Dimension Launches Partner Programme For VR, AR and MR

As an increasing amount of realism is demanded by audiences for virtual reality (VR) and other immersive media, volumetric 3D capture is becoming appealing to many content creators. To further these ambitions, state-of-the-art capture studio Dimension is launching a partner programme that will allow developers to create new experiences using volumetric video. The new partner…

8 Circuit Studios Looks To Create Connected Digital Metaverse

The transparent, distributed nature of blockchain and its ability to track transactions and objects across vast networks has opened up possibilities in many industries, with several in the immersive technology space already beginning to take advantage. One of these is 8 Circuit Studios, who are planning on using blockchain to create a new, interconnected virtual…

Review: Megadimension Neptunia VIIR

Compile Heart and Idea Factory have found a fair amount of success with their ‘Neptunia’ series. Though the first title in the series, Hyperdimension Neptunia on the PlayStation 3, was quite ropey around the edges, it nonetheless won fans and launched the series, which has now worked its way to virtual reality (VR). Megadimension Neptunia…

The Vive Pro’s AR Abilities Just Got Augmented

Image Copyright: HTC (Image Used under Fair Use Rationale) I’m not sure if any of the people who bought a Vive stopped to think that it wasn’t “pro” enough for them, but HTC went ahead and made the Vive Pro anyway. This new, more expensive HMD has a lot of technical improvements over the model…

CEEK VR Announces Partnership With World Of Dance

CEEK VR have announced that they will be partnering with the national hit TV competition series and brand, World of Dance to provide a range of virtual reality (VR) content for fans of the series to enjoy. The award-winning developer of premium VR and augmented reality (AR) experiences, CEEK VR is a leading provide of…

ANTVR Announce Kickstarter For Mixed Reality Headset

Back in January, Chinese virtual reality (VR) headset maker ANTVR announced it was planning on launching a new hybrid VR and augmented reality (AR) headset, which would be made available through Kickstarter. The company has now revealed that the campaign will begin in May, along with a few other new details. ANTVR say that its…

New Report Says AR Is Creating Market Value For Automotive Industry

Augmented reality (AR) has started to attract attention is industry and enterprise, with a rising number of firms turning to AR or mixed reality (MR) to improve productivity in various ways. A report by ABI Research indicates that this trend will continue, and that AR will be vital in creating future market value for the…

Open Source HoloLens Haptics Lets You Feel What You Touch

Though haptic force-feedback has seen some use in virtual reality (VR) with devices such as haptic controller gloves, there is yet to be much integration of haptics into augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR). That all be about to change thanks to a new prototype device for Microsoft HoloLens. Hasso Plattner Institut (HPI) is…

Get Lenovo’s Windows VR Headset For Just $199 Today

Want a taste of PC VR gaming but don’t want to splash out on one of the more expensive headsets? Lenovo has you covered. The company’s Windows-based ‘mixed reality’ VR device, the Lenovo Explorer, is currently just $199 at the Microsoft Store. That’s $200 off of its original price and $200 cheaper than an Oculus…

Mixed Reality and Medicine: Virtual Practice Makes Perfect

Mixed reality is becoming an increasingly useful tool for surgeons, but can it also help to train the next generation of doctors? Prestigious medical institutions such as Imperial College London are using HoloLens devices in operating theatres to spot key blood vessels, bones, and muscles helping to make procedures quicker and safer. Patients who have suffered an accident…

Researchers Electrically Stimulate Muscles in Haptic Designed for Hands-free AR Input

Researchers at The Human Computer Interaction Lab at Hasso-Plattner-Institut in Potsdam, Germany, published a video recently showing a novel solution to the problem of wearable haptics for augmented reality. Using a lightweight, mobile electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) device that provides low-voltage to arm muscles, the idea is to let AR headset-users stay hands-free, but also be…

Experience King Tut As Your Tour Guide At Cairo’s Famous Egyptian Museum

Thanks to augmented reality (AR) technology, visitors to Cairo’s famous Egyptian Museum will be able to have King Tutankhamun as their tour guide. This means that visitors will be able to experience and learn about all the museum’s artifacts from the ultimate expert himself. Egyptian-born Ramy Hammady, a researcher at the University of Huddersfield who…

