Editorial: HTC Vive and Google’s Standalone VR Confusion

Last week HTC Vive launched the Focus. The Focus was the company’s much awaited standalone VR headset that was supposed to be the first Daydream standalone headset. Everyone expected HTC Vive would launch in China first and then come to the US market later in 2017 or possibly 2018. As far back as May of…

HoloTouch Files Patent Suit Against Microsoft’s HoloLens

It’s fairly common in the tech industry for companies to file patent suits against one another as they develop overlapping technologies, or one just wants to make money from another’s success. This month has seen Microsoft been issued with a patent infringement for HoloLens by Connecticut-based company HoloTouch. HoloLens allegedly infringes on two of HoloTouch’s patents, one…

Magic Infused Tower Defence Title Alchemist Defender VR Leaves Early Access

Launched via Steam Early Access earlier this year, TreeView Studios’ tower defense title Alchemist Defender VR has now been fully released with support for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Alchemist Defender VR is a mixture of traditional tower defence gameplay where players have to protect a single point – or sometimes multiple locations – from waves of enemies…

Virtual Reality Shopping Guide: 2017 Edition

At the end of 2017 there are virtual reality headsets available powered by technology from some of the world’s largest tech companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, Sony, and Google. Unlike the failed 3D TVs of just a few years ago, these VR headsets convince your eyes and ears that you’re actually seeing and hearing a fantastic…

Pinball FX2 VR Makes its Debut on Windows Mixed Reality

Microsoft launched its series of Windows Mixed Reality (MR) headsets in partnership with Lenovo, HP, Dell and Acer last month with the Samsung Odyssey arriving in November. After the first spate of launch titles other videogames have slowly begun appearing, the latest being Pinball FX2 VR by Zen Studios.  Pinball FX2 VR has appeared on numerous head-mounted displays…

AR/VR Startup Vrvana Acquired by Apple in $30m Deal

Way back in 2014 virtual reality (VR) startup Vrvana launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a headset called Totem. Cancelled in the final week, Vrvana didn’t disappear, instead it has been quietly working away on a mixed reality (MR) device of the same name. The company has now been thrust into the spotlight again after…

Report: Apple Buys AR Headset Company Vrvana For $30 Million

A new report this week adds fuel to the rumors that Apple is building its own augmented reality headset. TechCrunch is reporting that the iPhone-maker purchased VR and AR hardware company Vrvana for a total of $30 million. Neither Apple nor Vrvana itself would confirm the news, but the site cited sources close to the…

Your VR Guide To Black Friday Deals

It’s that time of the year again. While companies like Walmart are preparing for the busiest shopping day of the year with Black Friday VR training simulators, i’m sure all you really care about is how to save some major dough this holiday weekend. Whether you’re finally ready to pull the trigger and get a…

HTC Vive Offer’s £150 Black Friday Deal to EU Customers

Last week HTC Vive announced an awesome Black Friday deal to new customers where they could get the headset, the Deluxe Audio Strap, a free copy of Google Tilt Brush, and a redemption code for Fallout 4 VR, all for $599 USD. The only problem, it was only available for North American customers. For European customers looking for a…

VR vs. The Dark Horse

We’re now most of the way, two thirds to be precise, through November and I’m beginning to wonder where all this time is actually going. I blinked earlier and three hours seemed to have elapsed into the ether. What on earth is happening? I have reappeared back in the office – well, my bedroom office…

Immersive Tech Startup Pixvana Completes $14m Series A Funding Round

Pixvana, the tech startup that specialises in cloud-based video content creation and distribution has announced the completion of a Series A funding round of $14 million USD. The round was led by Vulcan Capital with participation from new investors Raine Ventures, Microsoft Ventures, Cisco Investments and Hearst Ventures, and existing investor Madrona Venture Group.   The…

Airbus Launches HoloLens App to Train Future Airline Crews

Jet engineering is going holographic. Passenger jet maker Airbus has created a Microsoft HoloLens app to train engineers and cabin crews. The app lets you train from anywhere while wearing the standalone headset “via a holographic coach or an interactive, shared 3D virtual system,” according to a press release. The app is part of Airbus’s…

How to Choose and Operate a Panohead/Gimbal for 360 photography

What is a panohead and why you need one A panohead allows photographers to shoot images around the entrance pupil of a lens to produce a panorama. It is possible to create high resolution or ‘gigapixel’ equirectangular spherical panoramic images with a DSLR camera by attaching a panohead to a tripod. With it one may obtain…

