Lucas Matney

Lucas Matney

Writer

Lucas Matney is a Writer at TechCrunch and has been covering emerging technologies and venture capital there since 2015. He covers a wide variety of news from early and late stage startups to massive tech behemoths. Lucas has profiled startups and covered news in the AR/VR, AI, blockchain and consumer tech spaces for TC.

Lucas lives in San Francisco and has been a TechCrunch reader since the very beginning.

If you’d like to send Lucas a hot tip or invite him to moderate a panel at an event, contact him via email at lucas@techcrunch.com or on Twitter with the handle @lucasmtny.

The Latest from Lucas Matney

HTC is looking for a savior in VR, but it won’t find it

Times are certainly tight at HTC, but their plays in the consumer VR market are starting to look like Hail Marys. The company’s central VR platform play, their Viveport subscription product, is

Mozilla shows off a Firefox ‘mixed reality’ browser for headsets

Mozilla wants its newest internet conquest to be mixed reality. The company has just showed off its first look at “Firefox Reality,” a browser built specifically for headsets. Mozilla has

Skydio R1 review: a mesmerizing, super-expensive self-flying drone

The idea of a robot methodically hunting you down isn’t the most pleasant of concepts. A metal-bodied being zooming after you at up to 25 miles per hour with multiple eyes fixed on your location see

Facebook shows off a new avatar system, but it’s still just for VR

Facebook is continuing to drive updates to their little-used virtual reality Spaces app, where users can explore 360 content and chat with other users in VR. Today, FB showcased some big new changes t

Cloudflare’s new ‘privacy-focused’ DNS service speeds up your web browsing

Cloudflare decided to use April Fool’s Day (4/1) to share some news about four 1’s that could help speed your internet browsing. The company announced today that it’s launching a DNS

‘Highly critical’ CMS bug has left over 1 million sites open to attack

The team behind the popular open-source CMS Drupal is urging admins to update their sites to ward off a nasty bug that could leave their sites “highly compromised” to attackers, according

HBO’s new trailer for Westworld season 2 showcases robot-induced chaos

As HBO prepares itself for the end of Game of Thrones, it’s apparent that they’re putting weight on Westworld to take over as the network’s dominant fantasy epic. A new trailer dropp

Disney’s ultra-realistic Millennium Falcon flight simulator will need 8 GPUs to run

Disney is building a real-time, ultra-high-res flight simulator for the Millennium Falcon and they’re powering it with eight daisy-chained high-end Nvidia GPUs. The experience, which is destined

GoPro’s new entry-level Hero camera is $199 and lacks 4K

GoPro is launching a new entry-level camera into its lineup and it looks very, very familiar. The new camera, simply called Hero, ditches the Session form factor and takes the look of the Hero5 and He

Equifax taps former GE exec Mark Begor as its new CEO

It’s been seven months since a major data breach sent shares of Equifax tumbling, and the company is still pulling itself together. On Wednesday, the credit bureau announced it was appointing fo

Sony cuts PlayStation VR bundle price by $100

Diving into VR on PS4 is continuing to get cheaper and cheaper. Sony has slashed the prices of PSVR bundles by $100. The Camera bundle and the Doom VFR bundle now stand at $299 while the Skyrim VR bun

Ubiquity6 nabs $10.5 million from top investors to build a deeper augmented reality

Smartphone AR is available on hundreds of millions of devices but it doesn’t really seem like many of those devices are making regular use of the feature. A lot of people in the industry see thi

Aira’s new smart glasses give blind users a guide through the visual world

When it comes to augmented reality technologies, visuals always seems to be a pretty essential part of most people’s definitions, but one startup is offering an interesting take on audio-based AR th

A happier, fitter, more comfortable life in virtual reality

Virtual reality is a technology that evokes very cold, technical images. I’m talking wires and straps and plugs, nothing that sounds very relaxing, although as I read that sentence again is does sou

Google launches a Chrome OS tablet for schools ahead of Apple’s iPad education event

Chrome OS has been a pretty ideal spot for Google to stake its various plays for the education market. The cheap, bare-bones Chromebook laptops have been light on complexity and heavy on connectivity.

Microsoft opens its gaming 3D optimization tool to enterprise industries

Microsoft is using the 3D optimization startup it bought last year to give it an in to the “mixed reality” enterprise market. Simplygon has previously had a heavy skew towards gaming services with

Snap reportedly bought its very own 3D game engine

Snapchat’s parent company bought a web-based 3D game engine startup out of the UK this past May, Business Insider (paywalled) reports. PlayCanvas is a development tool focused on letting people

Watch ‘Silicon Valley’ actors rip a VR bong in the hacker hostel

HBO’s Silicon Valley is returning to the air with Season 5 debuting on Sunday. To prep fans, HBO released a virtual reality experience where users will be able to explore Erlich Bachman’s

Snapchat’s new feature is aiming to turn Snap Map into a next-gen newsfeed

Snapchat may still be getting a lot of heat for their redesign, but the company is continuing to devote resources to build out Snap Map, the map-based feature it introduced last year. A new feature ca

First impressions of the $199 Oculus Go VR headset

Virtual reality seems to have become a very tired topic to consumers, products are still getting made though because big tech companies are convinced of its eventual ubiquity. The challenge now become
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