Sep
18
2017
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Goodbye, photo studios. Hello, colormass virtual photoshoots

 Berlin-based colormass, one of the startups presenting today at TechCrunch Disrupt as part of the Battlefield, has developed a platform that lets you recreate an IKEA-style experience for your own merchandise: highly realistic, but digitally manipulated 3D facsimiles. Read More

Aug
02
2017
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HP’s new Nvidia-powered backpack VR PC is designed for work, not play

 HP has a new entrant in that most curious PC niche – the backpack computer. A product of the virtual reality computing wave, the backpack PC provides all the power needed to drive high-quality VR headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but with a form factor that allows the user to roam about untethered. The new HP Z VR Backpack is a bit different from the rest of the field, though,… Read More

Jun
15
2017
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VR’s killer app: business services

 Enterprise adoption is trumping entertainment uses and will spring VR and AR into the mainstream. Read More

Apr
19
2017
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Facebook is improving the 360 video experience by predicting where you will look

 From the stage of F8, Joaquin Quinonero, Facebook’s Director of Applied Machine Learning, described a new technique the company is using to improve the watching experience for 360 videos. The format is challenging to deliver because of its size, but Facebook is using machine learning to reduce the number of pixels that have to be rendered at any one time. By predicting where a viewer… Read More

Apr
19
2017
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Facebook will license its new 360 cameras that capture in six degrees of freedom

 On day two of Facebook’s F8 conference, Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s CTO showed off designs for two new 360 cameras that the company is going to help push to market. The x24, with 24 cameras, and its little brother the x6, with six cameras, can each capture in six degrees of freedom for more immersive 360 content. Facebook plans to license the designs of the two cameras to… Read More

Nov
30
2016
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Genesis Partners spins out $50 million fund, F2 Capital, to back early-stage startups in Israel

Tel Aviv Skyline Three members of the senior investing team at Genesis Partners, a major Israeli venture firm, are stepping out with a new, early-stage fund of their own called F2 Capital. For the unfamiliar, Genesis Partners’ portfolio companies have been acquired by the likes of Apple, IBM, Microsoft and Sapiens over the past decade, and have gone public on the Nasdaq exchange in the U.S. as well.… Read More

Nov
25
2016
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Mobile and enterprise are the keys to VR/AR scale

vr wireframe humans Though PC and console VR are the sexier formats we’re all excited about, is mobile where VR will really scale in the near term? This is a question I’ve been posing to investors and innovators. Read More

Sep
18
2016
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Productive mobility is poised to give business a virtual boost

Brazil New technologies have constantly changed the way we’ve worked. And continued investments have come as corporate demand for worker productivity drives tech spending. We should expect augmented reality and virtual reality to eventually attract increased spending in the enterprise as they combine with new mobile network advancements to make an emerging trend called “productive… Read More

Jun
17
2016
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DIRTT’s ICEreality puts VR to use for interior, office design

DIRTT-MixedReality-6   A manufacturer of custom prefabricated elements to be built into offices and other work spaces, DIRTT Environmental Solutions is the latest corporation to adopt virtual reality for the enterprise, rather than entertainment. The company unveiled their ICEreality software this week at an annual construction industry trade show, NeoCon 2016, in Chicago. (Yes, tech news had the audacity… Read More

Jun
01
2016
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Tubular Labs raises $10 million to measure online videos across social platforms

Tubular Labs cofounders Allison Stern, Rob Gabel and VP of Engineering David Koblas. Just how popular was that video of the mom laughing in her Chewbacca mask? And how did that video stack up against the mermaid pillow one that went viral in January? Are videos published by Last Week Tonight watched more or shared more than videos published by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert? Mountain View, Calif.-based Tubular Labs Inc. is using big data analytics to figure out such… Read More

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