Elon Musk’s OpenAI Is Training Robots In VR

Another day, another fascinatingly futuristic project with Elon Musk’s name attached to it. But we’re not talking about SpaceX or the Hyper Tube this time, we’re talking about teaching robots to do tasks with VR. OpenAI, Musk’s artificial intelligence research company, this week revealed a look at its new system that teaches robots how to…

A VR-Enhanced Professional Motorcycle Simulator Is Unveiled

Cruden built their first professional-grade motorcycle simulator in 2005. Since that time they have been working on a range of hardware and software to create the most accurate motorcycle simulator possible for use by manufacturers, universities, race team and road safety organisations. To do this, they have leveraged the power of virtual reality (VR) along…

Oculus Home On Gear VR Is 3 Times Faster Thanks To React VR

Gear VR got a massive refresh recently. Not only did a new version of Samsung and Oculus’ mobile VR headset release with a new motion controller, but there were updates on the software side, too. These updates were delivered with the help of the new React VR framework. When the new Gear arrived, so too…

Air New Zealand Trialling Augmented Reality on Flights

Microsoft’s HoloLens has begun to see some interesting uses, from helping with surgical procedures to giving children an enhanced understanding of the solar system, Microsoft are aiming to show that augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) are good for more than just videogames. Air New Zealand see that potential, also, and have begun equipping…

Google Announces Standalone VR Headset

Image Credit: Google. Used under Fair Use Doctrine Just as the 2017 Google I/O conference kicked off, we posted that a rumour about a new standalone HMD from Google was doing the rounds, backed by credible sources who spoke to Variety. It turns out that the rumours are true and Google duly announced a new…

HTC Vive Shows US Mayors How VR Can Help City Planning

HTC is eager to push VR beyond the realms of gaming and into industries as soon as possible. To that end, the company recently gathered 20 mayors from across the US to show them what its HTC Vive can do for city planning. During this year’s South by South West (SXSW) show HTC held an…

Resident Evil: Vendetta PlayStation VR Exclusive Video

Fans of the Resident Evil series who also own a PlayStation VR may rejoice as Sony have announced that a special virtual reality (VR) experience that ties in to upcoming CGI movie Resident Evil: Vendetta will be released for free on 24th May 2017. The experience is titled Resident Evil: Vendetta Z Infected Experience (sometimes…

Life In 360°: Sun, Sea and Pigs

When you think about swimming at the beach, in crystal clear blue waters what sort of wildlife do you think of? Dolphins, tropical fish, manatees, maybe some stingray or the odd shark or two? One animal that you might not consider is the humble pig, which you might come across if you head to the…

SteamVR Home Beta Adds Social Features In Major Update

SteamVR is an essential platform for virtual reality and, starting today, exploring it is about to get a whole lot better. In a community post published today, Valve Software is announcing a major update that will vastly improve the way users can interact with VR content and friends. SteamVR Home is the name of a new beta program…

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…

Hacker Adds Augmented Reality To Ultrasound Machine Found In Dumpster

A German student is combining AR technology with an 80’s ultrasound to display scanner data in real-time. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. That must have been the thought going through Victor Skobov’s head as he began converting the output of an ultrasound machine found in a dumpster into a real-time augmented reality overlay. A…

OpenAI is Using VR to Train AI Robots

Much of the attention in the virtual reality (VR) industry is focused on entertainment; creating a realistic world that humans can become immersed in for entertainment. Researchers at OpenAI see another use for the work that has gone into making virtual worlds as real as possible – training artificial intelligence. Training AI robots is not…

Google Plans to Close the Gap Between PC and Mobile Graphics with Seurat

While Google’s I/O conference has plenty of interesting news for consumers, the majority of it is geared towards developers, helping them build, create and maximise the potential for their future or current projects. In terms of virtual reality (VR) the company aims to increase the graphical fidelity of mobile experiences with a project called Seurat.…

Enter a World of Cyber Crime with Term1nal on Gear VR

Force Field VR, the studio behind Oculus Rift title Landfall, has launched its next virtual reality (VR) title, a stealthy puzzle experience called Term1nal for Samsung Gear VR. Term1nal revolves around the story of Flynn Lightman, a highly skilled hacker, who specialises in remotely controlling androids from the safety of his secret hide-out. Hired to infiltrate a data security and advanced robotics…

