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Case Study: Samsung Boosts Awareness with TikTok Effects

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We keep hearing that AR is an effective brand marketing medium. But where's the proof? Our latest case study looks at Samsung's AR campaign using TikTok Effects. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Meta Updates Quest Link with 120Hz on Quest 3 and Big Battery Savings for All

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Meta announced it’s overhauled its aging PC software with a few new features, which should make using Quest for PC VR gameplay a little less 2019 and a little more 2024, as it now includes more modern features such as a higher refresh rate on Quest 3, longer playtime via Air Link, and broadened support for nVidia 4000 series GPUs. Meta updated its PC software, previously called the Oculus PC app, with “numerous bug fixes and enhancements,” the company announced in a blog post ,

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Meta Remains Committed to Enterprise Metaverse

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Meta set itself a high benchmark when it first unveiled the Horizon Worlds platform and the Metaverse concept. The firm promised large-scale hopes in a short period. While Meta’s expectations and marketing predicted quick adoption, the firm’s Metaverse ambitions fell dormant. A recent post by the Menlo Park-based firm noted that while the hype cycle dwindled, with many eyes turning towards the genAI booms, including Meta’s, the firm remains “committed to both.” Me

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Meta's Servers Malfunctioned, Rendering All Quest Headsets Temporarily Unusable

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UPDATE: The issue was resolved around 8:40am PT. This article has been updated to reflect this. Meta's servers weren't working correctly earlier today, and the issue temporarily rendered all Quest headsets unusable. Facebook, Instagram, Threads, and the Quest platform were inaccessible from roughly 7:30am PT. Trying to access them resulted in a login error.

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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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What Does TikTok Teach Us About Vision Pro App Design?

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TikTok is one of the relatively few companies to develop a Vision Pro app? It did this by reimagining its UX for a native AVP experience. What lessons can we take from this approach? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Could Spatial Computing Help Detect Early Alzheimer’s Symptoms?

XR Today - Virtual Reality

This week, Cambridge researchers may have discovered an incredibly valuable medical innovation suggesting that VR could detect early Alzheimer’s symptoms in patients. Research conducted by experts at the University of Cambridge asked volunteers to navigate a spatial/immersive environment, which in turn helps researchers detect impairments in spatial understanding – an early Alzheimer’s warning sign.

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Oculus Accounts That Haven't Been Migrated To Meta Accounts Will Be Deleted On March 29

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Anyone still using a legacy Oculus account will need to migrate it to a Meta account by the end of the month. If they don’t, they'll lose all their purchased apps, games, and DLCs as well as friends, achievements, and other account data on March 29. Facebook Account Required For New Oculus VR Headsets From October 2020, Facebook will require anyone using an Oculus device for the first time to log in via a Facebook account.

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What’s Vision Pro’s Enterprise Play?

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Despite entertainment-heavy positioning, Vision Pro's price tag and value proposition also align with enterprises and developers looking to build spatial muscles. How will Apple lean into that? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Meta Reportedly Set to Unveil Prototype AR Glasses ‘Orion’ at Connect 2024

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Along its quest to own a sizeable chunk of the XR space, Meta may be getting ready to show off some of its prototype AR hardware at the company’s upcoming Connect developer conference later this year, which up until now has been tightly under wraps. A report from Business Insider maintains Meta’s AR team has been tapped to get its ‘Orion’ AR glasses ready to unveil at Connect 2024, which typically happens in October.

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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 HTC VIVE Helped to Deploy XR Devices in North Dakota Classrooms

XR Today - Virtual Reality

In early February, following the successful launch of the Vision Pro rocket, CareerViewXR, an emerging immersive edtech startup, spearheaded a statewide initiative providing over 300 HTC VIVE VR headsets and accompanying immersive learning software to schools across North Dakota. This initiative marks a growing partnership between HTC VIVE and CareerViewXR to distribute VIVE Focus Plus headsets to education groups in the North Dakota region.

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The Oniri Forest VR Showcases "Hyper-Realistic" Graphics Standalone On Quest

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The Oniri Forest aims to deliver a "hyper-realistic" VR environment that runs standalone on Quest. Developed by Oneiros, Forest is a free tech demo designed to showcase Oniri , a platform that can convert a highly detailed 3D environment into a Unity scene that can run in real time on standalone VR, with "no limits of poly-count, materials and lights".

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Spatial Beats: Sora Freaks Out Hollywood

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Sora sends Hollywood into a tizzy and more money pours into AI. We have these and other happenings from the XR and AI worlds through the eyes of Charlie Fink. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Looking for a Job in XR? The CIA is Hiring

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As XR continues to grow, its relevance outside of entertainment use-cases does too. The technology has caught the attention of the US Central Intelligence Agency, which is now looking to hire an ‘extended reality specialist’ The CIA is one of the United States’ key intelligence agencies, primarily focused on foreign intelligence and national security.

