Tech Crunch – VRAI wants to tackle the energy crisis by bringing VR simulation training to offshore wind sector

Virtual Reality (VR) has struggled to transition too far beyond gaming circles and specific industry use-cases such as medical training, but with the burgeoning metaverse movement championed by tech heavyweights such as Meta, there has been a renewed hope (and hype) around the promise that virtual worlds bring. Just yesterday, Los Angeles-based AmazeVR announced a…

Tech Crunch – Europe wants to shape the future of virtual worlds with rules and taxes

EU lawmakers are moving in on the metaverse and making it plain that, whatever newfangled virtual world/s and/or immersive social connectivity that tech industry hype involving the term may refer to, these next-gen virtual spaces won’t escape one hard reality: Regulation. There may be a second metaverse certainty too, if the Commission gets its way:…

Tech Crunch – Northeastern University VR lab targeted in explosive mail attack

A staff member at Northeastern University’s Holmes Hall was injured after opening an explosive package, the Boston Police Department reports. Holmes Hall is home to the university’s virtual reality center. Federal law enforcement sources told CNN that the package included a “rambling note” that disparaged Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the relationship between academia and…

Tech Crunch – Don’t leave your Meta Quest Pro prototype in your hotel room

Looks like someone made a booboo. A video game streamer in Mexico, Ramiro Cardenas, claims to have found an engineering prototype of the Meta Quest Pro in a hotel room. Per Cardenas’ leaked videos and photos, the new virtual reality hardware surpasses the current, consumer-grade Quest 2 by adding three cameras on the front of…

Tech Crunch – Bloomingdale’s goes all-in on metaverse with new virtual store

Iconic department store Bloomingdale’s is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a new virtual store, designed by Emperia, that will go live during New York Fashion Week, which starts September 9. Virtual department stores aren’t a new concept. You might recall eBay doing something similar in 2013, and individual brands more recently. In fact, the concept…

Tech Crunch – Meta is hosting its Connect conference on October 11

A year after Facebook transformed to Meta at the event, the company is hosting its second Connect conference on October 11 this year. The firm is describing this event as a “one-day virtual event that explores the building of the metaverse and the future of augmented and virtual reality.” Currently, there is no information about…

Tech Crunch – Varjo, an early mover in building XR headsets and software for enterprises, taps $40M

Applications in the metaverse often feel like more of a marketing gimmick than something that a critical mass of consumers would use, let alone pay for. But turn to the enterprise, and there appears to be a very lucrative opportunity that’s well into finding traction. Today, one of the early movers in building solutions for…

Tech Crunch – Apple may have given us a hint at its AR/VR headset’s name

Apple’s highly anticipated mixed reality headset may now have a name, according to a Bloomberg report earlier this week. The outlet spotted trademarks in the U.S. and global markets related to the device that were filed by Apple-affiliated firms. Names like “Reality One,” “Reality Pro” and “Reality Processor” were filed by a supposed shell corporation…

Tech Crunch – Zuckerberg says Meta’s next VR headset will launch in October and will focus on ‘social presence’

Meta is launching its next VR headset this October at the company’s Connect conference. CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement late Thursday, fittingly, in an equally surreal environment: the Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Spotify. He said that the new VR headset, a sequel to the popular Oculus 2, will focus on “social presence,” with…

Tech Crunch – Meta officially rolls out its new metaverse ID system

Meta, formerly Facebook, has officially rolled out what it’s calling Meta accounts and Meta Horizon Profiles. The global launch will be gradual, but both “accounts” are to be used in place of the personal social media account logins — Facebook and Instagram — once used to log in to the company’s virtual reality (VR) system. …