired by Meta’s seminal block-slashing game, although with its own flair that really seems to set it apart from the competition. The UK/Spain-based indie Parallel Circles announced Beat the Beats is set to launch on PSVR 2 this month, with version for Quest 2/3/Pro and SteamVR slated

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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