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The AR Round-up: March 2018

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Here’s what you missed in the AR+VR space for March 2018

Numbers

  • ABI Research forecasts that there will be 32.7 million total smartglasses shipped in 2022, growing from 225,000 in 2017 (VR Focus)
  • Accenture’s “Technology Vision 2018” report finds that 80% of executives believe it will be important to leverage XR solutions to close the gap of physical distance when engaging employees and customers (Accenture)
  • AR/MR revenue is expected to double to $3.2 billion this year with mobile AR being the primary driver for revenue through 2021 according to SuperData Research (Games Industry Biz)

Money

Big news

  • AR startup Magic Leap raises $461 million from Saudi Arabia fund (Reuters)
  • Enterprise Augmented Reality Leader Upskill Closes $17.2M with Strategic Investments from Accenture and Cisco (Business Insider)
  • British Columbia’s Digital Technology Supercluster awarded $1.4 Billion in federal funding (Digital Supercluster)

Platforms & Tools

  • Mixed Place closes seed funding totalling $750K (VR Focus)
  • Virtualitics grabs another $7M in funding to drive its VR data visualization platform (TechCrunch)
  • Edgybees lands $5.5 million to save lives with AR drones (VentureBeat)
  • LiveLike raises $9.6M to get more broadcasters streaming in VR (TechCrunch)
  • VR Design Tool ‘Gravity Sketch’ Raises $1.7 Million With Participation from Wacom and Super Ventures (Road to VR)

Hardware

  • Israeli visual aid company OrCam valued at $1 billion (Reuters)

News

Hardware

  • Bose is developing augmented reality glasses with a focus on sound (The Verge)
  • Toshiba reveals its smartglasses powered by mini Windows PCs (Engadget)
  • Volkswagen reveals it’s latest I.D. concept vehicle featuring mixed reality (TechCrunch)
  • Snap is reportedly releasing new Spectacles this year (Cheddar)
  • Google’s AI-powered Clips smart camera is now available (TechCrunch)
  • India Enters The Mixed Reality Headset Market With AjnaLens (VR Focus)
  • Asus Mixed Reality headset goes on sale for $429 (The Verge)
  • Level’s activity-tracking smart glasses launch this March (Engadget)

Software

  • YouTube is adding a new AR green screen effect to its stories feature (The Verge)
  • ‘Yahoo! MAP’ for iOS Now Has AR Navigation Mode in Japan (Road to VR)
  • Google Lens is coming to all Android phones running Google Photos (The Verge)
  • DAQRI announces new suite of AR productivity applications called Worksense (Venturebeat)
  • Universal Studios debuts AR game Jurassic World Alive (Next Reality)
  • Facebook Debuts Image Recognition in Camera AR (Next Reality)
  • Third-party AR lenses will appear in Snapchat’s main carousel soon (TechCrunch)
  • Amazon’s AR shopping tool is now available on Android (Engadget)
  • HTC Vive users to get 8 Ready Player One VR tie-in experiences for free (VR Focus)
  • AR cloud startup 6D comes out of stealth, building AR tech that crowdsources a 3D mesh of hte world (TechCrunch)
  • ‘Ghostbusters World’ AR game is coming to Android and iOS this year (Engadget)
  • Google’s ARCore hits verison 1.0, brings AR to 100 million devices (Ars Technica)
  • Samsung’s AR Emoji taps creepy avatars and Disney characters to compete with Animoji (TechCrunch)
  • Facebook’s plan to unite AR, VR and News Feed with 3D posts (TechCrunch)

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