$1.3 M Investment to Grow Healium's Mind-Powered Mindfulness. Tinder Founder Joins as Advisor! Anxiety is the cause of 60% of all illness and disease

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Columbia, Missouri Company Closes $1.3M
Investment Round for Healium


Tinder Founder Joins as Product Advisor for Biometrically-Controlled Content Channel

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Columbia, Missouri, 2019-- StoryUP, the makers of a virtual anxiety management product called Healium, just closed a $1.3M oversubscribed Series A investment round. The Missouri startup, incubated at the Missouri Innovation Center, will use the funds to grow Healium, the world’s first interactive immersive media channel powered by wearables. Healium’s virtual and augmented reality apps are used worldwide as drugless solutions for the self-management of anxiety, sleep, addiction, and pain.

Anxiety is the cause of 60% of all illness and disease. Healium’s beautiful experiences are designed to quickly downshift the nervous system and allow the user to escape their current reality. Healium’s VR and AR apps can be powered by optional consumer wearables using either a consumer EEG headband or the user’s smartwatch. Power users can control Healium with three brain states including quiet mind, open heart, or focus. With 225 million wearables in the market currently generating 2D data dashboards, Healium’s patented technology is transforming how users interact with their biometric data by allowing them to control stories by shifting their brain patterns, or heart rate.

In addition to the equity investments, the company also announced the addition of Sean Rad, Founder of Tinder, as a product advisor. Rad built the top-grossing non-gaming app in the world. Rad joins clinical advisor Dr. Craig Cheifetz, Regional Dean Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine, and advisory member, Noah Falstein, former Chief of Gaming at Google.

“The brain believes what it sees. So why are we still meditating with our eyes closed with an earbud? This investment round allows us to grow Healium’s eyes-open, visual escapes into new markets and further develop our content that’s powered by users’ emotions so people don’t have to wonder ...am I doing it right? Healium is not a replacement for cognitive behavioral therapy or pharmaceutical interventions. It’s a self-management tool that reminds users their memories have power to control things not only in the virtual world but the real world as well. ” --

Sarah Hill, CEO | Chief Storyteller, StoryUP the makers of Healium.

This is the fifth national group in as many months to recognize the women-owned small business. In 2019, Apple selected StoryUP for its summer Entrepreneur Cohort. The company secured a licensing deal that puts its stress management content on more than 20 airlines for passengers of long haul flights. The company won pitch competitions at CES, the world’s largest technology show, took home a first-place finish at South by Southwest in XR, and was nominated for a Webby for Best Use of Augmented Reality. Most recently, Nueterra Capital selected Healium as one of six companies “destined to disrupt healthcare”.

Two published studies in Frontiers in Psychology and the Journal of Neuroregulation showed Healium’s drugless kits reduced anxiety and increased feelings of positivity in as little as four minutes.

For more information on Healium’s impact on emotional wellbeing or the company’s social purpose with virtual Honor Flights for Veterans, please visit tryhealium.com or email hello@story-up.com.

After training over 25,000 designers, developers and engineers, Circuit Stream launches a new product, an Enterprise VR/AR Platform

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Circuit Stream clients include Lockheed Martin, the US Navy, VMWare, GE, Raytheon, INVISTA, Hershey's, and Boeing!

Accelerating spatial computing and scalable virtual and augmented reality, VR/AR educator and developer Circuit Stream has created a new platform that’s being implemented by industrial companies across North America

Circuit Stream, the leading educator and developer for virtual and augmented reality, today announced the launch of the Circuit Stream Platform, a cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) which enables companies to deploy, manage, and scale virtual and augmented reality applications that transform how their employees learn and work. First launched through a private beta program with participating manufacturer INVISTA, Circuit Stream released the software platform on September 17!

Today, industrial companies in markets like aviation, manufacturing, and aerospace are increasingly looking to virtual reality and augmented reality to train staff and manage operations with greater efficiency, accuracy, and safety. However, the ability to securely deploy and manage cross-platform VR/AR software using the most powerful 3D engines in the market today had not been possible. Recognizing the gap, Circuit Stream's software was designed to facilitate the delivery of VR/AR content for training, processes and operations at scale.

“Virtual and augmented reality can capture expert knowledge, increase training retention and improve safety, while reducing the time required for training and preventing operational downtime. As VR/AR adoption accelerates, companies are looking at the technology to transform operations, collect valuable data and improve productivity over time,” said Lou Pushelberg, co-founder and CEO of Circuit Stream. “Our software is designed to help deploy, manage and measure large-scale XR projects across major hardware platforms, which, in the niche but rapidly growing VR/AR training market, currently does not exist.”

Providing a comprehensive range of analytics, user management, and security features, the Circuit Stream Platform is backed by the company’s growth as leading VR/AR educators and developers. Building on the knowledge of tools, workflows and best practices through the company’s training programs, the new platform now makes it easier to quickly and securely publish XR apps and measure their impact against key success metrics.

Also,

VRARA members receive a 20% discount for the VR/AR Development with Unity course; in addition to this, Circuit Stream would like to offer every VRARA member a free trial of the Platform. No expiry.

