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HTC Vive: developers see increase in enterprise adoption of VR

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Enterprise adoption of VR is among the biggest changes in immersive technology over the past year, as a new survey of developers from HTC Vive reveals

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➨ Conducted before the outbreak of Covid-19, 53% of 350 participating developers said they are seeing businesses incorporating VR in some way
➨ HTC Vive’s survey also found that more developers are now building enterprise applications (46%) than consumer experiences (42%). Compared to last year’s findings, developers focused on creating business solutions jumped 14%
➨ Other results from the HTC Vive survey show how developers are attempting to overcome VR’s limitations until the technology matures

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Just over half of developers who responded to an HTC Vive survey said that an increase in enterprise adoption of VR was the biggest change in immersive technology over the past year.

Conducted before the outbreak of Covid-19, 53% of 350 participating developers said they are seeing businesses incorporating VR in some way.

HTC Vive believes that the pandemic and events of the past few months have “only ramped up interest in enterprise and commercial VR”.

“Businesses are now looking for innovative and impactful solutions to communicate and collaborate with their employees and customers and even to remotely train their workforce.”

HTC VIVE teamed up with the market intelligence firm IDC to conduct the survey in January and its releasing the results in two batches. This first lot focuses on key opportunities and trends for VR developers.

Lewis Ward, research director for gaming and VR/AR at IDC, expects increased enterprise use to translate into headset sales. He said: “Partly driven by this increase in commercial and enterprise adoption, IDC projects VR headset shipments will top 5.7 million worldwide in 2020.”

Wider enterprise adoption of VR is also translating into a shift in developer focus.

HTC Vive’s survey found that more developers are now building enterprise applications (46%) than consumer experiences (42%). Compared to last year’s findings, developers focused on creating business solutions jumped 14%.

HTC Vive is also seeing this shift to enterprise. Vive X, HTC’s investment arm, recently revealed that 17 of its portfolio companies attracted additional funding in the past year, with the majority of capital going to enterprise solutions in healthcare and employee training.

Developers still believe gaming applications for VR represent the best opportunity for growth, but training and simulation (63%) and education (41%) are not far behind, according to the survey.

Workforce training and simulations are big focuses at HTC Vive, which recently teamed up with developer FreeRangeXR to launch a safety and hazard training solution.

Two of ViveX’s portfolio companies, Talespin and Bodyswaps, are doing great work in soft skills training.

Other results from the HTC Vive survey show how developers are attempting to overcome VR’s limitations until the technology matures.

Multi-platform development continues to be the norm, with three-quarters of those surveyed confirming they were developing their next project for more than one VR platform.

Developers working on projects for both tethered and standalone headsets believe that being platform and hardware agnostic will enable greater success.

The increase in enterprise adoption of VR is unsurprising in itself. Nearly 200 professionals representing startups, enterprise technology firms and investors were bullish about expanding avenues for monetisation, largely due to the potential of the enterprise market.

Also unsurprising is the interest in training and simulation, given the obviousness of the use case, both before the pandemic and today.

PwC’s study on the benefits of VR for soft skills training, in which Talespin was involved, offered hard evidence, and you only need to see a hardware developer in HTC Vive pushing the use case to understand its potential.

But having these trends confirmed by a decent sample of developers gives them a weight they did not yet have.

After all, developers are the ones on the ground, working every day to find customers for their products and services, and having to react quickly when their preferred use cases don’t materialise.

HTC Vive will release the second batch of results from its survey next week. They will reveal developers’ largest obstacles and how to work around them.

Until then, let VRWorldTech know what you think via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or editor@vrworldtech.com.

Main image: stephan sorkin / Unsplash

Source: https://vrworldtech.com/2020/07/30/htc-vive-developers-see-increase-in-enterprise-adoption-of-vr/

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Win a Huge The Walking Dead Onslaught Merch Bundle Including the Game

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Last month Survios launched its much-anticipated zombie survival title The Walking Dead Onslaught for PC VR and PlayStation VR headsets. To celebrate the release VRFocus has another awesome competition where one lucky reader has a chance to win both the videogame and a bunch of merchandise.

