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CableLabs invents new ways to keep people connected by making broadband faster and more responsive, reliable and secure, cementing the cable network as the platform of choice for enjoying incredible experiences in entertainment and connectivity. As the leading innovation and R&D lab for the cable industry, CableLabs creates global impact through its member companies around the world and its subsidiaries, Kyrio and UpRamp. With a state-of-the art research and innovation facility and collaborative ecosystem with thousands of vendors, CableLabs delivers impactful network technologies for the entire industry.

Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. has released its third service pack for the Vectorworks 2022 product line focused on improvements to Vectorworks Cloud Services for all design customers. Other highlights include new storage integrations with Vectorworks Cloud, updates to Datasmith file exchange for a direct link to Twinmotion and support for .glTF within the MVR export from Vectorworks Spotlight.

In Step into the Metaverse: How the Immersive Internet Will Unlock a Trillion-Dollar Social Economy, future tech strategist, entrepreneur, and thought leader Dr. Mark van Rijmenam delivers a startlingly insightful discussion about how the world as we know it will fundamentally change as the physical and the digital worlds merge into the metaverse, impacting the everyday experiences of people, companies, and societies. The author interviewed over 100 stakeholders involved in building the metaverse including our very own Neil Trevett, Khronos President, who talks about the need to create a constellation of interoperability standards to enable an open metaverse.

Godot recently released Godot 4.0 alpha 4 release candidate. In the release, Godot promoted OpenXR from a plug-in into the core for better integration with Vulkan and other engine components.

The Khronos Group has an open Request for Quote (RFQ) for OpenXR CTS Improvements. The OpenXR working group has developed a conformance test suite for validating vendor runtimes against the OpenXR specification to help ensure uniformity across AR and VR platforms. This project will extend the current conformance test suite with additional tests of the core specification as well as implementing tests for a number of extensions. The OpenXR Working Group may also seek some sample development to provide application developers simple example code to bootstrap their own development efforts. The deadline for RFQ submission has been extended to Friday, March 25th, 2022.

Shenzhen Skyworth New World Technology Co., Ltd., established in May 2017, is a subsidiary of Skyworth Group that deploys virtual reality and augmented reality industries. The team has more than 10 years of related product development experience.

At present, Skyworth VR has applied for hundreds of patents related to virtual reality and augmented reality, developed and mass-produced a variety of VR head-mounted display products, participated in the formulation of a number of virtual reality national standards and industry standards, and has undertaken the national key research and development plan “Technology Winter Olympics” key special topic “VR interactive intelligent terminal and system”.

In the future, Skyworth VR will continue to carry out in-depth layout in the field of virtual reality and augmented reality, produce more high-quality products and content, and provide industry customers with more complete industry solutions.

The Haptics Industry Forum (HIF) and The Khronos® Group have entered into a cooperative liaison agreement to foster synergy between the two organizations to encourage the integration of advanced haptics functionality into the Khronos OpenXR™ open standard for portable augmented and virtual reality, to enable broad availability of haptics in the metaverse and beyond. This agreement enables HIF and Khronos to collaborate with a shared goal to enable broad, cross-platform access to next-generation haptic feedback in XR applications, enabling rich multisensory experiences to reach beyond 3D visuals for the eyes and spatial audio for the ears – and include expressive haptics for touch. Read the press release.

Today, The Khronos Group announced the public release of the royalty-free Vulkan Safety-Critical (SC) 1.0 API Specification to enable safety-critical industries to deploy state-of-the-art GPU graphics and compute acceleration while meeting the highest levels of functional safety requirements. The Vulkan SC Conformance Test Suite is also freely available in open source, and multiple vendors have officially-conformant Vulkan SC 1.0 implementations. Industry feedback on the specification is welcome at the Vulkan SC specification GitHub repository.

To reliably distribute geospatial textures to diverse platforms and applications, Esri chose Khronos’ KTX 2.0, an efficient and lightweight GPU texture container format. KTX precisely specifies how the contents of a texture file are to be handled, from a simple base-level 2D texture to a cubemap array texture with mipmaps. KTX files also hold all the parameters needed for efficient texture loading into 3D APIs such as OpenGL and Vulkan, including access to individual mipmap levels. The latest version of the specification, KTX 2.0, adds support for Basis Universal supercompressed GPU textures - creating truly ‘Universal Textures’ that can be encoded once, are compact to transmit, and are efficient to process on any GPU across multiple platforms.

vivo is a technology company that creates great products based on a design-driven value, with smart devices and intelligent services as its core. vivo now have over 400 Million users and cover more than 50 countries and regions. Facing diversified user groups, vivo lets consumers around the world enjoy extraordinary moments in life and creates surprises for them to embrace technological innovations.

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