Expert Insight on How to Make VR Real

first_imgRecently on Direct2Dell, I shared how National Geographic Explorer Martin Edström brought the world’s first virtual reality (VR) experience with lions to life, but you may be wondering how VR could be used in the business world.To help reveal real-world implications of using VR within your business, Qualtrics – in association with Dell – has surveyed 500 business decision makers around the world who were either currently working on a VR project, or who had already completed one.The resulting “Making VR Real” report showcases the potential of virtual reality in 2018 and provides a unique insight into one of the world’s most innovative industries.“In this report, we hope to paint a true picture of the varied business cases for VR, by undertaking the broadest piece of business-focused VR research to date, whilst also shining a light on how VR is being used in the real-world today,” said Jack Davies, head of content at Qualtrics EMEA.They found that VR is contributing a huge amount to the economies of the different countries they surveyed, but that 52 percent of those working on VR projects still see it as emerging tech.Why are they choosing to use it? Fifty-eight percent said they agreed or strongly agreed that VR offered benefits that no other medium did. The majority also felt that it showcased their own innovative capabilities and demonstrated leadership in their industry.Some of those surveyed include our customers Jaguar Land Rover and Framestore. Framestore uses Dell Precision workstations to bring their customers’ stories to life, including our own Dell Technologies story. And Jaguar Land Rover launched their first fully electric SUV, the Jaguar i-Pace at a VR press conference powered by Dell Precision workstations.https://youtu.be/PZhvepI6qHQThat event was so well-received that technology analyst Rob Enderle said it even led him to sign up to buy one. He added: “Dell, HTC, and Jaguar are changing not only how you buy cars but how you design, build, and buy them.”That’s because Jaguar Land Rover also created a VR experience for the sales process in their showrooms and 58 percent of retailers they surveyed said it added value.“Having VR more integrated into the sales process is something we need to work on for future projects,” said Mel Simkiss, global retail environment manager at Jaguar Land Rover, in the “Making VR Real” report. “What would be great is a customer comes in, having configured the car at home, and they are then issued a code which we can use to demo the car they’ve configured using VR. Then we can help them order it, there and then, in the showroom. We’re a way off just now, but ultimately that’s the goal.”The “Making VR Real” report also includes case studies from Make Real, a UK-based team that makes immersive digital products, and 10 lessons they learned working with several clients.I won’t give them all away here (download the report for that), but the first lesson was to start small. Begin with a small budget — that is more acceptable to those who have financial sign-off — to create a prototype or proof of concept piece of content that has one or two clear business objectives, or learning outcome goals defined.This survey found that just over 25 percent of the projects respondents worked on had a budget of $100,000-$250,000. But as you can see in the chart below, many more were accomplished for less than that.And while Framestore has experience with Hollywood-size budgets, and VR being used for primarily marketing and public relations purposes, they’re starting to see a lot of products being developed (for profit) outside of the entertainment industry – especially in healthcare.“Personally, I’m excited about how VR can be used in areas like education and healthcare,” said Christine Cattano, global head of VR at Framestore, in the report. “We’ve been dabbling a bit here – but some of the products and R&D projects that are currently out there are pretty mindblowing, I think those are the types of things that will start to move the needle for the general public on the true potential of AR and VR tech.”For more survey results, and insights from interviews with a broad cross-section of VR experts, from artists, to agencies, to clients, and startups, download “Making VR Real.”last_img read more

