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Qualcomm metaverse fund. Photo credit: Qualcomm.

By Tom Ffiske
VR/AR and metaverse analysis every Wednesday and Sunday // 23 March 2022 

Sunny days in London, mixed with a first read-through of Beserk. Life is good.

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Funding and spying

Canon says AR (and AI) will be the future of storytelling.

  • Not surprising that a camera company investing in AR says that AR is the future of storytelling, but hey ho. 
  • But that said, it is worth noting that it is likely that storytelling will become more sophisticated and interesting over time. It is a matter of tools, which Canon is providing. 

Qualcomm Announces $100m ‘Metaverse Fund.’

  • As reported on UploadVR, the company plans to invest up to $100m in studios working on gaming, health, media, entertainment, education and enterprise applications for headsets, as well as those working on “associated core augmented reality and related artificial intelligence technologies.”
  • If you’re developing a metaverse-related technology, this may be your ticket in. 

Rokid closes $160m in series C funding.

  • China is a market I follow closely, so it’s important to follow the successes where they are. Rokid is one example, raising a huge amount as part of their growth. 
  • The AR headset maker is exploring only enterprise use-cases, a lucrative area with plenty of room for growth. 
  • One wonders if they will expand into Europe and beyond – but in any case, one to follow as closely as Pico.

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Funding and milestones

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  • Ally launched an immersive Snapchat AR experience called the MILESTONE ARCHIVES.
  • Arvizio announced a suite of capabilities for the use of AR workflow automation for medical organisations. 
  • BrandXR is one of eight businesses to participate in the seventh cohort of Morgan Stanley’s Multicultural Innovation Lab.
  • Didimo offers the capabilities of creating bodies as part of its services. 
    • Also, they announced that is teaming up with UKIE, the trade association for the United Kingdom’s games and interactive entertainment industry. 
  • Inspired Education Group announced today its impending launch of a metaverse
    school for students around the world with US partner, VictoryXR.
  • Luxexcel and Lumus have co-developed a demonstrator of an AR prescription lens solution that enables OEMs to address users’ prescription requirements in their smart eyewear products.
  • Movella’sXsensannounced the latest MVN update, accelerating workflows worldwide by bringing industry-leading HD Reprocessing motion capture data to users faster.
  • PatchWorld, a VR music app, will launch this summer on Meta Quest 2.
  • RETìníZE closed a £2m seed round led by Sure Valley Ventures.
  • Tentacular will arrive on 24 March for Meta Quest and SteamVR.
  • Tilt Five announced a content partnership with Asmodee Digital, the international publisher and distributor of video games, subsidiary of the Asmodee Group.
  • Tommy Hilfiger is set to take part in Metaverse Fashion Week in partnership with Boson Protocol.
  • Vermillion is releasing on the Meta Quest Store this Thursday.
  • VRtuoso is now ARuVR
  • XR Games announced the acquisition of VR pioneers Fierce Kaiju for an undisclosed sum.
  • YAHAHA announced it will launch in Early Alpha at the end of this month.

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Meditative with the VIVE Flow. Photo credit: Tom Ffiske

Tom Ffiske

Editor, Immersive Wire

Tom Ffiske is the Editor of the Immersive Wire, a twice-weekly newsletter on the immersive industry.