Membit Announces First AR Hall of Fame at AWE 2017

Augmented reality (AR) app creators Membit have today announced that they are launching the first Augmented Reality Hall of Fame at Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara today. Those chosen to be inducted into the AR Hall of Fame will become part of the Membit AR experience for people visiting the hall at AWE and…

Aryzon Pitched As The ‘Cardboard of Augmented Reality’

While Google Cardboard, Daydream, and the Samsung Gear VR lead the charge for accessible virtual reality headsets and experiences, augmented reality hasn’t had its full day in the sunshine. There’s already some ease-of-use for the platform via smartphones and their cameras, but the devices could benefit from the immersion of a dedicated headset. Enter Aryzon….

VR Startup Playsnak Gets $2.5million in Seed Funding

Virtual reality (VR) videogaming company Playsnak has announced that it has received an additional $1.2 million (USD) seed investment from developer and publisher gumi inc. This is added to the funding already received from South Korea’s K Cube Ventures for a total of $2.5 million. Playsnak CEO, Paha Schulz, said: “Investment from a well-established partner…

Virtual Rehab Partners with Securli to Protect Patient Data

There are numerous studies and pilot programs exploring how virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) can assist in the area of healthcare. Virtual Rehab is one company engaged in offering alcohol and drug addiction rehabilitation using VR and AR technology. Now the company has teamed up with Netwitch to use their Securli platform to make…

Rogue Initiative Launch Crowe: The Downed Armory on HTC Vive

Rogue Initiative have unveiled the studio’s first original interactive virtual reality (VR) experience, which will be made available as a timed exclusive for HTC Vive from 30th May, 2017, followed by Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR later on the year. Crowe: The Downed Armory tells the story of a tribal boy who must defend his…

Death is Only the Beginning Leads to a Virtual Awakening

Virtual reality (VR) can be utilised for any number of different ideas and needs. While the videogame industry dominates, pushing mainstream adoption, artists are finding news ways of creating immersive, though provoking installations using VR as the gateway inside. VRFocus’ Nina got to try one of these recently, a piece by Jose Montemayor and Virtual…

Star Trek: Bridge Crew Launch Trailer Is All About The Co-Op

Star Trek: Bridge Crew is now officially released on PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. The game features fully cross-platform multiplayer across all platforms and lets up to four people (or three, or two, or just one) take control of a starship that feels and looks ripped right out of the TV show and…

Samsung Announces VR Partnership With UFC, X-Games and Live Nation

Samsung Gear VR owners can soon look forward to seeing live-streaming sporting and music events from UFC, X-Games and Live Nation as part of a new partnership that will see select events broadcast live in 360-degrees through the VR Live Pass app. The VR Live Pass will be available to Samsung Gear VR users from…

Join Us For HoloHack 2017 In Los Angeles This June

VRLA, in partnership with Microsoft, Unity, AfterNow and Upload LA, is hosting HoloHack LA on June 23rd through June 25th, 2017. In this 48 hour hackathon, teams of experienced AR/VR/MR engineers, designers and artists will create their own mixed reality apps. Participants will get hands on experience creating applications for the HoloLens with expert mentors,…

Samsung Bringing Live UFC and X Games to Gear VR

Watch featherweight fighters José Aldo and Max Holloway throw down on June 3rd. Samsung is giving us another reason to slap on a Gear VR headset next month with the introduction of VR Live Pass. Available through the Samsung VR app in early June, VR Live Pass will let you watch live entertainment events and performances…

Aryzon Aims to be the Google Cardboard of AR

Augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) comes in all shapes and sizes, from the consumer level entries like Pokemon GO to high-end headsets such as Microsoft’s HoloLens. The tech has been slower to implement than virtual reality (VR) – which has seen consumer headsets like Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard achieve widespread adoption – but…

AR Menus Are Changing The Way We Order Food

KabaQ makes choosing your meal easier than ever with 3D rendered digital previews. Have you ever ordered something off a menu thinking you’d love it, only to receive your meal and discover it’s nothing like you imagined? For me, it’s an Earth-shattering experience I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy. Thankfully one group of heroes…

Star Trek: Bridge Crew Now Launched on Oculus Rift

From today users of the Oculus Rift will be able to join the continuing mission in Star Trek: Bridge Crew as the title is getting an official Oculus Rift launch to join the versions already available on PlayStation VR and HTC Vive. Star Trek: Bridge Crew allows users to play solo as the captain of…

Check Out The First Trailer For PSVR’s Cavernous Wastes

PlayStaion VR (PSVR) doesn’t have much in the way of six degree of freedom (6DOF) shooters, which are available in abundance on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Cavernous Wastes might be about to change that. You can check out the first trailer for this new game from PouncingKitten Games below. It’s set to releases…

THX Creates Certification Program for AR and VR Glasses

THX is a name that will be recognisable to most people who have been to the cinema. A leading firm in the area of audio-visual experiences, THX has partnered with Osterhout Design Group (ODG) to create a set of standards for head-worn virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices with the new THX Virtual…

Super Mario On HoloLens Is The New Coolest Thing In Mixed Reality

Another week, another legendary gaming IP brought into the real world with mixed reality. This time it’s from arguably the most recognisable videogame IP on the planet; Super Mario running on Microsoft’s HoloLens. VR and MR engineer Niu recently posted a look at this experimental project, which is of course entirely unofficial, on Twitter. A…

Slot-car racer Tiny Trax is FuturLab’s VR Project for PlayStation VR

A couple of weeks ago VRFocus reported on British developer FuturLab teasing on Twitter that it would be unveiling a virtual reality (VR) project for PlayStation VR. Well that day has now arrived, with the studio revealing Tiny Trax, a slot-car racer. Taking inspiration from toys by Scalextric and Carrera, FuturLab has created a title that evolves slot-car…

Most New Oculus Rift Owners Also Buy Touch

Cutting edge electronics tends to be on the pricey side upon first release. Mobile phones, DVD players and videogame consoles have all been subject to the same pattern. As the technology becomes more mainstream, the price lowers, as was the case when Oculus dropped the price of the Oculus Rift headset and the Oculus Touch…

Experimental VR Film Screened at Cannes

In the world of serious cinema you don’t get much fancier than the Cannes Film Festival. This is not the place to watch the latest Bayformer film or get your dose of Marvel superheroes. So when immersive VR films make it to the hallowed screens of Cannes it’s a sign that the time may have…

Vive Deluxe Audio Strap Review – I Can’t Go Back

We have all experienced, while in VR, moments of discomfort. When it comes to the Vive, these moments mostly revolved around the stock headstrap. It was either too tight, too loose, or hung the headset too low on my face; I couldn’t ever seem to get it so I could play comfortably for long periods…