XR for Learning -August 12, 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 collects some of the best XR content that learning professionals can learn from.

Here’s this week’s recommended content.

US Fire Administration Advocates The Use Of VR For Firefighter Training by Bobby Carlton
Firefighting is one of the fields that is already showing great success from using virtual reality as a tool for training. This post by Bobby Carlton explores a number of examples of how VR is helping improve training for firefighters, as well as examining a number of benefits that the training is providing.

Will COVID-Era Lockdowns Catapult AR Shopping? by Mike Boland
One of the first areas augmented reality is gaining traction with consumers is retail. This post by Mike Boland looks at how AR is enhancing the shopping experience for consumers, and how that usage is actually being accelerated by the pandemic.

Top 10 Oculus Quest Beginner Tips You Might Not Know About by Harry Baker
If you just got an Oculus Quest, this post by Harry Baker highlights a number of somewhat hidden features that you may not be aware of. Oculus has done a great job of updating the device’s firmware with new functionality, so even if you’ve had your Quest for a while you may discover something new on this list.

Augmented Reality and Hearables: Where the Two Technologies Meet
When people think about augmented reality, they tend to define it in terms of visual augmentations. AR is much broader than that though, giving us to augment our reality through all of our senses. This post looks at how experiences can be augmented through what we hear in addition to what we see.

Google uses crowdsourced photos to recreate landmarks in 3D for AR/VR by Jeremy Horwitz
One of the biggest challenges for AR & VR developers is creating 3D assets for their designs. This post by Jeremy Horwitz looks at work Google is doing that will enable automatic creation of 3D models from analysis of 2D photos.

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Want to take a deeper dive into virtual reality and augmented reality for Learning? Here are two ways to keep on top of XR for Learning.

  • XR for Learning’s industry curation posts publish multiple times each month. You can check out archived posts by visiting the XR for Learning page of the Learning Guild Blog.
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