Top Companies Working on Metaverse

A metaverse is a network of 3D virtual worlds focused on social connection. In futurism and science fiction, it is often described as a hypothetical iteration of the Internet as a single, universal virtual world that is facilitated by the use of virtual and augmented reality headsets.

Niantic Inc.

Niantic, Inc. is an American software development company based in San Francisco, which is best known for developing the augmented reality mobile games Ingress, Pokémon Go, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Niantic, formerly Niantic Labs, is the world’s leading AR technology company, sparking creative and engaging journeys in the real world. Niantic's mission is to use emerging technology to enrich our experiences as human beings in the physical world. Niantic was founded in 2010 by John Hanke, as an internal startup within Google. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Bellevue, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Hamburg, and Zurich. Niantic's real-world gaming platform includes a massively scalable engine for shared state and user interactions already proven to support hundreds of millions of users and a client platform that sets the standard for mapping, security, and AR capabilities. Niantic is best known for developing the augmented reality mobile games Ingress and Pokémon Go. Niantic recently unveiled its Lightship AR Developer Kit (ARDK), which makes it easy to make AR games publicly available for free to anyone to develop games for. Niantic recently shut down its Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game, but it also recently launched Pikmin Bloom, designed to be played while walking around with a smartphone. Niantic is backed by Coatue, IVP, Founders Fund, Spark Capital, Nintendo, AXiomatic Gaming, Samsung Ventures, and others. The company raised $300M in a new round on Nov 23, 2021. This brings Niantic's total funding to $770M to date. The latest round nearly tripled the company's valuation to $9B post-money Niantic was previously valued at $3.9B from their Series C raised in Jan 2019.

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Soul Machines

The future of customer experience is here! See for yourself how Soul Machines™ is putting a human face on AI. Soul Machines is a leader in the creation of autonomously animated digital people in the digital worlds of today and the metaverse. Soul Machines is pioneering the creation of autonomously animated digital people in the metaverse and the digital worlds of today. Soul Machines was founded in New Zealand in 2016 by Mark Sagar and Greg Cross. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with offices in Auckland, New Zealand; New York and Melbourne, Victoria. Soul Machines brings digital workforces to life for some of the biggest brands in the world as they imagine and innovate the future of brand interaction and personal customer experience in the way they do business. Soul Machines' revolutionary AI HX™ Platform consists of Soul Machines Digital DNA Studio for creating and personalising hyper-real interfaces rapidly and at scale. The company's Soul Engine™ integrates deep AI, computational brain models and Experiential Learning to dynamically manage interfaces across all environments. Soul Machines works with global brands and celebrities including Carmelo Anthony, NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®, P&G, Twitch, The World Health Organization, The Pan American Health Organization and more. Soul Machines is backed by Softbank Vision Fund 2, Temasek, Lakestar, University of Auckland Inventors Fund, Horizons Venture, Daimler Financial Services, Cleveland Avenue, Liberty City Ventures, and others. The company raised $70M in Series B1 round on Feb 14, 2022. This brings Soul Machines' total funding to $126.5M to date.

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