Isabelle Riva: How The Unity Game Engine Will Democratize Film

Unity Technologies has been known among developers as the maker of a “game engine” since the tool debuted in 2005. But these days, “creation engine” might be a better name for it. That’s because experiences created with Unity are more often than not films, interactive movies, advertisements, or augmented reality and virtual reality content. The…

Spatial Brings AR Gaming To The Tabletop With A Magic Window

AR tabletop gaming could get a real boost with this new peripheral from Spatial Gaming. The Spatial MRX is a mobile accessory designed to bring augmented reality boardgames to anyone with a smartphone or tablet. It’s a $60 device that plugs into your hardware and places it behind what it calls a ‘Magic Window’. Using…

StarVR One Revealed with SteamVR Tracking 2.0, Eye-tracking, Upgraded Specs

StarVR today revealed the StarVR One headset at SIGGRAPH 2018, an upgrade to previous StarVR headsets which incorporates SteamVR Tracking 2.0, eye-tracking, and a slew of enhancements. Made for the commercial and enterprise VR markets, the StarVR headset’s defining feature has been its ultra-wide field of view (claimed at 210 degrees horizontal and 130 degrees…

MoCap Giant Vicon Announces Location-Based VR Tracking System Origin

Leading motion capture company Vicon is jumping deeper into VR with a new tracking system for location-based solutions. You may have seen Vicon’s tech at work in hit movies like Blade Runner 2049 and Gravity as well as games like the VR-compatible Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, but its work in VR opens up a new avenue…

Electronauts Multiplayer Livestream: Spinning Up Tunes With Survios Devs

For today’s livestream we’re going back into the trippy world of Electronauts, but this time we won’t be alone. Instead, today we’re playing multiplayer! That means while we’re busy riffing on some great electronic music, we’ll have a Survios developer right by our side showing us how it’s done. If you missed our previous Electronauts…

Electronauts Multiplayer Livestream: Spinning Up Tunes With Survios Devs

For today’s livestream we’re going back into the trippy world of Electronauts, but this time we won’t be alone. Instead, today we’re playing multiplayer! That means while we’re busy riffing on some great electronic music, we’ll have a Survios developer right by our side showing us how it’s done. If you missed our previous Electronauts…

VR-Controlled Robot Limbs Could Open Up Now Possibilities for Remote Working

It has already been demonstrated how virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) can help when workers need assistance performing an unfamiliar procedure. An assistant professor at Tokyo’s Keio University is taking this idea step further with his ‘Fusion’ project. Fusion consists of two main elements, one of which is a pair of robotic arms…

Insta360 Tease New 360 Camera For Later This Month

360 degree video’s role within immersive technology continues to be one that actively splits the community. To some it is, though at the lower end of the spectrum, a great and simple way to introduce people into what being in virtual reality (VR) can be like and a great tool for advertisers and creatives alike. …

‘Electronauts’ Review – Unlock Your Inner Groove

Electronauts sits at an interesting intersection somewhere between game, experience, and tool. Your experience with Electronauts then may vary depending upon what you hope to achieve with it. If you’re anything like me—someone who can fall deep into music, but isn’t musically trained—you’ll find a totally unique and approachable platform for expressing your inner groove. Electronauts…

Prototype Backpack Features Robotic Limbs Controlled Remotely In VR

Project Fusion’s VR-controlled robot arms could revolutionize remote collaboration. As part of an ongoing effort to create a real-life Dr. Octopus, researchers at Keio University’s Graduate School of Media Design in Tokyo, Japan have developed a specialized backpack device that includes a pair of robotic arms. Lead by University assistant professor Yamen Saraiji in collaboration…

Prototype Backpack Features Robotic Limbs Controlled Remotely In VR

Project Fusion’s VR-controlled robot arms could revolutionize remote collaboration. As part of an ongoing effort to create a real-life Dr. Octopus, researchers at Keio University’s Graduate School of Media Design in Tokyo, Japan have developed a specialized backpack device that includes a pair of robotic arms. Lead by University assistant professor Yamen Saraiji in collaboration…

Underwater 8K Videos With Hydrus VR

One of the most challenging environments for capturing high-quality footage is underwater. Not only do you need a camera rig capable of withstanding the wet, high-pressure and variable temperatures of being underwater, but you also need the camera to be capable of capturing footage in poor lighting conditions. The Hydrus VR camera claims to offer…

Detu Max 3D 8K 360-Degree Camera Ends Kickstarter Campaign Over 900% Over Target

A Kickstarter campaign for a high-end virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree camera designed exclusively for the professional market easily attained its funding goals, and then quickly exceeded them. The campaign completed at the end of July after massively overshooting its initial target. The initial funding goal was set at $20,000 (USD), a figure which was…

