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VR App Teaches Students How To Navigate The Ocean

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The program was developed using star images from NASA. An educational VR experience called Kilo Hōkū ( Navigating the Stars ) is being used as part of Punahou School’s “Voyaging at Punahou” program to teach students how to navigate open waters using practical star navigation methods. “The VR program puts students out at sea,” said Taryn Loveman, director of Design Technology and Engineering.

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Orlando Mayor Offers 2,500 Open Positions to Build Metaverse in the MetaCenter

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To bring the metaverse to life, Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the opening of 2,500 new jobs in Orlando. Over the years, Orlando has become a leading hub for tech companies that want to innovate and explore the capabilities of emerging technologies. Orlando as a Growing Hub for Tech Talent “The density of talent, investment, industry, and creativity in Orlando has made the city ground zero for metaverse development, making Orlando the MetaCenter,” shared David Adelson, Orlando Economic Partnership C

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Report: TikTok Parent Lays Off Hundreds at VR Subsidiary Pico Interactive, Tencent Scraps VR Plans

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TikTok parent company ByteDance is reportedly laying off what South China Morning Post maintains will be “hundreds of employees” working at its VR headset manufacturing subsidiary, Pico Interactive. A separate report from Reuters also maintains Chinese tech giant Tencent is scrapping its plans to release a VR headset. According to two people with knowledge of the Pico layoffs, a substantial portion of the VR headset maker is expected to be affected.

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Can Virtual Tours Transform Real Estate?

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Resonai surveyed 300 real estate professionals for their thoughts on virtual tours, discovering that it isn't a Covid-era fad. Guest author Emil Elon breaks down the results and takeaways. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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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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Bigscreen Is Working On Its Own Ultra-Slim VR Headset

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Bigscreen Beyond is scheduled to begin shipping in Q3 2023 for $999. Originally released back in 2016, Bigscreen VR is a unique app that allows you to watch movies and TV with friends in VR. You can even connect your computer and stream your favorite PC games to a private lobby for an extra immersive gaming experience. This week the company behind the app, Bigscreen, unveiled its very own VR headsets, Bigscreen Beyond.

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VR Veteran Studio Behind ‘Bigscreen’ Unveils Thin & Light PC VR Headset ‘Beyond’

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The team behind social VR viewing app Bigscreen today unveiled a thin and light PC VR headset that not only promises a few intriguing enthusiast-grade specs, but also a custom-made fit based on a 3D scan of your face. In short, it’s a big first for the VR veterans, who are responsible for one of the most beloved VR content viewing platforms. Called Bigscreen Beyond, the $999 headset presents an interesting set of features which are squarely aimed at PC VR enthusiasts: dual OLED microdispla

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Google Lens Reaches 10 Billion Monthly Searches

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Google Lens is now used for 10 billion visual searches per month. This follows the 8 billion mark that it reached in May, and the 3 billion that it announced in June of the previous year. We examine strategic implications. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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How VR Was Used To Help Produce A Full-Scale Opera

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This live production was built from the ground up using immersive technology. XR hardware manufacturer Varjo has partnered with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet (FNOB) to help produce a new opera using VR technology. According to an official release, FNOB is the first opera house to utilize Varjo immersive technology throughout the entire production process of an opera show.

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Ray Tracing Comes to Snap Lens Studio

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One of the most powerful recent breakthroughs in graphics and rendering is coming to mobile AR thanks to a recent update to Snap’s Lens Studio. We’re talking about ray tracing. What Is Ray Tracing? Ray tracing is a rendering technique that helps to bring digital assets to life in the environment around them – whether that environment is digital or viewed in augmented reality.

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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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What are your Digital Rights on the Metaverse?

XR Today - Virtual Reality

The metaverse is complicated concept for consumers and companies alike. On the one hand, the successful development of the metaverse could have incredible benefits. It could break down walls between communities, enhance collaboration and communication, and transform the way we interact. On the other hand, the metaverse raises a number of new questions about how human and corporate rights can be preserved in a decentralised, ever-evolving space.

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7 Unexpected VR Use Cases

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Though VR use cases continue to develop, it's already being used today for everything from pain management to learning new skills. It's moved well beyond gaming into some unusual possibilities. We map out seven. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Play Basketball On NBA Courts In VR With Gym Class

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Lace-up your basketball shoes! Gym Class is partnering with the National Basketball Association to bring official NBA-licensed content to the popular VR basketball experience. According to an official release, NBA fans will be able to outfit their avatars in their favorite NBA team apparel as well as play on their team’s home court. IRL Studios, the developer behind Gym Class , hopes that this partnership will help inspire basketball players around the world to connect with others through

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Sports Training App ‘REZZIL PLAYER’ Coming to PSVR 2 Soon

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Indie VR studio REZZIL today announced it’s bringing REZZIL PLAYER, the VR sports training game, to PSVR 2 soon. Initially launched on Quest in 2021 and later brought to SteamVR headsets in 2022, Rezzil Player offers up a growing collection of sports training games that aim to improve performance and reaction times across sports like football, soccer, and basketball.

