VR Therapy Specialist Oxford VR Secures $12.5 Million Investment For US Expansion

vrfocus | February 12, 2020

When it comes to virtual reality (VR) applications some of the most interesting work is being conducted in the healthcare field. Oxford VR is a company developing immersive therapy for a range of conditions and to help in this process has recently announced the completion of a new investment round totalling $12.5 million USD. The Series A funding round was led by Optum Ventures and supported by Luminous Ventures with existing investors such as Oxford Sciences Innovation, Oxford University Innovation and GT Healthcare Capital Partners also participating. Oxford VR will use the funds to accelerate US expansion of its scalable automated VR therapy solutions for behavioural health issues. Additionally, Oxford VR will continue expanding work into conditions such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.


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Sony Electronics Introduces Additional Model to LinkBuds Series, a New Frontier for Headphones - LinkBuds S

Sony Electronics Inc. | May 19, 2022

Sony Electronics Inc. announced their newest addition to the LinkBuds series: LinkBuds S. The latest model empowers a new sound experience through Sony's sensing technology and partner collaboration, while retaining a "Never Off" wearing experience perfect for staying connected to online and offline worlds due to their ultra-small and lightweight design with natural ambient sound.By leveraging sensor and spatial sound technology, they deliver new and immersive sound for AR games such as Niantic's game Ingress,1 for consumers looking for new options for entertainment beyond music and calls. The model also makes music listening easier than ever with a new and unique "Auto Play2" feature. By detecting the listener's environment, such as wearing LinkBuds S, the feature enables their music to play automatically, delivered accordingly to their activity. LinkBuds S are perfect for streaming content all day long. Consumers can enjoy music, video, or social media content just as the creator intended with Sony's highly acclaimed noise canceling technology and high-resolution capability. The world's smallest and lightest, noise canceling, Hi-Res Truly wireless headphones3 Sony Electronics has engineered these remarkably small and lightweight truly wireless headphones with comfort in mind. LinkBuds S combine a shape that matches the human ear with an ergonomic design for a more stable fit to avoid discomfort in the ear that gets in the way of entertainment. Adaptive Sound Control and Auto Play2 for seamless music listening LinkBuds S provide music listeners with the best of both worlds. These headphones combine the LinkBuds' innovative ambient sound concept that lets the listener interact with the world around them, with high-quality noise canceling technology allowing them to focus on the content they love and nothing else. Consumers can step into a coffee shop and quickly order with ease, then just as quickly sit back and enjoy their favorite entertainment distraction-free. Adaptive Sound Control is a smart function that senses the user's activity, then adjusts ambient sound settings for the ideal experience. With Auto Play, LinkBuds S can automatically play music as soon as the headphones are put on or end a call, auto-triggering music to play based on behavior, such as going on a mood-boosting walk. Auto Play automatically delivers music and audio notifications right when a listener needs them. Headphone sensors work with a unique algorithm that analyzes activity. For instance, when the listener was wearing headphones earlier, or is on the move after finishing a call, the headphones will resume music from Spotify2 or soundscapes from Endel2 based on pre-sets configured by the user Additionally, audio notifications can be read aloud without pausing music. A new sound experience for AR gaming Sony is collaborating with its partner company Niantic in the area of audio AR by developing an AR game that can be enjoyed both visually and audibly. When playing the game "Ingress" using LinkBuds S, the sensor and spatial sound technology enable players to enjoy a new experience with sound delivered according to the direction they are facing. Crystal clear calls Making a call on a noisy street or on a windy day has never been easier with LinkBuds S, thanks to Sony´s Precise Voice Pickup Technology that optimally controls the microphones on both earbuds and with the use of a mesh structure around the microphones. Consumers can enjoy crystal clear conversations, letting them catch up with colleagues and friends no matter where they are. Immersive sound, authentic music LinkBuds S create immersive sound and authentic reproduction, so users can enjoy their music, video or social media content just as the creator intended. With the help of a new 5mm driver unit, these small earbuds pack a punch, producing powerful bass and stunningly clear vocals despite their size, bringing out the best in whatever genre or entertainment you choose. Sony's Integrated Processor V1 improves noise canceling, enhances sound quality, and reduces distortion with less power for distraction-free listening perfect for busy commutes. These new headphones also allow the listener to experience High-Resolution Audio Wireless4, thanks to Sony's industry-adopted audio coding technology, LDAC. All music will be restored back to high range sound with the use of DSEE Extreme™5 that upscales digital music files in real time, allowing the listener to appreciate all the fine-details the artist recorded into their most-loved tracks. Effortless hands-free control Life should be full of interactions, so with the help of Speak-to-Chat6, based on