Intel Announces Tech Learning Lab With VR Features

A number of schools, universities and educational institutions have experimented with virtual reality (VR) as a means to enhance and improve the educational experience for students. Now technology company Intel is taking VR education on the road with its Tech Learning Lab. The Tech Learning Lab is a custom-built mobile container truck which has been…

Qualcomm Announces New WiFi Chips For Better VR

Qualcomm is a brand name that is well-known among virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts, with its Snapdragon line of processors being used in a number of VR and augmented reality (AR) devices. Now the company has announced a new family of 60GHz WiFi chips that are set to improve the VR experience. The new family of…

NBA & NextVR Announce 2018-19 VR Livestream Lineup

The NBA and NextVR, the VR video and livestreaming company, announced the 2018-19 schedule, which will let even more basketball fans experience games in VR. Now livestreaming its third NBA season, NextVR announced in a blogpost that they’re expanding the distribution of live NBA League Pass VR experiences to include Oculus Venues, the app that allows Oculus…

NextVR Releases Streaming Schedule For Critical 2018-2019 NBA Season

Startup NextVR is preparing to stream the 2018-2019 NBA season across all platforms. NextVR’s focus is on live capture and streaming content in 3D and the startup’s partnership with the NBA has offered basketball fans in VR courtside seats at games for the last couple years. NextVR’s capture and streaming technology is generally some of the…

CVS Partners With OmniVirt for 360-Degree Ad Campaign for BeautyIRL

Since virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video has become more popular, a number of companies have emerged seeking to find ways of monetising these new mediums. One of the most prominent is OmniVirt, who have announced its work with CVS to create an immersive advertising campaign for BeautyIRL. The BeautyIRL is described as a ‘shop…

Scraper: First Strike Interview And Combat Gameplay Footage

We first saw Labrodex Studios’ first VR project — the futuristic shooter Scraper: First Strike — earlier this year when we had a chance to go hands-on with the game at their office on Long Island. It’s been a few months since our first playtest, and the game has not only gotten more polish, but…

The Sims FreePlay Brings In Multiplayer AR

The Sims is incredibly popular in all its various forms. Evolving from the iconic SimCity franchise, it has sold over 200 million copies worldwide. The Sims FreePlay is the free-to-play smartphone iteration of the franchise, which has just launched a new content update which includes some new augmented reality (AR) features. The new update includes…

Moncler Genius Launches AR-Enhanced Book

A number of new products are coming to market that feature augmented reality (AR) enhancements, with items such as toys, robots and globes being created with AR features that can create an immersive environment or characters and display additional information. Moncler have announced the launch of a AR-enhanced book which can provide 3D immersive experiences….

Vuzix Confirms App Developer Partners For CEATEC 2018

The Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC), Japan’s largest conference dedicated to electronics and information technology in general kicks off today in the Chiba prefecture of Japan, continuing through until October 19th. As you can imagine virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies are set to feature during the conference. Such as Mitsubishi subsidiary…

The Sims FreePlay Adds Multiplayer AR In ‘Brilliant Backyards’ Update

Real-time cooperative building and AR functionality arrive in a seasonal themed update to EA’s mobile Sims experience. The Sims FreePlay, a free-to-play mobile version of EA’s wildly popular strategic life simulator, The Sims, launched its latest update today, offering a slew of fall/autumn themed content to spice up your digital backyard. This includes new plant…

Insta360 Goes Halvsies, Bringing 180° Capture To Pro Series

At the end of last week on VRFocus we brought you news of how innovative camera firm Insta360’s announcement of their new ONE X 360-degree camera, which the company touted as the “future of the action camera”. The 5.7K camera bringing not just 360 degree video capture but a number of other very attractive features…

The Virtual Arena: VR’s Bonanza for Commercial Entertainment (Part 2)

Industry specialist Kevin Williams of KWP, concludes his report on the latest developments shaping the digital out-of-home entertainment (DOE) sector and all things to do with Commercial virtual reality (VR) deployment seen internationally. In this final part we see the drive for new investment and the realities and speculation on the market’s true worth. With…

The VR Job Hub: In The News & In Your Future?

The race towards 2019 has begun in earnest and for some, that also means it is time to move on to pastures new. If that desire has hit you, and you’re interested in the immersive technology sector, then you’ll probably be interested in this week’s edition of The VR Job Hub. Since it’s been a…

Allstate Launches AR Experience To Help Families Build A Fire Escape Plan

As part of National Fire Prevention Week, Allstate have released Escape Route, a new Allstate Mobile app feature that leverages augmented reality (AR) to help families create and practice fire escape plans. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments within the United States respond to a home fire every 90 seconds. Because of…

Two Years On: PlayStation VR – Applications

While the PlayStation 4, and therefore the PlayStation VR are focussed on videogaming, and the closed ecosystem of the PlayStation means that productivity apps and the like are not really the sort of thing that tends to appear on the PlayStation VR, there are still a number of things you can do with a PlayStation…

