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‘Pluto’ Brings Cross-App VR Chat to Every SteamVR App, Now Available in Early Access

‘Pluto’ Brings Cross-App VR Chat to Every SteamVR App, Now Available in Early Access

Pluto, a Seattle based VR startup which reeled in a $14 million Series A investment last year, today launched their unique Pluto application in Early Access via Steam. Instead of functioning as a standalone VR chatroom like many social VR apps, Pluto brings the fabric of social VR to any SteamVR application, allowing friends’ avatars to join you for a chat inside of whatever virtual world your inhabiting.
Oculus Head Hugo Barra Teases Exciting News From F8 Conference, “especially AR/VR”

Oculus Head Hugo Barra Teases Exciting News From F8 Conference, “especially AR/VR”

Facebook’s annual developer conference, F8, won’t be here until May, but with registration opening today, Oculus head Hugo Barra is teasing some exciting AR and VR news to come. Hugo Barra took over as head of Facebook-owned Oculus back in early 2017 after CEO Brendan Iribe stepped down to lead the company’s PC VR division.
LiveLike raises $9.6M to get more broadcasters streaming in VR

LiveLike raises $9.6M to get more broadcasters streaming in VR

LiveLike, a startup that powers VR streaming experiences for broadcasters like FOX Sports and Sky, has raised a $9.6M Series B round led by Greycroft Partners and Lepe Partners. This brings total funding raised to just over $23M.
Gree’s VR VC fund rebrands to add AR and mixed reality

Gree’s VR VC fund rebrands to add AR and mixed reality

Gree VR Capital, a venture investment division of Japan’s mobile game publisher Gree, has completed its first fund for virtual reality investments and is rebranding so that it can invest in the broader augmented reality and mixed reality sectors.
Magic Leap to Partner with NBA to Bring Basketball to AR, Shaq’s Massive Head Fits in Headset

Magic Leap to Partner with NBA to Bring Basketball to AR, Shaq’s Massive Head Fits in Headset

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz took the stage at the Code Media conference last night to talk a little bit more about the company’s upcoming AR headset, Magic Leap One. While we now know the headset will probably cost the same as a premium computer, Abovitz also co-announced with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver that Magic Leap would be collaborating with the NBA and Turner to develop an AR app for the headset.
NBA All-Star and Weekly Regular Season Coverage Comes Live to VR via TNT and Intel

NBA All-Star and Weekly Regular Season Coverage Comes Live to VR via TNT and Intel

TNT and Intel have teamed up to bring NBA All-Star coverage to VR on Gear VR and Daydream. Based on Intel’s True VR technology, TNT is bringing live and on-demand VR coverage of NBA All-Star events to Gear VR and Daydream headsets via the NBA on TNT VR app. The app is available today on the Oculus store and the Google Play store.
Apple, LG and Valve did not invest in OLED display maker eMagin

Apple, LG and Valve did not invest in OLED display maker eMagin

A source very close to Apple says that the company has not invested in OLED display maker eMagin — and, according to a statement eMagin has now also published, nor have Valve and LG:
How to watch the 2018 Olympics in VR

How to watch the 2018 Olympics in VR

With the XXII Winter Olympics nearly underway in PyeongChang, South Korea, live streaming your favorite events is the easiest way to keep up with the medal count and your favorite athletes.
‘I AM A MAN’ Puts You at the Heart of the Civil Rights Struggle

‘I AM A MAN’ Puts You at the Heart of the Civil Rights Struggle

I AM A MAN is an upcoming interactive VR experience that lets you participate in the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and the events leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. Created by Dr. Derek Ham, an assistant professor of Graphic Design at NC State University, I AM A MAN was a winner of Oculus’ 2017 Launch Pad, a program designed to help fund VR content from diverse backgrounds.
Your Guide to Augmented Reality in The Times

Your Guide to Augmented Reality in The Times

The New York Times introduces the newest advance in digital storytelling. Here are answers to questions about what you will need to use it. The New York Times is introducing the newest advance in digital storytelling: augmented reality (AR). This technology uses your phone or tablet to create a bridge between the digital world and the physical one.


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