27 Feb 2019 | Tom Emrich
AR+VR Weekly: HoloLens 2, History of the Future & AR Cloud Regulations
AR/VR Weekly

Catch up on the latest AR+VR highlights, funding news & launch announcements: Week of Feb 26

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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: HoloLens 2, The History of the Future, and AR Cloud Regulations

Microsoft debuted the HoloLens 2, a new Azure Kinect camera and Azure AR Cloud solutions including spatial anchors and remote rendering at an event one day before the start of MWC 2019.

Meanwhile, Blake J. Harris, author of "Console Wars," released his latest book, "The History of the Future," which is a riveting read chronicling the resurrection of virtual reality by Palmer Luckey through the launch of Oculus. 

Finally, Deloitte published a fantastic read on the regulatory needs of spatial computing specifically looking at property and speech rights, copyright and reputation, and whether the current solutions and laws are equipped to govern an active AR Cloud. 

Funding News

Nreal raises $16M for lightweight mixed reality glasses (VentureBeat)

Ctrl-labs raises $28M from GV and Alexa Fund (VentureBeat)

Industrial augmented reality smart headwear maker RealWear raises another $5M (GeekWire)

Launch Announcements

NextVR FInally Available on Vive via SteamVR (Road to VR)

Microsoft launches HoloLens 2 (Wired)

Microsoft announces an Azure-powered Kinect camera for enterprise (TechCrunch)

Mozilla to Bring Firefox AR/VR Browser to Microsoft's HoloLens 2 (Variety)

Microsoft launches Spatial Anchors and Remote Rendering (ONMSFT

Meditation app "Calm" comes to Oculus Go and Samsung Gear (Road to VR)

HTC launches VIVE Focus Plus, a standalone enterprise VR system (ZDNET)

Samsung launches S10 with a rear-facing depth camera (The Verge)

Qualcommm, LG Uplus Partner with Nreal Light to Bring 5G to Mixed Reality (Tom's Hardware)

Vtime XR unveils AR mode for VR social network (VentureBeat)

Varjo launches its human-eye resolution headset for $6,000 (CNBC)

ILMxLAB launches Start Wars: Project Port on Magic Leap One (VentureBeat)

Event Listings

The Emergence of WebXR: VRARA Event at 8th Wall headquarters - March 5th (Palo Alto, CA)

AWE USA 2019: May 29-31 (Santa Clara, CA)

SIGGRAPH: July 28-August 1 (Los Angeles, CA)

EWTS 2019:  September 17-19 (Dallas, TX)

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