AR+VR Weekly: Facebook AR glasses, 350,000 Snap experiences & NYC’s RLab

Catch up on the latest XR highlights, funding news and launch announcements: week of October 29

By Tom Emrich

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 there three stories you need to know: Facebook AR glasses, 350,000 Snap experiences & NYC’s RLab.

Facebook’s Head of Augmented Reality, Ficus Kirkpatrick, let the crowd know at TechCrunch’s AR/VR event in LA that Facebook is indeed working on AR glasses. This news came soon after Canadian wearables company, Thalmic Labs (now North), debuted Focals, a stylish pair of smartglasses aimed at the consumer market. 

Meanwhile, Snap says that more than 350,000 virtual “experiences” have been created using its AR Studio which launched a year ago – most made by Snapchat users.

Finally, New York City officially opened a city-funded AR/VR Lab in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard called RLab complete with an accelerator program.


Funding News

Computer vision firm NextVPU raises $28m Series A (Dell Street Asia)

New York City RLab launches with accelerator program for AR/VR startups (Adweek)

Lyft acquires AR startup Blue Vision for $100M (The Verge)

EyeSight scores $15M to use computer vision to combat driver distraction (TechCrunch)

Spatial raises $8 million for augmented reality collaboration platform (VentureBeat)

Stockholm-based Resolution Games nabs $7.5M to pioneer AR/VR experiences (TechCrunch)

Onedome raises $3.3 million for AR experience The Unreal Garden (VentureBeat)

Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, raises $1.25 billion (TechCrunch)


Launch Announcements

Unity now serving mobile AR ads (Forbes)

Thalmic Labs rebrands as North and debuts Focals AR glasses (The Verge)

H&M Creates Augmented Reality Experience for Moschino Collab (WWD)

Google Lens comes to the mobile web in Google Images (9to5 Google)

Oculus’ Rift Core 2.0 overhaul leaves beta, now rolling out to all (Windows Central)

HTC Quietly Opens Flagship Vive Store in China (Road to VR)

Pimax opens preorders for its very expensive 8K and 5K VR headsets (The Verge)

TeamViewer Announces New Augmented Reality Capabilities (VR Focus)

JetBlue promotes its new route with AR (Mobile Marketer)

Light Field Lab and Otoy team up to make Star Trek’s Holodeck a reality (VentureBeat)

Snapchat’s new Camera desktop camera app brings AR masks to Twitch, Skype and more (TechCrunch)