Google’s Next Phone Box Might Also Be A VR Headset

Mobile VR companies are practically giving headsets away in order to kick start their ecosystems. Gear VR is often bundled with new Samsung smartphones, and Google’s Daydream came free with anyone that pre-ordered a Pixel phone. But this new patent from the latter company reveals perhaps the most ingenious way to get VR into people’s…

Former PSVR Game Eclipse Is Now A Daydream Exclusive

If you’ve been following VR for a while then you might have already heard of Eclipse, a VR adventure game from indie developer White Elk Studios. This intriguing title originally started life as a PlayStation VR (PSVR) game, but it appears to have been reborn as a Google Daydream exclusive. That is according to a…

Dancing and Creating VR Music at SXSW 2017

SXSW is known for its large music presence. With over 2,000 musicians performing at the festival annually, it would only seem natural to see some VR experiences direct their focus to be more musically-centered. While you can hear every genre of music performed on almost every instrument you can think of throughout Austin during SXSW, being…

What Hollywood’s Biggest Directors Think Of VR

Convincing the biggest names in the gaming industry to get into VR is going to be tough, largely because of the relatively low install base of most headsets in comparison to more mainstream devices like consoles and smartphones. Filmmakers, however, can look at the tech from another angle. Yes, it’s still expensive to make 360-degree…

Trailer Revealed For Google Daydream’s Eclipse: Edge of Light

Developer White Elk today released a trailer for upcoming Google Daydream exclusive title Eclipse: Edge of Light. Eclipse: Edge of Light is set on a planet on to which the players crash-land and must then set about exploring the landscape around them. Upon discovering the ruins of a collapsed civilisation, the characters then find a…

Jaunt launches Indie Pic World celebrating Independent Filmmakers

Prolific producer and distributor of 360-degree content, Jaunt, has announced the launch of the Indie Pics world, aimed at promoting indie filmmakers whilst providing a dedicated resource for creatives. For the launch today, Indie Pics will home a dozen immersive experiences from filmmakers including Steye Hallema, Boston McConnaughey, and John Hudson. Jaunt envisioned the new portal as a place…

VR Resumes Are Catching The Eyes of Industry Recruiters

A brand new market requires a brand new kind of CV. Getting creative with a resume or job application is a common tactic among job-seekers looking to stand out from the pack. A simple Google search reveals incredible examples of resumes iced into cakes, programmed into video games, hidden inside QR codes, the list goes…

WeMakeVR unveils new surreal 360 short Ashes to Ashes

WeMakeVR, a virtual reality (VR) production company based in Amsterdam has launched its latest project, a 10-minute immersive film that mixes CGI with live-action filmmaking called Ashes to Ashes. Shot entirely in one take, Ashes to Ashes began as an internal experiment before being further developed at the VR Days Europe in 2015. The film tells the story of a…

Google Cardboard title Dead Target VR coming to Daydream

VNG Game Studios, a developer in Vietnam, announced at the recent Google Daydream/Tango Code Lab’s event that it’ll be bringing its mobile shooter Dead Target: Zombie to Google Daydream. Dead Target VR, originally launched for Google Cardboard, will be upgraded for for the new head-mounted display (HMD) adding mechanics for the controller such as: shooting, reloading, and throwing grenades. The developer…

YouTube Is Improving The Quality Of Its VR Videos

YouTube offers thousands of hours of content for your VR headset with its 360 degree videos, but the massive amount of data these clips require means they often show up blurry. Google is working to fix that. The search engine giant this week announced that its YouTube and Daydream divisions are working together as part…

VR Devices with Embedded Vision to exceed 460 million by 2021

A report published by ABI Research is predicting significant growth in the number of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices that contain dedicated machine vision/embedded vision hardware, such as Google Tango-enabled smartphones. Machine vision or embedded vision refers to devices that use sensors and coprocessors to interpret meaning from images or video. Applications…

Fistful Of Stars lets you see the birth of stars

There are plenty of space games for various virtual reality (VR) platforms, but Fistful of Stars is promising something new and unique – the chance to see a star being born. The VR experience is based on The Hubble Cantata, a live performance that took place at Prospect Park in Brooklyn last summer. The audience…

