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The Empathy Machine at SXSW, Part I

AR Insider

If virtual reality is the empathy machine, SXSW 2024 was the empathy festival. AR Insider Editor-at-Large Emily Olman reports about her emotive experiences on the ground with immersive works. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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COLD VR Demo review: a promising adrenaline action game

The Ghost Howls

Today I’ve tried the free demo of COLD VR, the VR game that is the opposite of Superhot VR (hence the joke of the name). I think this game is fun and has a lot of potential, but it needs a bit more of polish to become a true hit when the full version will be released. Discover why in this review of the free preview demo that is available on Steam.

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Latest SteamVR Update Includes Steam Link Improvements for Quest

Road to VR

The latest major SteamVR update has arrived, coming with it an improvement to Steam Link for Quest. Initially released in November 2023, Steam Link is Valve’s own app on the Meta Quest Store which allows users to quickly and easily connect their Quest headset wirelessly to SteamVR to play PC VR or flatscreen PC content, essentially letting you bypass Meta’s own Air Link.

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Network Rail’s XR Training Pilot Reaches 1,000 UK Students

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Recently, Network Rail officially taught more than 1,000 students at the Trinity Academy in Thorne, Doncaster, a landmark number for immersive training programmes. Industry professionals at Network Rail’s Community Safety team and the British Transport Police hosted five railway safety sessions at the Doncaster school, showcasing the dangers of trespassing on railways.

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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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10 Ways AI Has the Potential to Elevate VR

AR Insider

How will AI elevate VR. Guest author Unborn Tech examine 10 ways these two technologies have the potential to unlock each other – from intelligent and reactive UX to streamlining experience creation. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Major Auto Makers Are Fully Embracing XR in the Vehicle Design Process

Road to VR

Some major car manufacturers still design cars in clay before heading into production, and while that tradition doesn’t seem to be going away just yet, companies like Ford, Volvo and Rivian say mixed reality headsets are substantially helping them to reduce time and cost in vehicle design. In a new video focusing on the Australia-base ddesign team behind the Ford Ranger, Ranger Raptor and Everest, we get a look at just how one of the world’s largest car manufacturers is using mixed r

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University of Miami Builds an Educational Metaverse with ENGAGE

XR Today - Virtual Reality

The University of Miami has implemented ENGAGE’s spatial computing technology to bolster immersive learning experiences across the university. The Top Immersive Education Trends to Watch in 2024 New Meta Quest for Education Product Due this Year How Immersive Learning can Help Education, Governmental Shortages ENGAGE is a SaaS Enterprise advanced spatial computing platform that allows professionals, event organisers, educators, and businesses to create their own virtual worlds.

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Breaking Barriers: Startups Making XR More Accessible

AR Insider

As spatial computing continues to evolve and advance, it’s important that its devices and systems embrace inclusive design accessibility. Who's doing what to fulfill that mission? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Cheaper & Lighter Apple Vision Headset Could Reportedly Launch June 2025

Upload VR

Chinese news outlet WallStreetCN reports Apple plans to launch the cheaper and lighter Vision headset as early as June 2025. The report cites "the supply chain" as saying Apple is accelerating the launch from an original plan of September 2025, and claims the headset will weigh roughly 400 grams, significantly lighter than the 600-650 gram Vision Pro.

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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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‘Batman: Arkham Shadow’ Trailer Massively Downvoted for Being a VR Game & Quest 3 Exclusive

Road to VR

Meta announced Batman: Arkham Shadow last week, which is coming exclusively to Quest 3 in late 2024. And wouldn’t you know it, YouTube users absolutely hate it. Although YouTube disabled the dislike button counter in 2021, you can still get a good idea of how the public is reacting to any given video by installing an extension to your browser, like Chrome’s ‘ Return YouTube Dislike ‘ Released officially through both IGN’s main YouTube channel and Meta’s own Y

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Peterman Brothers Scale International XR Training Initiative

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Today, Interplay Learning announced a strategic partnership with Peterman Brothers’ Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electrical divisions to distribute immersive learning services to ten Peterman service branches and their workers. The move sees more than 250 Peterman technicians leverage the XR training solution to improve technical skills, including HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and drain-clearing procedures.

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Reality Bytes: Instagram, YouTube & Gamified Loyalty

AR Insider

This week on Reality Bytes, we try Instagram's new interactive stickers, YouTube's AI skipper tool, and Dave & Buster's gamified loyalty. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Synthabout Is Back…with A Bundle And Quest 3 Giveaway

Upload VR

This post was produced by UploadVR in partnership with Kluge Interactive and Mighty Coconut. Fans of Synth Riders and Walkabout Mini Golf, we’ve got some news: The base games of both are available as a discounted bundle ! The Synthabout bundle launched May 3rd, 2024 and will be available until May 17th, 2024 on the Meta Quest and Steam VR for $31.99 USD.

