Oculus Go, the standalone VR headset from Oculus, just started shipping to developers. First announced in October, the Oculus Go is an all-in-one headset-- meaning no mobile phone or high-end PC is required. It’s priced at an approachable $199 and will be shipping to consumers sometime in “early 2018”. It’s nice to know that developers are already getting started. // Related Stocks: Facebook, Inc. ($FB)
Google recently announced Poly, their library for 3D assets (that you can populate with models created by Google’s VR creator tools like Tilt Brush and Blocks). Now, they opened up Poly’s API-- so you can use Poly models across different applications, from game engines like Unreal and Unity to VR apps like Mindshow and TheWaveVR. It looks like more progress on Google’s quest to be an immersive computing service provider and platform. // Related Stocks: Alphabet, Inc. ($GOOG)
Google launched Daydream Impact, an initiative teaching impact-focused organizations like the Eastern Congo Initiative how to create 360 video and loaning them equipment to get it done. But that’s not all-- Google also released a FREE 360 video training program on Coursera. // Related Stocks: Alphabet, Inc. ($GOOG)
The Dutch government spent almost $60K in funding the development of waterproof VR goggles, and here’s an unexpected use case… so-called “dolphin-assisted therapy,” where you float in a pool watching 360 videos of dolphins.
...Williams-Sonoma just paid $12M to acquire an immersive retail visualization company called Outward.
…$1B has been invested in VR/AR startups in Q4 of this year (yes, December just started). Already the highest quarter for funding since 2016’s Q1, the majority of the capital went to two big rounds: $502M to Magic Leap Inc. in October and $200M to Niantic in November.
...and the HTC Vive X accelerator has invested in 26 more VR/AR startups, and expanded their global physical footprint to 5 locations: San Francisco, Taipei, Shenzhen, Beijing, and Tel Aviv. Vive X is a $100 million program that started back in 2016, and already 80+ companies have participated. // Related Stocks: HTC Corporation ($2498.TW