Vikings VR App Launches Ahead of Season 5 Premiere

The hugely popular television series Vikings will return with a two-hour premiere on 29th November 2017, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con International today. Accompanying this new season will be VIKINGS VR, a wholly original virtual reality (VR) app that will transport viewers inside the drama for the first time. Launching in conjunction…

The AR Landscape Shows 60% Growth in Startups Focused on Enterprise

The Venture Reality Fund released its augmented reality landscape for the second quarter, and the research shows that 150 companies are focused on a wide range of AR technologies. The Venture Reality Fund, which has raised $50 million to invest in AR and virtual reality startups, said it saw a 60 percent increase in the number of…

What Google’s Blocks Could Mean for the Future of Virtual Reality

Google introduced a new VR-based toolset called Blocks that will specifically allow developers to create and design 3D objects —  for use with VR experiences —  in their natural environment. To put it more simply, this tool allows anyone to create 3D objects from within a VR environment. Just don a 3D VR headset and…

Review: Augmented Empire

With literally millions of users across the world, the Samsung Gear VR is by far the most popular head-mounted display (HMD) out there – not including cheap and cheerful Google Cardboard – and one of the platform’s most ardent supporters has been British indie developer Coatsink Software. You might not have heard of the company…

Ubimax Launches Frontline A New Enterprise AR Platform

We’ve already seen that augmented reality (AR) and business can be a good fit. From using the technology to do more accurate stock control, to using AR to detect faults and manufacturing defects, wearable technology can be valuable to businesses. Wearable Technology manufacturer Ubimax are using this capability to launch a new AR platform specifically…

The Venture Reality Fund Releases Report On AR Industry

The Venture Reality Fund (VR Fund) are one of the biggest venture capital firms that provides funding for companies and projects in the augmented reality (AR, mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR) sectors. The VR Fund has released a report detailing the current state of the landscape for the AR industry. The VR Fund…

Upcoming LG V30 Smartphone Might Have Google Daydream Support

Since the start of 2017 electronics manufacturer LG have taken an interest in virtual reality (VR). There have been indications that LG are partnering with Valve, perhaps to make a new version of the Vive headset, and new information now indicates that LG’s forthcoming smartphone, the V30 will be including Google Daydream support. Rumoured specifications…

Google Expeditions Rolls Out For Everyone

Google have been offering virtual reality (VR) field trips to students with the Google Cardboard and the Expeditions app for quite some time, allowing students to visit landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, or see famous objects such as Michangelo’s David come to life in augmented reality (AR). Google are now opening up a ‘Solo’…

Google’s Expeditions Educational VR Platform Is Now Available To All

Much of Google’s work in VR has been consumer-facing, but one of the first initiatives the company launched with the tech was education-focused. Expeditions was a platform to take entire classes on virtual field trips using Google Cardboard. From this week it’s available to everyone with an Android handset. Expeditions has a new standalone app…

uSens Unveils SLAM-Based 6DOF Tracking for Mobile VR/AR

uSens, the tracking technology specialist behind the Fingo, has announced development of a Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) based mobile inside-out 6DOF positional tracking solution. Designed specifically for mobile devices, using advanced machine learning and computer vision techniques, uSens’ algorithm constructs a virtual map of an environment without the need for markers. This environment can then be customised…

Lenovo Unveils AR Headset daystAR

Chinese tech giant Lenovo has yet to enter the virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) headset market with a device of its own but that won’t be the case for much longer. This year has already seen confirmation that the company will be making a Windows MR headset and a standalone VR  device based…

Competition: Watch The Jetwalls In Cyberpunk Motorcycle Game Qbike

When people are first introduced to the concept of virtual reality (VR) many tend to think of something they’ve seen in TV or in a movie, or those that have had experience of it in previous generations of the technology might think it is purely that.  For tha majority though it’s the memory of the…

uSens Reveals Improved 6DOF Inside-Out Positional Tracking For Mobile VR

It’s been nearly a year since we’ve heard from uSens. Back then, we wrote about the company’s new mobile SDK, offering positional tracking for smartphone-based headsets as well as hand-tracked input. Today, the company is announcing a new technology that offers better inside-out mobile positional tracking using simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology. Using a…

What Will Advertisements Look Like in VR?

