Why Israel Is A Hotbed For The AR Industry


Sometimes dubbed “The Startup Nation,” today’s Israel is sprawling with technological innovation, especially when it comes to frontier technologies. My learning adventure in Israel included a couple of months of exploration and familiarization with the local innovative ecosystem, including VR/AR technologies. My observations suggested Israel has the potential to become one of the world’s largest hubs for Augmented Reality.

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Altair Semiconductor Renames to Sony Semiconductor Israel

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Today, after more than four years of being acquired by Sony, Altair Semiconductor is renaming itself as Sony Semiconductor Israel.


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Apple Reportedly Could Have Over 1,000 Engineers Working on AR in Israel

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According to UBS analyst Steven Milunovich , Apple could have over 1,000 engineers working on Augmented Reality technology in Israel, mostly at its major R&D centre in Herzliya. Within a research note from UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, he states “According to some industry sources, the company may have over 1,000 engineers working on a project in Israel that could be related to AR”.

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Archaeologists Find Evidence That a Massive Tsunami Hit Ancient Levantine Coast

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tsunamis science israel earthquakesWhen Gilad Shtienberg began digging on an Israeli beach in August 2018, the last thing he expected to find were seashells.

Drone Makes It Rain Weed in Tel Aviv

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green drone israel marijuana drugs weed drones technologyA drone over Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square dropped hundreds of bags of weed on Thursday, setting off a mad scramble by onlookers to stock up, the Jerusalem Post reported. Read more.

Join us Wednesday, September 9 to watch Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator demo day live

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Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC, Israel Aerospace Industries North America and The Aerospace Corporation. The 2020 class of Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator is graduating with an official demo day on Wednesday at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m.

Transit Navigation App Moovit Adds Augmented Reality Way Finder Feature to Challenge Google Maps Live View

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This week, Israel-based startup Moovit introduced a new AR navigation feature called Way Finder for its eponymous navigation app for public transit and ridesharing services. As helpful as it is, Google Maps isn't the only mapping app with augmented reality walking navigation anymore. Launched as a beta version, Way Finder helps users find bus stops and entrances for subway stations, as well as route guidance toward those destinations.

AR Drone Technology That Can Help Save Lives


in funding) via HCL’s ETO Open Innovation Program in partnership with Consulate General of Israel to South India. Its First Response command and control system for professional drone users in emergency response organizations is already operational in over 70 organizations throughout the US, Australia, Europe, and Israel. First responders will be able to use drones equipped with augmented reality technology to better deal with emergency situations. .

EyeSight, VicoVR to bring gesture control to mobile-based VR

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Chinese technology conglomerate Kuang-Chi will invest in Israel-based provider of software-based machine vision and gesture recognition... News 3DiVi Inc. A startup that allows a smartphone’s own camera to be used to track hand gestures has received a $20 million investment. eyeSight gesture control VicoVR

Varjo Raises $54M Financing to Support Its Retina-Quality VR/AR Headsets for Enterprise

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Since its founding in 2016, Varjo has expanded its global operations and reseller network to over 40 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with the launch of sales and direct shipping to markets such as Singapore, Israel, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

XRHealth Secures $7M Investment to Expand Its AR/VR Telehealth Platform

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The company announced the funding via a press statement today, stating that the new funding round was led by Bridges Israel, Flint Capital, and 20/20 HealthCare Partners. XRHealth , a Boston-based medical company, today announced that it’s raised $7 million in funding to expand its telehealth platform targeted at VR headset users.

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Racket: Nx Is Coming To Oculus Quest, Supports Cross-Buy With Rift


The developers, One Hamsa, filmed a new trailer for Quest in their home country of Israel. Racket: Nx, the game described as “racquetball meets breakout”, is coming to the Oculus Quest standalone VR system. They shot it playing outside in the desert and edited in a sci-fi background. It is just an advertisement but this is the first time we’ve seen Quest being used outside.

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VR Project ‘The Enemy’ Tells the Story of Combatants like Never Before


Khelifa was particularly moved by the split between Israel and Palestine, who shared so much in common — including their fear for one another. As they walk through the gallery, they meet each of “the enemies” — combatants from one of three conflict zones: the Maras in Salvador, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and in Israel and Palestine. Belgian-Tunisian war correspondent Karim Ben Khelifa and MIT show how VR can be a critical tool for empathy.

