Reality Report

Reality Report: Augmented, Mixed, Virtual

January has been a busy month for AR & VR – espe­ci­ally with all the news from CES in Las Vegas. Samsung has announced that they are working on AR glasses, many rumors are coming up about Apples’s activi­ties in AR and Face­book announced a Vice Presi­dent for Virtual Reality. Last week I had the chance to test the brand new R8 and R9 glasses from ODG, also the Daydream View I had a deeper look on (more details about that soon here). What I find very inte­res­ting is how Snap deals with AR: they acquired an AR startup and I am sure that we will see more AR on the Specta­cles soon. Enjoy reading the Reality Report…there is so much to tell.

INVESTMENTS & TRENDS

Brea­king news: Augmented World Expo Europe will take place in Munich on October 19th and 20th. More info in the next Reality Report.

Hugo Barra – ex Android and Xiaomi – is joining Face­book as VP Virtual Reality. According to Mark Zucker­berg he will lead all VR efforts and Oculus. https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/25/hugo-barra-joins-facebook…

Again Face­book – the lawsuit between Oculus and Zenimax. Face­book has to pay $500 Million. Zenimax claimed that former Zenimax employee John Carmack used code from his former employer. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-01/facebook…

Snap acquired the Augmented Reality startup Cima­gine Media for up to $40 million. Cima­gine could support Snap on over­laying the recorded videos and photos with virtual objects. http://venturebeat.com/2016/12/24/snap…

Social VR Plat­form High Fide­lity Secures $22 Million In Funding. Head behind the plat­form is the founder of Second Life, Philip Rose­dale. http://uploadvr.com/social-vr…/

Digi­Lens raises $22 million to make ‘eyeglass-thin’ augmented reality displays. The California-based company is working on diffrac­tive optical wave­guide tech­no­logy and nano-materials for AR and VR that could be used for AR displays. http://venturebeat.com/2017/01/19/digilens…

The Virtual Reality Fund released an updated land­s­cape for AR in the Industry. The Silicon Valley-based fund shows the most important players for SDK’s, Enter­prise AR, educa­tion etc. http://venturebeat.com/2016/12/12/venture-reality-fund…

NEW TECH…WHAT’S HOT!

Apple and Zeiss? Since CES in Las Vegas there is that rumor. Watch the debate on CNBC with Apple analyst Gene Munster and Upload VR entrepreneur-in-residence Robert Scoble. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/13/apple-augmented-reality-glasses…

Samsung is working on new devices: a new Gear VR will be presented in a short time, the other device will be AR glasses like Holo­lens and Magic Leap using light field tech­no­logy. Samsung sees better busi­ness deve­lop­ment oppor­tu­nities in AR compared to VR. http://www.theverge.com/…

ODG presented their new AR glasses R8 ($1,000) and R9 ($1,800) at CES. Field-of-view is 40 and 50 degrees. I’ve tested them and they are very light and with a sharp display. They have inside-out tracking similar to the Holo­lens. Focus is consumer market, R8 will ship soon. http://www.roadtovr.com/odg-announces-smart-glasses…

Asus’ Zenfone AR is the second Google Tango phone. After the Lenovo Phab 2, Asus adds depth sensor for 3D mapping on a mobile phone. Mean­while Huawei informed that they will make the Mate Tango-ready in the next gene­ra­tion. http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/2/14146596/asus-zenfone…

Akonia Holo­gra­phics, based in Colo­rado, is working on volume holo­gra­phic reflec­tive and wave­guide optics for trans­pa­rent display elements in smart glasses. http://venturebeat.com/2016/12/26/akonia…/

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