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Inside VR & AR (Feb 1st, 2019)

1. Boeing is using VR in its South Carolina factory as part of the production of its 787 Dreamliners. The plane manufacturer also is outfitting its aerospace mechanics with exoskeleton suits that help minimize fatigue while performing repetitive tasks. The company says it will be able to accelerate production on the Dreamliner and produce 14 planes a month instead of 12. — REUTERS

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2. Ubisoft has rolled out an arcade edition of its new VR shooter game Space Junkies. More than 100 arcades around the world will receive the game, and Ubisoft is partnering with the Virtual Athletics League for an international tournament. Prize money of more than $4,500 will be awarded to the winning teams, with the finals slated for March 15.  —  ROAD TO VR

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3. Could virtual reality be a tool for better for sexual harassment training? Morgan Mercer, a former victim of harassment says most companies don't take sexual harassment training seriously enough, and it doesn't usually have the intended effect. She founded Vantage Point, which has a "choose-your-own-adventure" style of immersive experience. Users are in the role of bystander to an incident of harassment and can decide how and if to intervene. — FAST COMPANY

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4. Kosmos School is teaching students how to design and launch rockets in an all-VR "classroom." The online school has a small class size of six students for its Intro to Rockets course, which teaches principles of rocket science and experiments that wouldn't be feasible in a real-world classroom. — VR SCOUT

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5. Saab will continue development on the VR experience that incorporates its shoulder-mounted rocket launcher. The defense company's Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifle has been in production since 1948. In 2017, VR/AR firm Vobling outfitted the launcher with a Vive headset for a presentation at the Defense and Security Equipment International Conference. "This VR experience has proven to be very popular in our showroom," a Saab spokesman said. —  ROAD TO VR

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6. Neat Corp. confirmed it is working on a PlayStation VR version of its "Budget Cuts" game. 

7. The Wanna Kicks AR app will let you virtually try on shoes. 

8. "Knight of Shadows" gives Jackie Chan the VR treatment.

9. The Rams offered VR tours of their stadium ahead of the Super Bowl.

10. From r/virtualreality: How to enjoy VR even if you're broke.

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This newsletter is curated by freelance journalist Kim Lyons, whose byline has appeared in The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review and other local and national publications. 

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies) and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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