4 ways the AR cloud is connecting digital content with the physical world

VentureBeat | August 31, 2018

Since Apple’s release of ARKit, it’s become easier than ever to make AR experiences. However, an initial stumbling block for the nascent mobile AR ecosystem was the fact that AR experiences were solitary. That is, it wasn’t possible to make seamless real-time multiplayer AR experiences, and content didn’t persist in the spaces where these AR sessions unfolded.Subsequently, a number of “AR cloud” startups have emerged from stealth in 2018, enabling developers to build persistent multiuser AR experiences. The capability for digital content to be “pinned” to real-world objects such as enterprise machinery, retail merchandise, and tourist landmarks means that the physical world has become a 3D interface for peer-to-peer communication.I’ve interviewed four industry experts who have provided insights on how the AR Cloud will be immediately practical for several specific use cases.

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Universal Electronics Hits Sustainability Milestones in Time for Earth Day

Universal Electronics Inc. | April 22, 2022

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (NASDAQ: UEIC), the global leader in wireless universal control solutions for home entertainment and smart home devices has announced it has reached key milestones in its continued mission to become a sustainable corporate citizen. With over 100 million wireless products shipped each year, the company understands its responsibility to reduce its environmental footprint and decarbonize its products.Manufacturing Milestone: 15 million Refurbished and Recycled Remotes A key milestone that the company delivered on over the last five years, is the 15 millionth refurbished and fully recycled remote control coming out of the Monterey, Mexico facility. The remotes provide a second life as field returns from cable or satellite TV providers in the USA. This effort resulted in the company recycling over 667 tons of plastics. Supply Chain Milestone: Innovations Award for most Sustainable Packaging Another key program the company invested in is the removal of single-use plastics. In 2021, UEI won the Packaging Innovation Awards Gold Winner for its One For All retail product line. The packaging innovation awards recognize outstanding packaging projects from around the globe, based on sustainability, technological developments and enhanced user experience breakthroughs. This resulted in saving nearly forty tons of plastic each year. Decarbonization of Products: No more Batteries Needed The biggest impact on creating a cleaner environment is expected to come from breakthroughs in product and technology development. In addition to designing products that use recycled materials, are easy to refurbish and free of single-use plastic; the company is now designing remote controls that do not require battery replacement throughout the useful life of the product. To deliver upon this goal, UEI invested in the UEI Eterna platform, a new reference design for remote controls that paves the way to a promising future with extended battery life. Powered by the new UEI Extreme Low Power (XLP) System-on-Chip (SOC) with energy-harvesting technology, the product uses indoor light and Wi-Fi signals to power a full-featured TV remote control. This breakthrough innovation could result in saving a significant number of batteries that otherwise could end up in landfills. “Part of being a good corporate citizen is contributing to a sustainable future. As the leading global manufacturer of wireless control solutions and home automation, we are committing to reducing the environmental impact of our products – through the development, manufacturing, and recycling of our products,” -Enrique Suro, VP, Global Quality Assurance. Finally, to ensure the company is consistent and can learn from the best in class, the company most recently signed on as a member of the Responsible Business Alliance, the world’s largest industry coalition dedicated to corporate social responsibility in global supply chains. About Universal Electronics Inc. Founded in 1986, Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ: UEIC) is the global leader in wireless universal control solutions for home entertainment and smart home devices. We design, develop, manufacture, ship and support control and sensor technology solutions and a broad line of universal control systems, audio video accessories, and intelligent wireless security and smart home products. Our products and solutions are used by the world's leading brands in the video services, consumer electronics, security, home automation, climate control and home appliance markets. For more information, visit www.uei.com.

