CES: Google Unveils VR180 Cameras From Lenovo and Yi

First announced at last year’s Vidcon, VR180 is a new YouTube video format focused on the 180° field-of-view in front of you. The video format lets you make immersive stereoscopic video without having to worry about what’s behind the camera, splitting the difference between full 360° VR video and standard video. Since launch, there have…

VR vs. 2017 (Predictably) – Part 2

Hello everybody and welcome back to this two-part VR vs. where I look over the results of last year’s predictions as to what 2017 would bring and see how I actually did in the great scheme of things. So far I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how successful I’ve been at being a technology prognosticator –…

Vive Video Gets New Update, Now Supports Vimeo

Vive Video, HTC Vive’s native video player, has been out for a while, and we haven’t seen many improvements or new features appear for it in quite some time. Thankfully today’s HTC announcement bonanza has also brought us some good news about Vive Video – it’s getting an update, with support for new a new video…

Giroptic Launch 360 Degree Video Calling Application

Giroptic has today announced that, after months of testing and perfecting, a new 360 degree video calling service is now available in the iO360 app, compatible with the popular Giroptic iO 360 degree camera. Whether on a rooftop in New York, cruising on a lake or with family on the other side of the world,…

Quantum Storey to Introduce New VR and AR Books at CES 2018

The Quantum Storey Company are finding brand new ways to introduce both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) content to a wider audience, and will be showing off much more of what they have planned during a press conference at the Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, during CES 2018. Operation YOU has already launched at…

Wield Your Own Lightsaber With Just A Piece Of Paper

Who needs midi-chlorians when you have the power of AR and a rolled up piece of paper? I think at one point everyone dreams of wielding the awesome power of a lightsaber. An elegant weapon for a more civilized age, the kyber crystal-powered blades are arguably the most recognizable item from the Star Wars universe,…

Cortopia Raises Over $2m In Funding

Virtual reality (VR) developers Cortopia launched its first title in August 2016. Titled Wands, it aimed to provide PC-level quality on mobile VR platforms, and even won awards for its efforts. The company has now succeeded in raising investment to continue its work in VR development. Cortopia is hoping that the $2.4 million (USD) of…

Life In 360°: A Heavy Metal Date With The Devil

This year’s edition of CES has started which means that, for those of us left in the UK, sleep is going to become something of a privilege over the next few days. Whilst you can expect all manner of stories coming out of the next week – and you should definitely check back regularly with…

Google Expeditions Bring Augmented Reality to Schools

School can be boring, as we all know, but many children across the globe are sure to pay a bit more attention with some new technology in the classroom. Enter Google Expeditions, who are bringing augmented reality (AR) tech to classrooms to teach kids about the future of technology in a new way. Taking to…

Vuzix Making Alexa-Enabled Smart Glasses, to Debut at CES 2018

The very first Alexa-enabled smart glasses are on their way, and making their debut at CES 2018, Las Vegas. Of course, it’s the enterprising young Vuzix who are taking the reigns and spearheading Alexa’s incorporation into augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) devices. Amazon are of course eager to have Alexa integrated with as…

Competition: Win A Copy Of GexagonVR’s PC Puzzler Nevrosa: Escape

The Christmas period was quite good for giveaways on VRFocus, we had a couple of competitions you could enter for both PC and PlayStation 4. But such things are in the past and those who won have been given their codes. It’s time to move on to bigger and better things. New year, new competitions. And…

Life In 360°: The TRVLR Has Come…

When you think about it the world is a pretty amazing place. Small in the grand scheme of things the Earth has defied the odds, pulled together from space dust, survived a big fight with another planet when it was younger (and even got a moon out of it), brought about life, nurtured it, took…

Hyperfair Aims to Be New Face of Enterprise Social VR

Much has been said about the rise of social apps in virtual reality (VR), experiences such as Facebook Spaces and Rec Room getting considerable attention for letting friends and family play and interact. Social VR has implications for business and enterprise sectors as well, as Hyperfair demonstrates with its newly launched user interface for enterprise…

