Week that was

Week That Was: 12th May

Week That Was: 12th May

Welcome to the Week That Was on, 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

Virtual World Sim Co Gets $500m Funding 

Investment to further develop Improbable’s virtual world and massive-scale simulation technology; we’re half-a-billion steps closer to the Metaverse.

Microsoft Reveals New VR Controllers 

New hardware consists of a pair of 6-degree-of-freedom controllers specifically designed for VR, using the headset cameras for tracking.

Google Acquires Owlchemy Labs 

Job Simulator developer now part of the Google empire, pledges to continue creating high quality multiplatform VR.



VR Won’t Be A Big Part Of Facebook’s Business Model... For A While 

Mark Zuckerberg positions VR as a big part of the company’s future, not part of its current financial earnings.

First MR Smart Instruction Creation Platform Launches For HoloLens 

Scope AR empowers HoloLens users to create smart instructions for limitless applications and use cases around training, repair, support and more...

NVIDIA Demos Multi-User VR System

NVIDIA showcases its four-player VR system at this week’s GPU Technology Conference; design guide online now.

VR Web Roundup: 9th May

Future of computing; Transforming manufacturing; Asian start-ups; 12-month review; Netflix; SMEs; light-field tech; VR gold mine; Education.

VRTogether Launches Today 

New community driven non-profit VR initiative aims to connect creators to collaborate on projects to make a difference.

British Universities’ Pioneering Work In Construction AR 

Strathclyde and Sheffield working to research, demo and implement the use of AR and VR in construction.


Interviews And Opinion 

The Commercial Applications For AR… According To Facebook 

Mark Zuckerberg looks forward to AR e-commerce, democratising development, and how AR could mean the end of TV as we know it.


Data & Research 

VR/AR Developers Need More Focus And Ambition 

New report claims a wide discrepancy between revenue ambitions and financing needs of VR start-ups.

Gear VR To Retain Mobile VR Lead in 2017 

Latest forecast shows Samsung set to defend its position ahead of Google Daydream.



Focal Point: Narrative In VR 

Our panel of VR industry experts on the rise of narrative in VR and whether it can avoid the pitfalls of its flatscreen entertainment ancestors.


Job News 

Oculus Appoints New Head Of Computer Vision 

Amir Frenkel steps up from Director of Engineering to lead research and development into computer vision.

Come And Work For 

Steel Media now hiring for two business development roles.


Events News 

Pitch To Publishers And Platform Holders In San Francisco 

VR Connects San Francisco gives indie devs the opportunity to pitch their projects and demo work in progress to the industry’s elite.

Call For Speakers: VR Connects Helsinki 

Open invitation for experts to address the Nordic VR, AR and MR industry event on 19th-20th September. We'd love you to come along for the ride...


See you in seven days...

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