Sat.May 06, 2023 - Fri.May 12, 2023

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AR Glasses: Opportune But Underbaked

AR Insider

AR's handheld present is a stepping stone to its faceworn future. We're talking of course about AR glasses. Though haven’t arrived en masse, they represent a fully-actualized AR modality that will unlock its true potential. We examine drivers & dynamics. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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How USA Hockey Is Using VR Tech To Train Its Players

VRScout

VR sports training appears to be on the rise as major organizations begin to see the benefits. Sense Arena, a VR training platform popular among professional sports teams, is now the official VR training tool of USA Hockey. In an official announcement made last month, the company revealed that it has signed a multi-year deal with the national ice hockey organization to train players as well as create new training drills.

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Wonderland Engine Is Here to Make WebXR Development Faster and Easier

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WebXR development is increasingly popular. Developers want to create content that users can enjoy without having to install apps or check the compatibility of their devices. One of the companies working for the advancement of immersive technologies, Wonderland GmbH, based in Cologne, Germany, has recently announced one giant leap forward in this process.

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My experience with GitHub Copilot: can AI speed up the work of a VR developer?

The Ghost Howls

The first time I heard about GitHub Copilot I was like WOW. It was far before the hype for artificial intelligence, and it was already promising an AI-powered system to speed up the work of developers. The teaser video showed a system that was able to predict what you wanted to write and write it down even before you could think about it. I was excited, but the system was not available yet, plus it was said it was compatible in the beginning only with web-related programming languages.

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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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AR and AI Invade Google I/O

AR Insider

What were the AR and AI highlights at Google I/O, and how do they signal the continued convergence of these technologies? This is the focus of this week's XR Talks, including out three biggest moments from the show. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Expanding the Applications of VR Training for Mental Health Awareness and Wellness at Work

ARPost

The use of VR training for mental health awareness is not a new concept. This technology has become a powerful tool that enhances the professional development and overall well-being of employees in the workplace. With Mental Health Awareness Month serving as a crucial reminder of the importance of addressing mental health concerns, we once again go through the role immersive technologies play in promoting mental health awareness and providing support.

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Social VR Platform ‘VRChat’ to Lose Quest 1 Support Next Month

Road to VR

As a part of its big send off, Meta has already deprecated first-party social features on the original 2019 Quest , which includes access to Parties and Meta Horizon Home. If you thought you could keep using Quest 1 with other social VR platforms though, your choices are about to get even more limited, as VRChat is soon dropping support too. The studio announced it was dropping support in a recent developer update , stating that VRChat will no longer provide support for the Meta Quest 1 head

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4 Ways Mobile AR is Making Waves Today

AR Insider

Mobile AR isn't the technology's endgame nor its fully-mature self. But it scales today on the backs of more than 3 billion global smartphones. What are the top ways it's materializing today? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Discover 13 Radical XR Creations At Tribeca Immersive

VRScout

The annual VR & AR showcase is back with an amazing lineup of immersive storytelling projects and world premieres. The Tribeca Film Festival is set to kick off next month in New York City, bringing with it an amazing lineup of over a hundred feature films from 127 different filmmakers from 36 different countries. The annual event will also feature a whopping 93 world premieres, 8 North American premieres, and 6 New York City premieres.

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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 to implement the new required User Reporting Tool for your Meta Quest app

The Ghost Howls

A new requirement for all multiplayer applications that are already published or will be published on the Meta Quest Store is to implement the “User Reporting” system. Let’s see what it is about and let me tell you how to implement it. User Reporting Tool In the effort to make its Virtual Reality (or should I say the M-word ?) platform safer, Meta has added a new requirement for the applications that are going to be published on the Meta Quest store.

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EA’s ‘F1 23’ Racer Coming to PC VR Headsets Next Month, PSVR 2 Still Uncertain

Road to VR

Codemasters, the EA-owned developer behind the F1 racing franchise, announced F1 23 is coming to consoles and PC next month, again bringing its high-profile racing game to VR. F1 23 is coming to PlayStation 4|5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC on June 16th, which is confirmed to include VR support on PC. Codemasters hasn’t said whether it’s also coming to PSVR 2 on PS5, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Niantic Finds More Ways to Monetize

AR Insider

Niantic's Peridot contains a hidden gem in one of its baked-in revenue streams. As the launch partner for Amazon Anywhere, does this demonstrate a revenue stream for AR apps to have custom merch stores? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Daft Punk Launches AR Experiences ‘Around The World’

VRScout

“Get Lucky” with three new immersive experiences available in major cities across the globe. The legendary electronic duo Daft Punk is back (sort of) with a series of interactive augmented reality (AR) experiences created in celebration of the upcoming release of Random Access Memories 10th Anniversary Edition. Developed by Snapchat’s AR Studio in collaboration with Daft Punk’s creative team, Daft Punk: Memories Unlocked is composed of 3 unique AR experiences available on iOS a

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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 XR Week Peek (2023.05.08): Quest Gaming Showcase to come on June 1, Zappar shows Zapbox cheap AR headset, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Welcome back to the last completely human-written newsletter that remained on Earth! You can be sure that this article has been entirely crafted by some breathing meat… for the good and the bad. It’s a few weeks that nothing truly relevant is happening in the XR field: it seems the most interesting articles lately are all about AI… and especially about how AI is going to kill us all.

