HTC ‘Vive Eclipse’ Trademark Appears in New Zealand

With there being just over two months left of 2017 the window for HTC  and Google to release their standalone headset is narrowing quickly. While no mention of the headset was made at Google’s most recent press conference for Pixel 2 – with Daydream also getting a look in – HTC has applied for a…

Oculus Rift and Touch Win Big at the VR Awards 2017

Oculus Connect 4 begins later today and this week has started off well for the virtual reality (VR) company. On Monday the VR Awards 2017 were held in London, UK, with 12 awards covering the VR spectrum, and Oculus secured two of the main categories for VR hardware. Oculus Rift won the VR Headset of…

Oculus Connect 4: Mark Zuckerberg’s Chance To Outline VR’s Next Steps

Microsoft is poised to release a series of PC-powered VR headsets and Google is about to launch the Pixel 2 with an upgraded Daydream View. But neither company took the opportunity with recent announcements to detail VR’s next steps. Both tech giants were clearly focused on making the most of the holiday shopping season. This makes…

Gear VR Offers To Get You Into Virtual Reality

As we enter the fourth quarter of 2017, we can look back on the year to date with something of a sense of ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’. Whilst many things have improved and virtual reality (VR) is beginning to hit its stride, with all the major players well into…

Comic Books Are Coming To Magic Leap Via Madefire

Magic Leaps’ augmented reality technology still remains a mystery but, whatever it ends up being, you’ll be able to read comics on it. Madefire this weekend announced a partnership with Magic Leap to release its digital comic book app on the platform at launch. Readers will be able to project the company’s own ‘Motion Books’,…

Intel Closes Augmented Reality Goggles Brand

Despite the resurgence of augmented reality (AR) due to the launch of Apple’s ARKit and the relaunch of Google Glass, Intel have taken the decision to close its AR goggles brand, Recon, according to industry insiders. Intel originally acquired Recon back in 2015. Recon primarily produced AR glasses designed for enterprise, industrial and sporting applications,…

KLM Giving Budget Airline Passengers A Virtual Upgrade

Flying economy class can be a miserable experience. Crammed in like a sardine, sitting for hours on uncomfortable seats, forced to pay outrageous fees for the luxury of having actual luggage. Dutch airline KLM are using virtual reality (VR) to improve the flying experience for budget airline passengers, and get in some sneaky advertising. KLM,…

Explore All Seven Continents in VR With Discovery’s ‘TRVLR’

Google and Discovery expand the Discovery VR app with new VR travel series. Since launching August 2015, the Discovery VR app has accumulated over four million downloads and 123 million organic views. Now if those sound like impressive numbers to you, that’s probably because they are. But of course Discovery, being the endlessly ambitious group…

Magic Leap Release Cryptic New Video

Though Magic Leap are yet to release any type of tangible product, one thing the company does seem to be good at is teasing its audience. A new video released by the company still doesn’t show a product, but does talk a lot about ideas and inspiration. The video is titled ‘Magic Leap: How It…

The Biggest PSVR Releases Of The Week 10/01/17

Just one PSVR release this week, but it is at least a noteworthy one for those that are looking for something outside the traditional realms of gaming. If you missed last week’s releases then you can see them here. UploadVR has also launched the ‘UploadVR PSVR Community’ on PlayStation 4! Join up, find other gamers to…

SculptrVR’s Smooth Update Adds Incredible Detail To Hand-Made Worlds

SculptrVR’s “Smooth” update looks poised to enable the creation of far more expressive hand-made objects and worlds. The ground up rewrite of the software is expected to debut later this month on Steam and Daydream offering people the chance to shape by hand far more detailed objects and worlds. Unlike some other VR creation software,…

TheWaveVR Releasing Mind-Bending VR Album With TOKiMONSTA

With the release of its latest collaboration, TheWaveVR continues to push the boundaries of VR and make a name for itself building mind-bending virtual worlds centered on music. Based in Austin and Los Angeles, TheWaveVR raised a $4 million seed round earlier this year. The company employs around eight people full-time, plus a number of…

How AR Acceleration has Overtaken VR: Gaming vs. Everyday Application

Augmented reality (AR) has speedily risen in popularity over the course of 2017. While those affiliated with virtual reality (VR) have been discussing the impending arrival of the passthrough medium for years – citing technology from the likes of Magic Leap as a basis for something groundbreaking – it’s simple success stories from the likes…

Discovery VR and Google Announce 38-episode Series Discovery TRVLR

Yesterday Google officially announced its new Pixel 2 smartphones and a revised Daydream View headset. Now the company has unveiled a new immersive series created in collaboration with its virtual reality (VR) team and Discovery VR, Discovery TRVLR. The 38-episode series will launch on Friday, 3rd November exclusively on YouTube and DiscoveryVR.com and via the Discovery…

