Pixvana to Make VR Video Distribution Easier With its SPIN Studio VR Casting Technology

Several months ago tech startup Pixvana announced the completion of a $14 million USD funding round to aid its cloud-based video content creation and distribution platform SPIN Studio. Today, the company has revealed its next step in helping customers easily manage and distribute virtual reality (VR) videos, VR Casting. VR Casting is a streamlined solution for content creators and distributors to send…

Pixvana to Make VR Video Distribution Easier With its SPIN Studio VR Casting Technology

Several months ago tech startup Pixvana announced the completion of a $14 million USD funding round to aid its cloud-based video content creation and distribution platform SPIN Studio. Today, the company has revealed its next step in helping customers easily manage and distribute virtual reality (VR) videos, VR Casting. VR Casting is a streamlined solution for content creators and distributors to send…

Pixvana to Make VR Video Distribution Easier With its SPIN Studio VR Casting Technology

Several months ago tech startup Pixvana announced the completion of a $14 million USD funding round to aid its cloud-based video content creation and distribution platform SPIN Studio. Today, the company has revealed its next step in helping customers easily manage and distribute virtual reality (VR) videos, VR Casting. VR Casting is a streamlined solution for content creators and distributors to send…

Telephone Provider EE Offer Deal on Google Daydream

People in the UK who are interested in trying out mobile virtual reality (VR) have the opportunity to get hold of a Google Daydream headset as part of a deal offered by network provider EE that lets the cost be spread out over several months. If you are in the market for a new mobile…

Early Bird Tickets now on Sale for AWE USA 2018

Now in its 9th year, the Augmented World Expo (AWE) will be returning to the Santa Clara Convention Centre, California this May. Today, early bird tickets have now gone on sale, offering big savings for those wishing to attend 2018 event. Tickets for the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) event are split into four…

Facebook Brings 3D Content To Newsfeeds

3D creations have a home on Facebook starting today. The social media giant is embracing a new type of content for you to upload alongside text, photos and videos. 3D objects or scenes saved in the industry standard glTF 2.0 format can be dragged straight to a browser window to add to your Facebook account….

Competition: Win A Copy Of Drone Hunter VR Evolved For Gear VR

After a number of seasonal giveaways on VRFocus at the end of December, we’ve had a little break from competitions for a while. Now that we’re in February however, and indeed rapidly coming to the close of it. So, we thought that it was high time that we had another. As such we’ve a new prize…

RealWear Raises $17M For Industrial-Grade Wearable AR Device

RealWear has raised $17 million for its AR wearable device aimed at workers in construction and other heavy industries. Vancouver-based RealWear is already shipping its hands-free HMT-1, which is mounted via a band that goes around your head or safety helmet. It’s a wearable device, but RealWear CEO Andy Lowery calls it a “head-mounted tablet,” since…

VR vs. A Busman’s Holiday

Some people don’t learn, do they? If you recall the first part of last week’s column you might remember me discussing someone getting all bent out of shape because a story about a videogame where the developers specifically mentioned the possibility they would be developing it as a PlayStation VR title was tagged witrh the…

AR Experiences May Soon Come to UK Trains

The British public are very experienced at complaining about the rail service, decrying delays and dilapidated carriages. However, that will be set to change thanks to an injection of funding that may see rail journeys transformed. The Department of Transport and Innovate UK are offering £3.6, in funding for innovative rail projects, such as adaptable…

Abilities Expo Showcases VR Technology

People attending the Abilities Expo will have an opportunity to test out a cutting-edge technology that uses virtual reality (VR) to improve outcomes of physical therapy. The Abilities Expo has run in various forms for almost 40 years, offering a community for people with disabilities as well as their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals….

Get a VR Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes of Isle of Dogs Exclusively on Google Pixel

While Google Daydream isn’t lacking in content it’s fair to say that the headset isn’t exactly over flowing with new titles. Recent additions include BBC Earth: Life in VR, content viewing platform Plex VR and Rez Infinite. So for Daydream owners who also use either a Pixel or Pixel 2 smartphone Google Spotlight Stories has some exclusive virtual reality (VR) content…

Dreams of Dali now Free on Steam

Two years ago the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, launched an exhibition called Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination. As part of it Goodby Silverstein & Partners created the Dreams of Dali virtual reality (VR) experience focused on the artist’s famous 1935 painting Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s “Angelus”. In the summer of 2017 VRFocus reported on plans to bring the…

