We live in an AWE-inspiring time where the digital is blurring with the physical through augmented and virtual reality. These spaces are moving fast and it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on. Don’t worry we’ve got you covered! Here’s what you missed this week in AR, VR, and wearables in our AWE Recap.

Augmented Reality

AR Mobile game market set to explode thanks to smart glasses: A new report from Juniper show AR apps are on the rise. The report forecasts that the AR mobile games market will generate 420 million downloads annually by 2019, up from 30 million in 2014. The jump is mostly attributed to the emergence of smart glasses like Hololens. The report also highlighted the growing interest from enterprise in AR solutions.

Sony has officially entered the AR smart glasses market: The Sony SmartEyeglass which was unveiled earlier this year by the company went on sale this week in 10 countries including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, UK, and the US. The SED-E1 or Developer Edition of EyeGlass can be purchased for $840.

AR Apple Watch app lets you put Apple’s first wearable now: A new AR-app by Belgian IT company Underside have launched an app called ARWatch which allows users to see the Apple Watch on their wrists virtually well before the April 10 in-store preview.

Pristine and Epson Collaborate to Bring Moverio to Field Services: Smart glasses enterprise solution provider, Pristine, have joined forces with Epson to bring it’s EyeSight platform to Epson’s AR glasses Moverio as part of the Moverio Developer program. The partnership will enable organizations of any size to solve complex business problems using first-person, hands-free remote collaboration solutions

Smart glasses to reach 1 billion shipments between 2019-2023: AugmentedReality.org’s smart glasses report forecast that this year we will see approximately 1 million smart glasses ship while this number will increase dramatically to over 10 million by 2018.

Virtual Reality

VR simulation teaches cops when to shoot: VR isn’t alway about fun and games. A virtual reality application designed by a company called VirTra is being used by Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Morristown, New Jersey to train its cops on when to shoot based on immersive simulations in VR.

Steven Spielberg to direct “Ready Player One”: Get excited! Spielberg is coming back to Warner Brothers to direct the film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One”, a novel set in 2044 which depicts a VR-centric dystopic future.

Suffer from Anxiety Attacks? VR might be the answer: A new VR game is helping those suffering from anxiety calm down by placing them in the bottom of the sea. Deep is a VR game for Oculus created by Owen Harris. The game uses deep breathing exercises and immersive visuals and sound to help users calm down.

Augmented World Expo (AWE) is the world’s largest conference for professionals focused on making the world more interactive – featuring technologies such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Wearable Computing, Smart Glasses, Gesture and Sensors devices, and The Internet of Things. Now in our sixth year, AWE 2015 is our biggest event yet with over 3,000 tech professionals, 200 demos, 100+ AWE-inspiring talks and over 150 participating companies. Tickets are on sale now.

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