Scope AR’s WorkLink Platform Brings Smart Instructions to HoloLens

During 2016 augmented reality (AR) smart instruction and live support video calling solution specialist, Scope AR raised $2 million USD towards its plans for industrial AR applications. Today, the company has revealed the fruit of that work by announcing that its mixed reality (MR) content authoring platform, WorkLink, now supports Microsoft HoloLens. With the combination of…

Microsoft Shows AR/VR Concept That Could Revolutionize How We Work

Microsoft owns the enterprise computing space. Windows-powered PCs run a huge portion of the global workforce. Today, the company demonstrated how its Windows Mixed Reality initiative could potentially be used in that massive market. During the keynote address of its annual Build conference, Microsoft invited members of the Cirque du Soleil team up on stage. The members…

Pre-Orders For Windows 10 VR Development Kits Available

Alongside the reveal of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and the announcement that the upcoming Windows 10 VR headsets would be getting their own motion controllers, Microsoft has also revealed that pre-orders are now being accepted for development kits of the Windows 10 VR headsets. Microsoft previously announced it was working with several tech manufacturers…

The VR Spec Sheet: Rift, Vive, PSVR, Acer And HP Compared

Two new VR headsets joined the spec sheet fray today; Microsoft pulled back the curtain on its first two Windows 10 headsets made by Acer and HP. While both are lower in cost than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, they present dramatically different means of delivering immersive experiences than what we’ve seen before. It’s…

Microsoft Announce Motion Controllers for Windows 10 VR

VRFocus recently covered the development of the upcoming Windows 10 virtual reality (VR) headsets by Acer. At the time there was no word on how VR experiences would be controlled by users of the headsets, that has now changed with the announcement of Microsoft motion controllers. Its become commonplace for VR headsets to come with…

An In-depth Look at Microsoft’s HoloLens & Mixed Reality Ecosystem

The HoloLens is the most impressive augmented reality headset on the market today, and their developer kit is already being deployed into industries ranging from architecture, engineering, design, sales, medicine, and education. Microsoft is taking a holistic approach with Windows Mixed Reality being baked into Windows 10, meaning that developers can create a single application…

Microsoft Reveals Motion Controllers For Windows VR Headsets

In a keynote today Microsoft is revealing a long-awaited missing piece of its Windows mixed reality platform – motion controllers. We still don’t have many details on the new controllers beyond the fact that they are said to offer full six degrees of freedom  — like Oculus Touch and Vive’s wands — but that they…

HP and Acer VR Headsets Available For Pre-Order Today Starting At $300

VR headset developer kits from Acer and HP that work with Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 mixed reality platform will be available for pre-order today starting at around $300. The hardware of the headsets themselves likely won’t change between when these systems start shipping to developers and when they are marketed toward consumers in a push…

Liveblog: VRX Europe 2017 – Sony and the future of VR

There have been plenty of events taking place this week which feature virtual reality (VR). While the Nvidia GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2017 and Microsoft Build 2017 will grab the headlines there’s also smaller more VR-centric shows taking place. In London, UK, the VRX Europe 2017 show is being held and VRFocus is there to…

Viacom NEXT Premieres VR Music Video ‘Withdrawal’ at Microsoft Build 2017

The annual Microsoft Build conference began yesterday with CEO Satya Nadella hosting a keynote address revealing some of the company’s plans for the future. But there’s more to Build 2017 than the keynote with plenty of session and demos taking place. Viacom NEXT, the emerging entertainment technology arm of Viacom, is there premiering a virtual reality (VR)…

Lionhead Boss Stuart Whyte Heads To Sony To Work On PSVR

It was just over a year ago now that Microsoft closed one of the UK videogame industry’s most respected developers, Lionhead. This week its former Studio Director has joined one of Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) teams. Stuart Whyte has signed up to Sony’s London Studio, GamesIndustry.biz reports. Whyte will serve as Director of VR Product…

Former Lionhead Studios Chief To Work On PlayStation VR Projects

The former head of defunct Microsoft developer Lionhead Studios, Stuart Whyte has been sought out to join Sony’s London Studio in order to supervise development on upcoming AAA PlayStation VR projects. Whyte is a well-known figure in the videogames industry, having previously worked on Lionhead’s flagship game Fable and several other titles, occupying various roles…

