Montana-based mapping startup onXmaps raises a round of funding fit for Big Sky Country

 A mapping startup based in Missoula, Mont., which allows users to download sophisticated offline topographic maps outlining public and private lands and a number of other features geared towards hunting, fishing and camping, has pulled in its first major outside funding. onXmaps has closed a $20.3 million Series A round led by Summit Partners. Bessemer Venture Partners, Millennium… Read More

DroneBase raises $12M in Series B funding, announces enterprise AR tool

 If you have purchased a drone in the last year or two, there’s a high likelihood that it only emerges from your gadget closet a few times per year, if that. That probably doesn’t leave you feeling too great about your purchase, but it also leaves an expensive piece of professional equipment lying dormant that a lot of people could use. DroneBase is a startup that connects drone… Read More

Microsoft’s HoloLens is now available to rent

 Microsoft has spent much of the past couple years arguing its vision of an augmented reality future with the HoloLens. Now, it’s realizing that for potential buyers of the company’s enterprise-focused Commercial Suite edition, there’s some desire to try it out before they break out the corporate card. Until now, the best way for interested companies to see whether… Read More

RealWear raises $17M as it looks to take a simpler approach to enterprise AR headgear

 As the augmented reality industry slowly matures and those within it look to realize the path to ubiquity they have been preaching, it turns out they’re showing more appreciation for the vision that Google laid out years ago with its Glass headset. RealWear is aiming to eschew the space-age reality-altering helmets others are pitching to enterprise customers in favor of an AR headset… Read More

Skydio’s $2499 ‘self-flying’ drone knows where you are and where you’re going

 Today, Skydio is showcasing the R1, a drone that boasts what the startup calls “self-flying” capabilities. What this means is that the drone is capable of locking-on to an individual and following them while shooting video and avoiding obstacles. This doesn’t just mean that it can avoid a tree or two while flying through an otherwise open field, the drone can track you… Read More

Nvidia up 10% after Q4 earnings beat, says cryptocurrency demand ‘exceeded expectations’

 Nvidia’s successes are continuing to pile on as the company’s gaming and data center businesses drove revenues up 34 percent year-over-year. Nvidia shares were up around 10 percent after-hours following the company’s release of its fourth-quarter earnings report. The company reported EPS of $1.78 on revenue of $2.91 billion, beating analyst expectations of $1.17 per share… Read More

YC-backed Sketchbox is a tool for designing AR/VR environments without code

 Designing VR and AR products is a challenge that’s not particularly well-suited for this reality. Unity and Epic Games have made great strides in adapting their workflows to allow users to edit virtual reality content in a very precise way, but at the same time, they’re both still very technical programs tailored towards people who are technically skilled. Today, Sketchbox is… Read More

Facebook brings animation tools to its Quill VR painting app

 After having declared last year that the app would receive no future updates, Facebook is delivering a big update to its VR painting tool Quill. The update expands on Quill’s initial promise, expanding it from being a platform for designing static scenes to one that can handle dynamic animated ones. The new updates adds the ability for artists to craft and edit frame-by-frame… Read More

Virtual reality live-streaming startup Vreal raises $11.7M

 In the online gaming world, virtual reality has already been used by some of the top streamers to engage with their audiences, but there’s not much return for what the personalities have to give up. They have a bulky headset obscuring their faces and viewers aren’t getting anything more than the 2D representation of what the streamer is seeing. Vreal is aiming to get more out of… Read More