Watch The VR Awards 2018 Live Right Here Or In VR

While the VR community still doesn’t have a singular source of awards that commands attention from the entire industry just yet, there are a few that have been around for quite some time, such as the appropriately titled VR Awards. You can see a full list of all nominees here. The 2018 edition of The…

Lightweight Haptic VR Gloves Announced

In the ongoing search for increasing realism and immersion in virtual reality (VR), haptic gloves are one of the more popular avenues of research, with several different variants being displayed by various companies at trade shows during 2018. Researchers at EPFL and ETH Zurich have developed new lightweight haptic gloves. Though various types of haptic…

Lightweight Haptic VR Gloves Announced

In the ongoing search for increasing realism and immersion in virtual reality (VR), haptic gloves are one of the more popular avenues of research, with several different variants being displayed by various companies at trade shows during 2018. Researchers at EPFL and ETH Zurich have developed new lightweight haptic gloves. Though various types of haptic…

Sixense Announces Refunds For Controller Kickstarter Backers

It has been over five years since Sixense launched its campaign for an STEM motion controllers designed for virtual reality (VR). Despite the crowdfunding campaign being successful, the project has been mired in delays, and now the company are offering refunds to backers as well as people who pre-ordered the controllers after the Kickstarter campaign…

Artist Behind Famous Obama “Hope” Poster Launches VR/AR Exhibit

Shepard Fairey’s largest ever solo exhibit preserved in VR/AR using volumetric photogrammetry. Last year, street artist Shepard Fairey, best known as the founder of OBEY clothing and the creator of the prolific “Hope” image featuring former President Barack Obama, launched “DAMAGED,” a wildly popular, limited run art exhibit in Los Angeles. It was the artist/activists…

Artist Behind Famous Obama “Hope” Poster Launches VR/AR Exhibit

Shepard Fairey’s largest ever solo exhibit preserved in VR/AR using volumetric photogrammetry. Last year, street artist Shepard Fairey, best known as the founder of OBEY clothing and the creator of the prolific “Hope” image featuring former President Barack Obama, launched “DAMAGED,” a wildly popular, limited run art exhibit in Los Angeles. It was the artist/activists…

The Sims FreePlay Brings In Multiplayer AR

The Sims is incredibly popular in all its various forms. Evolving from the iconic SimCity franchise, it has sold over 200 million copies worldwide. The Sims FreePlay is the free-to-play smartphone iteration of the franchise, which has just launched a new content update which includes some new augmented reality (AR) features. The new update includes…

Sixense Will Refund Its VR Controller Backers, Switch To Enterprise

Sixense pioneered hand controllers for virtual reality applications in 2013, but the company hasn’t been able to produce its Stem consumer product for VR. And so the company is announcing today that it will refund all of the money raised from its Kickstarter campaign backers and preorder customers. Amir Rubin, CEO of Los Gatos, California-based Sixense, said in…

Jaunt Changes Focus From VR To AR

Launched as a virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video company, Jaunt became known for its commitment to providing high quality 360-degree and VR experiences through its app. More recently, the company started working on ‘cross reality’ or XR content and volumetric capture technology. Now Jaunt has announced that it is shifting focus from VR to…

Oculus Go Used For In-Flight Pilot Training Demonstration

Co-founders of a Texas-based company called Thrust Vector, which does contract development and consulting for both AR and VR, used Oculus Go while piloting an aircraft and say they have flown “probably 2 dozen full approaches in full VR, all the way down to about 50 feet above the runway.” CTO John Nagle wrote in an…

Sixense to Refund STEM Kickstarter Backers After More Than 4 Years of Delays

In what might be the longest Kickstarter campaign conclusion to date, more than four years following estimated deliveries of the STEM VR controller, Sixense says they will fully refund all backers and pre-orders. Sixense was once a name central to the early VR community. The company built the technology behind the magnetically tracked Razer Hydra…

