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Written by Niki Tatalia

Keeping the #interactiverevolution alive, we are back with a brand new edition of Xi insights. In this edition we are bringing you an array of new , exciting Christmasy experiences for the festive season , innovation and cultural themed insights guaranteed to get you excited to experience something new!

Want to have a magical Christmas this year without having to break the bank? Well it sounds that Otherworld’s group virtual reality experience is what you are looking for. With 16 different, immersive gaming experiences, you will be transformed into this Christmas world via the magic of Virtual Experience. And of course it’s not Christmas without a little booze or cosy beverages. All your achievements in the virtual world earn you DreamCoin: a virtual currency you can spend on drinks discounts in the real world, making that first ice-cold sip even more well-earned.

VR Christmas

New revolutionary research in the world of hologram says goodbye to the traditional 3d holograms that proved to be time consuming and complicated. Researchers have developed a novel deep-learning method that simplifies the creation of holograms, allowing 3D images to be generated directly from 2D photos captured with standard cameras. This proposed approach is thus expected to pave the way for augmenting the development of ubiquitous holographic technology.

Hologram breakthrough: from 2G to 3G

Are you a robot or a technology expert in robots? Then this might be your time to shine. Amazon is now trying out humanoid robots in its US warehouses, in order to better deliver to their customers. The robot called Digit has two arms and legs in order to grasp and lift items, go down the stairs in a similar way to humans. This has worried many for the impact this might have in jobs disappearing but Amazon has stated that it has helped create thousands of new job opportunities.

Amazon trials humanoid robots to ‘free up’ staff

Safety Net technologies are promising a better and greener fishing experience that will help not only with the fishermen’s productivity but also reduce what is known as bycatch. It is called Pisces. Pisces is an LED underwater light that helps fishermen reduce bycatch and catch more of their target species. Research found that illuminated lights reduced the average bycatch by 63%. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), bycatch is when fish and other animals such as dolphins and sea turtles become entangled in fishing gear. Often bycatch is thrown back into the sea, but the creatures are usually dead or dying.

Sustainable Fishing

Until next time,The Xi Gang xx