Oculus Rift for Business announced

Oculus Rift for Business announced

In a long-awaited move, VR trailblazers Oculus have announced a professional Rift bundle created with business needs in mind. 

OC4, the company’s fourth Oculus Connect event held last week in San Jose, California, saw 2,900 engineers, designers and creatives from around the world converge to map out the future of virtual reality (VR) and get hands-on with the latest products.

Alongside the standalone Oculus Go, we finally saw the introduction of a VR solution from the Facebook-owned company aimed specifically at business users.

The last 18 months have seen Rift aimed primarily at the consumer market, with Oculus investing heavily in content creators and releasing support for Touch motion controllers and room-scale tracking – but this strategy has now been broadened.

The Oculus Rift Business Bundle includes a Rift headset, touch controllers, three sensors, and three facial interfaces. The solution also includes dedicated customer support and extended licenses and warranties to reflect the level the service demanded by business applications.

Oculus Rift for Business

Oculus Rift Business Bundle

Read more: CSAIL team pairs robots with VR for smart manufacturing

Extending VR’s reach

By branching into this new area, Oculus is serving an overarching need to spread the virtues and potential of a platform that is essentially still in its infancy. If VR is to play a long-term and significant role in our everyday lives, it must impact the workplace – helping users to collaborate, create and learn at scale.

While VR is largely still seen as the domain of the tech enthusiast at home, a broad range of businesses stand to benefit from the Rift to boost productivity, aid training and help customers to visualize products before they buy. Industries such as tourism, education, health, construction and manufacturing are just a few sectors that come to mind.

I had the chance to experience one such application first-hand recently (albeit not on a Rift). It allowed the user to visualise an architect’s 3D render of an office design – thereby bridging the common communication gap between a designer’s vision and the customer’s ability to comprehend the end product.

Audi now uses the Oculus Rift in hundreds of dealerships worldwide, allowing customers to choose from thousands of configuration options to build their dream car and immerse themselves in their creation.

Read more: Tobii Pro combines eye tracking with VR to understand human behaviour

Meanwhile, DHL Express has worked with its partner Immerse to drive its training programmes using Rift. Employees all over the world can follow a consistent learning experience in a safe and cost-effective environment.

Many of us have struggled with the obstacles presented by long-range business communication. Cisco’s Spark app provides a virtual space for collaboration. Teams can present PDFs, interact with 3D models, and draw on a virtual board that is synced with its physical counterpart.

It’s worth noting that VR competitor HTC introduced it’s $ 1,200 Vive Business Edition in June 2016 – so Oculus has been conspicuous in its absence from the market, until now. However, the Rift Business Bundle is significantly cheaper at $ 900.

It’s still early days for VR’s place in business, but there is huge scope for using it to enhance productivity and aid communication. The incoming Rift Core 2.0 software update is set to overhaul the user experience, adding UI and customisation enhancements. As the ecosystem evolves, we’ll surely see adoption grow with it.

Read more: In headsets battle, augmented reality for business to dominate, says IDC

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Applied Networking Research Prize: Winners Announced, Nominations for 2018 Now Open

As we rapidly approach the last Internet Engineering Task Force meeting for the year, we’re pleased to report that the final winners of the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) for 2017 have been announced.

The ANRP awards for IETF 100 go to:

Paul Emmerich for developing the high-speed packet generator MoonGen.
Paul Emmerich, Sebastian Gallenmüller, Daniel Raumer, Florian Wohlfart, and Georg Carle, “MoonGen: A Scriptable High-Speed Packet Generator,” in Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) 2015, Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 2015.

Roland van Rijswijk-Deij for analysing the impact of elliptic curve cryptography on DNSSEC validation performance.
Roland van Rijswijk-Deij, Kaspar Hageman, Anna Sperotto and Aiko Pras, “The Performance Impact of Elliptic Curve Cryptography on DNSSEC Validation,” in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Volume 25, Issue 2, April 2017.

For the 2017 award period of the ANRP, 39 eligible nominations were received. Each submission was reviewed by several members of the selection committee according to a diverse set of criteria, including scientific excellence and substance, timeliness, relevance, and potential impact on the Internet. Based on this review, six submissions were awarded an Applied Networking Research Prize in 2017.

Paul and Roland will present their work at the IRTF Open Meeting during IETF 100 in Singapore. Remote participation details will be available in due course.

The ANRP is awarded for recent results in applied networking research that are relevant for transitioning into shipping Internet products and related standardization efforts. Researchers with relevant, recent results are encouraged to apply for this prize, which will offer them the opportunity to present and discuss their work with the engineers, network operators, policy makers and scientists that participate in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and its research arm, the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF). The goal of the Applied Networking Research Prize is to recognize the best new ideas in networking, and bring them to the IETF and IRTF especially in cases where they would not otherwise see much exposure or discussion.

The nomination window for ANRP 2018 is now open and you can submit nominations until November 5, 2017. More information about the ANRP is available including full details of the nomination process.

Please nominate (or self-nominate) and help to support great networking research in getting the recognition it deserves at the IETF in 2018!

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First nationwide IoT program for universities announced

MultiTech Systems has introduced what is claimed to be the first nationwide IoT programme for schools and universities that will provide students with the necessary tools and education to learn and apply new connectivity technologies.

The new University IoT Program for LoRa Connectivity programme focuses on low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) using LoRaWAN. LPWAN is a wireless network designed for long range communications using low power consumption and a low bit rate to connect a wide variety of “things”.

The announcement follows the recent success of its first co-hosted event, which took place at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance solutions for the networking industry, and the UNH Connectivity Research Center (Connectivity). The one-day hackathon brought together UNH students, faculty, and industry to identify a problem and build a solution utilising sensors and LoRaWAN MultiConnect Conduit gateways and MultiConnect mDot LoRa modules.

According to Research and Markets, the LPWAN market is growing at a CAGR of 90.03% between now and 2022. Gregg Zastrow, Senior Manager of Programmes and Partnerships at MultiTech, said: “The size of the LPWAN market and the opportunity it affords for the next generation is significant. By providing education and cutting edge IoT products, we provide an enormous opportunity for students and further promote new IoT ideas and applications. We are excited by the students’ enthusiasm, creativity and designs.”

The new University IoT Program for LoRa Connectivity introduces various benefits, MultiTech added, including integrated, standards-based product kits, and a developers’ web portal.

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Brand New Speakers Announced for IoT Forum 2017

The 6th IoT Forum is only two months away, at Robinson College, Cambridge on 15-16th March.

The aim of the event is to bring together all the key people doing business in the Internet of Things, with the whole ecosystem of corporates, entrepreneurs and investors taking the IoT forward.

Our conferences are renowned for the excellent content and facilitation and we look forward to welcoming a host of great speakers this year including some exciting new names (read on to find out more).


JP BJP Benini, Cognitoys, IoT Forum 2017enini, Cognitoys

JP is Co-Founder of Elemental Path, making smart toys smarter with CogniToys, shaking up the eLearning and toy markets with the world’s first cognitive toy.


Manav Gupta, Brinc

Manav is co-founder & CEO of Brinc, a global IoT accelerator and platform based in Hong Kong.


Raph CrouanRaphB&W, Startupbootcamp IoT

Raph is the Founder & Managing Director of the Startupbootcamp IoT Program.


Josh LiuJosh Liu, Koobe Global, Koobe Global

Josh is the Director in Management & Entrepreneurship at Koobe Global (a Foxconn affiliated company).


To see the full list of speakers, see here.

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