VR Experience from Figment Productions Nominated for Two Raindance Awards

As has been covered a number of times on VRFocus, an increasing number of film festivals and award committees are recognising the contribution of immersive media. The Raindance Film Festival is due to be held in London later this month, and some virtual reality (VR) experiences have made the cut. Notably, a VR experience from…

QooCam 360 Camera Begins Shipping to Kickstarter Backers

Having launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its 360-degree camera the QooCam, Kandao Technology in May that saw success within hours, the team have now announced that deliveries have begun to early backers. Anyone well versed in backing Kickstarter projects knows that not all of them are a success, even if funding goals have been…

Jaunt Reveals Livestreamed Volumetric Video Solution for AR

Jaunt first cut their teeth on cinematic VR when they came out of stealth in 2014, not only producing some pretty high-quality 360 video throughout the years, but also a professional-grade 360 camera dubbed NEO. Now under new management, the company is striking out in a new direction, and revealing a new AR project for…

Fly A Drone With These Epson Moverio AR Glasses

Epson has found a new use for its Moverio augmented reality glasses: flying drones with its new Epson Drone Soar augmented reality app. Epson is releasing the app today to make it easier for drone pilots to navigate the skies while keeping the drone in full view. That’s because you see through the glass to the…

How Apple’s Acquisition Of Akonia Holographics Will Redefine AR

It’s no surprise at this point that Apple is actively working on augmented reality glasses. A secretive project has been underway for years under the management of former Dolby executive Mike Rockwell, and Apple has broadly hinted that its AR ambitions extend beyond the iPhone’s and iPad’s ARKit software. While Apple’s acquisition of Akonia Holographics apparently took place months ago, the…

Hollywood Director Partners with Insta360 To Democratise Content Creation

Though 360-degree video is becoming increasingly popular as a way to become involved with virtual reality (VR) content creation, for many the cost of equipment and accompanying software still keeps it out of reach. Renowned Hollywood director Roland Emmerich is seeking to address this by partnering with Insta360 to create a social platform that will…

Seeking Dawn’s Latest Update Patch Looks to Add Further Finesse

If VRFocus created a list of videogames that promised so much but didn’t quite hit the mark then Multiverse Entertainment’s  Seeking Dawn would definitely make the top five. It looked to be the summer blockbuster with beautiful visuals and an expansive game world, yet lacked the polish in key places. Since the July launch the studio…

Review: Bow To Blood

The idea of a majestic galleon that can sail gracefully across the sky is an idea which has captured the imagination for centuries, so of course there is a certain appeal in the idea of taking command of your own airship and rolling out the cannons for the ship-to-ship combat. This fantasy is exactly what…

GIPHY World Might Be VR’z Strangest App, But You Should Try It

The Microsoft Paper Clip is talking to me. Or at least a more colorful version of him is. He’s ordering me to paint pizza around the room and I have no choice but to comply, so I do. Glorious, stodgy slices of pizza dripping with cheese and lined around the walls, folding towards the end…

San Diego’s Nanome, Inc. Releases “World’s First VR-STEM Software” for Free Download

The first collaborative VR molecular modelling application was released yesterday, August 29, to encourage hands-on chemistry experimentation. It is open-source so it’s free for download now on Oculus and Steam products. Nanome, Inc., the San Diego-based start-up that built this tool, comprises UCSD professors and researchers, web developers and top-level pharmaceutical executives. “Gamers might be…

San Diego’s Nanome Inc. Releases Collaborative VR-STEM Software For Free

The first collaborative VR molecular modeling application was released yesterday, August 29, to encourage hands-on chemistry experimentation. The open-source tool is free for download now on Oculus and Steam. Nanome Inc., the San Diego-based start-up that built the intuitive application, comprises UCSD professors and researchers, web developers and top-level pharmaceutical executives. “Gamers might be confused…

The German Film Academy Develop A New AR Solution For Collaborative Film Making

A new augmented reality (AR) tool that allows for a holistic approach for collaboration while on film sets is currently in development by the research and development department at the German Film Academy. Entitled Virtual Production Editing Tools (VPET), the application offers an all-in-one solution for onset editing within a virtual production environment allowing for…

