Climax Studios Announces ARise for iOS

Yesterday saw the release of Apple’s iOS 11 operating system for its mobile devices, bringing with it compatibility for augmented reality (AR) and ARKit. Today, Climax Studios – the team behind Lola and the Giant and the Bandit Six series – has announced its first AR app made with ARKit, a puzzle adventure called ARise. Built as a result…

Insta360 Awards are Launched, Rewarding 360 Creators Up to $2,000

Today, 360-degree camera maker Insta360 has announced a new initiative to reward and promote the best immersive content from around the world, the Insta360 Awards. Submissions are open for anyone with a 350-degree photo or video – shot on an Insta360 product as the terms state ‘Please make sure the Contents are totally or partly created by Insta360 products’ –…

Sennheiser and Sphericam Join Forces To Produce New VR Camera

Sennheiser are one of the most well-known and popular producers of headphones and audio equipment in the world. The company have recently announced a partnership with 360-degree camera manufacturers Sphericam to create a new high-end virtual reality (VR) video and audio capture system. Sphericam and Sennheiser have been working together from some months to produce…

Motorbike Riding Gets AR Enhancement

For bikers, safety is an important consideration. Considering that people riding motorbikes are zooming down the road with little to protect them other than some leather and a helmet, getting the design of that helmet right is pretty important. One company is trying to enhance safety by incorporating augmented reality (AR) tech into its motorcycle…

Life In 360°: A Taste Of The Morning

Welcome back into the world of immersive technologies for yet another week. This week alone we’ve the Eurogamer Expo aka EGX and the Tokyo Game Show, as well as VRDC and the Raindance Film Festival. So just a few things to look forward too. Today’s 360 degree item for you to look at is another…

Conspexit and Kuju Team To Create AR

Recently established London-based company Conspexit Games Studio has teamed up with Kujo to create a new augmented reality (AR) videogame aimed at social change. So-founder Eirik Moseng has brought together a team consisting primarily of ex-PlayStation names such as Claire Boissiere and Russ Harding, who previously worked on projects such as PlayStation EyePet and PlayStation…

Snapchat Adds AR User Avatars Through Bitmoji

Snap just deployed an interesting new tool in the battle for AR supremacy on Snapchat. The company is finally utilizing Bitmoji, a company it acquired for $64 million last year, to integrate virtual avatars of its users into the real world. As Business Insider reports, you can download the separate Bitmoji app to create your…

Live 360-Degree Video Will Be Broadcast Via Satellite At IBC 2017

360-degree video remains the most popular way for users to engage with virtual reality (VR) content. At IBC this year, the Fraunhofer Heinrick Hertz Institute will be broadcasting one of its presentations at the event live over satellite. Fraunhofer HHI will be setting up Omnicam-360 cameras at popular places throughout Luxembourg to capture live images…

Nokia OZO+ Camera Drops In Price

The Nokia OZO system for capturing and editing 360-degree video is primary aimed at high-end, professional users, and as such its expense puts it out of reach of most consumers and small businesses. That may change, however, with the announcement that Nokia are dropping the price of the OZO+ camera to $25,000 (USD). Though still…

Editorial: Why Apple’s Immersive Evolution Starts With Poop

People who watch technology closely — especially those optimistic about VR and AR — are scratching their heads this week trying to understand how Apple “undersold” those features so significantly. At the Apple September Keynote, there was no mention of VR at all despite the iPhone X being the first device from Apple to use…

Drone Hero AR: Using ARCore

Hey there! Before we dive into ARCore, let me quickly introduce myself: My name is Jonas Johansson. I love tech and games, and especially the marriage of the two. The game studio Neuston, which I run, recently released the VR game Drone Hero, where you fly a drone through a set of difficult challenges. Before…

The Best PlayStation VR Games of 2017 so far

Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE) PlayStation VR is still a couple of months away from celebrating its first birthday – which Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have already done – yet it’s already proven to be the most popular of the three, with SIE claiming over a million headsets have been sold. While this is likely…

Bringing A Myth To Life In VR, Forge Reply Talk Theseus

You may well have seen the 360 degree trailer of Theseus on your Facebook timeline, Twitter, YouTube – or even on VRFocus. Following the videogame’s release on the PlayStation VR back in July, those on PC can look forward to play the it this Autumn on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Based around the popular Greek…

Otus Tracker Uses Valve’s Lighthouse Tech For Drone Motion Capture

Valve’s SteamVR motion tracking tech is getting a big upgrade in just a few months and developers are still finding new uses for it beyond VR. Take the Otus Tracker, the new device from RCBenchMark in Canada. It allows a user to track a drone’s position indoors with sub-millimeter accuracy. The Otus Tracker works like this:…