More information about the Platform and the free trial is available here

About Circuit Stream

Circuit Stream is the leading education and training provider for virtual and augmented reality. Established in 2015, the company has trained over 25,000 designers, developers and engineers through workshops, team training and its XR Development with Unity course. Among its portfolio of clients include Lockheed Martin, the US Navy, VMWare, GE, Raytheon, INVISTA, Hershey's, and Boeing. Connect with us on Twitter: @CircuitStream

The NEPTUNE Mission will be using Luxsonic’s VR Medical Imaging System!

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The citizen scientists from NEPTUNE will be testing Luxsonic’s VR medical imaging system during their under sea mission in Florida! They will be simulating a clinical scenario and using our VR medical imaging system to communicate with a radiologist above water. This will be the first test of Luxsonic’s system in an extreme environment and the first international real-time collaboration using VR and medical images!

NEPTUNE mission is an international team of 5 scientist-explorers, a 5-day research endeavor that will take place 20 feet underwater at the Jules Undersea Lodge. Short for “Nautical Experiments in Physiology, Technology & Underwater Exploration,” the NEPTUNE mission will take advantage of Jules' isolated, confined, and extreme (ICE) environment to test our VR medical imaging system, SieVRt, in a simulated clinical scenario.

The crew consists of:

● Commander Dr. Joseph Dituri (USA), biomedical researcher and retired US Navy Commander;

● Executive Officer Paul Bakken (USA), logistics coordinator and former Army officer;

● Medical, Health & Safety Officer, Dr. Shawna Pandya (Canada), physician and researcher;

Mission partners include Nutrition Solutions, BORP, the Association for Marine Exploration, the International Board of Undersea Medicine and the International Association for Nitrox Divers and Technical Divers.

ThirdEye Announces World’s Smallest Mixed Reality (MR) Glasses Now Available Worldwide

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ThirdEye, a leader in augmented and mixed reality (MR) enterprise solutions, announces the availability of its X2 Glasses – the world’s smallest Mixed Reality (MR) glasses.

Unlike like other products in this space, the X2 Glasses provide an all-in-one hardware and software solution, while offering advanced technological capabilities not available on a normal monocular device. At just 6 ounces, these glasses fit a wide (42 degree) field of view, provide powerful sensors (thermal, ambient light, flashlight), and a built-in proprietary SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) system, called VisionEye SLAM, that allows for 3D environment scanning and other advanced MR features – such as live AR remote help, CAD modeling and overlay, 5G mobile edge computing, and more.

TheX2 Glasses are now available for purchase at$1,950 USD. Pre-orders for the glasses as well as the $300 discount on ThridEye’s website will remain effective until the remaining mass production units are delivered in October. For purchasing information, visit www.thirdeyegen.com/x2-smart-glasses-4

For more information onThirdEye, visit www.thirdeyegen.com

About ThirdEye Gen

ThirdEye is a leader in AR/MR solutions for enterprise, providing an all-in-one (hardware and software)solution for all industries, including energy. While many companies today use just smart glasses or only software, ThirdEye provides a full end-to-end package for its customers and employees. It offers the smallest MR Smart Glasses on the market, including a built-in proprietary SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) system that allows for 3D environment scanning and advanced MR features that aren’t available on a monocular device. The ThirdEye App Suite, used by over 500 enterprise customers around the world, offers live AR remote help, 3D SLAM based CAD modeling/overlay and more.

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Future Visual joins VR/AR Association! Clients include International Air Transport Association, and rLoop

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We are delighted to announce Future Visual has become the newest member of the global VR/AR Association. The team is really excited to participate and interact with all the other distinguished worldwide members, including the Aerospace Committee.

From its studio in Brighton, UK, Future Visual focuses on delivering a return on investment in the areas of collaboration, training and behaviour change using spatial computing. Their work in multi-user has led them to develop their collaboration platform VISIONxR which enables multi-user, multi-location, multi-device (VR, AR, desktop and mobile) teams to work together in the same immersive space.

Key sectors for Future Visual are aviation, manufacturing and engineering, - all sectors that require high risk, high-value training and/ or collaboration and visualisation involving complex models.

Current key clients include IATA (International Air Transport Association) and rLoop.

Have a look here to learn more about VISIONxR.

Future Visual will be attending the VR/AR Global Summit in Vancouver in November. Drop them a line if you would like to catch up over coffee: tim@futurevisual.com

Varjo Accelerates Global Expansion with Opening of US Headquarters

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Earlier this month Varjo announced the opening of its US headquarters, growth of their reseller program and launch of shipping to Japan. This news comes on the heels of what has already been a milestone year for the company having brought their VR-1 device to market, launched the developer edition of the XR-1 headset and announced several key software integrations to continue building their partner ecosystem.

Company exhibits strong momentum to better serve key markets with opening of first US office, growth of reseller network and launch of shipping to Japan  

Varjo™, the technology leader in industrial-grade VR/XR headsets, today announced the opening of its US headquarters in the Washington D.C. area. The company, which is celebrating three years of business this month, has seen unprecedented momentum to date in the industrial virtual reality space having brought to market the industry’s only human-eye resolution headset (Varjo VR-1), launched a reseller program for local, on-the-ground customer support of its VR-1 device and announced several integrations with leading software partners in the design, training and simulation and research ecosystems.  

