12 Apr 2019 | Tom Emrich
AR+VR Weekly: 8.9M AR/VR headsets, 100M AR shoppers, & Snapchat update
AR/VR Weekly

Catch up on the latest AR+VR highlights, funding news & launch announcements: Week of April 8

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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: 8.9M AR/VR headsets, 100M AR shoppers, and Snapchat updates.

IDC has released new stats on AR/VR headset shipments, which they expect to jump 54% this year to 8.9 million units worldwide.

Meanwhile, Gartner predicts that 100 million people will shop with AR by 2020. 

Finally, Snap debuted a number of new solutions at its Partner Summit, including updates to Lens Studio giving creators the ability to track hands, bodies and pets for augmented reality. 

Funding News

Giblib gets $2.5M to bolster VR, 4K medical education streaming service (MobiHealthNews

Launch Announcements

PTC unveils new product "Vuforia Capture" (ZDNET)

Valve's Index VR headset will ship June 15th (Engadget)

RealWear Announces That Shell Selects HMT-1Z1 and HMT-1 Hands-Free Computers for Field Workers (AP)

Streamlabs launches augmented reality face masks for Twitch streamers (VentureBeat)

Edgybees' new developer platform brings situational awareness to live video feeds (TechCrunch

'Star Trek: Dark Remnant' VR Experience Goes Live at Dave & Buster's (Variety)

Unreal Engine 4.22 Adds HoloLens Remote Streaming Support (VR Focus)

North adds Spotify music control to its Focal smart glasses (MobileSyrup)

Microsoft Remote Assist Now Available for Android in Preview (Next Reality)

Oculus Brings More Lifelike Avatars to Rift & Go in 'Expressive Avatars' Update (Road to VR)

Oculus to Launches ASW 2.0 with Positional Timewarp to Reduce Latency, Improve Performance (Road to VR)

Nintendo's Labo VR kit will work with Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey (The Verge)

Snapchat launches Scan, its AR utility platform (TechCrunch)

Snapchat 'Landmarkers' bring the Eiffel Tower to life in AR (Engadget)

Puma's QR Code-Covered Sneakers Put Augmented Reality at Center of Design (Next Reality)

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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