2019

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Scientists Develop Artificial Skin That Allows You To Feel In VR

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The self-sensing material forms to a user’s body, providing next-level haptic feedback. According to an article published last week to the journal of Soft Robotics , scientists based out of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland, have developed a skin-like material that, when worn over a users’ body, simulates a far more realistic sense of touch than that of current haptic feedback technologies.

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Colorado State University Has Deployed a 100 Headset VR Lab for Biomedical Education

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Colorado State University has deployed a new VR lab; designed to accommodate up to 100 students simultaneously, the lab’s headsets run custom software which allow students to visualize life-sized virtual cadavers and medical imagery in a shared virtual space. The so-called Immersive Reality Training Lab lab is part of a new CSU facility called the Health Education Outreach Center, says Jordan Nelson, a member the school’s Dept. of Biomedical Sciences and one of the lab’s operat

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How Augmented and Virtual Reality Can Help to Evolve Education

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The original use case for augmented and virtual reality was not so much practicality, but rather entertainment. The entertainment factor remains, however, perhaps it is this which makes it so practical, in terms of education. Teachers are more commonly introducing AR and VR into education, as these technologies can make certain subjects, and learning as a whole, more stimulating and effective.

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Facebook’s Sean Liu: we are at an inflection point of the VR industry

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It’s since when I launched my blog that I always dreamed of interviewing someone from Oculus , and finally today this dream has come true. Thanks to the huge help of VR Intelligence, that is organizing the VRX event, I have been able to speak with Sean Liu, Director of Product for VR at Facebook ! The VRX conference will be held in San Francisco on December, 12-13th and will feature very high-level speakers from companies like Oculus/Facebook, HP, Snap and many others.

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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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Report: Immersive Experiences in Education

Tech Trends VR

A newly published white paper investigates the pedagogical theory and use cases for deploying mixed reality in the classroom. It is easy to get excited about the possibilities the Mixed Reality spectrum brings to education. Humans are essentially programmed to learn best through experience, and that is just what immersive technologies enable: we’re not just learning it, we’re living it.

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Launch Trailer Arrives for Budget Cuts 2: Mission Insolvency

Peter Graham

There are myriad of virtual reality (VR) videogames coming in December, one of the biggest being Budget Cuts 2: Mission Insolvency by Neat Corporation and Fast Travel Games. As there are only a couple of weeks until the big day arrives the pair have just unveiled the videogame’s launch trailer. Get ready for some more sneaky times as Budget Cuts 2: Mission Insolvency is going to be bigger and more audacious.

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Announcing Oculus Rift S, Our New PC VR Headset Launching Spring 2019 for $399

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Today at GDC, we unveiled Oculus Rift S—a new VR headset that combines the convenience of built-in Oculus Insight tracking technology with the full power.

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The Real Cutting-Edge: Proprio Fuses AI, VR, Computer Vision for Precision in Surgery

NVidia VR

When Seattle-based startup Proprio Vision says its technology for fusing human and computer vision is cutting edge, they mean it. While steady hands are an asset during surgery, seeing clearly is critical. This is why surgeons depend on a variety of technologies like glasses equipped with magnifying loupes, surgical microscopes, navigation displays and X-ray machines to guide them.

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Russian Farmers Using VR To Calm Their Cows And Increase Milk Production

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An emotionally-stable cow is a happy cow. Somewhere northwest of Moscow on a dairy farm in Krasnogorsk roams a herd of VR-wearing cows immersed in a serene summer pasture tailor-made for bovine enjoyment. The program, developed in collaboration with farm employees, IT experts, veterinarians, and other industry-leading professionals, was designed to test the effects of VR technology on the emotional well-being of cattle in the hopes of reducing stress and anxiety, in turn leading to an increase i

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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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California Fire Department Using VR To Train Recruits How To Fight Wildfires

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VR technology offers firefighters-in-training realistic training scenarios. In 2019 alone, over 6,402 fires have been recorded in California. An estimated 250,249 acres of land have burned, three people have lost their lives, and suppression costs from the fires have risen to over 163 million dollars. Capable of burning 10,000 acres of forest within an hour, the wildfires–more accurately described as firestorms –pose a unique challenge to firefighters that have been hard to replicate

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Niantic’s Latest AR Game Turns The Entire Earth Into One Giant Game Of Catan

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Pokemon Go meets Settlers of Catan in Catan – World Explorers. First released in 1995 to a small, but passionate group of fans, award-winning strategy game Settlers of Catan would eventually go on to become one of the most influential board games ever released. Set on the fictional island of Catan, the game tasks players with collecting resources and establishing settlements with the goal of accumulating Victory Points; the first to accumulate 10 points wins. .

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How Virtual and Augmented Reality Are Advancing Pediatric Care

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Patients of all ages find hospitals terrifying and depressing, especially children in need of long-term treatments. Apart from the constant poking and prodding, strict hospital rules make the experience unpleasant for the youngest patients. Thankfully, researchers and pediatric specialists are exploring virtual and augmented reality initiatives to improve patient care.

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China Announces New Regulations To Combat Fake News Created Using Deepfake Technology

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Beginning 2020, videos created using VR and AI technology will need to be identified as such. In an effort to deter the rampant spread of “fake news,” Chinese regulators working on behalf of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) have announced new rules that will ban the use of “deepfake” technology to produce and distribute fictional news stories.

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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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Stay fit and have fun in mixed reality with HitMotion: Reloaded (out now!)

