Mercedes-Benz Looks To Replace Owner’s Manual With AR App

Mercedes vehicles are even more luxurious with the new ‘Ask Mercedes’ intelligent virtual assistant. Let’s be honest, does anyone actually read the owner’s manual of their car? You might quickly thumb through it after the initial purchase, but other than that it’s destiny is to be shoved into the back of a glove compartment and…

Altia Systems’ PanaCast Live Enables Live Broadcasting of 180° 4K 3D Video at 60FPS

Having launched the 180° Panoramic-4K plug-and-play video camera system, PanaCast 2, back in 2016, Altia Systems has now announced PanaCast Live, a professional video system that’s designed to be fully integrated and portable. PanaCast 2 The PanaCast Live system features six 13 megapixel cameras with onboard real-time processing to synchronize, stitch and optimise the video…

Where’d the VR go at Google I/O?

Yesterday Google held its main keynote address to mark the start of its annual I/O conference in California. If you watched the livestream or were actually there then you’ll have heard lots about AI, machine learning, Google Assistant and even a little mention of augmented reality (AR) integration in Google Maps. However, there was one…

Life in 360°: I Want To Ride My Bicycle (Possibly)

It has been a long time since I personally owned a bike, though it’s not for the want of having one. It’s simply not been practical to own one and the majority of my travel is spent either using public transport or walking. Yes, I am one of those people that walks everywhere that for…

Eye-tracking is a Game Changer for VR That Goes Far Beyond Foveated Rendering

Eye-tracking—the ability to quickly and precisely measure the direction a user is looking while inside of a VR headset—is often talked about within the context of foveated rendering, with the hopes that it could reduce the performance requirements of VR. And while foveated rendering is an exciting use-case for eye-tracking in VR headsets, eye-tracking stands…

Eye-tracking is a Game Changer for VR That Goes Far Beyond Foveated Rendering

Eye-tracking—the ability to quickly and precisely measure the direction a user is looking while inside of a VR headset—is often talked about within the context of foveated rendering, with the hopes that it could reduce the performance requirements of VR. And while foveated rendering is an exciting use-case for eye-tracking in VR headsets, eye-tracking stands…

Google to Support Multi-user Shared AR Apps with ‘Cloud Anchors’ in ARCore

Today at Google I/O 2018, Google announced upgrades to its ARCore augmented reality technology, including a new feature called Cloud Anchors which will let developers create multi-user applications where devices can share an augmented environment. ARCore launched earlier this year, bringing AR functionality to 100 million Android smartphones, by Google’s count. The software allows developers…

Google Teases New AR Features Coming To Google Maps & Lens

Google VR becomes Google AR & VR as the company uses its annual I/O event to tease a new wave of augmented technology. Google wasted no time at this years Google I/O Developer Conference, diving head first into some truly jaw dropping projects that are making their way to our devices. Incredible advancements in artificial…

Google Announces Major Update For ARCore

The Google I/O conference has been showcasing new technologies and advancements for existing products. One of the new developments has been a major update for ARCore, Google’s augmented reality (AR) toolkit. ARCore is the successor to Google’s Project Tango, and the 1.0 version was launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in early 2018….

Pixvana’s SPIN Studio Platform Available as Free Trial from Radiant Images

Pixvana’s SPIN Studio platform, a cloud-based solution that handles everything from stitching, editing, publishing, and playback for content creators, is now available as a free trial via Radiant Images the company announced. Radiant Images, is an immersive technology solution provider and 360 camera rental agency, so when any company rents a camera system from them they’ll receive…

Google Teases AR Maps Integration to Help You Navigate By Sight

Aparna Chennapragada, VP of Product for AR/VR at Google, took to the stage at Google’s I/O developer conference today to tease some of the work the company is doing to integrate augmented reality into Google Maps. Chennapragada says the team has combined the smartphone’s camera, computer vision, Street View and Maps to “reimagine walking navigation,”…

Google Unveil AR Visual Navigation

The Google I/O keynote contained a number of interesting new and improved technologies, such as new features for the Google Assistant. One of the reveals during the first day keynote involved a new augmented reality (AR) navigation tool for Google Maps. During the first day keynote, Aparna Chennapragada spoke about some new features for Google…

HP Augments Papercraft in New Ad Campaign

HP have been working with Oath Inc and its subsidiary companies Yahoo! To create a new advertising campaign for its HP Instant Ink printing plan and HP Envy Photo printer by using augmented reality (AR) to show how papercraft can be used alongside its products. The AR campaign has been created by Oath’s RYOT studio…

Epson Adds Biometrics to its MOVERIO AR Smart Glasses Platform

Epson’s Moverio range of augmented reality (AR) smart glasses offer a range of uses, from industrial applications to drone flying and sports. Today, the company has announced a partnership with Bedrock Biometrics to bring its PalmID solution to the AR platform. With this collaboration both Epson and Redrock Biometrics are looking to push both AR…