As the company continues to grow, the United States represents an increasingly important target market for Varjo. Beyond establishing its US headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, located just outside of Washington D.C., Varjo also today announced the continued expansion of its recently launched reseller program. Two additional US resellers - GC Micro and FoxGuard Solutions - have joined the network and this expansion, coupled with the newly open US office, ensures Varjo is better able to actively reach and support customers and partners across North America, while also maintaining ideal communication with the home office in Helsinki, Finland. 

“2019 has been an exciting year for us so far with the announcements of our first two products – the Varjo VR-1 and Varjo XR-1 Developer Edition – among other key milestones, and this is just the beginning,” said Timo Toikkanen, president and COO of Varjo. “As we continue to expand our global footprint, through new offices, additional reseller partners and entrance into new sales markets, we look forward to delivering the innovative solutions and local support our enterprise customers need to apply VR in new and compelling ways.”

Customers using the Varjo VR-1 include leading global enterprises such as Saab, Airbus, Siemens PLC and Audi. To make the world’s first human-eye resolution virtual reality headset accessible to even more users, Varjo recently started selling and shipping the VR-1 in Japan, which is a new market for the company. Learn more about Varjo and its cutting edge VR/XR technology at www.varjo.com.

 

About Varjo: 

Varjo Technologies Oy is based in Helsinki and is creating the world’s best hardware and software for groundbreaking VR/AR/XR computing devices, merging the real and digital worlds seamlessly together in human-eye resolution. 

All trademarks and registered trademarks previously cited are hereby recognized as the property of their respective owners. 

Varjo VR-1 can help minimize human errors in the most safety-critical environment. The cost of VR is 1/10th of "physical costs"

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With the help of virtual reality, design validations as well as operator training at nuclear power plants can now be done more effectively. The Loviisa plant in Finland is the first nuclear power plant in the world building a dedicated VR training room for control room operators. And the Varjo VR-1 is the only virtual reality device that is up to the challenge.

When it comes to industrial environments, the nuclear industry leads the way in improving safety. Enormous amounts of money are spent yearly on the design and validation of the human-machine interfaces, as well as procedure optimization. Nuclear power plant operators worldwide act according to strict manuals. Nothing is left to chance. The goal is to maximize safety and efficiency, and human-machine interfaces play an important role in it.

Joakim Bergroth is a human factor engineering expert with over 10 years of experience in the nuclear field. His responsibility as the product lead at Fortum eSite is to develop and take new technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality (VR & AR), into daily use at nuclear power plants and other safety-critical environments. Fortum is one of the largest power generation companies in the Nordics, and Fortum eSite is their internal venture which provides leading industrial-grade VR solutions to safety-critical environments and the process industry in general.

Bergroth is also involved in the implementation of the world’s first fully dynamic and interactive virtual reality control room in Loviisa, where the operators are now getting ready to take VR into training and daily use on site.

“Fortum eSite’s virtual validation solution is globally unique – nobody else has done integrated system validation for nuclear power plant control rooms up till now.”

Already now, 90% of Loviisa personnel have done training in VR environments.

“In safety-critical environments and process industries, human errors can lead to serious accidents and production losses. Millions of euros are used to build physical simulators where operators can practice different scenarios from small disturbances, such as pipe leakages, to severe accident trainings. The physical simulators are usually fully booked, which doesn’t leave much time for additional testing or evaluations,” Bergroth says.

Training in a traditional physical simulator is expensive, but building a physical simulator is even more expensive. A physical simulator means building an exact, functional replica of the real environment, such as the control room of a power plant. Recreating a virtual replica costs only a fraction compared to that, bringing about huge cost savings and the ability to implement changes quickly.

“The cost of a VR simulator is 1/10th of the cost of building a physical simulator. And with the Varjo VR-1, the visual fidelity of our virtual simulator is finally on a level that it should be.”

Read the full case from: varjo.com/blog/vr-can-help-minimize-human-errors-in-the-most-safety-critical-environments/

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WordPress Lessons: Applicable for VR? What can we learn from WordPress to boost the VR content market

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What can we learn from WordPress to boost the VR content market?

Content Management Systems today look nothing like they did several years ago. They have completely changed the world of websites, and because of them creating online content is no longer a magic power exclusive to developers. We are about to experience the same changes for more immersive technologies such as VR, AR, and MR. The ingredients are all there for the new market to surge, but it lacks structure: there are game engines like Unity and Unreal, dozens of platforms for VR/AR creation without programming skills like BrioVR, and platforms for quick and easy VR management like Varwin. What doesn’t exist (yet) is one clear approach that allows anyone to create VR/AR content. This is exactly what Content Management Systems have enabled with the growth of WordPress.

How can we apply the concept of CMS to VR/AR content creation?

There are some VR CMS tools on the market today. At this point, most of them allow managing 360 videos and using 3D objects. They give some flexibility, but not enough freedom to create complex scenarios and interactive stories. Most of the VR CMS or drag-n-drop tools today are just like landing page tools from years ago: they give a taste of how the future could look, allowing you to dip your toe into the innovation pool but preventing you from diving deeper. Unlike VR CMS tools, Reality Management Systems will allow creating projects with complex logics in both VR and AR, or whatever these will be called in a few years.

How can we repeat the CMS success story with RMS tools?

