2023

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VRChat Is Coming To Android & iOS Devices

VRScout

One of VR’s most popular social platforms is about to get a whole lot busier. VRChat for Android and iOS mobile devices is currently in development, according to an official developer update shared earlier this week. The company states that the mobile version of the platform is already being tested by select team members. In fact, it’s possible you may have interacted with a phone user already without even realizing it.

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Quest 3 will feature next-gen Qualcomm chipset and cost $499

The Ghost Howls

Breaking news: ahead of The Meta Gaming Showcase, Zuck teased the Quest 3 on Facebook and Instagram. This is what the Zuck has written: Introducing Meta Quest 3. The first mainstream headset with high-res color mixed reality. 40% thinner and more comfortable. Better displays and resolution. Next gen Qualcomm chipset with 2x the graphics performance.

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Valve Launches ‘Steam Link’ on Quest for a Direct Connection to SteamVR

Road to VR

Valve today released its first-ever application on one of Meta’s VR platforms. Steam Link allows users to quickly and easily connect their Quest headset wirelessly to SteamVR to play PC VR or flatscreen PC content. Oculus Link / Air Link has for years allowed any Quest headset to connect to a PC to play PC VR content, but it requires users to install and use the long-outdated Oculus PC software.

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How metaverse can help the retail industry increase their customer experience

ARVR

The concept of the “metaverse,” a virtual space where users can interact with each other and computer-generated environments in real time, has been around for decades. However, with the recent advancements in technology, the metaverse is now closer than ever to becoming a reality. One industry that stands to benefit greatly from the emergence of the metaverse is retail.

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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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Meta Hints It Might Demo A 'Prohibitively Expensive' AR Glasses Prototype In 2024

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Meta's CTO seemed to suggest the company could demo a highly advanced true AR glasses prototype in 2024. Meta has been working on AR glasses for at least eight years now, spending tens of billions of dollars on the project that Mark Zuckerberg hopes will one day deliver him an "iPhone moment". Last year The Verge's Alex Heath reported that Meta no longer plans to release its first AR glasses, codenamed Orion, as an actual product.

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ASML Ships Industry's First High-NA EUV Litho Scanner To Intel

Anand Tech

ASML on Thursday said that it had shipped its pilot High-NA EUV scanner to Intel. The Twinscan EXE:5000 extreme ultraviolet (EUV) scanner is AMSL's very first High-NA scanner, and it has eagerly been awaited by Intel, who first placed an order for the machine back in 2018. Intel will be using the new machine to experiment with High-NA EUV before it deploys commercial grade Twinscan EXE:5200 tool for high-volume manufacturing (HVM) sometime in 2025.

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#1206: The District VR Enables Professional DJs to Play Live Social VR Gigs without Mixer Hardware

Voices of VR

Another World VR developers Ioulia Isserlis and Max Sacker thought it was a prank when German Hip Hop legend Dennis Lisk (aka Denyo) reached out via email to collaborate on developing a social VR and a completely virtualized live DJ performance toolkit. But it wasn’t a prank, and they’ve been building a real-time audio engine compatible with Unreal Engine in order to meet the live performance standards of professional DJs to mix, sync, and modulate music in real-time.

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UPDATED: Your Guide to SL20B— Second Life Celebrates Its 20th Birthday with Sixty Sims, June 22nd-July 11th, 2023!

Ryan Schultz

Pioneering virtual world Second Life will celebrate its 20th anniversary with events running from June 22nd to July 11th, 2023, spanning a mind-boggling sixty sims! The theme this year is Our Fantastic Future. Twenty-four of those sims have been set aside for the biggest-ever Shop and Hop event. You can’t get in yet, but you can already get an idea of the futuristic design in these thumbnail images used in the Second Life Destination Guide entries for the SL20B Shop and Hop sims : As in pr

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Venice Film Festival 2023 Is Cinematic AI’s Coming Out Party

Charlie Fink

Stars optimistic about AI’s cinematic potential.

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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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Living in the Future

Oculus

Meta’s two long-term bets on technologies of the future — AI and the metaverse — each took major steps forward in 2023, and they began to intersect.

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Sony’s New 3D Display Doesn’t Require Any Glasses

VRScout

Sony announced a new addition to its growing lineup of Spatial Reality Displays. Available for purchase next month, the ELF-SR2 is a 27-inch 4K display that can supposedly deliver immersive 3D content without the need for additional hardware, such as augmented reality (AR) glasses or a VR headset. Compared to previous models, the ELF-SR2 features an improved vision sensor and various image quality-enhancing technologies as well as more robust functionality and installation flexibility.

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Editorial: Apple Vision Pro is a mix of innovation, and year-2016 VR, for a hefty price. But…

The Ghost Howls

I just watched the full keynote of Apple at WWDC , where the company in Cupertino announced the Apple VisionPro headset. I’m sure you all already know what has been announced there, so instead of telling you what you already know, I want to tell you my instinctive reactions just after the announcement. The official video with the full announcement What I was looking for If you are a reader of my weekly newsletter, you know what I was looking for in this announcement.

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Meta Pauses Quest 3 Elite Battery Strap Sales Amid Widespread Charging Fault

Road to VR

Meta paused shipments of its Elite Strap with Battery for Quest 3 amid widespread user reports of a charging fault that renders the battery useless. Meta says it’s now manufacturing new battery straps that fixes the defect, and that replacements are being handled on a case-by-case basis. We reported earlier this month that the Elite Strap with Battery was facing serious reliability issues among its users.

