Sat.Dec 31, 2022 - Fri.Jan 06, 2023

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This Futuristic VR Facemask Tracks Your Expressions

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The low-cost device will be available for purchase in the US and Japan later this year. Say hello to X Mask, a new device described by the manufacturer as a “mask type sensing gadget.” Developed by Japanese startup Dolami, X Mask is capable of tracking your facial expressions in detail thanks to a series of incorporated sensors placed strategically across your face.

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Saudi Arabia Gains Majority Stake in Magic Leap in $450M Deal

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Saudi Arabia has taken majority share of the US-based augmented reality company Magic Leap, The Telegraph reports, widening the stake via its state-owned sovereign wealth fund with a deal amounting to $450 million. Citing delayed accounts obtained from its European division, the company is said to have raised $150 million in preferred convertible stock and $300 million in debt from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) over the course of 2022.

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How Do Consumers Feel About the Metaverse, Part III

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In a survey by Roblox, 75% of Gen Z plan to spend money on digital fashion in the metaverse including brand-name virtual items. What does this mean for the future of the metaverse monetization? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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HTC’s upcoming headset name and (maybe) price could have been leaked

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Let’s start this 2023 with a leak! I’ve been tipped about the fact that the Korean store of HTC may have accidentally leaked the name of the new Vive headset that will be revealed at CES… and maybe also its price. The Vive “Flowcus” HTC has been teasing a new standalone headset for months , without sharing much if not some images revealing some small details of the device.

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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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Minimizing Augmented Reality Security Risks: A Brief Roadmap

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Sponsored content. Sponsored by Mediazoma Private Limited. Augmented reality is an innovative technology spearheading the transformation of science fiction into reality. You might even start using hologram armor like Iron Man or command F.R.I.D.A.Y. to do your chores in the near future. One may argue that Alexa is already a step toward Tony Stark’s F.R.I.D.A.Y., but she needs more improvements.

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Spatial Beats: Nreal, CES & VR Nightlife

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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 back on weekly spatial happenings and forward to CES. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Razer Announces Quest 2 Adjustable Head Strap & Facial Interface

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Razer is getting into the VR accessory game soon, as the company announced at CES 2023 that it’s selling a head strap system and facial interface built specifically for Meta Quest 2. The accessories were built by Razer in collaboration with ResMed , a San Diego, California-based medical equipment company that knows its way around all-day comfort. “Designed for long-lasting comfort and weight-balanced support, the Razer Adjustable Head Strap System was created with all head shapes in

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How VR and 3D Visualization Services Are Changing Construction Industry

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Sponsored content. Sponsored by OmegaRender. The construction industry is one of the industries adapting slowly to new technologies to increase productivity and deliver projects. However, the construction industry is now embracing and adapting to new technologies like virtual reality for 3D rendering services. Here, you will discover everything you need to know about how VR and 3D visualization services are changing the construction industry.

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Lumus Launches Game-Changing AR Z-Lens At CES

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These new AR lenses deliver a 2K x 2K resolution experience and address vergence-accommodation conflicts. The Israeli-based augmented reality (AR) company Lumus will be expanding its 2D Maximus platform by unveiling its 2nd generation of Lumus’ Z-Lens waveguide architecture during CES 2023. Not only will this hardware advancement shrink the projector module by more than 50%, but it also enables the development of lightweight and high-resolution AR glasses with seamless Rx integration and o

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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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Reality Bytes: Samsung, Matrix & Amazon Drones

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This week on Reality Bytes, we stay cool with a new Smart Fridge, fly into a storm of Amazon’s new drones, and Enter the Matrix™ (not the one you think). This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Every Game Getting a Free PSVR 2 Upgrade

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The lack of backwards compatibility between PSVR 2 and the original PSVR is a bit of a double-edged sword. On one hand, we’re getting a ton of games for Sony’s next-gen VR headset that have been specifically built or overhauled to make use of the new hardware, but it also means a lot of games in your PSVR library will forever be stuck in the past.

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XRA Survey: Teachers Pin Hopes on XR for Better Classroom Engagement

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Incorporating XR—the umbrella term for virtual, augmented, and mixed reality—in classroom education can make learning more fun. It can also motivate students to take their studies more seriously. A recent survey by XR Association (XRA) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) presented this conclusion based on a poll of over 1,400 high school teachers across 50 US states.

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Here Are The Best-Selling Steam VR Games Of 2022

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A good few of these titles are currently on sale as part of Steam’s Winter Sale. Earlier this week, the popular video game storefront Steam revealed its “top VR-exclusive experiences” of 2022. This year’s list features a variety of “classic” titles like GORN and I Expect You To Die as well as new experiences like Among Us VR and Bonelab.