The main features of WordPress include plugin architecture and a template system. The closest tool to WordPress in the XR world is the Varwin platform. Just like in WordPress, it has an interface-like template system, where users can manage content without writing a single line of code - only instead of web themes Varwin houses VR scenes and objects. Plugin architecture in WordPress enables extended features and functionality for websites. Instead of this, Varwin has a plugin for Unity, which allows for adding new logics, interactivity, scenes, and objects that can be used in the future. This part usually requires some code as it creates the basis for non-coding users.

The power of community

“We believe great software should work with minimum set up, so you can focus on sharing your story, product, or services freely” — says the WordPress mission statement. This statement is more than applicable to the XR ecosystem. Once we have an engaged community and a good user interface for VR platforms, everything else will work automatically. Sharing stories in VR and AR just like you share your Instagram stories, creating VR business projects in minutes — this all is just around the corner. Reality Management Systems are already here to boost the XR market. Now is your chance to become part of this revolution.

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EPIC and VRARA Partner to Advance VR/AR Industry (Press Release)

28 August 2019, Berlin, Germany

Philip Wogart, Executive Director DACH, Co-Chair Location Based Entertainment Committee of the VR/AR Association (VRARA) and Carlos Lee, Director General of EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 28 August 2019. The signature took place at EPIC’s highest-level conference - EPIC World Photonics Technology Summit 2019

There are so many facets of the photonics industry that have direct application to the advancement and adoption of Immersive Technologies, which is entirely our organisation’s goal and mission statement. To find the leading advocate in photonics with its trusted experts and leaders right here in Europe that connect their own industry across the entire value chain, it made perfect sense that our associations not only collaborate, but indeed connect members in business opportunities that accelerate both ecosystems…”
— Philip Wogart, Executive Director DACH VRARA

VRARA and EPIC are leading international organizations that are working tirelessly towards the development of virtual/augmented reality and photonics industries, respectively. They are mutually motivated in cooperative activities involving the technological and commercial advancement in the area of photonics as both organizations help to develop industry standards. The partnership will encourage direct contact and cooperation between its members, assist future cooperation including participation at events and promoting the VR and AR ecosystem, exchange of information and contacts, as well as advisory mandates with the aim to support the development of a more cohesive and sustainable industry.

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EPIC’s model of connecting the European photonics community worldwide is through collaboration and partnerships, and thereby integrating the industry and improving the workings of photonics ecosystems. The VR/AR community is developing very fast and with this partnership, we want to offer this community access to EPIC’s members leading to future collaborations between members. Partnerships like this bring industries together and it’s good that the photonics industry is getting integrated and more organized
— Carlos Lee, Director General of EPIC

The signature of the MoU took place in conjunction with the EPIC World Photonics Technology Summit in Berlin, Germany, in the presence of 150+ CEOs/CTOs and decision makers from worldwide leading photonics companies. The signing is the culmination of 9 months collaboration starting already last year at the EPIC Meeting on AR/VR at SONY in Stuttgart and several online collaborative webinars. Then earlier this year Director General Carlos Lee gave the keynote at the Executive Dinner at Mobile World Congress hosted by the Barcelona Chapter of VRARA. The cooperation continues to grow onto the international stage with the VR/AR Association’s invite for EPIC to participate in their annual Global Summit in November in Vancouver.

VR/AR Association (VRARA) has over 50 chapters around the world and a community of over 4,200 companies, brands, schools, and 27,000 professionals interested in the fields of VR/AR technologies. This complements very well the interests of most of the 500 members of the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC), that encompass the entire value chain from photonics fields such as lighting, photovoltaic, photonics integrated circuits, optical components, lasers, sensors, imaging, displays, optic fiber and all other photonics related technologies.

About VR/AR Association

The VR/AR Association (VRARA) is an international organization designed to facilitate collaboration between innovative companies and people in the VR and AR ecosystem that accelerates growth, fosters research and education, helps develop industry standards, connects member organizations and promotes the services of member companies. Over 4000 companies, brands, school and 27,000 professionals are registered with VRARA and 20 committees are working on best practices and guidelines for the industry.

About European Photonics Industry Consortium

EPIC is an industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organizations working in the field of photonics in Europe. Its members encompass the entire value chain from LED lighting, photovoltaic solar energy, photonics integrated circuits, optical components, lasers, sensors, imaging, displays, projectors, optic fiber and other photonics related technologies. EPIC fosters a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC currently represents close to 500 companies across 33 countries. www.epic-assoc.com

Augmented Reality Coming to a Cereal Bowl Near You thanks to Balti Virtual, Snapchat, Giant Foods, and the Washington Capitals

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Balti Virtual, a full-service AR/VR studio located in Baltimore, Maryland, has teamed up with leading grocery chain Giant Foods and the Washington Capitals to create limited-edition, augmented reality cereal box that will hit store later this month. 

Ovi O’s Slapshot presented by Giant, created by Balti Virtual using Snapchat's Lens Studio, allows customers to scan the box and access an interactive hockey game with the ability to shoot the cereal at moving targets. After time runs out, players can share their scores on social media to compete with friends or scan the box again to keep playing. Information on how to access the game in Snapchat will be released in conjunction with the cereal on Sept. 17.

See the full press release from Giant below. 

Giant Food and Capitals Star Alex Ovechkin To Release Limited Edition Ovi O’s Cereal 

Exclusively available at Giant Food, cereal box features Ovechkin’s trademark smile and supports the Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. (CCF)

Landover, Md. (September 4, 2019) – Giant Food, the leading greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain and official grocery sponsor of the Washington Capitals, today announced a collaboration with Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin to release a limited-edition Ovi’ O’s cereal.  The honey nut cereal will be available starting Sept. 17, Ovechkin’s birthday, while supplies last.

