2024

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Killabears Kills it With AR, Part 2

AR Insider

Following its lens campaign, Killabears is out with an interactive AR game that fills players' space with attacking bears they can shoot down to stay alive and gain points. We break down gameplay and strategic implications. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Analysis: Meta opens up its walled garden to become the Android of XR

The Ghost Howls

Today a (positive) earthquake hit the virtual reality ecosystem: Meta has just opened up its walled garden, as a strategic move to expand its business in the virtual reality market. It has just authorized other VR OEMs to use its Quest operating system and blurred the lines between the Meta Quest Store and App Lab. Let me tell you everything about this massive news and also analyze with you why this has been a very good idea.

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Meta is Opening Quest’s Operating System to Third-party Headsets, Marking a Massive Shift in Strategy

Road to VR

Today Meta made what is likely to be an industry-altering announcement: it plans to open up the Quest operating system to third-party device makers. Asus, Lenovo, and Xbox have been tapped to create new headsets built on the operating system which is being branded ‘Meta Horizon OS’ Meta has just made its biggest strategic move in the XR space since betting the farm on standalone headsets over PC VR.

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HTC VIVE XR Elite Business Edition Gains AI, Productivity Features – MWC 2024

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Continuing the large wave of announcements and highlights from the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024 conference in Barcelona, Spain, HTC VIVE also introduced new enterprise immersive services for its XR Elite Bussiness Edition product. The new business features from HTC VIVE include a revamped VIVERSE platform ready for productivity and remote collaboration use cases, with new AI assistant features.

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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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QuestCraft 5.0 Brings Minecraft VR To Quest 3 Unofficially With 120FPS Performance

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QuestCraft 5.0 revamps the unofficial Minecraft VR port for Quest 3 with performance improvements. In the absence of an official standalone release, QuestCraft is a wrapper for Minecraft with full motion control support that you can sideload onto Quest headsets. Previously one of the only Quest 2 apps that didn't work on Quest 3 , SideQuest's recent ' Indie Spotlight ' presentation announced that QuestCraft Version 5.0 is available now and fixes this compatibility issue.

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#1387: Landscape of XR Ethics: A Retrospective Presentation by Kent Bye

Voices of VR

This is a 19-minute talk that I gave at Laval Virtual 2023 that is summarizing the work that I’ve done on XR Ethics over the past ten years. There’s around 60 slides in this talk, and so you may prefer watching the video version over on YouTube for the full multi-modal experience, or this audio-only […] This is a 19-minute talk that I gave at Laval Virtual 2023 that is summarizing the work that I've done on XR Ethics over the past ten years.

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Samsung Enters XR Device Marketplace, MWC 2024

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

Today at MWC 2024, Samsung unveiled an upcoming XR headset the firm created alongside partners Google and Qualcomm, with a scheduled release window coming in 2025. At the event, Samsung unveiled several innovative tech products, including the immersive device, a smart ring, and an assistive mobility robotics device. The device is currently early in its lifespan.

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Apple Vision Pro Competitor Gains Half a Billion in Funding

XR Today - Augmented Reality tag

This week, AR headset vendor Magic Leap secured roughly $590 million via Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, following the region becoming the firm’s majority owner in 2022. The Saudi Arabia funding has launched Magic Leap’s valuation to more than $4.5 billion, providing the firm with a solid foundation to continue its journey of delivering enterprise-grade XR solutions.

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In Light of Stability Concerns, Intel Issues Request to Motherboards Vendors to Actually Follow Stock Power Settings

Anand Tech

Across the internet, from online forums such as Reddit to various other tech media outlets, there's a lot of furor around reports of Intel's top-end 14th and 13th Gen K series of processors running into stability issues. As Intel's flagship chips, these parts come aggressively clocked in order to maximize performance through various implementations of boost and turbo, leaving them running close to their limits out of the box.

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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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Linden Lab Is Investigating Serious (and Possibly Defamatory) Allegations Made Against Some Second Life Users and Companies, and Linden Lab Staff

Ryan Schultz

I follow a number of Second Life YouTubers using Feedbin ( a handy tool which I wrote about here ; what I like about it is that I can organize my viewing, and not have to deal with YouTube’s notorious recommendation algorithm). Last night, I watched a video from a Second Life user who announced that they were stepping away from SL, and why. In the description of the video was a link to an anonymous article which had been published on Medium on Feb. 24th, 2024, and updated Feb, 29th, which

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Matt Miesnieks is back with ‘Dejavu’

AR Insider

It's dejavu for Matt Miesnieks who's back with a freshly minted company that launched at GDC 2024 as part of a16z‘s prestigious Speedrun accelerator cohort. AR Insider Editor at Large Emily Olman goes one-on-one with Miesnieks. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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The point that Zuck is missing when he says that Quest 3 is better than the Vision Pro

The Ghost Howls

Some days ago, Mark Zuckerberg made a video specifically to say that the Quest 3 is better than the Vision Pro. It’s been literally my highlight of the week: Zuck trying to make an objective review and concluding that his own product is better… literally makes no sense. It’s like me making a video tomorrow and saying that our social VR space VRROOM is better than Horizon Worlds because, well, it’s my product… and also because we have legs.

