2018

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Hands-on: HaptX’s VR Glove is the Closest I’ve Come to Touching the Virtual World

Road to VR

HaptX, a company building a VR glove offering impressively detailed haptic feedback as well as force feedback, is steadily improving. My hands-on with their latest device—which is smaller, lighter, and more comfortable than prior iterations—offered me moments of magic where it felt like my hand was actually interacting with real objects. Let’s get this out of the way up front: there’s still much room for improvement to HaptX’s haptic force feedback glove.

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Therapists Using VR To Treat Mental Health Issues

VRScout

Limbix is building up immersive content that therapists can use to tackle phobias, depression and anxiety. There are over 300 peer-reviewed studies that show VR is an effective tool for treating mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction. It’s no wonder, therefore, to see a host of companies developing therapeutic content that leverages immersive technology.

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Varjo’s ‘Bionic Display’ Headset is a Breathtaking Preview of VR’s Future

Road to VR

More resolution in VR isn’t just ‘nice’, it’s a major contributor to immersion. ‘Retina-resolution’ displays, those which match the visual limit of the human eye, are the ultimate destiny of VR headsets but it’ll be years yet before they’re affordable and widely available. Varjo, however, is developing an enterprise-focused headset which offers a glimpse of this future, and it’s breathtaking.

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Augmented Reality Top 8 of 2018

VRScout

As a new communications medium, Augmented Reality (AR) is changing the way we consume and share knowledge and how we express ourselves creatively. This year AR included a range of experiences from contemporary art to currency to close-captioning. As a researcher and designer working with AR for the past 13 years, here are my picks for the Top 8 of 2018 (in no order of ranking).

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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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10 Projects That Have Us Excited About the Next Generation of VR & AR

Road to VR

With leading high-end VR headsets debuting in 2016, we’ve had about two years to see what the first-generation VR experience looks like. While there’s certainly a range of exciting games and other VR software coming soon to first-generation hardware, it feels like the market is steadily turning its attention toward next-generation technologies, and fostering a renewed sense of excitement and momentum.

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NASA JPL may have given us a preview of next gen HoloLens

The Ghost Howls

It’s L.E.A.P. Conference time and everyone is only talking about Magic Leap in these days. But today, we may also have some cool news about next gen HoloLens: in a video, we may have spotted its future appearance. I was browsing social news about Magic Leap (I think I’ll write a roundup of all the news I’ve found, because they are pretty interesting) and writing stuff about the Milan Games Week event I attended, when I got a message by the great creative technologist Michel Buc

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Expert View: 3 ways VR is transforming Learning & Development

Tech Trends VR

. Immersive tech and training go back 50 years, but how has that relationship changed? Are we in for disruption or just another buzz-term? By Daniel Fraga and Christophe Mallet – Somewhere Else. As VR is evolving, we’re not only learning skills safely through simulations anymore. We have started to improve cognition and retention of knowledge through immersive learning environments.

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Top Games for Working Out in VR

VR Game Critic

Yes, it’s finally time to let go of all those Jane Fonda VHS tapes you've been religiously keeping alive and embrace the future of high intensity virtual reality fitness regimes. Here are our latest and best workout VR gaming tips that will bring your cardio levels to a virtual high. From cool rhythm games and runners, to boxing rings… you can even sweat it out in a gladiator arena.

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Looking into the Crystal Ball: The Future of VR in Education

Veative

The future is a realm of all sorts of unimaginable possibilities. But it isn’t too difficult to answer the question of where VR will be in the next five years. The sector that arguably stands to gain the most from rapid developments in VR technology is that of education. What VR facilitates in the classroom is a synergistic confluence between our experience of reality and the fertile creativity of our imagination.

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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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Our Journey to the North Star

Leapmotion

When we embarked on this journey , there were many things we didn’t know. What does hand tracking need to be like for an augmented reality headset? How fast does it need to be; do we need a hundred frames per second tracking or a thousand frames per second? How does the field of view impact the interaction paradigm? How do we interact with things when we only have the central field, or a wider field?

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#ThroughHerLens Winner Announcement

VeeR VR

On March 8th, we set out a call for 360 photos and videos of women and by women to celebrate International Women's Day. In merely 18 days, over 90 creators shared with us 319 photos and 140 videos that told the story of women from all walks of life, all around the world. Out of these 94 creators, an unprecedented number of 39% involved female creators.

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The Display Resolution of Head-mounted Displays

Doc-Ok

What is the real, physical, display resolution of my VR headset? I have written a long article about the optical properties of (then-)current head-mounted displays , one about projection and distortion in wide-FoV HMDs , and another one about measuring the effective resolution of head-mounted displays , but in neither one of those have I looked into the actual display resolution, in terms of hard pixels, of those headsets.

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This groundbreaking metalens could make AR and VR bulk-free

Slashgear

A groundbreaking new lens could make future augmented reality glasses lighter and less obtrusive, replacing complex displays with a revolutionary alternative. Rather than stacking multiple traditional lenses to focus different colors of light, metalenses rely on nanostructures to do so on a single, flat surface. However, until now their potential has been more theoretical than practical.