A portion of proceeds from the sale of Ovi O’s will benefit the Maryland-based Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. a non-profit that is committed to funding locally-based researchers, programs and facilities until every child is assured a healthy future.

“Giant Food has been a sponsor of the Washington Capitals for over three years, and like all fans, we have enjoyed the spirit and energy Alex brings to the game and our local community,” said Ira Kress, interim President of Giant Food. “Teaming together for such a fun and healthy product is a win-win for us all. We are proud to offer a delicious breakfast cereal that will also help fund the important work of the Children’s Cancer Foundation.”

The cereal box will be hard to miss for dedicated hockey fans, as Ovi O’s will feature Ovechkin’s toothless smile on the box and will sell for $2.69 for a 12.25 oz. box. In addition, the Capitals teamed up with Balti Virtual to bring the Ovi O’s box to life with an augmented reality game, Ovi O’s Slapshot presented by Giant, using Snapchat's Lens Studio. Customers who have purchased Ovi O’s can scan the box in Snapchat to access this interactive hockey game which gives fans the ability to control Ovechkin as he shoots the cereal at moving targets. After time runs out, players can share their score on social media to compete with friends or scan the box again to keep playing. Information on how to access the game in Snapchat will be released in conjunction with the cereal on Sept. 17.

The cereal is available across all 163 stores in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. 

“I love cereal and it’s a huge honor to work with Giant to make Ovi O’s and help the Children’s Cancer Foundation support kids and families in the D.C. community,” said Alex Ovechkin.

The launch of Ovi O’s marks one of many community-related initiatives in which Ovechkin is involved. In addition to supporting organizations that grant wishes of sick children, Ovechkin also participates in Ovi’s Crazy 8s. Ovechkin created Ovi’s Crazy 8s in 2006, a program through which he purchases and donates eight Capitals season tickets to Most Valuable Kids and ASHA, allowing fans who normally wouldn’t have access to tickets the opportunity to attend games. He also has a longstanding relationship with the American Special Hockey Association, having hosted ASHA for skating and street hockey events for five consecutive seasons. 

For more details about Giant Food, Ovi O’s cereal, and other ways to help support Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc., visit giantfood.com or www.childrenscancerfoundation.org.

About Giant Food
Giant Food is headquartered in Landover, Md. and operates 163 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. Giant Food employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 163 stores are 153 full-service pharmacies. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

About Balti Virtual 

Balti Virtual is a full-service studio focused on building amazing Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) experiences for brands, agencies, and institutions. Over the past four years, the Baltimore-based company has worked with forward-thinking partners including Marvel, Hallmark, Under Armour and PayPal. Balti Virtual is a one-stop-shop that solves complex industry problems with expert knowledge of cutting-edge technology. From mobile native AR apps and WebXR to headset-based VR/AR, the BV team excels at creating compelling immersive experiences. Whether it’s marketing or entertainment, education, training or healthcare, Balti Virtual works with industries to create awe-inspiring and out-of-the-box campaigns. With roots dating back to the video game industry of the late 90s and a stellar track record of delivering cutting-edge experiences, Balti Virtual is uniquely positioned to help make virtually any AR/VR dream a reality. For more information, visit www.baltivirtual.com.

Shortage of Nurses? Immersive Healthcare Learning Experience through 3D Virtual Reality Simulator can Help

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The United States and the Global Market in general are experiencing a shortage in nurses in the coming years. In addition, Universities and institutions look for accurate and more innovative ways to improve their standard of education offered to students. As the healthcare courses require real life practical sessions for assessment and skill evaluations, the conventional education methods are not quite adequate to meet the industrial standards and rising demands.

With the advent of disruptive technologies such as VR and AR, the possibilities of delivering digital course content for professional training are much higher, faster, cost effective and convenient over other training methods.  

VR Simulator

Having long term expertise in interactive application development and innovations in emerging technologies, InApp created a 3D-based seamless virtual reality simulator that is used by the Healthcare universities and institutions to assess and evaluate student’s skills. 

The VR simulator is a web based tool that allows the students to interact with various virtual patients, survey areas with health hazards and different real world scenarios where the students are required to be proactive. The universities can analyze the reports and assess the students based on their reaction time, proactive measures taken to ensure proper care to patients and various other factors that are difficult to be evaluated through a paper-based test.

The nursing students can access this simulator at the comfort of their homes which allows the university to evaluate the candidates on all aspects. The assignments/tasks are placed in various places throughout the virtual world, which needs to be identified by the students and submit reports on the same. For example, say, the students are tasked to examine a patient suffering from malaria. In order to survey the patient’s living area, they can virtually travel to their respective location using the simulator and observe the surroundings for any health hazards which could be a potential cause for the disease and which could even spread to other people living in the neighbourhood. The students are required to report back these observations and the probable cause analysis back at the faculty, which again is done virtually. All these tasks can be performed anywhere at the student’s convenience. 

