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Cleanbox Technology and XRCollaboration.com Launch Universal Interactive XR Hardware Hub

Creators of the XR Collaboration Global Resource Guide launch interactive XR Hardware Hub for business and education leaders with sponsorship and support from Cleanbox Technology.

January 8, 2021 – Toronto, Canada / Nashville, Tennessee

XR Collaboration is proud to announce the launch of its comprehensive, interactive XR Hardware Hub, made possible by the generous support of Cleanbox Technology, Inc. The XR Hardware Hub is an impartial resource designed for business and education leaders to access detailed information about features and compatibility across the full spectrum of leading augmented, virtual, and mixed reality (collectively XR) headsets, helping users choose the right device for their needs. 

In 2020, XR Collaboration launched its Global Resource Guide and Collaborative Platform Directory to help organizations navigate the landscape of XR meeting platforms as they switch to remote work tools. Virtual meetings are now the new normal, driving sales of XR hardware and the need for reliable solutions for device hygiene. As the leading hospital-grade surface decontamination solution for XR device sanitization, Cleanbox Technology, Inc. is the ideal sponsor for the universal XR Hardware Hub. 

“We are excited to have Cleanbox Technology Inc. as a collaborative sponsor for the XR Hardware Hub setting standards for hygiene solutions in our ecosystem,” says Julie Smithson, Chief Learning Officer and Co-Founder, MetaVRse, and Producer of XR Collaboration.

 “We are pleased to take part in the next generation of XR Collaboration,” said Amy Hedrick, Co-Founder and CEO of Cleanbox Technology Inc. “In these uncertain times, it’s clear that the AR, VR, and MR worlds need to come together to assure that consumers and businesses alike have the tools needed to fill in the void that physical distance has created.”

Cleanbox is a premium, eco-friendly, smart tech hygiene solution for the decontamination of AR, MR, VR, and communication headsets, eyewear, surgical and protective masks, personal electronics, and other frequently used devices. In 2021, Cleanbox is releasing the new OmniClean device, providing 360-degree consistent and complete decontamination of any object.

The XR Collaboration Global Resource Guide is a project of XR Ignite, a community hub for startups, studios, and developers to connect with corporate customers who want to solve large business challenges. The XR Collaboration Global Resource Guide is free to users and provides comprehensive information about XR platforms and hardware for business and productivity.

Together with Cleanbox Technology’s hygiene solutions, the XR Collaboration Global Resource Guide, Platform Directory, and Hardware Hub equip organizations to migrate meetings and remote work to virtual platforms, resulting in increased efficiency and cost savings. In today’s global business environment, collaborating with partners from around the world in real time without leaving the office (or home office) is easier than ever.

About Cleanbox Technology

Cleanbox Technology designs and builds premium, eco-friendly smart tech hygiene products, specializing in UVC surface decontamination. Cleanbox’s patented products use UVC light generated by an LED to provide safe, hospital-grade decontamination without the need for chemicals, heat, or liquids. Engineering this technology in-house means Cleanbox can meet today’s challenges with products that are designed for a variety of shared devices: from head-mounted displays (HMDs) to surgical and protective masks, eyewear, personal electronics, and accessories. Cleanbox products are independently lab-validated and proven to kill 99.999% of viruses, bacteria, and fungi on the devices they are designed to decontaminate. For more information, visit https://www.cleanboxtech.com.


XR Collaboration V.4 Launched during #AWE2020

XR Collaboration Platform Directory updated with new PDF Resource Guide and online search functionality of the XR ecosystem. Updated guide includes resources on XR accessibility, digital presence, avatar creation and over 70+ collaboration platforms.

May 28, 2020 – Toronto, Canada

XRCollaboration.com is proud to announce major updates to the free Global Resource Guide to XR Collaboration with the focus of providing a toolbox that is vitally important as Covid-19 continues to force organizations to work and learn from home.  

This much needed initiative was created with the support of sponsors; Deutsche Telekom, Qualcomm, MetaVRse, XR Bootcamp and Cleanbox and the industry associations such as VR/AR Association (VRARA), Augmented World Expo (AWE), Augmented Reality Enterprise Alliance (AREA), and XR Access 

“Due to the coronavirus pandemic all forms of telecommunications are more important than ever. We use our brains more effectively when we feel more proximity while communicating with a person that is not in the same room,” said Alexander Lautz, SVP of 5G, Deutsche Telekom. “However, today’s mass market tools – telephony, messaging, document sharing, video calling – lack the level of immersion needed by themselves. XR technology enablers are crucial to enhancing telecommunications services to offer digital social proximity. Deutsche Telekom is proud to sponsor the Global Resource Guide to XR Collaboration which educates us all on what is possible already today.”

XR Collaboration Platform Directory

Included in the updates to the site is a robust search tool categorizing the feature sets and capabilities of each XR platform, including the primary industry they support.  Each of the 70+ XR Collaboration platforms host a profile about their solution.  

