HTC launches 100 million virtual reality fund

Mashable

The burgeoning virtual reality industry is all about creating simulated realities, but for VR startups focused on the HTC Vive, things just got a lot more real. HTC has announced the launch of Vive X, a 100 million fund designed to foster the growth of VR startups around the world. "Virtual reality is changing the world, yet to do that effectively it needs a healthy ecosystem to expand into the mass market," Cher Wang, CEO HTC, said in a statement released on Tuesday. "Through HTC Vive, we look forward to enabling global talent to create interesting and compelling content and to help shape the future of this industry." With offices in San Francisco, Beijing and Taipei, the fund will be devoted to all manner of VR startups, including accessories makers, content creators and, of course, apps.


HTC to launch 100m VR startup accelerator program

ZDNet

HTC has announced the impending launch of Vive X, a 100 million global accelerator program for virtual reality (VR) startups. The program is slated to start in Beijing in May, with HTC confirming next to come will be Taipei and San Francisco, with other regions on the Taiwanese giant's radar for the future. The company expects the program will help grow the global VR ecosystem providing startups with expertise, access to advanced VR technology, financial investment, office space, mentorship, and go-to-market support. "We are very excited about gathering the brightest and the most creative minds to join Vive X," Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO of HTC, said. "Virtual reality is changing the world, yet to do that effectively it needs a healthy eco-system to expand into the mass market.


Taiwan grandpa catches 'em all playing 'Pokemon Go' on 15 phones

The Japan Times

TAIPEI – Chen San-yuan turns heads as he cycles through a suburb of Taipei, Taiwan's capital. Attached to the front of his bicycle are 15 mobile phones which Chen, 70, uses to simultaneously play the augmented-reality game "Pokemon Go." The smartphone-based game requires players to "catch" animated characters that appear in real locations. Known as Pokemon Grandpa, videos of Chen and his fan-shaped phone setup cycling between "Pokestops" have gone viral on the internet and made him a minor celebrity in Tucheng district, where he lives. "I used one cellphone and then kept playing and playing," Chen, dressed in a crisp, white long-sleeved shirt and pants, told Reuters Television on a recent outing.


Chess-playing robot steals the show at Taiwan tech fair

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A chess-playing robot stole the show as Asia's largest tech fair kicked off in Taiwan with artificial intelligence center stage. The annual Computex trade show in Taipei comes as Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen seeks to boost the island's economy with her'Asian Silicon Valley' project, nurturing startups and attracting investments from major international companies. The full-sized robot was one of the many gadgets that impressed visitors this week, along with a VR backpack that lets the user move around and a new VR headset. A chess-playing robot (pictured) stole the show as Asia's largest tech fair kicked off in Taiwan with artificial intelligence center stage Chess playing robot uses an intelligent vision system to interpret the visual world, act on visual information and learn from experience. The robot was able to play chess with attendees and fill coffee at various fill levels while the coffee cup is at random locations.


Microsoft opens up Windows holographic platform to developers, rivals

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Microsoft executives gathered to show off the company's HoloLens, a venture into augmented reality goggles that is expected to be one of the VR/AR stars of 2016. USA TODAY's Marco Della Cava demonstrates how Microsoft's augmented reality headset shows how one day we may only interact with digital content in holographic form. SAN FRANCISCO - Mixed-reality technology took one step closer to the mainstream Wednesday with word that Microsoft's Windows-based holographic platform will open up to developers as well as rival device manufacturers. "We built our HoloLens (headset) to push the limits of mixed reality," Terry Myerson, who runs Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, told USA TODAY in an interview a few hours before unveiling the news at the Computex technology trade show in Taipei. "Now we're looking to unlock opportunities for the ecosystem."