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Real Luck Group Launches Online Casino on Revamped Luckbox Platform

Real Luck Group | December 21, 2021

Real Luck Group Ltd. (TSXV: LUCK) (OTCQB: LUKEF) (the "Company") and its subsidiary companies doing business as "Luckbox" (the "Group"), an award-winning provider of licensed, real money esports and sports betting, announces the availability of casino games on the Luckbox wagering platform. The Luckbox casino, which is live on the platform today, complements the existing offering of esports and sports betting. The Global Online Casino Market is estimated to be US$134.9 billion in 2021 and could reach US$159.8 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 3.45%, according to ResearchandMarkets.com. Through today's online casino launch, Luckbox is now positioned to benefit from this growth market. Most of our efforts this year have focused on recalibrating our next-generation wagering platform. The online casino deployment marks the most substantial and first visible milestone in that process and we achieved this prior to year end - something we've communicated repeatedly since I became CEO.We will continue to iteratively enhance our proprietary products as we strive towards providing a superior betting experience for the next generation of players. The addition of casino brings Real Luck Group an expected near-term revenue stream in a vertical where I have had prior successes throughout my career, including my tenure as CEO of Dunder, which achieved annual revenues of €80 million in less than three years,I want to thank our team for achieving this major milestone, within the timeline we have committed to our stakeholders." Luckbox CEO Thomas Rosander. Grant of stock options The Company announces that it has granted an aggregate of 4,650,000 stock options under the Company's stock option plan to the directors, employees officers and consultants of the Company at a price of C$0.205 per stock option, representing the closing price of the Company's shares on Friday, December 17, 2021, exercisable for a period of 3 years from the date of grant; vesting 10% immediately, 10% six months from the date of grant and 20% every six months after that. The Company also intends to continue with investor relations arrangements with Sophic Capital Inc. ("Sophic"). Sophic receives a fee of $8,000 per month for ongoing investor relations services. In addition, Sophic was granted 200,000 options to acquire Luckbox Shares at a price of C$0.205, which vest over 12 months, of which 50,000 options vest every 3 months. About Luckbox The Company is an award-winning betting company that offers legal, real-money betting, live streams, and statistics on all major esports and sports as well as casino games on desktop and mobile devices. The Company has a Business-to-Consumer (B2C) platform, and by leveraging shared technology, data, and resources, the Company can offer an extensive range of betting options for esports tournaments. The Company's in-house customized user interface and user experience, built on a technology stack that supports multiple odds and streaming sources, allows the Company to deliver deep esports betting coverage. The Company has been built by a team combining experience in the igaming industry and a passion for esports to offer players a unique, broad, engaging, and legal CS:GO betting, Dota 2 and League of Legends betting experience. The Company serves esports fans in more than 80 territories across the globe. In November 2020, Luckbox was named Rising Star at the EGR Operator Awards. The Company (via the Group) holds a full licence under the Online Gambling Regulation Act (OGRA), issued by the Isle of Man Gaming Supervision Commission. As the Group is fully licensed in the Isle of Man for B2C and B2B esports & sports betting and casino, the Company has access to favourable payment processors. Luckbox is committed to supporting responsible gambling.

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Turtle Beach & ROCCAT Reveal the All-new Scout Air and SYN Buds Air True Wireless Earbuds – Perfect for Mobile Gaming

