Layoffs at Snap, The Open Metaverse, Fortnite VR

We may or may not enter a recession, but it has certainly happened to both high-flying social media headlines that rely on advertising. This week, Snap fired 1,200 employees, or 20% of its workforce. Teams work on games within Snapchat, Zenly, the social mapping app Snap bought in 2017, and Snap’s hardware division responsible for AR Spectacles glasses and the Pixy camera drone, which was canceled after being introduced a few months ago. Verge editor Alex Heath, who wrote this article on Snap, said two weeks ago on the “This Week in XR” podcast that he finds it ironic that Apple’s policy change is hurting two companies that could compete with its next. XR device. Despite current problems, Snap co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel said his first camera business will continue to focus on augmented reality.

Setting the Course for an Open Metaverse, Part 1: Updates from the First 60 Days of the Metaverse Standards Forum Launched in June 2022 with 37 founding members such as Khronos Group, Meta, NVIDIA, Google, Epic, Lamina1, IKEA, Microsoft, Wayfair and Unity. the Forum grew to over 1500 in the first 60 days. Today, work is underway to form domain working groups to launch pragmatic projects for real action. Find out more about what the Forum has accomplished in the first 60 days and what will happen in our recent blog post linked here.

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Random quotes from Zuck’s very long interview. My favorite has been mentioned many times. ICYMI “You wake up in the morning. Look at my phone for a million messages … Usually that’s not good, right? I mean, people save the right things to tell me in person, right? But it’s like, okay, what’s going on in the world that I have to pay attention to that day, so it’s almost like, every day, you wake up and you’re kind of a punch in the stomach. Here’s another selfish head shake. “I’m not here to design a service that makes people angry.” Strange, because his service still does it. Being a public figure doesn’t mean having to share everything with the public. When you get personal on Rogan’s podcast, what kind of response do you expect from people? Another filed under “deaf billionaires”.

Zuckerberg says Meta’s next VR headset will launch in October and will focus on “social presence” Meta will launch its next VR headset in October at the company’s Connect conference. CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement during his interview on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

Meta publishes a series of videos promoting XR Tech, Kenya. “Meet the Amani team,” says the description on YouTube. The description of “Amani” reads. “They used technology to connect and compete, but someday the metaverse will help them – and all of us – achieve so much more. When we connect across borders, we will all go further. In fact, there is another related video, of the same name, clearly shot at the same time. The videos were quite expensive, probably north of a million dollars. Launched on 8/23, the videos have 13,000 and 4,000 views since their launch on 8/23, the which suggests that they are not promoting the videos. At least not yet. Why did they do that?

Report: “Fortnite” update includes mention of Oculus, hinting at Future Quest support It makes a lot of sense. Grand Theft Auto two is coming and Meta’s battle royale, Population oneis one of the most popular titles on Quest. Fortnite is one of the most popular video games in the world, with over 350 million users.

SNL’s Kenan Thompson is on the hunt for VR comics Thompson is partnering with Kyle Render of the VR Comedy Render Failed show on Altspace to find talent for “the ultimate comedy experience”. Kyle and his partners have produced over 400 virtual reality shows, welcoming more than a quarter of a million visitors to their virtual comedy club almost every day through the virtual reality social platform AltspaceVR.

Apple may have just left a big hint about the name of its AR / VR headset The company reads its first XR HMD for release in 2023. Bloomberg reported that a shell company has filed trademark applications in multiple countries for the names “Reality One”, “Reality Pro” and “Reality Processor”. In December, a display company related to Apple filed trademark applications for “RealityOS” with the US Patent and Trademark Office, which may be the name of the hardware operating system.

The Immersive section of the Venice Film Festival welcomes 43 new projects. A small island a short water taxi ride from the main venue of the Venice FF festival is their XR exhibition from 1 to 10 September, curated by Liz Rosenthal and Michel Reilhac. Visitors can play or “skip the world” with a tour guide, dress up with background dancers, or even help Coco Chanel develop her no. 5 in a spectacular new experience developed by Mathias Chelebourg called “Met)”. ELELE is the first film directed by Dutch artist Sjoerd van Acker and “Miracle Basket” by Abner Preis. There is also an interactive VR game set in 1920s England inspired by the “Peaky Blinders” TV show called “Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom”.

The Global Immersion Summit (officially the VRARA Global Summit) will take place on the fascinating island of Madeira off the coast of Portugal from 28 to 30 September 2022. The island of Madeira is known as the Hawaii of Europe and the conference will present the leaders of the ecosystem metaverse XR, NFT, Blockchain, 5G Netoworks and embraces business, media, entertainment. The conference will feature a unique format with a track stage, technology experience zones, engaging performances and demonstrations. Speakers include Niantic, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Deutsche Telekom, Google, Sony, Vodaphone, Volvo, Gucci, Adobe, European Blockchain Association, Magic Leap, Blippar, Virbe, Departure Lounge Inc., The Glimpse Group, FOV Ventures, Nokia, Mission Impact, VNCCII, SenseGlove, Forbes, EndeavorXR, KIT-AR, VIRTUALWARE, adidas Runtastic, Mojo Vision, Faber Courtial, Maxim (UK), SenseGlove, HTC VIVE and others.

This week in XR is also a podcast hosted by the author of this column and Ted Schilowitz, head of future technologies at Paramount Global. We’re out this week, but this summer interviews with our guests, Rony Abovitz (founder of Magic Leap), Neal Stephenson (Author, Founder of Lamina1), Matthew Ball (Author, Investor), John Gaeta (Oscar Winner, CCO of Inworld) Alex Heath (editor, The Verge), Marcie Jastrow (CEO, Shiba Inu Metaverse), Cathy Hackl (CCO, Journey), Justin Barad (OssoVR), Tony Parisi (Lamina1), Matt Miesnieks (CEO, LivingCities .xyz) , Catherine Henry (MediaMonks) and Steve Grubbs (CEO, Victory XR), can be found here Spotify, itunesAnd Youtube.

The edgeis Alex Heath and Recodingfor Shirin Ghaffary put on your helmets and enter Horizon in the last episode of the last season of Land of the Giants, Vox Media’s award-winning series of narrative podcasts about the most influential tech companies of our time. This season was dedicated to the transformation of Facebook into Meta, with interviews with executives, former employees and other experts.

What we read

NVIDIA explains why it believes a protocol invented by Pixar is “the HTML of the Metaverse” (Ben Lang / RoadtoVR)

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