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Niantic Teases New AR Glasses

Niantic CEO John Hanke has teased AR glasses with Niantic branding. This is a first-party and head-mounted wearable, the latest sign of Niantic’s new aggressive push into augmented reality. Exciting to see the progress we’re making to enable new kinds of devices that leverage our platform… pic.twitter.com/yYglk4q89G — John Hanke (@johnhanke) March...

VR Pain Therapy Startup Gets Millions in Investments

The startup AppliedVR has been working on non-drug pain management using virtual reality for the past six years. Thanks to a fresh infusion of millions of dollars in investments, the startup is now pursuing approval for the US market from next year. Applied VR AppliedVR received a Series A funding of $29 million. Participating in this investment round...

Latest SteamVR Dashboard Update Adds Controller Docking and Window Focus

SteamVR has unveiled its latest beta update which brings improvements in how users use their PC desktop in virtual reality via the SteamVR dashboard. Users can now opt to display specific applications instead of having to display the whole desktop. The new update also enables users to dock window views to their controllers which subsequently persist...

SandboxVR Opens Las Vegas Location, 15 More Planned By 2022

Location-based VR entertainment startup is bouncing back following its slide into bankruptcy over the past year when the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown measures literally wiped out its LBE business when the company had to close its locations and lay off most of its staff. The company has emerged from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy and a debt...

Rec Room is Now Valued at More than a Billion Dollars

Rec Room saw a rise in the number of users during the pandemic to become a billion-dollar Unicorn. The free social VR gaming platform Rec Room has grown tremendously during the pandemic to become a Unicorn that was recently valued at $1.25 billion at a funding round of $100 million. This makes it probably the first virtual reality-focused startup to...

‘Beat Saber’ Update Brings ‘Pro Mode’, Multiplayer Badges, and Four More Modifiers

Beat Saber dropped its latest update on March 9th on all the supported platforms. The new update brings four new modifiers, various UI tweaks, and multiplayer badges. This is the Beat Saber v1.13.4 and it has come with lots of new changes that are guaranteed to further spice up your gameplay experience. The update is also available on all platforms....

Pico Closes $37.4 Million Series B+ Funding Round and Announces Pico Neo 3

Pico Interactive’s standalone virtual reality (VR) headsets Pico Neo 2 and Neo 2 Eye were announced in May 2020 and less than a year later, the company has just announced that it completed a Series B+ funding round. It also confirmed that it is releasing an updated model, the Pico Neo 3, in 2021. Pico Neo 2 and Pico Neo 2 Eye This latest funding round...

HTC Vive Pro Facial Tracker Available for Sale in the US This Month

HTC’s Vive Facial Tracker goes on sale in the US from March 24 and is priced at $129.99. This is a face-tracking accessory that is compatible with the Vive Pro, a headset that currently makes up just 2% of the VR devices being used on Valve’s Steam. Vive Pro is, for the moment, only in stock for the full kit which retails at $1,199. HTC Vive Facial...

Apple Patent Filing Probably Shows its Rumored ‘Thimble’ Controller

Patently Apple spotted a new Apple patent filing that probably reveals the ‘thimble’ input device for Apple’s upcoming mixed reality headset. Bloomberg, The Information, and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have all reported that Apple is releasing a sleek virtual reality headset in 2022 that will be equipped with color cameras for mixed reality. This will...

Almost 10,000 Facebook Employees Working on AR and VR

Over the past few years, Facebook spelled out an aggressive strategy for developing its consumer hardware to lessen its dependence on Apple and Google which currently build the two dominant mobile operating systems. Internal organizational data seen by The Information shows that about one-fifth of Facebook’s total global workforce or close to some 10,000...

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