AR+VR Weekly: HoloLens 2, Sony 3D sensors & Waking up Photos with AR

Catch up on the latest XR highlights, funding news and launch announcements: Week of Jan 1

By Tom Emrich


Happy New Year!

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: HoloLens 2, Sony 3D sensors and waking up photos with AR.

HoloLens Developer Edition and Commercial Suite are both out of stock fueling rumors that Microsoft is getting ready to launch the much anticipated HoloLens 2.

Meanwhile, Sony is reportedly ramping up product of its next generation 3D sensors due to demand from phone makers including Apple. The chips will power both front and rear facing 3D cameras which enable features such as facial recognition and augmented reality.

Finally, University of Washington showed off the ability to create 3D AR content from 2D images in a demo video of published research called “Photo Wakeup” which shows this tech in action using the HoloLens.

Funding News

RESTORES clinic receives $3 million grant to use VR for PTSD (CNBC)

Launch Announcements

Vuzix announces Blade will display weather via the Accuweather app (Next Reality)

New York Times publishes “The Big Bang” which uses AR to explore a Higgs particle (Next Reality)

Chinese short video app Kuaishou launches AR avatar feature (Technode)

FlixBus is testing VR on certain routes to Las Vegas (TechCrunch)

Marriott invites hotel guests to redecorate — using AR and a bottle of water (Digital Trends)