Starbreeze Announce PAYDAY 2 VR for HTC Vive

There’s been plenty of livestreams happening today, with keynote addresses from Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference and Microsoft Build 2017. Sandwiched in between them both Starbreeze decide to hold its own, revealing plenty of details about the company’s plans. Naturally virtual reality (VR) played a part and in a surprise announcement the studio has confirmed VR…

NVIDIA Demonstrates Experimental 16,000Hz AR Display

While virtual reality surely has high performance requirements to maintain a comfortable experience, immersive AR may ultimately require a greater level of performance if we’re to achieve the theoretical ideal. While virtual reality can get away with comfortable and immersive performance at latency under 20ms, augmented reality has the backdrop of the instantaneous-latency real life…

Watch The Microsoft Build 2017 Keynote On UploadVR

Microsoft’s developer conference — Microsoft Build — starts today in Seattle, Washington and runs through Friday, May 12. We’re carrying both Microsoft keynotes live on UploadVR, so be sure to check back at the following times to view the stream: Wednesday, May 10 – Opening Keynote 8am Pacific, 11am Eastern, 4pm London/GMT +1 Thursday, May…

Microsoft: Mixed Reality Will Revolutionize Work Away From The Desk

While virtual reality looks to break into the mainstream within the next few years, Microsoft is playing the long game with its mixed reality device, HoloLens, which is much further away from reaching the consumer market. When it does get here, though, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the Windows and devices group Terry Myerson expects…

Insomniac Games Release Arcane Update for The Unspoken Introducing Spar Mode

Insomniac Games’ Oculus Touch launch title The Unspoken has received its next update this week, with the studio new features and content including a Spar Mode for players. The magical combat multiplayer’s new Spar Mode is designed as a way for players to hone their skills in a more relaxed environment. Still against other players, they battle…

Microsoft Technical Evangelist on Presence in VR Game Design

The Microsoft Build conference starts this week, and I expect that we’ll be learning more about the HoloLens as well as Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality operating system. Microsoft has been evangelizing about virtual reality the past couple of years now, and I had a chance to catch up with Microsoft Technical Evangelist Kat Harris at…

US DoE Reveals the Five EdSim Challenge Finalists

The EdSim Challenge, a competition run by the US Department of Education (DoE) to design the next-generation of computer simulations for career and technical education, has announced the five finalists. For the competition virtual reality (VR), videogame developer, and educational technology communities were invited to submit proposals that the immersive simulation brief, with the finalists chosen out…

Microsoft Build 2017 Sessions Revealed

For virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) tech enthusiasts and developers this week is quite a big one. Starting today and finishing Wednesday is the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (2017) featuring the latest immersive news and insights from the company. Wednesday also sees the start of Microsoft Build 2017, set to…

University of Strathclyde’s AFRC and AMRC Unveil the Construction Industries AR Future

Almost every enterprise sector has or is experimenting with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology. And the construction industry is no different, looking to use immersive devices to aid training, learning, on site inspections and much more. Today the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with…

What F8 2017 Means for Mass Market Adoption of Immersive Technologies

Now that the dust has settled on F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, it’s time to look back and ask ourselves: what do those announcements actually mean for the end consumers? F8 2017 was held on April 18th and 19th 2017. More than 4,000 people attended the event at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose,…

Run Like Naruto With This Ninja VR Locomotion 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!…

Berlin Company Is Using AR With HoloLens To Improve Surgical Procedures

VR and AR technologies are poised to impact many industries beyond gaming and entertainment and there are scatterings of examples already out in the wild. Educational platforms are immersing users into the human physiology with VR and now we have a new example of AR being used in a similarly invasive manner. Scopis, a company in…

Scopis Announces Holographic Navigation Platform Using HoloLens for Open and Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery

Specialist surgical navigation and medical augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) technology company Scopis has announced the Holographic Navigation Platform, designed to offer greater precision and speed to surgeons using Microsoft’s HoloLens headset. Whilst wearing HoloLens, surgeons use Scopis Holographic Navigation Platform to see the planned positioning of pedicle screws, overlaid exactly onto the patient, creating the…

PC Gamer Show Returns To E3 2017 With ‘Increased VR’ Content Focus

PC gaming hasn’t always had the strongest presence at E3 historically, which is disappointing considering the 1.2 billion strong worldwide audience the platform commands. Thankfully, for coming up on three consecutive years now, the PC Gamer Show has showcased some of what the powerful medium has to offer for the gaming industry. That’s likely to…