28 May 2019 | Tom Emrich
AR+VR Weekly: Apple #3 smart glasses, 4.2M PSVR, FB audio patent
AR/VR Weekly

Catch up on the latest AR+VR highlights, funding news & launch announcements: Week of May 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: Apple #3 smart glasses, 4.2M PSVR, and Facebook audio patent. 

Digi-Capital and AWE published the results from their latest Global AR/VR survey which found that Apple's much anticipated smart glasses are the third most important smart glasses platform after HoloLens and Magic Leap.  

Meanwhile, Sony has sold 4.2 million PSVR headsets as of March, according to Senior VP of R&D, Donomic Mallinson.

Finally, a Facebook patent giving details on a "cartilage conduction audio system for eyewear devices" may give insight into how Facebook may be thinking about audio in a pair of AR glasses. 

Funding News

HolodeckVR raises 3M from Germany's ProSiebenSat1 to put VR onto dodgems (TechCrunch)

Modsy raises $37 million for shoppable 3D room remodeling (VentureBeat)

Smartglasses Startup North Secures $40 Million in New Funding, Report Says (Next Reality)

AmazeVR raises $7 million in funding led by Mirae Asset Group with participation from LG Technology Ventures and more (TechCrunch)

Streem acquires U.K. computer vision startup Selerio to bring 'smart AR' to phone cameras (GeekWire)

AR optical waveguide manufacturer Lingxi AR raised A+ round led by Sunny V Fund (Yahoo Finance)

Fyusion raises $3 million from Itochu for 3D imaging and machine learning (VentureBeat)

Disney-Backed VR Startup Tyffon Raises $7.8 Million (Variety)

Launch Announcements

Glass graduates from Alphabet's X as it scores new hardware update (TechCrunch)

The iPod of VR is here, and you should try it (Fast Company)

Porsche launches Augmented Reality Visualizer app (Porsche)

North Focals Smartglasses Update Adds Google Fit, Google Slides, & a Distraction-Free Mode (Next Reality)

Vive Cosmos Expected to Launch in Q3 (Road to VR)

Amazon Prime brings the apocalypse to Times Square with AR disaster ad for Good Omens (The Drum)

Swiss airline brings vertical AR cabin views to web ads (Mobile Marketer)

Magic Leap Adds Mobile Carrying Case to Its Arsenal of Augmented Reality Gear (Next Reality)

Event Listings

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

Project North Star Workshop: June 1-2 (Sunnyvale, CA)

ACT-W: Achieving Equity: June 26-27 (Portland, OR) Use code AWEUSA20 for 20% off tickets

ACT-W: Conference: June 28-29 (Portland, OR) Use code AWEUSA20 for 20% off tickets

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)

AWE EU 2019: October 18-19 (Munich, Germany)

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