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A VR Headset Unveils a Museum of Stolen Art

Fox 10 News Anchor Lenise Ligon recently aired on her show The Stolen Art Gallery, the first metaverse museum that displays major works of art that have been stolen or are missing. Created by digital transformation company Compass UOL, The Stolen Art Gallery allows visitors, art lovers, and critics to interact in this virtual reality museum, the first of its kind.  

Meta Quest 2 headsets unveil for visitors masterpieces that disappeared decades ago, including Caravaggio’s Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence, stolen from an oratory in Sicily, Italy, on a stormy night in 1969.

Rembrandt’s only seascape, Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee, is also there. Burglars took it from the Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990, in the biggest art heist in modern history. There’s also Cézanne’s View of Auvers-sur-Oise, stolen from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, UK, and other paintings.

“The Stolen Art Gallery introduces the metaverse concept, replicating the experience from online gaming platforms like Fortnite,” said Alexis Rockenbach, CEO of Compass UOL. “Like the gaming platforms, you can invite friends and colleagues to be with you in this metaverse Experience.”

An Arts teacher can visit the online gallery with students. Parents can do the same with their kids. “It is more about immersive social interaction than just the virtual reality environment,” Rockenbach said. “You can interact with your friends around the art pieces, discuss your impressions, make sketches, and share notes and information about the artist, the paintings, and their stories, like you would in a physical environment.”

Compass UOL is a tech-driven company that uses digital platform innovation to redefine its partners’ business strategies.

With Calendar, Elemental Machines Helps Labs Run Highly Sensitive Equipment

Elemental Machines, pioneer of the LabOps intelligence platform, presented its first lab equipment scheduling software tool, called Elemental Calendar, at the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) Europe 2022 Conference and Exhibition held through Friday at the Royal Dublin Society. 

SLAS Europe 2022 is the first in-person meeting of the scientific and clinical laboratory community in Europe in two years, a period when the demands on researchers and their lab equipment surged because of COVID-19 testing needs. As teams return to their labs in full, managers will use Elemental Calendar to organize the use of critical equipment. For example, they will be able to schedule maintenance downtime in advance, sharing blocked time with their entire teams at once.

Elemental Calendar includes a function to view all available equipment in a specific area, for easier coordination between teams in different locations. Local managers can invite an unlimited number of coworkers to collaborate around specific equipment and track each reservation to a specific protocol, including all the equipment details needed to repeat tests anywhere. Managers can also assign primary investigators to each reservation, making it easier to report results.   

“Once your equipment is online in Elemental Calendar, you’re one step closer to the Internet of Things (IoT) by automating information flow in your lab,” said Elemental Machines’ Elizabeth McGarry. Last March Elemental Machines announced it expanded its support to labs in France, Spain, Germany, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Great Britain, and Ireland with new team members Constantin Fahom and Christopher Austin, who will be onsite in Dublin during SLAS. Please visit for more information.

Central America responds to the digital transformation challenge

Central America is home to a large call center sector which depends on updating its technology to compete for business worldwide. That is why last week Verb customer Avaya announced it is expanding its cloud offerings to Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic during its the 2022 edition of its Engage Latin America event. Avaya said that demand for cloud solutions in Central America is growing faster than expected as companies offer customers online services through channels like WhatsApp and others beyond just phone calls.