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Unity is setting its sights on broadcasting sports competitions. The publisher of the eponymous 3D engine, leader in the sector with its competitor Epic Games, inaugurated on October 5, 2021 a new division called Metacast. The purpose of this platform is to allow the use of volumetric video in real time for sports broadcasts, that is to say, video in 3D in which it is possible to move the camera freely. Metacast will allow to create and broadcast this type of 3D interactive content.

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Facebook has unveiled plans to hire 10,000 employees within the European Union over the next five years to help build its virtual world concept known as the 'metaverse'. Facebook sees the metaverse as the next frontier of web development that it believes will bring virtual reality and augmented reality to the masses. 

Speaking at Fortune's "Most Powerful Women" forum on October 12, Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture, noted that her company has hired more than 125,000 people in the past 12 months. A feat in unprecedented conditions of forced telecommuting and closed borders due to Covid-19. Hiring tens of thousands of remote employees The multinational IT consulting and support company, which employs more than 629,000 people worldwide, hired 54,000 new employees in the last quarter alone. The secret to this resilience? A "phygital" approach, according to the CEO.

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HTC is taking virtual reality in a new direction today with the portable Vive Flow immersive glasses. The Vive Flow looks more like compact and lightweight augmented reality glasses, but it has a wrap-around cloth barrier that creates your own personal VR enclosure. As such, the glasses are a kind of hybrid between AR and VR, and they’re meant be worn for a longer time so that people can use them to find moments to relax, refresh, and restore. 

Facebook has quietly acquired AI.Reverie, a New York-based startup creating synthetic data to train machine learning models. The purchase was made through a holding company called Dolores Acquisition Sub, Inc. according to Venturebeat

Magic Leap announced today that they have raised $500 million at a $2 billion valuation from existing investors. The round echoes the terms of an October 2014 raise where Magic Leap raised $542 million at a reported $2 billion valuation.At this point, the company has raised $3.5 billion in total funding according to Crunchbase, meaning that most of the investors they’ve brought in haven’t fared too well thus far. ...

First image of next Magic Leap headset revealed

Posted: 11/10/2021 on VR Focus

Johnson shared a post on Linkedin with a very cropped image of the new device saying that she’d be sharing further details on CNBC’s PowerLunch programme today. While the singular image doesn’t reveal a great deal, the new device certainly looks smaller and more stylish than Magic Leap’s previous generation AR headset. 

French startup Lynx just launched the Kickstarter campaign for its upcoming standalone AR-VR hybrid headset.The device is available for pledges above €530, equivalent to just over $600.

Intradys brings 5G to the operating room

Posted: 05/10/2021 on Les Echos

The Brest-based startup combines telemedicine and artificial intelligence to optimize surgeries for stroke practitioners.

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Echo3D has raised $4 million for cloud authoring of 3D, augmented reality, and virtual reality content for a wide range of applications.