Samsung Promotes Intelligent Smart Home With Family Guy AR Game

Samsung teams up with the popular adult cartoon series for a hilarious AR tour through their smart home product line-up. Confused or intimidated by the vast array of Samsung smart home products at your disposal? Samsung has your back with a their brand new Doorway platform, a smartphone-based AR tool designed to help guide users…

The Excellent Virtual-Virtual Reality Hits Vive This Week

By the end of the week there will be one more place for you to experience Tender Claws’ brilliant Virtual-Virtual Reality. The surrealist story game will be arriving on Steam with full HTC Vive support (along with pre-existing Oculus Rift support) on Friday, September 7th. A final price hasn’t been revealed but we’d expect it…

Life In 360°: Old Traveller

It seems like only yesterday when I was writing on VRFocus  about how American institution The Smithsonian seems to be cropping up on VRFocus with increasing regularity. (Although as it happens it was only last week.) The internationally renowned archive, research complex and museum covers all manner of topics from art and design through to science…

Trans Youth Imagine Their Ideal Future Using Google Tilt Brush

Three transgender individuals use art to express their hopes and dreams via an eye-opening documentary and 360-degree companion piece. When discussing the current status of transgender relations within modern day society, many conversations tend to head into a discussion regarding the many hardships and social hurdles that plague those who identify as a gender different…

VR Experience from Figment Productions Nominated for Two Raindance Awards

As has been covered a number of times on VRFocus, an increasing number of film festivals and award committees are recognising the contribution of immersive media. The Raindance Film Festival is due to be held in London later this month, and some virtual reality (VR) experiences have made the cut. Notably, a VR experience from…

‘Dynamic Spanish’ Aims to Teach You Spanish in VR, Kickstarter Now Live

Learning a new language can be intimidating, and while there are plenty of resources out there to help you get a good foundation, there’s nothing quite like touching down in foreign lands and using what you know in front of native speakers. That’s why the creators behind Dynamic Spanish, an immersive Spanish learning video course,…

VR Simulation Teaches Canadian Children The Importance Of Road Safety

The University of Guelph introduces a VR program that could drastically improve a child’s safety while crossing busy streets. According to research published by Parachute Canada, a national Canadian charity foundation dedicated to accident prevention and awareness, injuries among child pedestrians are the primary cause of injury-related deaths for Canadian youth at or under the…

100 VR Games That You Should Absolutely Be Playing: Day 1

Whoever said VR has no games? True, the medium isn’t overflowing with 100-hour RPGs and lavishly-produced shooters, but there are absolutely more than enough titles out there now to satisfy a wide variety of gamers whether they like online sports, mind-bending puzzles or walking simulators. The fact is that whether you own an Oculus Rift,…

How Apple’s Acquisition Of Akonia Holographics Will Redefine AR

It’s no surprise at this point that Apple is actively working on augmented reality glasses. A secretive project has been underway for years under the management of former Dolby executive Mike Rockwell, and Apple has broadly hinted that its AR ambitions extend beyond the iPhone’s and iPad’s ARKit software. While Apple’s acquisition of Akonia Holographics apparently took place months ago, the…

New Trailer Released For The Google Spotlight Stories Age of Sail

The virtual reality (VR) short animated film titled Age of Sail is making its debut at the Venice International Film Festival this week and to mark the event a new trailer has been released. The ambitious short film project is a part of the Google Spotlight Stories, who are bringing it to the event, and is…

Jedi Challenges Introduces Kylo Ren and Ship Battles

Lenovo launched its Lenovo Mirage headset late last year, bringing with it an app which brought one of the most famous and successful film franchises of all time into augmented reality (AR) with Star Wars: Jedi Challenges. The app has seen a few updates since launch, and now players will get a chance to face…

Competition: Uncover a Mine of Possibilities in Cave Digger: Riches

It’s the last day of August and what better way to round the month out than with VRFocus’ forth competition in as many weeks. We’ve given away codes for Carly and the Reaperman, Curiscope AR T-shirts, GNOG, and now it’s another Steam code bonanza. VRFocus has ten Steam keys to giveaway for newly released Cave Digger: Riches, which supports…

Preview: Reef Quest – Is the Gameplay Better Down Where it’s Wetter?

