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SNL’s Kenan Thompson Is Looking For Comics In VR


Think you have what it takes to be the first big metaverse comedian? SNL’s Kenan Thompson is partnering with Kyle Render of the VR comedy show Failed to Render Comedy to help him find the next big name in comedy for his Ultimate Comedy Experience.

Meta Quest Pro Releases In October, Zuckerberg Suggests

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Meta’s next headset will release in October, Mark Zuckerberg revealed on The Joe Rogan Experience. Rogan said he tried the new headset before the interview, describing a demo with an alien in front of him. “When I moved my mouth, she moved her mouth.


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Will AR Advertising Reach $15 Billion by 2026?

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How much is being spent by brands to promote their products through immersive AR experiences? Pulling from ARtillery Intelligence's recent Mobile AR revenue forecast, we examine AR marketing in the latest Behind the Numbers installment. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

The metaverse enters the Gartner hype cycle (but with a 10+ years outlook)

The Ghost Howls

Ten days ago, the business analysts at Gartner released their “Hype Cycle” for 2022 , and inside there are references to some of the technologies that we in the immersive community care about, in particular the metaverse. Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies.

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 so is the Zoom fatigue that many experience. The importance of compelling content is more apparent than ever. In this webinar, learn how PowerPoint provides terrific tools to create the kind of dynamic visual content you need to capture your remote audience’s attention. Come along to this masterclass packed with live demonstrations of how to create compelling presentations for successful meetings in a virtual and hybrid environment. In this webinar, you will learn how to: Create dynamic visuals that support persuasive stories to engage your audience Develop professional-looking designs for presentations and other content Become a PowerPoint legend with techniques to make effective presentations quickly and easily June 30th, 2022 at 9:30 am PDT, 12:30 pm EDT, 5:30 pm GMT

Vuzix Announces Blade 2™ Smart Glasses Coming Next Month


Following the success of the Blade AR glasses, Vuzix has announced the second generation of the glasses.

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Zuckerberg: Next Meta Quest VR Headset Confirmed for October Release

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Although Meta previously confirmed it would launch Project Cambria sometime this year, it wasn’t clear exactly when we’d be seeing the release of what many hypothesize could be dubbed Meta Quest Pro.

Red Matter 2 Review: a cool sequel of a great game [+ Giveaway!]

The Ghost Howls

I have just finished playing Red Matter 2 , the much-awaited sequel of Red Matter , one of my favorite games for Quest. The studio behind it, Vertical Robot, launched it by claiming that it would have set a new standard for graphics on Quest.

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Art Through Lenses: VR Experience Explores the Life and Work of Baroque Painter Artemisia Gentileschi


When you think about history and art , what first comes to mind? Often, glimpses of the past can only be seen through still photos and framed exhibits hung on museum or gallery walls.

Meta Quest Pro Coming This October Says Zuckerberg


The enterprise-focused device supposedly features facial tracking and high-resolution colored passthrough.

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 become such a negative experience with learners? Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer for ELB Learning, will introduce a new learning framework called the C.A.R.E.S Learning Effectiveness Model.

PlayStation VR 2 Launching Early 2023, Sony Confirms

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Sony confirmed today that its latest VR headset, PSVR 2, will see a release date in 2023. The company’s brief announcement didn’t include a price for PlayStation VR 2, one of the last pieces of key info that’s still unknown.

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The XR Week Peek (2022.08.22): Zuck’s selfie gets viral, Meta accounts are arriving, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Welcome to another roundup of XR news provided by your friendly XR Ghost. Are you ready to discover what has happened this week in immersive realities? I hope so! Top news of the week. Image by Mark Zuckerberg). Meta launches Horizon Worlds in Europe and promises graphical improvements.

Does AR Marketing Have a Measurement Problem?

AR Insider

Tried and true ad metrics like clicks and impressions don’t capture AR’s depth of engagement. Yet brand marketers are hooked on these established metrics, and need to benchmark against known quantities. What's an AR marketing campaign to do? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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PlayStation VR 2 Coming 2023 – Everything We Know


Sony this week confirmed the official launch window of its highly-anticipated PS VR 2 headset via social media. The company posted an image on Twitter and Facebook yesterday morning teasing an ‘early 2023’ release date for the next-gen console VR headset.

