Full-Body VR Haptic HoloSuit Shipping This November

If you’ve ever felt that your body would be a better controller in virtual reality than a joypad or wand, you’ll understand why Kaaya Tech’s HoloSuit just reached its funding goal on Kickstarter. Offered in multiple versions, the wearable haptic controller uses a considerable array of sensors to control VR apps, and promises to start shipping this…

MixCast Livestreaming Application Now Available

MixCast, the livestreaming program for virtual reality (VR), has finally released making its powerful streaming features available to anyone. MixCast allows users to create, share and broadcast mixed reality (MR) content to any audience, with almost any equipment, application and filming environment. With livestreaming being such a popular entertainment source and marketing tool for developers and…

Watch Steven Spielberg Use An HTC Vive To Direct Ready Player One

Behind-the-scenes footage of this year’s Ready Player One shows director Steven Spielberg using an HTC Vive to bring the film to life. The video below, taken from the extra content on the upcoming home video release, shows the legendary director adorning the popular VR headset in the early stages of production. With the help of…

Race Against Origami Robots In This Calming AR Puzzler

Old meets new as Mechagami World bring the ancient art of Japanese paper folding to smartphones Dating back to the Edo period (1603–1867), traditional Japanese origami is a specific style of art involving the folding, and sometimes cutting, of paper to form various sculptures. Those unfamiliar with the practice will still most likely recognize the…

This Week In VR Sports: Augmented Sports Continues To Grow

It is once again time for another entry in This Week In VR Sport. Every week VRFocus brings you a number of sports and eSports related virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) stories. With the World Cup in full swing it is time to look elsewhere in the world of sports to see what is going on….

Jarvish Reveals AR-Equipped Motorcycle Helmet

Smart features are becoming commonplace in many devices, from lightbulbs to suitcases, so it isn’t too much of a surprise to see that kind of connected technology coming to safety equipment like motorcycle helmets, along with augmented reality (AR) technology, courtesy of Taiwanese start-up firm Jarvish. The new Jarvish helmet, the X-AR, not only includes…

Life In 360°: Three Laps And A Little Crazy

If, by any chance you were here at this time last week firstly thanks for sticking around with VRFocus. It’s very much appreciated and I just wanted to say that. Secondly, however you’ll recall that I reported at how the official NASCAR YouTube channel had got a hold of some sort of 360 degree camera…

Preview: TendAR – Literally Feeding on Your Emotions

Being completely honest, the idea behind what augmented reality (AR) can possibly achieve is all well and good but at this moment in time it just doesn’t have the same wow factor that virtual reality (VR) does. Yet there are developers getting to grips with software like ARKit and ARCore, producing some interesting projects that…

Take On Serena Williams In Augmented Reality

Summer and sports seems to go together, like strawberries and cream. In 2018 not only is the football World Cup ongoing, but the ultimate Tennis tournament of Wimbledon has also just begun. To celebrate he start of this major sporting event, Snapchat is serving the opportunity to compete against Tennis Champion Serena Williams by using…

Front Row Stadium Seats With PlayStation VR

With the World Cup entering the knockout phase, millions have been watching how the tournament plays out. For those who are equipped with a virtual reality (VR) headset, its possible to get much closer to the action by using apps like the BBC Sports VR app on the PlayStation VR. For footballs fans, the BBC…

This Developer Recreated ‘The Legend of Zelda’ Boss Battles in VR

For VR users, the following question inevitably arises in some shape or form: why isn’t ‘x-studio’ making my favorite ‘y’ game in VR? While the answer usually ends up being a lack of sufficient profit motive on the part of established studios, sometimes indie devs step up to deliver what people are clamoring for. Case in…

Virtual Reality Music Experience Riff VR Heads to Steam

IMEX Media have targeted rhythm games as in need of a a spot of innovation and change. So have set out to create a new type of rhythm-based music videogame for virtual reality with Riff VR which will let users experience tracks from renowned artists like Kiss and Lynyrd Skynyrd in a new way. Riff…

Navigate Your Smart Home Devices In AR

An augmented home is just seconds away thanks to the Smart AR Home app. As popular smart home devices such as the Philips Hue digital lighting platform and Nest’s line of wifi-enabled tools continue making their way into more living rooms, it’s not surprising to find many residents now controlling a majority of their lighting,…

Niantic Teases AR Platform Capable Of Real World Interaction

The creators of Pokemon GO present AR technology that can detect real-world objects. You may know Niantic as the American software company behind the cult-sensation Pokemon GO. Or perhaps you’re familiar with them as the team responsible for the geocaching app Google Ingress and the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Whenever there’s a groundbreaking mobile…

