The Guardian Continues Its VR Work With New Experience Celestial Motion

UK newspaper The Guardian has already proved itself to be an enthusiastic supporter of virtual reality (VR), having produced several VR experiences, including an affecting tribute to Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi. The latest, titled Celestial Motion, is a VR dance experience. Celestial Motion was made with the Alexander Whitley Dance Company, in association with Sadler’s…

YouTube Broadcasting Coachella Livestream in VR180 this Weekend

Tune in to Coachella’s YouTube Channel to watch select live performances April 13 – 15. One of the first festivals to bring VR to the masses with custom Google Cardboard headsets mailed to ticket holders back in 2016, Coachella has aways been experimenting with immersive technology and exploring new ways they can bring the music…

Social VR App ‘vTime’ Closes $7.6M Series A Investment, AR Experience to Come in 2018

vTime, the social VR platform, today announced the closure of a $7.6 million (£5.4 million) Series A funding round led by Deepbridge Capital with included investment from Liverpool, UK-based institutional loan and equity provider MSIF. vTime founder and CEO Martin Kenwright says the investment will “accelerate global growth and product development, and fuel R&D for the brand’s…

Google Offers High Quality ‘Jump’ 360 Video Stitching with Improved 3D

Google this week introduced a new “High Quality” option for their Jump Assembler, an automated 3D 360 video stitching service for creators shooting with Jump cameras. The new approach brings more accurate stitching with enhanced depth maps resulting in sharper 3D output. In a blog post this week, Google software engineer David Gallup detailed the…

Justin Timberlake Launches Outside In AR App in Conjunction With American Express

If you’re into your augmented reality (AR) tech and happen to be a Justin Timberlake fan then you’re in luck, as the musician has collaborated on an AR app with American Express called Outside In.  Outside In gives fans the the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the various stories behind the Man Of The Woods album, reports Billboard….

Applied Neural Nets in Virtual Reality

Forget the state of the art, even the basics of machine learning can be comically misunderstood by the general public and tech industry luminaries alike. (Full disclosure: I include myself in this indictment). We’re told the possibilities are endless, but how do we get there? At a high level, how does the average programmer in…

Google Accidentally Reveals Existence of Pixel 3 Smartphone

Google’s line of Pixel phones has been its flagship for new features and functions, including things such as the now-defunct Tango project along with successor, ARCore as well as forming the main compatible line of smartphones for the Google Daydream. A slip-up in a line of code has accidentally revealed that a successor to the…

Leap Motion Reveal Work on AR Headset

Augmented reality (AR) has come on in leaps and bounds since the initial launch of the Google Glass. Since then, the technology had advanced, and seen a huge uptake by enterprise and industry, as well as use in entertainment. Leap Motion are aiming to push that technology even further by producing its own AR headset,…

Vancouver Emerging As Top Five VR and AR Hub

Why Silicon Valley is looking north for new investment opportunities. Surrounded by towering mountains, picturesque lakes, and urban beaches, it’s easy to forget that Vancouver hosts a booming technology industry. For those in the know, that’s starting to change. Over the past 40 years, the Canadian region has emerged as a dominant force in the…

The VR Job Hub: Senior And Junior Positions

If you are looking to find yourself a new job in the world of immersive technology then allow VRFocus to help you out, with another entry of The VR Job Hub. Every weekend VRFocus gathers together a number open position from across the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) industry, in locations around the globe,…

Geek & Sundry Debuts Weekly VR180 Board Game Series

One of biggest indie geek culture providers on YouTube brings their colorful cast of personalities to VR. If you’re a fan of board games, Dungeons & Dragons or just niche geek culture in general, then odds are you’ve heard of Geek & Sundry. At 1.7 million subscribers, the digital entertainment company is responsible for some…

Geek & Sundry Release VR Tabletop Series Now Your Turn

Hollywood-based virtual reality (VR) studio Light Sail VR has teamed up with Geek & Sundry, in collaboration with Google’s Daydream team, to release their debut VR 180 series Now Your Turn. Every episode of Now Your Turn will transport viewer into the ultimate board game showdown were they will be able to experience unique board…