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Latest SteamVR Update Includes Steam Link Improvements for Quest

Road to VR

The latest major SteamVR update has arrived, coming with it an improvement to Steam Link for Quest. Initially released in November 2023, Steam Link is Valve’s own app on the Meta Quest Store which allows users to quickly and easily connect their Quest headset wirelessly to SteamVR to play PC VR or flatscreen PC content, essentially letting you bypass Meta’s own Air Link.

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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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Tokyo’s Government Launches Promo Metaverse on Roblox

XR Today - Virtual Reality

The Metropolitan Government of Tokyo has introduced a virtual Tokyo Metaverse on Roblox to promote the city as a tourist destination. Gamefam Explores Roblox Concerts for Next-Level Experiences Meta Makes Roblox Available on Its Quest VR Headsets Roblox Opens Immersive Ad Partner Programme at Cannes Lions The interactive portal, “HELLO! TOKYO FRIENDS”, uses AR photography within the leading immersive platform Roblox to provide users with a lifelike sightseeing experience of Tokyo.

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Windows Volumetric Apps: Microsoft Will Stream Windows Apps With 3D Popouts To Quest Headsets

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Microsoft announced Windows Volumetric Apps, a new API for extending 3D elements of PC applications streamed to Meta Quest into 3D space. "We're deepening our partnership with Meta to make Windows a first-class experience on Quest devices. And Windows can take advantage of Quest's unique capabilities to extend Windows apps into 3D space." The new API will act as an extension to Windows applications when streamed to Meta Quest via Microsoft's upcoming Windows app for Quest, which will let you acc

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Saudis To Bet Forty Billion On AI, Nvidia’s Nerd Woodstock, State Of Unreal

Charlie Fink

It was a week of dueling conferences and big, big money.

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#1348: The Journey from VRvana to Apple Vision Pro with co-founder Bert Nepveu

Voices of VR

Bert Nepveu is a co-founder of VRvana, which made a enterprise mixed reality headset that was acquired by Apple in 2017 and provided a number of key innovations that have now shipped with the Apple Vision Pro. I had a chance to sit down with Nepveu to capture a comprehensive founder’s journey from the beginning […] Bert Nepveu is a co-founder of VRvana, which made a enterprise mixed reality headset that was acquired by Apple in 2017 and provided a number of key innovations that have

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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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Is Airchat Ushering In A New Era Of Social Audio And Conversational Networks?

Cathy Hackl

In a post-pandemic era where we crave connection, audio is becoming increasingly important. Will Air Chat become the go to conversational network?

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The Top Generative AI Tools For Art And Design

Bernard Marr

Image creators were among the first generative AI tools to capture the public imagination. Since then, the market has matured quickly, with AI image generators evolving from impressive technological curiosities into truly useful and powerful applications. Today, many established, industry-standard art and design platforms have embraced this revolution by integrating generative functionality.

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TSMC's Roadmap at a Glance: N3X, N2P, A16 Coming in 2025/2026

Anand Tech

As announced last week by TSMC, later this year the company is set to start high-volume manufacturing on its N3P fabrication process, and this will be the company's most advanced node for a while. Next year things will get a bit more interesting as TSMC will have two process technologies that could actually compete against each other when they enter high-volume manufacturing (HVM) in the second half of 2025.

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NVIDIA Omniverse Expands Worlds Using Apple Vision Pro

NVidia VR

NVIDIA is bringing OpenUSD-based Omniverse enterprise digital twins to the Apple Vision Pro. Announced today at NVIDIA GTC, a new software framework built on Omniverse Cloud APIs , or application programming interfaces, lets developers easily send their Universal Scene Description (OpenUSD) industrial scenes from their content creation applications to the NVIDIA Graphics Delivery Network (GDN) , a global network of graphics-ready data centers that can stream advanced 3D experiences to Apple Visi

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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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Can AI Unlock AR’s True Potential?

AR Insider

Until fairly recently, developments in AR and AI have largely been two separate conversations. They continue to converge to streamline AR creation workflows and engender conversational interfaces, among other things. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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VRROOM: Lessons learnt building a VR social platform that arrived at the top place on a VR store

The Ghost Howls

It’s exactly one year since we launched t he Alpha of the VRROOM platform , the social XR space dedicated to concerts and life shows. We started this project from scratch in July 2022, and in this one year and a half, we have built a lot and obtained remarkable results: we collaborated with important artists like Armani White and Jean-Michel Jarre, won some awards, and one day we even reached the top place of the Pico Store.

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PSVR 2 Firmware Update Points to Wired PC VR Support, Potentially Freeing Users From PlayStation 5

Road to VR

Sony announced last month it was bringing PC VR support to PSVR 2 sometime this year, although the company didn’t specify how or exactly when this would happen. While we’re no closer to knowing when , all signs now point to a direct wired connection—holding a few implications for Sony’s VR strategy. According to the latest PS5 firmware update , PSVR 2 now works without needing Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) and DisplayPort Compression (DSC), two things which were b

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HoloLight Co-founder Speaks on NVIDIA Omniverse and OpenUSD Integration

XR Today - Virtual Reality

Cloud-based XR streaming is a big story to come out of NVIDIA GTC 2024. To empower workers with Omniverse digital twin creation and immersive collaboration, NVIDIA is introducing CloudXR APIs and Graphics Delivery Network (GDN) frameworks to democratise XR content creation for use cases such as warehouse and automotive design and notably allowing headsets such as the Apple Vision Pro to run the service.

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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