Detu Max 3D 8K 360-Degree Camera Ends Kickstarter Campaign Over 900% Over Target

A Kickstarter campaign for a high-end virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree camera designed exclusively for the professional market easily attained its funding goals, and then quickly exceeded them. The campaign completed at the end of July after massively overshooting its initial target. The initial funding goal was set at $20,000 (USD), a figure which was…

Play The Iconic Snake Game In Augmented Reality

If you have any memory of classic Nokia mobile phones then you might remember a popular videogame by the name of Snake. Even to this day Snake is still an ever popular videogame with a number of different releases, versions, spin-offs and even rip-offs dotted all over the place. Now though, HMD Global have revealed…

New Catch & Release PlayStation VR Gameplay Trailer Released

Developer Metricminds may have released their virtual reality (VR) fishing title Catch & Release on steam back in June of this year but soon it will be time for PlayStation VR owners to get in on the relaxing fun. To help get players excited, the team have released a new gameplay trailer that showcases a…

Life In 360°: Goodwood’s Change Of Pace

Hello again and welcome to another Life In 360° themed around motor racing. It wasn’t that long ago that we’d last taken to the tarmac, as we have done in Li360 on more than a few occasions. In fact, we looked once again at Formula 1’s selection of coverage from across the most recent races…

New Mirror Reconstruction Technology Revealed by Facebook Reality Labs

In what looked like the start of things to come for the Oculus brand, back in May it was announced that Oculus Research, the R&D division of the company was being rebranded as Facebook Reality Labs. Today, the new lab has made its first big announcement since the name change, introducing a new mirror reconstruction technology. When…

New Mirror Reconstruction Technology Revealed by Facebook Reality Labs

In what looked like the start of things to come for the Oculus brand, back in May it was announced that Oculus Research, the R&D division of the company was being rebranded as Facebook Reality Labs. Today, the new lab has made its first big announcement since the name change, introducing a new mirror reconstruction technology. When…

Pico Raises $24M Series A Funding, Goblin 2 Standalone Headset Announced

Pico Interactive, the Beijing-based standalone VR headset manufacturer, successfully completed a ¥167.5 million RMB (~$24.7 million) Series A funding round. To accompany the news, Pico also announced their second iteration of their Goblin standalone headset, dubbed G2. As reported by Yivian, Pico Interactive’s financing was co-led by GF Qianhe and GF Xinde Investment, with additional participation from…

Oculus To Talk Porting Content To Santa Cruz And More At Connect 5

The first talks have been revealed and registration is now open for Oculus Connect 5, being hosted September 26 and 27 in San Jose, California. The first 18 talks revealed for the two-day event cover a variety of subjects, including porting content to the upcoming high-end standalone headset Facebook is seeding to developers this year….

Oculus To Talk Porting Content To Santa Cruz And More At Connect 5

The first talks have been revealed and registration is now open for Oculus Connect 5, being hosted September 26 and 27 in San Jose, California. The first 18 talks revealed for the two-day event cover a variety of subjects, including porting content to the upcoming high-end standalone headset Facebook is seeding to developers this year….

PSVR Co-Creator Richard Marks Leaves Sony For Google

Update: After publication we received the following comment from a Google Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) spokesperson: “ATAP is at the intersection of science and application where our goal is to solve significant problems and close the gap between what if and what is. We’re super excited about Richard joining the senior team and look forward…

PSVR Co-Creator Richard Marks Leaves Sony For Google

Update: After publication we received the following comment from a Google Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) spokesperson: “ATAP is at the intersection of science and application where our goal is to solve significant problems and close the gap between what if and what is. We’re super excited about Richard joining the senior team and look forward…

Microsoft is Adding Pass-through Video to Windows VR Headsets

A beta version of Windows 10 now includes support for a pass-through video mode for Windows VR headsets, allowing users to look out at the world around them through the headset’s on-board cameras. This week Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17723 to users who are part of the Windows Insider Program. The update includes…

Microsoft Adds ‘Flashlight’ Camera Feature To Windows VR Headsets

You can now say “Flashlight On” to see the real world while wearing a Windows VR headset. Headsets running Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, like those from companies such as Acer, Lenovo and Samsung, can access the new feature with the latest Windows 10 Insider build. You’ll need to connect a microphone if your headset…

Microsoft Introduces New Flashlight Feature for Mixed Reality

Imagine being ensconced within virtual reality (VR) and suddenly, your phone rings. You will probably spend a while flailing and trying to get out of the headset, or patting around trying to find where you left your phone. Microsoft are introducing a solution to this surprisingly common problem with a new feature called Flashlight. The…