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: Met Gala, Madonna and Brie Larson show that AR has reached mainstream pop culture.
Camp was the theme of this year's Met Gala and we saw a number of looks inspired by or utilizing technology, including Ezra Miller's multi-eye illusion look created by makeup artist Mimi Choi, which looked a lot like a camera filter IRL.
Meanwhile, Madonna used immersive video and volumetric video to put five of her on stage at once at this year's Billboard Music Awards.
Finally, last week I featured Brie Larson's killer VR skills as she slashed through a level of Beat Saber on Jimmy Fallon. Captain Marvel is back in the spatial computing news this week, this time collaborating with Spark AR creator Christian Savenables on a Camera Effect aptly named "Brie Pearls."
Microsoft unveils HoloLens 2 developer edition for $3,500 (The Verge)
Microsoft announces TORC, Tough Rigid Controller, which lets you feel in AR/VR (VentureBeat)
Microsoft's HoloLens 2 for developers will get Unreal Engine 4 support in May (VentureBeat)
The Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S launch on May 21st, and preorders are open (The Verge)
Oculus announces a VR subscription service for enterprises (TechCrunch)
Facebook adds Windows support to Spark AR Studio (VentureBeat)
Facebook is opening up its AR platform on Instagram (Engadget)
Viveport Welcomes Oculus Rift S And Valve Index Owners To The Viveport Infinity Family (Yahoo Finance)
Valve Index VR headset to start at $499, ship before July (CNET)
Firefox virtual reality web browser comes to SteamVR this summer (Engadget)
Detective Pikachu's characters are joining Google's augmented reality lineup (The Verge)
NexTech AR tool watches your face as you shop, pitches when you smile (VentureBeat)
Magic Leap Releases Game of Thrones Experience for All Magic Leap One Users (Next Reality)
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