24 Feb 2020 | Emily Friedman
Weekly Spatial: Public Interest VR, Virtual Concerts & Project Proton
AR/VR Weekly

Catch up on the latest AR/VR highlights, funding news & launch announcements: Week of February 17

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Welcome to another 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:


Whitney Houston is touring again...as a hologram. Base Hologram announced the new stadium tour and apparently Houston's estate is directly involved. The production will feature real dancers alongside the 3D version of Whitney. 

Meanwhile, Kathy Bisbee, founder of Public VR Lab and co-director of the Brookline Interactive Group (BIG), spoke about making VR publicly accessible in Ms. Magazine: "We hope to help communities facilitate less polarized dialogue."

Finally, HTC has updated the Vive Cosmos with new faceplates: Cosmos Elite is intended for advanced PC VR games, while Cosmos Play is for entry-level VR apps. The Cosmos XR faceplate has high-quality passthrough cameras, enabling high-end AR applications. HTC also revealed a prototype AR headset: The Proton.

The XR Market

LYNX Has Raised $2 Million for Its R-1 Headset (Road to VR)

JDI Starts Mass Production of 1,058 ppi High Pixel Density LCD for VR Glasses (Road to VR)

Brand New: Launches & More

Stable version of Chrome 81 with Support for Web-based AR apps Expected Next Month (Road to VR)

YouTube's Latest Project Witness VR Campaign Shines Spotlight on Child Incarceration (VR Scout)

J&J rolling out VR headsets to train surgeons (MedCityNews)

Nreal Partnering with Spatial to Bring Collaboration to Nreal Light (Twitter)

Sandbox VR to Release SDK for its 'holodeck' VR attraction platform (Road to VR)

VR World Decentraland Goes Live, Users Spending Real Money to Buy Digital Assets (Bloomberg)

BTS & Samsung Launch Partnership With 'Connect, BTS' AR Experience (Newsweek)

Perfect Corp. partners with PRIV to add virtual try-on beauty trends to YouCam Makeup app (Retail Dive)

Microsoft to Host US and International MR Dev Days (UploadVR)

Unisys deploys Vuzix smart glasses for remote support ([AI]thority)

Snapchat's New Lenses Show Ground Transformation Technology (Interesting Engineering)

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