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This is your regular and gentle reminder that AR stacks* will eventually replace every other type of personal computing and the decisions we make today will determine in very deep ways the basic ability of future people to see, think, and feel.

* currently faceboxes, later glasses, then contacts, then implants, then genetic tech

update on firefox openxr experiment: *somehow* got to the point where i'm successfully creating an XrSession and now it's finally detecting VR support correctly! Now at the point where I need to start working on handling the event loop stuff and probably swapchain stuff too

Well, here we are in the year two thousand and “Electron microscope photography of a tardigrade wearing a VR Headset”
twitter.com/leeunkrichDALLE/st

* it's an amazing tool, even though it's still funded mainly to attract "content providers" who can provide "ad inventory".

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So, this article is about a company that Unity announced they will acquire. Unity has been a targeted adtech company for years but significantly ramped up that work since ~2018. The engine in now primarily a vector for their ad network and secondarily* a dev tool. If you don't care for Facebook's surveillance network then I recommend looking at Unity-created games as roughly the same thing.
benedelman.org/news-021815/

I don't want an XR rig that's locked like an iPhone. I want an XR rig that's open like a Linux PC.

I have made no progress on this other than flipping the switch to turn on Lemmy federation (untested). I did just run across gogs.io which might be a smol solution to git hosting. No built-in CI but maybe that's OK?

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Yesterday they accepted Transmutable (my co) as a participant org. Should be interesting.

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Today we will check in with our working groups, and then discuss/demo

Have something to demo or propose related to avatar interop? Join us for episode 63 of the OMI weekly gathering.

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Have a thread going on the WebXR Community Forum where I'm attempting to record every single active WebXR creation tool webxr.community/topic/24/the-b

I'm curious if anyone has a "glTF model from hell" for loader testing purposes? By which I mean an otherwise valid file that goes out of it's way to brush up against as many edge cases in the standard as it can.

One of my work mates has been implementing support for extensions to #GNOME Web (a.k.a. Epiphany): blog.tingping.se/2022/06/29/We

This has been made possible because at #Igalia we want more of us to dogfood a WebKit-based browser, and the number one complaint was “but, I miss extension $XYZ”. Luckily, being an owner-based coop we can *choose* ourselves to invest time in things like these :pika:

Two new projects just signed in the NGI portofolio addressing Search topic:
- NGI Search (8.5M€) will fund open source technologies for search @mirkopresser
- Openwebsearch (8.5M€) focuses on Search index infrastructure openwebsearch.eu/index.html

Both projects will resort to community contributions through open calls (so called cascading) that will open later this year. Stay tune.

We tried to communicate w/ #GitHub re: #Copilot; they have outright refused to answer community questions on Copilot & took it for-profit. Copilot ignores copyleft requirements; so it's time to #GiveUpGitHub GiveUpGitHub.org

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I'm happy to announce that the WebXR Community Forum is now live! If you've been wanting to join a community of other WebXR developers but prefer forums to realtime chat apps like Discord, I'd highly encourage you to stop by! webxr.community/

The first step to interoperability is to ask yourself: Do you care more about achieving interoperability together, or do you care more about getting credit?

If you fired up Chrome this morning and aren't interested in other browsers then please (please!) read this article about the impending one-engine web:
mnot.net/blog/2022/06/22/chrom

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