VR’s Killer Apps Will Be Created By The Next Generation Of Developers

The virtual reality (VR) industry has had its share of fits and spurts in recent years, and technology is just now at a level to consistently bring a developer’s vision to life, their work complimented by a complex network capable of beaming their immersive experiences to millions of VR headsets worldwide. But despite the recent and significant evolution of…

Veer VR Launches Experience Tool For VR Content Creation

Veer VR has launched a free web-based virtual reality content creation tool as part of an effort to get users to create more content within the Veer global VR content community. Veer Experience is a coding-free interactive creation tool that people can use to create VR photos and videos, including those that can be viewed in…

The Great C by Philip K. Dick Makes For A Cinematic VR Short Story

Entertainment One’s Secret Location is showing off its virtual reality film adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s short story The Great C at the Venice film festival today. I saw the first part of the cinematic virtual reality (VR) narrative in a demo with the leaders of Toronto-based Secret Location. The full 30-minute film will debut in September, and it has…

Fly A Drone With These Epson Moverio AR Glasses

Epson has found a new use for its Moverio augmented reality glasses: flying drones with its new Epson Drone Soar augmented reality app. Epson is releasing the app today to make it easier for drone pilots to navigate the skies while keeping the drone in full view. That’s because you see through the glass to the…

How Apple’s Acquisition Of Akonia Holographics Will Redefine AR

It’s no surprise at this point that Apple is actively working on augmented reality glasses. A secretive project has been underway for years under the management of former Dolby executive Mike Rockwell, and Apple has broadly hinted that its AR ambitions extend beyond the iPhone’s and iPad’s ARKit software. While Apple’s acquisition of Akonia Holographics apparently took place months ago, the…

VR Headsets Need To Become Easier And Quicker To Use

If you look deeply into recent VR announcements, past the high-level spec changes and aesthetic considerations, you’ll notice an important developing trend: Headset makers are actively trying to make VR easier for new users to experience — quickly. Over the past year, many VR companies have pivoted either fully or partially to embrace the technology’s…

Mozilla’s VR Hubs Can Now Share Web, Clipboard, And Uploaded Content

Mozilla’s shared virtual reality app Hubs launched back in April as a WebVR “experiment” — a basic 3D environment for cross-platform immersive social experiences. The organization has now announced the “first big feature update” to Hubs: You can now import content into a shared Hubs room just by pasting a web link or dragging and dropping. What…

Isabelle Riva: How The Unity Game Engine Will Democratize Film

Unity Technologies has been known among developers as the maker of a “game engine” since the tool debuted in 2005. But these days, “creation engine” might be a better name for it. That’s because experiences created with Unity are more often than not films, interactive movies, advertisements, or augmented reality and virtual reality content. The…

AltspaceVR Lets You Build Your Own Sharable Space In Virtual Reality

AltspaceVR has released tools to let users create their own sharable spaces in virtual reality. It uses a drag-and-drop interface, allowing you to place objects in a 3D space using AltspaceVR-compatible headsets — including Oculus Go and Gear VR. It’s one of the first major upgrades since Microsoft acquired the social VR platform. If you save the space,…

How Survios Crafted A Creative Music VR Experience With Electronauts

The founders at Survios are true believers in virtual reality, and they’ve poured a lot of effort into the hit VR games Raw Data and Sprint Vector. Now they’re switching from games to something more like an immersive music experience with Electronauts. The VR app will enable music fans to remix, compose, and perform their own music, riffing on works by artists such…

Penrose Studios Raises $10 Million For AR/VR Entertainment

Penrose Studios has raised $10 million in a new round of funding for its augmented reality and virtual reality entertainment. That’s a beefy round, considering that part of the company’s market, VR, has fallen out of favor with investors. But San Francisco-based Penrose Studios has set itself apart with animated VR films such as Allumette, which aims…

Watch Amazon’s VR Kiosks Transform The Future Of Shopping

Amazon announced that it has opened virtual reality kiosks in 10 shopping malls to promote its Prime Day shopping event. Now you can see the Amazon VR experience for yourself. Prepare to be impressed: It’s significantly more elaborate than expected, and shows how a top retailer is transforming the future of shopping. Rather than taking the obvious retail angle and…

Full-Body VR Haptic HoloSuit Shipping This November

If you’ve ever felt that your body would be a better controller in virtual reality than a joypad or wand, you’ll understand why Kaaya Tech’s HoloSuit just reached its funding goal on Kickstarter. Offered in multiple versions, the wearable haptic controller uses a considerable array of sensors to control VR apps, and promises to start shipping this…

What Sony’s PlayStation 4 ‘End-Of-Life’ Means For PSVR And PSVR 2

When Sony executive John Tsuyoshi Kodera told investors this week that the PlayStation 4 is entering the “final phase of its life cycle,” there were two ways to parse the news. You could disbelieve it — it’s a mistake, an overstatement, or likely to change — or assume that Sony was dead serious and already planning for the PlayStation…

