November, 2023

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First look at Apple Vision Pro development in Unity

The Ghost Howls

After the latest Unite event, Unity has released in Open Beta the tools to develop applications for the Apple Vision Pro. The development packages are usable only by people having Unity Pro or Enterprise, but the documentation is publicly available for everyone to see. At VRROOM , we have a Unity Enterprise subscription, so I’ll be able to get my hands dirty on the SDK pretty soon. hoping to make for you my classic tutorial on how to develop an application with a cube for this new platform

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How Does Snap Scan Fit into the AR Master Plan?

AR Insider

Snap is intent on AR as a core part of its feature mix, and its revenue model. But how does visual search – a flavor of AR – manifest in Snap Scan? And how does it all fit into Snap's AR master plan? This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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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allowed any Quest headset to connect to a PC to play PC VR content, but it requires users to install and use the long-outdated Oculus PC software.

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Spatial Computing: Expert Roundtable

XR Today - Virtual Reality

What a year 2024 has been for XR. At the start of the year, the technology industry faced layoffs as some major firms, such as Meta, started 2023 cautiously. Despite the 2022 Metaverse boom that swept imagination and scepticism equally, 2023 was tough during H1 for the immersive industry. However, the narrative quickly switched towards the middle of the year.

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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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EON Reality Raises the Bar in EdTech with Exciting 9.9 Product Release Features

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With an array of groundbreaking features, EON Reality’s 9.9 update is transforming education into a vivid, interactive experience that dramatically extends the boundaries of digital learning. IRVINE, CA – November 29 , 2023 – In a landmark innovation for educational technology, EON Reality announces its EON-XR 9.9 Release – a comprehensive update that paves the way for an entirely new realm of immersive learning experiences.

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Varjo announces XR-4 mixed reality headset with impressive resolution

The Ghost Howls

After teasing many images with the number 4 on them, finally Finnish manufacturer Varjo has announced its new headset: it is called XR-4 and it features mixed reality and a fantastic resolution. Varjo Varjo is a well-known company in our space because of its ability to deliver very high-end headsets, usually targeted at enterprises or at prosumers. The startup became famous because thanks to a special display-in-a-display design, it managed to achieve retina-level resolution at the center of the

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What Sits at the Intersection of AR and Food?

AR Insider

AR continues to prove itself as a marketing medium in categories from furniture to footwear and cosmetics to cars. Joining that list more recently is food. We dive in with food-focused AR innovator QReal given its recent integration with Denny's. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Quest 2 is Vastly Outselling Quest 3 so Far This Holiday on Amazon

Road to VR

With such an alluring price point on Quest 2 during the Black Friday period, it makes sense the headset would sell more than Quest 3. But what will it mean for the company’s effort to make mixed reality the main selling proposition of its headsets? Twitter user JustDaven pointed out that Amazon reveals some coarse sales figures in certain cases, including for Quest 2 and Quest 3.

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QSR With a Side of VR: The Perfect Recipe

XR Today - Virtual Reality

The franchised fast food, or Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry, faces an enduring dilemma: ensuring total consistency in customer and product experience across every branch, while simultaneously managing big challenges in staff retention and training. “The typical staff turnover rate is 150%”, explains Sean Hurwitz, CEO of PIXOVR. “That means replacing your entire workforce one and a half times per year.

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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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EON Reality Announces EON-XR 9.9 Update – Emotionally Expressive AI Avatars

EON Reality

Unveiling a New Era with EON-XR 9.9: Emotionally Expressive AI Avatars. IRVINE, CA – November 27 , 2023 – EON Reality, a global leader in virtual and augmented reality educational solutions, is proud to announce the launch of EON-XR 9.9. This update marks a significant milestone in the evolution of EON Reality’s offerings, introducing AI avatars that are not only visually realistic but also capable of a broad range of emotional expressions through their voices.

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Valve Launches Official Steam Link PC VR Streaming App On Quest

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Valve just launched a free official Steam Link app on Meta Quest. The app, which is on the official Quest Store and approved by Meta, lets you wirelessly play SteamVR games like Half-Life: Alyx on your Quest 2, Quest Pro, or Quest 3 by streaming from your gaming PC over your home Wi-Fi network. You can also play your traditional non-VR Steam games on a giant virtual screen. 0:00 / 0:26 1× Of course, Quest headsets can already do this.

