2022

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The metaverse enters the Gartner hype cycle (but with a 10+ years outlook)

The Ghost Howls

Ten days ago, the business analysts at Gartner released their “Hype Cycle” for 2022 , and inside there are references to some of the technologies that we in the immersive community care about, in particular the metaverse. Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. A small primer in case you don’t know what is the Gartner Hype Cycle.

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How Artificial Intelligence Can Reshape AR, VR, and MR Technologies

ARPost

Artificial intelligence is a versatile piece of technology that encompasses a wide aspect of our daily lives, including emerging technologies such as augmented reality , virtual reality , and mixed reality. It’s used in various fields, including medicine, education, marketing, gaming, and manufacturing to automate workflows and processes, offer more personalized experiences to consumers, predict market patterns, and develop self-driving smart vehicles.

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VR is 44% more addictive than flat gaming (according to a study)

The Ghost Howls

When I talk about virtual reality or the metaverse, there are always people that ask me about its intrinsic risks of escapism and addiction: “Is it possible that people will prefer to live in a virtual world instead of the real one?” is a very common question I hear. It’s an intriguing theme about which I have heard different opinions and answers, and I’m always eager to know more because I want to have a complete picture of the situation.

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What You Need To Know About Getting An AR Tattoo

VRScout

There are a few important things to keep in mind when getting your first AR-powered tattoo. We’ve seen a lot of cool ways augmented reality (AR) technology has been used to bring the world around us to life with digital content. What’s especially cool about AR is that you can use any image to launch an experience. . I recently made the decision of getting a new tattoo and decided to use the Eyejack app to bring my ink to life with a cool AR animation accompanied by old-timey jazz music.

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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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VR Industry Luminary John Carmack Quits Meta, Calling it “the end of my decade in VR”

Road to VR

John Carmack, legendary programmer and key player in the Oculus gensis story, announced he’s left Meta, writing in a memo to employees that he “wearied of the fight” of trying to push for change at the highest levels of the company. Carmack has never been one to mince words. Outside of bringing industry expertise to Oculus in 2013—notably a year before Meta (ex-Facebook) acquired the VR headset startup for $2 billion—Carmack has been a rare window into the world of consumer VR

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Meta Increased Quest 2’s GPU Performance Via A Software Update

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Quest 2’s GPU performance is now 7% higher than before. The Quest OS dynamically adjusts the GPU clock frequency to give apps the performance they need without wasting battery when they don’t need it. In a software update today, Meta increased the maximum frequency from 490 MHz to 525 MHz. This appears to be an automatic update applied to all headsets, not a new full system update you’d need to wait for.

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Dead End's Hamish Steele Lifts the Lid on Season 2

GizModo VR

It’s been a rough year for animation—not because of a dearth in quality of material; if anything, there’s more great series and movies to watch in 2022 than ever before. But as the industry faces mistreatment and mishandling by corporate interests, it’s getting harder and harder for ideas to thrive. Which is why it’s… Read more.

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What is Signal? The basics of the most secure messaging app.

Mashable VR

The secure messaging app Signal has been around for years but, in 2021, it saw a huge spike in users after a heightened awareness of the need for privacy. Now, the app is used by over 40 million people. Known for its end-to-end encryption and independent structure as a non-profit organization run by a foundation — not a big tech company — Signal has previously been the communication method of choice for activists , people in the hacker community , and others concerned about privacy.

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MTV Opens ‘Best Metaverse Performance’ Award

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MTV has become one of the first mainstream television channels to launch a “Best Metaverse Performance” category for its annual Video Music Awards show, it wrote in a press release last week. The ceremony will reveal the winner among nominated hit artists such as Twenty One Pilots, Ariana Grande, BTS, Justin Bieber, Charli XCX and Blackpink, who debuted their Metaverse concerts on Roblox, Fortnite, Minecraft, Wave, Roblox, and PUBG: Mobile, respectively.

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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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AMD Zen 4 Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 5 7600X Review: Retaking The High-End

Anand Tech

During AMD’s ‘ together we advance_PCs ’ event at the end of August, the company unveiled its Ryzen 7000 series of desktop processors, with four SKUs aimed at the mid-range and high-end market segments. After whetting the audience's appetites with that announcement, tomorrow AMD will be officially releasing their long-awaited next-generation CPUs.

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The Top Five Cybersecurity Trends In 2023

Bernard Marr

Cybersecurity is a fast-evolving area. Here, we look at the most important trends to watch out for in 2023, including the increased threats from connected IoT devices, hybrid working, and state-sponsored attacks. In recent years we have seen the topic of cyber security move from the IT department to the board room. As attacks have proliferated and the potential penalties, both regulatory and in terms of loss of customer trust, have increased, it has become a priority at every organizational leve

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Hubble captures a perfectly formed Grand Design Spiral

Digital Trends

An image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and shared by NASA this week shows the most stunning of spiral galaxies: A Grand Design Spiral called NGC 3631.

