Mobile VR & AR News Roundup (June 5th – June 9th 2017)

June 11, 2017

It was a big week for AR, VR, and voice assistants this week! We take a look at some of the biggest and most interesting news and announcements from the past week here in our weekly news roundup for the first week of June 2017.

Apple announces their venture into the VR, AR, and smart speaker fields

Apple WWDC 2017

Apple’s annual WWDC conference was held this week, kicking off with a ground-breaking keynote on Monday where they announced their AR, VR, and voice-assistant speaker plans.

Source: Variety

Oculus donate Rifts to 90 California libraries

Oculus Library

The VR company is looking to allow anyone to experience the world of VR for free (as long as they have a library card) in this three month pilot program. The included apps are geared towards education, such as Google Earth and Guided Meditation VR.

Source: UploadVR

Yahoo Japan invests in The Venture Reality Fund

VR Fund

Looking to accelerate growth in the AR and VR industries, Yahoo Japan has invested an undisclosed sum in the VR Fund that will be used to assist VR and AR developers, as well as allow Yahoo Japan access to innovators and potential business development opportunities.

Source: Venture Beat

VR, AR, and MR exhibitors increase by 138% for this week’s E3

E3 2017

The gaming industry’s largest event in the world is being held this week and the impact of virtual, augmented, and mixed realities is clear. We’ll be keeping an eye on any new announcements from Microsoft and their possible foray into console VR too.

Source: VR Focus

‘Camarada’ app released for Android: capture your own VR content on the cheap

Camarada VR Camera App

Recording your own 360 videos and clips can still be a little costly, but this new app promises to make creating your own fully 3D video without any extra equipment a snap. The syncing of multiple devices to create true 3D is pretty awesome!

Source: Android Headlines

Walmart planning to introduce VR training programs by the end of 2017

Walmart VR

The mammoth American company already has 200 Walmart Academy training centers around the US, and are adding the Oculus Rift to the mix to simulate real-world scenarios for new recruits.

Source: The American Genius

Google launch ‘We Wear Culture’, a virtual fashion museum in VR

We Wear Culture

The Arts & Culture team launched the virtual museum that tracks the history of fashion and it’s correlations with world culture.

Source: Engadget

PlayStation VR is outselling the Oculus Rift 4 to 1

PSVR & Oculus Rift

With a possible nod to the future of mainstream VR, Sony have announced that their VR device sold 2.1 million units in the first quarter of 2017.

Source: Game Debate

AR gaming expected to be worth $284+ billion by 2023

AR Defender

It might not come as much of a surprise due to the recent surge in popularity, but the massively mind-boggling potential revenue of augmented reality gaming further adds weight to the fact that AR is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.

Source: Digital Journal

VR growing in mainstream popularity in the US

Virtual Reality

Woman using virtual reality headset at night with city lights in background

Compared to AR, VR is still relatively niche, but recent statistics are indicating that virtual reality’s appeal is growing within this key market. Samsung Gear VR and Sony PlayStation VR are leading the pack.

Source: Gamasutra

Catch up on our previous news summaries here.

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