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6 Reasons South Korea is the Next Metaverse Hotbed

AR Insider

South Korea is known for many things, from smartphone innovation to K-Pop. We can now add the XR to that list. The country has become fertile ground, given a culture of innovation and rich gaming & entertainment industries. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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This KFC VR Game Is Played Inside A Bucket Of Chicken

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The more points you earn the more IRL chicken you get. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), the popular American fast food chain, has launched a VR game in Hong Kong, China that transported players to a KFC-inspired world where they could earn real-world fried chicken by completing virtual objectives. The “Bucketverse VR” experience immersed players in a delicious-looking world inspired by modern-day Hong Kong in which they were tasked with collecting virtual fried chicken.

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The XR Week Peek (2023.08.22): VRChat Android alpha released, Kinect For Azure discontinued, and more!

The Ghost Howls

It’s been a very pleasant week for me: on the 15th I celebrated the 7th Birthday of my blog , and it was terrific to receive greetings, compliments, and kind words from many people in the community! I’ve even been mentioned on Forbes by the amazing Charlie Fink ! I thank you all for the love you made me feel that day, I’m still blushing! And what is a better way of celebrating my blog’s birthday than writing a new fantastic roundup of the best XR news of the week?

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Quest 3 Unboxing Reportedly Leaked Ahead of Fall Release, Video Here

Road to VR

Meta’s upcoming Quest 3 headset is slated for a Fall 2023 launch, possibly even at the company’s Connect developer conference coming September 27th. It seems Meta has suffered yet another unauthorized pre-launch unboxing of their hardware, echoing the Quest Pro leak from last year. The video in question was posted to Reddit today , and subsequently captured and reposted in full by X (formerly Twitter) user ‘VR Panda.

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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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AI’s Latest Conquest: Sci-Fi Shorts

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Milan Cucuk made the short video 1000 Miles, Part 1, in eight hours from his own script, using AI tools Mid-Journey, Runway, and Elven Labs. What does this say about generative AI's potential? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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What are the Biggest Issues Facing the Metaverse?

XR Today - Virtual Reality

The Metaverse is still in its early stages of development, and several pressing issues need to be addressed before it can become a mainstream reality. The Metaverse refers to a collection of online immersive services distributed and managed under an umbrella application. Enterprise and consumer-facing firms face potentially business-changing opportunities, but many pressing issues face Metaverse services before they can hit the ground.

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‘Half-Life 2: RTX’ Remaster Could Mean Big Upgrades for ‘Half-Life 2’ VR

Road to VR

NVIDIA this week announced Half-Life 2: RTX , a community-made remaster of the legendary game featuring all-new assets, textures, and lighting. Pieces of the remaster are likely to make their way to the already existing Half-Life 2: VR Mod. When it rains, it pours, as they say. After years of delays, Half-Life and VR fans have been treated over the last 12 months to full VR mods of Half-Life , Half-Life 2 , Half-Life 2: Episode One , and Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

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Is AR’s Fully-Actualized Self a Decade Away?

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What's the timeline for ubiquity in AR's fully-actualized form? By that, we mean all-day AR glasses with stylistic viability and wearability. We've assembled quotes from tech leaders that signal the 2030's as AR's decade. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Thief Simulator VR Adds Even More Stuff To Steal On Quest

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Return to a life of crime in this sizable DLC update. Developer 3R Games this week announced a new update for its popular VR game, Thief Simulator VR: Greenview Street , which introduces a brand new neighborhood over twice the size of Greenview Street. Available now on Meta Quest headsets, the Richie R. Street DLC takes place directly after the events of the original game.

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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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How is NVIDIA Using Generative AI?

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Generative AI is becoming a strong tag-team partner for the XR space. Recently Microsoft noted how MR represents the “ eyes and ears ” of AI. So, it appears that the two emerging technologies, XR and AI, coexist to enhance outcomes for end-users across the board – instead of competing. However, while competition between the two technologies may not be as drastic as audiences once thought.

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‘Ghosts of Tabor’ Hits $3M Revenue Ahead of Debut on Main Quest Store

Road to VR

Passing Meta’s content review process for Quest games is an essential step to being listed on the Quest Store, although some studios choose to offer their games in beta via App Lab first, meaning they can take time to get things right before listing on the store proper. That’s what developer Combat Waffle Studios and publisher Beyond Frames Entertainment did with their hit multiplayer shooter Ghosts of Tabor , and it’s seemed to have paid off.