COR dissolves, transfers some members to Senate

first_imgThe Council of Representatives (COR), a diverse advisory group to student body president Pat McCormick, focused its discussions this semester on three primary goals outlined by McCormick in his “State of the Student Union” address. “The first pillar is uniting the Student Union to make it a more effective advocate, the second, delivering on constituent services and … [third,] dramatically extending student government’s ability to work on issues of consequence,” McCormick said. This semester was the group’s last as the COR’s last and most significant topic of debate resulted in its consolidation with the Student Senate. “There was something of a contradiction in COR,” McCormick said. “There was the sense that these members of the Student Union should advise the president on student policy and programming. But while we allow them to advise on policy, there was no architecture within student government to let them engage in policy terms.” McCormick said the group’s debates focused on how to expand representativeness in student government. “We tried to think through whether there might be a way to accomplish two objectives,” he said. “First, to cut through the red tape in student government that had increasingly come to be extraneous to the work of the Student Union itself, and secondly, to see whether there might be a way in doing so to unite the Student Union once and for all.” Following several months of revisions to the constitution led by COR member and Internal Affairs chair Ben Noe, the Council debated the merger for two weeks before holding a trial meeting with Senate. The senators approved the reform at that meeting last week. Before the merger, the Council did also address the second pillar, which McCormick refers to as “issues of convenience.” Council debate resulted in clarifying policies regarding student use of local taxi services, McCormick said. “We were excited to have the opportunity to discuss taxi reform and to get people’s feedback on transportation in general,” he said. “Providing more effective transportation to and from campus is routine, but important.” McCormick said the group’s conversations often centered on enhancing school spirit, and Notre Dame leprechaun Mike George even attended one meeting. “I extended that invitation [to George] in order to bring stakeholders together to talk about focusing on both student safety and school spirit,” he said. “We used COR to talk about stadium modernization and things like canned music.” McCormick said the group was helpful in his efforts to gauge student sentiment on the controversial game day updates. “COR serves as a sounding board to get a feel about where students stand,” he said. The Council’s final area of focus this semester, McCormick said, were “issues of consequence” relating to both University and external policy matters. “We talked about the education Forum, to discuss what worked in past years and how the Forum can be improved,” he said. “We talked about immigration reform in COR before Cardinal Mahoney came to speak at Senate, where we had the opportunity to bring in ideas from COR.” One of the most tangible results of dialogue in COR, McCormick said, was the passage of a comprehensive sustainability strategy by the University. “We had the chance to talk about sustainability, which contributed to my own approach toward working for a sustainability strategy at Senate, which resulted in our fourth resolution,” he said. “That was followed up with a report to the Board of Trustees, and now we have, for the first time in Notre Dame history, a public commitment to sustainability.” McCormick said the group’s greatest purpose this semester was to advance students’ role in policy change. “[The representatives] embody why the argument is so important, that students can be part of the project of building a Notre Dame consistent with the size of our hopes for the University,” he said.last_img read more

Dean Angle

first_img Angle has held several national agricultural leadership positions, including chair of the Board on Agricultural Assembly of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. He has served as acting executive director of the Northeast Research Association, which promotes regional cooperation in agricultural research, and also has been chair of both the national and Northeast Regional Organizations of Experiment Station Directors. He has authored or co-authored some 300 scientific papers, reports, book chapters and other publications, has been a Fulbright Scholar and is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America. Angle will step down from his role at UGA on Sept. 18. UGA President Jere W. Morehead and Provost Pamela Whitten will announce the appointment of an interim dean in the coming weeks as well as a national search for the next permanent academic leader to propel the college to new heights. J. Scott Angle, who has served as dean and director of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for the past decade, has announced that he will step down from his position to lead a global organization that works to alleviate hunger. Angle oversaw a period of significant growth in the college’s instruction, research and outreach. The number of students enrolled in the college grew by nearly 30 percent over the past decade, and 175,000 youths from across the state are enrolled in 4-H programs. To increase access to agricultural education in Georgia, the college began offering degree programs at the UGA-Griffin campus and expanded its programs on the Tifton campus. “Dr. Angle is an extraordinary scholar and an exemplary leader who has helped make our College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences one of the nation’s best,” Whitten said. “His legacy is to seamlessly integrate instruction, research and outreach for the benefit of people across our state and around the world.” Angle recruited several nationally and internationally recognized researchers to help broaden the scope and impact of the college’s research. He also strengthened the links between the college’s research and Cooperative Extension units to ensure that farmers and other stakeholders in each of Georgia’s 159 counties have access to the latest, evidence-based information. As president and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center, Angle will oversee an organization that has been active in nearly 100 countries and is focused on increasing food security and agricultural productivity through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise. “While I am sad to leave my friends and colleagues at UGA during a time when (the college) is on such a strong trajectory, I am called for one more grand adventure in my life,” Angle said. “Assuming the role of CEO and president of the International Fertilizer Development Center will allow me to combine my disciplinary training in soil science with my passion for Africa to help farmers around the world improve soil fertility and sustainability. I am very proud of all that the university and college have achieved over the past 10 years.” “Over the past decade, Dean Angle has provided outstanding leadership to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,” Morehead said. “He has been one of the strongest champions of UGA’s land-grant mission, working tirelessly to connect the vast resources of the college to the challenges and opportunities faced by the agriculture industry across the state. We are grateful for his many years of dedicated service and wish him well in this new endeavor.”last_img read more