The Walking Dead Onslaught

The Walking Dead Onslaught is a collaboration between Survios and AMC, bringing the popular TV show to life in virtual reality (VR) with some of the show’s famous faces. If you’re a fan of AMC’s TV show then the storyline will be of interest as its set between season 8 and 9.

The main campaign follows Daryl Dixon, where you embody the character famous for his crossbow. In between missions you need to rebuild the Alexandria Safe Zone and help the community by going on supply runs, upgrading your weapons and killing a lot of walkers.

For this competition is dishing up a sizable selection of merch, all of it going to one lucky winner. You can see what’s on offer below. This will be shipped by Survios directly to the winner, worldwide.

  • The Walking Dead Season 8 Blu-ray
  • The Walking Dead Season 9 Blu-ray
  • The Walking Dead Onslaught Steelbook case (Includes a code for the platform of your choice)
  • The Walking Dead Onslaught Art book
  • The Walking Dead Onslaught T-shirt
  • The Walking Dead Onslaught Microfiber cloth
  • The Walking Dead Onslaught Postcard
  • Developer letter
The Walking Dead: Onslaught

So onto the competition. There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway with the standard prize draw entry rules applying: Follow us (or already be following us) on Twitter or alternatively, visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel to get an entry for each. The competition will be open until 11.59 pm GMT on Monday 2nd November 2020. The draw will be made shortly thereafter. After which VRFocus will contact the winner to get platform and address details. Best of luck.

The Walking Dead Onslaught Merch Competition

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/10/win-a-huge-the-walking-dead-onslaught-merch-bundle-including-the-game/

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Hold Your Nerve With These Scary VR Horror Titles

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Halloween is almost upon us and while the events of 2020 may hamper traditional activities such as Trick or Treating, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the season. You could carve some pumpkins, dress up in some ghoulish face paint or if you’re really really brave play some of the virtual reality (VR) videogames listed below.

Affected: The Manor

AFFECTED: The Manor

This scary title has been doing the rounds for several years now, available on most platforms with recent updates adding a speedrun mode called The Gauntlet whilst The Darkness update upped the intensity by adding just a single candle for illumination. AFFECTED: The Manor isn’t so much a game rather a haunted house experience with multiple routes and endings if you can handle returning.

Five Nights at Freddys VR

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted

The long-running franchise came to VR in 2019 and was all the better for it. Full of bite-sized mini-games that will get your heart racing, the scenes from the previous editions have been updated for VR whilst new ones were added. If you like jump scares (or don’t) it doesn’t get much more intense than this.

In Death: Unchained

In Death/In Death: Unchained

Whether it’s In Death for PC VR and PlayStation VR or In Death: Unchained for Oculus Quest, what you get is a frantic fight against hordes of demons, with only a bow for company. Procedural levels mean that each run is never quite the same and death sees you placed back at the start.

Lies Beneath

Lies Beneath

A good horror game needs to be super creepy, usually with a nice mix of impending doom and some horrible looking monsters. If that’s what you’re looking for then Drifter Entertainment’s Lies Beneath should suffice. With some striking artwork and a comic book style delivery, this should easily keep you on edge.

Layers of Fear

Layers of Fear VR

Set in a hauntingly twisted mansion, Layers of Fear VR is a remake of the pancake original, adding immersive controls for a more intense experience. You play as a painter trying to finish his Magnum Opus yet as you wander his Victorian mansion his mind begins to unravel.

Propagation VR

Propagation VR

Time for one of the newest horror titles on this list, Propagation VR is the work of French team WanadevStudio. Normally creating videogames for VR arcades this is a wave shooter set in a dilapidated subway station after a virus has broken out. With no locomotion the action comes from all sides, creeping out of the darkness for some frightening moments. And the best bit is Propagation VR is completely free!

