Create Floor Plans with iStaging VR Maker

There are a number of professionals who would find the ability to quickly and easily create floor plans to be extremely useful. Estate agents, interior designers and event organisers would all no doubt find such a capability to be extremely valuable. For those users, the new feature added to iStaging’s VR Maker app might be…

Create Floor Plans with iStaging VR Maker

There are a number of professionals who would find the ability to quickly and easily create floor plans to be extremely useful. Estate agents, interior designers and event organisers would all no doubt find such a capability to be extremely valuable. For those users, the new feature added to iStaging’s VR Maker app might be…

LG Develops AI-based Tech to Reduce Latency & Motion Blur in VR Displays

South Korean tech giant LG Display and a team from Sogang University in Seoul have collaborated on a new AI-based content creation technology that’s designed to address the issue of latency and motion blur in VR headsets – well ahead of the mounting race for higher and higher display resolutions. For good reason, VR hardware developers…

LG Bets on AI to Help Ease Simulation Sickness

Several companies are working on attempting to improve the display quality for virtual reality (VR), with many concentrating on attempting to improve the resolution and refresh rate, but this does come with an attendant additional load on the processor and graphics card. Electronics company LG are trying out a different solution, one which involves artificial…

Display Week 2018: New Samsung, JDI and LG Panels For VR Compared

Google worked with LG to develop a display panel providing an astonishing 18.1 megapixels of detail per eye in a VR headset. While Facebook wasn’t ready to show its Half Dome varifocal prototype in-person, the new panel from LG as well as similar ones from Japan Display Inc. and Samsung were shown during Display Week…

Facebook Explains Why It Engineered The Half Dome Varifocal VR Headset

At Display Week in Los Angeles Facebook revealed why its researchers and engineers built a varifocal VR headset. Over the last few years researchers at Facebook’s Reality Labs (formerly known as Oculus Research) developed a series of prototypes designed to solve a fundamental problem facing current VR headset design. The event opened Tuesday with a keynote…

Here’s Google And LG’s New 1,443 PPI VR Display

One of the most anticipated features of this week’s Display Week event in LA is a new screen built by Google and LG, designed specifically for VR. At its booth LG is showing off a 4.3-inch OLED panel with a pixel density of 1443 pixels per inch (PPI). We’ve just gone hands-on with it and…

World of Tanks AR Experience Rolls Out At GDC

We’ve been following Wargaming’s increasing love for all things immersive for some time here on VRFocus. Be it teaming up with a museum to tear down the wall (literally, in this instance) between the real and gaming worlds, or in more recent times as to how their new firm Neurogaming has been working to bring…

Learn a new Language With Your Mobile Using MondlyAR

Whether its for business, education or you just like travelling, learning a new language can have all sorts of benefits. Last year, ATi Studios released MondlyVR, a virtual reality (VR) version of its language learning platform Mondly for mobile headsets. With the rise of augmented reality (AR) thanks to ARKit and ARCore, the developer has just announced …

What to Expect From Top AR/VR Companies at GDC 2018

GDC is here once again, all next week we’ll have boots on the ground bringing you the latest VR/AR news. Held annually in San Francisco, Game Developers Conference has undeniably been a focal point for VR the industry, and as augmented reality continues to heat up, we expect it to be increasingly important for AR…

LG Patent Eye-Tracking Technology for LG UltraGear VR

LG has been working on a new virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) head-mounted display (HMD) for some time now. Thanks to a recently published patent it looks like the HMD will include a new eye-tracking technology. Titled ‘Personal immersive display device and driving method of origin’ the patent details a HMD with a built-in…

18-Megapixel Display To Be Unveiled In May From Google And LG

During the Display Week tradeshow in late May, Google and LG are reportedly set to reveal a highly-detailed 18-megapixel 4.3-inch OLED VR headset display. You can see the session, which will take place from 11:30AM – 11:50AM on Tuesday, May 22nd, listed in this advance program here. According to the session summary: An 18 Megapixel…

Google Announces ARCore 1.0 Update and New AR Experiences

ARCore 1.0 makes AR development faster and easier; launching soon on more devices. Google’s ARCore is getting an update that brings improved environmental understanding and lets developers now publish AR apps to the Play Store. Launching at Mobile World Congress next week, ARCore 1.0 is out of preview and comes with a ton of new…

Could Google’s VR180 Camera Revolutionize Photography?