Peru Remodels Military Bases in the VRAEM

first_imgBy Dialogo May 03, 2013 The Peruvian Army has modernized the infrastructure of three military bases located in the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM), with the aim of strengthening the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism in that area of the country. These modernized Army military bases have all the necessary logistics required by the military personnel serving in this area. Cateriano Bellido also emphasized that the government is not indifferent to those soldiers that are risking their lives in order to bring peace to all Peruvians. The completely remodeled military facilities are located in the municipalities of Villa Virgen (La Convención, Cusco), Huallhua (Huanta, Ayacucho), and Llochegua (Huanta, Ayacucho). These bases not only provide for security, but also allow other government organizations to bring assistance to towns located in the region. Peruvian Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano Bellido said that the renovation of these three military bases is proof of the government’s strong commitment to support the Armed Forces in the fight against narcoterrorism in the VRAEM. The facilities have modern spaces for training, such as towers to practice jumps, gyms, swimming pools and conference rooms, in addition to refurbished sleeping accommodations, dining rooms, kitchens and restrooms. last_img read more

Executive action on immigration equals growth for credit unions

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Millions of immigrant families need fair, dignified financial services.by: Miriam De DiosRare is the opportunity for a new member base of millions to present itself to the credit union movement. Yet when President Obama’s executive action on immigration is enacted, an underserved and under-targeted segment of now-documented income earners could be a big win for community-oriented credit unions.Much of the conversation about U.S. immigration began in earnest after the 2012 elections. The dialogue was accelerated significantly in the fourth quarter of 2014, as the president’s executive action promised to protect an estimated 5.2 million undocumented immigrants from being deported. The objective of this move is to enable a simpler “path to citizenship” for millions.According to the 2013 Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project, there are an estimated 11.7 undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S., a number expected to continue to rise. Credit union leaders who think strategically about membership growth can’t afford to ignore this market.Having gone through the immigration and naturalization process with my family when I was a child, I remember a demanding and expensive process. And while the result was worth every step it took to achieve, it wasn’t an easy journey. continue reading »last_img read more

Christmas Eve Storm To Bring Heavy Rain, Fog, Wind & Thunderstorms

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders holding out hope for a White Christmas this year will be sadly disappointed, as will holiday travelers and last-minute shoppers planning on making the rounds tomorrow.The National Weather Service is forecasting a very wet and very windy Christmas Eve.Meteorologists with the agency predict temperatures in the low-to-mid 50s Wednesday with heavy rain, patchy fog, wind gusts and isolated thunderstorms throughout the morning, daytime and evening hours continuing into Thursday morning before clearing up in the afternoon on Christmas Day.Temperatures will remain in the mid 50s Christmas Day and decrease precipitously thereafter, with lows into the mid-30s and upper-20s beginning late Thursday night into Friday morning, according to the forecasts. It will be breezy on Christmas, with a west wind of 18 to 21 miles per hour and gusts as high as 31 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent, says the weather service.“A weak area of low pressure tracks just to the south and east of Long Island through tonight,” reads the NWS’ most recent outlook from Upton. “A stronger storm system will impact the region Christmas Eve through Christmas morning. A cold front will move across the region Christmas Day.”Forecasters predict “The rain could be heavy at times” Wednesday night, with “patchy fog,” winds up to 22 miles per hour and precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.The Service issued an offshore Gale Warning for the region Tuesday into Saturday night, foretelling of wind gusts up to 35 knots Wednesday night contributing to rough seas with waves growing between 7 and 12 feet sustained throughout Christmas Day and a chance of thunderstorms Christmas Eve night.Be safe on those roads, Long Island.last_img read more