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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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What’s Pinterest’s Role in the Immersive Shopping Era?

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When discussing image-based product discovery, one of the original players is Pinterest. Product inspiration and discovery were in its DNA social feeds like Instagram. Now, with that visual shopping DNA, it’s blitzing AR. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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How metaverse can help the retail industry increase their customer experience

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The concept of the “metaverse,” a virtual space where users can interact with each other and computer-generated environments in real time, has been around for decades. However, with the recent advancements in technology, the metaverse is now closer than ever to becoming a reality. One industry that stands to benefit greatly from the emergence of the metaverse is retail.

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The Thrill of the Fight Quest 2 Review

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The Thrill of the Fight is a VR boxing simulator that is exhausting in all the right ways. Warm up in the gym, enter the ring, or box ghosts and zombies to get your heart rate up – and let the lead out on the canvas. Experience The Thrill of the Fight. The Thrill of the Fight by Sealost Interactive is a multi-tiered $10 VR boxing game available on PCVR and as a Quest app.

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Chipotle Is Launching A Fitness-Inspired AR Experience

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Complete exercises and read meditative prompts for a chance at some free guac. In an official release, Chipotle, the popular chain restaurant, announced that it has partnered with Snap Inc. to launch a new augmented reality (AR) Lens for the Snapchat app that will encourage you to get up and moving with a series of “Chipotle-inspired exercises.” According to Chipotle, this is the first Snapchat Lens created by a restaurant that promotes physical wellness.

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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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AR Briefs, Episode 63: AR & Shopping Collide

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Among AR’s use cases and endpoints, shopping has emerged as a front-runner for killer-app status. Who's doing what to lead the way and where is the rubber meeting the road? The latest episode of ARtillery Briefs breaks it down. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Report: Apple’s MR Headset Said to Include 120-Degree FOV, Waist-mounted Battery & Tons of Biometric Trackers

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Apple’s long-awaited mixed reality headset is still deep under wraps, although a recent report from The Information has shed what appears to be new light on some of the features coming to the fruit company’s first AR/VR headset. There’s a lot of new information here, and of course, we can’t substantiate it even if we tried. We’ve restructured the main takeaways, courtesy of MacRumors , into a sort of fantasy spec sheet: Reported Apple MR Specs.

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Emerging Trends in the VR Gaming Industry?—?2023

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Emerging Trends in the VR Gaming Industry — 2023 Technology is evolving at a fast pace. Imagine if we could pick the visions and ideas and make them come true. 2023 is currently shaping up to be the year of promise for the VR gaming industry. Highly anticipated components have paved their way into the hands of the people. Virtual reality games, in particular, have come a long way from the lukewarm response they received in their early years.

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VR Racing Sim GRID Legends Coming To Quest 2

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Create your very own motorsports events in this upcoming VR racing game. There’s a criminally small amount of quality racing games available on Meta Quest 2. Perhaps that’s why I was so excited to hear that Codemasters’ arcade racing game GRID Legends will soon be available to play in VR on Quest 2 and Quest Pro headsets. Originally released on PC and consoles this past August, GRID Legends lets you step behind the wheel of legendary automobiles and compete on a variety of real

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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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2023 Predictions: Metaverse Mania Fades

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As we enter a new year, it’s time for our annual ritual of synthesizing the lessons from the past twelve months and formulating the outlook for the next twelve. We kick off our 5 part series with the assertion that the metaverse hype cycle will downshift. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Shiftall’s Slim & Light PC VR Headset MeganeX to Launch Early 2023, Priced at $1,700

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MeganeX, the SteamVR-compatible headset from Panasonic’s Shiftall, made its big debut back at CES 2020, and after years of iterations shown at various trade shows, the company says it’s finally nearing launch. Shiftall is set to sell two flavors of MeganeX, a consumer version priced at $1,699 and a Business Edition, the pricing of which is still to be determined.

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XR Predictions 2023 – Industry Experts Share their Insights

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Watch on YouTube. XR Today has rounded up some of the XR industry’s experts to share their viewpoints on the biggest trends and technologies shaping 2023. This video features experts from varied-range of leading XR firms, covering various business opportunities, including: Alaa Saayed, Senior Program Director of Digital Content Services, Frost & Sullivan.

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How Much Do Consumers Spend on Mobile AR?

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Like many analyst firms, market sizing is one of the ongoing practices of AR Insider’s research arm ARtillery Intelligence. A few times per year, it goes into isolation and buries itself deep in financial modeling. The latest such exercise zeroes in on mobile AR revenues. This takes the insights and observations accumulated throughout the year and synthesizes them into hard numbers for spatial computing ( see methodology and inclusions/exclusions).

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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