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Killabears Kills It With AR

AR Insider

Killabears was one of the first brands to try out Snap's In-Lens Digital Goods program. As a digital collectible, it was a natural fit. and the results show. We talk to the company to break down the campaign lessons & learnings. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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New Reality Labs Research Project Demonstrates Mind-bending AR Capabilities

Road to VR

A project from researchers at Reality Labs, Meta’s XR division, shows a method for interacting with the real-world through augmented reality. I’m about as seasoned as they get when it comes to the XR space. I see research papers all the time that are interesting but ultimately one more step along a predictable path. It’s rare that I come upon something that I’d never even conceptually considered.

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The XR Week Peek (2024.01.23): Apple Vision Pro preorders have been opened, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

This has been the week when the preorders of the Apple Vision Pro have been opened and s**t just started getting real! I’m very curious about what Apple’s headset is going to bring to our ecosystem… and you? There will be a lot about Apple in this newsletter, but don’t miss also the other important news, and the giveaway of keys for the amazing game Retropolis 2!

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Microsoft Mesh for Teams is now Available on Meta Quest Headsets

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Today, Microsoft is making its long—awaited Mesh for Teams immersive VR meeting platform available for enterprise end users. The service is now available for clients, allowing them to access Microsoft’s dynamic virtual remote meeting solution via desktop or Meta Quest headsets. The new addition to Microsoft’s popular remote meeting service provides Teams users with immersive virtual meeting rooms and customizable avatars ready to suit a variety of use cases.

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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 for Good: Helping the Handicapped

AR Insider

The discussion around AR is often dominated by its consumer and commercial endpoints. But what about its ability to help handicapped individuals? This was a theme at CES, under the broader umbrella of AR's showing at the show. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Official Dungeons & Dragons VR Game Announced By Demeo Studio

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Dungeons & Dragons will receive an official VR game. Announced today by Resolution Games, the publisher is collaborating with Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast for an officially licensed Dungeons & Dragons VR game. The news follows the Swedish team's work on Demeo , the co-op digital fantasy tabletop adventure we previously named our 2021 Game of the Year , and last year's PvP spinoff, Demeo Battles.

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Did Disney Take the Next “Step” of VR Input?

XR Today - Virtual Reality

It is week four of the year, and yet another massive firm is entering the XR space by way of Disney. The international media conglomerate is in the headlines this week with its Holotile breakthrough, a prototype device that acts as a VR input treadmill, allowing various users to walk around a shared virtual environment without requiring a controller.

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Spatial Beats: AI’s Battle Between Good & Evil

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AI's functional range includes everything from cloning your voice to putting your face in high-end fashion photography. Does this signal the technology's inevitable struggle between harmful and innocuous ends? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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VR is Getting an Official ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Game from ‘Demeo’ Studio

Road to VR

Resolution Games, developers behind VR tabletop game Demeo (2021) , announced it’s working with Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast to create a VR game set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. We don’t know much about the game for now—including release date, name, or specific VR platforms—however Resolution Games tells Road to VR it should interest “anyone in the world of digital tabletop games.” Rightfully so, as the studio is known for creating the D&D -inspired tabl

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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 Install CitraVR Emulator To Play Nintendo 3DS Games On Quest

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CitraVR is available now for Quest headsets and these instructions can help you get it installed via sideloading. Here's how to find, install, and configure the CitraVR Nintendo 3DS emulator for your Meta Quest 2, 3, or Pro. What Is CitraVR? CitraVR is an open source project released by Amanda Watson in early 2024 and is a fork of the existing open-source Citra emulator that started development in 2013.

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Apple Vision Pro Accessories: The Top Options for 2024

XR Today - Virtual Reality

The demand for Apple Vision Pro accessories is increasing now that Apple has finally announced an official release date for the device. If you were lucky enough to pre-order the headset before it sold out ( within 15 minute s) on the Apple store, you might interested in grabbing some accessories before your device arrives. Alternatively, if you missed out on a pre-order, you might simply want to be prepared before the headset comes back in stock.

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The Man from the Future Predicts 2024

AR Insider

One of our favorite voices in the wide world of spatial computing is Tom Emrich. Each year, Emrich publishes his predictions for the year ahead – many of which align with our own. We spotlight and excerpt his top picks. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Microsoft Teams Now Supports 3D & VR Meetings, Releases ‘Mesh’ App on Main Quest Store

Road to VR

Microsoft Teams now lets you hold meetings in 3D and VR, as its immersive chatting platform Microsoft Mesh has now come out of preview. Microsoft announced Mesh back in early 2021 , essentially acting as the company’s foundation for building multi-user XR applications and letting cross-platform users connect in a virtual environment. It’s a bit like the now-defunct social VR platform Altspace VR, which Microsoft shutdown last year , albeit built exclusively for business.