Boutique Audio Company HOBO Audio Launches VR Division

HOBO, an audio post studio, has announced the launch of a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) division whilst forming alliances with studios East Coast Digital and Hidden Content, to offer clients a full service for immersive content creation. The services the companies will offer shall range from concepting through production, post, music and final audio mix in an immersive 360…

Google’s creating higher quality streamed video with Equi-Angular Cubemaps

The world is used to watching videos on YouTube and depending on bandwidth, altering the resolution to get a steady stream, regardless of quality. For immersive 360-degree content however that’s not as easy. While poor internet speeds can ruin virtual reality (VR) viewing, low resolutions can also destroy immersion and make content an unwatchable mess. So…

VR vs. An Immobile Stance On Mobile

The week of the end of February through to the beginning of March seemed unreasonably long with both Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the Game Developers Conference (GDC) to deal with. For those of you who aren’t in, ahem, ‘The Business’, international events aren’t actually that much fun, especially for those left behind. For us, not…

VR devices exceed expectations of most users

Market research from Magid has found that the majority of people who have recently purchased a virtual reality (VR) device have found it has exceeded their original expectations. The study has shown that customer satisfaction was high across all device types, but the greatest percentage of satisfied users were among those who had bought a…

VR World Congress Investor Showcase accepting submissions

Virtual Reality World Congress (VRWC) has announced it is accepting applications for it’s Investor Showcase. The showcase allows start-ups specialising in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR) to apply for up to £2million (GBP) in investment funds. Entries open from 13th March until 6pm on Monday, 20th March and is open…

Google Patent Shows Smartphone Packaging that Doubles as a VR Headset

A recently published Google’s patent application describes an ‘Integrated mobile device packaging and virtual reality headset’. The concept is to provide a ‘relatively low cost’ VR headset solution by shipping the smartphone in packaging that doubles as a VR viewer. Google introduced Cardboard, their inexpensive VR solution to the world in 2014, producing a VR…

The Guru 360° is a Clever Portable Stabiliser for 360° Cameras

The Guru 360° is the first 3-axis gimbal designed specifically for 360-degree cameras. Adding to the flexibility of the MOZA interchangeable gimbal system, the unit works with all lightweight 360-degree cameras with minimal obstruction to the field of view. 360-degree or spherical video has played a significant role in the growth of modern VR, introducing…

This Week in VR Sports: NextVR and NBA Presents Free Preview of Lakers vs. 76ers Game, Canelo Alvarez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Try Knockout League, NCAA March Madness Returning to VR

For this weeks run down of virtual reality (VR) in sports, NextVR and the NBA once again make their presence known, boxers Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr try their hand at some virtual boxing, and the NCAA March Madness will be returning to VR for 2017. NextVR and NBA Presents Free Preview of Live Lakers…

Samsung drops price of Gear VR and Gear 360 camera

For those who’ve not yet dived in the world of virtual reality (VR) or 360-degree video Samsung has now made that prospect even more affordable. Through its UK shop, Samsung has dropped the price of the most recent Gear VR model and its Gear 360 camera. If you own a compatible device – Galaxy S7,…

Will VR Transform Remote Work?

Remote work is on the rise. According to a recent Gallup poll, 37% of the US workforce have worked remotely for their job in some capacity. It’s no mystery as to why telecommuting is increasing in popularity. It has been shown to decrease stress and increase productivity considerably. Remote workers typically feel more relaxed and…

AR Company Proxy42 Secures $2 Million Investment from Lenovo and iDreamSky

Proxy42, an augmented reality (AR) company specialising in laser tag experiences, has announced investment round lead by Lenovo Capital and Chinese game publisher iDreamSky securing $2 million USD. The funding will help Proxy42 continue software and business development, as well as accelerate manufacturing capabilities of the Inceptor, a keychain-size device that attaches to and augments an iOS or Android…

Life In 360°: Campaigning In 360° Is Just A Matter Of Time…

Friday is here again, but this time it begins with a Life In 360° that is very much all business. In a number of ways. Earlier in the week we reported on about Omnivirt, a 360 degree video and virtual reality (VR) advertising platform. Founded by former Google and YouTube employees the company has already…