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“UAVbnb” DroneBase Is DJI And Accel’s First SkyFund Investment

DroneBase 4 Drone manufacturing king DJI has a plot to expand its unmanned aerial empire. It’s teamed up with prestigious VC Accel to launch the $10 million SkyFund, which invests in companies expanding the drone market — and DJI’s sizable slice of it. Today SkyFund revealed to me that its first investment goes to DroneBase, which lets any business rent a drone and pilot. Read More

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Josh Constine

July 30th

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Google Straps Aclima Sensors To Street View Cars To Map Air Pollution

Aclima Google If a city knows what intersections are full of smog, it could add trees or change stop light schedules to improve the air its citizens breathe. Google Earth’s Outreach program that equips non-profits and public-benefit organizations with data wants to give the world these insights. So today, Google revealed that it’s been working with SF startup Aclima for the last year and a half… Read More

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Josh Constine

July 29th

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Matterport Captures $30M To Scan Rooms Into Virtual Reality

This $4500 camera turns the real world into the virtual one. Today, Matterport’s hardware is a hit with real estate agents. But fueled by the $30 million Series C it just raised, Matterport’s software and partnership with Google’s Project Tango could let you wave your phone around to create VR tours of anywhere you want. For example, here’s Matterport’s VR version… Read More

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Josh Constine

June 25th

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Edward Snowden Supports Apple’s Public Stance On Privacy

snowden-apple Edward Snowden says we should support Apple’s newly stated commitment to privacy rather than a business model driven by personal data collection, whether or not Tim Cook is being genuine. Snowden spoke over video conference during the Challenge.rs conference in Barcelona today. I asked Snowden his thoughts on Cook’s recent acceptance speech for an Electronic Privacy Information… Read More

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Josh Constine

June 17th

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Oculus App Store Will Require Pre-Approvals, Comfort Ratings, Tax

Oculus Home Oculus doesn’t want to make you puke or scare you to death. So when its revamped app store launches for its consumer Rift headset shipping Q1 2016, it will review games and experiences for safety, CEO Brendan Iribe tells me. Yesterday Oculus held a press event where it unveiled the consumer Rift headset that will come with an Xbox controller and optical sensor, showed off some… Read More

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Josh Constine

June 12th

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Oculus Previews “Oculus Touch” Handheld Motion-Tracking Haptic Controllers

Oculus Touch Oculus wants to go beyond the Xbox One controller shipping with the Rift, so today it showed off the prototype of Oculus Touch, a set of handheld motion controllers that let you see your hands in virtual reality. Known as the “Half Moon” prototype, they’ll let you pick up objects, fire a gun, or point at things. They include integrated inertial and 360-degree movement… Read More

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Josh Constine

June 11th

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Oculus Unveils Consumer Rift Headset With Xbox One Controller

Oculus Rift Consumer Edition This is no developer kit. Oculus today gave the world the first look at its Rift consumer virtual reality headset which will ship with a wireless Xbox One controller. It also comes with a small, table-top camera on a stand that watches a constellation of LED markers on the Rift to track your head movement. The partnership with Microsoft will also see the Rift work “natively”… Read More

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Josh Constine

June 11th

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Oculus Rift Consumer VR System Pre-Orders Start Later This Year, Ships Q1 2016

IMG_0264-0 Oculus is ready to sell virtual reality to the public, almost 3 years after it Kickstarted its first developer kit. Today Oculus announced that “the Oculus Rift will be shipping to consumers in Q1 2016, with pre-orders later this year.” The new version will support but seated and standing VR experiences. The vaguely worded announcement (below) from the Facebook-owned company… Read More

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Josh Constine

May 6th

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Virtual Reality, The Empathy Machine

VR Empathy Machine I’ve never been to Syria. Never been in a terrorist attack. Never experienced the confusion and fear, the loss of faith in my species in the face of senseless violence. But now I know just a little bit what it feels like. And it makes me want to help. What if you really could walk a mile in someone’s shoes? Shared perspective breeds understanding. Until now, though, the closest… Read More

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Josh Constine

February 1st

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Rothenberg Ventures’ First Virtual Reality Accelerator Emphasizes Health And Education

Deepstream VR could enlighten and heal, not just entertain. Its immersiveness could distract us from pain, help us face our phobias, or give us first-hand training. “We have a belief that VR will disrupt every industry. And it’s global. So we made efforts to find companies in every different industry and that are global” Rothenberg Ventures’ founder Mike Rothenberg about the… Read More

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Josh Constine

January 30th

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