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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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The Metaverse is Dead, and We Have Killed It

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

I wanted to step away from the typical Reuters-styled banter to speak my mind on the ongoing trend that some media outlets have spearheaded. Many of the articles emerging from this are purporting the death of the Metaverse. These writers reveal their complete lack of knowledge of the Metaverse and covertly undermine the efforts of an entire industry with clickbait propaganda.

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Quest Pro Now Has Tongue Tracking Too

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Quest Pro's face tracking now includes your tongue too. In our review of Quest Pro last year, we pointed out how moving your tongue would break the illusion when looking in a virtual mirror to see your facial expressions. Not having it also limits expressiveness in social VR. 0:00 / 0:07 1× Quest Pro's original face tracking, without tongue. In version 60 of its SDKs for Unity and native code, Meta has released a new version of its face tracking OpenXR extension which now includes the tongue too

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The 10 Biggest Cyber Security Trends In 2024 Everyone Must Be Ready For Now

Bernard Marr

By the end of the coming year, the cost of cyber attacks on the global economy is predicted to top $10.5 trillion. This staggering amount reflects the growing need for cyber security to be treated as a strategic priority on an individual, organizational and governmental level. As in every other field of business and technological endeavor, artificial intelligence (AI) will have a transformative impact on both attack and defense.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite Performance Preview: A First Look at What’s to Come

Anand Tech

Last week we saw the announcement of Qualcomm’s first post-Nuvia laptop SoC design, the Snapdragon X Elite. A new brand name being anchored by a new, custom Qualcomm CPU core, the Snapdragon X Elite will be Qualcomm’s most aggressive entry into the laptop SoC market to date, with Qualcomm dedicating far more in the way of engineering resources – and marketing resources – into developing their latest generation Arm SoC for Windows laptops.

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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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#1217: Apple Vision Pro Hands-on Debriefing with Road to VR Editor Ben Lang

Voices of VR

I speak with Road to VR Editor Ben Lang about his hands-on impression of the Apple Vision Pro that he had on Monday, June 5, 2023. Check out his full article: “Hands-on: Apple Vision Pro isn’t for Gaming, But it Does Everything Else Better.” Also see my Twitter thread live coverage of #WWDC23. This is […] I speak with Road to VR Editor Ben Lang about his hands-on impression of the Apple Vision Pro that he had on Monday, June 5, 2023.

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Lumus Launches Game-Changing AR Z-Lens At CES

VRScout

These new AR lenses deliver a 2K x 2K resolution experience and address vergence-accommodation conflicts. The Israeli-based augmented reality (AR) company Lumus will be expanding its 2D Maximus platform by unveiling its 2nd generation of Lumus’ Z-Lens waveguide architecture during CES 2023. Not only will this hardware advancement shrink the projector module by more than 50%, but it also enables the development of lightweight and high-resolution AR glasses with seamless Rx integration and o

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The Omni One VR Treadmill Has Finally Begun Shipping

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A Pico Neo 3 Pro standalone headset is included with each purchase. Omni One is a consumer-ready omnidirectional treadmill that allows you to walk, run, jump, and crouch in VR. According to Austin-based company Virtuix Inc., the futuristic-looking device can be set up easily in multiple locations throughout your home and folded up for convenient storage, promising more immersive VR experiences without sacrificing space.

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Roblox VR Could Be Heading To Quest In 2023

VRScout

The popular kid-friendly MMO would no doubt be a hit on standalone headsets. According to The Verge , Roblox , one of the biggest online video game platforms in the world, could be heading to VR on Meta Quest headsets sometime later this year. The news was mentioned earlier this week in the website’s official Command Line newsletter and comes from unnamed “sources.” If true, this could prove to be a major win for Meta.

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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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Creator of Indie Breakout ‘Braid’ Building Roomscale VR Game With ‘no concessions for stationary play’

Road to VR

Jonathan Blow, the creator of one of indie gaming’s fomative successes, Braid , has begun hiring a team to develop his first VR game. Before Fez (2012) , before Limbo (2010) , and before Minecraft (2009) , Braid (2008) was one of the breakout successes in the formative years of indie game development and distribution. Braid is a fairly basic 2D platformer, but with the twist of intriguing time-manipulation mechanics which made it play more like a puzzle game than a typical side-scroller.

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Designing Mixed Reality Apps That Adapt to Different Spaces

Road to VR

Laser Dance is an upcoming mixed reality game that seeks to use Quest’s passthrough capability as more than just a background. In this Guest Article, developer Thomas Van Bouwel explains his approach to designing an MR game that adapts to different environments. Guest Article by Thomas Van Bouwel Thomas is a Belgian-Brazilian VR developer currently based in Brussels.

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Hands-on: Quest 3 is an Impressive Leap That’s Still Held Back by Software Struggles

Road to VR

Quest 3 is an impressive leap in hardware, especially in the visual department, but it continues Meta’s tradition of building great hardware that feels held back by its software. Update (September 27th, 2023): Fixed the link to the second page at the bottom of this page. After months of teasing and leaks, Quest 3 is finally, officially, fully announced.

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Valve Hires Creator Behind Popular ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Mod

Road to VR

Like many of Valve’s best titles, Half-Life: Alyx (2020) is a lot more moddable than your average game, which for PC VR headset owners means hundreds of new modes, missions, and mini-games. Now one of the HLA’s most talented modders announced they’ve been snapped up by Valve. Nate Grove was responsible for two of the best HLA campaign-style mods, Incursion and Re-Education—both of which are uncannily Valve-like in pacing, setting… everything.

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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