‘Faulty electrical heat tape’ to blame for mobile home fire in Harpursville

first_imgThis is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further updates. HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) — Fire officials have determined the cause of the mobile home fire at 229 Lovejoy Rd. to be faulty electrical heat tape. They also say everyone made it out of the house safely. HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) — Dispatchers tell 12 News that multiple agencies are responding to a fire at a mobile home at 229 Lovejoy Rd. in Harpursville Thursday afternoon. —– 5:48 P.M. UPDATE: Harpursville Fire DepartmentWest Colesville Fire DepartmentWindsor Fire DepartmentCoventry Volunteer Fire DepartmentSanitaria Springs Fire DepartmentNew York State PoliceBroome Ambulance As of 3:21 p.m., dispatchers are unable to comment if any injuries were sustained in the fire. 12 News has a crew on the way to the scene. The following agencies have responded: The fire was took 20 minutes to be put out. VIDEO CREDIT: Matt Pritchard Viewing this on our news app? Click here to view the video. last_img read more

IRTA and Bernays partnership agreement signed

first_imgThe aim of this cooperation is to bring students concrete examples from practice that will enrich and supplement their theoretical education in the field of communication management and tourism and that will help them prepare for the dynamic work environment that awaits them after graduation.  On the occasion of marking the World Tourism Day, a partnership agreement was signed yesterday in the premises of IRTA between IRTA doo – Istrian Development Tourism Agency and the College of Communication Management – Edward Bernays.  “In addition to the mentioned cooperation, IRTA already has many years of successful cooperation with the University of Juraj Dobrila in Pula, whose students had the opportunity to get acquainted with the work of the agency through various projects and specific tasks that await them after graduation., said Slavica Tobok Kandić, director of IRTA doo Such collaborations also aim to contribute to better and better networking of the academic and public-private sectors and the transfer of experiences, the ultimate goal of which is even better detection of quality and professional staff and directing them towards specific tasks and challenges of an exciting tourist environment..  center_img As part of the said agreement, guidelines for cooperation have been agreed, which will include the internship of Bernays students in the form of fieldwork within the business system and activities that the Istrian Development Tourist Agency deals with. Bernays will also have the opportunity to engage IRTA experts as mentors and guest lecturers in individual courses conducted as part of study programs, with the aim of presenting concrete experiences from practice within IRTA, which are experiences in the field of development and promotion. cultural and adventure tourism (Istra Inspirit), development of cyclotourism and outdoor tourism (Istra Outdoor) and management of the destination web portal and accompanying social networks under the brand Visit Istria. Photo: Istra Inspiritlast_img read more

Watch Governor Wolf’s Budget Update (VIDEO)

first_imgWatch Governor Wolf’s Budget Update (VIDEO) Budget News,  The Blog,  Videos Watch Governor Wolf’s ‪budget‬ update and find out how the governor is continuing to work with the legislature to achieve his three budget priorities: funding our schools, fighting the opioid crisis, and balancing the budget. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf   SHARE  TWEET July 07, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolflast_img read more

Pension fund for Consumentenbond narrows merger candidates to two

first_imgThe chairman said SPC’s ultimate choice could also be a hybrid arrangement split across a pension fund and an insurer, “if this were in the interest of groups of participants”.He stressed, however, that the pension fund aimed to keep its current collective defined contribution plan intact for as long as possible.This year, SPC was forced to cut the annual pensions accrual from 1.75% to 1.57%, as the initial accrual rate grew too expensive.However, Bakker suggested that a merger with PGB or PNO Media, due to their relatively low implementation costs, would allow SPC to reverse the accrual cut as early as 2016.Last spring, the pension fund of the Consumentenbond announced that it was considering liquidation, with its chairman citing surging financial and administrative costs.He also highlighted the problem of board continuity, pointing out that four of the six board members were older than 60, and that he had decided to step down at the end of this year after 10 years at the helm. SPC, the €70m pension fund of Dutch consumer association Consumentenbond, has narrowed the number of potential merger partners to two – the sector-wide scheme for the printing industry PGB and the industry-wide pension fund PNO Media.Chairman Rob Bakker, in a letter to participants, said the €20bn PGB and the €5bn PNO Media were both “attractive” candidates for the continuation of SPC’s current pension arrangements.He said both had close ties with corporate publishing – one of the core activities of the employer – as well as an investment strategy similar to SPC’s.Bakker said his pension fund also requested quotes from insurers Aegon, Nationale Nederlanden, Delta Lloyd and Centraal Beheer Achmea for taking over SPC’s pensions plan.last_img read more