Socially Watch YouTube Videos in VR on Google Daydream

During the second day of the Google I/O conference Director of Product Management at Google Mike Jazayeri spoke about Google Daydream while Erin Teague, Product Manager for the YouTube virtual reality (VR) team came on to discuss the video developments. Teague spoke of trying to make YouTube feel natural in a VR environment, and also…

Resident Evil Vendetta Is Getting A Free PSVR Experience

Virtual reality and zombies go together like video games and…well, zombies. They were made for each other. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is still one of the best VR games to date on any platform so any time this franchise gets another dose of VR goodness it’s good news. Unfortunately this time it’s not in the…

Google Chrome Is Getting AR API, Daydream Support

Chrome is one of the first internet browsers to fully embrace WebVR, allowing you to head to certain web pages and then put on a Cardboard or Daydream headset to instantly access VR content. But what about WebAR? Such a concept doesn’t actually exist — at least not yet — but Google is starting to…

Google Brings Social Viewing and Avatars to YouTube VR

Create an avatar and experience YouTube VR content with friends. YouTube has been thinking about immersive video and the future of viewing experiences for awhile. The video platform became one of the first major players to allow 360° video sharing in 2015. Soon after, YouTube became the largest VR video platform over night by supporting playback…

Daydream 2.0 Solves One Of VR’s Biggest Problems: Isolation

Along with similar devices from Oculus and Intel, Google’s new standalone headsets represent the birth of a new type of VR experience. With their arrival, the search engine giant is looking to combat some of the key concerns about the current state of VR tech, including isolation. Google is working on Daydream 2.0, or what…

Google’s Seurat Aims To Bring ‘Desktop-Level Graphics’ To Mobile VR

Given processing restraints, mobile VR obviously isn’t able to measure up to the kind of visual fidelity we’d expect on PC, but a new development tool from Google is helping to close the gap a little. Today the company is introducing Seurat, named after French painter Georges Seurat. According to the company this tool can…

Syren Turns From Survival Horror To Shooter With Free Second Chapter

Reusing assets isn’t something we’d normally encourage a game developer to do. It implies you’re recycling resources to cut corners and make a quick buck. It’s interesting, then, that Syren’s surprise new chapter, released this week, doesn’t feel like that at all. And that’s not just because it’s available for free. Taking place after the events…

Steam Expands into VR Videos

This week the news broke out that Steam will adding VR video to it’s platform in the form of the Steam 360 Video Player. This is a big deal, in case you didn’t know. If you’ve never heard of Steam then, first of all, welcome back to civilization! While you were away on that desert…

Google’s New WorldSense Trailers Show Standalone VR

This time yesterday we were expecting Google to reveal its own standalone VR headset, perhaps made in partnership with HTC. As it turns out, the company is working on a range of headsets, and HTC’s device is only the beginning. Following the keynote conference at Google I/O yesterday, two new videos have surfaced online focusing…

Realfiction Unveils Mixed Reality Display ‘DeepFrame’

Realfiction, a Copenhagen, Denmark-based company that specialises in mixed reality (MR) solutions has revealed its latest product, a display called DeepFrame. DeepFrame’s patent pending technology takes an image from a curved video screen which is then deflected and enlarged using a custom-made glass optic. Currently 64 inches (115x115cm) in size, the screen appears as a clear transparent window which is…

Google’s Standalone Headsets Use Snapdragon 835 VR Platform

Yesterday we learned that Google is teaming up with Qualcomm to produce a new line of standalone VR headsets, made in partnership with companies like HTC and Lenovo. But what’s actually powering these headsets? As we suspected, the headsets run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 VR platform, which wasn’t outright stated at yesterday’s I/O keynote speech….

Farpoint: 7 Tips To Help You Survive The Deep Space Shooter

Farpoint by Impulse Gear is finally out exclusively on PlayStation VR (PSVR) and gamers around the world are gunning down countless jumping bugs, venom-shooting monsters, and enormous burrowing spider beasts. You can read our review of the full game right here and watch the video version down below, but suffice it to say that Farpoint…