Google’s new Daydream View Launches Later This Year

Google has now unveiled its new Daydream View head-mounted display (HMD) to the world in conjunction with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. The new model features a range of improvements over the original, with high-performance Fresnel lenses, for better image clarity and a wider field of view (FoV) – around 10 degrees. The headset…

Google Unveils AR Stickers for Pixel 2

Google’s currently holding its anticipated Pixel 2 event, with the new smartphone taking center stage alongside several other hardware additions. As part of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL announcement Google has obviously detailed some of the devices features which include an augmented reality-optimised camera for a new function called AR Stickers. With AR…

League of Legends in AR With ARCore

Google were showing off the new capabilities of its software development tool for augmented reality (AR), ARCore, Google’s answer to Apple’s ARKit. During the presentation of the upcoming Pixel 2 smartphone, Google demonstrated some of the capabilities of ARCore, including a new way to watch League of Legends matches. League of Legends is one of…

Google Teases League of Legends AR Experience

The ARCore experience is coming to Pixel 2. With new updates to Google’s Daydream View headset, the unveiling of Pixel 2, and a preview of AR Stickers that included packs for Stranger Things and Star Wars, Google also teased a slew of new apps and experiences built with ARCore by their partners. One of those…

Google Announces New Daydream View & Pixel 2

Stranger Things AR stickers and League of Legends AR are coming too. Last year Google showed us their commitment to VR, unveiling a Daydream View VR headset, Daydream platform, and Pixel phone. Now exactly a year later, Google is back again with VR updates and an additional focus on augmented reality (AR). New Pixel &…

Visual Downgrade Aside, Everest VR Shapes Up Well On PSVR

As an early technical showcase for PC VR, we’ve long been interested in how Everest VR will hold up on the promised PlayStation VR (PSVR) port. Using satellite imagery to create a crisp, highly-detailed virtual rendition of the world’s biggest mountain, developer Solfar Studio dreamed a real assault on the senses on Rift and Vive,…

How 360 Video Enhances Marketing: An Experience Within An Experience

Marketers, event planners and technologists of all walks have tried for many years to enhance real-life experiences with technology, to varying degrees of success. There have been QR codes, mobile-based scavenger hunts, check-in apps and more that failed to stick. From one experience to the next, brands want to stand out and create a lasting…

Watch Google Reveal Pixel 2 And More Right Here

Today sees the spotlight turn to Google as the company prepares to unveil its second-generation Pixel phone, Pixel 2. You can watch the whole thing right here. Though we’re expecting the Made By Google event to primarily detail the newest handset, there’s bound to be some VR news too. Daydream, the company’s mobile VR ecosystem,…

Fairy tale Puzzler Spark of Light Arrives on Google Daydream

Dutch developer Pillow’s Willow VR Studios released its first virtual reality (VR) title Spark of Light on Samsung Gear VR a couple of months ago and now the title has been brought to another platform, Google Daydream. Set in a fantasy fairy tale realm of Mothlings, giants and other magical creatures, Spark of Light is the story of Nerow…

Insta360 Pro Achieves Google Street View Ready Certification

Insta360, the immersive camera company behind the Air, Nano, One and Pro, has announced that the Insta360 Pro camera has now been approved by Google as part of the ‘Street View ready’ program. This means that anybody who wants to contribute 360-degree content to Google’s map service no longer need the cumbersome Trekker backpack, instead they…

Vuforia Chalk Brings Practicality to AR Communication

PTC is making a big push within the augmented reality (AR) sector with the launch of Vuforia Chalk, a new AR app for iOS11 that provides a brand-new way to communicate; as if you’re drawing on the world with digital chalk. PTC also announced updates to the Vuforia AR platform, and updates to ThingWorx Studio,…

Microsoft Just Bought VR Social App AltspaceVR

Microsoft is rescuing the beloved VR social network. The Silicon Valley social VR startup that has taken us on a roller coaster ride of emotions over the past months has big news—AltspaceVR has been acquired by Microsoft. Back in July AltspaceVR announced they would be closing down due to lack of funding. Only weeks later, they…

AltspaceVR’s Future Becomes More Secure After Microsoft Acquisition

It was only a couple of months ago that AltspaceVR made the shock announcement that it was closing down, putting an end to one of the earliest social virtual reality (VR) apps on the market. Such was the community support that AltspaceVR looked to be saved with the team in negotiations with several unnamed parties to…

Standalone, Wireless Headset Razergon VR Begins Kickstarter Campaign

If you want to enjoy wire free virtual reality (VR) gaming then at present the easiest way of doing so is with a smartphone-based headset like Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream for example. Soon though those options won’t be the only ones available as standalone devices from the likes of HTC and Pico will…

VR vs. Timings

One of these weeks, I swear, a planned topic will be able to be addressed. Unfortunately though it seems like we’re going to have to talk about something else instead. No biggie but this one came pretty much out of leftfield. So, let’s set the scene. I made the mistake of heading back into the…