Facebook’s 3D Photos Arrive On Your News Feed And In VR

Facebook uses iPhone’s AI depth-sensor to a new layer of realism to your photos. Originally announced during the 2018 F8 developer conference back in May, Facebook’s 3D Photos feature is now officially available on your News Feed and in VR. By utilizing the 3D depth maps stored with portrait photos taken recent dual-lens iPhone models,…

Point & Place AR Shopping Platform Adds Face Tracking

Augmented reality (AR) is becoming increasingly popular as a tool for retailers to aid in sales. AR technology allows customers to virtually try out a product before purchase, so see if it fits in their room, or on their body. Digital commerce company EyeKandy has announced that it hopes to make AR retail technology more…

Insta360 Announces New ONE X Action Camera With 5.7K Video

Insta360 have announced what they are calling the ‘future of the action camera’ with the launch of their new ONE X 360-degree camera. This new 5.7K camera is capable of capturing full 360-degree video with groundbreaking stabilization and cinematic slow-mo to radically expand on what is possible with an action camera. This also means that…

Star Vault AB Release Update For Cat Collecting Title Kitten’d

If you have ever had ambitions to be a crazy cat person, but don’t want to put up with the realities of endless vacuuming, grooming, claw marks and being woken at 3am, then the virtual reality (VR) kittens of cat simulator Kitten’d might just be for you. With the release of a new content update,…

Feature-Length VR Film ‘7 Miracles’ Debuts At Raindance Film Festival

A VIVE Studios production about the miracles performed by Jesus Christ was the winner of the “VR Film of the Festival” grand jury category. 7 Miracles – one of the longest feature-length cinematic VR films ever produced – premiered last week at the 26th Raindance Film Festival, Europe’s leading independent Film Festival and the largest…

Vive Studios’ 7 Miracles Delivers A Sunday School Lesson In VR

If you’re reading this, JesuSavesSouls, this one’s for you. I have to admit that, when I was first invited to watch a feature-length 360 degree movie about recounting the seven miracles of Jesus Christ, I hesitated. I confess it’s not a subject I have much interest in, nor has there been any 360 degree content…

Vive Studios’ 7 Miracles Delivers A Sunday School Lesson In VR

If you’re reading this, JesuSavesSouls, this one’s for you. I have to admit that, when I was first invited to watch a feature-length 360 degree movie about recounting the seven miracles of Jesus Christ, I hesitated. I confess it’s not a subject I have much interest in, nor has there been any 360 degree content…

Marxent Announces VR 3D Room Designer 2.0

The real estate and retail industry is beginning to embrace virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to enhance sales and make things easier for clients and customers. One company which is trying to serve this market is Marxent, who have now announced its 3D Room Designer for web and mobile. The newly upgraded 3D…

Marxent Announces VR 3D Room Designer 2.0

The real estate and retail industry is beginning to embrace virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to enhance sales and make things easier for clients and customers. One company which is trying to serve this market is Marxent, who have now announced its 3D Room Designer for web and mobile. The newly upgraded 3D…

Goosebumps’ Slappy The Ventriloquist Dummy Brought To Life Using AR

R.L. Stine’s iconic series makes its way to augmented reality for the first time.  If you’re familiar with R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, then you no doubt know of the evil that awaits you after uttering the phrase, “Karru Marri Odonna Loma Molanu Karrano”. Combined, these six words have the power to bring to life Slappy, an odd-looking…

Walmart To Get Hotel Transylvania 3 VR Studio Edition

When things get stressful, you need to take a little ‘me time’ – goodness knows we all know that. When you’re the Lord of darkness and in charge of a very busy hotel however, getting away from it all comes with a lot of baggage. But for Dracula there is no escape from his friends…

Sennheiser and Magic Leap Reveal AMBEO AR One Spatial Audio Headphones

In September, audio equipment company Sennheiser announced it was working with mixed reality (MR) company Magic Leap to bring spatial audio to the Magic Leap headset. Now the two companies have revealed the first product to come from this partnership – the AMBEO AR One in-ear headphones. Sennheiser’s AMBEO technology I said to work like…

HADO Announces 2019 Pro AR League

Professional eSports meets augmented reality in Hado’s ambitious new league. Singapore-based augmented sports provider, HADO,  is officially taking it’s ongoing location-based AR dodgeball experience to the next level with a professional AR eSports league. Consisting of two teams of three, each HADO AR Dodgeball match tasks players with eliminating the opposing team by draining them…

Watch Magic Leap’s Dev Conference Keynote Live Here @ 9 AM PT Today

Magic Leap’s first developer conference, L.E.A.P. Con, is well under way, now in its second and final day. The company is livestreaming its keynote today, which will feature a number Magic Leap partners including speakers from Weta Workshop, AT&T, Unity, Epic Games, and ILMxLAB. The keynote will take place October 10th at 9 AM PT (local…

New Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL Are Daydream Ready, Google Confirms

Google today revealed its latest phones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. And while the introduction of the devices didn’t see much fanfare related to VR, Google has confirmed to Road to VR that both phones are compatible with its Daydream View headsets. When Google introduced the first ‘Pixel’ phone back in 2016, it also…