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Despite of the COVID-19 setbacks, the year of 2020 has been very productive to our XR developer teams. In this article we open up what 2020 was like in the eyes of our teams, and show you some numbers – take a look!

Today we will be telling you a little bit about XR Hub team Imarre! This team is currently building a prototype of a children’s book which has Augmented Reality (AR) built inside the story. Imarre is concerned about the growing trend of children not reading enough books, as reading increases readers’ dialectics and prevents being credulous.

Helsinki XR Center team arranged something special for the XR Community in Finland – an experimental immersive technology conference – Match XR 2020. The event was held in 25 November in Virtual Reality. Over 900 people from all over the world attended the event.

At Match XR 2020 you get to experience the current state of Finnish XR industry: the event is full of interesting speeches, panel discussions and presentations. For Finnish virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) companies Match XR gives a chance to shine and connect globally, and for international audiences it offers an unique opportunity to meet and experience the professionals of the Finnish XR field in a special way. Read more about the event from this article.

Today we will be telling you a little bit about XR Hub team Imarre! This team is currently building a prototype of a children’s book which has Augmented Reality (AR) built inside the story. Imarre is concerned about the growing trend of children not reading enough books, as reading increases readers’ dialectics and prevents being credulous.

Helsinki XR Center is partnering up with VRDays Europe, a 3-day conference and exhibition on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality content, creativity and innovation. Read more about the nature of the partnership from this article.

We are excited to introduce to you our XR Hub team Anarky Labs! This team is solving the problem of the professional or commercial drone pilots having to look away from the robot in the sky into the small displays in their controllers which are crammed full of hard to read information, and they are doing this by using the latest augmented or mixed reality technology, ie. the Microsoft Hololens 2.

Let us introduce to you our XR Hub team Unfold Stories! This creative team wants to develop a project that has a social impact in our society, not something just entertaining. By taking advantage of new technology, they want to bring stories of people into a new dimension and make them shareable and visible for everyone.

Next up on our mission of trying out different kinds of virtual reality collaboration tools was AltspaceVR, one of the most prominent current social VR platforms in the world for hanging out with friends and enjoying virtual events. But is it also suitable for work?

We realized that this situation is our chance to explore ways of working remotely, and we are now on a mission of trying out different kinds of virtual reality collaboration tools. First one in our exploration queue was Glue, a virtual collaboration platform created in Finland. Supporting Finnish companies is always a priority for Helsinki XR Center!