Dreams of Dali now Free on Steam

Two years ago the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, launched an exhibition called Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination. As part of it Goodby Silverstein & Partners created the Dreams of Dali virtual reality (VR) experience focused on the artist’s famous 1935 painting Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s “Angelus”. In the summer of 2017 VRFocus reported on plans to bring the…

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Launches With VR & AR Features

SI revamps Swimsuit issue with 360° videos, a custom Snapchat Lens, and more. It’s that time of year again. That magical month once a year where Sports Illustrated breaks away from its standard coverage of popular trends and various happenings in the modern sports scene in favor of covering some of the planets most stunning…

You Can Learn How To DJ In VR

How learning real-world skills can turn out to be the killer app for VR & AR. “We live in a world where the entire history of mankind, and all its knowledge, is available through Google and other resources, yet the average adult spends only 5 minutes per day learning, compared to 50 minutes per day…

The NBA and TNT Partner With Intel For Biggest VR Push Yet

TNT’s NBA VR livestreams begin February 16th. The NBA and TNT are launching a VR experience that is powered by Intel True VR and promises to not only bring fans even closer to the game, but serve as a portal into all available programming through on-demand VR coverage of the upcoming NBA All-Star weekend. The NBA on TNT…

This All-Female Founders Pitch Event Was Held in VR

Hailing from 26 countries across the world, people came together in virtual reality to cheer on these top female founders in the XR industry. An orange robot head whizzes by me, powered by a propellor hat and gestures with floating mechanical arms. It settles in next to another bot by the stage. Although this second…

Magic Leap And Shaq Announce NBA AR App Partnership

One of the VR/AR world’s very few “unicorns” just announced its first major content partnership with the National Basketball Association. The Florida-based Magic Leap has raised $1.9 billion from heavy hitters like Google Ventures and the Alibaba Research group. Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz revealed in an interview last night at the Code Media conference…

Standalone VR Headset Comparison: Oculus, Vive, Lenovo and Pico

Standalone headsets represent an enormous leap forward for VR technology, with companies like Google, Facebook and HTC early to market. An all-in-one VR headset, or standalone, puts everything in the headband needed to convince you that you’re in another world. It is a single integrated piece of hardware, like a phone or tablet. The first…

The 2018 Winter Olympics from PyeongChang is Available to Watch in VR

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea will be filled with firsts. The games will be the first Winter Olympics to be shown in 4K High Dynamic Range. They are also the first South Korean games where North Korea are competing, the first in a decade where North and South Korean athletes will…

The 2018 Winter Olympics from PyeongChang is Available to Watch in VR

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea will be filled with firsts. The games will be the first Winter Olympics to be shown in 4K High Dynamic Range. They are also the first South Korean games where North Korea are competing, the first in a decade where North and South Korean athletes will…

Nintendo Aren’t Interested in VR: Here’s Why They Should Be

Editorial credit: Tinxi / Shutterstock.com Virtual Reality and Nintendo isn’t exactly a new topic, it’s something we at VRS have covered twice, both in terms of its past and a potential future. However, when questioned about this by magazine Les Numeriques, the general manager of Nintendo’s French operations, Phillippe Lavoué suggested in even stronger terms…

Could Google’s VR180 Camera Revolutionize Photography?

Image Copyright: Google/Lenovo (Image Used under Fair Use Rationale) These days we all take having a camera with us for granted. Every single phone has one built in and a culture of social media photography is deeply entrenched globally. Photographic content for consumption on VR headsets is a little harder to make. You either have…

Eye-Tracking Is Both Incredibly Important And Very Risky

At CES last week one of my first demos was with Tobii and its eye-tracking technology. I left the demo convinced that once you’ve tried a VR headset with eye-tracking included you’ll never want to wear one without it again. Google, Facebook and Apple all purchased eye-tracking companies over the last few years because these…

Why I’m Very Excited For Google And Lenovo’s Mirage Solo

As always, CES 2018 was a big week for the entire VR industry, but there’s no question as to what headset stole the show: the Vive Pro. HTC’s enhanced SteamVR device has our mouths watering at the thought of its 3K display, integrated audio and improved design and we can’t wait to revisit games like…

Top 10 VR Highlights at CES 2018

Another January brings us another dose of the Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and CES 2018 is one of if not the biggest showcases for tech in the world this year. The last couple of years have been rather interesting for VR, with 2016 being the grand party to celebrate the first true…

Speakers for VRX 2017 Announced

VRX will be returning to San Francisco for its third year of operation as preparation for its third event kick into high gear with the announcement of the list of featured speakers that are expected to attend the event. The VRX event attracts attendees covering a broad spectrum of disciplines from within the wider virtual…