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The Waveguide Revolution: Transforming Consumer-Ready AR

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There are several approaches for AR glasses' optical and display systems. Waveguides are among them, but how do they work and what are the advantages? Guest author David Goldman examines. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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The XR Week Peek (2023.08.28): Quest 3 unboxing leaked, Samsung+Google headset situation is blurry, and more!

The Ghost Howls

After a few days where we thought we were all living in a big oven, here in Italy we’re having the first taste of Autumn, with the temperatures going down and a lot of rain falling from the sky. I’m in that situation where I don’t know if being happy or not: on the one side, having some fresher air is welcome, but on the other side, this means that the Summer is beginning to end, and this makes me a bit sad.

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‘Gorilla Tag’ Studio Teases Next Title, a Spiritual Successor to ‘Echo VR’—But So Much More

Road to VR

Another Axiom, the studio behind the viral VR indie hit Gorilla Tag , has revealed the first glimpse of its next project. ‘Project A2’ is an ambitious spiritual successor to the now shuttered Echo VR , and a full-circle moment for the studio. With its low-fi graphics and simple gameplay, you might not think it but Gorilla Tag is one of the most popular Quest games ever.

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Scientists Working On Smart Contacts Powered By Human Tears

VRScout

Who needs an external battery when you have good old-fashioned emotions? Scientists based out of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have begun working on augmented reality (AR) contact lenses capable of displaying virtual information in the real world. But here’s the really interesting part: according to an official release from the university, these high-tech contacts are powered by human tears.

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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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ARtillery Briefs, Episode 69: The State of Spatial Computing

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Where are we in spatial computing’s lifecycle and what subsectors are leading the way? This is the topic of a recent ARtillery Intelligence report and Briefs episode. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Major ‘The Light Brigade’ Update Brings New Player Classes, Items, Levels & More

Road to VR

Funktronic Labs released a massive update today to its roguelike shooter The Light Brigade (2023), which includes new player classes, tactical items, power-ups, levels and more. Called the ‘Memories of War’ Update, the new content drop is rolling out today to SteamVR, Quest 2, and PSVR 2, including a bunch of new stuff. Check out what’s in the update below, courtesy of Funktronic Labs: The Engineer: a new player class that deploys pilotable drones The Breacher: a new shotgun-wi

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Eyes-In With Flamera, Meta's Prototype Of Reprojection-Free Passthrough

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At SIGGRAPH 2023 I tried Flamera, Meta's research prototype of reprojection-free passthrough AR. Opaque headsets like Quest Pro, Apple Vision Pro, and Quest 3 use high resolution cameras on the front to show you the real world. But since those cameras are in a different position to your eyes, image processing algorithms are used to reproject the camera views to show what your eyes would be seeing.

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Case Study: Lessons in Designing an XR Lab

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Educational spaces must fuel the desire to learn and fit practical needs of teachers, students and community. All of this factored into Eastern Colleges Group's XR Lab, which architect Giovanni Patania breaks down for us. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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APAC Businesses to Gain Expanded VR Training Opportunities

XR Today - Virtual Reality

This month, Start Beyond partnered with US enterprise-grade VR training platform provider Strivr to revolutionize immersive learning for APAC end users. Start Beyond partnered with Strivr via its Partner Program, which aims to find immersive industry expert firms to accelerate the effectiveness and adoption of VR training. Start Beyond is working with Strivr to bring its immersive storytelling and content creation to enhance training opportunities for the latter’s SDK and distribution plat

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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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Meta Avatars Finally Get Legs on Quest

Road to VR

Meta released a Quest software update via its public test channel (PTC), which lets users opt-in to try new features before they’re pushed out to everyone. Among the v57 PTC update is a feature that’s been notably missing from Meta avatars: legs. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised at Connect 2022 that its avatars would eventually be getting legs, putting an end to the platform’s characteristic floating torsos at some point in the not-too-distant future.

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Hands-On: Empereur Shows Narrative VR’s Emotive Potential

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Created by Marion Burger and Ilan Cohen, Empereur effectively uses VR to create an emotional story on Quest 2. Read on for our full impressions. Empereur falls somewhere between your typical VR game and a 360° movie. Produced by Atlas V and Albyon Studio, this 40-minute journey puts us inside the head of a father suffering from Aphasia , a condition that significantly impairs your ability to communicate.

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Can Inworld Redefine AI Character Engines?

