New Sony Patent Points To Inside-Out Tracking For VR Headsets

Many people in the virtual reality (VR) industry believe that inside-out tracking is the future of consumer-grade HMDs. We’ve seen prototypes from Oculus with Santa Cruz and Intel’s Project Alloy-powered devices and now Sony is dipping their toes into the inside-out tracking race. Today we caught wind of a new Utility Patent Application from Sony…

Timecode Systems Unveil New Technology for 360-Degree Video

Timecode Systems has revealed a new method to combine two of its products, the SyncBac Pro and Blink Hub to make filming virtual reality 360-degree footage easier. The SyncBac Pro is an accessory for the GoPro camera system that allows wearable cameras, professional cameras and audio devices to be wirelessly synchronised together using long range…

‘Drop Dead’ for Oculus Touch Review

When Gear VR games are ported to the Rift, you usually end up with is more of the same; a game with nicer graphics and the added benefit of positional tracking, but more or less the same experience. However with Drop Dread (2017), Pixel Toy’s port of their critically acclaimed Gear VR on-rails arcade shooter, the…

Life In 360°: The Spherical-ness Of The Long Distance Runner

Welcome back to Life In 360°, where we take a thrice weekly look into one of the ways you can use a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in order to get into the action. Before we get on with today’s visit though, if you’re interested in 360 degree video or you’re looking to get into 360…

Power Rangers Morph onto Mobile VR

To tie in to the upcoming release of the new Power Rangers movie, Lionsgate has partnered with Reel FX and QuiverVision to create a mobile VR experience for Google Cardboard users. The new mobile VR experience is named Zords Rising and is based on a Power Rangers VR experience that was previously demonstrated at the…

NCAA March Madness Live VR Now Available

Oculus have partnered with NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS Sports for the second year to bring Basketball’s March Madness to virtual reality (VR) users. Users of Oculus Rift and Gear VR will be able to use the March Madness Live app to get a courtside seat to six live games. There will be two premium…

A Guide to the Best 360 Cameras Your Money Can Buy

There’s always been two barriers to 360 degree video content: price and quality. Thanks to the rapid adoption of the Samsung Gear VR and now with nearly a year under the belts of the consumer editions of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, those two issues are becoming less of a worry. A selection of…

Oculus Is Broadcasting The NCAA March Madness Finals In VR

Facebook’s Oculus shared with us that, of the people who actually use their Gear VRs on a daily basis, 80 percent use it to watch video. Samsung shared that 5 million Gear VRs have been sold so far, but many were given as freebies with the purchase of a phone and it is unclear how…

Report: GoPro Is Making Significant Cuts To Its VR Efforts

Action cam company GoPro seemed well poised to play a leading role in VR video, but instead it’s apparently already scaling back. Forbes is reporting that the company is making “significant cuts” to its work in VR in the latest round of 200 layoffs, announced last week. A source apparently told the site that “no…

360° Camera Lets Daughter Ride Cat in VR

Dad builds insanely cute VR simulation for insanely cute daughter. This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about super parent Toby Newman. The VR hobbyist, and recipient of VRScout’s 2017 highly-coveted (not really) Dad Of The Year Award, has already made waves on the web for his work creating a virtual reality tour of his…

SXSW 2017: Swapbots Brings Toy Collector Culture To Augmented Reality

Augmented reality caught a flash of exposure with Pokemon Go and continues to get mentioned regularly alongside it, but the technology still has a way to go before it becomes a household constant. Children have access to mobile phones and tablets nearly as much as adults these days and encounter gaming ecosystems geared toward their…

Preview: Term1nal – Hacking gets a VR makeover

Force Field VR, the studio behind the recently launched Landfall on Oculus Rift, debuted its next project at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017, a stealthy hacking adventure that’ll support Samsung Gear VR called Term1nal. Rather than the all out action of Landfall, Terminal goes for a far more thoughtful approach, demonstrating even at this early stage a nuanced approach…

Oculus Touch And Rock Band Beat Vive Tracker To VR Accessory Market

The competition between HTC’s Vive and Facebook’s Rift is a closely watched battle, with the two leading PC-powered headsets racing to expand upon the groundwork laid by the SteamVR and Oculus platforms in 2016. It seems the next step for each company is to support a wide range of accessories that can enhance a virtual world…

Vuzix Partners with KDDI [email protected] for video transmission

Vuzix, creators of a series of augmented reality (AR) Smart Glasses like the M300 series, have partnered with KDDI [email protected] in order to allow images captured by the camera mounted on the Vuzix Smart Glasses to be transmitted securely. KDDI [email protected] is a system that allows images and videos taken my smartphones, tablets and laptops…

O2 Launches Rugby & Music VR Experiences

O2 Telefonica, one of the UK’s largest mobile networks has launched a series of brand new VR experiences for subscribers. For the first time, O2 customers and fans can go head to head against the England Rugby team or explore an O2 Academy venue as a star or fan. In addition to the two POV 360° videos, a third…

Mixed Reality Map travels to Kickstarter

In a global society, it’s important that people learn about other countries and cultures from a young age. But what if you don’t have the resources required to travel long distances? The designers of WorldMapPortal think they might have the solution. WorldMapPortal is an interactive augmented reality (AR) map that works with a smartphone app…

Coachella Brings Augmented Reality To Festival-Goers

The legendary festival adds AR features to its VR mobile app. The annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is one of the most influential events on the planet. The double-weekend spectacle has been graced by some of the biggest names in music and set a certain standard of artistic creativity that all music and…

We Tried ‘The Mummy’ VR Zero Gravity Experience

Flying high with Tom Cruise in this VR “weightless” experience. Taking a walk inside the replica plane and past the infamous sarcophagus from The Mummy movie, I was expecting the film’s VR companion experience to be just another Hollywood movie BTS 360 video — but it was from that. Set up in Ballroom B at the Austin Convention Center during…

Jaunt launches Indie Pic World celebrating Independent Filmmakers

Prolific producer and distributor of 360-degree content, Jaunt, has announced the launch of the Indie Pics world, aimed at promoting indie filmmakers whilst providing a dedicated resource for creatives. For the launch today, Indie Pics will home a dozen immersive experiences from filmmakers including Steye Hallema, Boston McConnaughey, and John Hudson. Jaunt envisioned the new portal as a place…

Raw Data comes to Oculus Touch today

Survios’ first-person shooter (FPS) Raw Data has been a big success for the studio on HTC Vive. It’s got a ‘very positive’ rating on Steam and just over a month after it launched in mid-2016, the developer announced the title has already brought in $1 million USD in sales. Then in February Survios revealed the videogame would…

New Samsung Gear 360 Camera Coming Soon

Is this the new Samsung Gear 360? FCC filing suggests the consumer 360 camera is on its way. We are two weeks out from Samsung’s March 29th Unpacked event where the company is expected to launch their new Galaxy S8 mobile device. But at the same time, we could see the unveiling of an updated Gear…

Vuze VR prosumer camera now shipping to customers

At SXSW today, HumanEyes Technologies will be officially launching its Vuze VR camera, with shipments already dispatched to consumers who’ve pre-ordered. Priced at $799.00 USD/€995.00 EUR, the Vuze VR camera is being marketed at the higher end of the consumer market, above rivals such as Samsung Gear 360 and Ricoh Theta S. While these are 360-degree…

Check Out The Trailer For Interactive Sci-Fi VR Series Trinity

VR was born in science fiction, so it only makes sense that one of the first TV series for the tech, Trinity, is set in a sci-fi universe. And, no, we’re not talking about the baseball simulator. Below you can check out the first trailer for this new series from Montreal-based UNLTD, using a 3D…