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VR Market Penetration Will Be a Slow Burn

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Though VR isn't the revolutionary force it was once anticipated to be, it's growing gradually and achieving small wins. Where are we in that journey and what market forces are most impactful? We examine in the latest report excerpt. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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A New VR Film For Quest Honors Women Astronauts

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These high-flying women are literally out of this world. In honor of International Women’s Day, the Emmy Award-Winning Felix & Paul Studios has released Women In Spaceflight , a new VR film celebrating the many accomplishments of female spacefarers. Available now on Quest headsets, the six-minute 360-degree special feature pays homage to the late great Jerrie Cobb, an American aviator who paved the way for female astronauts.

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Happy Women’s Day… and see you at SXSW 2023!

The Ghost Howls

Tomorrow I’m taking a plane for an international flight… again. But before telling you more about this, let me wish a great “International Women’s Day” to all the wonderful women of our ecosystem! And also to all the women that are close to us men in XR and that support us every day :)… and that are close to us even if we always talk about technology and we like to wear luminous shoeboxes on our faces.

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The 2023 Polys WebXR Awards Recap

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The third Annual Polys WebXR Awards took place this weekend. The show was bigger than ever thanks to the first-ever in-person awards and a special event saying farewell to AltspaceVR. However, despite some new categories, the overall category list was shorter this year as a number of previous awards were combined. A Very Special Polys The Polys launched during the height of the pandemic.

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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: Meta, Snap & OpenAI

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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 MWC takeaways and Meta's XR road map. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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The XR Week Peek (2023.03.07): Meta roadmap unveiled, Xiaomi shows its AR glasses, and more!

The Ghost Howls

This week is going to be great because I’m going to attend the SXSW (I will write a dedicated post about it). Before traveling, I’m trying to finish a few tasks for my job and I was hoping that this week there wasn’t much to write in this roundup so that I could write this newsletter fast. But actually, lots of interesting things happened, so there’s a lot to write about!

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Flipside XR Launches Free VR App Flipside Studio for Animated Content

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Virtual reality company Flipside XR has launched a new app designed for creators called Flipside Studio. Launched on March 2 with support from Meta, the VR app enables users to build animated content in real time, using advanced virtual production tools. Finished projects can be uploaded and shared on YouTube, TikTok, Twitch, and other social media platforms.

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Samsung Files Trademark for ‘Galaxy Glasses’ AR/VR Headset

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Samsung announced last month it was partnering with Google and Qualcomm to develop an XR device, something the company said at the time was “not too far away.” While we’re still left guessing as to what sort of headset the Korean tech giant has in store, a new trademark filing has come to light which may suggest the headset’s naming scheme.

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Create VR Animations For Free With Flipside Studio

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All you need is a Meta VR headset. Flipside Studio is an all-in-one video production studio that allows you to create your very own 3D animations in VR with no prior experience required. According to developer Flipside XR, the free tool features everything from real-time motion capture and professional-grade production tools to various sets, props, and custom avatars.

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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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AR Briefs, Episode 65: Mobile AR Revenue Outlook

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Though mobile AR continues to be challenged in gaining mainstream traction, there are bright spots. Revenue continues to gain momentum in advertising, commerce, and enterprise productivity. We go behind the numbers in the latest AR Briefs episode. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Jackson Public Schools Implement Virtual Reality in the Classroom

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Virtual reality in the classroom is one of the many uses of immersive technologies. And, wherever it is in use, it has proven to be a great success. The latest educational organization to adopt it is Jackson Public Schools in Mississippi. The second-largest school district in the Magnolia State, comprising seven high schools, 10 middle schools, 31 elementary schools, and four special program schools, has recently announced that its students will now be able to learn using VR.

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Pimax Aims to Attract VR Devs with 100% Revenue Share & $100K Game Fund

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Users of Pimax’s wide field-of-view (FOV) PC VR headsets have always relied upon third-party stores like Steam for VR content. Now the company is looking to incentivize VR developers to publish their games on the new Pimax Store. Pimax quietly launched its PC VR content store in September 2022, ostensibly in preparation for the yet-to-release “Reality 12K QLED” headset, and standalones Pimax Cystal and Pimax Portal hybrid.

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Is A VR Game Pass For Quest In The Works? 

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Would you pay for a monthly VR game subscription? Earlier this week, a Twitter user going by the name of Shiny Quagsire posted a screenshot indicating the potential release of a VR game pass for Meta Quest headsets. The image was supposedly taken from the Meta Quest app on Android (some users are reporting iOS support as well) and describes a monthly service that offers subscribers access to the “best of VR.” Apparently Meta is adding a game pass thing soon for Quest, "Project Ap

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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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Is Meta Betting it All on XR?

