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Inside VR & AR (Jan 31st, 2019)

1. LumiereVR, which provides immersive, location-based experiences, has acquired VR analytics company RetinadVR. Montreal-based RetinadVR was founded in 2014 and its platform allowed companies to track user behavior in VR experiences. Their research led to several early VR studies with JumpVR and Yahoo. LumiereVR is best known for its MoodPods, which brings the VR experience to the client. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but LumiereVR said in a statement it would roll RetinadVR's analytics into its entertainment products. — VRFOCUS

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2. The National Hockey League has released VR highlights of its recent All-Star Game. NextVR captured the footage during last weekend's event, which is now available on NextVR's apps. As part of its partnership with NextVR, the league hinted at future highlights from NHL marquee events, but broadcasting live hockey games in VR environments doesn't appear to be on the menu anytime soon. — ROAD TO VR

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4. Reuters takes a look at how the International Committee of the Red Cross is using VR to train staff in war zones. It has simulations that allow its people to be trained in treating wounded patients in a battle situation, circumstances difficult to recreate in a classroom setting. While the VR experiences the Red Cross uses are not specific to any one war zone, it uses video footage filmed in real-world combat situations.—  NYTIMES

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5. Ryot is partnering with Time magazine to produce a VR experience about Martin Luther King, Jr. The room-scale experience will look at the March on Washington. The production will be called "The March" and is scheduled to be in museums next year.— VARIETY

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6. The Tech Edvocate looks at how VR can be used to help students improve their job interview skills.

7. DigiCapital explores what's ahead for VR and AR investment, which stabilized in the fourth quarter of 2018. 

8. During an earnings call Wednesday, Facebook execs said Oculus Go sales contributed to revenue growth in Q4 of 2018.

9. From r/augmentedreality: Visit van Gogh's bedroom

10. Bloomberg reports Apple's forthcoming iPhones will have more powerful 3D cameras, signaling a bigger AR push.

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This newsletter is curated by freelance journalist Kim Lyons, whose byline has appeared in The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review and other local and national publications. Find her on Twitter at @socialkimly). 

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies) and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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