1 Apr 2019 | Tom Emrich
AR+VR Weekly: 4.2M PSVRs, AT&T Bullish on AR& $3.4B Mobile AR Industry
AR/VR Weekly

Catch up on the latest AR+VR highlights, funding news & launch announcements: Week of April 1

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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: 4.2M PSVRs, AT&T bullish on AR, and $3.4B mobile AR industry.

Sony has confirmed that they have sold more than 4.2 million PSVR systems around the world. 

Meanwhile, AT&T's CEO took the stage to talk about a future powered by 5G, including a post-mobile world. "We carry around these devices and they're bigger than they should be...I say they go away," Stephenson recently said to the Economic Club of Washington DC. "It is conceivable that we're going to be moving into a world without screens, a world where [glasses are] your screen. You don't need any more form factor than [that]. AT&T will begin selling Magic Leap One devices in select stores this month. 

Finally, a new report from SuperData Research suggests that the mobile augmented reality industry will reach $3.4 billion this year. The Nielson Company states that mobile AR has access to over a billion smartphone users and that the industry is poised to reach $9.6 billion by 2020. 

Funding News

Alibaba acquires Israeli startup Infinity Augmented Reality (TechCrunch)

VR Startup Mursion Receives $8 Million in Series A (HR Technologist)

Launch Announcements

Valve is building its own high-end VR headset called 'Index' (TechCrunch)

Huawei is releasing smart glasses in collaboration with Gentle Monster (The Verge)

HTC's new Vive Focus Plus VR headset ships in April (The Verge)

HTC announces partnership with Qualcomm for Vive XR mobile devices (VentureBeat)

North software update adds Lenscast and Wonderland to share experiences (Next Reality)

Magic Leap Adds New Multi-User & Sharing Features, Improves Hand Tracking in Latest Lumin OS Update (Next Reality)

Kognitiv Spark system to be used by Royal Canadian Navy (BetaKit

Posemoji app lets you use your body to create AR emojis and designs (Next Reality)

No Man's Sky Beyond announced for PSVR (TechCrunch)

NBA Update Delivers Live Games & Player Comparison Stats in Magic Leap App (Next Reality)

Harmonix unveils Dance Central VR for Oculus Rift and Quest (Polygon)

Iron Man VR coming exclusively to PSVR (Slashgear)

Angry Birds: Isle of Pigs launches on PSVR (Engadget)

7-Eleven and BodyArmor team up on AR basketball experience (Mobile Marketer)

Warner Bros.' Shazam is the first voice-activated AR Lens on Snapchat (Mobile Marketer)

Event Listings

Collegiate XR Student Festival (VRARA, Oculus & Microsoft): Friday, April 12 (Los Angeles, CA)

Women of Silicon Valley 2019: May 2-3 (San Francisco, 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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