Our New Year’s Resolution was to continue to put out the most en fuego monthly round-up of immersive media news and creative endeavors, and look at that; one month into 2023 and so far, so good. So with no further ado, enjoy this month’s edition of …now you know.
the end of an alt-era
It may not have been shocking that AltspaceVR announced it’s shutting its doors this month, but it’s certainly the closing of an important chapter in the industry’s history. Altspace laid down no small part of the foundation that the new era of social immersive spaces are being built on, and we salute all the good folks who made Altspace a community to so many over the years.
“you’ll wonder how you lived without ar”
When the Cookster talks, the world listens. This month Tim doubled-down on Apple’s insistence that the future is in AR, not the “metaverse,” although personally we don’t feel that it’s an either/or. Can’t we have a strong AR economy and a vibrant “metaverse fueled by VR/GG? That was a rhetorical question, yes we can.
And as long as we’re in the house that Jobs built, it’s worth mentioning that the latest leaks have Apple’s XR headset shaping up to be a “killer.”
when machines change art
Over the last five years we’ve seen Instagram turn millions into photographers, and TikTok is doing the same for videography and video editing. But while programs like GarageBand have certainly kicked down doors, especially on mobile music tools remain too complex to truly turn the mainstream millions into musicians. Until (maybe) now…
slinkying? slinking? slunk?
Whether in the digital or physical world, we’re fans of anyone who’s mastered a skill, the more niche the better. Speaking of which, here’s a guy who’s doing things with a slinky that the rest of us would have to be on acid to even conceive.