precise Voice Pickup technology, music will automatically pause when the user needs to speak to someone, making it easier than ever to have a conversation when their hands are full. These new headphones are also Google Assistant and Alexa compatible, helping with everyday tasks for hands-free help on the go.7 Users can connect with friends and family, get information, listen to music, set reminders and more, just say "Ok Google" or "Alexa" to activate their preferred voice assistant. Full control with just a few taps Thanks to the intuitive touch sensor control panel, consumers can change their sound settings, activate Quick Attention, and even resume Spotify7 music playback or Endel8 with just a few taps on the earbuds. Endel creates personalized soundscapes that give the body and mind what they each need to achieve better focus, relaxation or sleep while enjoying total sonic immersion. Easy Bluetooth Pairing with Fast & Swift Pair LinkBuds S support Google's new Fast Pair feature where users can pair the headphones with their Android device quickly and easily4. Swift Pair makes it quick and easy to pair headphones to Windows 11 or Windows 10 laptops, desktop PCs or tablets via Bluetooth®. If there are multiple devices to connect, it is simple to automatically switch to a new device with just a tap of the play button9. Next generation Bluetooth audio These earbuds are ready for LE Audio9 next generation Bluetooth audio that enables ultra-low latency that is ideal for gaming. Made with the environment in mind LinkBuds S aren't only designed to be slick and stylish, but also with the environment in mind. Like the rest of the LinkBuds series, all packaging on the headphones are plastic free10 and the headphones use recycled materials from automobile parts11 reflecting Sony's commitment to reducing the environmental impact of their products. Stay connected with others with long battery life Sony understands how important it is to audiences to enjoy their favorite content on their smartphone without anything getting in the way of their listening experience. Therefore, Sony has packed LinkBuds S with a full working day of charge, up to 6 hours with noise canceling from the headphones and storing another 14 hours in the stylish, compact charging case12. Even when in a rush, just a 5-minute quick charge offers up to 60 minutes of play time. Messages from Sony's partners LinkBuds S connect online and offline worlds and will continue to provide various services for better and new sound experiences. Here are some messages from some of Sony's strategic partners. "Niantic has a vision of a 'Real World Metaverse,' which means adding the AR digital layers onto the real world," said Archit Bhargava, Director of Product Marketing at Niantic, Inc. "Currently, the AR layers are visual layers, however, we believe that adding a sound layer will create a richer AR experience and it makes the real world more enjoyable and convenient. Sony's LinkBuds series adds the sound layer without compromising the visual and audio information of the real world. When it is used with the various games offered by Niantic, they can create a richer, more enjoyable gaming experience. Ingress, which is celebrating its tenth milestone this year, is going to have a new feature before the summer. We hope players will enjoy the feature with the LinkBuds series. Also, please stay tuned for the AR experience by the combination of LinkBuds series and our Lightship platform, which is the foundation of Niantic's game titles, which shall be available soon." "At Spotify, we're always working to create the most seamless listening experience for every moment," said "It's one of the reasons we're so excited about our ongoing partnership with Sony. Spotify Tap on LinkBuds S provides an easy way to bring music to your ears without having to reach for your phone. Simply tap to get the music playing right away and tap further to enjoy great recommendations made just for you. We look forward to continuously innovating whilst delivering more seamless experiences together with Sony." -Edward Layoun, Product Director at Spotify. Our vision is to make wellness accessible to all through the power of sound," said Oleg Stavitsky, Co-Founder and CEO of Endel. "Endel is a science-backed technology that creates personalized, adaptive soundscapes to help people focus, relax, said, and sleep. The integration with Sony's LinkBuds series and sensor technology enables a genuinely seamless functional sound experience for any moment of the day, be it commuting, a relaxation break, a power nap, or a deep work session. Pricing and availability LinkBuds S have a suggested retail price of $199.99 and will be available for purchase on May 20, 2022, or for pre-order today in color options White or Black at Sony.com, Amazon and other authorized dealers. Exclusively at Best Buy, a third color option will be available, Ecru. About Sony Electronics Inc. Sony Electronics is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America and an affiliate of Sony Group Corporation, one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world, with a portfolio that encompasses electronics, music, motion pictures, mobile, gaming, robotics and financial services. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Sony Electronics is a leader in electronics for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony Electronics creates products that innovate and inspire generations, such as the award-winning Alpha Interchangeable Lens Cameras and revolutionary high-resolution audio products. Sony is also a leading manufacturer of end-to-end solutions from 4K professional broadcast and A/V equipment to industry leading 4K and 8K Ultra HD TVs. Visit http://www.sony.com/news for more information.

