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Monthly Spatial: October 2021
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the news we captured in the previous month.

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October 2021 Highlights

Platforms & Tools




Spatial Insights

Can Niantic Unlock the Real-World Metaverse? (ARInsider)

This company's new AR Lab could mainstream AR Marketing. (ARInsider)

Can This Tech Giant’s New AR Creative Studio Jumpstart Immersive Marketing? (ARInsider)

This gaming giant’s latest tech could unlock geospatial XR. (ARInsider)

XR Market


  • Lynx R-1 Mixed Reality Standalone Reaches Kickstarter Goal in First 15 Hours. (Road to VR)
  • Chicken Waffle Launches XR Creator Fund For Indie Devs. (VRScout)
  • Chimeras Play-to-Earn Metaverse Raised Over $2 Million. (globenewswire.com)

Platforms & Tools

  • Niantic Acquires Hoss to Improve the Lightship Developer Experience. (VentureBeat)
  • Echo3D Raises $4M for Cloud Authoring of 3D, AR, and VR Content. (VentureBeat)
  • Twitter Invests in Avatar Startup Facemoji. (TechCrunch)
  • Unofficial Quest App Store 'SideQuest' Raises $3M Seed Investment
  • Praxis Labs Raises $15.5M in Series A Financing Round. (Auganix)
  • Admix Raises $25m Towards Metaverse Ad Solutions. (VRFocus)


  • Valve Index is Now the Second Most Used VR Headset on Steam. (Road to VR)

Training, Gaming & Entertainment

  • Sky Mavis Raises $152M at Nearly $3B Valuation for Axie Infinity Play-To-Earn NFT Game. (Yahoo)
  • Media Fusion Awarded $300K Contract to Develop Augmented Reality App Experience for US National Park Service. (Auganix)

Launches & Announcements


  • CEO Of Ready Player Me Talks VR Avatars And The Metaverse. (VRScout)
  • TeamViewer Partners with Google Cloud to Deliver Enterprise AR on Google Glass. (Auganix)
  • Cavrnus and The GRID Factory Announce Collaboration to Deliver Cloud-Based XR Solutions for Enterprise. (Auganix)
  • Taqtile Partners with Nokia to Deliver AR-Enabled Work Instruction Platform in MX Industrial Edge Suite. (Auganix)
  • HaptX Announces Partnership with Haption to Integrate Their Haptic Technologies. (Auganix)
  • DPVR Announced Strategic Partnership with Brazilian XR Retailer Beenoculus. (Auganix)


  • Rokid Partners With Imint On X-Craft Enterprise AR Headband. (ARPost)
  • Facebook Teases VR Headset Prototypes Following Vive Flow Leak. (Road to VR)
  • SenseGlove Begins Worldwide Shipping of Its ‘Nova’ Haptic Force-Feedback Gloves for Professional VR/AR Training and Research. (Auganix)
  • ThirdEye Adds Go VR Immersive as Reseller for Its X2 Mixed Reality Glasses in Asia-Pacific Region. (Auganix)
  • Somnium Space Unveils Plans to Build its Own Standalone Headset. (VRFocus)
  • Pimax 12K VR Headset Announced With Release Date, Price, Specs. (Road to VR)
  • SteamVR Adds Tundra Tracker Support, Shipments Expected in November. (Road to VR)
  • Somnium Space Expands Metaverse Ambitions With Teslasuit Investment. (VRFocus)


  • Blippar Releases Free Beta Of WebAR SDK. (ARPost)
  • VMWare and Magic Leap Announce Collaboration that Includes Support of Workspace ONE XR Hub on Magic Leap 2. (Auganix)
  • Light Field Lab Unveils Modular Holographic Video Wall. (VRScout)
  • Snap Inc. and Google Partner to Bring New “Quick Tap to Snap” Feature for Snapchat to Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Phones. (Auganix)
  • Facebook Messenger is Adding New AR Experiences for Group Video Calls. (Auganix)
  • HP Launches Updated Reverb G2 with Better Tracking and Eye-Relief. (Road to VR)
  • Ultraleap Releases Gemini Hand-Tracking Update, VR Interface Demo. (Road to VR)
  • Oculus Sideloading Requires Phone Number Or Card Details. (UploadVR)

