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Hear360 begins shipping its ASMR-ready omni-binaural microphone, the 8ball

Hear360 begins shipping its ASMR-ready omni-binaural microphone, the 8ball Magic 8-Balls have been known to hold some disappointing, trivial answers to teenage life’s hardest questions, but one LA startup is hoping to find success in them. Hear360 has just begun shipping pre-orders of 8ball, a souped-up binaural 360 microphone rig geared toward professionals that are all about experimenting in new immersive mediums. The 8ball is an “omni-binaural” microphone, meaning it captures 360 audio of a space using four pairs of omnidirectional mics. The effect is 8 tracks of sound that…

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Facebook opens registration for its annual F8 developer conference

Facebook opens registration for its annual F8 developer conference Facebook has just opened up registration for its annual F8 developer conference. Last year, Zuck and company talked about augmented reality, brain-computer interfaces and a complete rewrite of its React framework. Facebook has had turbulent year in the news, and the company has made some significant moves to restructure how its users are interacting with its products so expect to hear a lot more details about the evolving future of the platform. Expect to hear this from Zuckerberg himself and Facebook’s…

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Qualcomm shares details on its vision for the near-future of mobile VR

Qualcomm shares details on its vision for the near-future of mobile VR Qualcomm is ready to show off more about what its Snapdragon 845 system architecture can do for the future of VR. Even as headsets based on the Snapdragon 835 reference design — like Lenovo’s positionally tracked Daydream headset — are just gearing up for their stateside release, we’re already looking to what the future of VR  that isn’t tethered to something else looks like. Today, Qualcomm showed off a reference design centered around its latest mobile chipset, the…

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6D.ai is building AR tech that crowdsources a 3D mesh of the world

6D.ai is building AR tech that crowdsources a 3D mesh of the world The problems that augmented reality startups aim to solve often could seem pretty trivial. Just as the HBO show Silicon Valley skewered the industry’s obsession with placing digital mustaches precisely on people’s faces, the problem of allowing multiple phones to know where exactly your coffee table is could seem pretty laughable. But with augmented reality, things can get complicated and consequential rather quickly. 6D.ai, a young startup emerging from Oxford University’s Active Vision Lab, is aiming to…

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Montana-based mapping startup onXmaps raises a round of funding fit for Big Sky Country

Montana-based mapping startup onXmaps raises a round of funding fit for Big Sky Country A mapping startup based in Missoula, Mont., which allows users to download sophisticated offline topographic maps outlining public and private lands and a number of other features geared towards hunting, fishing and camping, has pulled in its first major outside funding. onXmaps has closed a $20.3 million Series A round led by Summit Partners. Bessemer Venture Partners, Millennium Technology Value Partners, Next Frontier Capital and NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke also participated in the round. The company is calling the…

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DroneBase raises $12M in Series B funding, announces enterprise AR tool for drone pilots

DroneBase raises M in Series B funding, announces enterprise AR tool for drone pilots If you have purchased a drone in the last year or two, there’s a high likelihood that it only emerges from your gadget closet a few times per year. DroneBase is a startup that connects drone users with commercial missions so that they can keep the dust from settling on their flying funcopters while also honing their skills and getting paid in the process. People or businesses that are interested in getting drone footage of a property…

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Microsoft’s HoloLens is now available to rent

Microsoft’s HoloLens is now available to rent Microsoft has spent much of the past couple years arguing its vision of an augmented reality future with the HoloLens. Now, it’s realizing that for potential buyers of the company’s enterprise-focused Commercial Suite edition, there’s some desire to try it out before they break out the corporate card. Until now, the best way for interested companies to see whether Microsoft’s product was hype junk or something transformational was to plunk down $5,000. Well, now Microsoft has decided to partner with a company called Abcomrents,…

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RealWear raises $17M as it looks to take a simpler approach to enterprise AR headgear

RealWear raises M as it looks to take a simpler approach to enterprise AR headgear As the augmented reality industry slowly matures and those within it look to realize the path to ubiquity that they have been preaching, it turns out that they’re showing more appreciation for the vision that Google laid out years ago with its Glass headset. RealWear is aiming to eschew the space-age reality altering helmets that others are pitching to enterprise customers in favor of an AR headset solution that gives industrial workers a taste for…

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Skydio’s $2499 ‘self-flying’ drone knows where you are and where you’re going

Skydio’s 99 ‘self-flying’ drone knows where you are and where you’re going A four-year-old autonomous drone startup founded by MIT researchers and backed by Silicon Valley’s top investors is finally ready to show off what it’s been building over the past several years. Today, Skydio is showcasing the R1, a drone that boasts what the startup calls “self-flying” capabilities. What this means is that the drone is capable of locking-on to an individual and following them while shooting video and avoiding obstacles. This doesn’t mean that it can avoid a…

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Nvidia up 10% after Q4 earnings beat, says cryptocurrency demand ‘exceeded expectations’

Nvidia up 10% after Q4 earnings beat, says cryptocurrency demand ‘exceeded expectations’ Nvidia’s successes are continuing to pile on as the company’s gaming and data center businesses drove revenues up 24 percent year-over-year. Nvidia shares were up around 10 percent after-hours following the company’s release of its fourth-quarter earnings report. The company reported EPS of $1.78 on revenue of $2.91 billion, beating analyst expectations of $1.17 per share on $2.69 billion revenue. The after-earnings pop of 10 percent tacks onto a stellar year for the stock which is up about 83 percent…

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