Firewall Zero Hour Review: Tactical Multiplayer Action Comes to PSVR

Firewall Zero Hour has landed on PSVR, and with it comes the platform’s first tactical multiplayer FPS. While the slow one-life-only pace might not suit everyone’s taste, it makes for undeniably tense and strategic gameplay that’s enhanced by the immersion of VR. Firewall Zero Hour Review Details: Official Site Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Developer: First Contact Entertainment Available…

Life In 360°: The Two Worlds Of Vidya Vox

For Wednesday and Friday’s editions of Life In 360° we have the slightly unusual occurance of a double dose of recent releases. In Friday’s case it was even sent to me before the official release just so I could see it. Which was pretty nice of them.We start with the end – the end of…

FragmentVR Opens A Window To Reality Within The Virtual World

View your surroundings while in VR via a customized virtual window to the real world. While disconnecting from reality has its perks, some things just can’t be accomplished from outside the confines of the real world. Whether it be eating, typing on a physical keyboard, or simply picking up real objects, that headset will eventually…

What Magic Leap One And Facebook’s Half Dome Have In Common

iFixit revealed a full teardown of Magic Leap One Creator Edition recently along with some long-awaited clarity about how the system operates. The teardown from iFixit credits Oculus founder (and former Facebook employee) Palmer Luckey with helping tear down the “Lightwear” glasses, which rely on a “Lightpack” processing unit that’s wired and worn on your…

Arcona’s Digital Land – Dev Diary: Building A Digital Marketplace

Already this August the Arcona augmented reality ecosystem launches its Marketplace on a trial basis. This will enable the system participants, developers, people interested in AR/VR technology to operate on a platform of their own when dealing with each other, offering the services and surely land trading.  We’d like to emphasize that the Arcona Marketplace…

AR Wine Labels Pay Tribute To Female Pioneers

EmBRAZEN brand wines celebrates women’s history with augmented labels highlighting three incredible female figures. Since its initial launch, Tactic’s Living Wine Labels app has received over 1.2 million downloads, providing augmented wine bottle labels to five high-profile brands. Whether it’s the Walking Dead cabarnet or a 19 Crimes shiraz, the company appears to have a…

AR Wine Labels Pay Tribute To Female Pioneers

EmBRAZEN brand wines celebrates women’s history with augmented labels highlighting three incredible female figures. Since its initial launch, Tactic’s Living Wine Labels app has received over 1.2 million downloads, providing augmented wine bottle labels to five high-profile brands. Whether it’s the Walking Dead cabarnet or a 19 Crimes shiraz, the company appears to have a…

Google And IMAX Have Halted Work On Their Cinema VR Camera

Back in 2016, Google and IMAX announced that the two companies would be embarking on a joint venture to build a virtual reality (VR) camera. Now it seems that this will no longer be happening as the project has quietly be canceled following months of work and a pilot program that was launched back in…

Google And IMAX Have Halted Work On Their Cinema VR Camera

Back in 2016, Google and IMAX announced that the two companies would be embarking on a joint venture to build a virtual reality (VR) camera. Now it seems that this will no longer be happening as the project has quietly be canceled following months of work and a pilot program that was launched back in…

Preview: Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner – M∀RS

Konami’s virtual reality (VR) efforts have been somewhat muted thus far. Rumours of experimentation with various franchises and unofficial third-party adaptations of the likes of P.T. do not inspire confidence in the medium. So then, it’s fallen to the unlikely candidate of Zone of the Enders to properly take Konami into the world of VR…

PSVR Is Getting A New Move Controller Bundle (In Japan)

Sony is finally offering a base PSVR package that includes everything you need to jump into any game on your PS4. Well, it is in Japan at least. The company announced this week that a special bundle containing the headset, a PlayStation Camera and two PS Move motion controllers will go on sale on September…

Reality Blender Lets You Bring Your Surroundings Into VR

If you have been looking for a way to see your hands and controllers while enjoying a virtual reality (VR) experience then Reality Blender is here to help with just that. Now in Early Access, this new application allows users to see their surroundings as a 2D overlay inside their VR headset to create a…

Gone Fishing with Announcement Trailer for A Fisherman’s Tale

Earlier this month, developer Vertigo Games revealed that it had teamed up with INNERSPACE to create a new virtual reality (VR) title, A Fisherman’s Tale, which stepped out of the fast-paced shooters that Vertigo Games have become known for and instead crafted a dreamlike tale about a puppet of a fisherman and his unusual adventure….

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…