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Metaverse Platform Metarix Announces Diamond Partnership with Tenset

Metarix | May 21, 2022

Metarix, a project that aims to revolutionize the virtual world and provide an interesting and satisfying experience to a huge number of people announces its diamond partnership with one of the most trusted launchpad platforms Tenset.Metarix, a project that aims to revolutionize the virtual world and provide an interesting and satisfying experience to a huge number of people announces its diamond partnership with one of the most trusted launchpad platforms Tenset.The Metarix is a smart contract platform built on its own Layer 2 Blockchain experienced (but not limited to) in its Metaverse. The project is in its early stages of building, currently building its blockchain, followed by metaverse, DEX, NFT marketplace, SDK service, WEB3.0 platform, P2E game, and the other stage 1 production attractions and experiences. The tech industry and financial world are merging into one and it’s happening on the only platform that is sustainable throughout political affiliation, inflation, gender, race, creed, etc.- the blockchain. Throughout the countries of the world, everyone from everywhere is feeling the shakings of uncertainty and instability. Financially speaking, a lot of people are hedging against inflation and even their own local currency for something that is deflationary and has the potential to increase in value over time solely relying on supply and demand to determine market value. It is estimated that only 4% of the world’s population is using cryptocurrency at this moment. Years ago, game developers toyed with the ideas of an open-world concept game, where there was a freedom to roam and interact as the player saw fit. For the first time, there was a bit of freedom in gameplay that attracted millions to that niche of gaming. From RPGs, MMORPGs, GTA’s, etc., the hunger for freedom in the digital world had manifested to a point of creation. That passion for free gameplay, the desire to create beyond the limits of humanity, and the dream of financial freedom and economic stability had a baby- it is called The Metarix. The Metarix is a metaverse built on the foundation of its own Layer 2 Blockchain called the Metarix Chain. The currency of this token and metaverse is MTRX. Diamond Partnership with Tenset Metarix has managed to land a diamond partnership with tenset which is one of the most trusted launchpad platforms. They are launching a presale in partnership with Tenset and few of their products will be launched soon. Metarix is one of the best projects in recent times for being innovative in building a complete decentralized ecosystem for Gaming, NFT's and Metaverse. The Metarix offers a platform that allows other crypto programs, games, NFTs, and decentralized exchanges (DEXs) to run inside or outside its metaverse. But inside, you’ll see islands, properties for sale, houses, beaches, mountains, businesses, attractions, mini-games, concert halls, arcades, shops, NFT marketplace, banks, and software development kits that will be the game development center to help the average joe design his own iteration of the 90’s arcade game he was addicted to, or the teen creating his own viral NFT. Metarix has truly put the power to design and create wealth as the user chooses. Metarix has an NFT marketplace to support the games, music, and NFTs created with the SDKs, as well as a DEX to support the cryptos created via the new games and the games hosted in the Metarix Metaverse. This ecosystem is governed by the MTRX (Metarix Token), which is in Presale starting May 20th. Expect the token launch to happen after all presale events and IEOs. This is a project to keep an eye on. The road map is very ambitious, and the project has a proven development team that can get it done at a high level. Users can connect to the presale page and invest or watch the development unfold before their eyes. Metarix’s website is metarix.network. All inquiries can be made to support@metarix.network. About Metarix METARIX is a decentralized metaverse built on its own layer 2 solution blockchain. Filled with an ecosystem of P2E gaming, functional NFTs, web3 commerce, business endeavors, virtual real estate, concerts, live venues, content creation services & more. The governance METARIX token will be available via PRESALE starting 5/20/2022.

