2020

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CrowsNest’s Anna is the future of hospitality

The Ghost Howls

Some days ago I had a chat with my friend Eloi Gerard , the CEO of CrowsNest XR , about Anna, the virtual concierge assistant he is launching. I found it a very interesting project, so let me tell to you about it! CrowsNest XR is a startup in Shanghai and when Covid hit China the previous Winter, Eloi decided to fly to Thailand to avoid the imminent lockdown and do some business development abroad.

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Stanford Research Shows VR Users Can Be Identified Using Only 5 Minutes of Motion Data

Road to VR

Privacy in VR is an ever growing issue, especially now that all new Oculus accounts must login to Facebook with their real identity, which includes anyone who wants to use a Quest 2. Now researchers at Stanford University have shown they’re able to reliably identify individuals after only a five minute session in a standard consumer VR headset.

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Oppo Unveils Smartphone-tethered AR Glasses, Push for Content Coming in 2021

Road to VR

Oppo, the China-based smartphone manufacturer, held its second annual Inno Day in Shenzhen, China today, showing off a new version of its concept AR glasses. Called Oppo AR Glass 2021, the company’s latest augmented reality hardware boasts a new ‘split’ design, something that makes it both more compact and lighter than the previous HoloLens-style model, which made its debut at last year’s Inno Day.

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Zylia’s 3D Audio Technology Could Be The Start Of Virtual Concert Halls

VRScout

A collaboration with the Pozna? Philharmonic Orchestra signals a new era in live-recorded audio for virtual reality creators. The immersive audio experts over at Zylia are all about pushing the boundaries of 3D audio recording, whether it be for academic research, art, games, music, sports, VR, and everything in between. Now the company is upping the ante even further with 6 Degrees of Freedom Navigable Audio capable of generating 3D sound for “virtual concert halls,” an immersive auditory exper

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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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You Might Abandon Your New Year's Resolutions, But the Internet Never Will

GizModo VR

After the past year’s wall-to-wall cavalcade of death and dreck, it’s not a surprise to see a lot of folks stepping into 2021 with what can best be described as “modest expectations” for the world writ large and their Capacity To Deal with whatever it throws their way. This is the year that we’ve seen people finally… Read more.

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The 2020 Mac Mini Unleashed: Putting Apple Silicon M1 To The Test

Anand Tech

Last week, Apple made industry news by announcing new Mac products based upon the company’s new Apple Silicon M1 SoC chip, marking the first move of a planned 2-year roadmap to transition over from Intel-based x86 CPUs to the company’s own in-house designed microprocessors running on the Arm instruction set. Since a few days, we’ve been able to get our hands on one of the first Apple Silicon M1 devices: the new Mac mini 2020 edition.

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No cows required: This startup’s lab-grown milk is identical to the real thing

Digital Trends

The dairy industry causes monumental damage to the environment. To change that, this clever Israeli startup has developed a way to make real milk without cows.

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The First Gift of the Season: Oculus Quest Update Adds Native 90Hz Support, a New Fitness Tracker, and More

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At this year's Connect we teased various improvements to the Quest Platform, including a new system-level fitness tracker and support for 90Hz gaming on Quest.

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Google’s The Mandalorian AR Experience Lets You Kick It With Virtual Mando

VRScout

New content will roll out every week as part of “Mando Monday’s.” It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through Season 2 of The Mandalorian. Disney’s modern space western has proven to be one of the best, if not the best, episodic series set within the Star Wars universe (no disrespect to Clone Wars ), offering a fresh look at the franchise while simultaneously introducing immensely popular characters such as bounty hunter Din Djarin and, of course, ̶

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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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Hands-on with Cleanbox to sanitize VR headsets

The Ghost Howls

These weeks I have been pretty busy with the delivery of a project, and the delivery has culminated with a demo of the VR solution we have developed. Since the COVID is strong now in Italy, we thought that it could have been a good idea to use Cleanbox to sanitize the headsets that we used during the demo. Do you want to know my impressions from using Cleanbox for a day?

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Study Shows VR Technology Can Have A Positive Psychological Impact During Lockdown

VRScout

How immersive technology is keeping users sane during the coronavirus pandemic. There’s no question about it. The current COVID-19 pandemic has us going through a roller coaster of feelings right now. Not only have we been cut off from normal social gatherings such as family gatherings, concerts and after work hangouts, but it’s preventing us from traveling, putting a damper on many holiday travel plans. .

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Real Pilot Battles Virtual Aircraft In “World’s First” AR Dogfight

VRScout

Could live-flight AR exercises be the future of air combat training? According to the United States Air Force President’s Budget FY21 , the FY 2021 Air Force Operation & Maintenance (O&M) budget includes a staggering $770M increase from its 2020 funding. After all, supporting an entire division of the United States military isn’t cheap, especially one that revolves around the control and upkeep of almost 1,500 cutting-edge warplanes.

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Celebrate the new year in VRChat with Jean-Michel Jarre!

The Ghost Howls

Virtual events have had a blast this year, with some performances that have become very successful, like the concert in Fortnite by Travis Scott, The Burning Man Festival in Altspace VR, or the Tomorrowland concert. So what could be the best way of celebrating the end of this 2020 if not with a fantastic virtual reality concert happening at midnight of the 31st , available on all platforms, all for free, and with a legend of electronic music like Jean-Michel Jarre?