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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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Is Meta Getting Close To Bringing Its Photorealistic 'Codec Avatars' To Quest?

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A firmware finding suggests Meta is well on the way to bringing its photorealisic 'Codec Avatars' to its Quest headsets. Codec Avatars is Meta's long-running research & development project aiming to revolutionize remote communication by achieving truly convincing photorealistic avatars driven in real-time by headsets with face tracking sensors, and eventually glasses too.

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Intel Teams Up with UMC for 12nm Fab Node at IFS

Anand Tech

Intel and UMC on Thursday said they had entered into an agreement to jointly to develop a 12 nm photolithography process for high-growth markets such as mobile, communication infrastructure, and networking. Under the terms of the deal, the two companies will co-design a 12 nm-class foundry node that Intel Foundry Services (IFS) will use at its fabs in Arizona to produce a variety of chips.

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Reality Bytes: YouTube, Disney & Planet Fitness

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This week on Reality Bytes, we look at Disney’s new magic tile, become a media lunkhead with Planet Fitness, and test out YouTube thumbnails. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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‘CitraVR’ Emulator Brings Nintendo 3DS Games to Quest in Full 3D

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You can emulate Nintendo 3DS games on your computer or phone, but it’s usually a second-rate stand-in for the real deal. But now, thanks to the CitraVR beta, you can play your favorite handheld Nintendo games on Quest on a massive screen in full 3D. CitraVR is a standalone VR port of Citra, the long-standing 3DS emulator for PC. Specifically designed for the Quest 2/3/Pro, CitraVR lets you play your favorite titles on a giant 3D screen in VR, and even positions the touch screen below where

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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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You Can Now Preorder Immersed's Visor For $400 + Monthly Subscription

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Immersed now lets you preorder Visor for $400 plus a subscription, instead of needing to pay the full price. Who Is Immersed And What Is Visor? Immersed currently offers a free app for Meta Quest, Vive Focus 3, and Pico 4 that shows your PC monitors in VR and lets you spawn entirely virtual extra monitors, for up to 5 monitors in total. Visor is a new headset fully designed around this use case, a lightweight streamlined device rather than a generalized headset for an ecosystem of applications.

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VR needs to build for its best use cases — not for all-around computing

TechCrunch VR

Apple’s Vision Pro launch resembles its Apple Watch debut in more ways than one, but to me the most telling similarity is in the marketing approach. Apple has striven to distance the Vision Pro from the existing crop of virtual reality (and even mixed reality) devices — many of which are objective failures — by […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved.

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5 Ways Vision Pro Elevates Editing & Post Production

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Apple Vision Pro's use cases and killer apps will only be discovered in time, though there are a few that are clear already. What will be its role in editing and post production for content creation? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Meta is Working on an Airplane Travel Mode for Quest

Road to VR

Airplanes seem like an ideal place to dive into VR, as you can switch out the cramped environment of the cabin for a giant movie theater, or whittle away the hours browsing the web on a massive screen — something that shouldn’t bother your seat mates too much. Although Quest’s tracking is one of the most reliable out there, it still has trouble in moving vehicles like airplanes and cars.

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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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Meta Reportedly Suspends Its Plan To Bring 'Quest 3 Lite' To China With Tencent

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Meta has reportedly suspended its plan to bring a cheaper version of Quest 3 to China via a partnership with Tencent. To sell many kinds of products in China, foreign companies must partner with a Chinese company or set up a local subsidiary. Meta and Tencent's aim to sell Quest headsets in China was first reported by Chinese news outlet 36Kr early last year, though that report claimed the product was planned to be Quest 2.

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MLCommons To Develop PC Client Version of MLPerf AI Benchmark Suite

Anand Tech

MLCommons, the consortium behind the MLPerf family of machine learning benchmarks, is announcing this morning that the organization will be developing a new desktop AI benchmarking suite under the MLPerf banner. Helmed by the body’s newly-formed MLPerf Client working group, the task force will be developing a client AI benchmark suit aimed at traditional desktop PCs, workstations, and laptops.

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Apple Vision Pro Sells Out… Is Spatial Computing the Future?

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Massive news this weekend. Apple officially opened pre-orders for its Vision Pro MR headset on January 19, and these pre-orders sold out before the weekend ended. The sellout is notable due to general speculation concerning the price point of the Vision Pro device – $3,499 – which led some to assume that the Apple XR debut could underdeliver.

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Scalped Vision Pro Pre-orders Have Sold for $6,000, But Justice May Yet Prevail

Road to VR

A number of scalped Apple Vision Pro pre-orders have sold on eBay for upwards of $6,000. When you just gotta have it, I guess money is no object for some. When Vision Pro pre-orders opened up on January 19th, the delivery dates for online orders quickly pushed back all the way into March. However, in-store pre-orders are still expected within the first few days of release at many stores.

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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