Snapchat Launches Bitmoji TV, which takes cartoon avatars of you and your friends on different four-minute adventures. According to Techcrunch, the first two scenarios feature America’s Best Bitmoji game show and a Mime Cops hostage negotiation. “It’s scripted but it’s personalized,” says Bitmoji co-founder and CEO Ba Blackstock, who penned and directed the shorts. “First and foremost, I hope that everyone who watches this has kind of a mind-blowing experience.” The personalized animated series start tomorrow, February 1st. Break a leg, everyone!
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Spatial snags another 14M for its telepresence solution, bringing its total haul to 24M. The cross platform solution allows participants to occupy a physical space as virtual beings. Together they can share videos, web pages, 3D designs, and even draw on white boards and post-its, as if they were in the same room.
If your friend is in Octi, your camera can find them, and everything about them.
Octi AR app uses facial recognition to share live social profiles. Users can create public profiles and instantly share an “AR belt” of personalized content to anyone with the Octi app who points a phone camera at them. The Octi team hopes to reduce the isolating effects of social media with their AR social platform.
Phiar launching beta of its AR driving navigation app next week. Similar to Google Map’s AR overlay for pedestrians, Phiar’s app uses a smartphone mounted on the dashboard of your vehicle to overlay driving directions and points of interest. The app uses computer vision and machine learning to recognize objects, pedestrians, and more. The beta is accepting 25-50 participants.
SpringboardVR moving into education. The provider of VR arcade software is using its expertise at making VR experiences accessible at location based entertainment venues to do the same for educational institutions. By creating a platform to house and serve up educational VR experiences, SpringboardVR hopes to make VR more accessible.
Q4 2019 VR headset sales.
SuperData released its Q4 2019 numbers for VR headset sales and projections of the XR market through 2023. The Oculus Quest sold 705k units in 2019, and sales of the Valve Index doubled from Q3 to Q4 after Valve’s Half-Life: Alyx announcement. SuperData also projects XR will hit revenues of $14.9B in 2023.
Ario wins Verizon “Built on 5G Challenge”. Ario intends to build an augmented reality enterprise productivity platform utilizing 5G. The first place prize from Verizon includes $1Million and incubation at Verizon’s 5G Lab.
Epson Moverio to subtitle Broadway shows. GalaPro, the captioning app, has been testing the AR HMD to provide its live captions at Broadway shows. The glasses are currently in a beta phase at Shubert’s Broadway houses. This solves the major two drawbacks of GalaPro mobile app: looking back and forth from stage to smartphone, and distracting the person next to you.
Keith Curtin has re-joined the new Blippar as its Chief Commercial Officer for the U.S. Curtain previously worked with the predecessor of Blippar, also called Blippar (good story about this if you missed the fun) before his stint at Zappar. “It’s nice to be home,” Curtain said. “I love a company whose name ends with AR.” Here is a current video of the new Blippbuilder content authoring platform that Curtain says “makes WebAR creation as simple as making a powerpoint presentation.”
We just saw this illustration of our augmented future on Linkedin.
“This Week In XR” is written and edited with Michael Eichenseer.