In today’s rapidly advancing technological landscape, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have emerged as prominent players, revolutionizing the way we interact with digital content. These two technologies can be confusing to most. While both AR and VR offer immersive experiences, they differ significantly in their approach and application. In this blog post, we will delve into the contrasting characteristics of AR and VR, providing clear examples to help you understand their unique features and use cases.
AR: Bridging the Gap between Real and Digital Worlds Augmented Reality (AR) enhances our perception of reality by overlaying digital content onto the physical environment. By blending virtual elements with the real world, AR provides an interactive and contextually enriched experience. Imagine a tourism company using AR to create an immersive experience for visitors exploring a historical site. Through a mobile app, users can point their devices at different landmarks, and AR overlays historical information, virtual characters, and interactive elements onto real-world surroundings. This not only enhances visitors’ engagement but also provides educational and entertaining content, making the experience memorable and captivating. AR offers immense potential in the tourism, government, and entertainment sectors, allowing them to create unique and compelling experiences for their audiences.
VR: Immersion into Virtual Environments Virtual Reality (VR) transports users to entirely simulated environments, offering a fully immersive and often interactive experience. With the help of headsets and motion-tracking technology, VR creates a sense of presence, allowing users to explore and interact with computer-generated worlds. Here’s an example that illustrates how VR can be leveraged to benefit those in the entertainment and tourism sectors. Imagine an entertainment venue seeking to enhance its experience. By incorporating VR technology, the company can offer thrilling additional threads to its storylines, taking visitors through fantastical landscapes and breathtaking scenarios that continue even after they leave. VR enables unique and memorable experiences while also optimizing the use of physical space and resources.
Comparing AR and VR While both AR and VR offer immersive experiences, they differ primarily in their level of immersion and interaction. AR enhances the real world by overlaying virtual elements, allowing users to maintain a connection with their physical surroundings. VR, on the other hand, fully immerses users in a virtual environment, providing a sense of presence and enabling them to explore and interact within that environment. Depending on the specific goals and requirements, AR and VR can be strategically employed to deliver engaging and impactful experiences.
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Today, we’re diving headfirst into the mind-blowing world of virtual tourism. Get ready to level up your business and city in the digital age with virtual reality and the metaverse.
This fast-growing field is all about creating immersive experiences that captivate audiences worldwide
Explore iconic landmarks, and breathtaking landscapes, and expand your brand through personalized tours, all while driving curiosity.
Hi there! I’m Ethan Bach, and I’m thrilled to be coming to you from Alt Ethos, a Metaverse and Experiential Design Studio this week from Santa Fe for our weekly XR News. Where we provide the latest Metaverse, XR, and Web3 news to keep YOU ahead of the curve.
Now this isn’t something in the headlines, but we felt it needs to be talked about.
According to a jaw-dropping report by Market Data Forecast, virtual tourism is projected to experience massive growth to $848 billion by 2028 with an increase of almost 120%. So we need to pay attention.
And if you’re not embracing virtual reality and the metaverse, you’re missing out on a golden opportunity to skyrocket your business, attract customers, and expand your reach to a global audience.
It’s time to level up in the digital age, friends.
Virtual tourism is all about putting your city, brand, or cultural destination in the hands of people around the world.
We’re talking about virtual tours that let travelers experience your city’s culture, landmarks, and attractions.
It’s like giving them a taste of what you’ve got to offer, and trust me, it’s driving curiosity and benefiting local businesses like no other marketing campaigns.
So, how can virtual tourism benefit your business?
Picture this: you’re giving potential customers mind-blowing virtual tours of your Brand Head Quarters, tourist destination, or behind-the-scenes of your museum.
Google My Business reveals that adding a virtual tour can increase bookings by 85%.
With virtual reality, they’re teleporting into your world from anywhere on the planet. Boom!
Instant engagement, massive trust, and a sky-high chance of bookings and purchases. And you don’t have to rely on headsets
– ask us how!
These compelling case studies underscore the immense potential of virtual tourism in shaping the future of travel and exploration.
This not only benefits local businesses by attracting visitors and driving revenue but also contributes to the overall growth and prosperity of the economy.
In the ever-evolving realm of travel and exploration, we find ourselves at a critical juncture that demands our attention. The future of this industry hinges on our willingness to embrace immersive technologies and unlock the vast potential of VR and the metaverse.
By harnessing these cutting-edge advancements, we can transcend the limitations of traditional tourism and traditional marketing and unveil the unique layers of our cities to a global audience with unprecedented depth and richness all while increasing tourism revenue.
As virtual reality and the metaverse continue to evolve, it’s crucial for businesses and cities to take notice and embrace virtual tourism.
