18 Nov 2019 | Emily Friedman
AR+VR Weekly: 10B App DLs, Apple AR 2022, and Ziggy Stardust
AR/VR Weekly

Catch up on the latest AR+VR highlights, funding news & launch announcements: Week of November 11

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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:


New research by Juniper Research predicts that games by Niantic and Snapchat filters will fuel 10 billion mixed reality app downloads by 2024. 

Meanwhile, Apple is eyeing a 2022 release for its first AR headset and the following year for a pair of AR glasses. In more Apple news, check out patents for a future 'iRing' and use AR to place the new MacBook Pro on your work desk. 

Finally, Ziggy Stardust made an appearance this past weekend at the Dream Hotel in Hollywood. David Bowie's iconic sci-fi rockstar persona was brought to life via motion capture tech and Unreal Engine; guests could view and interact with Ziggy via an 8K Samsung monitor. 

Funding News

Magic Leap Is Raising Another Big Funding Round (Variety) and Signs Over Patents to JPMorgan Chase as Collateral (Next Reality)

Glue Collaboration Raises $3.85M to Further Develop Business-focused Social VR Platform (Road to VR

Launch Announcements

Snap Rolls Out New Spectacles (LA Business Journal)

Oculus & Unity Release Free VR Dev Course with 20 Hours of Content (Road to VR)

Wine Connection and DRNK AR App Launch Full AR Experience in Stores This Christmas (Business Insider)

Looking Glass Launches 8K Immersive Display (Next Reality)

Flow Immersive Launches Magic Leap AR Data Slideshow App That Puts PowerPoint to Shame (Next Reality)

Spotify Launches on Magic Leap One (Next Reality)

Minecraft Earth Makes its U.S. Debut (GeekWire)

NexTech Rolls Out Major Update to BetterRealityAR Tool (Silicon Angle) & Expands Deal with Challenger Motor Freight (Proactive)

SCAN Health Plan Introduces Trading Ages VR to Bolster Empathy Around Aging (PR Newswire)

Sally Beauty Rolls out YouCam-Powered AR Try-on Kiosks in 500 Stores (Next Reality)

Cornerstone OnDemand Announces Collaboration with Facebook to Accelerate VR in Workforce Training (Business Wire)

Terminator: Guardian of Fate VR Experience Now Available at Multiple Dave & Buster's Locations (VR Focus)

Australian Architecture Firm BVN Launches Indie VR Production Studio (The Fifth Estate)

Unbnd Launches New NBA MR App 'Missing in Action (MIA)' (Media Week)

Event Listings

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!

AWE EU 2020: October 15-16 (Munich, Germany) Super Early Bird tickets are on sale! 

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