Apple Shows Off New AR Demos on iPhone 8

‘The Machines’ brings competitive AR gaming to iPhone. While many were pumped to see a new iPhone, Watch, and Apple TV announced at Apple’s special event from the brand-new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, we’ve all been waiting to hear more about the company’s augmented and virtual reality efforts. We’ve been keeping tabs on…

VPai Slide 360 Degree Camera Brings VR Live-Streaming to iPhone

360-degree video remains one of the most popular ways for users to create and engage with virtual reality (VR) content. Technology company VIA are launching a new video camera platform for 360-degree filming and panoramic still photographer aimed at the iPhone market. The VPai Slide is designed to offer a complete package for iPhone users…

Nokia Showcase New OZO Features At IBC 2017

Finnish tech company Nokia have been making inroads to virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video with its professional-grade Nokia OZO camera and associated software. The company will be demonstrating new new features of OZO at the IBC in Amsterdam later this month. Nokia announced in June that OZO Live and OZO Creator would both now…

Review: Bloody Zombies

A side-scrolling beat-‘em-up may not have been high on your list for expected virtual reality (VR) experiences, and yet UK studio nDreams have brought one to high-end head-mounted displays (HMDs) as their second title for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. In doing so, the publisher has made a landmark statement about 2D visuals…

Google Reveals Their Experiments With ARCore

With some analysts expecting the next battlefield for a clash between smartphone giants Google and Apple to be augmented reality (AR), Google have responded to Apple’s ARKit toolset with its own, titled ARCore. Research and Development team Daydream Labs have now revealed some of the results of their experiments with the new toolset. Google Street…

Become a Superhero: The Best Super-Human VR Experiences

Superheros and virtual reality (VR) seem to fit together perfectly. Unlike traditional videogames, VR allows players to actually feel the experience of becoming a superhero opposed to simply watching as the action unfolds. Developers have already taken note of this, with a huge selection of superhero action videogames already available in VR. Beginning back in…

Tamaggo 360LiveCam Goes on Sale

There are plenty of 360-degree cameras on the market, with single lens and dual lens models available to consumers. Today sees the launch of another single lens model, the Tamaggo 360LiveCam, retailing for $399 USD/£332.50 GBP. With its unique egg-like shape the Tamaggo has another individual feature that sets it apart from other 360-degree cameras,…

ManoMotion Provides Hand Gesture Control For ARKit Apps

ARKit is almost here, and we see more demos of Apple’s Augmented Reality toolset every day. The latest, from Sweedish developer ManoMotion, is an additional SDK that allows developers to integrate hand gesture controls into their AR apps quickly. Available within a few weeks, ManoMotion’s tech uses the iPhone’s camera to provide accurate hand tracking…

ManoMotion Unveils Hand Gesture Control for Apple’s ARKit

Back in June ManoMotion released a software development kit (SDK) to allow developers to include add hand gestures into any virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR), applications. One of the biggest AR apps to launch this year was Apple’s ARKit. Now the computer vision specialist has included support into its SDK. ManoMotion’s…

Kids Bike Through Their Own Artwork In This VR Workshop

The immersive learning experience uses VR to let young participants pedal a stationary bike through their drawings and clay figures. Remember when arts and crafts meant some glue sticks and a handful of dry macaroni? Ah yes, it was a simpler time that the children of today will unfortunately never fully understand. Especially when you…

Samsung Gear VR App Aids The Visually Impaired

This new Samsung tool is using VR to bring sight to the near-blind. VR has the opportunity to improve so much of daily life by altering and improving reality. For those with vision impairment, seeing and reading are the ultimate improvements to reality—and VR may be the solution. Relúmĭno is an app that pairs with…

How Cloudgine is Revolutionising VR Gaming and Streaming

Gamescom was full of virtual reality (VR) videogames and experiences, but one of the most impressive was Cloudgine. They showed VRFocus a live broadcast from Edinburgh to Cologne via Twitch from Cloudgine’s VR videogame They Came from Space. VRFocus spoke to David Jones, Co-founder of Cloudgine about how they started, how They Came from Space…

WebVR: Taking The Path Of Least Resistance To Mainstream VR

While we were distracted with VR hype cycles and the “when will VR go mainstream?” debate, the understated and overlooked WebVR snuck up on us. If you are wondering why you’ve started seeing more and more discussion of WebVR in the headlines, you’re not alone. This year alone, we’ve seen major announcements from Google and Firefox,…

Kandao Update 360-Degree Camera Range With Obsidian GO

Earlier this year, Chinese tech firm Kandao announced its new hardware product, the Kandao Obsidian 360-degree camera. Kandao have now announced a new version of the camera is being launched – the Obsidian GO. In contrast to the Obsidian R and S models, which were launched for early adopters in July, the Obsidian GO is…