As VR entertainment and experiences continue to grow each year, the growth of VR advertisements seems inevitable—but will they be immersive or interruptive? This past week, Unity Technologies unveiled key components of its advertising strategy, notably including the “Virtual Room,” a customizable mini app for brands to create their own integrated experiences. In seeking to further the conversation around how creators can…

Bovington Tank Museum Is Using VR/AR For An Exhibit

Museums are homes to so many facets of the world’s history, but many don’t realize the efforts that go into recreating and/or acquiring the different items on display. If somehow a certain challenge to acquire a rare artifact is insurmountable, as was true when the Bovington Tank Museum was unable to obtain one of the…

Google Glass Returns with Enterprise Edition

Google Glass was a somewhat ill-fates attempt by Google to get in on the ground floor of the augmented reality (AR) smart glasses industry. Google have now unexpectedly announced a new version of the smart glasses technology, with a new look. The technology was derided upon launch for its unwieldy form-factor, and criticised due to…

Google Glass Resurrected As New Enterprise Edition

Google Glass might be considered a sort of precursor to everything we write about on UploadVR today. Long before Cardboard, Daydream, and Tango, Google aimed to give the world a normal pair of glasses that presented simple AR overlays; far more primitive than what we see now with Microsoft’s HoloLens, but still very promising. The…

This $99 AR Headset Is A Game Changer

You can pre-order the Prism headset today. Fresh out of stealth-mode, Mira is looking to bring augmented reality (AR) to the masses. Dubbed Prism, this untethered AR headset is powered by an iPhone and comes in at an accessible price of $99. In comparison to other higher-end mixed reality headsets like Meta and Magic Leap that…

Mobile Retailer Sees 300% Increase in Demand for VR

Whilst the biggest virtual reality (VR) news generally tends to revolve around high-end head-mounted displays (HMDs), it’s mobile VR that’s driving adoption with Samsung Gear VR leading the way and Google Daydream starting to pick up the pace. In a recent report by online retailer Mobiles.co.uk has charted a sharp increase in demand for VR,…

Sony Music and MelodyVR Agree Licensing Deal

MelodyVR, a virtual reality (VR) music content platform which is a subsidiary of EVR Holdings PLC, has announced a new licensing and distribution agreement today with Sony Music Entertainment. This will give MelodyVR the right to produce and distribute VR content created with Sony Music artists. Sony Music’s current roster of artists includes both local musicians…

Become A Jedi, Play Holochess With This Star Wars AR Headset

Disney reveals an exciting augmented reality partnership with Lenovo at D23 conference. With every new Star Wars film comes new tie-ins, video games, merchandise and pretty much anything else you can slap a picture of R2D2 or Finn on. So naturally Disney’s D23 conference in Anaheim, California was filled to the brim with new content from a…

Leap Motion Raises $50 Million For Its Finger Tracking Technology

VR and AR headsets are heading to market from Microsoft, Google, Facebook and others that have a wide range of capabilities. Just last week we learned about Facebook’s plan for a $200 headset that occupies the low end of the market while Google continues work on a six degrees of freedom standalone headset. What’s unclear…

Summer Movie Blockbuster Dunkirk Gets WebVR Videogame

Last week VRFocus reported on director Christopher Nolan‘s summer movie Dunkirk getting a virtual reality (VR) experience that takes the viewer into each of the film’s three perspectives: land, sea and air. Warner Bros has announced a second piece of VR content, an online multiplayer called Dunkirk WebVR. Available via desktop in browsers like Chrome, via mobile devices, or using…

Meet the Google Blocks VR 3D Modeller

Image Credit: Google In general we tend to think of VR as a place to experience and consume content. However, we have seen a number of applications aimed at making things while in VR. The most famous of these is probably Tilt Brush by Google. With Tilt Brush it’s possible to paint in VR using…

World of Tanks Rolls Into Reality With Google Tango and Hololens

We began today on VRFocus with a Life In 360° focused on historical miltiary aircraft now we get our head out of the clouds and back down to earth for some ground-based machines of war. We’ve reported several times on the efforts of World of Tanks developer Wargaming who have previously experimented with 360 degree…

VR Experiences Get Emmy Award Nominations

Virtual reality (VR) has been steadily gaining recognition from the mainstream entertainment industry, but very few forms of recognition are more prestigious than the Emmy Awards. The 69th Emmy Awards nominations have been released, and the list includes six VR experiences. While the Emmy’s have not gone so far as to have a separate VR…

Escape the Room in Virtual Reality

VRFocus interviews Peter Dawe, co-founder of New Island Studios Inc. about Escape VR, an escape room title for the Samsung Gear VR. The videogame was released last December with one room, where the player has to either find a way to escape the room before the bomb goes off, or figure out a way to…

Oculus Plans on Releasing a $200 Standalone Headset in 2018 Claims Report

The last few months have seen some major virtual reality (VR) announcements from companies like Microsoft, Google and HTC. But Facebook and its subsidiary Oculus have been fairly quiet, with barely any presence at the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which wasn’t the case in previous years. While Oculus hasn’t released official figures, those from…

How Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent are Investing in VR

The BAT web companies — Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu — are using their war chests for a different take on virtual reality (VR) than their overseas competitors. Instead of building and investing in headsets like Facebook of the US, Sony of Japan and HTC of Taiwan, the Chinese trio are becoming middlemen: creating platforms and…