Volumetric Capture Studio Dimension Launches Partner Programme

Last year we took a tour of Dimension, an amazing new volumetric capture studio that utilizes Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Capture tech, located in London. The facility is designed to make realistic 3D performance capture accessible to everyone. Today, the studio is taking its mission a step further. Dimension today launched its Partner Programme, which grants…

Samsung Launches Six Indie VR Projects

Six indie VR projects are now available on the Samsung VR Video service via the Oculus store. The debut episodes are the product of a new program from Samsung looking to fund indie filmmakers while encouraging them to use the 360 Round — a high-end VR camera from Samsung that sells for more than $10,000. The…

How Brands Can Leverage AR to Boost Our Productivity

AR can help brands move from a status disruptor to a personal assistant. I believe that over the next decade, augmented reality (AR) will establish itself as the greatest productivity tool ever invented. This might sound counterintuitive at first — most AR demos available today on smartphone are gimmicky, with very little use cases or…

Samsung Push Forward Creative VR With New Video Initiative

Samsung have expressed a strong interest in virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video, whether this is in regards to its Gear VR headset or its Gear 360 camera. The company is now taking that further with the announcement of Pilot Season, an initiative aimed at supporting the independent VR filmmaking industry. The Pilot Season programme…

What to Expect in AR and VR at Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference

While Oculus holds their own annual developer conference (coming later this year), parent company Facebook has in years past had plenty of exciting news to share at their own F8 developer conference. With F8 just around the corner on May 1st & 2nd, we take a look at what might be revealed. Buzz is building…

5 Historical Events And Time Periods You Can Visit In VR

Virtual Reality (VR) is a tool that can be used for complete immersion into a number of different experiences. Everything from horror videogames to simulating the experience of flying. There are a wealth of user experiences to try in VR. As VR applications become more realistic and as more genres are explored, it’s possible to…

The Vive Pro’s AR Abilities Just Got Augmented

Image Copyright: HTC (Image Used under Fair Use Rationale) I’m not sure if any of the people who bought a Vive stopped to think that it wasn’t “pro” enough for them, but HTC went ahead and made the Vive Pro anyway. This new, more expensive HMD has a lot of technical improvements over the model…

Photo Studio AR Puts A Complete Photo Studio In Your Pocket

If you are a photographer looking to experiment new ideas then augmented reality (AR) might be the way forward, thanks to a new app from Superba AR. With Photo Studio AR users can turn their mobile device and their surrounding environment into a fully equip studio and create the ultimate photo shoot. Developed by Superba AR, the…

Earth Day: Now You Can Surf With a Legend in VR

It was 1978 when John Ritter became the first known surfer ride the now-legendary wave dubbed “Cloudbreak” off the tiny heart-shaped Fijian island Tavarua. Now forty years later, a team of passionate environmentalists, surfers and virtual reality pioneers are working to bring that experience and John Ritter’s lifelong oceanic yacht and surfboard exploration to users…

PeerWell Brings Augmented Reality Fall Prevention Feature To Mobile Devices

San Francisco-based PeerWell has added an augmented reality (AR) feature to its app platform which will help post-surgical patients manage their recovery. The feature allows users to take advantage of their mobile devices camera to scan and analyze their home environment and be provided with suggestions on how to minimize the risk of falls. The…

Go Behind The Scenes Of Ready Player One With HTC Vive

Following the success of Ready Player One in box offices HTC Vive, the official partner for the film, has released a short behind the scenes video that showcases some of the techniques and technology that was used to create the visually impressive world of Oasis. Ready Player One is all about virtual reality (VR) and the…

This Week In VR Sport: Investments, Trendsetting And Business Shuttering

Another week comes and goes and it is once again time for VRFocus to bring you another edition of This Week in VR Sport. With a number of sports related virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) stories, this week has three stories that are sure to peak your interest. With multiple successful investments, a discussion on the market…

Snapchat Release ‘Shoppable AR’ For It’s Augmented Reality Lenses

Snapchat have released a new addition to it’s augmented reality (AR) Lenses features which will let advertisers publish sponsored lenses which users will be able to interact with. Snapchat AR Lenses serve as an extension to Snapchat’s currently existing shoppable ads which allow advertisers to engage with potential customers directly within the app. It was…

Oculus Offers Up Developer Quick-start Guide for Bringing Apps to Go

With the impending launch of Oculus Go, the company’s first standalone headset, Oculus has shared with developers a handy cheat sheet for bringing Gear VR applications to the Go. Oculus writes in a new post on their developer blog that Oculus Go is binary-compatible with Gear VR, and most applications can be launched on the headset without…

How Steven Spielberg Used VR to Shoot ‘Ready Player One’

The HTC Vive was used to frame shots in VR. Virtual reality took center stage in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One blockbuster film when it was released March 29th. But we are also learning how immersive technology played a role during the actual production of the movie too. In a new video shared by HTC…

Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall Sees Penrose’s Grip On VR Storytelling Tighten

The fourth production from VR studio Penrose, Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall, is debuting at Tribeca and it touches upon well worn territory for this team. Namely, it’s a story about the relationship between parent and child, coping with loss and, ultimately, moving on. Heavy topics for the film’s deceptively charming visuals, true, but the studios’…

Life In 360°: The Mother Of The Nation

No matter where you go in the world there’s always something new, diverse and impressive to see. Always a view of a culture, a people, a city, a country, a tradition that gets you thinking or feeling. One of the great things about 360 degree video is it provides the opportunity to experience such places…

AR Functionality Comes To Vive Pro With New Front-Facing Camera Tools

The Vive Pro gets new SDK tools unlocking advanced AR capabilities. The Vive Pro is one hell of a VR headset. A combined 2880 x 1600 pixel resolution, dual AMOLED 3.5″ diagonal screens, a 90 Hz refresh rate, high quality integrated headphones, the list goes on. However one feature in particular, the stereo front-facing cameras,…

ANTVR to Launch $500 ‘Mix’ AR Headset on Kickstarter in May

AntVR, the Beijing-based company known for their 2014 VR headset Kickstarter, is launching a new crowdfunding campaign soon focusing on a hybrid AR headset called simply Mix. The makers are promising a bevy of bells and whistles, including the ability to integrate with the SteamVR platform so users can play VR games too, and all…

PlayStation Leads The Way On VR Livestreaming

Videogame livestreaming is pretty popular. Many publishers and developers have a somewhat ambivalent relationship towards the streaming community, despite the popularity and Twitch, live broadcasts of events such as Awesome Games Done Quick and e-sports. Sony, however, seems to be embracing livestreaming for virtual reality (VR) with upcoming new features. At the Game Development Conference…

Lightstream Racer Accelerates On To iOS

If you ever played with Micro Machines or Hot Wheels toys, you may have spent some time crafting an intricate racing course for them around your bedroom, living room or kitchen. This experience is recreated in augmented reality (AR) with new ARKit-powered experience Lightstream Racer. Created by developer Virtual Arts, Lightstream Racer uses a smartphone…