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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Google Cardboard app downloads reach 50M, up from 25M in January   —  The amount of Google Cardboard app downloads has doubled in just the past four months.  —  Today, onstage at I/O, Google's head of VR, Clay Bavor, announced that the company had seen downloads on the Google Cardboard platform …
May 18, 2016, 3:40 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
Android N gets a low-latency VR mode   —  We don't know if Google will launch its own virtual reality headset at its I/O developer conference this year, but Android N, the next version of the company's mobile operating system, will feature a special mode for VR apps.
May 18, 2016, 2:05 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
Facebook says 10K+ developers are building chatbots, analytics are coming, and Activision's Call of Duty bot exchanged 6M messages in its first week   —  Despite gripes about the usefulness of Facebook chatbots, “tens of thousands” of developers are building them, Messenger's head …
May 10, 2016, 4:20 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Viv, the multi-platform AI assistant made by Siri co-founders Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer which is built for easy 3rd-party integrations, demoed for first time   —  Voice-controlled assistance is seeing another evolution as it looks to prove its worth as the next shift in human-computer interaction.
May 9, 2016, 2:00 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Samsung's Gear 360 camera goes on sale April 29, captures near 4K-quality video for VR via two fisheye F2.0 lenses; price still unknown   —  Samsung's Gear 360 camera is going on sale in 2 days and we still don't know how much it costs  —  Update: Samsung has reached out saying …
Apr 27, 2016, 2:50 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
Verizon's AOL acquires VR studio RYOT, sources say for between $10-15M   —  Verizon's AOL's Huffington Post acquires virtual reality studio RYOT for $10 to $15 million  —  The Huffington Post, owned by AOL, owned by Verizon, is buying a virtual reality studio called RYOT to build VR content production …
Apr 20, 2016, 5:00 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Lytro's Cinema 755-megapixel light field camera offers 40K resolution at 300 FPS, could make green screens obsolete; rental packages start at $125K   —  Lytro's 755 megapixel Cinema light field camera is going to kill the green screen  —  Lytro is taking its rich, volumetric 3D camera capture technology into the world of TV and film.
Apr 11, 2016, 4:25 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Google tackles simple 360 content embeds with VR View, introduces Cardboard SDK for iOS   —  Virtual reality is great for gaming and movies, but when it comes to real-world use cases there's still quite a bit of room for VR to prove itself.  —  Google is hoping to kickstart this process …
Mar 30, 2016, 12:35 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
PlayStation VR headset to arrive in October for $399, less than Oculus Rift at $599 and HTC Vive at $799, but excludes camera required for gameplay   —  PlayStation VR will arrive in October for $399  —  Sony took to the stage today during GDC 2016 in SF to show off the consumer-ready version of its PlayStation VR headset.
Mar 15, 2016, 5:17 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Funding for VR/AR has already reached $1.1B in 2016, compared to $692M in all of 2015; excluding Magic Leap, total for 2016 is $300M+   —  Investments in VR/AR have already hit $1.1 billion in 2016  —  Augmented reality and virtual reality have been the subject of a lot of hype from proponents …
Mar 8, 2016, 11:50 AMIn context

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