4 Additions We’re Likely To See In VR Headsets For 2019

Headset manufacturers have to contend with various trade-offs when they come to the designing of their hardware. Not all capabilities can be added together in the same unit, for example, whilst still making the headsets cost effective. This is something that tech companies are working to resolve, however, so what can we expect from virtual…

North Star Open Source AR HMD Announced By Leap Motion

Remember Leap Motion? They are a tech startup that got going back in 2010. The Leap Motion tracking module is was (and still is) one of the most exciting and affordable hand and object tracking technologies I’ve seen. The original idea was to use it as a replacement for your mouse. You could use your…

Samsung Launches Six Indie VR Projects

Six indie VR projects are now available on the Samsung VR Video service via the Oculus store. The debut episodes are the product of a new program from Samsung looking to fund indie filmmakers while encouraging them to use the 360 Round — a high-end VR camera from Samsung that sells for more than $10,000. The…

How Brands Can Leverage AR to Boost Our Productivity

AR can help brands move from a status disruptor to a personal assistant. I believe that over the next decade, augmented reality (AR) will establish itself as the greatest productivity tool ever invented. This might sound counterintuitive at first — most AR demos available today on smartphone are gimmicky, with very little use cases or…

Life in 360°: Nakuru Kuru: Awakening

In the UK we have a saying: “You wait ages for a bus… and then two come along at once.” This is usually referred to as a London bus, and sometimes the number is far greater than two. Basically it refers to not just users of public transport’s common knowledge, but that when you convince…

Oculus Offers Up Developer Quick-start Guide for Bringing Apps to Go

With the impending launch of Oculus Go, the company’s first standalone headset, Oculus has shared with developers a handy cheat sheet for bringing Gear VR applications to the Go. Oculus writes in a new post on their developer blog that Oculus Go is binary-compatible with Gear VR, and most applications can be launched on the headset without…

Steam’s VR Spring Sale Is On Now: Every Featured Game Covered

Editorial credit: Casimiro PT / Shutterstock.com It’s April, the weather is actually starting to show it and Steam have unveiled a major sale for VR titles. It has set it up in an odd way this time, with a number of “Featured” games as well as showcasing a number of other titles which are surprisingly…

The Oculus Go Could Change Everything… But Not For The Reasons You Think

If you follow the virtual reality (VR) space at all, you’ve probably heard about Oculus Go – the much anticipated ‘all-in-one’ headset set to revolutionize mobile VR. No phone required, no awkwardly fitting your phone inside the goggles and hoping it’s secure, no cables to entangle you. Just…go. And that’s the intended magic of VR…

Google Brings WebVR to Chrome, All Major PC VR Headsets Supported

Google recently pushed out Chrome 66, the latest update to the company’s web browser. Unbeknownst to the VR community, Google also quietly included WebVR integration for OpenVR-compatible headsets including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets. Although initial WebVR integration has been a part of beta versions of Chrome for about two…

VeeR Brand Update: VeeR 2.0 – Create beyond boundaries

We are excited to introduce the upgraded VeeR with a whole new logo, brand identity, and product experience. After a year of development, we have become one of the biggest 360/VR hubs by both content and creator volume. With the trust and support from VR lovers all over the world, we took one step further…

Google’s Daydream View Headset Is Just $49 This Week

If you thought $199 for the Lenovo Explorer was cheap, wait until you see what Google’s Daydream View costs this week. The Daydream-based device is currently on sale for just $49 (or £49 if you’re in the UK), which is just under half the original price of $99. Okay, granted, the headset is essentially just a…

Google Develop AR Microscope That Can Detect Cancer

Immersive technologies have already seen a variety of uses in healthcare to improve patient outcomes in a number of ways. A team of researchers from Google are taking it further with the reveal of a prototype Augmented Reality Microscope which can help detect cancer in real-time. The research around the prototype AR microscope was unveiled…

Google Is Using VR To Virtually Preserve Endangered Heritage Sites

We’ve heard about a lot of companies that are using VR to preserve history that’s at risk of being destroyed if it hasn’t already. Just last month, for example, we wrote about Perpetuity | Palmyra, a VR project attempting to virtually restore a Syrian city ravaged by ISIS. Now, though, Google is upping the scale…

