Tasers in the Metaverse, Snap’s Tinkerbell, The Meta Store

Snap ended its developer conference this week without once saying the global “metaverse.” The first AR camera company introduced a four-ounce drone called the Pixy. It will follow your movements along five pre-defined flight paths. “Snap is a camera company, and the camera that flies was a good step forward,” Snap co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel told Casey Newton of Platformer. Pixie is only $299. It will take 6-8 flights per charge, and record 60 seconds of video (no sound). The idea is to get to a place where you feel Tinkerbell is your personal photographer, Spiegel said. Snap is growing faster than FB and Insta. The app is used by an international audience of over 600 million people per month, three-quarters of whom are between the ages of 13 and 34.

Tasers in the Metaverse. Taser manufacturer Axon Enterprises has acquired VR studio Foundry 45 to further its training business. Foundry 45 has worked with major clients such as Delta Air Lines, AT&T, and others. The total equity transaction is valued at $6.87 million.

Womp secures $4.7 million to democratize cloud-based 3D software and revolutionize the design industry Founded in 2019, Womp is a 3D creation platform that integrates social features with powerful design tools. The Female Founders Fund and Haystack are leading the round for SaaS to open a private beta to improve the product.

Chinese startup Nreal is launching augmented reality glasses in the UK this spring. The Beijing-based company announced Tuesday that it will launch the Nreal Air AR goggles in Britain later this spring through an exclusive deal with local carrier EE, which is owned by the telecoms group. bt.

Tribeca Festival unveils immersive 2022 lineup. The Tribeca Film Festival continues the tradition of delivering cutting-edge, problem-focused and artistic virtual reality experiences in New York City at 50 Varick Street and online from June 8-19. The virtual exhibition is at the Museum of Other Facts, which showcases most of the 21 experiences at the festival. The lineup includes EVOLVER, a journey through the inner landscape of the human body from executive producers Edward R. Pressman and Terence Malik, created by Marshmallow Laser Feast, with music by Johnny Greenwood; Please Believe Me, An Investigation into Lyme Disease by Peabody Award-winning Noni de la Peña; and Plastisapiens, an exploration of how the environment affects human evolution.

Disney plans for the Metaverse. In a report for the Los Angeles Times that did not include any news, Mike White, president of Disney’s Metaverse, was said to be leading internal meetings with stakeholders on “next generation storytelling.” Honestly, Metaverer should come naturally to the company that has been building theme parks – virtual worlds – since 1950. It’s also an epic opportunity for its competitors. No real estate required.

Meta Stock is up 20% as the company beats low expectations. Facebook and its revenue jumped in the last quarter. XR’s revenue grew 30% year over year, from $534 million in the first quarter of 2021 to $695 million in the first quarter of 2022, but costs grew 62% faster. CEO Mark Zuckerberg reiterated that he does not expect to see a significant return on ongoing investment until 2030.

The first “Meta Store” opened in California in May. The company’s first 1,550-square-foot retail store will be located on the Meta campus in Burlingame, California, which is home to a number of virtual reality and augmented reality development efforts from Meta, and will allow the public to test and purchase any physical Meta products.

Meta partners with Smithsonian for Moonwalk VR. The moonwalk experience has been timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions. Visitors wear a Meta Quest 2 helmet and see the lunar landscape as if they were Apollo astronauts. They will be able to see the rover as it explores and picks up dust and listens to real astronauts’ conversations from the surface of the moon.

This week in XR It is now a podcast hosted by Ted Shilowitz, future scientist at Viacom, and Charlie Fink, author of this weekly column. Our guest this week is Steve Sinclair, senior vice president of products and marketing for augmented reality contact lens maker Mojo Vision. You can find us on podcast platforms spotifyAnd ItunesAnd And Youtube.

what we read

Tim Sweeney on Metaverse (Mark Sullivan/Fast Company)

Web 3 ‘Decentralized’ startup Axie Infinity and its users discover the hard way of not having a safety net (Connie Louisus/TechCrunch)

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