Turtle Beach Corporation | March 10, 2022

Best-selling console gaming headset brand Turtle Beach®, and ROCCAT® – Turtle Beach Corporation’s (NASDAQ: HEAR) award-winning PC peripherals brand, unveiled the all-new Scout Air™ and SYN™ Buds Air true wireless gaming earbuds. Designed for console and PC gamers on-the-go and for fans of each brand, the Turtle Beach Scout Air and ROCCAT SYN Buds Air true wireless earbuds are compatible with iOS, Android, and other Bluetooth®-enabled devices like Nintendo Switch™, Windows PCs, and Mac®. For mobile gaming, the Scout Air and SYN Buds Air feature Game Mode for 60ms, low-latency feedback to ensure critical in-battle audio recognition. They also offer 20 hours of total battery and are IPX4-rated for sweat and water-resistance, so listening to music or podcasts while working-out between gaming sessions will not pose a problem. Dual mics deliver top clarity, and the included multiple ear tip options provide a comfortable fit for long gaming sessions. Features including customizable touch-enabled controls, easy selection of EQ presets, activating low-latency Game Mode, and battery monitoring are available via Turtle Beach’s Audio Hub app for the Scout Air, and via ROCCAT’s SYN Buds Air app. Turtle Beach’s Scout Air and ROCCAT’s SYN Buds Air true wireless earbuds are available for pre-order today at www.turtlebeach.com and www.roccat.com, respectively, as well as at participating retailers worldwide for a $99.99 MSRP. Both versions will launch at participating retailers worldwide on March 21, 2022. “The mobile gaming market grew to nearly $100 billion in 2021, and we’re continuing to expand our portfolio of mobile gaming products so gamers on iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch can capitalize on the game-winning advantage of using Turtle Beach and ROCCAT gear, In this exploding category, the Scout Air and SYN Buds Air true wireless earbuds offer top audio quality, clarity, and comfort at a level that hits on the exacting demands console and PC gamers desire when they’re on the go.” -Juergen Stark, Chairman and CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. NBA star Josh Hart, a fan and partner of both Turtle Beach and ROCCAT, looks for the freedom and performance of wireless earbuds for when he’s traveling, practicing, and on-the-go. Josh partnered with Turtle Beach and ROCCAT early in the development of new Scout Air and SYN Buds Air to ensure they meet his active mobile gaming needs. The Portland Trail Blazers’ guard added, “I want stellar audio performance whether at home or on the road and it doesn’t matter if I’m gaming, listening to music, or chatting. I need clarity, comfort, and great sound and the Scout Air and SYN Buds Air earbuds deliver.” The Scout Air and SYN Buds Air true wireless gaming earbuds are designed to connect to Bluetooth 5.1 equipped devices, Windows PCs, and Mac. They offer 20 hours of total playback time, with five hours in the earbuds and an additional 15-hours in the charging case. The charging case features a battery indicator and can recharge the earbuds with five hours of battery life in just 15-minutes. Turtle Beach’s Scout Air and ROCCAT’s SYN Buds Air also feature Game Mode for 60ms, low latency feedback to ensure critical in-battle audio recognition. The Scout Air and SYN Buds Air are also ready for the gym or outdoors without a worry thanks to their IPX4-rated sweat and water-resistant design. Built-in dual mics deliver crystal-clear chat, and three sets of swappable ear tips provide a secure, comfortable fit for all day use. For more information on the latest Turtle Beach products and accessories, visit www.turtlebeach.com and be sure to follow Turtle Beach on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook For more information on the latest ROCCAT PC gaming products and accessories, visit ROCCAT.com and be sure to follow ROCCAT on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. About Turtle Beach Corporation Turtle Beach Corporation (corp.turtlebeach.com) is one of the world’s leading gaming accessory providers. The Company’s namesake Turtle Beach brand (www.turtlebeach.com) is known for designing high-quality, comfort-driven headsets for all gamers. Innovation, first-to-market features, a broad range of products, and top-rated customer support have made Turtle Beach a fan-favorite brand and the market leader in console gaming audio for over a decade. In 2021, Turtle Beach expanded the best-selling brand beyond headsets and successfully launched the first of its groundbreaking game controllers and gaming simulation accessories. Turtle Beach’s ROCCAT brand (www.roccat.com) combines detail-loving German innovation with a genuine passion for designing the best PC gaming products, including award-winning keyboards, mice, headsets, mousepads, and other PC accessories. Turtle Beach’s Neat Microphones brand (www.neatmic.com) creates high-quality USB and analog microphones for gamers, streamers, professionals and students that embrace cutting-edge technology and design. Turtle Beach’s shares are traded on the Nasdaq Exchange under the symbol: HEAR.