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Emerging Tech in Emerging Markets

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He reveals he’s also in advanced discussions with various embassies from countries such as the UK,Canada,Australia,Ireland Israel about mutual exchange programs. As India’s first-ever Immersive Technology festival wraps up, it highlights how the market for making and consuming technologies such as Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality goes well beyond Silicon Valley.

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How Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are Revolutionizing Healthcare


For example, workers at Sheba Medical Center , located in Ramat Gan, Israel, have been using Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 as a method to train staff to operate on ventilators.

The Chelsea Film Festival Showcases Diversity in VR


“The stories come from: India, Israel, France, America, and beyond. Chelsea Film Festival offers a VR lineup that is refreshing, intimate, and necessary. Over the past few years, VR has established a presence in “name brand” festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca or Cannes. In this growing landscape, how can niche festivals establish themselves as homes for important VR?

The AR Drone That Can Help Save Lives

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in funding) via HCL’s ETO Open Innovation Program in partnership with Consulate General of Israel to South India. Its First Response command and control system for professional drone users in emergency response organizations is already operational in over 70 organizations in the US, Australia, Europe, and Israel. First responders will be able to use drones equipped with Augmented Reality technology to better deal with emergency situations.

How to file for a piece of that $117.5 million Yahoo data-breach settlement

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or Israel, then you could have a cash payout coming your way. Hey, would you look at that? Yahoo accounts finally have some value — but only if you act quickly. The deadline is fast approaching to file a claim for a piece of the $117,500,000 settlement following multiple hacks of Yahoo's systems, spanning 2013 to 2016 , that affected 3 billion accounts. And guess what? If you had a Yahoo account between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2016 and live in the U.S.

Using drones for virtual reality – Or Lev-Cohen

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I’m an industrial designer from Tel Aviv, Israel. It is one of the most veteran design firms in Israel, and it’s based in Tel Aviv by the beach. Well, actually, my day job isn’t so much related to XR, apart from it being in the leading firm for HMD design in Israel, but my link to the XR industry is from my work in school. On the first episode of The Immersive Wire is Or Lev-Cohen, a final-year Industrial Design student from Tel-Aviv.

DecaGear CEO Shares Details on Company Background, Future Plans

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On his own background, Kuntzman said he’s originally from Israel where he worked as a software developer, later founding an online ad business that he eventually sold to another Israeli ad company.

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Hand interactive VR Game Simulator, the latest One-stop Arcade Unattended VR Machine

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Owatch Launched the New VR Plus Series! Hand Interactive VR Game Simulator !!! Unique Interactive VR Coin-op Game set to take the market by VR WOW! Owatch Interactive Simulator Ride.

Raptor AR Smartglasses Give Cyclists Essential Stats While On The Road


Israel-based Everysight today announced Raptor, a new set of glasses designed specifically for cyclists. While VR is letting cyclists explore the world from the comfort of their homes , this new set of AR glasses could provide huge benefits for those that still venture outside. It reminds us a little of Google’s Glass project, or the upcoming CastAR.

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Humaneyes Technologies Debuts The $400 Vuze XR, A Dual Camera That Captures 360° And VR180 Imagery


Founded in 2000, Israel-based Humaneyes says it holds more than 70 patents across the 3D spectrum. Humaneyes Technologies has announced a follow-up to its Vuze VR camera, one that captures both 360° (2D) and stereoscopic VR180 (3D) videos and photos. The Vuze XR camera, which will cost around $400 when it launches later this year, is basically two cameras in one. When it’s closed, it’s a 360° camera, but you can click a button to convert the device into a VR180 camera.

Industrial-grade VR company Varjo picks up ~$52M in Series C funding

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This includes the launch of sales and direct shipping to “key markets” including Singapore, Israel, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Katy Perry Comes To Life in W Magazine AR Cover


This includes a collaboration with artist Alex Israel, accompanied by a futuristic piece of fiction; a defiant take on fall fashion by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott; and a portfolio by photographer and artist Collier Schorr, capturing fashion’s obsession with gender fluidity. The fashion publication’s latest issue embraces augmented reality.

