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Week That Was: 7th July

Week That Was: 7th July

Welcome to the Week That Was on TheVirtualReport.biz, where we bring you the highlights, biggest news and hottest topics from the world of VR, AR and MR business in the last seven days.

 

Top Stories

Samsung’s Standalone VR HMD Revealed 

New all-in-one eye-tracking headset breaks cover at Mobile World Congress Shanghai.

Google Releases In-VR 3D Modelling Tool 

Free Blocks app makes making models in VR child’s play.

 

News 

Virtual Time Travel: Explore 16th Century Edinburgh 

Scotland's University of St Andrews releases new VR app taking users back in time to 1544.

Guardian’s New 360 Video Seeks Asylum On Cardboard 

British newspaper releases animated VR documentary detailing the plight of refugees.

BBC Launches VR Taster App 

British broadcaster’s new app features Planet Earth II alongside other BBC Three content and full-length documentary, One Deadly Weekend in America.

VR Web Roundup: 4th July 

Apple’s AR hand gesture patent; Devs move to higher end; Snapchat buys AR IP; Nasdaq; Nike Momofuku; Porn all-in-one hardware.

Rift Gets Mixed Reality. Kinda. 

Oculus’ new native MR capture enables developers to merge live footage of users with VR.

Steel Media Launches Into The PC Games Business 

UK-based media house – and home of TheVirtualReport.biz - expands its consumer tech portfolio.

 

Interviews And Opinion 

Is ‘Virtual’ More Important For The Medium Than ‘Reality’? 

Lone developer Tom Graczyk talks about his experience of creating a VR game on a zero budget and what it meant to place fourth in the Global VR Challenge.

Resolution Games' Tommy Palm On 2m Downloads For Bait! 

Swedish CEO reflects on two million downloads on a young platform and the potential of mobile VR.

 

Features 

The Future Of VR Revealed At VR Connects San Francisco 

IDG's Yoshio Osaki shares the odds on VR/AR scenarios from total failure to world domination.

 

Data & Research 

$800m Investment In AR/VR In Q2 2017 

Tim Merel, founder and MD at international tech advisors, Digi-Capital, examines the most recent round of investments and looks forward to the sector's growth potential.

 

Deals 

Japan’s Smelly Start-up Raises $600,000 

Vaqso gets more than half-a-million dollars to further develop its scent enabling device for VR.

MelodyVR’s Global Partnership With Microsoft

Music app gets support from Microsoft for all WMR devices. 

 

See you in seven days...


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