23 Dec 2019 | Emily Friedman
Weekly Spatial: A VR Surgery First, Pink Floyd in AR, and Facebook OS
AR/VR Weekly

Catch up on the latest AR/VR highlights, funding news & launch announcements: Week of December 16

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Weekly Spatial 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:


A VR system developed by former Israeli fighter pilots helped neurosurgeons at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital rehearse and ultimately perform a groundbreaking endonasal surgery.

Meanwhile, UK studio Draw & Code has developed an AR experience bringing Pink Floyd's artwork to the band's fans. Grab your phone and try it out here. 

Finally, Facebook hired Windows NT co-author Mark Lucovsky to work on its own operating system to support future XR hardware and free itself from Android. 

The XR Market

Didimo Announces $6.9M in New Funding for 3D Digital Human Capture (Road to VR)

GIGXR buys Pearson's AR assets (TechCrunch)

Brand New: Launches & More

Baobab Studios Partners With Penguin Random House to Bring 'The Magic Paintbrush' to Print & VR (Variety)

Magic Leap updates website to emphasize enterprise, reveals 2021 launch for Magic Leap 2 (Road to VR)

Firefox Reality browser for XR headsets available for download (MSPoweruser)

Mattel via Hot Wheels id teaches kids coding and AR with Swift Playground (VentureBeat)

Martin Luther King Jr. coming to DuSable Museum in World Premier VR Exhibit (Chicago Tribune)

8th Wall launches its first WebVR project template (VR Scout)

Dior Returns to Instagram AR with 3Dior Makeup (Next Reality)

Ubisoft's 'Star Tek: Bridge Crew' VR Sim Launches on Oculus Quest (VR Scout)

Bigscreen Partners With Paramount for Ticketed VR Movie Screenings (Variety)

Varjo Unveils 'Workspace' User Interface (Road to VR)

New Pimax 'Artisan' Headset Unveiled Ahead of CES (Road to VR)

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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