Diraq Research Raises $4.8 Million to Build Superior VR Audio

Today, Swedish audio optimization company Dirac Research is announcing a $4.8  million round of fundraising. According to an official release, the funds were sourced from Henrik Didner, co-founder of the fund management company Didner & Gerge; Rami Yacoub, acclaimed music producer for Britney Spears, One Direction, Backstreet Boys, and others; Staffan Persson, CEO of Swedia Capital; and…

Hazel Moore: Top 5 British VR/AR Companies

The UK, historically strong in the gaming and creative industries, has a leading role to play in the VR landscape in Europe, and has the largest number of up and coming VR companies of any European country, as featured in the recently launched European VR Landscape (available on www.thevrfund.com) published by the VR Fund and…

You Can Now Play Contra in VR

Get a taste of what it’s like to play this classic NES game on the Vive. It seems like indie VR developers are in overdrive this month, reimagining some of our favorite childhood NES games in VR. We were already having a great time coming across a demo of Duck Hunt for the Oculus Rift, with…

Power Rangers VR App Coming This Week

“Power Rangers: Zords Rising” will be available for download March 8 from the Apple App Store, GooglePlay and Gear VR. Your favorite teenage superheroes and their giant robot Zords are back—this time in VR. Before Power Rangers the movie hits theaters on March 24th, you’ll get a chance to gear up and experience what it’s…

Kaon Interactive Adds Augmented Reality To It’s Marketing Platform

3D interactive sales and marketing firm Kaon Interactive has announced it will be introducing augmented reality (AR) experiences into it’s High Velocity Marketing Platform. Kaon AR will allow the introduction of 3D Product Models that are scaled and designed to be the same size as the physical product to be seamlessly introduced to real-world environments…

Hands-on With Leap Motion Hand-Tracking In Qualcomm’s Standalone Headset

Finally jumping the hurdle of VR input will eventually require a combination of many different technologies currently in their infancy. Hand-tracking looks likely to play a big part in that future, and Leap Motion is one of a few companies leading the charge in this department. Leap’s latest, well, leap is to bring its controller-free…

Hubblo VR Launch Indiegogo For 360-degree VR Camera

The Hubblo PX6 Camera is a 360-degree 3D camera with six lenses that allows for live-stitching of panoramic virtual reality (VR) broadcasting. The device has already reached prototyping stage and now the makers are seeking to raise $50,000 through Indiegogo. The Hubblo PX6 camera pairs with a smartphone using a simple app that controls the…

Pico Interactive Announce Software Development Kit for Pico Neo CV Headset

Chinese company Pico Interactive have announced the first details about their upcoming Software Development Kit (SDK) for their self-contained virtual reality (VR) headset, the Pico Neo CV. The Pico Neo CV was officially revealed earlier this year at CES 2017. It is a completely untethered VR headset, which does not require a console, PC or…

VR vs. This. Damn. Week.

“This is stupid.” That was my summary of the situation to my girlfriend this morning at 1am after I’d dragged myself off of the floor following a truly hectic Monday. I’m giving you the summary, since the longer version is indeed much longer and involves gratuitous amounts of yelling and swearing at my PC. I’ve just finished…

Thundercomm Unveils Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Powered Headset TurboX VR DK1

At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week, Thundercomm has announced a new all-in-one head-mounted display (HMD) platform called TurboX VR DK1. Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, the TurboX VR DK1 is part of a ‘HMD Accelerator Program’ initiative between the two companies. It’s been designed for OEMs that want to build a virtual reality (VR) HMD…

HTC Representative Comments On LG VR Headset Announcement

VRFocus spoke to Vice President HTC Vive, Europe, Peter Frølund regarding the LG virtual reality (VR) headset and LG’s entry into the VR industry. Mr. Graylin had the following to say; “We will continue to work with Valve, our relationship won’t change. We welcome new companies to the VR landscape. We want to be a…

HTC Vive Reveals Payment Plan; Audio Strap and Tracker Pricing

You’ll soon be able to pre-order both previously announced products. HTC’s Mobile World Congress announcements included the reveal of new payment plans as well as pricing and release dates for previously announced accessories, the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap and the Vive Tracker. Both unveiled at CES earlier this year, the Vive Tracker will be available…

VR’s Big Bright Future is Virtually Here

2016 turned out to be the year of virtual reality, but it came in with more a whimper than a bang. Thanks to rapidly falling device prices, mass adoption is on the horizon—led by gaming, of course. With the rising popularity of the Playstation VR, and the expected flood of VR headsets shown at CES, VR…

Insta360 Partners with Huawei on Honor VR Camera

360-degree camera company Insta360 has partnered with Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei on a branded camera called Honor VR. At an event in Beijing this week, Huawei announced it would release a clip-on 360-degree smartphone camera co-branded and developed by Insta360 as part of Huawei’s online-focussed Honor range. Modeled on the camera makers soon to be released Insta360 Air…

Samsung Reveals Four New AR & VR In-House Projects

Samsung’s C-Lab initiative is churning out some seriously incredible projects. Since launching back in 2012, the C-Lab initiative has been hard at work developing industry-changing technology that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with virtual and augmented reality. The incubation program gives valuable resources and support to budding developers in the hopes of contributing to…

HTC’s Alvin Graylin on What’s Happening in China & VR

Alvin Wang Graylin is the China President of Vive at HTC, and I had a chance to talk with him at CES this year about what’s happening in China. He provided me with a lot of cultural context, which includes support from the highest levels of Chinese Government to invest in companies working on emerging…

Vive Tracker Dev Kit Begins Shipping, Still Accepting Applications

One of our favorite VR hardware reveals at CES, has begun shipping out to developers. HTC unveiled their Vive Tracker at CES earlier this year, opening up an entirely new world for developers to create immersive experiences with additional tracking capabilities. The motion tracking hardware device, that can fit in the palm of your hand,…

Vive Tracker Powers Google Daydream Wireless Room Scale Hack

Back at CES we met a small creative studio with some big technical plans for the HTC Vive’s upcoming Tracker peripheral. The team’s name was Master of Shapes, and they were one of the groups that HTC had gathered to showcase some of the many applications for the new device. Specifically, they made a technical…

HTC Receives 2,300 Submissions for Vive Tracker, Developer Shipments Begin

During CES 2017 in January HTC announced two new accessories for the Vive head-mounted display (HMD), the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap and the Vive Tracker. Later on the same month the company then opened applications for developers to get hold of the latter device, to which its had a very successful response. HTC has revealed today…

Joinery Partners with Rapid VR to Expand Storytelling Capabilities

Joinery, a Los Angeles-based hub for pairing directors with advertising agencies, brands and musicians, has announced a partnership with Australian virtual reality (VR) production company Rapid VR, becoming its new US base for VR and 360-degree development. The collaboration will see Joinery provide the bricks and mortar infrastructure, production resources and creative culture to further…

Vive Tracker Includes USB Add-on To Connect The Additional Accessory

HTC recently released a document (PDF) detailing how its upcoming Tracker is supposed to function. The small puck-sized unit is meant to be attached to a range of objects and accessories, bringing physical guns, baseball bats, phones, cameras and much more into virtual reality with you. The Tracker holds enormous promise for extending 1:1 physical…