The XR Week Peek (2020.06.13): Magic Leap exploring a sale, events are going virtual and more!

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Image by Magic Leap). Magic Leap is on sale. A report on Bloomberg informed us all that Magic Leap is exploring a sale of the company. Also because the brand “Magic Leap” is not as shiny as before , when we were all expecting great things from it.

HTC Blames COVID-19 Pandemic For Layoffs

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The scale of layoffs, which were initially reported by Focus Taiwan, has not been confirmed at this point in time. AR headset maker Magic Leap also announced layoffs recently , and CEO Rony Abovitz announced he will step down.

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Rumor: Apple Reportedly Suspends Work on Consumer AR Headset

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A DigiTimes Taiwan report (via MacRumors ) now suggests that Apple has disbanded the team behind it, effectively putting its consumer AR device on hold.

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My Taiwanese XR Chronicles part 1: Cave, zSpace, Brogent hands-on

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Two weeks ago, I had a fantastic trip to Taiwan together with my Chinese assistant Miss S. Are you ready for immersing into Taiwan? We all participants of the VR Visionaries tour in Taiwan (Image by Digiblock). Taiwan. To answer the first question: Taiwan is wonderful.

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Leap Motion’s North Star is the DK1 of AR: hands-on preview and how to buy it!

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You probably have heard about Leap Motion’s Project North Star , that should be able to offer people affordable augmented reality. Notice a Leap Motion sensor installed on top of it. To develop for the Leap Motion North Star, you can use Unity or Unreal Engine.

Holographic Waveguides: What You Need To Know To Understand The Smartglasses Market

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Most people remotely familiar with smartglasses have a general understanding of the display used in Google Glass, it is pretty basic: a micro-display (in this case a LCoS) is housed in the electronics attached to the side, and is pointed into a single prism that turns the light 90° into the upper-right-hand field-of-view of the wearer — in this case, a combined optical unit, housing both the LCoS display and the prism optics, supplied by HiMax (an optics OEM out of Taiwan). Magic Leap.

AR Optics Company Lumus Secures Further $30M in Funding

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Leung, vice chairman and president of Taiwan-based Quanta. million Series C investment in Magic Leap earlier this year , the new financing is a tremendous boost to Lumus. Lumus Ltd. recently confirmed a $30 million funding round led by Quanta and HTC.

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10 Recent VR and AR Investments You Should Know About

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The biggest gorillas in the room are the covert augmented reality company Magic Leap, which raised almost $800M in February (bringing its total funding to $1.4B), and the VR live-streaming company NextVR, which raised $80M in August (which brings its total funding to over $115M).

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Sundance New Frontier Announces 2019 Line-Up

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Fusing documentary-realism with magic-realism, and true and fictionalized stories with poetry and dreams. Mechanical Souls / France, Taiwan (Lead Artists: Gaëlle Mourre, L.P. Sundance Film Festival has revealed their 2019 lineup for the New Frontier Exhibition.

How to be a good VR startupper – Part 1

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I wrote a review on Magic Leap One because my friend (and ex partner ) Gianni made me try it. And when I was in Taiwan, someone told me this very crude sentence: (Almost) no one is making money in VR at this moment.

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Suzanne Borders says it all on being a female entrepreneur in XR

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In yesterday’s part , she detailed what BadVR does and why she’s so interested in the Magic Leap One device. Me trying a marketing experience employing virtual gloves and scent emission in Taiwan.

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Eminem, Volumetric VR And More Lead Sundance’s 2019 New Frontier Line-Up

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Fusing documentary-realism with magic-realism, and true and fictionalized stories with poetry and dreams. Mechanical Souls / France, Taiwan (Lead Artists: Gaëlle Mourre, L.P. Live Stream from Yuki <3 / Taiwan (Lead Artist: Tsung-Han Tsai, Key Collaborators: Meng-Yin Yang, Inch Lin, Pu-Yuan Cheng) — Yuki live streams her love life as usual to a group of supportive netizens, though an uninvited guest crashes the party and strips her of her disguise.

10 Recent VR and AR Investments You Should Know About

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invested over 76 deals (of which a big chunk went to Magic Leap’s Series C round in February, to the tune of almost $800M). Although we are undeniably in the early adoption stages, the latest numbers from the International Data Corp.