Walmart adds augmented reality shopping features into its app

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After a considerable testing period, the retail giant has announced that the AR feature will roll out. This week, Walmart announced that it will start rolling out two new app features that use augmented reality technology. The two features are meant to help make it easier for consumers to make informed shopping choices. The first app update is slated for implementation in July for iOS devices. It will make it possible for customers to view the way furniture and home décor items will look in their own rooms. The augmented…

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Virtual reality workspaces boost stress and reduce productivity

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Working a day job in the metaverse is harder on workers than continuing in reality. Meta and a number of other virtual reality companies have been pouring investments into creating VR work environments. The claim is that they provide a distraction-free space in which people can be more productive. They have stated that virtual reality workspaces cut out the distractions and stresses associated with a real, in-person environment. That said, researchers recently determined that these metaverse-based working environments are not only more frustrating and overwhelming than a traditional brick-and-mortar workspace,…

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ByteDance, TikTok owner, gets serious about virtual reality

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The company is preparing to make substantial investments into VR technology. TikTok app owner, ByteDance, is jacking up its investments into the virtual reality space, according to a recent report. Media reports have indicated that the company is pouring substantial money into VR technology. The Protocol report cited a source close to the matter, who said that “tons of money” was being invested into virtual reality content. It appears that a good chunk of the ByteDance investment will be poured into hiring. The Protocol report indicated that more than 40…

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Canadian city’s police uses virtual reality to improve mental health crisis response

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The city of Hamilton, Ontario is training with VR headsets to better their response to these cases. Officers in the Hamilton Police Service in Ontario, Canada are training using virtual reality to improve their response to individuals suffering mental health crises. The technology is helping officers to better diffuse situations and calm people without using force. The officers are experiencing highly realistic scenarios in a three-dimensional environment using a virtual reality headset. It allows them to experience a situation similar to one they might encounter in real life. It allows…

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Volkswagen and Microsoft launch augmented reality glasses project

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The companies are working to use the HoloLens 2 to bring AR into the driving experience. Volkswagen and Microsoft have announced that they will be collaborating on a HoloLens 2 augmented reality glasses project that will bring the experience right into a driver’s own vehicle. The idea is to provide a holographic display of relevant information right when the driver needs it. The augmented reality glasses project would bring technology closer to being able to provide information such as traffic conditions, weather reports, shopping recommendations and highlights of points of…

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