How VR Can Get To A Hundred Million Headsets By 2024

I recently outlined the VR headsets which pushed the technology forward over the last six years by giving lots of developers new capabilities. In this post, I want to provide a blueprint for people to think about the spatial computing revolution over the next six years. Only a handful of companies worldwide have the teams…

VRLA 2018 Returns; Keynote Lineup Announced

The two-day conference’s full slate of keynote speakers also include live performances. The world’s largest VR & AR conference is back again May 4-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There’s quite no conference like VRLA. Part industry event and part immersive tech festival, VRLA is a place where seasoned veterans can catch up on…

VRLA 2018 Returns; Keynote Lineup Announced

The two-day conference’s full slate of keynote speakers also include live performances. The world’s largest VR & AR conference is back again May 4-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There’s quite no conference like VRLA. Part industry event and part immersive tech festival, VRLA is a place where seasoned veterans can catch up on…

New Images of Leap Motion’s AR Headset North Star Surface

Earlier this week VRFocus reported on hand-tracking specialist Leap Motion revealing work on an augmented reality (AR) headset dubbed Project North Star. Now there’s several more images and gifs to showcase Leap Motions ongoing development of the project. Up until now Leap Motion has worked with several manufacturers to integrate its hand-tracking technology into various…

VRLA 2018 Returns Next Month, Full Keynote Lineup Revealed

The Virtual Reality Los Angeles (VRLA) event has grown from a small meetup group to one of the biggest events focused on VR, augmented realty (AR) and mixed reality (MR) technologies. This year’s event is due to take place in just over three weeks so today the organisers have revealed who will be giving the…

Xbox One X VR: Still a Reality or Fading Fantasy?

The virtual reality (VR) industry continues its development at a pace far exceeding that of the standard videogame industry. The past couple of years has seen an influx of head-mounted displays (HMDs), from mobile iterations to high-end devices that push the boundaries of what VR is capable of. One of the most successful is Sony…

Develop: Brighton Announces Chet Faliszek As Keynote Speaker

Tucked away on the English south coast, Brighton has become something of a haven of creativity in the videogame and immersive technology sectors. This is amply demonstrated with the annual Develop: Brighton conference, which has just announced its first keynote speaker – Chet Faliszek of Bossa Studios. Faliszek is the creative director of Bossa Studios,…

Mixed Reality Training For Japanese Maritime Systems Workers

Much of Japan’s economy is driven by overseas trade, and much of that trade uses marine transport services to handle imports and exports. That industry has seen a significant shortage in trained workforce, a shortfall that one company is trying to address with the use of mixed reality (MR). Japanese company JRCS is aiming to…

Leap Motion Jumps Into AR With Project North Star Headset/Platform

Over the past five or so years Leap Motion has been pushing hand-tracking VR forward with its controller-free sensor. Today, though, the company is announcing a move into augmented reality with Project North Star. Just like VR before it, AR, which projects virtual objects into the real world, has input problems right now. Many see…

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…

Microsoft Reveal Images Of HoloLens Prototype

Microsoft have revealed the story behind the creation of the HoloLens, their mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) in a new blog post which reveals a number of prototype images. The blog post goes into great details about the process that lead to the creation of the Microsoft HoloLens including a number of qoutres from…

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…

Dev Behind ‘Mario AR’ Brings ‘Street Fighter II’ to Life with ARKit

You might know developer Abhishek Singh from his HoloLens version of Super Mario Bros. (1985) that went viral back in June 2017, or maybe his more recent AR recreation of the iconic scene from The Ring (2002) where the horrifying ghost girl emerges from the TV screen. Now, Singh has delved back into classic gaming with his latest project,…

WorldViz Releases VR Business Collaboration Solutions

An increasing number of brands and business are beginning to realise the possibilities opened up by immersive technology such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). To provide for this new demand, companies such as WorldViz have been launching new products to let businesses take advantage of what VR and AR have to offer….