Researchers Use VR To Train AI Drones, Cutting Autonomous Vehicle Crashes

MIT researchers have developed a technique to train fast-moving autonomous AI drones using VR-enhanced environments, reducing crashes and thereby the need for repairs or replacements. Known as “Flight Goggles,” the system will be detailed at this week’s IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Brisbane, Australia. Flight Goggles enables autonomous vehicles to see and learn from…

Oculus Adds Paid DLC To Mobile Store, Promises Rift Support ‘Soon’

Post-release downloadable content has become so commonplace in games that today’s digital stores need to support it. Now that the Oculus Go is in stores, Oculus has announced that it’s implementing standalone DLC in its Mobile Store for the Go and Samsung Gear VR, with Rift support “coming soon.” DLC’s major benefit for Go and Rift developers will be the…

Sega’s Space Channel 5 VR Will Come To U.S. As Kinda Funky News Flash

Sega’s beloved Dreamcast rhythm game Space Channel 5 is coming to virtual reality, and a tweet now confirms that a U.S. version — “Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash!” — will see its debut at the Los Angeles VR event VRLA. Developer Grounding says that it will offer 15 minute demos of the VR experience on May 5 and…

VRstudios Makes A Compact VR Experience With VRcade Atom

VRstudios has made location-based entertainment virtual reality arcades for big commercial venues in the past, but now the company revealed the VRcade Atom, a more compact VR booth with a smaller footprint that doesn’t require an expensive facility. The VRcade Atom is a commercial wireless VR system built for location-based entertainment (LBE) arcades, and it costs less…

Pimax 8K VR Headset Delayed Again, Refresh Rate Drops To 80Hz

Several months after delaying “the world’s first 8K VR headset,” developer Pimax has revealed that its Pimax 8K has been postponed again — and apparently downgraded in performance, as well. Not surprisingly, the company’s Kickstarter backers aren’t thrilled by the news, which suggests that the headset will now arrive significantly after its originally promised delivery date. Pimax…

The Horror Of The Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Comes To Virtual Reality

A book recently conveyed to me the horrors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast. But I can only imagine how much more powerful this history lesson could be if conveyed through virtual reality. That’s the ambition behind The Day the World Changed, a haunting new virtual reality film being shown this week at the 2018 Tribeca Film…

TheWaveVR Raises $6 million For Social VR Music And Arts Platform

Some virtual reality startups are having trouble getting the attention of investors, after the first wave of VR headsets failed to live up to the hype. But TheWaveVR has been able to raise $6 million in venture funding for its social VR platform and community for VR music and visual arts experiences. TheWaveVR turns concerts into social VR experiences…

VR And AR Gaming Jobs Are On The Rise According To Indeed

Virtual reality and augmented reality represent areas of opportunity. VR failed to live up to the wildest promises when the new systems launched in 2015. But the number of job postings for VR and AR have risen 93 percent since 2015, with 17 percent of that growth happening in the past year. Those jobs are…

VR And AR Gaming Jobs Are On The Rise According To Indeed

Virtual reality and augmented reality represent areas of opportunity. VR failed to live up to the wildest promises when the new systems launched in 2015. But the number of job postings for VR and AR have risen 93 percent since 2015, with 17 percent of that growth happening in the past year. Those jobs are…

Apple Patent Could Transform Self-Driving Cars Into Mobile VR Entertainment Hubs

In recent weeks, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published Apple patent applications for several fascinating virtual reality concepts, but the latest one takes the cake: Apple has <a href=”http://pdfaiw.uspto.gov/.aiw?docid=20180089901&PageNum=25&IDKey=AE3F8EE95563&HomeUrl= to patent a VR system for autonomous cars that radically transforms the car’s interior and exterior environments, making the ride more fun for passengers. Though the…

WebXR API Could Be A Huge Opportunity For Mixed Reality

Last May I pointed to WebVR games as one of the VR industry’s biggest potential sweet spots for generating widespread traction because the combination of VR, games, and the open web represents a giant industry intersection. The web is unparalleled in its capacity to get VR games in front of end users, and get them playing, since…

Job Simulator Co-Creator Alex Schwartz On Making Hit VR Games Look Easy

Alex Schwartz, the CEO of Owlchemy Labs, has made virtual reality look easy. His company’s debut game, Job Simulator, is one of the big hits among VR games. Owlchemy followed that with Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, and now it is working on Vacation Simulator. And while other VR game companies are struggling to get by, Owlchemy has…

5G’s Secret Weapon Will Be Low Latency, Empowering Next-Gen VR

As the 2018 Mobile World Congress wound down this week, next-generation 5G wireless technology was clearly the show’s biggest story, promising dramatically faster data speeds. But 5G’s secret weapon will actually be ultra-low latency, a concept that’s easily understood but hard to market. Verizon, Vodafone, and Huawei have spent the past month demonstrating how low latency will radically improve wireless video,…

MWC 2018: SK Telecom Will Demo 5G Social VR

South Korea’s largest mobile provider — SK Telecom — announced today that it will debut “social virtual reality” and multiple 5G demonstrations, including “hologram AI,” at its 2018 Mobile World Congress booth next week. The demos will run from February 26 to March 1 in Barcelona, Spain. Illustrating the gulf between 4G and 5G speeds, SK Telecom will show how…