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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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Master of Shapes Combines VR Racing With Real Go Karts

VRScout

Virtual environments. Real-world racing. Last month we had the opportunity to check out Master of Shapes’ VR go-kart experience, a bold new location-based venture that blends virtual reality racetracks with real-world racing. Developed in partnership with Intel , K1 Speed , and Black Trax , the one-of-a-kind experience allows participants to race against the clock as they navigate a virtual environment mapped to a real-world track.

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China Looks To Better The Treatment Of Wildlife With First ‘VR Zoo’

VRScout

Guangzhou Zoo ditches its cages in favor of environmentally-friendly VR exhibits. Southern China isn’t exactly known for its well-managed zoos. The populous nation has a history of poorly-funded animal exhibits that often fall well within the confines of animal cruelty. Some establishments have even been accused of trying to pass off domestic animals as exotic wildlife in an effort to trick paying visitors.

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Futuristic AR eSports Tournament Coming To USA

VRScout

Your chance to go pro in energy dodgeball has finally arrived. Like many of you, I too have long dreamt of teaming up with friends to throw glowing balls of plasma at my enemies in a heated match of augmented reality dodgeball. After all, if 90’s movies have taught us anything it’s that the future of sports is basically replacing balls with lasers. Now it appears that future has finally arrived as the HADO WORLD CUP AR eSports tournament is finally making its way stateside.

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Man Loses 138 Pounds Following Beat Saber Workout Routine

VRScout

A dedicated VR gamer has developed a 30-minute workout routine using Beat Saber and the results are promising. After an unfortunate series of car accidents that resulted in permanent injury to both his back and neck, Robert Long wasn’t sure how he’d recover. Stress hormones at the hands of depression caused Robert to gain weight, preventing doctors from making key procedures to his damaged back.

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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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‘Reality Portals’ Allow Real-Time Communication Between The Real World & VR

VRScout

SVVR’s first project under their ambitious MULTIVERSE initiative links VR with the real world via mixed reality live events. Since 2013, independent global VR community SVVR has worked tirelessly to develop a thriving global community for VR enthusiasts, developers, professionals, and entrepreneur looking to sink their teeth into immersive technology.

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Elon Musk States 2023 Moon Mission Will Be Livestreamed In VR

VRScout

Let the four year hype begin… Last night technological wunderkind Elon Musk announced the first private passenger on his journey to the moon: Japanese billionaire, and founder of Japanese clothing company ‘Zozo,’ Yusaku Maezawa. Then, in a move that would make even Richard Branson jealous, the entrepreneur announced that he’d purchased an additional eight seats aboard the revolutionary SpaceX rocket and would be distributing them to a yet-to-be-determined group of artists.

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How Businesses Are Cutting Employee Training Costs With VR

VRScout

VR is the future of employee training, and businesses are taking notice. . It’s no secret an increasing number of businesses are turning to virtual and augmented reality for employee training. One of the main reasons companies have doubled-down on their use of this immersive technology is its unarguable cost-effectiveness. According to a 2014 report from the Association for Talent Development (ADP), businesses with at least 100 employees spent roughly $1,200 on training exercises per emp

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VR Companies Need To Attract More Women. Here?s How They Can.

VRScout

With the industry growing hungry for female influence, women in VR has never been more important. In the early nineties, a TV studio took a risk. Executives were casting for a character named Dana Scully: a supporting role, they envisioned, being played by a woman with the same physical attributes as Pamela Anderson. Despite that brief however, The X-Files producers ultimately chose actor Gillian Anderson.

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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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Augmented Reality & Dragons Could Be The Future Of D&D

VRScout

A team on kickstarter wants to take your next D&D session to the next level using AR tabletop technology. Dungeons & Dragons. Even those completely foreign to the game will instantly recognize it as the epitome of nerd culture. It’s become a staple within the gaming community serving as the grandfather of role-playing games, having influenced nearly every RPG ever released since its initial publication in 1974.

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This New Device Could Solve VR Motion Sickness

VRScout

OtoTech combats motion-induced nausea without the side effects of drugs. According to research published by ScienceNews , roughly 25% to 45% of users report some form of motion sickness while engaged in a virtual reality experience. While the potential causes of this discomfort are still under debate, it’s clear that VR-induced sickness is an ongoing concern within the industry.

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This AR App Teaches You How To Play The Piano

VRScout

AR piano learning system with improvised jam sessions. Learning to play the piano is getting an immersive upgrade with a new augmented reality (AR) piano training software called Music Everywhere. The HoloLens app aims to help students of all talent levels build fundamental music theory and performance skills. While traditional piano lessons can cost upwards of $100 per hour, Music Everywhere is free on the Microsoft store and offers a cost effective tutoring solution that provides students with

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VR & AR 2018: A Year In Review

VRScout

Immersive technology continues its push towards mainstream appeal. If 2016 was the birth of modern VR/AR technology, than 2018 was its elementary school graduation. While this past year may have seemed like a quiet one when compared to the more exciting releases featured in 2017 and 2016, these past 12 months have been crucial in the development of the immersive entertainment sector.

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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