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Unity Announces New Partnership with Insomniac Events

Unity | March 14, 2022

Unity (NYSE: U), the world’s leading platform for creating and operating interactive, real-time 3D (RT3D) content, has announced a new partnership with the world’s leading live music experience creator, Insomniac Events. With nearly 30 years of creating experiences based on community, self-expression and wonder, the Insomniac Events team has partnered with Unity to bring a brand new, persistent metaverse world to its fans community where they can gather and engage virtually for live music performances regardless of location.This partnership will define a new standard of live entertainment by delivering the next evolution of the Insomniac experience in 2022, where everyone is immersed in non-stop music and play, and empowered to connect through self-expression, as dance culture expands from the physical world into the virtual world. With the vision and creativity of the world’s leading live events company and Unity’s groundbreaking technology, the Insomniac community can expect a powerfully interactive and engaging experience as both companies are set to create the next generation of live entertainment. “Partnering with Insomniac Events is a fantastic opportunity for us here at Unity, Pasquale and his team are revolutionary and always looking to expand their vision and bring extra value to their community. This partnership is the beginning of a long relationship that we believe will usher in a new level of interactive and immersive experiences within the world of live entertainment.” -Peter Moore, Senior VP and General Manager, Sports & Live Entertainment, Unity. It is an honor to be partnered with an incredible company like Unity on this new journey. Our vision is to create a social experience in which everyone is a Headliner - where stories and music unite us in discovery, love and a true sense of belonging,” said Pasquale Rotella, Founder and CEO, Insomniac Events. “Unity is helping us create a world’s first experience for our community as we work together to deliver the next level of what the metaverse can be for entertainment and music. Join Peter Moore, along with a special video message from Pasquale Rotella, at SXSW on March 13, 2022, where they will go into more detail about the partnership and what it means for Insomniac and the Live Entertainment industry. Insomniac is the benchmark for Music Festivals, Culture and Community where it’s about the show, the music, and the belonging. Being with friends or meeting new ones, live music experiences and freedom of expression are at the heart of Insomniac. By partnering with Unity, the Insomniac team looks forward to bringing even more content & experiences to its community as well as increased access to artists, social opportunities, and so much more. Anywhere, Anytime, 24/7 entertainment, where all are welcome. Unity is the world’s leading platform for creating and operating interactive, real-time 3D (RT3D) content. Creators, ranging from game developers to artists, architects and automotive designers to filmmakers and more, use Unity to make their imaginations come to life. The Unity platform provides a comprehensive set of software solutions to create and fully operate real-time 2D and 3D content for multiple platforms, including mobile phones, tablets, PCs, consoles, and augmented and virtual reality devices. The content built on the Unity platform offers users a fundamentally more engaging and immersive experience than traditional static content, regardless of industry or purpose. To find out more please visit https://create.unity.com/sports-live-entertainment. About Unity Unity (NYSE: U) is the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D (RT3D) content. Creators, ranging from game developers to artists, architects, automotive designers, filmmakers, and others, use Unity to make their imaginations come to life. Unity is the foundation upon which the world’s most powerful digital content is created. Specifically, Unity’s platform provides a comprehensive set of software solutions to create, run and monetize interactive, real-time 2D and 3D content for mobile phones, tablets, PCs, consoles, and augmented and virtual reality devices. In the fourth quarter of 2021, Unity had, on average, 3.9 billion monthly active end users who consumed content created or operated with its solutions. The applications developed by these creators were downloaded, on average, five billion times per month in 2021. For more information, please visit www.unity.com. About Insomniac Events Insomniac produces some of the most innovative, immersive music festivals and events in the world. Enhanced by state-of-the-art lighting, pyrotechnics and sound design, large-scale art installations, theatrical performers and next-generation special effects, these events captivate the senses and inspire a unique level of fan interaction. The quality of the experience is the company’s top priority.Founded nearly 30 years ago, Insomniac produces 10,000 concerts, club nights and festivals for seven million attendees annually across the globe. The company's premier annual event, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, is the world’s largest dance music festival and attracts more than 525,000 fans over three days.The company was founded by Pasquale Rotella and has been based in Los Angeles since it was formed in 1993. In 2013, Insomniac entered into a partnership with global entertainment company Live Nation.

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