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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  • With ‘Dear Angelica,’ Oculus finds a story worthy of the VR medium

    With ‘Dear Angelica,’ Oculus finds a story worthy of the VR medium

    “We want to get closer to this kind of perfect representation, so you can capture a moment you had.” The medium of virtual reality is a new one, one that may eventually allow these perfect representations and perfect fictions, but its true power (and danger) lies in its ability to turn anything into what feels like a personal experience. Embodying the emotions of the viewer is at… Read More

  • Amazon job posting suggests plan to bring shopping experiences into VR

    Amazon job posting suggests plan to bring shopping experiences into VR

    Amazon has stayed relatively silent on the topic of VR-based e-commerce and the VR platform in general, especially as fellow tech titans like Facebook and Google have devoted so many resources to virtual reality. However, the company has been looking to embrace VR content. Last month the company hired former Tribeca Film Festival head Genna Terranova to oversee VR projects at the… Read More

  • FoxNext and Chris Milk’s Within partner for ‘Planet of the Apes’ AR/VR experience

    FoxNext and Chris Milk’s Within partner for ‘Planet of the Apes’ AR/VR experience

    Slowly but surely, huge entertainment companies are throwing major resources into virtual reality plays. Fox took part in Within‘s $12.5 million Series A in June, and now the group’s newly formed “immersive, next generation entertainment” arm, FoxNext, will be partnering with the VR studio headed by the innovative filmmaker Chris Milk to begin crafting custom… Read More

  • DigiLens grabs $22 million from Sony, Foxconn as it looks to print next-gen AR displays

    DigiLens grabs $22 million from Sony, Foxconn as it looks to print next-gen AR displays

    The hype behind augmented reality tech has been giving a lot of display manufacturers the motivation to rethink how modern displays work. Current optics technologies being used by HoloLens, Vuzix and Magic Leap all rely on a complicated high-end type of waveguide display technology that utilizes lenses with etched structures that capture and diffract light being projected into the edge of… Read More

  • Microsoft rolls out update to its Beam game-streaming platform

    Microsoft rolls out update to its Beam game-streaming platform

    Microsoft has been making notable improvements to the experiences on its Twitch competitor, Beam, since it purchased the startup this past August. A major update was just launched globally for the service which highlights a new faster video player, Xbox Live sign-ins, and a redesigned home page that makes the service’s various communities more visible to users. These features had… Read More

  • Facebook plans to invest more than $3 billion in VR over the next decade

    Facebook plans to invest more than $3 billion in VR over the next decade

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sees virtual reality as a future computing platform that his company has a chance to own, though he admits it may take 5 – 10 years to bring it to the masses. Members of the press had a rare opportunity to get a more unfiltered view into the future of Facebook’s virtual reality ambitions as Zuckerberg took to the stands today to testify in a $2… Read More

  • Zuckerberg testifies in $2 billion lawsuit that Oculus did not steal core VR tech

    Zuckerberg testifies in $2 billion lawsuit that Oculus did not steal core VR tech

    Zuckerberg was forced to leave his signature gray t-shirt at home today and suit up for court. The Facebook CEO was called to the stand in a Dallas courtroom today to testify in an explosive $2 billion lawsuit which claims that Oculus Inc. (which FB acquired in March of 2014) was built upon technology stolen from Zenimax Media. The lawsuit is structured around dissecting the help… Read More

  • Baidu opens augmented reality lab, begins integrating AR into search

    Baidu opens augmented reality lab, begins integrating AR into search

    Chinese search giant Baidu is looking to further entrench itself in the world of augmented reality, announcing today that it is establishing an AR lab to research and build experiences that more tightly integrate the digital experiences we have on our devices with the world around us. The institution is the fourth such lab to be established under the Baidu Research division, joining the… Read More

  • Take a guided tour of the White House with Barack and Michelle in virtual reality

    Take a guided tour of the White House with Barack and Michelle in virtual reality

    As one presidential administration ends and another begins, it seems much easier to pause and reflect on all of the changes that have defined the last eight years of the Obama presidency. A constant throughout time, however, is the dwelling where many of the United States’ most important policy decisions have been made. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is one of the most recognizable… Read More

  • Apple is already winning the wireless headphones market with AirPods

    Apple is already winning the wireless headphones market with AirPods

    Despite delays, Apple’s AirPods had a great holiday season according to a new report on wireless headphone online spending over the past several weeks. The report from Slice Intelligence–which collects its data from hundreds of millions of anonymized e-receipts–found that the $159 AirPods have accounted for more than a quarter of all online wireless headphones… Read More