Image Copyright: Google/Lenovo (Image Used under Fair Use Rationale) These days we all take having a camera with us for granted. Every single phone has one built in and a culture of social media photography is deeply entrenched globally. Photographic content for consumption on VR headsets is a little harder to make. You either have…

Top 10 VR Highlights at CES 2018

Another January brings us another dose of the Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and CES 2018 is one of if not the biggest showcases for tech in the world this year. The last couple of years have been rather interesting for VR, with 2016 being the grand party to celebrate the first true…

Despite The ‘VR Desert’ Developers Can Still Find Ways To Survive

Virtual reality developers aren’t making as much money as they expected. Just ask Vander Caballero, founder of Minority Media, creator of the VR game Time Machine VR. Montreal-based Minority Media, which also created the groundbreaking PSN title Papo Y Yo in 2012, created the dinosaur undersea adventure game that launched on the Oculus Rift and HTC…

Future or Flop? The RED Hydrogen One AR/VR Smartphone Announced

Image Credit: RED Digital Camera RED Digital Camera are famous for their incredible cinematic camera technology beloved by the likes of James Cameron (who has bought heaps of the things) and Peter Jackson. Given how expensive their video cameras are, they haven’t really made a name for themselves as purveyors of consumer products. A…

Google Working On Universal Video Format for 360-Degree Film

Currently 360-degree videos are the most popular way for consumers to experience virtual reality (VR) content. With movies, short films, documentaries, concerts and other experiences available for users to experiences in immersive 360-degrees, its not surprising that demand is rising for a simplified way to create 360-degree movies. Google is set to provide. With smartphones…

Google to Bring 3D 180 ‘Point-and-Shoot’ Cameras to Vloggers this Winter

To fit alongside the company’ Daydream mobile VR platform, Google is partnering with Lenovo, LG, and YI Technology to create a new class of 180 cameras. Called VR180, the point-and-shoot video cameras create stereoscopic 180 video that can be uploaded or livestreamed to YouTube, and viewed on VR headsets. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki took the stage at Vidcon…

YouTube Introduces VR180 Format

So you don’t have to look behind you. During a keynote at Vidcon, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki took the stage to announce the rollout of a new video format called VR180. As the name implies, the YouTube video format focuses on the 180-degree field of view in front of you. This lets YouTube creators make…

Samsung “Gears” Up with VR Rights Acquisitions

  Samsung’s Gear VR mobile headset is undoubtedly one of the best mobile VR headsets you can buy, with the caveat that you must have a compatible Samsung Galaxy phone to use it with. However, since Samsung also makes very good phones (when they don’t explode) that’s not too harsh a requirement. What makes the…

Valve’s Upcoming Base Stations Won’t Work With Existing HTC Vives

The next generation of Valve’s Lighthouse tracking technology for SteamVR will include updated components that will not be compatible with existing HTC Vive systems, we’ve confirmed. Existing base stations, however, should be capable of tracking future headsets and objects on the way from Valve and its partners. Earlier today we reported on the reveal of…

SteamVR Tracking 2.0 Improves Base Stations To Cover Warehouses

Valve’s Lighthouse tracking system for SteamVR headsets remains arguably the best in the industry, and it’s set for a big upgrade this November. The company this week issued a tracking technology update over on Steam where it revealed some surprising new plans for what it called SteamVR Tracking 2.0. Crucially, the post confirms Valve will…