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The Metaverse is more than just a buzzword – it’s a whole new world of possibilities waiting to be explored! In 2023, this revolutionary technology is expected to become even more prevalent and transform how businesses operate. But what exactly can business leaders do to stay ahead of the curve and reap the benefits of the Metaverse?
Here are five exciting ways businesses can revolutionize their operations using the Metaverse:
ONE. The Metaverse isn’t just a gaming platform – it’s a whole new way of life! With virtual worlds where users can interact and build communities, buy virtual and real goods, and engage in fun activities, the possibilities are endless.
TWO. Imagine having a virtual presence that reduces costs significantly – that’s the Metaverse advantage! By creating a virtual office space, businesses can eliminate expenses associated with physical offices like rent and utilities.
THREE. The Metaverse offers businesses a chance to showcase their products in a whole new way! Virtual stores can be created where customers can interact with products and make purchases in a virtual environment, providing engaging and memorable experiences that increase brand awareness and retention.
FOUR. Virtual offices not only reduce costs but also improve employee engagement and productivity. The Metaverse eliminates Zoom fatigue and fosters deeper connections between employees that increase retention.
FIVE. Businesses that embrace the Metaverse gain a competitive advantage, attracting and retaining customers and top talent. By positioning themselves as industry leaders and pioneers in the digital transformation space, businesses can create a bright future with endless possibilities.
Don’t miss out on the Metaverse revolution – schedule a free consultation with our Metaverse Design experts today! Let us help you explore how this technology can revolutionize your business operations and create immersive experiences for your customers and employees.
Get ready for an exciting episode this week as we explore the dynamic relationship between the metaverse and AI. We’ll also dive into the cutting-edge insights from the Future Today Institute’s 16th edition of its Tech Trends Report, which was unveiled at SXSW and bonus! we will talk about an upcoming event in amazing Metaverse that is not to be missed.
Hi there! I’m Ethan Bach, and I’m thrilled to be coming to you from Alt Ethos, a Metaverse and Experiential Design Studio in our weekly roundup. In under 5 minutes, we’ll be giving you the latest Metaverse, XR, and Web3 news to keep you ahead of the curve.
In a recent interview with Gartner director analyst Tuong (Two Nong) Nguyen (Wen) on sdxcentral.com, they discussed the impact of AI on the metaverse and vice versa. It’s clear that these two technologies are going to change the game when it comes to digital interaction.
Initially, AI will revolutionize the metaverse by allowing for personalized experiences that adapt to users’ preferences and behavior. With AI algorithms, users can expect immersive and dynamic experiences tailored to them in the 3D world. Additionally, intelligent avatars will become more human-like, using natural language processing and computer vision to communicate with users and react to their actions and emotions. We have already seen examples of this just weeks after ChatGPT came out in the metaverse Engage who customized an NPC to speak through AI and help the user to use tasks in Engage.
However the things you may not be things is how the metaverse will also fuel the development of AI technology. Let’s be honest, one reason the metaverse is so desirable for marketing is the collection of data. It’s like social media data collecting on crack. The massive amounts of data generated by users’ interactions can be used to train AI algorithms and improve their accuracy and effectiveness. This mutually beneficial relationship has exciting potential. To be fair, for those of you who are worried data mining, not all metaverse platforms will release all your data.
Of course we have to touch on the security risks to consider, such as hacking and harassment. We saw this this week with Siemens Metaverse exposer of corporate data. But not to worry just as we see stolen data from our mobile phone companies, measure will be taken to provider stronger security. And AI can help detect and prevent these malicious activities, making the metaverse a safer place for all users.
As with any new technology, there will be challenges to overcome. But as Nguyen (Wen) notes, “Like the internet, the metaverse will continue to evolve.”
We must keep an eye on these two technologies and their evolving relationship, as the potential for personalized, immersive experiences and intelligent avatars is mind-blowing.
Diving deeper into AI and Metaverse – here is a break down some serious tech news that’s going to impact every industry in 2023 and beyond. Just recently, Amy Webb launched Future Today Institute’s Emerging Tech Trend Report at SXSW 2023, and it’s got our minds blown with over 600 trends across 819 pages. But let’s cut to the chase and talk about the ones that matter most – AI and the Metaverse.
These trends are already reshaping industries and will change society as we know it. Right now we are moving from the internet age of information to interconnected data, and that means LLMs (Large Language Models) or AI will play a significant role. We’re talking AI accelerators, cloud computing, and massive neural networks that will make our current technology seem primitive. But with all of this new tech comes the need for regulation and preparation, and education on how to use AI or entire groups of people risk falling behind.
