Lucas Matney

Lucas Matney

Lucas Matney is a Writer at TechCrunch covering all of the startups and major players in the virtual/augmented reality space. He’s particularly interested in startups tackling input and optics on the VR/AR hardware side as well as UI/UX design and mapping on the software side.

He’s also a big fan of headphones/home audio and random well-designed gadgets.

If you’d like to contact Lucas and tell him about the cool stuff you’re working on or would be interested in having him speak at an event/conference, reach out at: lucas@techcrunch.com

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  • HBO NOW opens up shop in VR on Google Daydream, Netflix coming soon

    HBO NOW opens up shop in VR on Google Daydream, Netflix coming soon

    If you’re the owner of a Google Daydream View headset, there’s about to be a lot more content to watch in your little headset. Today, Google announced that HBO’s standalone subscription app, HBO NOW, is arriving on the company’s Daydream mobile VR platform. The company also announced that Netflix will soon be arriving on the Daydream platform as well, though they… Read More

  • HTC debuts Vive Studios, building VR games that highlight the strengths of its platform

    HTC debuts Vive Studios, building VR games that highlight the strengths of its platform

    More than a little bit of drama has emerged in the VR community in response to the trend toward exclusives among hardware manufacturers. Oculus and Sony have devoted significant resources to ensuring its systems have titles either launch first on their platforms or only on them. Meanwhile HTC and its Vive system, which is built upon Valve’s OpenVR platform, have stayed in the good graces… Read More

  • Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony join forces to create Global VR Association

    Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony join forces to create Global VR Association

    After a couple years of being driven primarily by the startups, the virtual reality industry is growing to be one increasingly dominated by the big dogs. There’s still a sizable amount of fragmentation in the industry as well a high chance of failure for many of the efforts currently being undertaken. For these reasons some of the biggest names in the industry, Google, HTC, Oculus… Read More

  • Unity poaches Uber’s machine learning head to tackle AI in AR/VR

    Unity poaches Uber’s machine learning head to tackle AI in AR/VR

    Unity has hired Dr. Danny Lange to take on the next generation of AI and machine learning problems at the game engine startup. For Lange, this comes after just over a year as Uber’s head of machine learning. Previously Lange worked on machine learning products for Amazon and Microsoft. Lange joins Unity at a time of particularly high growth for the company. Unity raised $181 million… Read More

  • The 20 startups shown off at HTC’s Vive X accelerator demo day

    Today, HTC hosted a demo day event in San Francisco highlighting 20 of the startups that have made their way through the company’s Vive X virtual reality accelerator program. Vive X is dedicated to accelerating the virtual reality industry as a whole, something that is undoubtedly useful to HTC as the company doubles down on its virtual reality bets. A good deal of the startups… Read More

  • Visbit nabs $3.2M to bring users high-quality 360 video streaming without hogging data

    Visbit nabs $3.2M to bring users high-quality 360 video streaming without hogging data

    Virtual reality is a revolution with a lot of moving parts. Sure, it’s a renaissance for PC component manufacturers that once again need to push the limits on hardware, but it’s also pushing ISPs to better serve users with better download speeds so that they can enjoy VR content. There’s still a long way to go, but to make up the gap for the meantime and ensure that a few… Read More

  • Review: Oculus Touch VR motion controllers

    Review: Oculus Touch VR motion controllers

    While this year undeniably saw the entrance of quite a few major hardware initiatives from the major players (Google, Oculus, HTC, Samsung and Sony to name a few), 2016 still had quite a tough time grappling with some of the virtual reality industry’s most burning questions. Making VR cheaper and making sure it works on a device you already own have been a couple of those issues. Read More

  • Oculus shows off the 50+ launch titles for its Touch motion controllers

    Oculus shows off the 50+ launch titles for its Touch motion controllers

    Oculus is gearing up for a major hardware launch next week with its $199 Touch motion controllers. That’s nice and all but as we’ve learned, VR hardware is really only as good as the software that exists to shows off its strengths. Oculus seems to be getting this and it’s ensuring that a swath of titles exist that make good use of the new input type. Today, Oculus… Read More

  • Smartglasses-maker ODG scores $58M in Series A led by 21st Century Fox

    Smartglasses-maker ODG scores $58M in Series A led by 21st Century Fox

    Even as the broader public (okay, maybe just the tech press) waits patiently for announcements from the mixed reality mirage known as Magic Leap, there’s an augmented reality company that’s already been shipping smartglasses for years and it’s designing them right in the heart of San Francisco. Today, the Osterhout Design Group announced that it has closed a $58 million Series… Read More

  • Doppler Labs delays launch of Here One smart earbuds, won’t ship until February

