Librestream secures strategic investments from Honeywell & Evergy to advance the augmented reality industry for the remote and industrial workforce. The strategic investments allow these companies to work more closely together to deploy AR applications across industries in the process of digital transformation. The strategic investments follow Librestream’s raise of 25M in venture investment in the fall of 2020. The company has announced partnerships with Fortune 500 companies such as Siemens Energy, Volvo Group, Renault Trucks, and Rolls-Royce.

Honeywell plans to expand its current partnership with Librestream while Evergy Ventures begins exploring new applications of the AR technology with…

Going to Sundance as a ten-year-old filmmaker is the next step for the Lucy virtual being. Back in November, we covered the release of Fable’s “Wolves In The Walls” on Oculus Quest, a film in which Lucy, the AI-driven character, was the star. This kind of entertainment is a different kind of immersive, allowing an audience member to form a relationship with an NPC within the world of the story and on the outside as “friend.” …

Ryff is an LA startup that has developed a system that uses computer vision, artificial intelligence and machine learning to gain a semantic understanding of film, TV, sports and user generated content like YouTube. Ryff’s new Placer platform is able to ingest large volumes of finished content to create a brand new kind of advertising inventory. As the value of interruptive commercials declines, integrated marketing, better known as product placement, has increased in value. However, it is expensive, and its implementation disruptive. …

HaptX, makers of force-feedback VR gloves, announced today they are ready to ship their advanced force-feedback gloves, dubbed the DK2 (Developer Kit 2) The HaptX DK2 is the first true-contact haptics available to purchase on the market, utilizing 130 points of feedback on a user’s hand.

The DK2 gloves are an advanced development kit made for simulation, design, and research professionals who are pioneering the future of VR and robotics. Some current use cases for the product are seen in companies that rely on robots as the touch feedback with the HaptX DK2 Gloves enables remote control of the…

Virtual Reality (VR) allows collaboration between distant colleagues, simulating the feeling of being co-present in the same location. Its use in business consistently returns measurable improvements in training, often surprisingly so. For example, according to a recent Harvard Business Review article, VR reduced training time for Wal-Mart workers from eight hours to fifteen minutes.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduces the new Oculus Quest as he delivers the opening keynote at the Facebook F8 Conference at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on April 30, 2019. — Got a crush on another Facebook user? The social network will help you connect, as part of a revamp unveiled Tuesday that aims to foster real-world relationships and make the platform a more intimate place for small groups of friends. (Photo by Amy Osborne / AFP) (Photo credit should read AMY OSBORNE/AFP via Getty Images) AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

The efficacy of using Virtual Reality for training and education during the pandemic has been enhanced by the successful launch of the Oculus Quest mobile VR headset by Facebook in May of 2019. The successor to the original Quest, Quest 2, is a more powerful, cheaper…

US President-elect Joe Biden receives a COVID-19 vaccination from Tabe Mase, Nurse Practitioner and Head of Employee Health S
US President-elect Joe Biden receives a COVID-19 vaccination from Tabe Mase, Nurse Practitioner and Head of Employee Health S
US President-elect Joe Biden receives a COVID-19 vaccination from Tabe Mase, Nurse Practitioner and Head of Employee Health Services, at the Christiana Care campus in Newark, Delaware on December 21, 2020. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/ AFP

1 — The pandemic. Obviously. The rapid development of the vaccine is a biotech miracle. Science.

2 — Space! Outer Space. S pace X is lacing thousands of Starlink satellites above the earth to provide always-on Internet network to people in remote places. Space X’s reusable Dragon Capsule brought crew to the ISS. Founder Elon Musk, who also founded Tesla, Paypal, The Boring Company, and Hyperloop, just surpassed Jeff Bezos as the richest man in the world.

Yonatan Tal’s new Quill-animated VR experience, Lifetime Achievement, debuted in the Oculus’ Quill Theater on December 12th, winning positive reviews. The 15-minute short tells the story of an eccentric clothing designer voiced by Darren Jacobs ( Death Stranding), who is searching for the perfect gift for his revered seventy-year-old mother Marieve Harington ( How I Met Your Mother). Tal used a flat two-dimensional design style for his world, which gives the cutting edge tech an accessible, modernist aesthetic.

Lifetime Achievement, produced with Oculus, is now available on the free Quill Theater app in the Oculus store. At just 30…

Topgolf Pro Putt, which made its debut in the Oculus Quest app store on May 27, 2020, just passed one million dollars in sales, selling over 50,000 units. The company reports more than 30% of its buyers are frequent players, coming back with friends and participating in tournaments that take advantage of the game’s multiplayer features. Pro Putt keeps adding features, recently a virtual full swing Topgolf facility, with driving range and other skill games for groups of eight players.

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Hole three on the Beach Course. Pro Putt

The Austin-based company was founded by friends and golf nuts Ryan Engle and Rob Holzhauer. Their first product was the…

Spatial, the seemingly ubiquitous collaboration site which allows as many as two dozen users to collaborate in the same shared virtual environment, today added mobile devices to the list of devices that can share in a simulation with PCs, the HoloLens, Magic Leap, and VR headset, creating the first truly cross platform XR solution. The company was just named Inc.’s “Up and Coming” tech company. “Conference calls are terrible,” the headline read, “Spatial is replacing them with Holographic meetings.”

Smartphone users can move around the room as if virtually present in the meeting with other avatars. SPATIAL
Smartphone users can move around the room as if virtually present in the meeting with other avatars. SPATIAL

Smartphone users can move around the room as if virtually present in the meeting with other avatars. SPATIAL

Spatial has added…

The Department of Homeland security awarded Qwake Technologies a $1.4 million contract to accelerate the commercialization of the C-THRU Visual Communication platform, an augmented reality helmet targeted at firefighters which uses computer vision and augmented reality (AR) to boost situational awareness when lives are on the line.

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Firefighter guided by AR HMD from Quake Technologies. Qwake Technologies

Qwake was co-founded in 2015 by Sam Cossman (CEO), John Long (CTO), Mike Ralston (COO), and Omer Haciomeroglu (Head of Design), who have a background in scientific exploration, neuroscience, firefighting, and product design respectively.

“Over the last 30 years, firefighting technology has been incrementally improving, but now we have a real paradigm shift…

Charlie Fink

AR/VR Consultant, Columnist, Author of the AR-enabled books “Metaverse, A Guide to VR & AR” (2018) & “Convergence” (2019).

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