Killswitch Engage’s House of Blues Concert to be Broadcast in VR

Fans of American metalcore band Killswitch Engage will want to grab a virtual reality (VR) headset next Monday 17th April as NextVR and Live Nation will be livestreaming the band’s concert from the House of Blues. Providing a front row seat to experience the free exclusive, NextVR and Live Nation will allow fans to get up close to the…

Chemical Brothers go Virtual with new Music Video

Electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers have been working together with virtual reality (VR) content creators Within to produce a VR animated music video for their new single Under Neon Lights. The Under Neon Lights video follows the story of a girl as she runs through colourful animated environments that represent the different stages of her…

RE’FLEKT Announce Drag and Drop 360-degree Video Platform

Content that includes 360-degree video is becoming more common as a means to promote and publicise events and places as VRFocus notes in its regular Life In 360 feature. A barrier to wider adoption of this technology is the difficulty in creating worthwhile 360-degree experiences. Tech company RE’FLEKT believe they have an answer for that. RE’FLEKT…

Google Teases New Google Earth Experience

Google Earth has been around for a while, it has seen a number of interesting uses by organisations, companies and individuals. It has enabled the discovery of previously unknown archaeological sites and spawned amusing news stories about giant insects. Now the tech giant is promising a ‘brand new experience’ for users of Google Earth. Few details…

A Paper Controller To Combat VR Motion Sickness

There are advantages to using cheap, readily-available materials when creating new products, as has already been proved by Google with its Google Cardboard headset. One inventor has taken the concept a step further and claims to have invented a motion controller that is not only made out of paper, but also helps prevent virtual reality(VR)-induced…

Brookstone Encouraging Shoppers to Get Hands-On With ReTrak VR Headsets

Retailer Brookstone have begun experimenting with bringing in-store virtual reality (VR) experiences to their customers in partnership with VR headset manufacturer ReTrak. In stores located in malls and airports across the USA, Brookstone have been featuring ReTrak Utopia headsets and encouraging customers to try on the headsets and some of the relaxing experiences available when…

Visbit Launches Open Beta For VR Video Streaming Service

High-quality, reliable streaming for 360-degree video and other virtual reality (VR) content is a goal that is difficult to achieve. The nature of VR means that a lot of data must be sent very quickly in order to keep up and not cause buffering or frame-rate drops that can not only break immersion, but even…

Magic Leap Acquires FuzzyCube Software and Moonbot Animators

Tech start-up Magic Leap have been on something of a spending spree lately. The company have acquired software company FuzzyCube and several animators from Oscar-winning animation studio Moonbot. Though there has as of yet been no sign of a hardware product from Magic Leap, it seems that the company are looking into the type of…

Gorillaz Invite Fans to Join a Mixed Reality House Party

British virtual band Gorillaz have ended their five-year hiatus with a bang, announcing a new album called Humanz, an upcoming TV show and now an opportunity for fans to explore the Gorillaz house via virtual reality (VR). Gorillaz were formed back in 1998 and consists of four animated characters, 2D on lead vocals and keyboard,…

Life In 360°: Don’t Text And Drive

Being distracted while driving can cause serious, even fatal accidents. Some research has shown that up to seven in ten people have used a smartphone while driving. A US campaign called It Can Wait is using a 360 degree video to demonstrate the dangers. The It Can Wait campaign was created by telecoms company AT&T…

Social VR Will Be Awesome If Diverse Voices Create It

On April 1st, 2017, We Make Realities gathered teams of unicorns, jackalopes, pixies, owls, dragons, red pandas, pegasus-es, and sasquatch-es to discuss social VR. And that’s no joke! These magical creatures represented the 36 designers, domain experts, and cognitive researchers that attended the Mindful Realities Makeathon, a one-day event that unites diverse fields of thought…

Using Google Cardboard To Improve Pedestrian Safety

A professor at the University of Alabama in the US has been focussing his research into ways to use technology to help children cross the road safely. His results have lead him towards virtual reality (VR). Statistics have shown that pedestrian road accidents are a leading cause of death among children, both in the USA…

SculptrVR Rebuilt for Google Daydream

World-building and crafting virtual reality (VR) videogame SculptrVR has been out since the 4th April for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Developer Nathan Rowe has now announced that the titles is now available for users of Google Daydream. Creation can happen on several scales, from massive God-sim style perspective of changing landscape, altering river beds,…

ProSense Introduces Multi-Platform Ice Hockey Streaming

The sport of ice hockey has previously been involved in virtual reality (VR), from virtual tours of stadiums to live broadcasts. Developer ProSense are working on breaking down barriers between platforms with an app that can broadcast 3D Ice Hockey games to most of the popular VR platforms. From 12th April 2017, Continental Hockey League…

Sci-Fi London Film Festival Introduces New VR Experiences

The Sci-Fi London film festival has been running for 17 years now, and has introduced its attendees to many innovative new films and live performances. The event is now including immersive virtual reality (VR) experiences in the line up. Four VR shorts will be shown at the festival alongside regular events such as the 48…

Competition: Win A Copy Of Korix, Command Legions & Save Your People

It may have started out life as an experiment on the Oculus Rift DK2, but now of course it is out as a full blown title for the PlayStation VR. A virtual reality (VR) based real-time strategy (RTS) videogame with elements of tower defence mechanics anda a retro isometric styling. As the commander of what…

This College Acceptance Letter Came With A VR Viewer

This is that time of the year when millions of high school seniors sprint home after school hoping to find a super thick envelope stuffed into the mailbox from the dream college that they’ve applied to, or in some cases, ANY college they’ve applied to. This year, students who applied and have been accepted by…

Google Brings Berlin Techno Club to Life in VR

Google, in a partnership with underground music broadcaster Boiler Room, has launched a new VR experience for Daydream-ready smartphones that teleports you to a pop-up “industrial night club” in Berlin — a city with arguably the most thriving nightlife in all of Europe (if not the world). The 15-minute experience, called VR Dancefloors: Techno in Berlin,…

Adverts Could Be Coming to Your HTC Vive

Unless you live somewhere like North Korea, chances are that every day you’re confronted with hundreds if not thousands of adverts bidding for your hard-earned cash. It’s one of the prices we have to pay for living in a capitalist society and even our movies can be filled with product placements. It turns out that…

HTC Vive Video One Year in VR Takes a Developers Perspective

Wednesday is drawing to a close and so is HTC Vive’s ‘Vive Day – for the UK at least – and its naturally been filled with plenty of news items focused on the head-mounted display (HMD). To mark the occasion HTC has released a video called One Year in VR: Developer Perspective, getting views of…

Björk Releases New VR Music Video Notget

Icelandic pop singer Björk is releasing another virtual reality (VR) music video from her album Vulnicura. Notget is the latest single and has a video produced for virtual reality with Unity 3D CGI technology. Björk has experience with utilising VR technology as part of her music. She has previously helped produce the trailer for VR…

UK B-Boy Breakdancing Championship to be Livestreamed in VR

Later this month the UK B-Boy Breakdancing Championship World Finals will be taking place in London and VFX company Digital Domain will be livestreaming the event in 360-degrees. The livestream will give viewers front-row access to the dance floor for the annual competition, with views from the judge’s table. It’ll be hosted by Crazy Legs of…

Cyber FPS EMULATED: Pylons Hits Google Cardboard and Daydream

Indie developers have been the life blood of the virtual reality (VR) industry, willing to take risks on the fledgling industry to help it grow. This week sees Southpac, a New Zealand-based studio launch its first VR title arriving for Google Cardboard a Daydream View, EMULATED: Pylons. The videogame is a cyber infused first-person shooter (FPS) which: ‘is…