Phasmophobia

Phasmophobia

The current indie hit on Steam which only arrived into Early Access during September, Phasmophobia is a 4 player online co-op psychological horror. Whether you’re in VR or on PC, you and your team are paranormal investigators searching haunted locations for evidence of ghostly activity.

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

For those after an awesome zombie survival experience in VR then look no further than Skydance Interactive’s The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. From the safety of your base where you can craft weapons and useful tools you need to head into the streets of New Orleans, searching houses for resources and finding other survivors to uncover their stories. And of course, removing a few walkers along the way.

The Room VR: A Dark Matter

The Room VR: A Dark Matter

Maybe not everyone’s definition of a horror experience, those that love a good atmospheric puzzle title should take a look at The Room VR: A Dark Matter. Expanding upon the popular mobile series you’re sent back to London circa 1908 to the British Institute of Archaeology where an esteemed Egyptologist has disappeared and a spine-tingling world awaits.

The Exorcist Legion VR screenshot 3

The Exorcist: Legion VR

Pretty much a staple of most VR horror lists, The Exorcist: Legion VR was released back in 2018 by British studio Wolf and Wood. An episodic story spilt across five chapters, you play the role of a detective investigating grisly murders. Needless to say, these all have a paranormal twist.

Blair Witch Oculus Quest

Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition

This final is a little extra because it’s not quite out yet. Another standard game port into VR, Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition has been redesigned for the headset with lots more interactive features. This probably makes it more terrifying to play as you wander into those haunted woods. It’s set to arrive just in time for Halloween on 29th October 2020.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/10/hold-your-nerve-with-these-scary-vr-horror-titles/

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AR For Remote Assistance: A True Game Changer

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🔴 Sometimes, the biggest obstacle preventing a customer from receiving a service is not cost or availability, but rather distance. Even in our highly interconnected world, situations occur when customers live in remote regions with no option to get service quickly, or even when the service is quite rare and not represented in all cities where customers reside. Such circumstances might seem hopeless at first glance, but can often be counteracted with remote assistance, or even better – remote assistance through AR.

◈ How do remote assistance and AR work?

Remote assistance traditionally refers to the provision of support and service through various forms of communication – voice and video calls, text messaging and chat, mobile apps, and web platforms. The listed approaches are far from perfect, but they can be improved with augmented reality (AR) technology, which allows digital elements to be projected on real visuals (e.g. live camera footage) with certain devices (usually smartphones, tablets, or smart glasses). Let’s take a look at how and why the technology is being used in this field.  👇

◈ Benefits of the AR Approach for Business

Many businesses are already using online and mobile tools to support their customers and employees, but AR makes the service superior through multiple benefits:

1. Faster data analysis

AR technology focuses on analyzing footage and identifying objects in a camera stream. Applications of this type often have pre-programmed markers (images of an object) that it will detect in a photo or camera stream, and the process often happens much faster than a person looking at their surroundings and identifying a particular detail. Consequently, someone can just aim their camera at a piece of equipment, and their AR app will provide information and/or digital visuals in seconds as opposed to sharing the image via message and waiting minutes for an expert to identify it.

2. More relevant and informative visuals

🗨 In addition to speed, the tracking systems of AR apps do a much better job of providing accurate and relevant information. To begin with, remote specialists are quite limited in their approach to identifying objects and issues affecting them. They might ask for descriptions, photos, or a video to get a grasp of the issue, and even they sometimes make mistakes. On the other hand, a well-crafted tracking system will analyze many factors around an object in a live camera feed and can make a more accurate judgment about the situation. Accordingly, the information and/or visuals that the AR app then displays will be more relevant and better tailored to the user’s surroundings.

3. Improved automation

🎯 Given the advanced tracking and visualization systems present in AR apps, they can take on many of the functions typically delegated to support specialists. The application can include step-by-step support for dozens of situations and scenarios, so users are able to resolve issues by themselves. However, it is unlikely that this type of solution will replace support staff entirely, as not every problem encountered by users can be prepared for, and there are also times when the hardware and software fail to make the right determinations.

