9 Oct 2020 | AWE Team
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  • PwC Researches Training in XRPwC conducted a study looking into the efficacy of VR training for soft skills. They found that VR training was 4x faster than the classroom, and students were 2.75x more confident applying skills and felt 3.75x more emotionally connected. (PwC)

  • Microsoft Releases MRTK 2.5.0

    Microsoft released it's Mixed Reality Toolkit (MRTK) 2.5.0. The toolkit includes features to promote easier cross-Platform Unity development. It adds support for Oculus Quest and Unity Package, and includes experimental features Elastic Systems, Joystick, and Color Picker. (MSPowerUser)

  • Snapchat's New Local Lens Lets You Paint the Streets of London

    Snapchat has launched its first Local Lens, a shared AR experience that allows users to digitally paint the walls of Carnaby Street in London together. You can view what others paint through your phone in real time, along with what people have painted before you arrived(Wired)

The XR Market


Thridverse raises $8.5M 
Tokyo-Based VR Gaming company Thirdverse raised $8.5M in Series A funding (TechCrunch)

three men sit on a couch and view a volumetric video of a boxing match

 Condensed Reality Raises € 875K

VR Startup Condensed Reality has raised €875K ($1M USD) to be used to develop live streaming of 3D hologram-style volumetric video, allowing for multiple people to view live AR content in the same location in a room (EUStartups).

Gunner Kennel Crates in the back of a truck

Gunner Kennels Utilizes AR
Guner Kennels, manufacturers of heavy-duty crates for pet transportation, has made use of AR to help customers select the correctly sized product for their pooch. Since implementation, the company has noticed a 40% increase in order conversion rate (Shopify).

Nvidia Omniverse
Nvidia has announced an open beta for its virtual environment Omniverse, where engineers can collaborate and work on designs virtually (VentureBeat).

Envisics Raises $50M
Envisics has raised $50M to create AR HUD (heads up displays). The AR HUD will make its first commercial appearance in the Cadillac Lyriq, expected to arrive in the US in 2022 (Forbes).

Launches & Announcements


  • The UN's Global Youth Takeover later this month will be hosted in VR  (IrishTimes).
  • Zappar began a Kickstarter campaign to raise manufacturing costs for their new ZapBox, an affordable AR headset. Contribute to the campaign here (Kickstarter). 
  • Google Daydream VR will not be supported on Android 11 (Tech Radar).
  • VRFocus’ First Ever "Better-Than-Reality Awards," Public Voting Opens (VRFocus).
  • Dash Dash:World launches on Oculus Quest & Rift (DashDashRacing).
  • Blend Media launched Blend Market, a freelancer marketplace platform designed to connects brands and businesses with XR creators (BlendMedia).
  • Dispelix realeased the DPX 30-50°, ultra-thin lenses for AR glasses (Dispelix).
  • New VR Startup, JUMP, will provide a VR experience of wingsuit skydiving (Jump).
  • Researchers investigate incision-free AR Autopsies (WallStreetJournal).
  • New info on upcoming AR game Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (SuperParent).
  • Osmo has released MR math lessons to help parents with at-home education during the pandemic (VentureBeat).


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Upcoming Events

EWTS Everywhere 2020: October 20 – 23 (Online)

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Nordic VR Forum:October 28 – 30th 2020 (Online)


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AR Roundup

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