11 Feb 2019 | Tom Emrich
AR+VR Weekly: Oculus Rift S, HP Copper and Celebrity Digital Twins
AR/VR Weekly

Catch up on the latest AR+VR highlights, funding news & launch announcements: Week of Feb 10

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It’s been another busy week in AR+VR! In addition to keeping you up-to-date on the top AR+VR news, funding activity, and launch announcements, here are the three stories you need to know: Oculus Rift S, HP Copper and Celebrity Digital Twins.

Oculus' next Rift may be called the Rift S according to reports that filenames in Oculus software support this naming convention. It is expected that the Rift S will feature onboard cameras enabling inside-out tracking.

Meanwhile, Road to VR's Ben Lang got a sneak peek of an upcoming Windows Mixed Reality headset from HP codenamed Copper, which "aims to raise the bar on clarity and comfort."

Finally, Apple and Google both launched celebrity digital twins last week with Apple teaming up with Ariana Grande to create a Memoji video of her hit single "7 Rings" and Google launching a Childish Gambino Playmoji character for Pixel phones. 

Funding News

Facebook Acquires Visual Search Startup GrokStyle (Next Reality)

The British Army has awarded a software developer a  £1m contract to explore how virtual reality can be integrated into soldier training (GOV.UK)

Launch Announcements

LG's next flagship is getting a 3D front-facing camera (TechCrunch)

AT&T is teaming up with the NBA in a multi-year marketing deal which will see 4K, VR and more (USA Today)

ILMxLAB's 'Star Wars: Project Porg' is Coming Soon to Magic Leap One (Road to VR)

Oculus Brings More Lifelike Sound Propagation to Audio SDK 1.34 (Road to VR)

'Angry Birds VR' Now Available on Rift & Vive, More VR Platforms Coming Soon (Road to VR)

Docomo creates first 5G-ready streaming system for 8K stereoscopic VR (VentureBeat)

Magic Leap Lumin OS Beta Update Delivers Map Merge Feature for Multi-User Experiences (Next Reality)

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