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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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True Crime App Lets You Explore Famous Crime Scenes Using AR Portals

VRScout

Get up-close-and-personal with histories biggest mysteries. True crime fans woke up to some exciting news this morning with Hollywood producer and broadcast journalist, Neil Mandt, announcing the launch of CrimeDoor , an educational content hub aimed specifically at the True crime community. Composed of hundreds of real-life profiles featuring unbiased news, evidence, and key information on everything from missing persons reports and small town murders to notorious cases from across the world.

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A Mystery HTC VR Headset Appears In FCC Filings

VRScout

The above image deptics the Vive Proton prototype VR headset. Before any consumer electronic product with electromagnetic emissions (radiofrequency) can be sold to the public, they must meet specific requirements to be considered safe by the FCC through an FCC Test Report. These emissions (or waves of energy) can come from any electronic product that uses WiFi, infrared, or sensors that you might find in a VR headset for tracking.

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‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ VR Support Coming to SteamVR Headsets Next Week

Road to VR

Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) VR support was scheduled to arrive sometime this month, but the wait is nearly over. ASOBO announced that PC VR headset support is coming to the game next week. ASOBO UX designer François Dacquin announced in a video (linked below) that the long-awaited VR update for Microsoft Flight Simulator is scheduled to arrive on December 22nd, 2020 as a free update.

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The 20 Best Rated & Most Rated Quest Games & Apps – December 2020

Road to VR

While Oculus doesn’t offer much publicly in the way of understanding how well individual apps are performing across its VR storefronts, it’s possible to glean some insight by looking at apps relative to each other. Here’s a snapshot of the top 20 Oculus Quest games and apps as of December 2020. Why We Publish This Data. While the SteamVR library already has a comprehensive tracking database thanks to SteamDB , Steam 250 , and more, no similar database exists to track applications on Oculus stor

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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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Germany Opens Legal Action Against Facebook Account Requirement for Oculus Headsets

Road to VR

Today, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) announced it was initiating formal abuse proceedings against Facebook for its controversial policy of requiring new Oculus device owners to use a Facebook account. Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, the competent authority when it comes to regulating national competition, today announced that it’s opened an inquest to examine “the linkage between Oculus virtual reality products and the social network and Facebook pla

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FTC Sues Facebook Over Alleged Monopolization – What it Could Mean for Oculus

Road to VR

The United States Federal Trade Commission today announced it has filed a lawsuit with the Washington, D.C. US District Court alleging anticompetitive practices that constitute an illegal monopoly on “personal social networking.” The Commission is seeking a remedy which includes spinning out Instagram and WhatsApp. Oculus, the company’s XR organization, is not directly mentioned in the suit, but it’s clear that the case’s outcome would have wide ranging repercussion

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Wacom Unveils VR Pen Built for “the next creative future”

Road to VR

Wacom , a leader in stylus pens and tablets for creative professionals, unveiled a new device late last month which was built specifically for creators looking to leverage the power of VR. Called Wacom VR Pen, the device is a pressure sensitive stylus controller. This, the company says in its developer-focused webpage , allows users to not only draw in VR, but also with the company’s fleet of professional pen tablets for traditional 2D drawing.

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Make Way – ‘Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond’ Needs 340GB to Install and Has Demanding Recommended Specs

Road to VR

If you’re planning to pick up Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond when it launches this Friday, take note of both the required space and recommended specs. If you aren’t rolling in extra hard drive space, the upcoming launch of Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond might necessitate some overdue Spring cleaning. While the final installation size of Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond already sits at a huge 170GB, developer Respawn Entertainment advises you’ll need 340GB of free spac

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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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AR ‘Mario Kart’ Ride to Open at Japan’s Upcoming Super Nintendo World

Road to VR

Universal Studios Japan today announced the opening date of its long-delayed ‘Super Nintendo World’ in its Osaka-based theme park, which is set to feature a Mario Kart -themed ride including AR headsets. The grand opening of Super Nintendo World is officially set for February 4th, 2021, marking the 20th anniversary of USJ’s Osaka theme park.

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VR Comfort Settings Checklist & Glossary for Developers and Players Alike

Road to VR

For those who have been playing or developing VR content for years, it might seem ‘obvious’ what kind of settings are expected to be included for player comfort. Yet for new players and developers alike, the confusing sea of VR comfort terms is far from straightforward. This has lead to situations where players buy a game but find it doesn’t include a comfort setting that’s important to them.

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OpenBCI Announces Brain-Computer Interface Designed Specifically for VR/AR Headsets

Road to VR

OpenBCI, the neurotech company behind the eponymous open-source brain-computer interface (BCI), are making a new hardware and software platform specifically for immersive headsets. Called Galea , the company says its new hardware is designed to attach to both AR and VR headsets, arriving with a multiple sensors designed to monitor biometric data streams in real time.

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‘Espire 1: VR Operative’ Earned $3M in Revenue in First Year

Road to VR

Espire 1: VR Operative (2019) launched across all major VR headsets this time last year, bringing a mix of high-flying acrobatics and stealth combat to the table. Now developer Digital Lode says Espire 1 has generated “over $3 million in revenue” since its November 2019 launch. While revenue reports around the industry aren’t a usual sight, Espire 1: VR Operative seems to have benefitted greatly from its simultaneous release on SteamVR headsets, PSVR, and Oculus Quest.

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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