Samsung Demonstrates an Incredible Flexible OLED

Samsung is showing off bendy OLED screens which, apart from looking cool, have the potential to change mobile display technology forever. The screens on our mobile devices have reached the point where our eyes can’t even pick out individual pixels anymore. Super AMOLED screens and other OLED variants in particular are beautiful. The double-curved unit…

Tech Store Saturn Gets AR Sales Assistant Using HoloLens

Visitors to German tech store Saturn could have the opportunity to be guided around the store by an augmented reality (AR) creation called Paula by donning Microsoft’s HoloLens as part of a pilot program in certain stores. Somewhat resembling a kind of alien, vaguely humanoid squid, or a creation of Pablo Picasso; the AR cartoon…

AR and VR Playground to Debut at Augmented World Expo

The Augmented World Expo will be taking place soon in Santa Clara, California and the conference organisers have announced that the first AWE Playground full of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences will debut at the event. With the aim of eliminating barriers between consumers and experiences, the AWE Playground has almost two…

VRTV Weekly Roundup: Microsoft AR, Google Daydream and Oculus Rift

Celebrate Thursday and the approaching weekend with the latest edition of the VRTV roundup covering all the hottest news from the past seven days. This week sees some news from Microsoft, Google and Oculus. The last week has seen details of the upcoming updates and enhancements to Google’s Daydream platform which is incorporating social features…

Antilatency Raises $2.1 Million For Mobile Positional Tracking Solution

A startup named Antilatency with a positional tracking solution that recently impressed us has raised $2.1 million and is opening an office in the United States next month. According to the company, the seed investment comes from the Europe-based IIDF venture capital fund and will be used to accelerate the release of its “anti-latency tracker” which goes…

Rocket League Clone For HoloLens Makes Me Crave The Real Thing

An experienced programmer uses mixed reality to turn Rocket League into a tabletop experience. Developers, both amateur and professional alike, seem to be having an absolute blast creating augmented reality experiences for the Microsoft HoloLens. We’ve seen a futuristic renditions of classic childhood games like ‘Hot Lava,’ promotional content for feature films like Smurfs, even a…

Air New Zealand Actually Considers Putting HoloLens on Flight Attendants

Air New Zealand is exploring how the Microsoft HoloLens can enhance its in-flight service, becoming the first airline to openly consider equipping its cabin crew with the augmented reality headset. In a newly published concept video, a flight attendant is provided with information ranging from a passenger’s allergies to the last time they had a drink just…

Private Equity Firm Silver Lake Invests $400 Million in Unity

Unity Technologies, the software company that’s highly involved in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) has announced today that its accepted a $400 million USD investment from private equity firm Silver Lake. The reveal came from Unity’s CEO John Riccitiello reports Bloomberg. The company doesn’t need the money as such, but it will allow…

You Have To See Rocket League Played With HoloLens

After becoming basically the most successful game of all time ever and making its creators a mountain of cash, it doesn’t look like there’s anywhere else for Rocket League to go, apart from HoloLens. Sadly this isn’t an official take on Psyonix’s smash hit vehicular soccer game. It’s a fan creation but an absolutely brilliant…

Microsoft Research Reveals New, Slimmed Down AR Glasses

The Microsoft Research Team revealed  a new pair of augmented reality glasses today that offer an exciting form factor, even if their performance isn’t up to snuff. The new lenses were made known to the world in a research paper titled Holographic Near-Eye Displays for Virtual and Augmented Reality penned by Microsoft’s Andrew Maimone, Andreas Georgio and Joel Kollin. Their…

AR, VR, MR, RR, XR: A Glossary to the Acronyms of the Future

Virtual reality (VR) began its climb back into the social consciousness in 2013 with the launch of the well-documented Kickstarter campaign for the Oculus Rift. In the four years that have passed since, things have become more complicated. Augmented reality (AR) has finally begun its ascent and Microsoft has muddied the waters with the HoloLens…

Microsoft Reveals AR Glasses That Look Like Regular Spectacles

When Google introduced the Google Glass, one of the major objections was their appearance. With detractors calling them ‘clunky’ and ‘dorky’ and other unflattering epithets. Though technology has moved on, the aesthetics of augmented reality (AR) headwear is still a problem for many people. Microsoft is seeking to tackle this problem with its new prototype…

Microsoft Reveal Z-Depth Layering for Windows 10 Mixed Reality Devices

Creating a stereoscopic effect within a virtual reality (VR) application has been a given for decades. It’s a standard component for immersion in a virtual environment, however in other applications – including the likes of Skype, Netflix and beyond – having a 2D plane embossed upon your real world has been the limitation up to…