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An Effort to Hack PSVR 2 to Support PC VR Has Been Put on Indefinite Hold

Road to VR

The creator of a PC VR driver which includes support for the original PSVR 1 headset says it is are stepping away from hacking PSVR 2 to work with PC VR, citing frustrating technical, financial, and social challenges. Mediator Software, the developer of a PSVR-to-PC SteamVR driver called iVRy , says it is putting efforts to hack PSVR 2 for PC VR compatibility on hold.

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Spatial Beats: Snap, Apple & AI

AR Insider

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 the intersection of AI and XR. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Amazon Goes Virtual: Shop For Products In VR & AR

VRScout

Shopping for real products in the virtual world just became a little easier. Earlier this week, the popular online retailer Amazon launched “Amazon Anywhere,” a new shopping experience that enables customers to purchase physical products from the Amazon store without having to leave their favorite games and apps. This includes VR experiences as well as augmented reality (AR) mobile apps.

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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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Metaverse Faces Widespread Adoption, Says 47% of UK Consumers

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Last week, new research highlighted how 47 percent of UK consumers believe that Metaverse platforms will be widely adopted in the next ten years. In the KPMG UK study, UK consumers appeared to have split opinions regarding Metaverse services. Questioned individuals had split confidence towards Metaverse growth and usage forecasts. KPMG UK found that, of its questioned individuals, 37 percent were optimistic towards the future of the Metaverse, 31 percent had negative forecasts, and 32 percent di

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‘Space Invaders: World Defense’ Will Showcase Google’s Newest AR Tool This Summer

Road to VR

Google has announced an upcoming AR game, Space Invaders: World Defense , which is built as a showcase of the company’s latest AR tool. Over the last few years Google has been steadily working on its AR developer toolset, ARCore. This week at Google IO 2023, the company added a brand new tool to its kit called Geospatial Creator. Geospatial Creator gives developers the ability to create world-anchored digital content that will appear in the same location for all users.

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How Many Consumers Have Tried VR?

AR Insider

25 percent of U.S. adults have tried VR, up from 23 percent last year. These results flow from ARtillery Intelligence's latest original survey research with Thrive Analytics. We break down the findings. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Niantic’s Latest AR Game Peridot Is One Of Its Best Yet

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Tamagotchi’s are back! Sort of… Pokémon GO creator Niantic has released a number of location-based augmented reality (AR) games since the launch of its first title, Google Ingress , back in 2013. This includes the now-defunct Harry Potter: Wizards Unite as well as the more recent Pikmin Bloom. Niantic’s latest game, Peridot , launched earlier this week on iOS and Android devices, and although we’re only a couple of hours in, we’re already loving this addictive Tamag

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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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Metaverse to Contribute 2.8% to Global GDP in 10 Years, says Meta

XR Today - Virtual Reality

This Tuesday, a report from leading immersive firm Meta Platforms, produced by Deloitte, analysed the economic forecast of Metaverse services across the US, Canada, the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey, and Asia. The report predicted that Metaverse solutions, active across various markets such as retail and manufacturing, could generate up to $402 billion and $760 billion in annual US GDP by 2035.

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‘Another Fisherman’s Tale’ Review – A Captivating Sequel with More of Everything

Road to VR

We’re back for another dose of mind-bending puzzles à la Bob the Fisherman. The sequel offers up a longer, more emotionally complex story while packing in a ton of new puzzle mechanics that makes Another Fisherman’s Tale feel leagues ahead of the original in almost every sense. Another Fisherman’s Tale Details: Available On: SteamVR , Quest 2 , PSVR 2 Release Date: May 11th, 2023 Price: $30 D eveloper: Innerspace VR Publisher: Vertigo Games Reviewed On: Quest 2 Gamep

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Reality Bytes: AI, Roblox & the NHL

AR Insider

This week on Reality Bytes, we dive into Artifact’s AI news for kids, hit the ice with NHL’s new gaming experience, and seize the moment with the tokenization of history. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Watching TV While Flying A VR Spaceship Looks Rad

VRScout

Now that’s what I call in-flight entertainment. A little entertainment can go a long way during a lengthy commute, as shown by Reddit user manicmastiff81 who this week shared a video of them watching YouTube from the cockpit of a VR spaceship in the popular open-world science-fiction game No Man’s Sky. In the video, we see manicmastiff piloting their spacecraft toward a large alien spaceport while enjoying an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience featuring comedian Theo Von.

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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