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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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Playmaker Capital Inc. Acquires The Sports Drop

Playmaker Capital Inc | May 05, 2022

Playmaker Capital Inc. (TSX-V: PMKR) (“Playmaker”), the digital sports media company that delivers authentic content experiences through its portfolio of sports media and technology brands, has acquired The Sports Drop, a U.S. based sports media company that focuses on NFL, NBA, MLB, and collegiate sports coverageThe acquisition of The Sports Drop builds on Playmaker's already robust reach in the U.S., a key market for the company as it continues to make inroads with both English-speaking and U.S. Hispanic sports fans. The Sports Drop generates an average of more than 30 million monthly page views and 200 million monthly ad impressions, and it will contribute an average of more than 3 million monthly users to Playmaker’s North American audience. “Adding The Sports Drop to Playmaker’s portfolio aligns with our thematic growth strategy of acquiring brands that add new skill sets to our team and create new opportunities for our business The Sports Drop’s following of highly engaged and attentive sports fans will complement our existing brands that have a U.S. presence including Yardbarker Media, Bolavip US, and Daily Faceoff.” -Jordan Gnat, Playmaker CEO In connection with the closing of the acquisition dated April 8, 2022, The Sports Drop Founder, Mike Bellom, has joined Playmaker’s senior leadership team as Head of Paid Media. Mr. Bellom is a proven digital media entrepreneur and leader with an expertise in affiliate and paid media. In his new role, Mr. Bellom will help drive revenue and cost synergies across Playmaker’s ecosystem of brands. “I am extremely proud to be joining the Playmaker family The Sports Drop is already one of the most visited sports sites in the U.S. and by combining forces with Playmaker, we will be able to invest more resources in the creation and distribution of high-quality content that our loyal community of sports fans deserve. In my role as Head of Paid Media, I look forward to working alongside some of the most talented individuals in the digital sports media space to grow Playmaker’s already robust network of highly successful digital properties.” -Mike Bellom, Playmaker’s new Head of Paid Media TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE DISCLAIMER Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. ABOUT PLAYMAKER Playmaker Capital Inc. (TSX-V: PMKR; OTC: PMKRF) is a digital sports media company that lives at the intersection of sports, gambling, media and technology. Playmaker is building a premier collection of sports media brands, curated to deliver highly engaged audiences of sports fans to sports betting companies, leagues, teams and advertisers.For more information, visit: http://www.playmaker.fans or contact Playmaker Chief Executive Officer Jordan Gnat via email jgnat@playmaker.fans. |T: (416) 815-4993. To sign up for Playmaker’s Investor Alerts, visit: playmaker.fans/investors. ABOUT THE SPORTS DROP Launched in 2015, The Sports Drop is a one-stop source for sports and entertainment content with NFL, NBA, MLB, and collegiate sports coverage that is crafted to engage, inform, and inspire debate among fans.

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