On the optimistic side, AI and the Metaverse will transform industries like medicine and education, increasing productivity and creating new tools for humanity. But on the catastrophic side, we could face aggressive data scraping and new digital divides. It’s not all doom and gloom, though. We have the power to create a better future by showing up for ourselves and each other. Let’s embrace this moment and make it count!
As we said last week, we need to show love for each other and for technology and show our best selves to move forward for the best future.
Lastly, there is an event on Wednesday that is not to be missed. Alt Ethos is proud to be a part of the future of the metaverse! We’re excited to sponsor the upcoming Metaverse Networking event, hosted by the Reality Innovators Network on the cutting-edge platform by Odyssey VR.The Reality Innovators Network , the largest Metaverse, VR/AR/XR community on LinkedIn with over 60,000 members on Linked. We have provided the link below.
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On August 29th and 30th at AREA15 Las Vegas, Epic Immersive welcomed immersive industry luminaries from Secret Cinema, Marshmallow Laser Feast, David Byrne’s Theater of the Mind, Broadway, Swamp Motel, Meow Wolf, Delusion, Mycotoo, AREA15, Boomtown Fair, Les Enfants Terribles, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and more. As well as international guests from companies in China, India, Singapore, Russia, and Europe.
Epic Immersive is an immersive experience agency that has created 14-acre fictional cities and underground wonderlands. Companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook have commissioned Epic Immersive experiences.
The 2-day event included speakers Mycotoo’s Fri Forjindam, Fifth Wall Forum’s Stephanie Riggs, AREA15’s Michael Beneville, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Nataki Garrett, and the team behind VR theatre experience Welcome to Respite (Tribeca Film Festival 2021 Official Selection), with many more.
Alt Ethos caught up with Steve Boyle, co-founder of Epic Immersive (co-created with Kimberly Flynn) to discuss event curation, announcements, and exciting future plans.
The Alt Ethos team really enjoyed The Immersive Industry Homecoming Summit. What was your process for curating the speakers; how did you go about choosing them?
We (Steve Boyle and Kimberly Flynn) worked together to identify the most compelling movers-and-shakers from the global immersive scene across a number of genres and mediums. It was of supreme importance to us that we threw a truly global event, and that our speaker roster reflected the incredible diversity of our field, highlighting femme and BIPOC creators.
We noticed that there were some announcements made at the event from the speakers. Can you please share some of those?
Two big ones come to mind: Stephanie Riggs announced the creation of Odeon Theatrical, a new platform that delivers AR content for live theatre, and Kim Adams announced the return of Adventure Lab.
What was the moment that surprised you the most at the event? Or a “wow” moment that comes to mind?
Steve: The wow moment for me was really just being there — those first moments especially when the energy is so high and the anticipation is there and we’ve really, truly come together for the first time in 18 months, with tons of safety precautions in place, and we’ve made it together safely. That was an amazing moment I’ll never forget.
Kim: Wow moments for me were in all the excitement and enthusiasm throughout the entire process from the speakers to our attendees, the positivity, excitement, support and joy from everyone involved and from everyone that attended was really magical. It was wonderful to feel the community excited to be sharing an experience again after such a long break.
Any shout-outs you would like to share?
Huge, huge thanks to projectionist and technical director Jacob Vorperian, and our tech wiz Christie Casey.
What are the future plans for The Immersive Industry Homecoming Summit?
Stay tuned! We’ll definitely be back in Vegas, and you’re going to want to be a part of a whole circuit of events we are planning in 2022.
What’s next for Epic Immersive?
A return to large-scale immersive experiences in 2022. Once again, stay tuned for big announcements!
We thank Steve Boyle for taking the time to chat with us and appreciate all of the effort that the Epic Immersive team, speakers, and collaborators put forth to make this Summit such a special event. Bringing together a group of visionaries, technologists, and storytellers is no small feat. Alt Ethos enjoyed the projection mapping within the space, the deep conversation from the speakers, the diversity of the group, and the pace of the presentations. We learned deeply about different companies and artists doing cutting-edge immersive work. Also, let’s not forget about the unique container that the summit took place in. If you’re ever in Las Vegas make sure to visit Area15.
AREA15 is an immersive playground, all rolled into a vast and vibrant space. Throw an axe, wander through a bamboo volcano, race on a zip line, or explore other mesmerizing realms. From the futuristic to the thrill-seeking, there’s an experience for everyone here.
Epic Immersive creates story-driven immersive experiences with explorable, 360-degree worlds. From ticketed experiences to corporate events to marketing activations, they deliver epic, unforgettable journeys.