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Getting Past VR’s Chicken & Egg Dilemma

AR Insider

VR users report high satisfaction and usage frequency. Non-users conversely show price sensitivity and explicit disinterest. How does this represent VR's chicken & egg dilemma, and how can it be addressed? This post appeared first on AR Insider. ARtillery Intelligence Trend Analysis

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ONTOP Studios Wants to Bring Theaters Back to Life With XR Esports

ARPost

Have you ever seen an empty theater and thought that the space had more potential? It doesn’t even have to be an abandoned theater, just a theater with more rooms than it regularly uses, or a theater that isn’t showing movies at all hours of the day.

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‘Among Us VR’ Sells 1 Million Units Across Quest 2 & PC VR Headsets

Road to VR

The team behind the VR adaptation of popular party game Among Us announced it’s officially gone platinum, selling over 1 million copies across all platforms.

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Microsoft is sunsetting social VR pioneer AltspaceVR

TechCrunch VR

AltspaceVR has had a few close calls over the years, but the company that built virtual social spaces well before “metaverse” was a household word is shuttering for good this time.

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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 so is the Zoom fatigue that many experience. The importance of compelling content is more apparent than ever. In this webinar, learn how PowerPoint provides terrific tools to create the kind of dynamic visual content you need to capture your remote audience’s attention. Come along to this masterclass packed with live demonstrations of how to create compelling presentations for successful meetings in a virtual and hybrid environment. In this webinar, you will learn how to: Create dynamic visuals that support persuasive stories to engage your audience Develop professional-looking designs for presentations and other content Become a PowerPoint legend with techniques to make effective presentations quickly and easily June 30th, 2022 at 9:30 am PDT, 12:30 pm EDT, 5:30 pm GMT

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OREO Launches Its Own VR Metaverse Experience

VRScout

The OREOVERSE is available now via Horzion Worlds. This week OREO unveiled a new limited-edition flavor, the Most OREO OREO, which features real OREO grind mixed in the creme.

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Spatial Beats: Microsoft, Apple & WEF

AR Insider

Welcome back to Spatial Beats, AR Insider's weekly series that features observations and insights of author and futurist Charlie Fink. This week, we look at the World Economic Forum and Microsoft's XR exit. This post appeared first on AR Insider. Trend Analysis Spatial Beats

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‘Thrill of the Fight 2’ Now in Co-development by ‘Fruit Ninja’ Team Halfbrick Studios

Road to VR

Halfbrick Studios announced it’s partnering on development of Thrill of the Fight 2 , the upcoming sequel to the popular VR boxing title.

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More NBA Games Coming To VR On Quest

VRScout

Meta extends its partnership with the National Basketball Association to bring more games to VR.

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Virtex Stadium Holds First Major Events, Inches Toward Open Access

ARPost

A number of the attractions of watching live sports carry over into esports. However, unless you’re watching an esports tournament in person, a lot of those attractions go away. Interactions with other fans are limited. The game view is limited.

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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 become such a negative experience with learners? Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer for ELB Learning, will introduce a new learning framework called the C.A.R.E.S Learning Effectiveness Model.

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The State of VR Concerts: Findings from the Hottieverse

AR Insider

During the summer of 2022, AmazeVR brought fans the first-ever VR concert tour featuring Megan Thee Stallion. AmazeVR's Joseph Choi takes us inside the "Hottieverse” for insights and findings from the production. This post appeared first on AR Insider. Contributors transfer

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The XR Week Peek (2023.01.23): Microsoft shuts down Altspace and MRTK, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Welcome to another roundup of AR/VR news of the week! I’m still writing from China, and this week I spent the Chinese New Year here… it was an interesting experience, and if you lost my funny story about it, you can still have a look at it in my dedicated post.

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A Failed XR Startup is Back With Compact Optics That Switch Instantly Between AR & VR

Road to VR

AntVR, an early VR startup which struggled with several XR headset projects that ultimately didn’t find traction, has reemerged with novel optics which can instantly transition between AR and VR modes.

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Assisted Reality: The Other AR

ARPost

“AR” stands for “augmented reality,” right? Almost always. However, there is another “AR” – assisted reality. The term is almost exclusively used in industry applications, and it isn’t necessarily mutually exclusive of augmented reality. There are usually some subtle differences.