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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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The Top 10 Companies Building the Sports Metaverse

XR Today - Virtual Reality

As interest in the expanding Metaverse landscape continues to accelerate, companies are discovering a range of potential use cases for digital environments. In recent years, numerous leading brands have begun to build their own Metaverse strategies, designed to engage customers, support employees with immersive training and improve collaboration. In the sporting world, the metaverse space allows teams and athletes from every environment to connect with fans in a new, more engaging space.

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Spatial Beats: Meta, Squid Game & XR Funding

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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 lots of new XR funding rounds. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Dragon Ball Is Getting A VR Game But With A Twist

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Cheer on your friends by blasting a Kamehameha into the air or delivering a classic fist bump. Dragon Ball Z , the Japanese anime series, has received a number of popular video game adaptations over the years. That said, fans of the ultra-popular television show have been eagerly awaiting the day they can deliver a Kamehameha in VR using motion controls.

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PSVR 2 Team Shooter ‘Firewall Ultra’ Confirmed for 2023 Release, New Character Revealed

Road to VR

Firewall Ultra , the team shooter exclusive to PSVR 2, doesn’t have a release date yet, however developers First Contact Entertainment confirmed with Road to VR it’s indeed releasing sometime this year. In the meantime, the studio has revealed a new character to its lineup of Contractors. Firewall Ultra is the upcoming sequel to the well-recieved squad-based shooter Firewall Zero Hour, which launched on the original PSVR in 2018.

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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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Zombieland: Headshot Fever Reloaded Coming to PlayStation VR2 At Launch

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XR Games and Sony Pictures VR (SPVR) announced that a new, completely revamped version of the hit VR arcade light gun style shooter Zombieland: Headshot Fever will arrive as a PlayStation®VR2 launch title. Zombieland: Headshot Fever Reloaded is a premium version of the hit VR game, rebuilt to take advantage of PlayStation®5 and PlayStation®VR2. Fans will experience the action, characters and humor from the hit movie franchise with a brand new cel-shaded art style, new character models, new anima

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Will the Metaverse Get Thrown in Buzzword Jail?

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Though the metaverse represents legitimate principles, the term has become co-opted and conflated through overuse. as it often goes with buzzwords. Will that plus a lack of immediate gratification put the m-word in buzzword jail? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Snapchat’s AR Lenses Are About To Get Even Better

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It’s getting even harder to distinguish AR from reality. This week Snap Inc. introduced Ray Tracing support for its Lens Studio app, allowing developers to craft more realistic augmented reality (AR) Lenses. Ray Tracing is a rendering technique used to reflect light on digital objects. The result is more immersive AR experiences powered by the Snapchat app.

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How Are Popular Brands Leveraging the Metaverse to Connect with Clients?

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Across the digital landscape, there are countless news reports and articles discussing how the metaverse will soon arrive to transform the way companies connect with customers. However, the reality is the metaverse is no longer just the “future” of customer interaction; it’s a reality already influencing countless brand interactions. For years, companies have been searching for new ways to engage their audiences, generate loyalty, and increase conversions.

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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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OpenSim land area up, number of public grids hits record high

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OpenSim land area has this month gone up by a significant 6,622 standard region equivalents thanks to new grids and a significant expansion at other grids. All public OpenSim grids now have a total of 110,458 standard-sized regions in virtual land area. Speaking of new grids, the total number of public OpenSim grids that we track is now up to 418, a record high.

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Reality Bytes: Meta, Hermes & Life-Saving AI

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This week on Reality Bytes, we discuss an NFT lawsuit brought by Hermès, Meta shudders a small but popular VR space, and AI does more than write your book report (it will save your life). This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Hunt Spiders In This Skin-Crawling VR Experience

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Step into the shoes of an expert exterminator later this year. There’s no shortage of terrifying VR games available on headsets at the moment, and while I wouldn’t classify developer tinyBuild’s Kill It With Fire VR as a horror experience per se, the upcoming first-person VR game is sure to make some players’ skin crawl. Credit: tinyBuild Based on the original PC game released in 2020, the upcoming VR version promises all the same spider-killing action you know and love.

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The Best VR Headsets for Business in 2023

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Virtual reality (VR) solutions for business end-users provide workplaces with tools like headsets to improve enterprise communication, training, and collaboration. Some innovative individuals and firms are leveraging the emerging immersive technology space from public service to fieldwork to governmental processes. The VR landscape is evolving dramatically, and headset technology is equally on an upward trajectory.

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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