Lucas Matney

Lucas Matney


Lucas Matney is a Writer at TechCrunch covering emerging technologies and venture capital. He covers a wide variety of news from startups and public companies with a particular interest in augmented and virtual reality technologies.

Lucas lives in San Francisco and has been a TechCrunch reader since the very beginning.

If you’d like to send Lucas a hot tip or invite him to moderate a panel at an event, contact him via email at or on Twitter with the handle @lucasmtny.

The Latest from Lucas Matney

Watch ‘Silicon Valley’ actors rip a VR bong in the hacker hostel

HBO’s Silicon Valley is returning to the air with Season 5 debuting on Sunday. To prep fans, HBO released a virtual reality experience where users will be able to explore Erlich Bachman’s

Snapchat’s new feature is aiming to turn Snap Map into a next-gen newsfeed

Snapchat may still be getting a lot of heat for their redesign, but the company is continuing to devote resources to build out Snap Map, the map-based feature it introduced last year. A new feature ca

First impressions of the $199 Oculus Go VR headset

Virtual reality seems to have become a very tired topic to consumers, products are still getting made though because big tech companies are convinced of its eventual ubiquity. The challenge now become

These are the 64 startups unveiled at Y Combinator W18 Demo Day 2

Microbiome therapeutics, Photoshop for augmented reality, and cancer treatments were some of the ideas presented at Day 2 of startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Winter 2018 Demo Day. YC is increa

Google’s simple new app lets you draw white lines

Today, a bunch of app developers showed off their latest AR apps for Google’s augmented reality platform, but Google didn’t stay too still either. The team at Google released what could be

Here are 64 startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s W18 Demo Day 1

Biotech, robotics, and fintech startups took the spotlight today at Y Combinator’s 26th Demo Day. This batch features 141 total companies from 23 countries, with presentations spread over two da

Airship wants to let startups launch features the same way Facebook does

If you’ve ever wondered why your Facebook app looks a little different from your friend’s, you’ve likely learned that Facebook tests features in a very unique, targeted way. Airship wants to let

Magic Leap opens up its ‘Creator Portal’ with SDK and design guidelines for devs

After maintaining a quiet presence for quite a while, Magic Leap is finally feeling a bit more chatty, at least when it comes to what they’re sharing with developers. As the Game Developers Conf

Players Lounge lets gamers make money off their eSports skills

Online gamers love to talk a big game, but how willing are they to put their money with their mouth is? Players Lounge is a home for gamers looking to make friendly wagers with strangers and friends i

HTC’s Vive Pro headset will retail for a steep $799, and that doesn’t even include controllers

The top widely available VR headset that money can buy is… gonna take a lot of money to buy. HTC has released pricing info for its Vive Pro headset that the company showed off at CES and it ain&

VR startup Upload shuts down its offices as funding from Palmer Luckey runs out

Upload, the VR startup which was rocked by a sexual harassment suit exactly one year ago, is shutting down both its San Francisco office and its 20,000 sq. foot Los Angeles co-working space as it stru

Reddit set to begin rolling out promoted post ads in their native apps

For how massive Reddit is in terms of user base, it’s really gotten by for a long time having a product that advanced about as quickly as Drudge Report. That’s been changing lately, as the

Google explores how light fields shape VR environments in new free app

Lighting can make or break the right photo — when it comes to static environments inside virtual reality that users can move around in, this becomes exponentially more true. Today, Google releas

Google is using Maps to turn every video game into an earth-sized epic

Video games are about to look a lot more like the real world. If you’ve enjoyed the thrill of driving through GTA V and spying out Los Angeles landmarks, then that’s a sentiment you&#8217

Google Assistant multi-step routines are now live in the U.S.

Google Assistant is about to start doing more without quite as much talking on your part. Long-awaited multi-step routines are just today starting to roll out to users in the U.S., as first spotted by

EasyEmail is autocomplete for Gmail

Despite wave after wave of startups vowing to kill email, electronic mail has never been stronger. It seems the best way to live with emails is to let AI steal the job of writing them. EasyEmail, emer

Universe, an Instagram for building mobile websites, nabs funding from YC

As social media sites grow more massive and all-encompassing, one startup is looking to bring back the friendly customization of Myspace to a new generation of users looking to define their online pr

Toshiba shows off an AR headset running on Windows 10

Today, Toshiba showed off an AR headset for the enterprise world called the dynaEdge. The unsexy headset is pretty unremarkable in most regards, what distinguishes it is the fact that there’s ac

Third-party AR lenses will appear in Snapchat’s main carousel soon

After leading by example for quite a while, Snap is going to start putting AR lenses built by third-party creators front-and-center in the Snapchat app. The move, first reported by Mashable, will brin

Airspace Systems raises $20 million Series A to take down dangerous drones with other drones

There’s more than one way to get a drone out of the sky. While many companies are looking to tech that digitally jam signals to land rogue drones, one startup is taking a more theatrical approac
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