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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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AR/VR Headset Shipments Grew Significantly in 2023, Report States

XR Today - Virtual Reality

According to recent data released by the IDC Worldwide Quarterly AR/VR Headset Tracker, the global market for XR headsets witnessed a significant growth of 130.4% year over year during the fourth quarter of 2023. The report also highlighted how during the majority of 2023, XR headset shipments declined by 23.5 per cent year-on-year. However, new product launches at the end of 2023, such as the Quest 3, helped to rebound market performance in select regions during Q4.

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Quest v63 Adds Lying Down Mode On Quest 2 & Quest Pro

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The Quest v63 update adds a lying down mode - but only on Quest 2 and Quest Pro, not Quest 3. A new experimental setting called 'Use apps while lying down' has been added to Quest 2 and Quest Pro. When it's enabled, recentering (holding the Oculus button on the right controller or your right index finger to your thumb) while looking up above you will also rotate the virtual coordinate space 90 degrees upwards, letting you comfortably use seated VR apps and games in bed.

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Reality Bytes: X, Amazon & Retainit

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This week on Reality Bytes, we learn to pay better attention with Retainit, turn off calls on X, and inspect Amazon’s new warehouse robot. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Sony’s Upcoming MR Headset Could Point the Way for Controllers on Vision Pro

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Vision Pro doesn’t have controllers, but it’s clear Apple will need to support immersive hardware input somehow in the future, if only for the greater precision it might bring to industry professionals. Sony has a pretty interesting take on how to serve up ‘pro’ style controllers in its recently revealed enterprise-focused standalone , which could point the way forward for Vision Pro.

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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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Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger to Deliver Computex Keynote, Showcasing Next-Gen Products

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Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the organizer of Computex, has announced that Pat Gelsinger, chief executive of Intel, will deliver a keynote at Computex 2024 on June 4, 2024. Focusing on the trade show's theme of artificial intelligence, he will showcase Intel's next-generation AI-enhanced products for client and datacenter computers.

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Flying The Dune Ornithopter On Arrakis In VR Via Microsoft Flight Simulator

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If there is one thing we love about VR, it's the ability to live out childhood dreams. My colleague Ian Hamilton recently recapped how twin sisters relive their imaginative trips from childhood in VR by visiting the Eiffel Tower or Atlantis together. For my part, I've spent much of the last few days flying over the dunes of Frank Herbert's Arrakis in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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How Much Do Consumers Spend in Mobile AR?

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How much do consumers spend on mobile AR games, apps, and experiences? And how much do they spend on physical-goods shopping through AR product try-ons? Our latest behind-the-numbers dives in. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Apple’s New XR Stylus Patent Could Describe Vision Pro’s First Controller

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Vision Pro doesn’t support motion controllers, however Apple published a new patent last month that describes an Apple Pencil-like device which could point the way for the company’s first Vision Pro-supported controller. As reported by The Mac Observer , the so-called ‘Handheld Controllers with Charging and Storage Systems’ patent was published on February 29th, specifying a stylus-like controller that enables the user to input to an XR headset.

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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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Intel to Hold Webinar to Discuss Long-Term Vision for Foundry, Separating Fab and Design Reporting

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As Intel spins off its fabs into the Intel Foundry business, it will change the way it reports results in the coming months. To discuss the company's long-term vision and give investors a better understanding of how Intel's business will move forward with Intel Foundry and other divisions, Intel plans to host a webinar on segment reporting on April 2, 2024. " The webinar will discuss the longer-term vision for the foundry business and the importance of establishing a foundry-like rel

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Meta Explains Why Quest Headsets Stopped Working, Vows To Make Them "More Resilient"

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Meta's VP of VR explained why Quest headsets were unusable for an hour yesterday, and vowed to make them "more resilient" to issues like this in future. If you missed it: every internet-connected Quest headset stopped working for around an hour yesterday morning , and Meta's other services like Facebook, Instagram, and Threads weren't working either.

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Linden Lab Is Investigating Serious (and Possibly Defamatory) Allegations Made Against Some Second Life Users and Companies, and Linden Lab Staff

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I follow a number of Second Life YouTubers using Feedbin ( a handy tool which I wrote about here ; what I like about it is that I can organize my viewing, and not have to deal with YouTube’s notorious recommendation algorithm). Last night, I watched a video from a Second Life user who announced that they were stepping away from SL, and why. In the description of the video was a link to an anonymous article which had been published on Medium on Feb. 24th, 2024, and updated Feb, 29th, which

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Live Action VR Series ‘The Faceless Lady’ Debuts in ‘Horizon Worlds’ Next Month

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There are plenty of live action VR videos out there, but most are fairly short, based entirely around sports , or other things … Coming soon to Meta Horizon Worlds on Quest is a VR horror series called The Faceless Lady, which is bringing six half-hour episodes in stereoscopic 3D. In partnership with Meta, and created by Crypt TV , ShinAwiL, and Eli Roth, The Faceless Lady is inspired by the real life seventeenth century Irish folklore of Lady Margaret Hodnett, who is said to haunt Be

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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