Varjo Expands Roadmap With Funding Announcement


Specifically, those regions are Japan and Central Europe, as well as New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, and Israel. This morning, Finnish XR headset manufacturer Varjo announced that they have cleared US$54 million in Series C funding.

Huge Promotion for 9D VR Chair Cinema/Simulator and VR Park

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Edgybees Mashes Up Video games and Real Drones for a Futuristic New Racer


Edgybees in fact draws from Amazon’s talent pool; Menashe Haskin, a former manager at the Amazon Prime Air office in Israel, helped cofound it in 2016. While Amazon is busy figuring out infrastructure for its Prime Air drone empire, augmented reality startup Edgybees has launched Drone Prix AR, an AR racing game for drones. Fellow founders CEO Adam Kaplan and vice president for research and development Nitay Megides come from data virtualization and robotics backgrounds respectively.

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Apple Manufacturer Quanta Signs Deal to Mass Produce Lumus AR Display Modules

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Israel-based Lumus has been working on transparent optics since 2000. Quanta, a Fortune 500 company and one of the world’s largest original design manufacturers, has signed an agreement to mass produce AR display modules from Lumus , a company specializing in AR displays based on ‘waveguide’ optical technology.

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Lumus Showed Off New AR Glasses With 55-Degree Field Of View


Rehovot, Israel-based Lumus makes the optical engine that empowers AR solutions. Lumus, an Israeli startup that just raised a $45 million funding round , is unveiling new augmented reality displays for smartglasses that offer a wider field of view. The company showed the Maximus prototype for AR glasses with a 55-degree field of view at CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. AR is expected to become a $90 billion market by 2020, according to tech advisor Digi-Capital.

UploadVR’s 2016 CES Party Brings All The VR Goodness To Vegas


The Fourth Transformation Book Signing with Robert Scoble and Shel Israel. 2016 was rough. A gorilla died, trolls ruled the earth, and we lost more than our fair share of icons and legends. But, thankfully, every year eventually comes to a close and as this one prepares to wind up we can turn our attention to the bright (slightly denial-fueled) promise of 2017 — and it’s kicking off with a bang for VR.

Beyeonics Raises $11.5M to Further Develop AR/VR Surgical Visualization Platform

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Elbit Systems , an Israel-based defense company, recently announced that its medical technologies subsidiary Beyeonics Surgical successfully concluded its first funding round of $11.5 million, which the company says will be used to expand product development and accelerate commercialization of its surgeon-centric AR/VR technologies.

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How AR/VR Are Transforming the Real Estate Industry


Matter , a company based in Israel, helps similar firms to create interactive property tours. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) ? For most, AR/VR technologies are commonly associated with industries like gaming, entertainment and media ;(like those cool Instagram filters or the iPhone’s Animoji feature that animates your facial expressions with emojis).

MIT made a movie screen that brings 3D to all seats – without.


Teaming up with Israel’s Weiszmann Institute of Science, CSAIL managed to put together a prototype called ‘Cinema 3D’ that uses a complex arrangement of lenses and mirrors to create a set number of parallax barriers (think of Venetian blinds that show a slightly different set of pixels to each of the viewer’s eyes to simulate depth) that can address every viewing angle in the theater based on seat locations.

Meta Debuts Groundbreaking Interactive AR at Sundance


And now, by bringing Daniel Lazo and Eran May-Raz, directors of the short film “Sight” (which showcased augmented reality) from Israel to work at Meta, the company was able to express these interests in a storytelling mode. Meta let me and a partner interact with the same hologram in, “The Journey to the Center of the Natural Machine.”

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Byond Will Help Enterprises Build AR, VR, And 360-degree Experiences


Byond has been working on the tech for two years in Los Angeles and Israel, and it has been testing it for six months with brands and media companies. Byond is launching a publishing platform that allows companies to create augmented reality, virtual reality, and 360-degree applications. It’s one more set of tools designed to encourage enterprises and brands to take the plunge into promising new technologies.

Hour One Wants Synthetic AI Characters To Be Your Digital Avatars

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So the Tel Aviv, Israel-based company said it raised $5 million in seed funding this week from Galaxy Interactive via its Galaxy EOS VC Fund, as well as Remagine Ventures, Kindred Ventures, and Amaranthine.