Creating Immersive À La Carte Storytelling With VR

Entertainment industry heavyweights partner up to bring epic Renaissance plot to room-scale VR.  Michael Conelly is a prolific visual effects designer with one heck of an impressive résumé. Throughout his two decades working as Digital Effects Supervisor at Rhythm and Hues Studios, Conelly has worked on everything from the Coca Cola Polar Bears and…

HP Partnership Expands Advanced VR Training

From utilities companies to first responders, more industries are adopting rich virtual training experiences There is a growing plethora of Industry 4.0 use cases for Immersive Technologies, and companies like Microsoft have partnered with various developers to launch collaborative and remote assistance applications. Tech like Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality leverage cognitive embodiment to reinforce…

Exploring The RMS Titanic In VR

Dive deep into the infamous ship’s fascinating history with Titanic VR. The golden rule for creating compelling VR content is that you should allow people to experience something that would be either impossible or too dangerous, expensive and/or difficult to do in real life. Placing you in a lifeboat in 1912 to witness the RMS…

You Can Now Watch The BBC Proms Music Festival In VR

The world’s largest classical music festival is embraces virtual reality. For the first time this summer, the BBC Proms are holding an event entirely in VR. Produced by BBC VR Hub, Nothing to be Written commemorates the centenary of the First World War and was created by composer Anna Meredith with 59 Productions – the…

Artist’s AR Exhibit Shows Two Sides Of The Same Reality

Adobe’s artist in residence explains how augmented reality proved to be the perfect medium to express herself.  Growing up as a Chinese immigrant in Oakland, California, Estella Tse recalls her struggle having to navigate between her strict, traditional heritage – and her more liberal American upbringing, which encouraged individualism and freedom of expression. Art,…

AltspaceVR Releases New World-Building Kits

Microsoft just announced new tools to make it easier for users to build and share their own virtual spaces. In a virtual Town Hall today, AltspaceVR unveiled a suite of tools that will allow anyone to build customizable VR spaces. The two new world-building kits are based on Altspace’s most popular environments: Campfire and Alien…

Take A Virtual Tour Around The Solar System With ‘Overview’

A French company is using VR to create the next generation of educational space simulators. From outlandish ideas involving sensory deprivation chambers housed inside a Burning Man art installation and a location-based VR experience launched as a partnership between NASA and Samsung in commemoration of the Apollo program’s 50th anniversary, to multiplayer moonwalks and actual…

Take A Virtual Tour Around The Solar System With ‘Overview’

A French company is using VR to create the next generation of educational space simulators. From outlandish ideas involving sensory deprivation chambers housed inside a Burning Man art installation and a location-based VR experience launched as a partnership between NASA and Samsung in commemoration of the Apollo program’s 50th anniversary, to multiplayer moonwalks and actual…

Experience The Art Of Burning Man In VR

Intel and The Smithsonian partner with Sansar to bring museum experiences to everyone. Linden Lab’s Sansar just announced a partnership with Intel and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) to provide virtual access to the museum’s Renwick Gallery collections, as well as its research and educational resources. “With Sansar, we hope not only to make the…

Experience The Art Of Burning Man In VR

Intel and The Smithsonian partner with Sansar to bring museum experiences to everyone. Linden Lab’s Sansar just announced a partnership with Intel and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) to provide virtual access to the museum’s Renwick Gallery collections, as well as its research and educational resources. “With Sansar, we hope not only to make the…

RAF Launches Free AR App To Mark The Royal Air Force’s Centenary.

Experience the historic London RAF flypast from the comfort of your garden. Today marks the Royal Air Force (RAF) centenary, and to celebrate the momentous occasion a historic flypast was conducted directly over Buckingham Palace. This was by far the largest concentration of military aircraft seen over the UK capital in recent memory. The festive…

Take A Walk Through The Great Northern Forest With Greenpeace’s AR App

With AR, Greenpeace hopes to create greater empathy between us and forest ecosystems under threat. A unique global ecosystem circling the planet, stretching from Alaska through Canada and Scandinavia all the way to the Pacific coast of Russia, The Great Northern Forest plays a vital role in preventing climate change. It holds almost a quarter…

John Cusack & Christina Ricci Make Their VR Debut In ‘Distorted Reality’

Another VR project starring AAA talent shows how the immersive medium is continuing to attract more of Hollywood’s biggest names. To compliment the theatrical film release of Distorted on June 22nd, Minds Eye Entertainment and SkyVR have partnered to produce Distorted Reality, a scripted, live-action cinematic VR distributed through OneTouchVR on Google Daydream, Oculus Go,…