4.  Ease of development

👉 Just 10 years ago, AR was an unknown concept to most businesses and developers, with only a select few companies (like Layar) paving the way for the technology to thrive. Today, AR development services are thriving with thousands of developers working in this field. Furthermore, Android and iOS have embraced the technology and provided the tools (ARKit and ARCore) to build such software for their platforms with no hassle. Thus, the creation of such solutions should not be thought of as much more complex than ordinary app development.

5.  Standing out from the competition

🗨 For service providers competing with other companies for market share, the elaborate level of support provided through remote assistance with AR could be the game-changing factor that puts their business ahead of the rest of the pack. Besides outshining competitors, this approach should also impress users and give them a better experience more closely tailored to their circumstances.

Where can AR Remote Support be Used? 👈

Given the broad capabilities of AR, it can be used in nearly every industry – even support for online services. Still, certain industries lend themselves to the technology best, and some examples are below:

● Automotive

Helping drivers make repairs or learn how certain features work. Making the jobs of mechanics/salesmen easier with quick scanning and information

● Retail

👥 Customers can use their devices to navigate stores more easily and find needed products faster. Employees can train to quickly identify where products are located and how goods are organized.

 

● Healthcare

Patients and their caretakers are guided through medical tasks, medical readings are made clearer and visualized. Medical staff can quickly interpret results and provide recommendations.

● Utilities

Workers at utility plants and stations can quickly troubleshoot issues, share relevant footage and data, preview changes to facility functions.

● Military

Servicemen can learn how to work with equipment properly, scan gear and objects for potential dangers, and get accurate descriptions of various items.

👉 And many more

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to creating AR experiences.

Where is AR Already Being Used for Remote Assistance?

With thousands of businesses already using AR in their operations, it is safe to say that hundreds have applied it to remote assistance. Some prominent examples include: 👇

1. CITIC Telecom

The CITIC Telecom company has a massive amount of infrastructure that must be kept in working order, and AR is helping with this. Their field engineers and maintenance staff are using AR devices to troubleshoot issues with equipment and boost productivity by over 50%.

2. Scandinavian Health Ltd

With the recent lockdown and quarantine measures, many auditors are not able to come to work. However, the company has invested in smart glasses, which are worn by employees that do visit their facilities and allow the auditors to see the data crucial to their work visualized.

3. Renault

Renault is a French automaker that integrated AR devices to improve cooperation with dealerships. Using the special software and hardware, Renault engineers can cooperate with dealership technicians to resolve warranty issues, reducing the need for engineers to visit the dealerships.

4. Nestlé

The giant food corporation Nestlé is applying AR technology to improve collaboration among its various production and R&D sites. Specialists in the facilities are linked with the software and can easily share photos and video streams, files, visualize systems and processes and therefore work more efficiently.

 📖 Conclusion 👇

At the most basic level, AR-based support answers the biggest demand that people in need of help have – show, don’t tell. Though voice and video support are helpful in many situations, augmented reality apps provide can resolve most troubleshooting situations much faster and more accurately, as long as the proper care and attention to detail are invested in their development. As the approach grows and grows in popularity, we see a rising number of businesses use it to their advantage.

🗨 In case you are interested in the implementation of AR technologies to enhance your business processes or accomplish other goals, you can contact any of the numerous companies that provide AR services. One of the leading companies presented in the matrix above is Program-Ace – an AR development company that has worked with immersive technologies since they first appeared on the market. Whichever company you choose will be lucky to have you, because the implementation of new tech in your business will allow you to stay a few steps ahead of your competitors.

 

↘ Source: 👤 Mikhail Shcherbatko is a creative writer, translator, movie buff, and fantasy book fan. Writing guest posts for Program-Ace, he strives to bring useful insights to the masses. 🔚

 

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