4 Nov 2019 | Emily Friedman
AR+VR Weekly by AWE: AWE EU, Hong Kong Protests & Facebook Spaces
AR/VR Weekly

Catch up on the latest AR+VR highlights, funding news & launch announcements: Week of October 28

Image Source: VR Scout

Welcome to another AR+VR weekly, brought to you by AWE! In addition to keeping you up-to-date on the biggest news, funding activity and announcements in immersive tech, here are three stories that caught our eye last week:


October is over--did you make it to Munich for AWE EU 2019? If not, in addition to AWE's own official recap on this blog, VR Focus was at the show. Next up on the AWE tour: AWE Tel Aviv 2019!

Meanwhile,  a number of AR/VR experiences around current environmental, political and social events have gone live, including a VR simulation that puts users on the frontlines of the Hong Kong protests and AR installations to show how climate change will affect properties held by The National Trust.

Finally, as of October 25, Facebook Spaces has been shut down in anticipation of the company's next social VR platform Horizon. Ben Lang discusses the lessons of the former platform. 

Funding News

Tilt Five Kickstarter Comes to a Close with More Than $1.7M in Funding (Road to VR)

FundamentalVR raises $5.6M for virtual reality medical training (Venture Beat)

Launch Announcements

Magic Leap Toolkit is now available (Twitter)

TCS NYC Marathon unveils AR-integrated app to elevate runner, spectator experience (abc7NY)

The Vegas Golden Knights installed a VR hockey training platform for fans (Forbes)

La-Z-Boy Partners with Marxent 3D to Offer XR Shopping (Chain Store Age)

Dior and Snapchat launch 3 filters to celebrate Dior's upcoming RIMOWA collaboration (Hypebeast)

8th Wall Launches Cloud-based WebAR Development Tools & Hosting Platform (Road to VR)

Hiscox launches AR app to illustrate flood threat (Insurance Business Mag)

Wilkins Avenue and Pollen Music Group Debut First-ever AR Musical for Magic Leap One (Next Reality)

CINEMOOD announces new addition to their kid-friendly  VR product lineup (VR Scout)

Event Listings

2019 Infinity Festival: November 7-9 (Hollywood, California) - The first 50 AWE followers to use the code IF19AWE  get a FREE ticket ($595 value). If you're in the area, don't miss this festival celebrating "Story Advanced by Technology."

AWE Tel Aviv 2019: November 11 (Tel Aviv, Israel)

XR4ALL Meetup with WiIT at VR Days: November 13 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

WEARABLE EXPO: February 12-24, 2020 (Tokyo, Japan) 

AWE Asia 2020: March 28-29 (Shenzhen, China) Register Now for AWE Asia's Early Bird Pricing: Join as a: Participant or Exhibitor

AWE USA 2020: May 27-29 (Santa Clara, CA) Super Early Bird tickets are already on sale!

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