Fired from Snap, The Open Metaverse, Fortnite VR

We may or may not be going into a recession, but it certainly has happened to both high-flying social media stocks that rely on advertising. This week, Snap laid off 1,200 employees, or 20% of its workforce. Teams working on games within Snapchat, Zenly, the social mapping app Snap bought in 2017, and Snap’s hardware division, which is responsible for the Spectacles AR glasses and Pixy camera drone, which was canceled a few months ago. were introduced. Verge editor Alex Heath, who wrote this Snap article, said two weeks ago on the “This Week in XR” podcast that he finds it ironic that Apple’s policy change hurts two companies likely to compete with the upcoming XR device. Despite the current difficulties, Snap co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel said his early camera business will continue to focus on augmented reality.

Charting the Course for an Open Metaverse, Part 1: Updates from the First 60 Days of the Metaverse Standards Forum Launched in June 2022 with 37 founding members such as Khronos Group, Meta, NVIDIA, Google, Epic, Lamina1, IKEA, Microsoft, Wayfair and Unity. the Forum grew to over 1500 in its first 60 days. Work is currently underway to create domain working groups to launch pragmatic projects for real action. Learn more about what the Forum accomplished in its first 60 days and what’s to come in our recent blog post linked here.

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Random quotes from Zuck’s very, very long interview. My favorite has been mentioned many times. ICYMI “You wake up in the morning. Check my phone to get a million messages… That’s usually not good, is it? I mean, people keep the right things to say to me personally, don’t they? But it’s like, okay, what’s going on in the world that I have to pay a little attention to that day, so it’s almost like waking up every day and getting a punch in the stomach. Here’s another selfish head shaker. “I’m not here to design a service that pisses people off.” Strange, because his service still does. Being a public figure doesn’t mean you have to share everything with the public. When you get personal on Rogan’s podcast, what kind of response do you expect from people? Another filed under ‘deaf billionaires’.

Zuckerberg Says Meta’s Next VR Headset Will Launch In October And Will Focus On “Social Presence” Meta will launch its next VR headset at the company’s Connect conference in October. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this during his interview with the podcast Joe Rogan Experience.

Meta publishes a series of videos promoting XR Tech, Kenya. “Meet the Amani team,” reads the description on YouTube. The description for “Amani” reads. “They used technology to connect and compete, but one day the metaverse will help them – and all of us – achieve so much more. When we connect across borders, we all go further. There is even another related video of the same name, obviously shot at the same time. The videos were quite expensive, probably north of a million dollars. The videos, launched on 8/23, have had 13,000 and 4,000 views since their launch on 8/23, suggesting that they are not promoting the videos. At least not yet. Why did they even do that?

Report: ‘Fortnite’ update includes mention of Oculus, suggestions for future Quest support It makes a lot of sense. Grand Theft Auto due is coming and the battle royale of Meta, Population oneis one of Quest’s most popular titles. Fortnite is one of the most popular video games in the world, with over 350 million users.

Kenan Thompson from SNL is looking for VR comics Thompson teams up with Kyle Render of the VR Comedy Render Failed show on Altspace to find talent for “the ultimate comedy experience.” Kyle and his partners have produced more than 400 virtual reality shows and welcome more than a quarter of a million visitors to their virtual comedy club almost daily through the virtual reality social platform AltspaceVR.

Apple may have just given a big hint about the name of its AR/VR headset The company is reading its first XR HMD for release in 2023. Bloomberg reported that a shell company has filed trademark applications in multiple countries for the names “Reality One”, “Reality Pro” and “Reality Processor”. In December, an Apple-affiliated display company filed trademark applications for “RealityOS” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which may be the name of the hardware operating system.

The Immersive section of the Venice Film Festival welcomes 43 new projects. A small island a short water taxi ride from the FF festival headquarters in Venice is their September 1-10 XR exhibition curated by Liz Rosenthal and Michel Reilhac. Visitors can play games, or ‘world hop’ with a guide, dress up with backing dancers, or even help Coco Chanel develop her Chanel No. 5 perfume in a spectacular new experience developed by Mathias Chelebourg called ‘Met)’. ELELE is the first film directed by the Dutch artist Sjoerd van Acker and “Miracle Basket” by Abner Preis. There is also an interactive VR game set in 1920s England inspired by the “Peaky Blinders” TV show called “Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom”.

The Global Immersion Summit (officially the VRARA Global Summit) will take place on the glamorous island of Madeira off the coast of Portugal from September 28-30, 2022. The island of Madeira is known as the Hawaii of Europe, and the conference will see ecosystem leaders metaverse XR, NFT, Blockchain, 5G Networks and span enterprise, media, entertainment. The conference will have a unique format with a track stage, technology experience zones, and immersive performances and demonstrations. Speakers include Niantic, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Deutsche Telekom, Google, Sony, Vodaphone, Volvo, Gucci, Adobe, European Blockchain Association, Magic Leap, Blippar, Virbe, Departure Lounge Inc., The Glimpse Group, FOV Ventures, Nokia, Mission Impact, VNCCII, SenseGlove, Forbes, EndeavorXR, KIT-AR, VIRTUALWARE, adidas Runtastic, Mojo Vision, Faber Courtial, Maxim (UK), SenseGlove, HTC VIVE and others.

This week in XR is also a podcast hosted by the author of this column and Ted Schilowitz, head of future technologies at Paramount Global. We’re off this week, but interviews with our guests this summer, Rony Abovitz (Founder of Magic Leap), Neal Stephenson (Author, Founder of Lamina1), Matthew Ball (Author, Investor), John Gaeta (Academy Award Winner, CCO of Inworld) Alex Heath (Publisher, The Verge), Marcie Jastrow (CEO, Shiba Inu Metaverse), Cathy Hackl (CCO, Journey), Justin Barad (OssoVR), Tony Parisi (Lamina1), Matt Miesnieks (CEO, LivingCities . xyz), Catherine Henry (MediaMonks) and Steve Grubbs (CEO, Victory XR), can be found here Spotify, itunesand Youtube.

The edgeis Alex Heath and recodeby Shirin Ghaffary put on your helmet and go inside Horizon in the last episode of the last season of Land of the GiantsVox Media’s award-winning narrative podcast series about the most influential technology companies of our time. This season marked the transformation from Facebook to Meta, with interviews with senior executives, former employees and other experts.

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NVIDIA explains why it believes a protocol invented by Pixar is the “HTML of the metaverse” (Ben Lang/RoadtoVR)

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