Watch: PSVR’s Bravo Team Becomes Less Bad With New Update

Earlier this year Supermassive Games launched a cooperative military shooter named Bravo Team on PSVR. Given that this is the team that brought us Until Dawn and its VR spin-off, Rush of Blood, we expected big things. Sadly, the game was a bit of a disappointment, with a wealth of issues holding it back. Today,…

Life In 360°: Well, Ovals Are Basically 360…

Motorsport. The smell of burning rubber, the sound of a roaring engine, the taste of champagne for the victorious or the bitter taste of defeat. As mentioned previously on Life In 360° I am a motorsport fan, particularly Formula 1 racing. As such we’ve featured Formula 1 quite a lot, particularly since new owners Liberty…

Trivantis Announces Immersive Learning Platform CenarioVR

Though the benefits of using virtual reality (VR) for training in business and enterprise settings has been demonstrated in various ways, there are still difficulties in set-up cots and creating custom content. E-learning company Trivantis is aiming to make this process easier with its CenarioVR platform. The CenarioVR platform has been created to bring immersive…

Preview: Gungrave VR – Arcade FPS Action That Doesn’t Benefit VR

While standard videogame ideas do work in the virtual reality (VR) realm, most developers and players realise that a title made specifically for VR utilises the techs unique features. Titles like Rez Infinite for example work just as well – if not better – in VR than on a standard flat screen, while others like…

Niantic’s Latest Pokemon Go AR Demo Shows Impressive Occlusion Tech

A lot of people still do not consider Pokemon Go “real” AR. At launch, the AR features were extremely limited and in most cases the camera would simply plaster an animated Pokemon over the top of your real world environment which resulted in the creature seemingly standing inside of objects and walking across things it…

Pixvana Creates New VR Video Playback Technology for SPIN Play

Pixvana, the company behind the SPIN Play platform has announced the launch of its new “overlay” virtual reality (VR) video playback technology to improve visual quality. Now available on the updated SPIN Play platform, the new version uses an Oculus Compositor Layer to deliver high-quality 60fps video for fully immersive 360 degree with monoscopic content. The…

Pixvana Creates New VR Video Playback Technology for SPIN Play

Pixvana, the company behind the SPIN Play platform has announced the launch of its new “overlay” virtual reality (VR) video playback technology to improve visual quality. Now available on the updated SPIN Play platform, the new version uses an Oculus Compositor Layer to deliver high-quality 60fps video for fully immersive 360 degree with monoscopic content. The…

Lucid Offers Depth Perception For VR Capture

Lucid are perhaps best known as the makers of the LucidCam, one of the first commercially available virtual reality 180-degree cameras on the market. That company is now seeking to expand its reach and further democratise the process of making VR and 3D video by offering its AI-powered 3D Fusion technology for smartphone and other…

Why Cannes Lions Was A Big Deal For VR & AR

Key announcements are putting XR on the map. If you work in a field somewhat related to media or advertising, you must have heard of Cannes Lions, a festival held in the south of France every year which manages to gather thousands of people from the creative industry. It is where agencies reveal new campaigns,…

Google Launches Its AR Measuring App, Measure

Want to measure how Apple and Google are doing in the AR race? Well you could look to both company’s actual measuring apps, both called Measure. Whereas Apple’s iteration of this augmented app will be coming with iOS12 (which is rumored to be launching this week), Google has beaten it to the punch by launching…

HumanEyes Technologies Introduce VR Horizons Education Program

HumanEyes Technologies have announced the launch of a new education program dedicated to putting virtual reality (VR) cameras into the hands of educators so they can develop immersive VR curriculum to give students the full capabilities to learn how to produce and share immersive VR content. Dubbed ‘VR Horizons’, the program will leverage the skills…

Try On Nail Polish In New AR App

Augmented reality (AR) has been used for many applications within the fashion and beauty sector to date. Now though, those looking to see how their nails might look in a different colour there is an AR app to make this much easier. Wanna Nails, developed by Wannaby, leverages AR technology to help find that ideal…

UK Food Delivery Service Just Eat Looks Into AR

The UK-based food delivery service is looking into using augmented reality (AR) to advertise its service across social media sites such as Facebook. The plan is to test how effective AR ads are in convincing people to order. The AR advertisement campaign was developed by agency Byte London, and the campaign will run over Facebook…