22 Apr 2019 | Tom Emrich
AR+VR Weekly: FB Assistant, Apple AR & Animation, & PSVR PS5 Support
AR/VR Weekly

Catch up on the latest AR+VR highlights, funding news & launch announcements: Week of April 22

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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: Facebook assistant, Apple AR and animation, and PSVR PS5 support. 

Facebook is reportedly working on its own AI assistant that would work with devices like Portal and Oculus.

Meanwhile, AR and animation are among the top technologies used by WWDC scholarship winners, which may suggest that Apple's focus might be on its upcoming event. 

Finally, Sonly confirmed that the PSVR will be compatible with the upcoming PS5. 

Funding News

Medical VR investment: DancingMind raises $1.5M accelerator round from Sequoia (TechCrunch)

VividQ raises $3.9M from Suir Valley Ventures (The Sunday Times)

Launch Announcements

Finger Food Debuts Immersive AR App for MEC's New Flagship Store in Toronto (PR Newswire)

MyndVR 2.0 and HTC Vive Focus Bring VR to Senior Citizens (VR Focus)

Wizards Unite beta is available on the New Zealand Play Store (Android Police)

Google's VR Painting App 'Tilt Brush' is Coming to Quest at Launch, Cross-Buy with Rift (Road to VR)

8th Wall Brings Image Targets to its Web-Based Augmented Reality Platform (Next Reality)

Sony Brings Social VR Theater App to PSVR Users in Japan (Road to VR)

Resolution Games to Launch Multiplayer VR Party Game 'Acron' This Summer (Road to VR)

Microsoft's SeeingVR tools help low-vision users view Unity VR apps (VentureBeat)

7-Eleven weaves 'Pokemon' AR experiences into loyalty app (Mobile Marketer)

Event Listings

Women of Silicon Valley 2019: May 2-3 (San Francisco, CA) Use code AWE15 for 15% off tickets

VRARA and Atheer Invite You to Enterprise AR: Implementations, Measuring Success, and Lessons Learned: May 7 (Santa Clara, CA) 

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

SIGGRAPH 2019: July 28-August 1 (Los Angeles, CA)

Tech Inclusion 2019: September 11-12 (San Francisco, CA)

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

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