Japan’s Superhuman Sports Society Has Created Two AR Contests

From my perspective of being an American, Japan is consistently willing to push the envelope when it comes to entertainment. Popular shows like American Ninja Warrior and Iron Chef America are modeled after Japanese shows and clips from Japanese entertainment go viral regularly for outlandish activities and inspire spoofs galore. With such adventurous creative minds contributing…

I/O 2017: Google Unveils VPS – Indoor Navigation Through AR

Clay Bavor, VP of VR for Google, took the stage to share intriguing new information for immersive technology. He made a blockbuster announcement for the new standalone VR headset Google is working on with HTC and also shared that the S8 will finally be getting Daydream support. Not to be left out, AR also got some…

Google I/O: The New Google Lens Shows AR Potential

Google I/O’s 2017 keynote kicked off with some exciting statistics, showing off just how impactful and widespread the company’s applications are. There are 800 million Google Drive users and 500 million active Google Photos users. For hardware, they’ve even reached an incredible milestone with over 2 billion active Android devices. Later into the keynote, Google’s…

Intel: Untethered VR Is “The Next Level Of eSports”

The VR ecosystem is far from settling into a rhythm, with developers still experimenting to learn what does and does not work. Nevertheless, players and companies are keeping their eyes open for competitive experiences that could leave a lasting impact on the industry and possibly gain ground in eSports. Companies are also embracing VR and…

Gates of Nowhere Is A D&D-Inspired Fantasy VR Adventure

Some of the best modern games are influenced heavily by classics such as Dungeons and Dragons and they wear that influence proudly. As VR developers attempt to cultivate that spirit in the growing ecosystem, gamers are all too ready to escape into the immersive virtual worlds flooded with magic and the creatures we’ve come to…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 05/07/17

This new week of HTC Vive releases welcomes a few deviations from the usual formula. There aren’t as many new games as usual, but this week signals the launch of the Steam 360 library. Give it a go and you can check out Lego Batman, the Amazon rain-forest, and more. A highlight game for the…

Kortex Pairs Sleep And Stress Neurostimulation With VR Headsets

There are a handful of apps in the VR software ecosystem that serve as escapist experiences by whisking the user away into calm environments like serene forests or a private island. The interactive elements in some of these are minimal, instead getting the user to embrace a sort of virtual trance inspired by the sights…

Combine Your VR Headset And Your Prescription With VR Frames

With any type of head-mounted display, prescription lens garbed users are typically left out in the cold (or profoundly uncomfortable in some of the major HMDs) until a special solution is crafted. Some VR headsets can be a nuisance especially, not allowing a lot of room for glasses to be worn depending on their design….

Robo Recall Adds Spanish, French, and More Localization Options

On March 1st of this year, we reviewed Oculus’ and Epic Games’ Robo Recall on the Rift with a score of 7.5. We defined it as a fun and frantic shooter that expertly showcases the potential of the Oculus Touch controllers (the game comes free with their purchase) only truly hindered by a high degree of…

AWE 2017 Announces Keynotes And Speaking Sessions

The acronym for Augmented World Expo (AWE) welcomes a wonderful play on words, recognizing the incredible minds behind augmented and virtual reality as the tech superheroes they are and having attendees to stare in “AWE” at their work. Even their website and trailer (below) for 2017’s expo imbue a heroic theme, building buzz for the…

Rick and Morty VR and Job Simulator Dev Owlchemy Labs Acquired By Google

Today Google announced via their blog that they’ve acquired Owlchemy Labs, the creators of Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. The move comes as a bit of a surprise, given the two companies didn’t seem to have much of a preexisting relationship, but is huge news for the VR industry nevertheless. The partnership will…

Avatar Technology From USC Captures Your Body In 20 Minutes

USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies embraces the resources afforded the entertainment industries to not only improve them but to enhance the lives of service members, students, and society. Across graphics, learning sciences, medical VR, mixed reality, and much more, the ICT is responsible for a large collection of awards and is instrumental in many new…

USA Today’s VRtually There Gets A Full Second Season

As companies maneuver through content plans that include VR and AR, it is encouraging to see renewed interest with a doubling-down of efforts. Such a thing hopefully signals that the teams making the calls for immersive content truly value the medium. Back in October of 2016, we reported on USA Today launching their cleverly named VR…

VR Stealth Game Espire 1 Shows Off New Features In Latest Dev Diary

In February, we pondered if Espire 1 could be the VR stealth game Metal Gear fans were clamoring for. Michael Wentworth-Bell started his project to fill a void that he only recognized because he personally wanted to see more stealth games on VR platforms and his prototype footage for Espire 1 showed off an impressive stealth shooter…

