Palmer Luckey dispels Oculus Connect rumors
The creator of the Rift took to Reddit on the eve of the Oculus Connect 2 developer conference in Hollywood to dispel rumors and manage expectations, noting “VR-grade inside-out tracking is not currently workable on mobile devices” and “we won’t be launching Rift pre-orders during the show.”
“Connect is a developer show first, enthusiast show second, consumer show third,” Palmer Luckey wrote. “There will be some consumer-facing announcements, but all in the context of their relevance to developers and the growing VR ecosystem. We will be announcing and co-announcing some really cool stuff.”
As a reminder, the Oculus keynotes should be livestreamed online beginning at 10 a.m. PST on Thursday, September 24. You should be able to watch them on a mobile device via Twitch. We’ll be in Hollywood meeting VR folks and checking out whatever Oculus has in store. Follow @hmltn on Twitter for a tidal wave of updates, or just check next week’s issue for the wrap up.
Jaunt gets $65 million
Palo Alto-based Jaunt became one of the most well-funded virtual reality startups after a $65 million Series C round, which included Disney among the investors. That brings total fundraising for the panoramic video startup north of $100 million. Jaunt uses camera arrays to capture 360 degrees of stereo video footage, similar to GoPro’s Odyssey and NextVR’s RED-based rig. The footage is stitched together using software and can be viewed in any VR headset. The money will help Jaunt “significantly grow their teams in both their Palo Alto headquarters and their new Los Angeles studio”. The startup is also building a forthcoming camera system called the Jaunt ONE, formerly known as “NEO”, and have announced a partnership with Google to use their Jump technology.