Plex VR Releases Onto Samsung Gear VR

Plex, the service that allows users to watch any of their content from anywhere with access to their network has now released the virtual reality (VR) version of the service, Plex VR, onto the Samsung Gear VR. After a release only a few months ago onto the Google Daydream platform, Plex VR is now releasing…

Step Into the Weird World of Sutu’s Immersive VR Paintings

Ten years ago, Australian artist Stuart Campbell imagined a cyberpunk world where young graffiti artists were constantly altering their surroundings with augmented reality. Today, he is bringing some of that vision into the real world by creating cutting edge art that combines AR and VR techniques. An earlier project dubbed Nawlz, was an interactive multi-series web…

Virtual Reality Headset History 2012 To 2018

Over the last six years consumer VR products evolved considerably, with new capabilities added each year for developers to use in building virtual worlds. This evolution is sometimes hard to see because VR headsets came in two varieties — wireless and wired. Until 2018, wireless VR trailed the capabilities of wired systems except in a…

Two Years On: HTC Vive – Apps

We’ve already established how important content is to a given platform, but in virtual reality (VR), not all content is a videogame. There are plenty of non-gaming apps and tools that can be exceptionally useful, creative or just fun to use.With the HTC Vive being the first modern VR platform to offer motion controls in…

REWIND CEO to Chair BAFTA’s new Immersive Entertainment Advisory Group

British creative agency REWIND has created some notable virtual reality (VR) experiences over the past few years, including Ghost in the Shell VR Experience and Silicon Valley: Inside the Hacker Hostel. Today, BAFTA has announced the appointment of REWIND’s CEO and Founder, Sol Rogers as chair of the new Immersive Entertainment Advisory Group. The Immersive Entertainment Advisory Group will take…

VR vs. Fiction – Vol I: Their Only Crime Was Curiosity

It has finally happened. WipEout has come to virtual reality (VR). You may remember we used to have that ‘Make It A (Virtual) Reality’ column on VRFocus way back when? I dig it out occasionally on VR vs. to discuss a videogame, film, television programme, etc that would be a good match with the tech….

Welcome to Sugary Hell as Zombie Donuts Rolls Onto Gear VR

Vancouver-based indie developer Virtro released its first virtual reality (VR) title Run Dorothy Run for PlayStation VR earlier this year, and now its next experience Zombie Donuts has arrived for Samsung Gear VR.  A light-hearted experience just like its first title, Zombie Donuts see’s you fighting off waves of the undead sugary hordes with your trusty marshmallow blaster. You’ll face…

Prototype AR App Translates Sign Language In Real Time

AR continues to break down the language barrier as this NYU student introduces a new form of augmented sign language translation. If the last decade of sci-fi movies have taught us anything it’s that the near future is going to be full of futuristic language translating earbuds, implants, or some other form of high-tech speech…

AR App Streem Boosts Seed Funding, Adds Tech And Home Service Veterans

Technology company Streem, known for connecting home service professionals to their customers though on-demand intelligent video, has now announced an additional £2 million (USD) in funding from new and existing investors. Streem have recently also announced advanced augmented reality (AR) features built on Google’s ARCore platform and won the Innovation Award for “Apps, Platforms, and…

The VR Job Hub: Programmers, Artist And Testers Needed This Easter Sunday

Its the start of a new month as April rolls in bringing with it the joys of Easter and plenty of chocolate. Why not start your month off with a new exciting job opportunity with another entry of The VR Job Hub. Every weekend VRFocus gathers together a number open position from across the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality…

Lenovo And Google’s VR180 Camera Goes Up For Pre-Order

Lenovo and Google’s standalone Daydream headset, the Mirage Solo, has been available to pre-order for about a week now, and now you can grab the other half of the pair’s VR offerings, too. The Mirage VR camera, which was introduced alongside the Solo at CES 2018, can now be pre-ordered for $299 on Amazon. The…