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NVIDIA announces Unity connector for Omniverse at GTC 2022

The Ghost Howls

[Disclaimer: This article has been written as part of a paid collaboration with NVIDIA. It’s been written by me, on a topic I had an interest in, and trying to convey useful information to the community, so I hope you’ll like it]. A few weeks ago, while reading the news about SIGGRAPH, I saw NVIDIA teasing the release of the Omniverse connector for Unity , and as a Unity developer, I found it intriguing.

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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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10 Amazing VR Games For The Quest 2

VRScout

The Meta Quest 2 VR headset has a little something for everyone. There are hundreds of fantastic titles available to purchase in the Meta Quest Store right now. Whilst it’s great to have such a wide selection, it can also be a little overwhelming when choosing what to buy. To help you decide, I’ve put together a list of 10 incredible VR games you can play right now on your Quest 2.

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Unreal Engine 5’s New Rendering Tech is Beginning to Make VR Look Startlingly Real

Road to VR

Unreal Engine 5 brings two key features which stand to radically improve the realism of both 3D geometry and lighting. While the features aren’t yet fully optimized for VR, early developer experiments are showing impressive results. Unreal Engine 5 launched earlier this year, but unfortunately its two new key features—Lumen for global illumination lighting and Nanite for micro-geometry—weren’t supported for VR out of the gate.

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The US National Science Foundation Has 'Groundbreaking' News About The Milky Way

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The U.S. National Science Foundation, in tandem with the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, will soon deliver "groundbreaking" news about our galaxy.

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Stranger Things VR Is Coming In 2023 From Netflix & Tender Claws

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Stranger Things VR is coming in late 2023 with one of VR’s most innovative development studios making the game in collaboration with Netflix. Tender Claws is developing and publishing Stranger Things VR in partnership with series writers to explore Henry Creel’s transformation into the villain Vecna. The game is described as featuring psychological horror and action “from the never-before-seen perspective of Vecna as he explores unknown realities, forms the hive mind, and enact

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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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An Implant Made From Pig Skin Restored 19 People's Eyesight in Recent Trial

GizModo VR

A team of scientists say they’ve found a new way to help people with damaged corneas: bioengineered implants created from pig skin. In findings from a small clinical trial published this month, the implants were shown to restore people’s eyesight for up to two years, including in those who were legally blind. Should… Read more.

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How to change your Zoom background

Mashable VR

The results are in: The vast majority of people prefer to work remotely. And along with this rise in remote work, tech companies that help make telecommuting possible have blown up, too. One particular company that's benefitted from this all? The video conferencing service, Zoom. With hundreds of millions of users , Zoom has been the standout in the move to remote work since the pandemic in 2020.

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Introducing Meta Accounts: A New Login for VR

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Today we’re introducing Meta accounts: a new way for people to log into their VR headsets that doesn’t require a Facebook account. When we announced.

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AnandTech Interview with Dr. Ann Kelleher: EVP and GM of Intel’s Technology Development

Anand Tech

It’s somewhat of an understatement to say that Intel’s future roadmap on its process node development is one of the most aggressive in the history of semiconductor design. The company is promising to pump out process nodes quicker than we’ve ever seen, despite having gone through a recent development struggle. Even with CEO Pat Gelsinger promising more than ever before, it’s up to Intel’s Technology Development (TD) team to pick up the ball and run with it in innova

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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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The 5 Biggest Artificial Intelligence (AI) Trends In 2023

Bernard Marr

Over the last decade, Artificial intelligence (AI) has become embedded in every aspect of our society and lives. From chatbots and virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa to automated industrial machinery and self-driving cars, it’s hard to ignore its impact. Today, the technology most commonly used to achieve AI is machine learning – advanced software algorithms designed to carry out one specific task, such as answering questions, translating languages or navigating a journey – and become incr

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Analog A.I.? It sounds crazy, but it might be the future

Digital Trends

Digital transistors have been the backbone of computing for much of the modern era, but Mythic A.I. makes a compelling case that analog chips may be the future.

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Bytedance announces Pico 4 for just €429, with accessories and BIG developer incentives!

The Ghost Howls

Pico has just announced today its new headset: the Pico 4. It is the first real consumer-oriented HMD released by Pico on the market with wide availability, after the Pico Neo 3 Link has been used to test the waters in limited beta quantities. And since Pico is owned by Bytedance, this is the device with which Bytedance is throwing down the gauntlet to Meta, proposing a device which is sleek, super-affordable, and with a big content catalog.

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The Apple Car Could Feature VR Technology And No Windows

VRScout

Who needs windows when you have VR? It was back in 2014 that Apple first began the development of its own automotive vehicle. After years of radio silence from the company, reports began circulating that the company had switched gears and was now working on a self-driving vehicle that requires no input on behalf of the passengers. As such this autonomous car would lack any and all driver controls, including a steering wheel and foot pedals.

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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