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Despite ample pressure from shareholders and the tech press, Meta is pressing on with its plans for an XR-centric future. It may have pulled back from using the M-word so much, but it's all in on immersive tech. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Echo VR Fans Plea To Zuck With Meta Ad

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Fans of Echo VR brought the metaverse to Mark Zuckerberg this week. A group called Fight For Echo put an ad above Meta to protest the forthcoming closure of its free-to-play VR esport Echo VR. The ad reads: “Zuck, don’t kill VR esports” Over the past month fans of the zero-g esport pooled money on gofundme to run the ad near Mark Zuckerberg’s social network.

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‘War Thunder’ Studio Announces PSVR 2 Combat Flight Sim ‘Aces of Thunder’, Trailer Here

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Gaijin Entertainment, the studio behind combat simulator War Thunder , announced a new flight sim coming to PSVR 2 called Aces of Thunder. The online game is said to focus on World War II planes, such as the American fighter P-51 Mustang and British Spitfire, however future add-ons are planned to bring combat aircraft from other eras, Gaijin says. It’s said to feature competitive online battles including modes like team versus team, single duels, and modes with custom settings.

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Niantic’s Cute AR Pet Game Peridot Is Coming This May

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Explore the real world to breed new and fantastic creatures. Almost a year after its initial reveal, Pokémon GO creator Niantic is set to launch its latest location-based augmented reality (AR) game for smartphones, Peridot. Similar to Tamagotchi, the handheld digital pet released in 1996, the adorable-looking game tasks you with raising digital creatures, referred to as “Peridots” or “Dots,” from birth to adulthood.

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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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How Will AR and AI Converge? Part II

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After examining the intersection of AR and AI in Part I, we're back in Part II with more. Specifically, we move from generative AI's role in AR content creation to conversational AI's potential as AR's intelligence layer. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Onward Creator Departs Meta 2 Years After Acquisition

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The CEO of Downpour Interactive resigned from Meta roughly two years after his VR development studio was acquired. Dante Buckley wrote in a note on Facebook, confirmed by UploadVR, that his departure is “by choice” and not in a layoff. Buckley is the creator of one of VR’s leading team-based shooters Onward. In April 2021, Meta announced it had acquired Downpour and its entire team.

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‘Rec Room’ is Putting on Its First-ever ‘Rec Rocks’ Music Festival This Weekend

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Rec Room , the popular social VR platform, is putting on its first in-game music festival this weekend, suitably dubbed ‘Rec Rocks’ The immersive concert experience is set to take place this weekend, March 11th & 12th, and feature headliners Tokyo Machine (EDM) and pianist/singer/songwriter Ethan Bortnick. Check out the full list of artists below: Tokyo Machine – EDM Ethan Bortnick – Alt-Pop Haven – Pop Charlie Curtis Beard -Rap Suzy Shinn – Rock The Royal

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VR Farming Sim Lets You Live The Life Of A Rancher

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Get your hands dirty in this adorable-looking game coming soon to VR headsets. Anyone familiar with life in the city can tell you just how stressful urban living can be. From the busy traffic to the crowded public spaces, the chaos of downtown can grow tiresome quickly. Thankfully, we have VR technology to help us escape the city to experience a different kind of living.

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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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Reality Bytes: Microsoft, Meta & TikTok

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This week on Reality Bytes, we discuss screen time limitations on TikTok, Meta’s AR/VR roadmap, and why using ChatGPT for robots isn’t what it seems. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Among Us VR Now Supports Custom Lobby Settings

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Schell Games released a new Among Us VR update, adding custom lobby settings and a new hat pack. Previously announced in December’s Among Us VR 2023 roadmap , custom lobby settings are now live as part of the game’s fourth patch. Outlined in a new blog post , Schell claims this allows for “over 9 billion customization configurations,” letting you adjust pace, balancing, and the general rules.

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‘Flipside Studio’ Brings Full-featured Virtual Production Studio to Quest 2 & Rift

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Virtual production suite Flipside Studio is now available on Quest 2 and Meta PC, targeting podcasters, vloggers, and anyone looking for a VR studio to produce their own video content. Created by Winnipeg, Canada-based Flipside XR , the Flipside Studio app is packed with production tools and assets that let you to create your own virtual content, which can be livestreamed or recorded, edited and shared anywhere you might standard video, such as YouTube, TikTok, or Facebook.

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This World War II VR Flight Sim Looks Incredibly Fun

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Take to the skies in fast-paced multiplayer dogfights. Aces of Thunder is an upcoming VR combat flight simulator for PlayStation VR2 headsets that immerses you in the role of an ace World War II pilot. The game is being developed by an in-house team from Gaijin Entertainment, the same studio behind the immensely-popular vehicular combat game War Thunder , so odds are we can expect a solid multiplayer experience.

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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