VR make things much simpler and effective for both the students and faculties. The university can easily customize different tasks for students and create more critical scenarios or create new patient case studies with complex diseases that could improve the competency of the students. Universities and institutions have benefited a lot by the use of VR simulator for providing specialized professional trainings and to examine the student’s skills. There is a tremendous scope for VR and AR technologies for developing digital content and applications for delivering immersive learning experience that can be applied to various industries that adds value in specialized and cost effective trainings. 

More info, download the case study

Contact InApp Information Technologies www.inapp.com or email bijoy@inapp.com

VividQ named top 10 European "wow factor" companies at Deep Tech Summit 2019

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VividQ have brought holography findings into the real world. This deep tech makes for optimum AR/VR/MR experiences that are fully scalable. Due to the innovative work, VividQ have been named a top 10 "wow factor" company and invited pitch at October's Deep Tech Summit in London. Read more here http://bit.ly/2zlB4eq

More info: http://vivid-q.com

Kaon's New VR/AR Marketing Tool to Design Medical Lab of Future

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Kaon Interactive, the leading provider of 3D marketing and sales applications for global B2B brands, has released a first-of-its-kind lab configuration tool that will redefine the way enterprise marketing and sales teams demonstrate how complex products can situate in a prospective customer’s lab using VR and AR. 

The Lab Design Tool helps B2B sales teams visualize how their laboratory could be configured to support new workflows, optimize space, improve efficiency, lower operational costs, reduce sample loss and contamination, and more.  In just minutes, this lab plan and design tool enables sales and marketing teams to configure entire customer laboratories, demonstrate future layout evolution, validate proper fit and flow, and immediately immerse users in their newly designed labs. After the laboratory is designed, it is immediately available to experience in engaging 3D. Then using an AR-compatible tablet, you literally can walk through your new lab or even jump inside with a Kaon VR station.

Kaon LDT empowers multiple constituents within the laboratory ecosystem to visualize complex instruments, equipment and workflows in a "virtual" layout, prior to purchasing equipment or committing to construction plans.

Designing a Lab of the Future
Expanding its digital transformation solutions for life science brands, the Kaon Laboratory Design Tool (LDT) is the newest addition to the portfolio of solutions built on the Kaon High Velocity Marketing Platform®. Users start configuring their lab either by free-drawing a layout themselves or selecting from pre-defined labs that meet their specific business needs. Once a floorplan has been selected or created, instruments and furnishings may be added from a library of objects, using a simple drag-and-drop action. These 2D floor plans instantly become 3D immersive and interactive experiences at the touch of a button.

The Kaon LDT is customizable to allow data-driven product and workflow suggestions for unique laboratory layouts, revealing differentiated value through calculated impact such as assay volume, energy and space requirements, and even staffing modifications. It also helps demonstrate future layout evolutions by supporting comparisons between existing and new workflows, validating proper fit and flow, optimizing space, improving efficiency, lowering operational costs, reducing sample loss contamination, and more.

Immediately Visualize and Experience Your Lab
In just minutes, the LDT enables laboratory managers, instrument sales and marketing teams, and lab scientists to configure entire laboratories and immediately immerse users in a newly designed lab. To achieve this, the Kaon LDT offers three powerful ways to visualize and experience a new, engaging, 3D, interactive laboratory layout: interactive 3D, untethered Virtual Reality (VR) and scalable Augmented Reality (AR) with real-time 3D object placement (instruments, consumables, chairs, workstations, windows, doors, pipette drying racks, sinks, etc.).

[Video] View the power of the Kaon Laboratory Design Tool (as demonstrated by a Kaon customer:

"Visual interactive applications are the next phase in digital transformation for B2B enterprises," said Gavin Finn, CEO & President of Kaon Interactive. "Technologies such as interactive 3D product and environment models, virtual reality, and augmented reality all offer enterprise teams, including marketing and sales, invaluable tools (beyond traditional digital marketing) to create uniquely memorable experiences. After successful global deployments by leading life science companies, Kaon's newly launched Laboratory Design Tool has delivered on this vision – offering companies the opportunity to share newly configured labs with other internal stakeholders, to gain consensus buy-in on floorplans, equipment purchases, workflow efficiencies and more."

Kaon Interactive's applications are created once and can be deployed everywhere. Available on devices running iOS, Android, MacOS, and Windows, Kaon Interactive's solutions are used by sales teams and marketers in over 40 countries.

8th Wall Unveils Release 12 for WebAR with endless Image Targets, a PlayCanvas integration, new launch controls and more!

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Hold onto your keyboards, 8th Wall is rolling out some new features that are going to improve the way you build with WebAR.

Extended Image Target Support

Up to 1,000 Image Targets

If you’ve ever had a hankering for uploading outrageous amounts of image targets to a single WebAR project, now you can! With 8th Wall’s latest release you can upload trigger images to your heart’s content. Not only that, but your WebAR project can also scan for up to 10 of those images simultaneously.

That means that you can build one app with a thousand image targets all while within the same WebAR experience. Go wild.

8th Wall image targets have the ability to work in tandem with our SLAM engine, giving you the flexibility to design experiences that interact with image targets as well as the physical space around you.

Front-Facing Camera for Image Target Detection 🤳

You can also now use your front-facing camera to recognize image targets, allowing you to design a WebAR experience that triggers AR activations while in selfie mode.

PlayCanvas Integration

We’re pleased to announce that we now support an integration with the web-based game engine, PlayCanvas. Build a WebAR experience using the PlayCanvas Editor, add 8th Wall to your project, then publish to the mobile web. Get started with a sample project here.

