Tech roundup: Huge week for VR & AR, NWTN's Conan appearance & more

by Andreas Rekdal
May 12, 2016

A big week for virtual- and augmented reality in Chicago

On Wednesday,

unveiled its plans for a virtual reality command center prototype to be used by organizations like police departments and airports to help remotely stationed officials get a look at the situation on the ground. And Chicago’s Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute announced on Tuesday that it will be investing $12 million in new augmented reality projects across the country.


Technori merges with Chicago web forum 

Yesterday, news broke that Technori — an early fixture in Chicago’s tech scene that organizes events to showcase up-and-coming startups — will merge with "Tomorrow’s Business Today," a podcast featuring local leaders in innovation. Seth Kravitz, Technori’s founder, will step away from the organization, passing the torch to Tomorrow Business Today founder and host Scott Kitun. [Read more here]


Chicago inventors make appearance on Conan

Comedian Conan O’Brien hosted the Chicago-based team behind the NWTN concussion detector on his eponymous TBS show on Monday. The inventors, who are currently competing for $1 million on “America’s Greatest Makers” brought their device (and a crash test dummy) on stage to let O’Brien have a whack at it. Despite his stature (O’Brien is 6’4”), the comedian’s punches barely registered on the concussion scale. [Chicago Tribune]

Geofeedia launches new ad platform

Location-based social media monitoring startup

launched Geofeedia Ads — a geo-tagged ad targeting platform on Wednesday. “Geofeedia Ads enables marketers to target people who have attended certain events or visited specific stores, restaurants, hotels or cities with relevant ads,” said product management VP R. J. Talyor in a statement.

Regroup Therapy raises $1.8M to close mental health provider gap

Chicago mental health startup

announced on Tuesday that it has raised a $1.8 million seed round led by Hyde Park Angels. The funding will be used to expand the company’s engineering and business development teams and expand its portfolio of partnerships, which currently includes Metropolitan Family Services and Sinai Health Group, among others. [Built In Chicago]

Guaranteed Rate launches loan finder tool

Last week, retail mortgage lender

launched the Intuitive Loan Finder — an online tool that helps borrowers find out which mortgage options are available to them. The tool takes inputs like home type, loan type and how long borrowers expect to hold on to the property for and helps determine which loan options are most suitable for the customer. [Yahoo Finance]

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