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Monthly Spatial: September 2021
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The Monthly blog post below highlights

the news we captured in the previous month.


September 2021 Highlights


Platforms & Tools

Hardware

Enterprise

Events

XR Market

Enterprise

  • Xerox-Backed Field Service Startup CareAR Raises $10M. (VentureBeat)
  • AR Navigation Solutions Provider Phiar Technologies Announce $12M Series A Funding. (Auganix)
  • Fantasy 360 to Acquire Location-Based Company Synthesis VR. (Auganix)
  • PlayStation Studios Acquires The Persistence Studio Firesprite. (VRFocus)

Platforms & Tools

  • Pico Interactive Acquired by TikTok Owner ByteDance. (VRFocus)
  • Rooom Raises $7M for Multifaceted 3D Virtual Events Platform. (VentureBeat)

Training, Gaming & Entertainment

  • Fast Travel Games Expands with VR Publishing Arm. (VentureBeat)
  • Supersocial Raises $5.2M to Make Games for The Roblox Metaverse. (VentureBeat)
  • New Google Stadia Job Listings Suggest VR Cloud-Gaming Ambitions. (Road to VR)
  • Oculus & Steam Beat Saber Crossplay Goes Live. (VRFocus)
  • 'I Expect You To Die 2' Hits $1M In Sales In Under a Week. (VRScout)

Healthcare

  • NEX raises $25M, Launches Active Arcade to Get People Moving. (TechCrunch)

Enterprise

  • Rokid Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Its ‘Rokid Air’ Tethered Augmented Reality Glasses For Multimedia Viewing. (Auganix)
  • Pixo And Energy Worldnet Announced Partnership To Provide Extended Reality Solutions To The Energy Industry. (Auganix)
  • The Glimpse Group Launches Enterprise Focused Virtual NFT and Crypto VR & AR Software Product Development Effort. (ar.rocks)
  • Facebook's AR/VR Chief Andrew Bosworth Tapped as New CTO. (Next Reality)
  • Chinese Star Turns to Cambridge’s VividQ to Propel AR Devices. (Business Weekly)
  • Geenee Partners with NFT Marketplace Mintable to Enable Monetization of AR Creations, Starting with 10 New NFTs from Jaylen Clark. (Auganix)
  • WPP and Snap Partner on Augmented Reality. (adweek)

Hardware

  • China-based Online Entertainment Platform Iqiyi Launches New ‘qiyu 3’ Virtual Reality Headset. (Auganix)
  • HoloPlayer One Achieves Holograms Sans Glasses Within Reasonable Price Range. (Next Reality)
  • Report: Valve 'Deckard' Standalone VR Headset In The Works. (UploadVR)
  • Vuzix Smartglasses Factory Reveal Gives Another Glimpse of Next-Gen AR Wearable. (Next Reality)
  • AXIS Full-Body Controller Makes Motion Capture Easy. (VRScout)

Software

  • Oculus Quest Pro Mentioned in Latest Software, Face & Eye Tracking Included. (Road to VR)
  • ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ is Finally Getting VR Controller Support, Coming in Mid-November. (Road to VR)
  • Ubisoft's Rabbids Invade The Palace Of Versailles In New Augmented Reality App. (Nintendo Life)
  • GigXR and Elsevier Unveil Expanded Remote Features for Their HoloHuman 3D Immersive Anatomy App. (Auganix)
  • iOS 15 Brings Immersive Augmented Reality Navigation Instructions to Newly Updated Apple Maps. (Auganix)

Platforms & Tools

  • Shariiing VR Adds an Incredibly Useful Annotation Tool to SteamVR. (Road to VR)
  • Arthur’s ‘Professional Edition’ Virtual Reality Office Space and Collaboration Platform Comes Out of Beta And Enters Stable Release. (Auganix)
  • Snapchat Launches Birthdays Mini Feature to Let Users Celebrate with Friends via AR Lenses. (Next Reality)
  • Snobal Launches Enterprise Virtual Reality Collaboration and Presentation App ‘Snobal Sphere’. (Auganix)
  • CLEVR Launches Augmented Reality Field Service Management Solution. (Auganix)
  • Volograms Debuted Public Version of its 3D Content Creation App, Volu. It's Using Advanced Deep Learning And Computer Vision Technologies and It's Available on the AppStore. (AppStore)
  • Vobling Partners with TG Products on UK Licence And Distribution of its VR Fire Trainer Solution. (Auganix)
  • Reality Faucet App, Created by Pantomime Corp., Lets Users Play in Physically Realistic Augmented Reality Using LiDAR on iPhone Pros and iPad Pros. (einnews)
  • Nextech AR Launches Tool for Turning 3D CAD Designs Into CGI-Ready 3D Meshes for AR. (Auganix)
  • VRM Switzerland’s Virtual Reality Helicopter Simulation Solution Selected for Use by Zurich University of Applied Sciences. (Auganix)
  • ISS Astronauts Use Augmented Reality Apps To Assist With Repairs. (ar.rocks)
  • Bell 5G And TikTok Create Paint Portal Augmented Reality Effect. (ar.rocks)
  • Google Adds Famous Monuments & Iconic Buildings to Augmented Reality Search Feature. (Next Reality)
  • DPVR Announces its Free Enterprise Group Training Solution for Virtual Reality-Based Education of Large Groups. (Auganix)
  • RealWear and Autodesk Collaborate to Offer Assisted Reality Solution for Construction Project Management. (Auganix)
  • Leia’s Holographic 3D Lume Pad Launches. (Medium)
  • BrandStar Studios Invests in Technology and Equipment to Provide Real-Time Virtual Production, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality Capabilities. (ar.rocks)
  • Etsy Debuts 'The Etsy House', an Immersive Virtual Shopping Experience Demonstration. (eseller365)

