Augmented Reality
The latest news about augmented reality and AR startups in Southern California from dot.LA

Anyone wishing to relive the drive-by shooting of Notorious B.I.G., aka Christopher Wallace, can do so later this month through the true crime augmented reality app, CrimeDoor.

The upcoming release will coincide with the 24th anniversary of the Brooklyn native's murder outside the Peterson Automotive Museum, where he was attending a Vibe Awards after-party. CrimeDoor will also be releasing a door into the murder scene of rapper Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G.'s West Coast rival.

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Four cymbal crashes precede the heavily distorted electric guitar chords that ring out just as a hologram of Palaye Royale's lead singer jolts to life and slowly rises from a grave — which is embedded in the floor of the viewer's home.

So begins the AR experience created by Los Angeles startup 1RIC, also known as Jadu, released last week: another example of musicians' ongoing experimentation with new ways to engage fans and make up for revenues lost to the frozen touring circuit.

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The time for online shopping is now.

The pandemic has ushered in the era of ecommerce as Americans embrace curbside pickup, next day deliveries and grocery pick-up services. There's likely no going back as an increasing number of consumers get accustomed to shopping online.

Now, retailers are taking experience to another level with streaming, data personalization, augmented reality and other features that are only likely to grow digital shopping habits.

Here are three trends sweeping ecommerce and the Los Angeles companies that are fueling it:

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