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Psychedelic VR meditation startup Tripp raises $11 million Series A

As an increasing number of startups sell investors on mobile apps that help consumers prioritize well-being and mindfulness, other startups are looking for a more immersive take that allow users to fully disconnect from the world around them.

Tripp has been building immersive relaxation exercises that seek to blend some of the experiences users may find in guided meditation apps with more free-form experiences that allow users to unplug from their day and explore their thoughts inside a virtual reality headset while watching fractal shapes, glowing trees and planets whir past them. As the name implies, there have been some efforts by the startup to create visuals and audio experiences that mimic the feelings people may have during a psychedelic trip — though doing so sans hallucinogens.

“Many people that will never feel comfortable taking a psychedelic, this is a low friction alternative that can deliver some of that experience in a more benign way,” CEO Nanea Reeves tells TechCrunch. “The idea is to take mindfulness structures and video game mechanics together to see if we can actually hack the way that you feel.”

The startup tells TechCrunch they’ve closed a $11 Million in funding led by Vine Ventures and Mayfield with participation from Integrated, among others. Tripp has raised some $15 million in total funding to date.

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VR startups have largely struggled to earn investor fervor in recent years as major tech platforms have sunsetted their virtual reality efforts one-by-one leaving Facebook and Sony as the sole benefactors of a space that they are still struggling to monetize at times. While plenty of VR startups are continuing to see engagement, many investors which backed companies in the space five years ago have turned their attention to gaming and computer vision startups with more broad applications.

Reeves says that the pandemic has helped consumers dial into the importance of mindfulness and mental health awareness, something that has also pushed investors to get bolder in what projects in the space that they’re backing.

Tripp has apps on both the Oculus and PlayStation VR stores and subscription experiences that can be accessed for a $4.99 per month subscription.

The company provides a variety of guided experiences, but users can also use the company’s “Tripp composer” to build their own visual flows. Beyond customization, one of Tripp’s major sells is giving consumers deeper, quicker meditative experiences, claiming that users can get alleviate stress with sessions as short as 8 minutes inside their headset. Tripp is currently in the midst of clinical trials to study the software platform’s effectiveness as a therapeutic device.

The company says that users have gone through over 2 million sessions inside the app so far.

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/06/24/psychedelic-vr-meditation-startup-tripp-raises-11-million-series-a/
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Facebook Will Ruin Virtual Reality With Ads

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It’s time to kiss ad-free VR goodbye. In an effort to turn Oculus Quest into a “self-sustaining platform,” Facebook is testing ads in some Quest apps, including the game Blaston (which costs $10). The change comes just a month after Facebook added advertisements to its Oculus mobile app.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/88707/facebook-will-ruin-virtual-reality-with-ads/
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Google stops selling its Cardboard VR goggles after seven years

387f43e0-7c29-11eb-bdbd-655447e2eea0Google has officially bid farewell to Cardboard, its cheap gateway into the world of mobile virtual reality. The goggles are no longer available on the company’s online store, reports Android Police. The writing was already on the wall for Cardbo…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/google-stops-selling-cardboard-vr-goggles-141926732.html
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Microsoft’s “Ignite” VR Event Spiraled Into a Virtual Burning Man Festival

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Microsoft’s Ignite conference is underway, and this year it held the event’s keynote address in Virtual Reality. Alex Kipman, the man behind Kinect and HoloLens, spent most of the keynote addressing the audience in hologram form and showing off Microsoft’s new Mixed Reality Mesh concept. What came next is something beyond words and description. Thankfully, we have the video too.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/72610/microsofts-ignite-vr-event-spiraled-into-a-virtual-burning-man-festival/
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Leaked Videos Hint Samsung Smart Glasses Might Also Be in the Works

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It looks like Apple and Facebook aren’t the only tech giants developing a pair of augmented reality smart glasses. Over the weekend, Twitter user @WalkingCat leaked two videos allegedly from Samsung showcasing a pair of AR glasses dubbed “Glasses Lite” and what appears to be the company’s vision for “Next Wearable…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/leaked-videos-hint-samsung-smart-glasses-might-also-be-1846323686
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Stretchable skin sensor could help you touch things in VR

ba96a4d0-25c2-11eb-a8fe-dde618bbebaeVirtual reality doesn’t quite match up to the “reality” label without tactile sensations, but that might not be an issue for too much longer. Cornell scientists have developed a new form of stretchable skin sensor that uses fiber optics to provide a…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/cornell-stretchable-skin-sensor-for-vr-robots-155317989.html
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‘Fortnite’ will host a Halloween ‘cross reality’ concert for singer J Balvin

c8f39290-1366-11eb-9fff-4031888ed18eEpic Games has teamed up with Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin for Fortnite’s next big event: A Halloween concert that Epic says would combine an artist’s performance and its XR technology (cross reality) technology for the first time. The singer’…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/fortnite-j-balvin-halloween-concert-080036803.html
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The Oculus Quest 2 Is Shipping Now, Better Order Quick Before It Sells Out

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Facebook unveiled the Oculus Quest 2 last September and promised a cheaper, lighter, and more powerful headset. Now the $300 Oculus Quest 2 is here, and if you didn’t preorder, it’s not too late to get your hands on one. At least not yet, but don’t dally too long.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/57086/the-oculus-quest-2-is-shipping-now-better-order-quick-before-it-sells-out/
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Google Maps’ AR Mode Is Getting a Bunch of New Features

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Google Maps has a built-in AR mode called Live View that helps you get directions and find specific places by using your phone’s camera and overlaying them in the real world. In a recent post on the Google Blog, the company announced several new (or improved) features for Live View.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/55976/google-maps-ar-mode-is-getting-a-bunch-of-new-features/
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Why Are VR Headsets So Bulky?

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Show me someone who looks cool in a VR headset, and I’ll show you a dork with no aesthetic sense. Largely, this has to do with their bulk: as consumer tech continues to shrink, they stubbornly remain massive, looking less like portals into hyper-real alternate dimensions and more like large futuristic sea animals…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/why-are-vr-headsets-so-bulky-1845109876
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