Education

  • Snobal and University of Arizona Partner to Research the Impact of Virtual Avatar Preference in Immersive Learning Experiences. (Auganix)
  • SAP Partners with Nonprofits for VR Effort to Address Student Learning Gaps. (ZDNet)
  • Rendever Partners with North Carolina Library to Offer Virtual Reality to Members. (Auganix)

Training, Gaming & Entertainment

  • Google's VR Studio Reveals Bright & Bubbly Game Coming to Quest & PC VR in 2022. (Road to VR)
  • 'Beat Saber' Launches Skrillex Music Pack And It’s Full Of Absolute Bangers. (VRScout)
  • Facebook's Oculus Quest Turned into Augmented Reality Guitar Hero Experience via This Developer App. (Next Reality)
  • Garry's Mod Sequel s&box Gets VR Full Body Tracking & More. (Road to VR)
  • 'Sniper Elite VR' Update Brings Custom Difficulty, New Comfort Options & More. (Road to VR)
  • Netflix Just Launched Its Own VR Game On Oculus Quest 2. (VRScout)
  • ABBA Enters the Digital Realm With 3D 'ABBAtars'. (VRScout)
  • The 2021 Venice Film Festival Invades 'VRChat'. (VRScout)
  • BFI Reveals Programme for London Film Festival Expanded with A Mixture of XR Works From Artists Across The World. (VRFocus)
  • Snap Teams with Sotheby's to Launch Historic AR Lens Hailing the Art of Christo & the Arc De Triomphe in Paris. (Next Reality)
  • Assemblr Web-Based AR Player Brings New Technologies Closer To All Users. (ARPost)
  • Carolina Panthers Took On the New York Jets in Their First Competitive Game of the 2021 Season and Debuted Their New Mixed-reality Panther. (Twitter)
  • Sandbox VR is Coming to the UK in 2022, Robotic Bartenders & HoloDecks Included. (VRFocus)
  • Dreamscape Debuts Men In Black: First Assignment VR Experience at Flagship Location. (VentureBeat)
  • Stageverse Social VR Platform Debuts with Immersive Muse Concert. (Road to VR)
  • VR Film 'Space Explorers' Just Won A Primetime Emmy. (VRScout)
  • 'Rec Room' Introduces VR Rally Racing Game. (VRScout)
  • The Immersive DreamCube is Like Walking Into a Video Game. (fastcompany)
  • Coty and Perfect Corp Partner on AR and AI Beauty Technology Offering. (ar.rocks)

Marketing & Advertising

  • Tokyo Games Show 2021 to Have Dedicated Oculus Quest & PC VR Experience. (VRFocus)
  • There's An AR Easter Egg Found in Hidden Apple New Event Invite. (VRScout)
  • INDE Announces Partnership with Celebrity Cruises for Placement of Its Augmented Reality Kiosks Onboard Cruise Ships. (Auganix)
  • Flex NBA Interview: Merging Board Games with AR Hoops. (VentureBeat)
  • Aircards Create Dell Technologies Virtual Stand Experience. (ar.rocks)
  • This Billie Eilish Oculus Quest 2 Video Inadvertently Offers a Peek at AR Gaming on the VR Headset. (Next Reality)

Healthcare

  • Ohio State University Offers Augmented Reality Spine Surgery. (ar.rocks)
  • 'PowerBeatsVR' Brings High-intensity Musical Workouts to Oculus Quest in October. (Road to VR)

Social Impact

  • Work Life In Times Of Coronavirus: Utilizing XR As Workforce Goes Remote. (ARPost)
  • Nexar and Las Vegas Tackle Traffic with Digital Twins. (VentureBeat)
  • NASA Launches First Woman to Moon via AR App and Delivers Interactive Visit to New Space Telescope. (Next Reality)

Events

  • Registration Open for 2021 Facebook Connect AR & VR Conference, Speakers Include Mark Zuckerberg & John Carmack. (Next Reality)
  • 5th Annual Virtual Reality Day Announces Call For Speakers. (virtualrealityday)
  • HTC is Holding a Vive Product Event. (Road to VR)

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