This Week in XR: NReal Adds $ 100 Million to 5G MR War Chest

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NReal raises $ 100 million. Chinese company Nreal caused a sensation in the spring of 2019, when it announced from the AWE stage that its glasses would cost less than $ 500. With previous increases of $ 15 million and $ 40 million, the company built a factory in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, China, capable of producing up to one million units per year of by the end of 2020. So far, Nreal has launched in Korea, Japan. with the carrier Kddi and Vodafone in Germany and Spain. Chi Xu, CEO of Nreal, told TBEN that the launch in the United States and China will take place in 2022. The MR (Mixed Reality) glasses were previously slated for launch in mid-2021. The Nreal Light glasses attached to a 5G Android phone are also VR capable. Investors include NIO Capital, Yunfeng Capital, Hongtai Aplus, CPE, GP Capital, GL Ventures and Sequoia Capital China. That values ​​the company at $ 700 million, comparable to publicly traded AR eyewear company Vuzix.

Niantic closes its AR game Catan after a year of early access. As Pokemon Go continues to print money, Niantic is looking for a hit for himself.

Harry Potter’s unofficial VR Quidditch game is drawing rave reviews. Fly in the space world of the Hogworts and take part in the famous game on a flying broomstick. The game was built by an anonymous developer and partially based on a spatial map of the interior and exterior of the old school of magic and surrounding areas.

The men in black are back, and in VR. Location-based virtual reality company Dreamscape Immersive has announced its opening “Men In Black: first mission at its flagship location in Westfield Century City on Friday, October 1, 2021. blue is about to swim to the depths to make way for the famous franchise. Users dress like agents, swap sunglasses for a VR headset and embark on a free-to-play alien combat adventure. Tickets are now available on dreamscapeimmersive.com.

Utopia VR launches its dating platform. In the wake of Facebook’s Horzion Workrooms, Canadian newcomer Utopia VR has just been launched on the App Store. The company’s website mirrors the app, which means users can access Utopia VR directly from a PC, laptop, tablet, or VR headset without downloading the app. The Android version of Utopia VR is slated for release in the first quarter of 2022. Users can attend meetings, give presentations, customize their own environment, or use one of the many available for free.

Oculus takes control of Manhattan

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New virtual reality experiences

Rhythm of the Universe – Ionia for Quest 2 and Playstation VR from Epic Mega Grant recipient Rotu are now available in all VR app stores. IoniaAchievements in art, sound and design have won multiple Raindance Film Festival nominations, multiple Indigo Design Awards, an Epic MegaGrant and Ionia was an official selection at the Cannes XR Development Showcase 2020. Rotu plans to set up a series of cinematic stories in the Avatar-like alien world, which is teeming with sentient creatures threatened with extinction.

New Technology Walkers announced today that a free demo of its fitness game “HitMotion: Reloaded” with a special passthrough mode has been released worldwide on SideQuest VR. The game was previously released as a virtual reality game on App Lab, but a demo that implements the new experimental Oculus Passthrough APIs is now available on SideQuest.

What we read

Facebook’s Big Glasses Mistake – Not Working With Instagram (Adario Strange / Next Reality News)

Why these Facebook search scandals are different. How the company ended up in its biggest crisis since Cambridge Analytica (Casey Newton / Platformer)

A brief history of every time Tim Cook mentions AR. In September 2021, he went so far as to call himself “AR fan number one”. (Kim Lyons / The Verge)

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