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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

Join Micah Eppler from eLearning Brothers to see hands-on examples of how organizations are transforming outcomes with video-based training strategies.

‘NERF Ultimate Championship’ Team Shooter Releases Today on Quest 2

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NERF Ultimate Championship , a 4v4 VR arena shooter, releases today on Meta Quest 2, bringing with it wall-jumping parkour action to go along with the game’s 10 authentic NERF blasters.

Super-Detailed Review Of Pimax Sword Controllers!

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Rob Cole is back. The author of the much-appreciated XR Caliper controllers and of many tricks to improve the ergonomics of the Valve Index has just tested for me the Pimax Sword controllers , writing the most detailed review about them you will ever find on the web.

How to Keep the Metaverse Sustainable

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The metaverse continues to be equal parts opportunity and confusion. But whatever form it takes, it’s important to consider its impact everything from societal to environmental impact. Guest author Devin Partida breaks it down. This post appeared first on AR Insider. Contributors

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Taco Bell Opens A Wedding Chapel In The Metaverse


Each wedding package includes a marriage certificate memento NFT because of course.

Immersing the Curious Mind in VR: Why You’re Missing Out on Proven ROI!

Speaker: John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO, CenarioVR® Creator

Join John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO and creator of the award-winning VR course builder CenarioVR®, to find out why organizations choose immersive learning and how they've used innovative approaches.

Google’s Owlchemy Labs Teases Its First Multiplayer VR Game & It’s All About Hand Tracking

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Owlchemy Labs, the Google-owned VR studio known for Job Simulator (2016) and Cosmosmious High (2022) , teased a new multiplayer VR game that’s built from the ground-up for hand tracking interactions.

A Better Way to Enjoy and Access VR Fitness With the FitXR Mobile App


The pandemic has made it difficult for people to go outside and visit their local gym, which is why new technology is paving the way for a new kind of workout routine that you can do at home. The popularity of VR fitness has changed the way people approach exercise.

Spatial Beats: Apple, Meta & Jurassic World

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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 Meta Horizon, Jurassic World AR and Apple's ad play. This post appeared first on AR Insider. Contributors Trend Analysis Spatial Beats

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Stadium-Size AR Games Could Transform Live Sports


ARound technology allows you to play with other spectators in giant multiplayer games. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of cheering for your favorite sports team alongside thousands of fellow fans.

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Everyone Wins! How Games Can Improve Learning Outcomes Across Multiple Generations

Speaker: Stephen Baer, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Game Agency

Nearly 70% of American adults play video games. Stephen Baer, Chief Creative Officer at The Game Agency, will discuss each generation’s unique learning styles and identify game types that appeal to each one and improve your learning outcomes.

‘Townscaper VR’ Releasing on Quest & Pico Headsets in October

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Earlier this year indie developer Oskar Stålberg showed interest in adapting Townscaper to VR headsets, showing off some prototype builds of the cozy, pint-sized town creator game working with motion controllers.

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AR Fan Engagement From Universal and HBO: Dinotracker AR App and ‘House of the Dragon’ Snapchat Lens


Niantic and Universal Pictures. Snapchat and HBO. Last week saw two big AR fan engagement initiatives around the launches of two big media franchise offerings. But, two very different approaches to getting fans involved.

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AR Platforms Speak, Part 2: Google

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The past few months have seen the standard run of summer developer conferences, including lots of AR action. So we're summarizing and synthesizing the top AR updates for our XR Talks series. continuing this week with Google. This post appeared first on AR Insider. XR Talks

Nike Celebrates 50 Years With In-Store AR Experience


The company continues its investment in immersive technology with a new location-based experience. World-renowned American sports brand Nike turned 50 this year, and in celebration, the company is launching a new augmented reality (AR) experience at Nike retail stores around the globe.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.