  • A whole lot of people watched VR porn in 2016

    A whole lot of people watched VR porn in 2016

    The adult entertainment industry has long been a silent driver of new technologies, from ISPs to graphics cards. With virtual reality, many see porn as one of the more obvious use cases that could lead to heavy headset adoption early on. Today, Pornhub released data that shows some of the early success the site has had since introducing a VR porn section in April of 2016. Read More

  • ShapeScale visualizes your body fitness with its simple 3D body scans

    ShapeScale visualizes your body fitness with its simple 3D body scans

    When it comes to isolating weight loss or weight gain on different parts of your body, it’s a lot more complex than just tracking a single number. ShapeScale, competing today on the TechCrunch CES Hardware Battlefield stage, is aiming to build a more visual way of tracking your fitness. The company’s product, a connected smart scale, creates 3D scans of a user’s body and… Read More

  • HTC teases Netflix-style subscription service for Viveport VR app store

    HTC teases Netflix-style subscription service for Viveport VR app store

    Today at CES, HTC announced that it’s going to be adding a Netflix-like subscription service to its Viveport store, allowing VR users to download hosts of apps as part of a larger monthly subscription service. Details were scant on pricing and available titles, but the company detailed that part of the benefits of the service lie in discovery and ensuring that up-and-coming developers had… Read More

  • HTC shows off the Vive Tracker to bring objects and tools into VR

    HTC shows off the Vive Tracker to bring objects and tools into VR

    After months of creative developers building cool virtual reality devices that relied on HTC Vive controllers duck taped to them, HTC has introduced a cool peripheral called the Vive Tracker to allow objects to be tracked in VR. Right now companies are free to license the SteamVR technology and implement the very cool tracking tech into their peripherals, but hardware developers need to learn… Read More

  • HTC brings integrated audio to its Vive VR headset with a new accessory

    HTC brings integrated audio to its Vive VR headset with a new accessory

    When the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive launched there were a number of things debated in terms of finding superiority on one system or another, but pretty much everyone was a fan of the integrated headphones on the Rift. While Vive users have been stuck using their own headphones and have been left tangled up in cords, at CES, HTC showed off a new device called the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap that… Read More

  • Asus officially unveils ZenFone AR smartphone with Daydream and Tango compatibility

    Asus officially unveils ZenFone AR smartphone with Daydream and Tango compatibility

    After quite a few leaks ruined the surprise, Asus took to the stage at CES to announce the reveal of ZenFone AR, the first smartphone to boast support for both Google’s Daydream and Tango VR/AR platforms. The device is rocking Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821 processor as well as 6GB (!!!) of RAM to keep the virtual/augmented experiences running at full capacity. The ZenFone AR… Read More

  • AR display maker Lumus grabs $30M in new funding from HTC, Quanta

    AR display maker Lumus grabs $30M in new funding from HTC, Quanta

    Like many startups that have been in the AR space for more than a couple years, Lumus got its start building tech for the military where its optics technology was integrated into the helmets of Air Force fighter pilots. Today, the Tel Aviv-based AR display company is beginning to shift its attention towards consumer and enterprise customers as it places a major bet on smart glasses… Read More

  • Rivvr brings wireless VR to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

    Rivvr brings wireless VR to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

    Wires don’t really exist in anyone’s conception of the future. Often they’re just needed for powering devices, but in the case of high-quality VR, the headsets rely on wires to connect to high-end PCs that provide the brains. Rivvr is looking to cut the cords with its hardware solution that will provide wireless play to both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. I had a chance to take… Read More

  • Apple will charge $69 to replace a lost AirPod

    Apple will charge $69 to replace a lost AirPod

    As soon as Apple’s AirPods were announced, it seems people were already imagining how they were going to lose them. Well, in an update on the company’s iPhone Service Pricing page, Apple has detailed that it is going to be charging $69 for a single lost (or broken) AirPod or charging case. Those with battery issues outside of the AirPods’ one-year warranty can be serviced… Read More

  • Unity releases EditorVR preview so game designers can build VR inside VR

    Unity releases EditorVR preview so game designers can build VR inside VR

    Unity is making a huge bet on VR and is aiming to ensure that developers have plenty of reasons to build their virtual reality titles on the company’s game engine. Today, the company has released a preview build of its EditorVR tool which allows game designers to dive into their creations in VR to build and destroy to their hearts’ content. At the end of the day the keyboard… Read More

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