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Looking for the iPhone moment of AI in Spatial Computing

The Ghost Howls

I’m finally back to writing articles after a long time. And since it’s Sunday and it’s a bright day outside of the window, I want to restart writing articles with something bright and funny … a satirical post about all the hype around technology that I’ve seen these months. I hope you will move some muscles around your lips while reading it… The iPhone moment The only true iPhone moment In my 9+ years in XR, I’ve heard countless times that something that

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6 Ways Brands Can Transform CX with AR

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AR creates opportunities to reengineer customer experiences (CX). This comes about as there's a parallel shift in customer expectations. We examine 6 ways the technology is transforming CX. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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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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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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VIROO Partnerships Shows XR ‘Here to Stay,’ Virtualware CMO Says

XR Today - Virtual Reality

As companies increasingly demand virtual reality (VR) training solutions, enterprises like Virtualware are creating them for Europe and the world’s largest enterprises. The news comes as the Bilbao, Spain-based company sponsors the Unity Unite 2023 Summit and aims to showcase its Virtual Reality-as-a-Service (VRaaS) platform, VIROO. The comprehensive suite of solutions allows businesses to engage with immersive training services complete with hardware, software, and solutions.

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EON Reality Unveils Virtual Campus 360: A Pioneering Leap in Digital Education

EON Reality

Step Into the Future of Learning: Virtual Campus 360 by EON Reality Redefines Educational Boundaries with Immersive Metaverse Experiences. IRVINE, CA – November 17 , 2023 – EON Reality, a global leader in virtual and augmented reality academic solutions, today announced the launch of Virtual Campus 360, a groundbreaking digital education platform set to transform the learning experience worldwide.

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Amazon Unveils Graviton4: A 96-Core ARM CPU with 536.7 GBps Memory Bandwidth

Anand Tech

Nowadays many cloud service providers design their own silicon, but Amazon Web Services (AWS) started to do this ahead of its rivals and by now its Annapurna Labs develops processors that can well compete with those from AMD and Intel. This week AWS introduced its Graviton4, a 96-core ARM-based system-on-chip (SoC) that promises to challenge renowned CPU designers and offer unprecedented performance to AWS clients. "By focusing our chip designs on real workloads that matter to customers, we

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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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Let’s meet at MatchXR in Helsinki!

The Ghost Howls

This year I was too busy with my daily work to attend AWE Europe (and I was pretty sad about that), but luckily I had an opportunity to do an expected final trip of the year. I’m pretty excited to tell you that I’m flying to Helsinki, Finland to attend MatchXR! MatchXR is a cool event to connect to the Finnish and northern Europe XR community in general.

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What’s the XR Device Sales Outlook?

AR Insider

When it comes to AR and VR devices, what are projected annual sales and installed bases? And which device classes are leading the way? Our latest Behind the Numbers installment dives in. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Varjo Reveals XR-4 Headset, Claiming Mixed Realty Visuals “indistinguishable from natural sight”

Road to VR

Varjo has announced its latest high-end enterprise headset, the XR-4. The company is going all out on the headset’s mixed reality capabilities, saying that the view of the outside world as seen through the headset is “indistinguishable” from how the world appears with your own eyes. That’s a seriously lofty claim, but Varjo hasn’t made a habit of hyperbole.

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The Best Virtual Reality Accessories for Deeper Immersion

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Virtual reality accessories are transforming the immersive technology landscape. As VR headsets are growing more advanced, the “add-ons” available to personalize and enhance virtual experiences are also evolving. Today’s VR accessories don’t just include additional straps for comfort or charging systems. They encompass a broad range of powerful tools.

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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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EON Reality Unveils AI Soft Skills Training to Revolutionize Enterprise Sales

EON Reality

EON Reality announces a new AI Soft Skills Training program designed to revolutionize enterprise sales training and significantly boost business ROI through immersive spatial AI technology. IRVINE, CA – November 28 , 2023 – EON Reality, a leader in spatial artificial intelligence technology, has announced the launch of its pioneering AI Soft Skills Training program, aimed at transforming the landscape of enterprise sales training and significantly improving return on investment (ROI) for busin

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Varjo XR-4 Promises Mixed Reality "Practically Indistinguishable From Natural Sight"

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Varjo just announced the XR-4 series, its latest range of ultra high end PC-based headsets for enterprise and governments. Varjo's XR-3 is now almost three years old, and the new XR-4 series brings significant improvements to the displays, optics, passthrough, and more, while reducing the base price by thousands of dollars. Like all previous Varjo headsets, it requires a powerful PC with a high-end graphics card which it must be tethered to.

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MatchXR: SeeTrue Technologies may have solved the calibration issue for eye-tracking

The Ghost Howls

Yesterday I attended for my first time MatchXR , which is one of the best XR events in Nordic Europe. I’ve made many new friends and tried some interesting XR solutions and rest assured I’ll publish a few posts about it these days. Today I want to tell you my experience with one of these products I’ve tried at this event, a pretty interesting one because it solves a known problem in our space: SeeTrue Technologies.

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In a New Gilded Age, Who Makes the Rules?

AR Insider

As new digital domains take shape, who will build and maintain the guardrails? Editor-At-Large Emily Olman interviews Techlash author and former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler for answers. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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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