Apple’s Meta Hire

Apple has reportedly hired Meta’s AR communications lead Andrea Schubert, before the supposed Apple AR headset launch in 2022. Rumors suggest this headset can display texts, emails, games, maps, and other applications through holographic displays built into the lens.

Rec Room

Seattle-based popular social VR platform Rec Room announced it secured a new $145 million funding round, bringing the company’s total valuation to $3.5 billion. Rec Room was first released in 2016 as a VR and flatscreen platform.

Somnium Space’s VR Headset

Somnium Space is an open, social virtual reality world built on the Ethereum blockchain. In spirit of their decentralized platform, Somnium Space released a modular VR headset. “We wanted to create a headset that you truly own. We didn’t want to lock you down into our ecosystem,” said Artur Sychov, CEO of Somnium Space.

As a last note, UploadVR has a 2021 end of the year awards video for 14 categories that you can watch below.

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