Google Helps Preserve Endangered Historical Sites in VR

Google assists CyArk in saving our heritage by preserving the wonders of the world in VR. In an effort to help capture and preserve endangered historical sites around the world for future generations to enjoy, Google has teamed up with 3D laser-scanning non-profit CyArk to virtually catalogue the world’s most at-risk historical wonders. Referred to…

Google Partners With CyArk to 3D Scan the World’s Historical Sites, Provide Open Access to Data

Google has partnered with CyArk, the non-profit studio behind VR app MasterWorks: Journey Through History (2018), to expand CyArk’s mission to 3D laser-scan the world’s historical sites and provide open access to the data. Called the Open Heritage Project, Google and CyArk aim to preserve the historical sites digitally for future generations in case disaster strikes Google has published…

Virtuality – A New Reality of Promise, Two Decades Too Soon

Dr Jonathan Walden Discussing Virtuality in 1994. Image Credit: Virtuality Group In the history of Virtual Reality, there are a few people, companies and concepts that are considered vital to its existence. VPL Research, creators of the Dataglove, Datasuit and one of the earliest Head Mounted Displays are one of the most important names in…

Improved AR and VR Features Available to All with Unreal Engine 4.19 Release

Unreal Engine remains one of the most popular engines for creating in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), and is considered powerful and versatile enough that it has even seen use in Hollywood. The latest version is introducing a host of new features and improvements to make the engine even more indispensable to developers…

Coachella Streaming Live In VR With VR180 Cameras

Not hip enough to make it to Coachella? Worry not, you can virtually visit the festival with the help of Google’s VR180 initiative. YouTube is livestreaming the first of this year’s festivals, which takes place from April 13th – 15th (the second weekend from 20th – 22nd will not be streamed). Viewers will have the…

Felix & Paul Studios Expanding Thanks To Government Grant

Felix & Paul Studios, pioneers in cinematic virtual reality (VR) experiences have been awarded $350,000 (CAD) in financial assistance by the Government of Canada to aid the company is expanding its business. The move is part of the Government of Canada’s plan to help innovative enterprises perform and market their products internationally which in turn…

NextVR To Broadcast Andy Grammer Concert Live In VR

NextVR, the virtual reality (VR) immersive entertainment content provider has announced that it will be broadcasting the upcoming live performance by Andy Grammer. By offering a wide range of different content for users to livestream, NextVR has positioned itself as a leading provide of immersive entertainment, sports and music media. Now they are giving users…

How VR Can Get To A Hundred Million Headsets By 2024

I recently outlined the VR headsets which pushed the technology forward over the last six years by giving lots of developers new capabilities. In this post, I want to provide a blueprint for people to think about the spatial computing revolution over the next six years. Only a handful of companies worldwide have the teams…

AirPano Moves To Distribute 360-Degree Content Via Blend Media

AirPano, one of the world’s largest creators of aerial 360-degree video has announced that it has moved distribution of its content from Getty Images to Blend Media, specialists in licensing, customizing and publishing 360-degree and virtual reality (VR) content. This new partnership will see all content created by AirPano being distributed by Blend Media moving…

VRLA 2018 Returns; Keynote Lineup Announced

The two-day conference’s full slate of keynote speakers also include live performances. The world’s largest VR & AR conference is back again May 4-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There’s quite no conference like VRLA. Part industry event and part immersive tech festival, VRLA is a place where seasoned veterans can catch up on…

VRLA 2018 Returns; Keynote Lineup Announced

The two-day conference’s full slate of keynote speakers also include live performances. The world’s largest VR & AR conference is back again May 4-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There’s quite no conference like VRLA. Part industry event and part immersive tech festival, VRLA is a place where seasoned veterans can catch up on…

Life In 360°: Going Bike In Time

Something about the last couple of weeks has led me to write, what seems like an endless discussion about time travel and virtual reality (VR). Don’t ask me why this has happened, I seem to be stuck in some sort of time loop. Maybe this is the darkest timeline after all. Is Biff Tanner President…

The Guardian Continues Its VR Work With New Experience Celestial Motion

UK newspaper The Guardian has already proved itself to be an enthusiastic supporter of virtual reality (VR), having produced several VR experiences, including an affecting tribute to Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi. The latest, titled Celestial Motion, is a VR dance experience. Celestial Motion was made with the Alexander Whitley Dance Company, in association with Sadler’s…