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Camera Maker Lucid VR Receives $2 million Seed Round

Raising capital is never easy, even if the idea you have might be a revolutionary one. If your idea is a piece of hardware, raising capital in a software-driven industry is extremely hard, but not impossible. Case in point is Lucid VR, a tiny startup launched by a Berkeley and Stanford graduates. During the GPU Technology Conference, we met with Han Jin and Joe Hill from Lucid VR. Han is a co-founder and CEO of Lucid VR while Joe is a chief hustler, i.e. company evangelist. Described as “world’s only 3D 180-degree Virtual Reality camera”, LucidCam is a combination of innovative hardware design and software that enables instant watching of

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Augmented Reality (AR), Business, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Green Screen: New VR and AR Startup Accelerator and Co-Working Space

The dawn of Mixed Reality which sees technologies such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality brings investors together, investing in more accelerators and ever popular co-working spaces. Knowing that the content creators, startup companies need to focus on developing the next generation of applications. Green Screen Institute announced an opening of a new startup accelerator and co-working space located on the Californian side of Lake Tahoe, in Nevada county. Set in a peaceful environment, some three hour drive from the rushed Silicon Valley, Green Screen Institute offers higher quality of life at a fraction of a price when compared to incubators and living quarters predominant in Bay Area. “We believe extraordinary creativity

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News, Software Programs, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Two Virtual Reality desktops will Shape Your VR Experience

As first customers are receiving their Oculus Rift VR glasses, and HTC is getting ready to start shipping their Vive system, we’re starting to see first all-encompassing virtual desktop experiences which quite frankly, are true virtual desktops. If you ever thought that the term ‘virtual desktop’ is multiple 2D planes which you can switch with hotkeys, think again. Virtual Desktop 1.0 Guy Godin, an independent developer came up with quite frankly, the best Windows desktop experience we have seen so far. For 14.99 USD or EUR, you get a completely skinned, 360 experience that enables you to create the experience you will feel mostly comfortable with. And

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Breaking, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Graphics, News, Nvidia, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

GameFace Labs VR: Works Standalone and on the PC

During the Game Developers Conference, we encountered a young hardware development team named GameFace Labs. This small but rising startup is working on creating an ultimate VR experience, enabling you to use the device while you’re moving, and once you’re home – you can connect it to the PC. Unlike any other product on the market, there is no ‘collision of worlds’. HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are experiences that require a PC and are intended for internal use, while mobile headsets like the Samsung’s GearVR work wherever you are. With this concept, GameFace Labs wants to cover both angles. The concept behind the retail device will be to offer ultimate mobile

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

VR Becoming a Professional Simulation Tool?

Approximately 20 years ago, first simulators based on computer games appeared on the market. Falcon 4.0 by Microprose was considered so realistic that the U.S. Army ordered a professional version to be developed, giving a troubled game developer and publisher much needed wind in its sails. Unfortunately, its racing simulator didn’t do as well, ultimately ceding the market to ISI, which developed racing games for Electronic Arts. The business expanded and gaming companies which got dumped by large publishers became experts in racing simulations. Those simulations expanded from being simulations running on a PC into simulations that run on servers, split into physics and graphics. While a

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Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Hardware, Software Programs, startups, VR World

Teach Coding to 3-Year-Old Kids Using Cubetto

Cubetto

Want your kids to be successful millionaires when they grow up? There’s a cool Kickstarter project called Cubetto that promises to teach coding to boys and girls ages three and up. They create their first program by simply using a colorful set of blocks, meaning kids won’t need the ability to read or speak a specific language. It’s a hands-on experience that, according to the project, combines Montessori learning principles with computer programming concepts. The Cubetto Playset includes Cubetto, a board, sixteen blocks (four green ‘Forward’, four red ‘Right’, four yellow ‘Left’, and four blue ‘Function’), a 1x1m world map, and a story book. Cubetto

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Breaking, Business, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Hardware, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

VR Hardware Startup Virtuix Offered $32 million in Public Series A Funding

If you are a hardware startup, your life is very difficult. First, getting funding from traditional sources (Venture Capital, banks) is borderline impossible, as there’s always ‘an app for this and that’ that promises the world. Yet, we’ve seen sizable ‘wins’ with hardware startups which took the public route and seek out funding on crowdfunding websites such as Indiegogo or Kickstarter. Perhaps the best known publicly funded startup is Oculus, who gathered $2.44 million on Kickstarter. As we all know by now, the company was acquired by Facebook in a $2 billion, all-cash transaction. But, Oculus is far from being the only one. Several years ago, we attended

