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Our weekly XR recap: CES 2023 traditionally makes the first week of January XR week. We also got a major leak on Apple’s upcoming XR headset.
Vive Elite XR
With the Vive Elite XR, HTC presents a VR headset with AR functions for consumers. A business version will follow later. For around $1100, you get a stylish, slim and modular device that is ahead of the much cheaper Quest 2 or Pico 4 headsets in terms of technology and design, but not quite up to the slightly more expensive Quest Pro.
XR-News from CES 2023
The tech show in Las Vegas traditionally brings plenty of XR news at the beginning of the year. Besides the aforementioned Vive Elite XR, we got
Mojo Vision is running out of mojo
Or rather, Mojo Vision is running out of money. Although the Mojo Lens AR contact lens is an impressive piece of technology and has even made it to the test user phase, Mojo Vision was unable to attract any more investors.
There are simply too many unanswered questions regarding the technology itself, its adoption and useful applications for AR contact lenses ahead of an economic period trimmed for low risk. Mojo Vision is laying off 75 percent of its workforce and refocusing on MicroLED.
Mega Apple leak
2023 is finally supposed to be the year of Apple Reality. Apple reporter Mark Gurman currently assumes a presentation in spring and a market launch for developers in summer. The general launch would then take place in the fall.
The Information leaked many details about Apple’s VR-AR headset this week, including some that were not yet known, such as that the headset will feature a reality wheel that can be used to switch between virtual reality and real-world environments.
The race ahead for LBE XR
The Application of XR into the attractions and amusement landscape is covered by industry specialist Kevin Williams, in his latest Virtual Arena column – Looking at the trends and new technology revealed to the trade during Novembers IAAPA Expo 2022.
AI conference bans AI texts
With large language models like ChatGPT, pupils and students can automatically solve essays, papers, lines of code and possibly even challenging math problems in the future. How does the education system handle AI homework automation? The ICML has come up with a first answer: The scientific AI conference has banned texts created with text generation systems.
Meanwhile, German business informatics professor Dr. Doris Weßels is calling on the education system to integrate the new technology into teaching concepts – because it won’t go away. For more AI news, visit THE DECODER.