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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

Join Micah Eppler from eLearning Brothers to see hands-on examples of how organizations are transforming outcomes with video-based training strategies.

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2023 Predictions: The Creator Economy Collides with AR

AR Insider

There are two related trends we’re tracking: the rise of the creator economy and growth in AR marketing. These high-momentum forces are on a collision course and will fuel each other in 2023. This post appeared first on AR Insider. Features Trend Analysis trendline

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Web3 Presents New Opportunities and Models, says Lloyd’s Fintech Investment Director

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Last Thursday, Lloyds Banking Group’s Fintech Investment Director Kirsty Rutter named Web3 as a key fintech trend for 2023. The company representative outlined how Web3, its bespoke communities, and integrated technology present a new avenue for fintech opportunities.

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NBA Deepens Multiyear Partnership with Meta, Bringing More Ways to Watch Live Games on Quest

Road to VR

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Meta announced they’re extending a multiyear partnership which is set to bring a few new ways for basketball fans to enjoy NBA League Pass games on Quest.

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New Year, New Goals: Hit Your Fitness Goals This Year With Immersive Workouts From FitXR’s New Studios

ARPost

Towards the end of last year, FitXR launched new music collections with over two dozen new workout classes in Box, HIIT, and Dance. The company is all set to help users meet their fitness goals this year as well with new immersive workout classes.

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Immersing the Curious Mind in VR: Why You’re Missing Out on Proven ROI!

Speaker: John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO, CenarioVR® Creator

Join John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO and creator of the award-winning VR course builder CenarioVR®, to find out why organizations choose immersive learning and how they've used innovative approaches.

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XR Talks: What Do XR Investors Look For?

AR Insider

Some of the best industry knowledge comes from investors. That's because they make high-stakes bets, and need to be well-informed and data-backed. We dive into their insights on XR markets in the latest XR Talks. This post appeared first on AR Insider. XR Talks

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Altspace VR to Shut Down Following Microsoft Layoffs

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Last Friday, Microsoft-owned immersive social platform Altspace VR (virtual reality) announced the closure of its service effective March 10, 2023. The decision comes following recent lay offs at Microsoft.

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VR Training Company Gemba Secures $18M Series A to Expand Enterprise Metaverse

Road to VR

Gemba, the corporate VR learning platform, announced it’s closed an $18 million Series A funding round, which the company says will be used to continue expansion into Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and North America.

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CES 2023 Highlights Featuring News and Innovations From Canon, MICLEDI, and NVIDIA

ARPost

CES is considered the world’s tech event, showcasing groundbreaking technologies and innovations from some of the world’s biggest brands, developers, manufacturers, and suppliers of consumer technology.

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Everyone Wins! How Games Can Improve Learning Outcomes Across Multiple Generations

Speaker: Stephen Baer, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Game Agency

Nearly 70% of American adults play video games. Stephen Baer, Chief Creative Officer at The Game Agency, will discuss each generation’s unique learning styles and identify game types that appeal to each one and improve your learning outcomes.

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AR Briefs, Episode 64: AR Glasses Outlook

AR Insider

Mobile AR scales today but the true endgame is headworn. So where are we in that progression, and what’s the outlook for AR glasses? This is the topic of the latest episode of ARtillery Briefs. This post appeared first on AR Insider. AR Briefs Trend Analysis

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Altspace VR to Shutdown Following Microsoft Lay Offs

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Last Friday, Microsoft-owned immersive social platform Altspace VR (virtual reality) announced the closure of its service effective March 10, 2023. The decision comes following recent lay offs at Microsoft.

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Microsoft Axes Social VR Platform & XR Interface Framework Amid Wide-reaching Layoffs

Road to VR

Microsoft is laying off 10,000 employees, and with it the company is axing social VR platform AltspaceVR and its XR interface framework, Mixed Reality Toolkit. We’ve written about the death of AltspaceVR once before.

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Among Us VR Hits Major Milestone: One Million Copies Sold

Upload VR

Schell Games announced Among Us VR reached a major milestone, selling 1 million copies since launch. First released last November, Schell confirmed that Among Us VR achieved these sales less than 10 weeks after launch.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.