AR+VR Weekly: Netflix AR Hack, Vive goes to work & Samsung’s AR Cloud

Catch up on the latest XR highlights, funding news & launch announcements – week of November 12

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: Netflix AR Hack, Vive goes to work and Samsung’s AR Cloud.

Netflix’s international hackathon wrapped up with solutions involving augmented reality and facial recognition. The AR Hack, “Eye Nav”, uses Apple’s ARKit and Face ID to track the users eye position and facial expressions to navigate the Netflix app.

Meanwhile, HTC demonstrated its focus on the enterprise by rolling out hardware and software aimed at this making virtual reality a staple at work. The company launched its standalone HMD, Vive Focus in 37 markets along with Vive Wave VR software developer kit and Sync, an enterprise collaboration and meeting tool.

Finally, Samsung introduced its version of the AR Cloud at its Samsung Developer Conference called Project Whare. Project Whare offers multi-user experiences, persistent content and cross-platform support for ARKit and ARCore. It also offers a cloud service to host content.   

Funding News

Precision OS Secures $2.3 Million in Series A Funding for Virtual Reality Orthopedic Surgical Education and Pre-Operative Planning Software (BusinessWire)

Mojo Vision launches ‘invisible computing’ AR platform out of stealth with over $50 million in funding (VentureBeat)

IDG Leads $14M Series A Round In Chinese Light Field Content Provider DGene (China Money Network)

‘BoxVR’ Developer Raises $1.25 Million to Expand VR Fitness Focus (Road to VR)

DevLab 2018: RYOT, Kaleidoscope & Oculus Reveal VR/AR Incubator Participants (Deadline)

North opens Focals showrooms, receives 24M in government investment (BetaKit)

Launch Announcements

Samsung Unveils Its Project Whare AR Cloud Service & Wacom Partnership for AR Creations (Next Reality)

Fantasmo pivots to scooter cameras that keep them off sidewalks (TechCrunch)

Children’s Book Classic Peter Rabbit & Other Tales Come to AR via iOS App (Next Reality)

Chris Milk’s first AR app, Wonderscope, is here, and it’s revolutionary (Fast Company)

Facebook’s Portal video chat devices are on sale now (VentureBeat)

Unreal Engine 4.21 Adds Support for Magic Leap’s Lumin OS & Windows Mixed Reality Apps (Next Reality)

Shadow VR is the latest rival to the Oculus Quest (Engadget)

HTC’s China-exclusive Vive Focus VR headset is now launching worldwide (The Verge)

Amazon adds augmented reality to app for Black Friday (VR Focus)

Sneaker marketplace GOAT announces an AR-centric Black Friday giveaway (TechCrunch)

Domino’s launches world’s first AR pizza chef (Dominos)

YouTube VR launches for Oculus Go (The Verge)