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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
VR game studio Survios raises $50 million led by MGM, Lux Capital   —  Hollywood's love affair with VR continues.  —  VR game maker Survios announced today that it has raised $50 million over a pair of funding rounds, a good chunk of which comes from MGM, who led one of the two rounds, with Lux Capital leading the other.
Dec 13, 2016, 4:45 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Vesper, which builds always-on, low powered mics, raises $15M Series A led by Accomplice, with Alexa Fund, Hyperplane, Miraenano Tech, and others participating   —  As digital assistants like Siri and Alexa become more intelligent, there's a growing need for them to always be accessible.
Dec 10, 2016, 9:10 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony, and Acer create the Global Virtual Reality Association, aimed at promoting best practices in VR; Valve is not a member   —  After a couple years of being driven primarily by the startups, the virtual reality industry is growing to be one increasingly dominated by the big dogs.
Dec 7, 2016, 8:30 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Doppler Labs delays launch of Here One adaptive audio smart earbuds, which won't ship until February, partners with Cleveland Cavaliers, JetBlue, others   —  Wireless earbuds are still in their infancy, and there still seem to be some tough issues left to nail when it comes to mass production.
Nov 22, 2016, 1:00 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Inside Intel's Santa Clara VR lab, where the company is working on its Project Alloy headset, a “merged reality” experience, and more   —  n many ways, virtual reality is still a moonshot.  —  The $2 billion acquisition of Oculus by Facebook in 2014 lent the neo-futurist hobby …
Nov 3, 2016, 3:30 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
Intel acquires Voke VR, which makes VR camera hardware and software for delivering VR sports content to a range of devices   —  Nov 3, 2016, 9:00 amNov 3, 2016, 11:51 am  —  Intel has made another acquisition to build out its virtual reality strategy and business: the chip giant …
Nov 3, 2016, 1:20 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
New MacBooks lose most ports including MagSafe, HDMI, SD, Thunderbolt 2, old USB; users will need to buy dongles to connect devices to new Thunderbolt 3 ports   —  Apple just introduced a shiny, super thin new MacBook Pro.  But for what was birthed, a lot of widely-held standards had to die.
Oct 27, 2016, 5:40 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Greg Gopman, hired this month as Twitter's VR program manager, says he has been fired, after his comments about SF's homeless resurfaced   —  PR recovery 101: when you screw up this reality, move on to the next one.  —  Twitter seems to be slowly building up its AR/VR hires as its other real-world hopes …
Oct 19, 2016, 4:50 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Google announces $79 Daydream VR headset, Daydream View, which works with select Android phones including Pixel   —  Google's VR future looks pretty comfy.  —  Today at its October hardware/software/everything event, the company showed off its latest VR initiatives including a Daydream headset.
Oct 4, 2016, 1:02 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Samsung waits to see whether VR is hype or mainstream before moving forward on standalone VR headsets, 10K displays   —  At a company event today in San Francisco, Samsung President & Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn detailed that the company is actively pursuing both smartphone-focused VR headsets and standalone solutions.
Oct 3, 2016, 9:15 AMIn context

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