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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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Apple Makes It Easier to Browse Vision Pro Apps Outside of the Headset

Road to VR

Searching for Vision Pro apps when not actually wearing the thing has been a hassle since day one. Now Apple has added a nifty new search function to its App Store web portal which makes it a lot easier to browse and download stuff. Apple launched its Vision Pro web portal a while ago, but if you were left scratching your head looking for a search function, scratch no more.

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3D Scanner Matterport Sold For $1.8 Billion, Lamini AI Raises $25 Million, Neurable $13 Million, Freepic Acquires Magnific AI

Charlie Fink

M&A activity in AI and XR drove the news this week. Sandbox VR adds 25 more locations, and Niantic tries MR for the first time.

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Are Render Farms AR’s Unsung Hero?

AR Insider

AR content – with its demand for high-quality, real-time rendering – presents challenges that go beyond traditional digital-creation paradigms. How can render farms add value? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Apple Pencil Pro Would Be A Perfect Accessory For Apple Vision Pro

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The new Apple Pencil Pro would make a perfect accessory for Apple Vision Pro. Alongside new iPad Pro and iPad Air models, today Apple announced the $130 Apple Pencil Pro for use with them. 0:00 / 0:27 1× The new Apple Pencil Pro. In addition to the pressure sensing and double tap detection of the existing second-generation Apple Pencil, the new Pro model has a gyroscope, squeeze sensor, and haptic feedback.

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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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Apple’s Official Vision Pro Case May Be Pricey, But It Saved a Headset From a 4,000 Pound SUV

Road to VR

Apple probably didn’t actually design its pricey Vision Pro case to be impervious to getting run over by a car. But at least for one thankful customer though, it seems the official carrying case was well worth the extra cash. At $200, the official Apple Vision Pro Travel Case isn’t exactly the best deal out there, since Vision Pro can technically fit into a vast array of VR headset cases already on the market.

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OpenAI’s Sora Brings Director’s 10-Year Music Video Vision To Life

Charlie Fink

Filmmaker Paul Trillo’s new music video, The Hardest Part, for the band Washed Out, is the first created entirely using Sora AI.

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Spatial Beats: Cinematic AI and Spatial M&A

AR Insider

Niantic brings Peridot to Quest, Matterport gets acquired and Sora opens a new era of music videos. We have these and other happenings from the intersection of AR and AI through the eyes of Charlie Fink. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Underworld Overseer Feels Like Dungeon Keeper In VR

Upload VR

Inspired by Dungeon Keeper, Underworld Overseer sees you protecting your lair this year on Quest and PC VR. Read on for our full impressions. Developed by Myron Games, best known for its VR sandbox god simulator, Deisim , Underworld Overseer shares some similarities but mixes in tactical combat. Playing the powerful god-like Overseer, this villain protagonist adventure tasks you with managing an underground lair and its various minions, protecting your base from invaders across an 18-level campa

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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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Razer Releases New Quest 3 Accessories With Some Rather Unsurprising Price Tags

Road to VR

Razer announced its Facial Interface and Adjustable Head Strap System for Quest 3 is now available in the US, Canada, and Europe. Priced at $70 each, the accessories essentially are the Quest 3 versions of the previously released Facial Interface and Adjustable Head Strap System for Quest 2, which was released in March 2023. The Facial Interface is made of a soft injection-molded silicone free from latex and PU/TPE additives, and boasts a snug fit which prevents light from spilling in, while air

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AMD Hits Record High Share in x86 Desktops and Servers in Q1 2024

Anand Tech

Coming out of the dark times that preceded the launch of AMD's Zen CPU architecture in 2017, to say that AMD has turned things around on the back of Zen would be an understatement. Ever since AMD launched its first Zen-based Ryzen and EPYC processors for client and server computers, it has been consistently gaining x86 market share, growing from a bit player to a respectable rival to Intel (and all at Intel's expense).

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New Dnsys X1 Exoskeleton Changes Workouts And Walks

Charlie Fink

Dnsys used artificial intelligence, biomedical engineering, and rehabilitative medicine to create a new kind of wearable tech.

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May The 4th Be With You - Star Wars VR Games See Deep Discounts Today

Upload VR

Star Wars VR games are deeply discounted today for Star Wars day. Deep discounts are available across Quest, PlayStation, and Steam for the Vader Immortal series, Squadrons, Tales From The Galaxy's Edge, and Pinball. Vader Immortal (Quest, Rift, PSVR 1) Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series is a trilogy of interactive VR adventures where you play as a Force-sensitive smuggler and, while we won't spoil the rest of the plot for you, as you've probably already guessed it involves meeting Vader.

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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