SharePoint Spaces Brings Mixed Reality To Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft wants to make collaborative immersive experiences accessible to everyone. With 135M Office 365 monthly active users and 400K organizations currently using SharePoint, Microsoft is now investing in AI and immersive experiences to enhance the collaborative functions of the platform. “As new generations that have grown up with technology are entering the workforce, bringing new…

Microsoft Introduces HoloLens Mixed Reality To The Job Site

Microsoft teases practical MR worker tools for Hololens at 2018 Build Developer Conference. Call me strange, but of all the mixed reality demos I tried at this year’s Microsoft Build Developer Conference in Seattle, Washington, the one I actually found the most fun had me repairing an electric panel. To truly comprehend the deep sense…

Mixed Reality and Medicine: Virtual Practice Makes Perfect

Mixed reality is becoming an increasingly useful tool for surgeons, but can it also help to train the next generation of doctors? Prestigious medical institutions such as Imperial College London are using HoloLens devices in operating theatres to spot key blood vessels, bones, and muscles helping to make procedures quicker and safer. Patients who have suffered an accident…

Exploring Virtual Reality in Dubai

How the ‘Golden City’ is embracing emerging tech and fast becoming a hub for VR. It’s a truism among VR creators that the best use of the medium is to allow you to do things that are either impossible or extremely difficult to experience in real life. By that yardstick, Mission 828 certainly passes with flying…

You Can Learn How To DJ In VR

How learning real-world skills can turn out to be the killer app for VR & AR. “We live in a world where the entire history of mankind, and all its knowledge, is available through Google and other resources, yet the average adult spends only 5 minutes per day learning, compared to 50 minutes per day…

Can Music Make VR Workouts Even More Immersive

VirZOOM partners up with Feed.fm to provide personalized music tracks to help you pedal through those virtual miles. VR Fitness is quickly becoming a big deal. We’ve already tried a range of apps available on VR headsets today that can make working out fun. But when you also pair the right hardware with your virtual workouts, you…

VR Experience From Stanford Shows How We’re Killing Our Coral Reefs

Ocean acidification is not something most people are immediately passionate about. Unless they understand it, that is. When you realize that this process will effectively wipe out some of some of our world’s most beautiful landscapes, and decimate countless species of marine flora and fauna that depend upon it, then it starts to become a…

New Linden Lab Video Promises Sansar Open Beta this Spring

The first thought I had as this new Sansar video arrived in my inbox was how Linden Lab still seemed on track to deliver an accessible and very good looking product. As an increasing number of platforms scramble to lay their claim to the social VR space, Linden Lab steadfastly refuses to rush things, or…

AltspaceVR To Host World’s First Virtual Reality Wedding

On May 25th, 2017, bride and groom Elisa Evans and Martin Shervington will get together with friends and family at one of their favorite hangout spots: a quirky florist that doubles up as a bar in the Welsh city of Cardiff. They will then don their HMDs, and join the remainder of their guests scattered…

How Teledildonics Will Create More Intimate VR Experiences

There’s no denying the huge buzz around VR porn at the moment, as most industry pundits seem to think that 2017 will see a lot more people experiencing adult content in virtual worlds. Inevitably, this heightened interest is also spawning a whole variety of hardware to facilitate and enhance those experiences. These gadgets and gizmos…

These 3 Companies Are Working To Give Us Better Bodies In VR

Featured image showing avatars from startup Loom.ai. VR development is moving at breakneck speed on all fronts, and 2017 is set to see the launch of several long-awaited platforms like Sansar, which are all betting big on Social VR and user-generated content. Most of the focus so far has been on building those worlds and…

Across The Line: How VR Has the Power To Make You Care

There’s an iconic scene in Blade Runner where Harrison Ford’s character Deckard meets the replicant Rachel for the first time, but he doesn’t know she’s not human. He then uses a test called Voight-Kampff  to determine whether or not she’s a real person. The test consists of a series of questions designed to elicit emotion….

Social VR: Who Is Going to Get It Right First?

Virtual Reality is quickly moving beyond novelty experiences and showing its potential for enabling new types of social interaction. But which platform(s) will be the one to make that happen? What sort of experiences will they enable, and will those turn out to be the kind of experiences we actually want? It’s unlikely that VR…