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The Reality Wire brings news this week from a range of providers, including Arkio, AppliedVR, Tilt Five, Magic Leap, and XR Immersive Tech

The Reality Wire brings news this week from a range of providers. Top of the list is the launch of Arkio on Quest App Store, a major update that brings a feature-rich spatial design tool to the most cost-effective virtual reality (VR) headset around.

Elsewhere, fans of tabletop gaming titles such as CATAN, Ticket to Ride, Gloomhaven, Terraforming Mars and Pandemic will be thrilled to see Tilt Five’s new partnership with their publisher and distributor, plus Magic Leap is reaching out to students in South Florida.

Why it matters: A feature-rich spatial design tool meets the most cost-effective headset around. Arkio’s arrival on Meta Quest 2 means just about anyone can build, design and create within VR. A must-try for professional architects, game designers, educators and hobbyists, after a successful App Lab launch last year.

Why it matters: A name change that better reflects the outcomes of this VR-based treatment. EaseVRx has approval for marketing for chronic pain reduction in the US and work is underway in preparation for launch in that market and others. AppliedVR felt that “‘RelieVRx’ better captures the core benefit of pain relief that the healthcare industry is looking for: a prescription treatment option that provides a unique modality while addressing unmet patient needs”.

Why it matters: Fans of tabletop gaming titles such as CATAN, Ticket to Ride, Gloomhaven, Terraforming Mars and Pandemic could soon see them adapted for Tilt Five’s augmented reality (AR) entertainment system. Seeing these games and others from publisher and distributor Asmodee Digital brought to life using Tilt Five’s combination of AR glasses, gameboard and wand controller in 3D holographic environments could also attract a new generation of gamers.

Why it matters: A fantastic opportunity for South Florida students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds, and a necessity for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Magic Leap is at the forefront of AR hardware and software and so well placed to “inspire, educate and nurture upcoming generations of technologists in a rapidly growing spatial computing industry”.

Why it matters: Boosting access to a growing library of educational VR content is a must if this immersive technology is going to revolutionise learning. VictoryXR is a pioneer in this area and this partnership with XR Immersive Tech subsidiary Synthesis VR will bring content to location-based VR operators worldwide.

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Images: Arkio, AppliedVR, Tilt Five, Magic Leap and XR Immersive Tech