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Unlike chatbots, Inworld powers multimodal character expression by orchestrating multiple machine-learning models that are designed to mimic the full range of human communication. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Lenovo ThinkReality VRX: An All-In-One VR Headset

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) is quickly emerging as one of the most valuable tools in the enterprise technology stack. Once considered a science-fiction concept by many, virtual reality has become a versatile, accessible, and scalable way to enable creativity, collaboration, and new brand experiences. For companies investing in the future of the metaverse, hybrid work, and digital transformation, the first step in unlocking virtual reality’s benefits is choosing the right headset and the right tec

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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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Meta Launches ‘Horizon Worlds’ Closed Beta on Smartphones

Road to VR

Meta’s social VR platform just took its first step outside of Quest-exclusivity, as the company recently launched a closed beta for Horizon Worlds on Android mobile devices. You won’t find Horizon Worlds on Google Play. Users taking part in the closed beta can directly launch the app through the Quest Android app. X (previously Twitter) user Lunayian was apparently one of those chosen few, showing off a brief hands-on in the Super Rumble lobby, Meta’s first-party hero shoote

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Countdown to Halloween with stories from StoryLink Radio

Hypergrid Business

StoryLink Radio and Seanchai Library will host a series of Halloween-themed live voice, streamed, and in-world storytelling sessions during the month of October, which is high story-telling season. Virtual world citizens are welcome to listen to the stories at the Halloween Merchant Mall in Kitely. There will also be a simultaneous video feed and chat on StoryLink’s YouTube Channel for all the stories.

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Where is VR in its Industry Lifecycle?

AR Insider

Picking up where the last report excerpt left off, where is VR in its industry lifecycle? Though growth is challenged and gradual, there are small wins to report. We break it down. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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The Five Questions Every CEO Must Answer About Sustainability

Bernard Marr

The future of business is green. As a CEO, the ball is in your court to make sustainability an integral part of your corporate strategy. The intersection of business and environmental concerns presents a tapestry of challenges and opportunities. To navigate this evolving landscape, here are five pivotal questions about sustainability every leader should be contemplating.

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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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Varjo Signs “multi-million dollar” Deal to Provide Headsets for Army Training Systems

Road to VR

Varjo, maker of high-end XR headsets, today announced that it has closed a multi-million dollar deal to supply headsets for the U.S. Army’s Reconfigurable Virtual Collective Air Trainer (RVCT-A) initiative. The US. Army’s Reconfigurable Virtual Collective Air Trainer (RVCT-A) aims to deliver virtual training modules that are easy to set up and transport, making training cheaper and more accessible.

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This Week In XR: OpenAI Bolts To A Billion, AI21 Raises $155 Million, Nvidia Stalked By IBM

Charlie Fink

In one year OpenAI has gone from a modest $26M in revenue to over $1 Billion.

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Spatial Beats: Nvidia, Hugging Face & Midjourney

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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 Nvidia's inflection and other news items at the intersection of AI and XR. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Apple Reportedly Testing New OLED Microdisplay Suppliers For Future Vision Headsets

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Apple is reportedly testing new OLED microdisplay suppliers to increase the production scale of future Vision headsets. Multiple sources including The Information , The Financial Times , and South Korean outlet The Elec have previously reported that Vision Pro , Apple's first headset set to launch next year, is heavily supply constrained due to the limited production capacity of its sole OLED microdisplay supplier Sony.

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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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‘Alvo’ to Bring ‘CS:GO’ Style Gun Battles to PSVR 2 Next Month, SteamVR Soon After

Road to VR

Alvo VR (2021) , the PvP shooter that offers up some CS:GO- inspired gameplay, is coming to PSVR 2 in September, as well as SteamVR headsets soon afterwards. Publishers OutsideIn Entertainment say Alvo is slated to arrive on PSVR 2 on September 14th, 2023. There’s also a new launch trailer that shows off the shooter’s multiplayer action, which in the PSVR 2 version is said to include enhanced dynamic lighting, “stunning 4k resolution,” and head and controller haptics.

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Generative AI: A Game-Changer Every CEO Should Embrace

Bernard Marr

In the sprawling landscape of artificial intelligence (AI), a new superstar emerges: Generative AI. If you’re a CEO, an executive, or a business leader, this is a concept you simply cannot afford to ignore. Understanding Generative AI At its core, Generative AI is an AI subset that crafts new, previously non-existent data. This could range from text and music to images and more.

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Reality Bytes: The NFL, Google & Robot Overlords

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This week on Reality Bytes, we test our Google’s AI search experience, debate the dexterity of robots, and blitz onto the blockchain with NFL Rivals. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Walkabout Journeys To Land Of The Elves With Alfheim Mini Golf On September 7

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Fans of norse mythology, high fantasy, and mini golf are about to journey to the bright and woodsy elvish land of their dreams. Walkabout Mini Golf opens the doors to its latest virtual reality mini golf course – Alfheim: Land Of The Elves -- on September 7th. Developer Mighty Coconut revealed the new paid 18 hole course with the following description: Perfect your mini golf for an eternity with the unique curves, secret glens, undiscovered alcoves, graceful arches and sacred cathedrals of leave

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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