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Android, Apple, Breaking, Business, Companies, iOS, Mobile, Smartphones, Software Programs, startups, Uber, VR World

Uber Will Now Deliver Food Straight To Your Door

You use Uber? Then you’re gonna love this: “We’ve been cooking up something new. An app that makes getting great food from hundreds of restaurants as easy as requesting a ride.” – the official announcement of ordering a meal – with Uber. The newly introduced app allows users to order takeaway food from favorite restaurants. But with a twist. You are still able to order food in a similar format, but this time you can order a meal and have it delivered onto longer distances – and with a dedicated app to serve all your ordering needs. The new UberEATS app is now available on iOS

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Event, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

AR and VR on Austin’s SXSW Festival

It’s almost that time of the year – when the capitol of Texas gets to ‘Keep being Weird’, as the hordes of attendees hit the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. Just like Sundance Festival, what was originally an indie event turned into a mainstream / hipster bonanza, with large corporate sponsors which offer plenty of distraction. Sadly, that distraction means you might miss what did you come for in the first place. This year, SXSW is celebrating 30 years. Simon Solotko, an AR/VR evangelist who organized several successful multi-million dollar Kickstarter campaigns, teamed with several of his former colleagues from AMD and several other companies and organized AR/VR Austin

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Breaking, Business, News, Nvidia, startups

Virtual Reality is hot for 2016 Emerging Companies Summit

Ever since its inception during what was a dark hour of world economy, Emerging Companies Summit became an integral part of NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference, bringing interesting startups into the limelight. Companies such as Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon for $296 million), Dave Perry’s GAIKAI (acquired by SONY for $380 million), Natural Motion (acquired by Zynga for $527 million), Oculus (acquired by Facebook for $2 billion) as well as automotive UI pioneer Rightware – all presented at this side event. 2016 Edition will be held on April 6 and last for 12 hours, from 9AM to 9PM (and probably well into the night at the Awards Ceremony). For this year, Emerging

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Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Hardware, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

MagicLeap’s Augmented Reality Vision Receives Record Funding

Magic Leap

In the world of startups, holy goal for any start-up entrepreneur is to have his idea being considered a unicorn. There are also RABBITs (Real Actual Business Building Interesting Tech), and it seems to us that 2016 will see the unlikely battle of how many unicorns can become rabbits. To bring any idea to the market is a very difficult process, regardless of how much money you have. However, in the case of MagicLeap, Inc. – you can see that their idea is building steam worth billions of dollars. Following a $542 million ‘Series B’ round which was lead by Google (Series B funding: Andreessen

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Analysis, Business, News, startups

Why Should we Pay more Attention to the Sustainable Lifestyle Businesses?

The click-grabbing headlines about startup world next door heroes remind us each day of their motivation, sacrifice and devotion needed to achieve a higher goal. Even though this part is very praiseworthy, what often worries me is the sustainability of these stories. Let’s compare it to the industrial revolution and the sustainability of the idea on the global level. The industrial revolution had a huge positive impact on the population growth, life standard increase and medical improvements, but on the other hand it also impacted the fossil fuels usage, waste increase and pollution. Unfortunately, it took more than 200 years for someone to speak publicly

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World’s Ultimate Electric Watercraft

Croatia is a country mostly known as for its beautiful locations and as a birthplace many inventors, most notably Nikola Tesla, Faust Vrancic (creator of Parachute), Slavoljub Penkala (hint: the first three letters of his surname), David Schwarz (Zeppelin or flying airship) and many more. Recently, the country is becoming a hotbed of electric propulsion technology, with RIMAC Automobili hypercars, Dok-Ing electric mining vehicles, Ducati compact electric cars etc. Its neighbour Slovenia is also becoming a powerhouse with electric ‘crafts’ which you may not expect – Slovenian Pipistrel was shamefully blocked by Airbus and Siemens and almost beat them in their own game of an electric aircraft, while Quadrofoil started the deliveries of

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