New Self-Serve Launch Controls

If you have an Agency or Business account, you can now launch your own WebAR campaign without having to talk to us first! And, you can schedule the end date of that campaign directly in the Console. Here’s how it works:

Creating a New Commercial WebAR Project

  1. From the Dashboard, click “Create a new project”

  2. Name your web app, then select Commercial to purchase a Develop License

  3. If you have a custom commercial use agreement with us, that will appear in your account (otherwise, a standard 8th Wall commercial use agreement will display.) Click “Accept” and proceed to checkout.

Launching Your Commercial WebAR Project

  1. Within your web app in the Dashboard, click on “Promote to” next to Develop (if you’ve already purchased the Develop License.)

  2. Promote the project to Launch.

  3. Select your desired Launch License and proceed to checkout.

Scheduling Your Commercial WebAR Project

Within your web app in the Dashboard, under Campaign Duration, select either “Ongoing” or “Schedule an end date and time.” You can always edit the campaign end date if you’d like to extend it or end it sooner. When your campaign ends, it will automatically route to the Redirect URL you’ve provided.

Try It Now

These features and fixes will update automatically ✨ View a full list of Release 12 updates here.

VRSim Launches New Virtual Reality Tool For Faster, More Effective Commercial Painting

Unveiling SimSpray® 3.0, VRSim releases an improved edition of their innovative tool; bringing safer, and more intuitive training for the coatings industry

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East Hartford, Conn., August 13, 2019 – VRSim, Inc., an innovator in commercial training, is pleased to announce SimSpray 3.0, the next generation of their renowned virtual reality paint training tool, which uses HTC’s VIVE Pro HMD and VIVE Trackers. SimSpray’s redesign offers a more intuitive and true-to-life user experience by featuring enhanced visuals, trainee feedback, and the ability to simulate larger work environments. The HTC VIVE Pro enhanced optics and visuals provides SimSpray with the most accurate visuals to provide a realistic and immersive experience. Based on years of research, customer feedback, and insight from industry experts, SimSpray delivers a training system that lowers costs and provides faster, safer, and more efficient training.

“SimSpray 3.0 is the next evolution in virtual skills training. Through immersive learning, instant feedback, and performance analytics, students are able to train in a more efficient manner that isn’t possible with real-life training,” said Matthew Wallace, CEO and President of VRSim. ”We’re thrilled to offer this solution to our customers and the industry as the most advanced training simulation we have made to date.”

As the leading training tool for the paint and coating industry, SimSpray uses virtual reality to create engaging and educational simulations. The VR experience improves the learning process with tools that boost training productivity and immediate feedback and analytics that aren’t available in typical training scenarios. SimSpray’s tools and feedback include easy to understand performance reports, live scoring, and kinesthetic cues. This cutting-edge tool provides trainers and trainees with the ability to practice, analyze key metrics, diagnose flaws, and improve their skills in a single training session. SimSpray acts as a force multiplier for training by distilling the training experience into concise, repeatable exercises with aggressive feedback, and intuitive performance insights.

“SimSpray is the most effective tool on the market, so we’re thrilled to implement the newest version, SimSpray 3.0. Our Directors of Training have used SimSpray to recruit and train the next generation of  International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) apprentices since 2009,” says Anton Ruesing, Director of the International Finishing Trades Institute (IFTI).

Mike Komaromi, Director of Training for the Finishing Trades Institute of Southern New England looks forward to using SimSpray 3.0 in his Connecticut facilities. “SimSpray is a valuable tool that lets our trainees start learning on day one. The paint looks and feels real. The new design of the system make SimSpray a more capable and user-friendly tool for us.”

SimSpray 3.0 features:

  • The premium HTC VIVE Pro HMD with true-to-life precise tracking and a large training space to support the virtualization of larger parts and training spaces

  • Visual updates for paint finishes and defects for more realistic paint application and improved immersion

  • Re-designed user-experience with intuitive features and streamlined equipment setup

  • Weighted spray gun for added realism and kinesthetic training, featuring the same functional nozzle, trigger, and dials on previous spray gun versions

  • More user-control options, including in-sim controls to give trainees better access to project controls and analysis without removing the HMD

  • Customizable return-on-investment reports for clear, personalized time and cost savings

VR training provides safe, cost-effective training options for time-intensive, high-risk, or high-cost experiences. SimSpray’s ease-of-use and minimal setup requirements make it easy to capitalize on VRSim’s research, insights, and experience with innovative technology by offering rapid deployment, mobility, and accessibility. SimSpray is the most efficient virtual reality training tool designed for painters and coaters, offering numerous benefits for international education and industry organizations. First released in 2011, VRSim continues to improve SimSpray with additional processes, parts, training content, and software and hardware updates.

For more information about SimSpray products and training capabilities visit: https://www.simspray.net/


About VRSim:

VRSim is an architect of interactive training tools for skilled trades. VRSim reimagines industry tools for skilled trades training, including welding, spray painting, construction, manufacturing, and robotics. VRSim’s products are used in training and education programs for high schools and technical colleges, vocational training programs, workforce development initiatives, and global leaders, including The Boeing Company, American Honda Motor Company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Caterpillar, Daimler, Saint Gobain, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy. For more information, please visit https://vrsim.com/.