Pillow’s Willow VR Studios first entered the virtual reality (VR) scene last year with the launch of family friendly adventure Spark of Light for Samsung Gear VR – followed by Google Daydream. The team came to Gamescom 2018 last week to showcase their new location-based entertainment (LBE) project Exodus Burned. At the same time VRFocus…

VR Training Program Now Required At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Oculus is giving standalone VR headsets to 11 medical institutions as part of an expanding program investigating best practices for training medical professionals in virtual reality. A “pilot study” was launched last year at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with training software made in Unity focused on “resuscitation procedures for childhood seizure and shock.” Built by <a href=”http://www.aisolve.com/”…

Life In 360°: The Two Worlds Of Vidya Vox

For Wednesday and Friday’s editions of Life In 360° we have the slightly unusual occurance of a double dose of recent releases. In Friday’s case it was even sent to me before the official release just so I could see it. Which was pretty nice of them.We start with the end – the end of…

Dream Dev Studio Release A New Update For Their VR FPS Title Death Horizon

Developer Dream Dev Studio have released a new update for their virtual reality (VR) first-person shooter (FPS) title Death Horizon. The new update brings a number of new features and improvements to the title that enhance the player experience while also expanding the gameplay. In Death Horizon players take on the role of a soldier…

Visbit Announce 8K Premium Playback Service for AR and VR Headsets

It was announced at the start of this year that Visbit were releasing a new 8K, 360-degree video player which would be compatible with the HTC Vive Focus. The company is now expanding on its 8K virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) services with the launch of its 8K Premium Playback Service with Synchronised…

VR Fairy Tale Luna Coming to PlayStation VR This Fall

Having brought its playful virtual reality (VR) fairy tale Luna to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in 2017, developer Funomena has announced it’ll be porting the title to PlayStation VR this fall. And for PlayStation VR fans eager to get an early look ahead of its official release, Luna will be on Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE’s) booth during…

Explore A System Of Exotic Planets With NASA’s Exoplanet Excursion VR App

Take a trip lightyears across the galaxy for a guided tour through five of TRAPPIST-1’s seven-planet system.  Located approximately 39.6 light-years from the Sun somewhere in the constellation Aquarius, TRAPPIST-1, better known as 2MASS J23062928-0502285 for short, is a massive red dwarf star forming an exoplanet system composed of seven Earth-like planets. While too far…

Google VR Labs Provide STEM Students With Hands-On Experience

Google teams up with Labster to develop 30 immersive lab experiences for the Daydream platform. STEM students engaged in scientific disciplines, such as biochemistry and neuroscience, are often required by their respective degrees to spend a certain amount of time engaged in an official laboratory environment. Unfortunately, crowded universities and the rise of online education…

Celebrate International Dog Day With AR Dog Dex

The idea of a virtual pet has been a popular one for many years, from the Tamagotchi craze of the 90s to the considerably more sophisticated effort of Nintendogs and Cats. With the rising popularity of augmented reality (AR) it stands to reason that AR pets would start to become a reality. One such example…

Competition: Don’t Fear The Reaper, It Has Steam Codes

Congratulations everyone, you have successfully made it through yet another Gamescom, and after a week of bringing you a lot of virtual reality (VR) news we can finally get things back to relative normal. We say ‘relative’ because things change so fast all the time normal is scarcely normal for long. Those of you who…

9 Oculus Rift Apps That Have To Be Ported To Santa Cruz

Yesterday we broke the news that Oculus is tentatively targetting a Q1 2019 release for its Santa Cruz standalone VR headset. The news doesn’t come as too much of a surprise given Oculus’ Rift and Go devices both got early releases in their respective launch years. What did raise eyebrows, though, is the news that…

Strategy, AR and Blockchain Form The Core of Clash & Go

The market for augmented reality (AR) smartphone videogames is one that is growing fast, according to many analysts. Kicked off by the launch of Pokemon Go, and subsequently given a shot in the arm by ARKit and ARCore, several companies are aiming to get a bit of that market. Developer Elyland is making its claim…

Strategy, AR and Blockchain Form The Core of Clash & Go

The market for augmented reality (AR) smartphone videogames is one that is growing fast, according to many analysts. Kicked off by the launch of Pokemon Go, and subsequently given a shot in the arm by ARKit and ARCore, several companies are aiming to get a bit of that market. Developer Elyland is making its claim…

Google And Labster Are Making VR Labs For Students

Google is already taking classrooms around the world on virtual field trips, but now it’s bringing students into VR laboratories too. The company today detailed its partnership with Labster to bring more than 30 virtual labs to students across the globe via the Daydream platform, which it announced at I/O earlier this year. In a…

Google And IMAX Have Halted Work On Their Cinema VR Camera

Back in 2016, Google and IMAX announced that the two companies would be embarking on a joint venture to build a virtual reality (VR) camera. Now it seems that this will no longer be happening as the project has quietly be canceled following months of work and a pilot program that was launched back in…

Google And IMAX Have Halted Work On Their Cinema VR Camera

Back in 2016, Google and IMAX announced that the two companies would be embarking on a joint venture to build a virtual reality (VR) camera. Now it seems that this will no longer be happening as the project has quietly be canceled following months of work and a pilot program that was launched back in…

Steam Can Now Run Some Major VR Apps Without Microsoft Windows

Valve released an update for Steam on Linux  that should allow some of the most popular VR games to run on VR-ready computers without Microsoft Windows installed. The new feature could hold enormous potential for Valve to support next generation standalone VR headsets based on Linux or SteamOS. In the near-term, the feature could also…