Platforms & Tools

  • VMware Integrates NVIDIA’s CloudXR Into its Collab Platform. (VRFocus)
  • 8i and 8th Wall Showcase Integrated Solution for Live Streaming Holograms in WebAR. (Auganix)
  • Roblox Shows New Bits of the Metaverse to Its Developers. (VentureBeat)
  • SaaS-based Film Studio, AI Studios Provides Avatar 'Actors' to Make Instant Videos. (VentureBeat)
  • Cisco Launches Webex Hologram, An Augmented Reality Meeting Solution. (Yahoo)
  • XR Association And XR Access Launch XRAccessibility GitHub Site. (ARPost)


  • DPVR Announces Collaboration with Veative to Provide Virtual Reality Educational Solutions to STEM Students. (Auganix)
  • Ohio University Launches Virtual Reality And Game Development Major. (ARPost)

Training, Gaming & Entertainment

  • 3D Experience Launched For Limited Edition Charli Cohen x Pokémon Collection. (ar.rocks)
  • Yahoo Creative Studios, Aircards and Optus Transform WAFL Fans Into Augmented Reality Avatars At The Grand Final At Optus Stadium. (ar.rocks)
  • Aero Simulation, Inc. Awarded USAF Contract to Provide ‘Live, Virtual, Constructive’ Solutions to Air Education and Training Command. (Auganix.org)
  • You Can Now Wear New Balance Shoes In VR. (VRScout)
  • Boston Fashion Week Launches 60 AR Designs Across Boston. (VRScout)
  • Estee Lauder Develops AR Snapchat Filter For Fragrance Collection. (ar.rocks)
  • Snap Uses Volumetric Video Technology for Halloween Kills AR Lens. (adweek)
  • Vudu App Brings 200K Movies & TV Shows To Oculus Quest. (VRScout)
  • SAP, JFF Labs, And Talespin Launch Skill Immersion Lab For Immersive Learning Soft Skills. (ARPost)
  • Bank Of America Turns To VR For Soft Skills Training. (VRScout)
  • NASA Debuts AR Graphic Novel At New York Comic-Con. (VRScout)
  • Moth+Flame Partners with National Urban League to Develop Virtual Reality Diversity Training Programs. (Auganix)
  • 'Squid Game' Snapchat Lenses Bring The Terrifying Show To Life In AR. (VRScout)
  • 8 Augmented Reality Trends In 2021. (ARPost)
  • Seattle Kraken Launch Immersive WebXR Experience For Fans. (ar.rocks)
  • Facebook Announced that It Is Developing VR Version of GTA: San Andreas for Oculus Quest. (Auganix)
  • Disney, Google, Snap, Verizon Join Forces on The Avengers AR Experience. (Adweek)

Marketing & Advertising

  • J.P. Morgan Launches Augmented Reality Tool for Advisers. (investmentnews)
  • ImagineAR Releases Updated SDK for Its Augmented Reality Mobile Campaign Platform for Brands. (Auganix)
  • KDDI, Deutsche Telekom, MobiledgeX, Sturfee and Mawari Demonstrate Next Generation AR Mobile App Experience in Alignment with GSMA TEC Initiative. (Future Networks)


  • Vision Buddy: An Innovative Television Watching System For People With Low Vision. (ARPost)

AWE Talks

AWE Talks: Metaverse Reality Check

AWE Talks: The Future of Shopping is in 3D

AWE Talks: What is Fractional AR?

AWE Talks: How Will 5G Propel XR? by Mike Boland

AWE Featured Recordings

AR Cloud Challenge 2021 - A place for Developers to reach out to Partners
AWE Nite: The Global VR Gaming Ecosystem

AWE Nite SF | The Metaverse: Time for a Reality Check

AWE Nite Florence: Digital and Virtual Events hosted at VRE-Fest in Rome
AWE Nite: The Rise of Consumer Smartglasses
AWE Nite Glasgow: How Will XR Change the Education Sector?
AWE Nite Florence:  Digital and Virtual Events
AWE Nite Northern XR: Finnish XR for Healthcare and Wellness

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