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After a long ride lasted many months, finally our mixed reality fitness game HitMotion: Reloaded has been published on Viveport M ! The game has been released in Early Access and costs €4.99/$5.59/RMB39.90. HitMotion purpose is to let people stay fit while having fun. This is in line with what other XR applications like BoxVR or Viro Move are trying to do: VR is proving to be a great tool to make people sweat at home in an entertaining way, and it is helping many people in losing weight.

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First-Of-Its-Kind Mixed Reality Fitness Game Makes Its Way To Vive Focus Plus

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HitMotion: Reloaded blends VR, MR, and exercise to create a truly unique fitness experience. It’s safe to say VR changed the way people think of video games. With the introduction of immersive entertainment, gaming is no longer a strictly sedentary experience. Instead, users are up on their feet, interacting with their digital environments in a much more physical manner than conventional console and PC gaming.

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400K Live Viewers Tuned In For Lindsey Stirling’s VR Violin Performance

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The dancing violinist broke new ground with her one-of-a-kind VR performance. Last month acclaimed electronic violinist, dancer, and singer-songwriter Lindsey Stirling performed a one-of-a-kind VR performance for a live crowd of 400,000 viewers scattered all across the globe. Hosted by online music platform Wave , Stirlings 1 ½ hour performance featured a stunning combination of live music and choreographed dancing as the singer-songwriter performed a variety of tracks from her fifth and latest

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AR Technology Is Changing The World Of Professional Yachting

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Raymarine’s AR navigation technology could be the future of professional sailing. When it comes to high-level yachting and sailing, few technologies are more crucial than an up-to-date electronic plotter. This important marine navigation device uses GPS technology, radar, automatic information systems, and a variety of other sensors to provide sailors with crucial information while at sea, including the vessel’s position in relation to other objects. .

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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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Nuclear Power Plant Uses VR For Control Room Training

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Fortum looks to VR to provide cost-effective training for its operators. VR is quickly becoming the go-to training solution for a growing number of industries. So far we’ve seen the technology used to enhance medical training, educate employees on critical soft-skills, even prepare store associates for major holiday shopping events. Just recently, Walmart employees credited their VR training as having helped them stay alive during the horrendous El Paso shooting that took place earlier thi

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Microsoft Shows Off Language-Translating Hologram Powered By HoloLens 2

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Microsoft’s Japanese-speaking hologram steals the show at Inspire 2019. Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Mixed Reality headset was front-and-center at the 2019 Inspire conference as the company showcased their latest advancements in artificial intelligence as well as mixed reality hologram technology. During a keynote held yesterday at the Las Vegas-based event, Microsoft Executive Julia White unveiled an exciting new project that uses a combination of body and voice capture, Azure AI, and HoloLens 2 tech

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German Circus Ends Its Use Of Live Animals In Favor Of 3D Holograms

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Circus Roncalli adopts holographic tech amid concerns over animal cruelty. The international circus industry has been struggling as of late. In 2017, the famous Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus permanently closed its tent flaps to the public; meanwhile, new regulations have heavily impacted circus providers throughout numerous European countries.

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Oculus Quest Mixed Reality Capture Tools Now Available

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Record yourself in the virtual world with Oculus’ official MRC kit. Yesterday, Oculus launched its official set of Mixed Reality Capture Tools for the Oculus Quest, allowing users to record high-quality gameplay footage where real-world objects and people appear in VR. For developers operating on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and other PC VR headsets, mixed reality capture has served as an invaluable marketing tool for their projects, allowing them to showcase a clearer interpretation of their in-game

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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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Vuzix Blade AR Smart Glasses Will Soon Support Real-Time Language Translation

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The Zoi Meet language subtitling service makes its AR debut next month. The Vuzix Corporation, a manufacturer of AR smart glasses, has announced a partnership with Verizon and Zoi Meet that will bring the popular multilingual communication platform to their Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses, establishing the AR headset as one of the first to incorporate real-time language translation.

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Vader Immortal – An Excellent First Attempt At A Major VR Trilogy

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ILMxLAB’s three-part series officially comes to a close with a solid, but flawed final episode. Last week developer ILMxLAB ( Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, Vader Immortal ) released the third and final episode of its original episodic series, Vader Immortal – A Star Wars VR series. Available on Oculus Rift/Rift S and Oculus Quest headsets, this final entry marks the end of a year-long adventure in which players battled waves of Imperial Stormtroopers and long-dormant sentinel droids, s

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This Virtual Being Music Group Released An AI-Generated Album, And It’s Not Bad

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A new era in music begins with these data-driven virtual entertainers. Though it may come as a surprise to some, the concept behind “virtual entertainers” like pop star Hatsune Miku or Instagram influencer Lil Miquela has been around for decades. Fictional musical groups like Alvin and the Chipmunks and Jossie and the Pussycats, though vastly different from the types of acts we see today, lead the way for future fictional musicians, including The Gorillaz, Dethklok, and numerous others. .

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Fable Studio’s ‘Lucy’ The First Virtual Being To Win Emmy

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Wolves in the Walls takes home the award for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media. Fable Studio , the developer behind emotional rollercoaster Wolves in the Walls , today announced that the interactive VR film has officially been awarded the Primetime Emmy for ‘Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media.’ Competing alongside ILMxLAB’s episodic Star Wars VR series, Vader Immortal: Episode One , Wolves in the Walls’ win marks the first Emmy award given to a project involving an artificial

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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