XR for Learning Weekly – January 21, 2020

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Augmented, Virtual, and other mixed reality technologies are rapidly emerging and advancing, creating new and exciting opportunities for training and education. XR for Learning Weekly collects some of the week’s best XR content that learning professionals can learn from.

XR for Learning is curated by the team that brings you Realities360, the premier AR/VR event for education and training professionals.

Here’s this week’s recommended content.

CES 2020 proved VR and AR are thriving — and moving into automobiles by Jeremy Horowitz
One of the most compelling things I saw come out of this year’s CES show was how the definition of XR technology is being expanded. It’s not just about smartphones and headsets; it’s about bringing AR (and to a lesser extent, VR) into the context where it solves a problem. This post by Jeremy Horowitz shares highlights from CES that place a spotlight on some of those examples.

How Augmented Reality Is Used to Educate People on Pollution by Gergana Mileva
The true potential of augmented reality is in its ability to bring the experience to you, in your current context. This post by Gergana Mileva explores an example of AR being used to educate park visitors on pollution, and how we can reduce the effects of climate change.

CES 2020 VR And AR News Roundup: Everything You Might Have Missed by Harry Baker
I find the Consumer Electronics Show to be a major yardstick by which we can measure the adoption of XR technologies. In that context, CES 2020 did not disappoint. This post by Harry Baker does a great job of curating many of the major AR & VR stories from this year’s show.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Says AR Technology Is “The Next Big Thing” by Kyle Melnick
There’s no doubt that Apple drives many of the shifts in how we adopt new technologies. This post by Kyle Melnick examines comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook about augmented reality, including describing AR as the next big thing, and a technology that will pervade our entire life.

In the Trucking Industry, VR Simulator Training Moves to Center Stage via VR Voice
While virtual reality is still emerging and evolving as a tool for training, there are some pockets in which it is already being leveraged as a critical part of an organization’s learning strategy. This post from VR Voice looks at one such use case, examining how VR has quickly become a major component of training for truck drivers.

Three Great Reasons to Attend Realities360

The Realities360 Conference and Expo is the premier event exploring how augmented and virtual reality can transform education and training. The conference brings together early adopters from all over the world for a singular purpose: to share and expand proven practices and harness the potential of AR & VR for learning.

There are a host of reasons to attend the conference, but let’s focus on three specific ones that are unique when compared against other industry events.

A Conference with a Purpose: Supporting XR Adoption

When our team curates a conference, we usually have a guiding principle in mind that spaces every decision we make about the program. For Realities360, that principle is to support augmented and virtual reality adoption in our industry. In the case of emerging technologies like AR & VR, what is needed evolves each year. When we first held the conference we focused on understanding, and from there we shifted to add more skill-based sessions that explored how to design and develop these solutions. This year we’re excited to lean into use cases that give early adopters the opportunity to share their projects, and for attendees to learn from the lessons they will share.

A Focus on Solutions You Can Apply Today

While AR and VR are still emerging, they are technologies that have matured enough to solve problems and increase productivity for your organization TODAY. The Realities360 program is built with application in mind. You will find sessions that explore strategic decisions, tactical design and development tutorials, and case studies sharing proven practices that will provide you with knowledge and skills that will support you in your AR and VR projects today, and tomorrow.

Free Access to a Second Conference: Learning Solutions

New for 2020 is the collocation of Realities360 with the Learning Solutions Conference and Expo. While the focus of Realities360 is narrow, exploring the emerging landscape of augmented and virtual reality technology and how it can be used in education and training, Learning Solutions enables you to explore what works across the full spectrum of technology-enabled learning and development. Your Realities360 Conference registration provides you with complete access to the Learning Solutions program, giving you the ability to put what you learn about AR & VR into the broader context of your complete L&D strategy.

These are just a few of the reasons to consider attending Realities360 this year. Be sure to visit the event website to check out all the great experiences we’ll be hosting in Orlando this Spring.

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