This Week In VR Sport: Football, Football Everywhere

The more virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) spreads, the more it gets adopted by those looking for new ways to enchance means of entertainment such as games, or film and television. Of course we at VRFocus have our own weekly overview of everything that’s affected another world of entertainment: the world of sport. So let’s…

New Samsung Gear 360 Arrives In-Store

The Gear 360 is also bundled with the Galaxy S8 for just $49. You can finally gets your hands on Samsung’s new Gear 360 camera. First unveiled back in March, this is the second generation of our most beloved 360-degree consumer camera on the market. And for all the flaws the original Gear 360 may…

HTC ‘Link’ Headset Brings 6DOF To Mobile VR In Japan

Positional-tracking mobile VR and a new Ghost In Shell experience arrive this June exclusively in Japan. Earlier this morning HTC announced that a brand new mobile virtual reality headset powered by their upcoming flagship model smartphone, the HTC U11, will be coming to Japanese consumers this June alongside a Ghost in the Shell tie-in experience….

HTC U11 to get its own Headset called Link

It seems as if having one virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) on the market isn’t enough for HTC, with the recent reveal of a standalone headset being made in partnership with Google. Today, the company has unveiled another, the HTC Link, a mobile headset its marketing alongside flagship smartphone, the U11. In a Japanese…

The Zenfone AR is a Tango Device You Can Buy

Image Credit: Asus Project Tango is Google’s premier AR R&D programme aimed at solving the many technical problems with advanced augmented- and mixed-reality. Tango uses impressive sensor suites and software to scan the environment and integrate that data with visuals generated virtually. Tango has shown off some truly impressive tech demos, but actual…

HTC Link Is A New 6DOF VR Headset Only For Japan

Well this is surprising; HTC has yet another new VR headset on the way, promising to make an important breakthrough for a major category of device. Meet the HTC Link. The Link was first reported on by Japanese site Mogura VR. Intriguingly, it’s promising full six degrees of freedom (6DOF) tracking, which is something we haven’t…

Silicon Valley’s Not HotDog AR App Is Actually Available For Download

HBO’s Silicon Valley is a consistently hilarious and enlightening look into the California high-tech hub. The show is told through the eyes of six men founding their own startup and their trials as they navigate the tech realm. The 4th season debuted in April this year and, on their 2nd episode, the show finally addresses virtual…

Antilatency Raises $2.1 Million For Mobile Positional Tracking Solution

A startup named Antilatency with a positional tracking solution that recently impressed us has raised $2.1 million and is opening an office in the United States next month. According to the company, the seed investment comes from the Europe-based IIDF venture capital fund and will be used to accelerate the release of its “anti-latency tracker” which goes…

New Samsung Gear 360 Price and Release Date Announced

During Samsung’s Unpacked event in March the company revealed the latest iteration of its 360-degree camera, the Gear 360. The unveiling was followed by a full spec rundown for the new device but details on cost and release date were still being kept quiet. Today, that information has been released seeing the camera retail for…

Record Immersive Video no Matter the Weather with Garmin’s 5K VIRB 360 Camera

If you hadn’t already noticed 360-degree cameras are arriving at a growing rate. Today, Garmin International Inc. has announced its entry into the field with the VIRB 360 camera, a rugged waterproof device that’s been designed to be usable in most conditions. Able to capture high-quality 5.7K video at 30 frames-per-second (FPS), the VIRB 360 comes…

Moving Photos Go From Magic To Reality With Prynt

There are plenty of ways to save your photos for posterity; you can print them on a home printer, get the professionally printed using several services online or on the high street, or buy a tiny printer that will connect to your smartphone such as Prynt’s device, the Prynt Pocket. But what if those printed…

Ericsson and Verizon Use VR Streaming Car to Test 5G

Faster wireless speeds are always something that consumers and businesses are seeking. As part of a trial of 5G technology, Ericsson have teamed up with telecoms carrier Verizon to test the speed and latency times of the 5G network using an Indianapolis 500 racing car and a virtual reality (VR) headset. In a novel test…

Virtual Reality is Perfect for Training Our Robot Overlords

Have you ever thought how those robots that build our cars or vacuum our floors learn to do their job properly? You may think that someone simply sits down and programs all they need to know into them. Certainly there’s a lot of programming that goes into even a simple robot, but it turns out…

BT Sport Giving Away Google Cardboard Headsets for UEFA Final

To tie in to the upcoming final of the UEFA Champions League, sports broadcaster BT Sport are giving away branded Google Cardboard headsets to football fans so they can enjoy the 360-degree Football final. As reported previously, the UEFA Champions League final will be available to view in 360-degrees through a YouTube livestream or the…

VR Satire Comes to Cannes Film Festival

What is is like to be a performer, totally at the mercy of the whims of your audience? A satirical virtual reality (VR) experience directed by Ethan Shaftel is trying to put attendees of the Cannes Film Festival in that position in a VR film titled Extravaganza. Featuring as part of the Cannes Film Festival’s…

This Week IN VR Sport: Major League Baseball and UEFA Football League

Things are always changing in the world of sport; rules change, player line-ups change, kit changes, venues changes it can be a bit much to keep up with sometimes. Technology can help fans get to grips with the changing face of sport, and VRFocus like to help by keeping you informed on virtual reality (VR)…

VR Short Film On Human Trafficking Seeks Kickstarter Funding

A short virtual reality (VR) 360-degree film by director Danny Ryan is seeking funding through crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to create a film titled The Road about the lives of human trafficking victims. The Road is currently in pre-production, with funds raised by the Kickstarter going towards 360-degree camera equipment, post-production costs, distribution, actors and other…

Samsung Are Preparing A Kids Mode For Gear VR

Recent studies have shown that Mobile VR is the most popular way for consumers to experience virtual reality (VR) right now, with Samsung’s Gear VR being one of the most successful headsets currently on the market. As Google have just announced a host of new features for the Google Daydream, it isn’t surprising that Samsung…

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…

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…

Asus Brings AR and VR ZenFone to Verizon

Asus are probably best known as a maker of laptops and tablet hybrids, but they are aiming to score a larger share of the American smartphone market with the upcoming ZenFone AR, for which Verizon will be the exclusive wireless provider in the USA. Asus announced during the Google I/O conference that Verizon would be…

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…

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…

Watch Google’s ‘Visual Positioning Service’ AR Tracking in Action

At today’s annual Google I/O developer conference, Clay Bavor, VP of Virtual Reality at Google, announced a new augmented reality service called Visual Positioning Service, the latest development for the Tango platform that promises to not only precisely map the world around you in concert with Google Maps, but also give you a ‘GPS-like’ turn-by-turn…

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…

Owlchemy Labs Release First Patch for Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

When Owlchemy Labs and Adult Swim Games released Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality last month its fair to say quite a few virtual reality (VR) gamers were looking forward to its arrival. And while hype doesn’t always help the launch of a videogame the title didn’t disappoint, receiving praise from media outlets – checkout VRFocus‘ 5-star review. But…

UEFA Champions League Final To Be Shown In VR

If you want to talk about big events that could draw more attention to VR technology, the UEFA Champions League football (sorry, sorry, soccer) final sounds like as good an opportunity as any. This season’s final, which takes place on June 3rd, is going to be shown in VR. BT Sport will be capturing the…