VRSim Contact:

Sara Blackstock

VRSim, Inc.

860-893-0080x226

sara.blackstock@vrsim.net

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Pico Interactive and LIVR bring the world’s first VR streaming service for theatre and the performing arts

Attend the VR/AR Global Summit Nov 1-2 to see the latest from Pico Interactive and other VR providers!

Wandsworth Council has teamed up with LIVR - the world’s first VR streaming service for theatre and the performing arts - and VR headset maker, Pico Interactive, to offer Nine Elms residents exclusive access to their very own on-site virtual theatre.

The first-of-its-kind pilot programme will see an eight-seater virtual reality theatre experience installed at the R.O.S.E. Community Centre on the Savona Estate in Battersea this autumn. The initiative will utilize the LIVR platform to make theatre more accessible; increasing local residents’ engagement with performing arts. 

Using standalone Pico headsets, visitors to the centre will be able to get access to content from the LIVR library where they can experience great live performances on-demand in stunning 360° VR - completely free of charge.

The extensive content library will feature new works from emerging artists and critically acclaimed productions, performed in theatres, festivals and unique spaces across London and around the country. The fully immersive viewing experience will transport users into the front row to enjoy the performances as if they were sitting in the audience at the live shows. 

I’m thrilled that theatre shows are coming direct to local residents through this incredible virtual reality experience. As arts and culture grows in Nine Elms, it’s fantastic that we can bring performing arts into the heart of the community and I hope as many Nine Elms residents as possible sign up to put a headset on and watch a performance.
— Councillor Steffi Sutters, Wandsworth Council’s Cabinet member for Community Services and Open Spaces
We’re really looking forward to starting regular VR viewing nights, which, alongside our new Community Theatre Tickets scheme in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre and Theatre 503, will offer residents plenty of affordable ways to enjoy live theatre this autumn.
The opportunity to participate in ventures like this and align ourselves with pioneers in the VR space is part of our DNA at Pico Interactive. We build hardware and offer an unparalleled level of service with the goal of helping our partners reach their visionary goals. This is an exciting time in Virtual Reality where people can be transported into unique worlds or experience live content as if they were there, that perhaps, they wouldn’t have an opportunity to do so otherwise.
— Leland Hedges, Commercial Director, Pico Interactive, EMEA

The experience was successfully trialed at the recent Nine Elms Happy Streets festival, and it will begin operating on a weekly basis from Wednesday, 25 September. It will be open to local residents of all ages and is part of Nine Elms' wider cultural strategy aimed at increasing the community's access to, and engagement with, the arts through an ongoing programme of events and initiatives. 


For more info contact Logan Parr logan@pico-interactive.com


About Nine Elms

Nine Elms has always been a critical part of London’s landscape. Its past is one of commerce and industry, its future is of enterprise, art, culture and living. The Vauxhall Nine Elms and Battersea ‘opportunity area’ sits between Chelsea and Lambeth bridges, including Vauxhall & the Albert Embankment to the east and Battersea Power Station to the west.  

The area is being regenerated by two London councils working together; Wandsworth and Lambeth. The development programme is extensive, including a two-station extension of the Northern Line, new parks and schools, and new access to the Thames River Path.  Development partners are building homes, the new US Embassy, a brand New Covent Garden Market, business premises, shops and spaces for cultural exchange.  

Over 25,000 jobs are being created across the opportunity area, which offers over 6.5m sq ft of commercial space and high-quality locations to accommodate new and existing businesses.

The vision is a long-term one; to transform one of the capital’s last remaining industrial districts into an amazing place for Londoners old and new to call home. Today’s reality is an exciting one; new spaces and places coming to life every day.   

How Lockheed Martin is Modernizing Manufacturing with Scope AR resulting in 35-99% ROI

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Lockheed Martin is an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company. Using Scope AR’s WorkLink augmented reality platform, they are able to greatly improve efficiencies and save time on the shop floor for multi-billion dollar space programs. They have seen a 35-50% reduction in overall technician time, a 90-99% reduction in time to information, and 85% reduction in the overall time needed for training.

After its highly successful implementation of WorkLink to improve workforce training and spacecraft manufacturing procedures, Lockheed Martin is now deploying Scope AR into all four of their business units across a broad variety of use cases.

More info  http://www.scopear.com

Solving retail footprint with Finger Food's AR solution and Microsoft Azure and Hololens. Case Study: outdoor retailer MEC

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Finger Food Advanced Technology Group recently partnered with outdoor retailer MEC to solve an age old problem. How do you fit a full range of tents into a limited retail floorspace? The product is out this Summer.

Finger Food co-developed a solution that solves the problem of how to showcase the company’s vast range of tents without taking up valuable real estate. 50 assembled tents would easily take up the floor-space of a typical MEC store!

Using its proprietary Photogrammetry rig and Azure-powered data processing pipeline, Finger Food created an Augmented Reality app that works on mobile devices and is adapted for the Hololens.

An app that showcases highly realistic, life-size ‘virtual’ tent models that communicates key product information such as size, capacity, and aesthetics. This is all viewed through an augmented reality viewer or Hololens, allowing customers to quickly make tent buying decisions, without necessarily setting foot in the store.

More info https://www.fingerfoodatg.com/mec-retail-innovation

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