UK ICO to question Meta over child VR safety

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UK watchdog officials are concerned that the company isn’t doing enough to keep kids protected. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the United Kingdom intends to continue its questioning of Meta over the safety of its Quest 2 virtual reality headset for children, according to a recent report in The Guardian. The ICO said that it intends to enter into “further discussions” with meta over its VR compliance. This is hardly the start of the scrutiny Meta has faced over the child safety efforts it has and has not made…

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Gadget-free virtual world simulator tech patented by Disney

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The augmented reality tech wouldn’t require the user to wear a headset or glasses for the experience. Disney has filed a patent for a new type of Virtual World Simulator technology that is supposed to allow for augmented reality experiences but without the need for users to wear glasses or headsets. The US Patent and Trademark company granted the patent to the Walt Disney Company on December 28, 2021. The patent was for virtual world simulator technology that would let the company create theme park rides in the real world…

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Google is developing a new augmented reality wearable and OS

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The company has added job listings indicating it expects its AR platform will reach “billions”. Google started early in developing gadgets in the augmented reality sphere, but its research and development in AR has appeared to have cooled down in recent years. Google has looked as though it was stepping back from AR even as Meta and Apple have moved forward. Now, there are important indications suggesting that Google is seeking to leap right back into augmented reality in both a device and an operating system. Mark Lucovsky, operating system…

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Nike to sell virtual shoes in metaverse following RTFKT acquisition

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The athletic apparel brand announced this week that it has purchased the digital sneaker company. Nike has announced that it has acquired the digital sneaker company RTFKT, as the athletic apparel giant seeks to move forward from the real world into selling virtual shoes in the metaverse. The digital sneaker company was acquired by the sportswear brand for an undisclosed amount. As the metaverse grows rapidly, companies are looking to make sure they are a part of the digital experience. It appears that Nike’s first moves in that direction will…

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New virtual reality simulation takes you into the US nuclear bunker

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The experience simulates a nuclear attack in which 299 missiles are aimed at the US mainland from Russia. Nuclear Biscuit, a virtual reality simulation, is providing US officials with the opportunity to react to an artificial missile attack to determine what consequences would result from their decisions. The experience lets the VR user experience what a US president would need to do in a nuclear crisis. The Nuclear Biscuit provides a virtual reality simulation in which the VR user is the US president and must react as they would in…

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