Nreal countersues Magic Leap. On June 18, Magic Leap sued its Chinese competitor, Nreal, and its founder, former Magic Leap engineer Chi Xu, for using Magic Leap’s trade secrets. This week, Chi filed a countersuit with his side of the story, arguing that the Nreal is smartphone-based, while the Magic Leap has its own small belt clip computer. Now a judge will decide if the case can go forward. These kinds of things soon fade into the background as the companies go about their business. Nreal announced a $499 price and 2020 launch date for its spatial smart glasses at AWE in May. No word on an actual date nor what its content and apps Nreal will offer.
HaptX shows how a Telerobo can solve a Rubiks Cube.
HaptX Snares Series A and AIS partnership to commercialize its haptic gloves, which have a wide range of applications, including robotics, telemedicine, design and simulation.
GigXR acquired XR assets from Pearson to form a new company.
GIGXR, a new LA-based company, is announcing its launch and acquisition of the Immersive Learning group from Pearson PLC, the world’s largest education publisher. Acquisition includes mixed reality apps, including flagship applications HoloHuman and HoloPatient, created in partnership with Microsoft HoloLens.
Mach One expands spatial sound on Bose Frames. Mach1, a leading spatial audio technology company, announced its spatial audio technology is coming to the Bose AR platform. Mach1’s unified audio framework gives content creators and developers a transparent and simplified approach to spatial audio — offering a future-proofed pipeline that is platform, format and codec agnostic.
ICYM VRX San Francisco. Here’s a good write up of the conference, which featured many of the leading players in XR.
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XR Industry analyst Mike Boland (AR Insider) gives us a picture of the coming year, which could not be more concise if we had written it ourselves.
Shawn Frayne talks about the emerging market for 3D without glasses, which is the future of television, and the web. Volumetric video is something we’re going to be talking out a lot in the coming years.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a happy new year. This is our last weekly round up of 2019. See you January 10th!