HoloLens Subscription Service Comes To UK

Microsoft’s HoloLens is a versatile device, with its mixed reality (MR) capabilities seeing use in various areas and industries all over the world, being used in everything from healthcare to architecture. However, it doesn’t come cheap, at £2,719 (GBP). Microsoft have now announced that its HoloLens subscription hire service is coming to the UK. The…

Microsoft HoloLens Sales Figures Revealed

While sales figures are not the entire story when it comes to how successfully, or unsuccessful, a product or idea is, they can reveal much about the prevailing audience attitude, and should be studied along with other factors such as price. This information is now available regarding the Microsoft HoloLens, which could provide an insight…

Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR Leaves Early Access in April Update

It wasn’t long after Microsoft launched the Windows Mixed Reality headset system that the company integrated Valve’s SteamVR platform, allowing users access to more content. When that arrived in November 2017 it was only in a beta form, today however Microsoft has now confirmed integration will be leaving its ‘early access’ phase with the latest…

SteamVR Windows Headset Integration Leaving Early Access

VR headsets from Acer, Lenovo, Samsung, HP, ASUS and Dell might be easier to set up than Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, but integration with Valve’s SteamVR is what makes these headsets worth consideration.  Without it, owners can visit some nice virtual worlds from the Windows Store, but they’d be missing the much wider and deeper…

Oculus Go Talk Announced For Unite Europe 2018

With Unity being one of the most popular videogame engines in the world, and one of the most commonly used for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) development, its not surprising that Unity events such as Unite Europe attract a great deal of attention. This year’s event is coming up fast, and some of…

VRLA’s John Root on AR, Privacy, & eSports in VR

John Root co-founded VRLA with Cosmo Scharf in 2014, and it has organically grown into a thriving VR event with over 10,000 attendees at the Los Angeles Convention Center. VRLA is a non-profit where funding from sponsors helps to support about half of their exhibitors within the event’s Indie Zone, which helps them feature a…

Mixed Reality Lets Any Surface Become A Touch Screen

The market is still awaiting a consumer version of the Microsoft HoloLens, which is currently one of the most expensive mixed reality (MR) devices on the market, priced at $3000 (USD). This hasn’t stopped developers and researchers experimenting with the device to see what it can do. According to a team of Microsoft Researchers, the…

4 Additions We’re Likely To See In VR Headsets For 2019

Headset manufacturers have to contend with various trade-offs when they come to the designing of their hardware. Not all capabilities can be added together in the same unit, for example, whilst still making the headsets cost effective. This is something that tech companies are working to resolve, however, so what can we expect from virtual…

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…