Microsoft Discuss Their Mixed Reality Future

Earlier this week we brought you news from Taipei where Microsoft were taking part in a ‘WinHEC’ – a Windows Hardware Development Conference, where a number of representatives went through the current crop of mixed reality (MR) related Microsoft products, demonstrated problems and solutions that the technology can solve and explained what the way the…

Apple Engineers Join WebVR Community Group

As Apple have been embracing virtual reality (VR) technology of late, it has begun to emerge that Apple are taking more of an interest in the wider VR and augmented reality (AR) industry. It seems that part of this developing strategy involves participation in the WebVR Community Group, which three Apple Engineers have recently joined….

Here’s How You Setup Windows Mixed Reality Headsets

Windows Mixed Reality VR headsets are set to be on the market in a matter of months, and Microsoft recently gave us a sneak peek at how you set them up. The company’s Nadia Steer-Mobley revealed how these devices will be installed and readied at a mixed reality talk at WinHEC in Taipei last month….

Clay Brings Gesture Tracking To Apple’s ARKit With No Extra Hardware

One of the amazing things about Apple’s new ARKit developer platform is that there’s no extra hardware required. All of the amazing AR experiences we’ve seen running on iPhones are just using the kit’s camera, and that’s it. Clay is looking to do the same with gesture tracking. Developers may already be familiar with Clay,…

PLAY Expo Blackpool To Feature VR

PLAY Expo Blackpool is returning to the seaside town of Blackpool in the North of England for the sixth consecutive year. Previous events have seen success, and the organisers are keen to ensure that this year’s event is the biggest yet. As such, virtual reality (VR) is set to get a featured role at the…

Spacial Sound Providers Nationalux Coming to HoloLens

Creating a truly immersive environment involves more than just what you see, what you hear is just as important. 3D sound is a vital part of creating depth, and HoloLens users will soon be able to get that experience with the announcement that Korean 3D sound specialists Nationalux Research Centre are planning on bringing their…

Microsoft Showcases Plans for Windows 10 Mixed Reality

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mixed Reality headsets are currently expected to be commercially available for consumers for Christmas 2017 and Microsoft have also recently announced a development challenge for Mixed Reality, showing the company is series about the new technology. Nadia Steer-Mobley spoke in Taipei at a WinHEC (Windows Hardware Development Conference) workshop about Microsoft’s plans…

Microsoft’s 6DOF Controllers Are A Reference Design, Not A Product

We still have a lot to learn about Microsoft’s six degrees of freedom (6DOF) controllers for its Windows Mixed Reality VR headsets, including going hands-on with them for ourselves. The devices we saw when Microsoft first introduced the controllers won’t be what we get as product, however. Nadia Steer-Mobley, Principle Programme Manager of the Windows…

Varjo Announces “20|20”: a Human Eye-Resolution Headset Display

Varjo Technologies, a Finnish company that’s recently emerged from stealth, has revealed what its been working on, a new display for virtual reality (VR) headsets with a claimed resolution the same as the human eye. It’s been dubbed “20|20”. Current headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, whilst high-quality, can suffer from a ‘screen-door’…

Watch Acer’s Mixed Reality Headset Working With HoloLens at WinHEC

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mixed Reality VR headsets are a sort of stepping stone to the eventual consumer version of its HoloLens device, but the two already have some incredible compatibility features. Microsoft showcased the two platforms working in tandem at its WinHEC event in Taipei last month. During an on-stage presentation the Acer MR headset…

‘Holograms from Syria’ Merges Snapshots of War with Daily Life

Holograms from Syria is a mixed reality experience that communicates the real-life experience of the Syrian Civil War to Western audiences. Asad J. Malik was born in a hospital just five minutes away from the compound where Osama Bin Laden was killed by US special forces in 2011. Malik grew up in Pakistan, a country…

Aryzon’s Entry-Level AR System Surpasses 400% Kickstarter Funding Goal

Google Cardboard created a landslide in virtual reality (VR). A cheap, accessible way to experience an entry-level version of the technology that lead to wide-spread awareness. Back in May 2017, Aryzon launched a Kickstarter campaign with plans to do the same for augmented reality (AR), and today, one day from completion, sits at more than…

Softeq Unveil MR Videogame HoloDefense for HoloLens

Microsoft’s mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD), HoloLens, may only be available for enterprise rather than an actual consumer product but that hasn’t stopped companies prototyping videogames for the device. The latest comes from Houston, Texas-based Softeq, with a tower defense title called HoloDefense. The idea is simple, players take on the role of an air defense…

Because Someone Had To: A Dedicated Porn VR Headset

Disclaimer: This article discusses themes of an adult nature and as such should be considered not safe for work. Despite our concerted efforts to hide the facts of life from our children as long as possible, the truth is that sex and sexuality are a key part of the human experience. After all, that’s why…