Sony Santa Monica Studio Prototyped A God of War VR Demo For PSVR

All major console manufacturers have flagship first-party characters that define their systems and audience. For Nintendo it’s always been the colorful cast of the Mario, Donkey Kong, and Zelda franchises. For Microsoft it’s the Halo and Gears of War games. But for Sony, it’s changed with each console generation. The PS1 had Spyro and Crash…

Air New Zealand Trialling Augmented Reality on Flights

Microsoft’s HoloLens has begun to see some interesting uses, from helping with surgical procedures to giving children an enhanced understanding of the solar system, Microsoft are aiming to show that augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) are good for more than just videogames. Air New Zealand see that potential, also, and have begun equipping…

Google Reveals WorldSense Standalone VR Headsets, Working With HTC

Looks like the rumors are true; Google just announced it’s working on its very own standalone VR headsets at its I/O conference. Meet WorldSense. Google’s VP of VR Clay Bavor introduced this new initiative towards the end of the conference. These devices are being made with partners, a little like Microsoft works with partners for its…

Are We About to See True Premium Google VR?

Google has been no stranger to the world of VR, but rather than trying to compete with Facebook or Valve at the premium end, they’ve lead the charge in the mobile VR space, which is arguably the market segment that will have the largest audience and the lowest barrier to entry. It all started with…

Avegant Takes on Microsoft with A New Light Field MR Prototype

Image Credit: Avegant We were very impressed with the Avegant Glyph. A (non-VR) HMD that uses impressive retinal projection technology to produce an image that causes no eye-strain, no chicken wire effect and appears amazingly sharp despite the relatively low resolution. Not content to create its own product niche, Avegant has revealed a totally new…

Antycip to Launch VT MAK’s new VR Engage Engine at ITEC 2017

Tomorrow, ITEC, Europe’s largest military simulation event in Rotterdam Ahoy, Netherlands, will open its doors for a three-day conference and Antycip Simulation, specialists in COTS solutions for the military simulation industry will be showcasing VT MAK’s new virtual reality (VR) Engage engine. As the exclusive partner in Europe for VT MAK, Antycip Simulation will be demoing the company’s VR Engage solution and…

See Whac-A-Mole In AR With This Black Mirror-Inspired HoloLens Prototype

Editor’s Note: In this weekly column, David Robustelli will breakdown the latest rapid prototype he and his team at CapitolaVR have created for VR and/or AR. They are responsible for games like Duckpocalypse as well as prototype projects such as HoloLens Golf, Gear VR Mirroring, and Pokemon GO for HoloLens. Check back each weekend for new prototypes!…

Microsoft’s Fluent Design System Aims To Tie All Its Platforms Together

Microsoft revealed a lot this week at its annual Build developer conference. But to get a better sense of how the company wants to tie all its various apps, platforms, products, services, and devices together, look no further than the newly unveiled Microsoft Fluent Design System. These design guidelines are supposed to be an evolution of the company’s Metro/Modern UI…

Community Download: Will Microsoft’s Headsets Be Upstarts Or Afterthoughts For VR?

Microsoft is partnering with manufacturers like Acer, Lenovo, and HP to create a new line of virtual reality headsets. These devices will be competitively priced, at around $300-$400 each or less, but comparatively, as capable as the highest quality headsets on paper: the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Microsoft is relying on reduced price, easy cooperation with Windows, and…

Microsoft is Building VR MMO for Xbox and PC, Job Listing Indicates

A job listing for a Senior Design Manager position on Microsoft’s “Xbox Mixed Reality team” says that the company is “looking to build a massively social gaming and entertainment experience for both the PC and the console.” Starting with the HoloLens AR headset and moving toward Windows VR headsets coming soon from PC hardware makers,…

Single-Camera VR/AR Tracking Unveiled by uSens

Most current PC-based virtual reality (VR) systems rely on tracking sensors for head and hand tracking, which means positioning several tracking modules in the right position, which can be awkward for people with small or unusually-shaped rooms. Tracking technology specialist uSens is aiming to remove that requirement with advances in its Fingo camera technology. VRFocus…

Viacom Next Debuts Mixed Reality Music Video

VR and holograms come together in this unique music experience. This week Viacom NEXT, the growing VR division of the Viacom media conglomerate, premiered its latest venture into the world of immersive entertainment: A hypnotic music video hybrid that combines holographic imagery with a virtual reality environment. The intuitive project was announced at this year’s Microsoft Build…

Halo Studio Head Leaves To Work On Microsoft’s Mixed Reality

Microsoft is shuffling the Studio Head behind its top gaming franchise, Halo, to come and work on its growing mixed reality team. Dan Ayoub had been working with 343 Industries, the developer behind the last two Halo games, as Studio Head of External development since November 2014. This week, though, a blog post on the…