    Doppler Labs delays launch of Here One smart earbuds, won’t ship until February

    Wireless earbuds are still in their infancy, and there still seem to be some tough issues left to nail when it comes to mass production. Doppler Labs CEO Noah Kraft tells me that because of manufacturing issues, the company will be delaying the release of their Here One smart earbuds until February 2017. Kraft tells TechCrunch that the company has received nearly 10,000 pre-orders for the… Read More

  • Ava gives the deaf and hard-of-hearing a more present voice in group conversations

    Ava gives the deaf and hard-of-hearing a more present voice in group conversations

    For those with hearing issues, simple dinner table group conversations can be pretty painful to stay on top of. Ava is aiming to bring deaf and hard-of-hearing people back into group conversations with their threaded speech-to-text application that gives people with hearing issues an easy way to stay on top of a conversation. The app, formerly known as Transcence, starts with each participant… Read More

  • Conan O’Brien tries VR and things get a bit scandalous

    Conan O’Brien tries VR and things get a bit scandalous

    HTC had a pretty good PR moment this week as Conan donned a Vive VR headset on his show and got up to some antics during a tour of YouTube’s VR studio. After testing his artistic hand with a self portrait in Google’s Tilt Brush, Conan immersed himself in the world of Job Simulator and things got a bit crazy. Upon being plunged into an office environment, Conan tosses objects at… Read More

  • Oculus is giving away its mesmerizing VR painting tool, Quill

    Oculus is giving away its mesmerizing VR painting tool, Quill

    VR has quite a bit to offer creative types in terms of building worlds and images that would be impossible otherwise. Oculus Story Studio is looking to redefine the concept of a digital art with their latest effort, Quill. Oculus announced today that it will be releasing a beta of the application for free on December 6 in time for the launch of the Touch motion controllers. The input… Read More

  • Google Earth brings its breathtaking views into VR

    Google Earth brings its breathtaking views into VR

    Google may have just launched its major consumer virtual reality effort, Google Daydream, last week, but the company is showing no signs of slowing development on other platforms as it looks to give VR some broader use cases. Today, Google announced on its blog that it’s bringing Google Earth to virtual reality by way of the HTC Vive. “With Earth VR, you can fly over a city, stand… Read More

  • Gaming analytics startup Mobalytics grabs $2.6 million in seed funding

    Gaming analytics startup Mobalytics grabs $2.6 million in seed funding

    After taking the top spot at Disrupt San Francisco’s Startup Battlefield, Mobalytics has been hard at work preparing to roll out their analytics-driven competitive gaming coach to more and more of the nearly 20,000 users who have signed up for early access. In the six weeks since Disrupt SF, the company has been raising capital so they can recruit more talent and expand their… Read More

  • Review: Google’s Daydream View VR headset is comfy and uncomplicated

    Just when bigly recent events made you think you must be living in a dream, Google introduces a virtual reality product called Daydream. Google’s overarching, extensive VR platform is at last here in the form of the $79 Daydream View headset. It’s simple, (relatively) stylish and a big ‘ole step forward from Google Cardboard. The Product The Daydream View has an… Read More

  • The Here One smart earbuds are the coolest gadget I’ve tried in a while

    The Here One smart earbuds are the coolest gadget I’ve tried in a while

    I spend most of my days chatting with virtual/augmented reality companies, so the world of Black Mirror always seems a bit more imminent than it perhaps is. That being said, the future felt frighteningly close after my brief demo with Doppler Labs’ Here One smart earbuds. At face value, the Here Ones are just another pair of expensive wireless earbuds that have been created because… Read More

  • New HTC Vive headsets with enhanced ‘design factor, performance’ are on the way

    New HTC Vive headsets with enhanced ‘design factor, performance’ are on the way

    Update 9:21PM PT: An HTC spokesperson has reached out to TechCrunch specifying that “any Vive hardware upgrades at arcades are related to the current business edition Vive hardware or innovations on peripherals that could create unique experiences for arcade installations.”  Though the HTC Vive has only been on sale for a few months, the company may be gearing up to show off… Read More

  • Inside Intel’s race to build a new reality

    Inside Intel’s race to build a new reality

    In many ways, virtual reality is still a moonshot. The $2 billion acquisition of Oculus by Facebook in 2014 lent the neo-futurist hobby a decidedly shortened timeline for consumer adoption. To the tech titans operating alongside it, the purchase was a signal. Mobile’s most prominent success story was setting its eyes on what could possibly be the next platform shift. To the… Read More

  • Intel acquires Voke VR as it moves into immersive sports tech

    Intel acquires Voke VR as it moves into immersive sports tech

    Intel has made another acquisition to build out its virtual reality strategy and business: the chip giant has acquired a startup called VOKE, which specialises in immersive sports video experiences, and counted both Intel and the Sacramento Kings among its investors. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed but Intel tells me that it is acquiring VOKE’s technology, talent… Read More

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