Echo3D raises $5.5M for cloud authoring tools for 3D, AR, and VR content

Echo3D has raised $5.5 million for cloud authoring of 3D, augmented reality, and virtual reality content. AR/VR – VentureBeat & Dean Takahashi

For the metaverse to grow, mobile digital identities are necessary

Companies that want to attract users will need to enable them to carry their digital identity across the metaverse regardless of platform. AR/VR – VentureBeat & Jaime Bosch, Voicemod

Helpshift launches free plan for metaverse customer support

Helpshift, a maker of customer support services, has launched its first free plan for metaverse customer support. AR/VR – VentureBeat & Dean Takahashi

Pokémon Go developer Niantic acquires AR focused studio NZXR

Pokemon Go developer Niantic has acquired the New Zealand based, XR focused developer NZXR to push the limits of future AR games. AR/VR – VentureBeat & Erron Kelly

Mojo Vision unveils latest augmented reality contact lens prototype

Mojo Vision created a new prototype of its Mojo Lens AR contact lenses. This smart contact lens will bring „invisible computing“ to life. AR/VR – VentureBeat & Dean Takahashi

The DeanBeat: What to expect at GDC 2022

I’m looking forward to the Game Developers Conference 2022 event next week at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. AR/VR – VentureBeat & Dean Takahashi

GameDriver releases Eponymous IX, receives seed funding

GameDriver makes software that automates the QA process for game developers. AR/VR – VentureBeat & Jason McMaster

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HTC unveils its Viverse vision of the metaverse

Cher Wang, chairwoman of virtual reality hardware maker HTC, unveiled her company’s vision of the metaverse, known as Viverse. AR/VR – VentureBeat & Dean Takahashi

AI Weekly: Meta’s flashy, AI-powered vision of the metaverse brushes over concerns

Meta (formerly Facebook) pitched a flashy vision of the ‚metaverse‘ this week. But the company faces challenges in delivering on its vision. AR/VR – VentureBeat & Kyle Wiggers

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Jason Rubin on Meta’s strategy for the metaverse

Jason Rubin, head of content for Meta, talks with GamesBeat’s Dean Takahashi about the company’s strategy for the metaverse. AR/VR – VentureBeat & Dean Takahashi