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How I Created an AI-Generated Trailer

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One gen-AI output turning heads is film trailers – offering a digestible glimpse into the technology's potential. Guest author Ellenor Argyropoulos breaks down her creative process for Echoes of Sand and Stone. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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I Tried Axe Throwing In VR. Here’s How It Went

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Experience BATL Axe Throwing on Meta Quest headsets. ArcadeXR today announced its 2.0 update for Arcade Legends which introduces axe throwing to the game for the very first time. For those unfamiliar, Arcade Legends is a unique VR experience that allows you to build your own personal arcade. Here you can play 10 official arcade games alongside three friends while earning tickets you can spend on virtual goodies at the prize store.

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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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Osso VR Gains Hand-Tracking Capabilities

XR Today - Virtual Reality

This week, Osso VR, an immersive training platform for healthcare professionals, is introducing hand-tracking input options into its leading VR learning platform. “Hand Control” for Osso VR’s healthcare training platform introduces new tracking options, which negates the need for a user to leverage a controller to navigate and interact with immersive training scenarios.

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Meta Shows Off Quest Hand-tracking Improvements, Claims “almost as responsive as controllers”

Road to VR

Apple is going all-in with hand-tracking for its upcoming Vision Pro , but can hand-tracking really replace proper VR controllers? Meta, Apple’s main competitor in the space, isn’t going so far as to make that particular claim, however the company says Quest’s recent hand-tracking improvements are now “almost as responsive as controllers” thanks to its recent v56 software update.

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Snap Invests in Lens Studio to Scale AR Creation

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Lens Studio is the center of Snap's AR universe. As such, Snap continues to invest in the platform in terms of updates and expanding capabilities for lens creators. We examine the evidence. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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This Virtual Rave Experience Lets You Party Like It’s The ’80s

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Better grab some glowsticks, you’re going to need them. The Geneva International Film Festival returns later this year and it’s bringing with it a one-of-a-kind virtual experience that takes you back in time to the very first rave parties where you can dance to the sounds of old-school acid house music. Produced by the immersive documentary production East City Films in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) and Coventry City of Culture, In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats by

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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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The Industrial Metaverse Is A Good Idea That Needs A Better Name

Forrester VR

The industrial metaverse doesn’t exist yet, but many of its building blocks do — and already connect physical and digital experiences to deliver value in asset-intensive industries like manufacturing.

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One of Meta’s Most Well-funded VR Games is Shuttering Multiplayer This Year

Road to VR

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond (2020) was set to be the storied franchise’s first big push into virtual reality when it launched in late 2020, offering up some of its characteristic WWII combat missions alongside what hoped to be a robust online multiplayer. Now, less than three years since launch, EA’s Respawn Entertainment say they’re pulling the plug on multiplayer.

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Spatial Beats: Meta, Microsoft & Gen AI’s Latest

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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 XR funding and the continued collision with generative AI. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Watch The LA Valorant Finals From This VR E-Sports Arena

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Join your fellow Valorant fans for this one-of-a-kind virtual broadcast. Virtex Stadium , an online virtual event platform available for PC VR headsets, will be broadcasting the Valorant LA Champions finals live in VR this week, offering spectators the chance to immerse themselves in the virtual action like never before. Originally announced back in 2021, Virtex Stadium is a multifaceted event space designed for e-sports competitions.

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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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Major companies to discuss metaverse plans at December conference

Hypergrid Business

(Image courtesy Metaverse Spectrum Business Conference.) The Metaverse Spectrum Business Conference, Expo, and Pitch Fest will highlight expanding business applications for the metaverse at its virtual conference this coming December. The event, which will be held in the metaverse, will include sessions on marketing, product development, training, and recruiting applications of the metaverse.

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‘No Man’s Sky’ Patch Brings Much Needed Foveated Rendering to PSVR 2 Version

Road to VR

Redemption arcs rarely last this long, but No Man’s Sky (2016) hasn’t given up on going above and beyond with its latest update, which finally fixes the visuals on PSVR 2. The game’s initial release on PSVR earlier this year 2 wasn’t great, with users noting that visual quality simply wasn’t up to snuff. Players and reviewers alike decried the much beloved game’s blurriness on PSVR 2, which became an unfortunate fixture since the February 2023 update.

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Reality Bytes: Netflix, Stanford & AI Avatars

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This week on Reality Bytes, we discuss what’s bubbling at Fizz, get our game on with Netflix, and make a hyper-realistic AI avatar. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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’90s Classic The 7th Guest Returns As A VR Game This October

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Explore a sprawling mansion inhabited by realistic ghosts in this immersive reimagining. Developer Vertigo Games, the team behind popular VR titles such as Arizona Sunshine and After the Fall , has just announced the release date for its latest game, The 7th Guest VR. Revealed during the Gamescom 2023 Opening Night Live Pre-Show, this spooky-looking experience is directly inspired by the hit ’90s point-and-click title of the same name.

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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