Accessibility Considerations 

XR Access joined the coalition providing content supporting Accessibility in the Global Resource Guide highlighting XR collaboration considerations before implementation into business and education systems. Governments and organisations will be able to use this resource to support digital implementation for those with disabilities remotely working and learning from home. 

Audio Podcast Release 

Supporting accessibility, XR Collaboration released the audio podcast of the Global Resource Guide narrated by Alan Smithson, Host of the XR For Business Podcast.  The recordings are available on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Google Play.

Importance of Presence 

The PDF Resource Guide introduces the importance of human connectivity through digital presence & audio podcast contribution by Caitlin Krause, MindWise Learning, Leadership & Wellbeing Specialist. The recordings are available on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Google Play

Please visit the website XRCollaboration.com where the XR Collaboration PDF Resource Guide & Platform Directory will be periodically updated. 

Current Version 4 - May 28, 2020

The Coalition

ABOUT XR IGNITE INC

XR Ignite is a community hub and virtual accelerator for XR startups, studios, and developers to connect with customers who want to solve large business challenges.

ABOUT DEUTSCHE TELEKOM 

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies, with some 184 million mobile customers, 27,5 million fixed-network lines, and 21 million broadband lines. Leading in customer experience, leading in technology, and leading in business productivity and pioneering sustainability. 

ABOUT QUALCOMM TECHNOLOGIES 

Qualcomm is the world’s leading wireless technology innovator and the driving force behind the development, launch, and expansion of 5G. Qualcomm Incorporated includes licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of the patented portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of our engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of their products and services businesses, including our QCT semiconductor business.

ABOUT CLEANBOX TECHNOLOGIES 

Cleanbox Technologies is a premium, eco-friendly hygiene solution for the decontamination of hardware that sits on or near the face.

ABOUT METAVRSE INC

MetaVRse hosts a suite of tools including 3D Web Engine for business & education and offering custom VR/AR development and professional services supporting the democratization of education.

ABOUT POWERSIMPLE, LLC

Building innovative web solutions since the ‘90s, Powersimple is focused on powering WebXR, the Spatial Web, Social VR and Volumetric Content with data for Events, Journalism Advertising, Education and Civics.

ABOUT THE AREA 

The Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) is the only global non-profit, member-based organization dedicated to widespread adoption of interoperable AR-enabled enterprise systems.

ABOUT XR BOOTCAMP & VR FIRST

VR First has successfully democratized VR/AR. at the intersection of industry and academia, VR First has seen the needs of the industry and decided to move forward with XR Bootcamp, striving to move the whole XR industry forward, equipping it with the talents they need to develop the most immersive VR/AR content.

ABOUT THE VRARA 

The VR/AR Association (VRARA) is an international organization designed to foster collaboration between innovative companies and brands in the VR and AR ecosystem.

ABOUT AWE 

Augmented World Expo (AWE) is the leading AR/VR event series in the world. AWE hosts four annual events (Silicon Valley, Munich, Asia, Tel Aviv) and has meetup chapters all over the world. Their mission is advancing Augmented Reality to Advance Humanity. Our Goal: 1 billion active users of AR by 2020.

ABOUT XR ACCESS 

The XR Access Initiative is supported by Cornell Tech, Verizon Media, and the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT).


GLOBAL COALITION LAUNCHES XR COLLABORATION RESOURCE GUIDE

Comprehensive guide to Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality collaboration tools launch to help organizations match their business and learning needs with the best solutions for remote meetings, training, education, medical and more

April 9, 2020 – Toronto, Canada

The Global Resource Guide to XR Collaboration is an interactive and comprehensive online tool that helps companies utilize XR collaboration and remote work tools for businesses.  The resource guide will serve as a central repository of detailed information about XR collaboration products and platforms and include an easy-to-use interactive tool for matching to specific business needs, a feature that will be available by the end of this month. All of this will be free to use and free to share.

XR collaboration products and platforms prove increasingly valuable for business users across all sectors of the economy. These can help teach classes, run workshops, deliver sales presentations and enable more personal meetings and real-time training. Sectors such as manufacturing, engineering, retail, marketing, education and healthcare can particularly benefit from XR with its enhanced real-time collaboration capabilities and ability to share valuable or sensitive information remotely. And beyond the necessity to enforce social distancing, XR collaboration platforms can create a tangible ROI to enterprises by reducing work travel expenses and more efficiently fostering real-time knowledge and expertise sharing. By 2030, VR and AR has the potential to add $1.5 trillion to the global economy, as projected by PwC’s "Seeing is Believing" report.

The Global Resource Guide to XR Collaboration aims to be a resource that outlines how immersive XR technologies can support human interaction and empower us to collectively leverage technology to support the way we work, learn and generally interact with one another in a viscerally more personal way, to help everyone make the best of an extraordinarily difficult situation. The global coalition believes that by coming together (virtually) we have the best chance of overcoming the great challenges that lie ahead. For more information, please visit the website which will periodically be updated at XRCollaboration.com