Can working from home in VR save the planet?

Working from home is the new normal. The coronavirus pandemic has caused more harm than any other event in my lifetime. Hundreds of thousands lost their lives, and hundreds of millions negatively impacted by the global lockdown trying to prevent its spread. Like almost any dark cloud, there’s a silver lining. COIVID-19 has created the…

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Virtual Avatars with loom.ai

Zoom fatigue is already setting in and we are only a few weeks into the work from home era. For remote work to be sustainable we need better tools for meetings, conferences and collaboration. Loom.AI is creating avatars that allow people to be more relaxed and comfortable in remote meetings. Join me as I speak…

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Apply buys Next VR

Why did Apple buy NextVR? Apple’s been rumored to release AR glasses for years now. Rumors about about dates starting back in 2019 and now extending out to 2023. They keep increasing the quality of their AR tech in iPhones and iPads. but they’ve shied away from talking about virtual reality. With a $100 million…

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Tim Tam Slam

Tim Tam Slam is one of the most unique Australian food experiences. Experiencing foreign cultures through food is one of the joys of being a global nomad. Sometimes we just want to have a little fun on the Being Virtual Show. All work and no play makes Bob a dull boy. So make a cup…

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Virtual Reality Rentals

    VR rental pivots are creating new revenue streams for arcade operators renting equipment for parties during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the 1980s Blockbuster Video and other video rental companies offered hardware rental before the costs of VCR’s plummeted. They also offered gaming console rentals during the 1990s. While VR is still expensive, could rentals…

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Virtual Reality Investors and Tipping Point

    Virtual Reality Investor, Tipatat, co-founder of the Venture Reality Fund, called 2019 the tipping point for VR gaming. More than 100 games earned more than $1 million. The release of Half-Life Alyx has added almost 1 million new headsets to the Steam platform, showing the largest spike in VR usage ever. Sony also…

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Bob discusses Magic Leap Payoffs & General Magic Movie

Magic Leap haters abound, but what they tried to create was hard. They were inventing technology and creating an entire stack that didn’t previously exist. For a startup company, it’s reminiscent of General Magic, who created the first handheld computer in the ’90s. Magic Leap laid off half their workers last week, reported to be…

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Bob Cooney on Building the Metaverse

Metaverse is a term that describes an always-on computer world that people can flow in and out of as avatars. A metaverse has an economy, with jobs, merchandise, education, entertainment, and any other aspect of what you might consider the “real world.” The term was coined in the 1992 novel Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.…

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BigScreen VR let's you watch with your friends

BigScreen VR lets people share while viewing movies. More than 40% of people use more than one screen when watching TV. Unlike movie theaters which ban any social interaction, watching from home enables people to stay connected while they enjoy their favorite film. New platforms are making social viewing better and easier. A new plugin…

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Being emergent and exploring complexity

Being emergent is the key to succeeding in the inherently complex XR market. Rapidly accelerating technology and constantly shifting applications attempting to meet emerging consumer and business needs makes the business highly unpredictable. Dave Snowden lays down a roadmap for leadership and management for anyone operating in an emerging tech market, during and after the…

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