VRLA 2018 Highlights

The largest XR-focused conference in the United States returns for another year of VR & AR madness. Despite only having existed three short years, VRLA has already managed to cement itself as the one of, if not the most impactful annual immersive entertainment events in the United States. The Los Angeles-based conference has become a…

VRLA 2018 Highlights

The largest XR-focused conference in the United States returns for another year of VR & AR madness. Despite only having existed three short years, VRLA has already managed to cement itself as the one of, if not the most impactful annual immersive entertainment events in the United States. The Los Angeles-based conference has become a…

QooCam Is Kandao Technology’s New 4K 360-Degree Camera, Already Funded On Kickstarter

Kandao Technology have recently launched a Kickstarter for this new product, the QooCam. This is the world’s first interchangeable consumer camera with three fisheye lenses, allowing for 4K video recording and 360-degree virtual reality (VR) capture. The QooCam features groundbreaking refocusing, cinematic stabilization and an intuitive editing tool. This is complete with a unique switchable…

Oculus Research Becomes ‘Facebook Reality Labs’, Creating “further and faster” Leaps in AR/VR

Oculus today announced it’s rebranding Oculus Research, the company’s R&D lab, to the newly created Facebook Reality Labs (FRL). The shift, the company says, better addresses the increasingly important role of research and development in AR/VR while emphasizing collaboration with Facebook’s other skunkworks, something Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash says is allowing for “further and…

Ricoh Offers Full-Featured 360-Degree Video Tours For Estate Agents

Estate agents are always on the look out for new ways to draw in clients. With virtual reality (VR) becoming increasingly popular and easier to access, a number of firms have begun offering ways to let real estate agents and their clients get a look at properties in a new way. The latest is Ricoh,…

Life In 360°: Formula One On The Nose

Every so often – and if we’re honest it’s too regular for comfort – a story comes along where even we go ‘yeah, I’ll believe it when I see it’.  Whether it’s a videogame being given the virtual reality (VR) treatment, which is highly unlikely or a new piece of hardware where the given statistics…

Facebook Partners With RED To Develop High-End VR Camera

High-resolution 6DoF VR filmmaking is on its way via Facebook’s Surround 360 platform. Facebook’s most recent F8 developer conference was jam-packed with VR & AR announcements and reveals, from brand new AR updates to Messenger and Instagram, to the much-anticipated release of the Oculus Go VR headset. For filmmakers however the highlight of the show…

Students Use Virtual Reality To Recreate Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins

The ancient Mayan civilization in Central America collapsed around 1,000 years ago but is now being brought to life thanks to a new Penn State project, that is using virtual reality (VR) to bring the Mayan ruins of Cahal Pech back to life. The project (Immersive Technologies for Archaeology) is being driven by two doctoral…

Mammoth Mini Golf AR Adds new ARKit 1.5 Features

After Apple released its augmented reality (AR) development software ARKit in 2017 loads of developers announced projects utilising the technology. When when consumers got their hands on it via iOS 11 later that year there was a reasonable amount of content to chose from. Developer Ezone.com was one of these early adopters, releasing Mammoth Mini Golf…

ANSYS Become Leading Provider For Autonomous Vehicle Simulation Following OPTIS Acquisition

The global leader in Pervasive Engineering Simulation, ANSYS, has completed its acquisition of optical simulation leadr OPTIS. This means that the company is now thje industry leading solution provider for autonomous vehicle simulation, able to leverage OPTIS’s photo-realistic virtual reality (VR) technology for its solutions. OPTIS, the leading provider of software for scientific simulation of…

360 Action Series Immersive Combat Punches onto Multiple VR Platforms

In 2016, LA-based virtual reality (VR) studio Spherica announced work on a series of live-action 360-degree films called Immersive Combat. Originally debuting at the Virtual Reality Los Angeles (VRLA) event that year, a trailer was released for Samsung Gear VR with the studio planning to release content in the following months. While little was heard after that announcement, Spherica…

Lenovo Mirage Solo and Mirage Camera Available now

Standalone virtual reality (VR) is aimed at filling a market gap, offering a bridge between the high-end but expensive headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift and the convenience of mobile VR. The Daydream-powered Lenovo Mirage Solo was announced back in January, and now users will be able to order one for themselves. The…

Lenovo Mirage Solo Features Major Upgrades Over Oculus Go

Leaning around in Oculus Go is not fun. The urge to try anyway can be strong, as happened to me when Games Editor David Jagneaux was showing me photos in his virtual loft. There was a photo he had placed on the far wall I couldn’t see because his head blocked it. Facebook’s Oculus Go…