Horizon Workrooms in Facebook VR Meetings App to include Zoom in 2022

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The company explained that the option is still in beta, but that it will be providing integration. The Horizon Workrooms in the Facebook VR Meetings App connect virtual reality and video chat users within the same space using avatars to represent the people present. The social network company has now announced that it intends to integrate with the Zoom platform. Although the Horizon Workrooms in the Facebook VR Meetings App are still in their beta, it has been announced that they are working on Zoom integration within that space as…

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Burning Man is exclusively a free virtual reality event in 2021

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The world-famous desert festival has gone entirely digital this year and is accepting donations. Burning Man has announced that it will be a virtual reality event in 2021 that will be free to everyone but that will be accepting donations for anyone who wishes to do so. The VR experience will allow people to wander the landscapes and the art from their own homes. The decision to turn Burning Man into a virtual reality event this year was due to the threat of the COVID-19 Delta variant. This is the…

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ByteDance acquires Pico virtual reality company

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The TikTok owner is moving ahead with new VR strategies through the headset maker purchase. ByteDance, the company behind the popular TikTok app, has just acquired Pico, a virtual reality technology start-up. The start-up is the third largest maker of VR headsets and other equipment in the world. ByteDance announced that the new acquisition represents the company’s first major steps into virtual reality. At the time this article was written, the company, which is based in Beijing, China, had not disclosed the size of the acquisition of Pico. That said,…

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Facebook faces challenges to its virtual reality remote work goals

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Cost and the nausea-inducing nature of the technology are among the biggest hurdles to the experience. Facebook has been working on the development of tools that could theoretically provide the capacity for a virtual reality remote work experience. That said, this technology has a number of challenges which must be overcome before it will become practical for employees to use to feel that they’re collaborating in the same space, even in a digital ecosystem. These challenges will need to be overcome to convince workplaces to adopt this technology. Overcoming the…

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TikTok is testing out new augmented reality developer tools

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The social media app is trialing AR as its rivals Facebook and Snap have been openly doing the same. TikTok is following in the footsteps of some of its top rivals by testing new augmented reality developer tools. These could eventually provide the opportunity for creators to build AR effects into the popular social media app. The platform remains in the private beta stage of development and is called TikTok Effect Studio. According to a recent report from The Verge, the TikTok Effect Studio is in its private beta phase…

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