NOLO VR Reveals Universal Motion Tracking System

Motion tracking is often considered one of the key components of modern high-end virtual reality (VR). The lack of accurate positional tracking is one of the marks against mobile VR, but positioning systems are also one of the trickiest things to get right. LYRobotix is offering a possible way for mobile and PC VR with…

Ubisoft Makes In-Car Entertainment Virtual

It is gradually becoming more common to see passengers on a train or airplane wearing a virtual reality headset such as a Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream to escape the tedium of long-distance travel. Ubisoft are taking this idea a few steps further by putting a VR headset in a car. A great deal…

ANTVR Return With Plans For Hybrid AR/VR Headset

It’s been quite some time since ANTVR first made waves with its successfully crowdfunding campaign for its all-in-one virtual reality (VR) headset. The company is hoping to draw attention again in 2018 with the announcement that it is working on a hybrid Vr and augmented reality (AR) visor. ANTVR first came to the attention when…

Next-Generation Audio Coming to vTime Through DTS Partnership

vTime, one of the longest running social networks for virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) has announced a new partnership with audio specialist DTS to bring enhanced audio to the service with the aim of improving users immersion. Heading to CES 2018 next week to showcase what the two companies have been developing, the custom…

Pico Neo Is A $749 Standalone Headset With 6DOF Tracking

Pico was one of the first companies to release a standalone VR headset last year with the perfectly adequate Goblin, an all-in-one device with three degrees of freedom (3DOF) tracking. Pico’s next headset, though, will address the growing demand for 6DOF tracking in standalone VR. Announced last week, the Pico Neo is a $749 device…

Customise Your 360 Videos with VeeR Editing Suite

The rise is user-generated content over the past few years has seen a boom in independent videogame studios, and a lot of the one-or-two person teams have invested early in virtual reality (VR) development. However, there’s still a knowledge barrier for coding, and so the next frontier will be 360 degree videos. A new mobile…

Drop Is A VR Productivity Environment For HTC Vive

Drop Software Inc. wants to change the way people access information in virtual reality. Its flagship VR title, Drop, provides a 360-degree environment that folks can use to browse the internet. It raised a seed round of an undisclosed amount in August, drawing investments from HTC as well as firms such as Macro Ventures, Autochrome…

Flutter Through The Amazon In VR With This Google Daydream Game

All-female team from New Zealand launches accessible VR experience aimed specially at women. Observing moths and butterflies in the Amazon rainforest over a five-day period. Watching the environment around you change through cycles of sunshine and rain, as the day turns into night, and cycles back into dawn. If that doesn’t sound like the most…

The Hottest Apps For Gear VR So Far

Since its arrival, the Samsung Gear VR has been a beacon of hope. Hope for millions that they will be able to get their hands on wallet friendly virtual reality experiences. Up until Gear VR, the phrase ‘affordable VR’ was reserved for things like Google cardboard, so it’s hardly surprising that their is a lot…

How This Remote AR Assistance App Wants to Transform Business

Scope AR offers cross-platform live support video calling on the HoloLens, for real-time, 3D remote collaboration. A few months ago I went to the Microsoft offices in London to try out a few of their new HoloLens applications. But even though I got to do some pretty cool stuff—like seeing the inside of a working…

Bigscreen Rolls Out To Windows Mixed Reality, More Planned For 2018

Virtual reality (VR) isn’t just about having the best videogame and what support each of the various headsets are given. Although it seems it is easy to forget that on some occasions. There’s also a wide range of software and applications out there for all manner of things, be they small or large. Everything from…

How VR Helped Make The World Better In 2017

2017 has been quiet a year for VR entertainment as Oculus, HTC and Sony continue to push their respective headsets as gaming devices first and everything else second. That said, everything else has had a pretty good year too; VR has started to prove its worth as a tool for positive change in 2017. Over…

VeeR VR Launched on Windows Mixed Reality

In October 2017, Microsoft officially launched Windows Mixed Reality and a line-up of third party headsets for use with Windows 10, which include Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo, and future products from Asus and Samsung. These immersive headsets are compatible with VR software and applications from Microsoft Store. As VeeR is now available in Microsoft Store, you…