Apple’s XR focus, VR meetings vs. Zoom and Google’s ChatGPT competition

Apple's XR spotlight, VR meetings vs. Zoom and Google's ChatGPT contest

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Our weekly roundup: Apple’s XR headset seems to be getting closer, while Microsoft’s vision of functional Hololens combat goggles is once again further in the future. Google could position a competitor of ChatGPT with a Deepmind detour.

The year of the Apple headset

The unveiling of the Apple headset, supposedly originally planned for January, has been postponed shortly, according to Apple reporter Mark Gurman. However, he is certain: 2023 will be the year of Apple Reality. The XR device is thought to be Apple’s flagship launch this year and even ties in capabilities from other hardware departments.

Microsoft’s battles with its battle headset

Hololens remains a challenging product for Microsoft, and this also applies to the military version: American soldiers complain of eye strain and headaches, which is why Congress cancels a 400 million dollar order. Instead, Microsoft will have to play catch up and deliver a better version.

Ein Soldat legt im Häuserkampf mit der AR-Brille IVAS ein Sturmgewehr an.

The US military has been fighting with and against Microsoft’s IVAS military Hololens since 2019. | Image: US Army photo by Spc. Chandler Coats, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

How do VR meetings compare to Zoom and the like?

Marketing professor and VR researcher Thorsten Hennig-Thurau and his colleagues at Germany’s University of Münster want to know whether virtual meetings in a 3D environment move participants more emotionally, whether teams are more creative and how well they work together. They involved 300 students, 100 of whom met with VR headsets. The result: video conferencing is still ahead.

Nice VR recordings

Thomas Huebner is a passionate VR photographer. He shows shots in a quality you rarely see. You can watch the scenes for free with Quest 2, Pico or on SteamVR.

Hochauflösendes Panorama-HDR-Foto der Umgebung des Dresdners Zwingers.

The Dresden “Zwinger” in beautiful VR shots. | Image: Thomas Huebner

Google can go through Deepmind to get to ChatGPT

OpenAI’s ChatGPT is the biggest AI breakthrough of all time – and is said to make Google fear for its core business. Deepmind’s Sparrow chatbot could launch in beta this year. Is this Google a way out of the “Innovator’s Dilemma”?

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It is an open secret that OpenAI is working on GPT-4, but so far there is little official information. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman says GPT-4 only launches when it’s safe and responsible to do so.


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