Berlin Company Is Using AR With HoloLens To Improve Surgical Procedures

VR and AR technologies are poised to impact many industries beyond gaming and entertainment and there are scatterings of examples already out in the wild. Educational platforms are immersing users into the human physiology with VR and now we have a new example of AR being used in a similarly invasive manner. Scopis, a company in…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 04/30/17

A new week and a few new roles to immerse yourself within on this collection of new releases for HTC Vive. First up we have VRtender, an escapist experience of sorts where you learn to become a bartender with around 50 different real cocktail mixes to make for your patrons. Next up is Conductor, which we recently…

PC Gamer Show Returns To E3 2017 With ‘Increased VR’ Content Focus

PC gaming hasn’t always had the strongest presence at E3 historically, which is disappointing considering the 1.2 billion strong worldwide audience the platform commands. Thankfully, for coming up on three consecutive years now, the PC Gamer Show has showcased some of what the powerful medium has to offer for the gaming industry. That’s likely to…

Ultrahaptics Closes $23 Million Funding Round For Holodeck-like Haptics

Ultrahaptics, founded in 2013, specializes in a technology that provides haptic feedback without needing to wear or touch any type of gear. Called “mid-air haptics”, it uses ultrasound to project sensations onto users so they feel buttons and objects. With the recent series B funding round of $23 million, the company will be expanding globally…

VRgluv Is A Fully Funded Force Feedback Glove On Kickstarter

Deepening the immersion of virtual reality is something many creators or working on, from finding a natural form of locomotion to delivering realistic physical feedback from these virtual worlds. The latter of the two has been tackled in various forms but a common factor between a majority of the options is a high price tag….

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 04/23/17

Welcome to a new week of releases for th HTC Vive! We’ve got two vastly different highlights, but be sure to scour the full collection to see if there’s something that catches your eye. TITAN SLAYER brings some extra flavor to the virtual brawler by asking you to be stylish and flashy while taking down massive monsters. Holos is a…

The Making of Rick and Morty VR with Owlchemy Labs and Justin Roiland

As noted in the review for Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, the game’s developer Owlchemy Labs turned Job Simulator into the unofficial poster child of VR gaming. We gave Job Simulator an 8 out of 10 and, with Rick and Morty receiving an 8.5, Owlchemy finds themselves in a fortunate position once again with a well- developed…

Starbreeze Reveals New StarVR Experiences At Today’s Acer Event

The [email protected] event serves as an opportunity for Acer to show off new upcoming hardware and software in development with partners. Starbreeze studios’ influence continues to be peppered throughout the virtual reality industry and they took the stage during Acer’s event to show off some new content for their StarVR headset, a piece of hardware…

PSVR Accounted For Over 90% Of Japan’s VR Headset Shipments In 2016

There’s steady growth across the VR industry, but the market is under a microscope nevertheless. Mass consumer adoption is the goal and many eyes are looking out for what will ultimately inspire the transition in the average consumer’s household. Considering the average consumer’s desire for entertainment, it makes sense that some expect gaming to be…

Samsung’s Facesense Recognizes Facial Expressions For VR Navigation

With body language, humans are able to express a range of feelings with only the most the subtle shifts in demeanor. Our facial expressions alone can show off a huge range of responses. Interaction with VR is something various companies continue to try to nail down, attempting to enable users to manipulate these worlds while…

NVIDIA Offers Three Free VR Games With Select New Hardware

In the grand scheme of things, we’re still in the early stages of virtual reality adoption. While the price of admission may still be a bit on the higher end for some, the software ecosystem is inspiring people to invest and get hardware that can support these immersive experiences. Yesterday we reported on an Oculus…

Watch Original 360-Degree Content On Digital Domain’s New App

Yesterday Digital Domain unveiled a 360-degree camera and production toolset that will better equip creators for VR broadcasting and publishing. Today they’re putting the content itself at the forefront, announcing a new application that will collect both Digital Domain’s original creations and their live-broadcasted events. Their growing collection of in-house produced content and experiences from partners warrants…

Google Play Awards Add VR And AR Categories

Taking place at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, Google I/O is an outdoor developer festival that lasts for three days. On May 17th – 19th, there will be hands-on learning, tech keynotes, and insight on Google’s latest developer products in the 2nd annual event. The festival will also be home to the Google Play…