Apple’s Vision Pro will launch with over 600 apps built for it

Apple has revealed its upcoming Vision Pro headset will launch today with over 600 apps and games designed to utilise its capabilities. 

Vision Pro features an "infinite canvas" allowing apps to scale beyond the boundaries of a traditional display. It also introduces a 3D user interface navigated with the eyes, hands, and voice.

Spatial experiences can transform any room into a personal theatre, unlock new collaboration methods, and transport users to gaming...

Storyblok: ‘App absence’ to hamper Vision Pro’s appeal

The launch of Apple's Vision Pro mixed reality headset could be hampered by the lack of apps from major platforms.

CMS specialist Storyblok has released a survey of 500 consumers revealing that 81 percent are worried about the absence of key apps impacting the device's promised "transformative content experiences." Over half said they were "very concerned."

Netflix is the latest provider to confirm that it won’t be launching a Vision Pro app alongside Google not...

NTT DOCOMO uses AI to generate metaverse NPCs

NTT DOCOMO has developed a new generative AI system that can automatically create non-player characters (NPCs) for metaverse environments using just text descriptions. 

The technology is believed to be the first of its kind that can generate fully-formed NPCs including appearances, behaviours, and roles in around 20 minutes without needing programming expertise.

DOCOMO's system integrates three different generative AI models: one for behaviour logic, one for animations,...

GlobalData: The metaverse faces an uphill challenge

The metaverse – a virtual realm promising shared experiences and real-time interactions within simulated scenarios – is encountering obstacles on its path to widespread adoption, according to a report by GlobalData.

GlobalData’s latest study, titled “Metaverse – Thematic Intelligence,” sheds light on the challenges hindering the metaverse’s growth.

Chief among these challenges are limited knowledge of the theme, underwhelmed consumers, project delays by...

UK boosts ‘cyber-physical infrastructure’ funding

The UK Government is boosting innovation in cyber-physical infrastructure by awarding £200,000 to the X-Catapult Consortium. This initiative aims to create a vibrant community of tech experts, bridging the gap between industry, academia, and the public sector.

The funding, a result of the Cyber-Physical Infrastructure Ecosystem Building competition launched earlier this year by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT), will fuel the development of a robust...

China wants metaverse users to have traceable IDs

In a bold move that has ignited discussions around the globe, China is considering the expansion of its real-world social credit system into the realm of virtual online worlds and metaverses.

The controversial proposal, titled "Digital Identity System," has been crafted by the state-owned telecom giant China Mobile and reviewed by experts—raising concerns among digital privacy advocates.

Under the proposed system, each individual using a virtual online platform or...

NVIDIA unveils Omniverse innovations to accelerate OpenUSD adoption

NVIDIA has unveiled a suite of innovations to accelerate the widespread adoption of OpenUSD through its Omniverse industrial metaverse platform.

OpenUSD, created by Pixar Animation Studios, is a cutting-edge 3D scene description technology designed to facilitate interoperability across various tools, data, and workflows.

Earlier this month, NVIDIA joined industry titans in creating the Alliance for OpenUSD (AOUSD) to standardise OpenUSD specifications and create a solid...

UKAEA will develop a fusion energy plant in the metaverse

The industrial metaverse is set to revolutionise the development of the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s prototype fusion energy plant, STEP, located in Nottinghamshire.

The immersive and connected virtual environment will serve as the digital realm where engineers and scientists will collaborate to design and refine the plant's engineering blueprint.

In partnership with Dell Technologies, Intel, and the University of Cambridge, UKAEA aims to leverage the power of...

Apple’s mixed-reality headset will use magnetic batteries

Apple's upcoming mixed-reality headset will feature a unique magnetic port for attaching a battery pack.

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the external battery pack will have a proprietary connector on one end that attaches to the headset itself. The magnetic connector will be round-tipped and will lock into the port by the user turning it.

Each battery pack will offer just two hours of battery life. The magnetic connection will enable users to quickly and securely...

Apple’s AR/VR headset plan causes internal divisions

Internal divisions are reportedly arising at Apple over its much-anticipated AR/VR headset.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams are said to be pushing to launch the headset as soon as possible, even if its design isn’t optimal.

Designers at Apple are said to have disagreed with their leadership and want to wait until it's feasible to launch a product that is lighter and less expensive. Current price estimates for the headset are between $2,000 and...