This Group is Giving Away Art Robots to Public Schools

PaintBots The Conru Foundation wants to get kids hooked on high-tech art. Andrew Conru, the Robot Art Competition’s founder and organizer, told Futurism last week that his organization will award 40 public schools with free, easily-programmed robots that can grab paintbrushes and create portraits, landscapes, and other computer-aided designs. 2D Printer The device looks sort of…

This Group is Giving Away Art Robots to Public Schools

PaintBots The Conru Foundation wants to get kids hooked on high-tech art. Andrew Conru, the Robot Art Competition’s founder and organizer, told Futurism last week that his organization will award 40 public schools with free, easily-programmed robots that can grab paintbrushes and create portraits, landscapes, and other computer-aided designs. 2D Printer The device looks sort of…

Wrench Gives You A Different Kind Of Car Simulator

Few genres seem to fit VR better than racing simulation, letting you jump into the driver’s seat of just about any car without spending millions of dollars. But Missing Digit’s Wrench wants to offer a different kind of car simulator. Wrench is all about getting under the hood of fast and furious machines. It’s a…

Jeff Bezos: Amazon Won’t Stop Helping the Military

DOD + Amazon 4Ever You might not think Amazon should work with the U.S. government, but guess what? Jeff Bezos don’t care. The CEO channeled his inner honey badger during a WIRED event on Monday, telling the audience that, despite both internal and external protests, Amazon would continue to work with the U.S. military on…

Pokémon Go Gets Big Rebalance

Experienced players of Pokémon Go have learned over time that when capturing a Gym, there are certain Pokémon that are ideally suited to defending the Gym and making sure it remains under your control. However, with sweeping changes that developer Niantic Labs are about to introduce that is all about to change. The changes were…

Moncler Genius Launches AR-Enhanced Book

A number of new products are coming to market that feature augmented reality (AR) enhancements, with items such as toys, robots and globes being created with AR features that can create an immersive environment or characters and display additional information. Moncler have announced the launch of a AR-enhanced book which can provide 3D immersive experiences….

VRHealth Secures CE Registration, Looks To Move Into EU Market

For some considerable time now on VRFocus we’ve covered developments in immersive technology that affect the healthcare or ‘MedTech’ industry. These developments have been highly varied and wide-ranging in their scope, affecting education and training, diagnosis, surgery, recovery and rehabilitation as well as other forms of treatment. Last month we brought you news about healthcare…

‘Elite Dangerous: Beyond’ Fourth & Final Chapter Coming to VR in Beta This Month

Elite Dangerous (2014), the popular open-universe space simulator, is getting a beta near the end of the month which will bring both VR and PC players the fourth and final chapter of the game’s third season, Beyond. Elite Dangerous: Beyond first landed early this year with Chapter One, which directly followed the Thargoids assault on humanity’s starports, the space-faring alien…

VR vs. Subtle Moves

Agreement is not a prerequisite of co-operation. Which is to say that you do not have to agree with a person’s point of view in order to work with them. As it happens, the VRFocus team differs quite a fair bit in not only our interests but our opinions on where virtual reality (VR) is…

Vuzix Confirms App Developer Partners For CEATEC 2018

The Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC), Japan’s largest conference dedicated to electronics and information technology in general kicks off today in the Chiba prefecture of Japan, continuing through until October 19th. As you can imagine virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies are set to feature during the conference. Such as Mitsubishi subsidiary…

This Prototype World-scale VR Game is the Size of a Football Field

With recent advancements in inside-out tracking on standalone VR headsets, the tantalizing possibility of ‘world-scale’ VR experiences—those unhindered by limited tracking volumes or even physical barriers—is coming into focus. A pair of developers have created a prototype VR game that’s played across an entire football field. ‘Return to Grindelind’, as its called by creators Jeremy Kirshbaum…

Oculus Chief Scientist Dives Deep Into the Near Future of AR & VR

In his latest presentation at Oculus Connect 5, Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash took a fresh look at the five-year VR technology predictions he made at OC3 in 2016, using his insight as the head  He believes his often-referenced key predictions are “pretty much on track,” albeit delayed by about a year, and that he…