PlayStation Co-Founder: ‘Sony’s blazing a trail in VR’

It was announced earlier this week that Phil Harrison, co-founder of the PlayStation brand, had invested in UK-based Dream Reality Interactive. Following this revelation, Harrison has offered some interesting sentiments concerning the virtual reality (VR) industry as it stands, and what he sees as essential for the future.   In a lengthy interview with…

Ubisoft Teased Two AR Game Prototypes Running On HoloLens At Unite Europe

During a talk at Unite Europe 2017 Ubisoft showed off two previously unrevealed HoloLens game prototypes: Toy Soldier and Rabbid Rockets. Whether or not these games will become full projects remains to be seen. At the event David Yue from Ubisoft led a talk titled “AR Prototyping for the HoloLens” in which both projects were shown….

Apple Patent Reveals Gesture Recognition System Using Depth Sensing

Apple’s new ARKit platform basically looks like HoloLens inside of an iPhone. All that’s missing is a controller-free interaction system. A new patent uncovered this week suggests that may be on the way, though. Patently Apple has revealed a new filing from the company for a new 3D camera system with depth sensing capabilities used…

Dogmented Reality ‘Coming Soon’ To Apple’s New ARKit

A very good, 11/10 app may soon be heading to an iPhone or iPad near you. The term Dogmented Reality was first coined for a 2016 April Fools gag from Meta, but now it’s very much a real thing for some smartphone users. Follow the Dogmented Reality hashtag on Twitter and you’ll find scores of…

Microsoft launch $50,000 Mixed Reality Development Challenge

Set up back in 2007 the Microsoft backed Dream Build Play development challenge saw the tech firm launch an annual contest where developers from around the world were encouraged to create new and original videogame content. Winners receiving a cash prize and being featured on the Xbox LIVE Arcade service. One of the more notable…

Former PlayStation Exec Phil Harrison Invests In VR Studio Dream Reality Interactive

Two former members of Sony Interactive Entertainment reunited this week, as ex-PlayStation executive Phil Harrison invested in Dream Reality Interactive, founded by Dr. Dave Ranyard. Ranyard previously lead Sony’s London Studio, the team that worked on the PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset creating tech demos that would eventually be bundled into PlayStation VR Worlds for launch…

What was Showcased at Unity’s 2017 Unite Conference in Amsterdam

Conferences are always full of speakers, talks and demos, but Unite feels a little different compared to your usual conferences. Despite the rainy weather, Unite managed to create a very relaxed, casual bar-like atmosphere. The great choices of food and drink helped to keep everybody upbeat, excited and positive outlook on the future. Under the…

Unity’s XR Toolkit Aims to Improve VR Development Later this Year

The Unite Europe 2017 conference is well underway in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with plenty of sessions focused on virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) development. VRFocus is at the event bringing you all the latest news and interviews, and caught up with Unity’s XR Evangelist Sarah Stumbo who revealed the company’s upcoming XR Foundation…

Microsoft: ‘Mixed Reality is a Generational Shift in Computing’

Microsoft has championed their partnership with Unity Technologies for their holographic computing platform since the initial announcement of the HoloLens. Today, at Unite Europe 2017, Brandon Bray, Principle Program Manager at Microsoft, discussed exactly what this means, and how the Windows Universal Platform is bringing around huge changes in the future of computing. In a…

Ubisoft Reveals Several HoloLens Prototypes

Microsoft’s HoloLens has so far been focussed on the business and education side of the mixed reality (MR) market. Providing educational opportunities such as allowing school children to view the solar system in vivid MR is certainly a worth goal, but there has been little dedicated to the entertainment possibilities of the HoloLens. Ubisoft are…

Lenovo’s MR Headset Will Be out in Time for Christmas Confirms Microsoft

Yesterday Unity Technologies began its Unite Europe 2017 with an opening keynote revolved around the next version of its middleware development engine Unity 2017. The keynote was devoid of any virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) mentions, but with the main conference now underway new details are emerging. During an early session Microsoft has…

Fusion Wars, MelodyVR Coming To Windows Mixed Reality VR Headsets

Microsoft’s Xbox One X may be sitting on the sidelines when it comes to VR support for now, but over on Windows 10 it’s a different story. The company is preparing to launch a line of Windows mixed reality headsets in partnership with manufacturers later this year. There’s still a lot to learn about these…

The Xbox One X: Is VR Incoming?

The Xbox “Scorpio”, Microsoft’s answer to the higher-performance Playstation Pro, finally has an official name: the Xbox One X. The jury is still out on what we should actually call this new machine from Microsoft. While the original has been lovingly dubbed the “Xbone” (despite mild protest) there still isn’t a cheeky name for this…