Holo-Light Are Creating A Whole Series Of Mixed Reality End-User Applications

VRFocus went to Cologne’s Gamescom event earlier this year looking for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), but surprisingly found a company specialising in mixed reality (MR). VRFocus spoke to Luis Bollinger, Co-Founder of German company Holo-Light about the applications they’re building for MR which includes Holo-View, Holo-Expo and Holo-Stylus. Currently these would be…

SteamVR Integration For Windows VR Headsets Goes Live In Preview Today

Starting today SteamVR is officially accessible using Windows Mixed Reality (aka Windows VR) headsets like the Acer, HP, Lenovo, and others. Previously the Windows VR headsets could only access and launch apps that were natively available within the Windows store. Last week we got the chance to try out this functionality for ourselves at an…

Lenovo Windows VR Headset Drops To $299 This Black Friday

Getting into PC VR will be the cheapest it’s ever been this Black Friday thanks to Microsoft’s Windows-based ‘mixed reality’ VR headsets. Microsoft this week announced its deals for its upcoming Black Friday sale, and they include a huge $100 off the Lenovo Explorer headset with bundled motion controllers. That makes the kit just $299;…

View Products at Home With Amazon AR View

Augmented reality (AR) has plenty of applications outside of videogames, one of which is now being employed by online retailing giant Amazon. This month the company has released AR View through its mobile app, allowing users to place items in their homes prior to purchase. Using Apple’s ARKit, AR view helps customers make better shopping…

HTC Vive Conference Reveals HTC Vive Focus

This year’s HTC Vive conference in China has begun today, broadcasting its opening keynote, which contained a reveal about the standalone headset, the HTC Vive Focus. HTC President Alvin Graylin showed the audience the first look at the HTC Vive Focus as part of his keynote speech at the conference. Graylin also spoke about the…

Revinax Using HoloLens for Surgical Training

Microsoft’s HoloLens appears to have emerged as the preferred device for use within a medical setting. Doctors have already begun using the mixed reality (MR) device for applications such as consultation, surgical planning and sports medicine. Now Revinax are using the technology for live surgery. A surgical procedure was performed successfully at the Montpellier University…

Black Friday Deals Drop Oculus Rift To $350, Acer Headset To $300

A pair of tempting discounts are being promoted for VR headsets heading into the busiest shopping week of the year. The Oculus Rift packaged with its Touch controllers will be just $350 at Best Buy from Nov. 23 to 25. Meanwhile, the Acer VR headset and controllers will be around $300 from Microsoft starting Nov….

Microsoft’s Black Friday Deals Include $100 off Windows Mixed Reality Headsets

In just over a week’s time the annual Black Friday sales event happens, bringing with it plenty of discounts on technology that you’ve been after, just in time for the festive period. Today Microsoft has announced its Black Friday deals, which include the newly released Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs). The headsets only launched…

What are Investors Looking for in Virtual Reality?

The biggest problem facing start-up companies working in virtual reality (VR) is finding the money to fund their projects. VR is expensive and to get an experience made requires high-end PC’s or laptops, expensive head-mounted displays to test prototypes on, developers that comprehend videogame engines such as Unreal or Unity and with no real proper…

Ubisoft’s Rabbids Are Back In VR With Virtual Rabbids – The Big Ride

When it comes to French videogame publisher Ubisoft and virtual reality (VR) you could say they have been quietly quite the supporter of the technology. Certainly, one of the most engaged of the major videogame players. It’s probably easiest to recall the company’s involvement with projects such as Star Trek: Bridge Crew – perhaps the…

Digital Domain Expands Into India

While Digital Domain are probably best known fro their work on the digital effects on Hollywood blockbusters such as Titanic or Deadpool, they are also heavily involved in virtual reality (VR) having launched its own VR and 360 degree video content app and creating VR content such as Monkey King. Now the company is expanding…

Touch Surgery Doubles Its Funding As It Looks To 2018

There have been many ongoing stories throughout the year for both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), we mentioned just some of these earlier this week in a news post relating to how VR and AR are gaining momentum in academic circles, and how companies are using these new courses as a way to…

Run With Sonic or Mario Using Walk-O-Motion

Nostalgia is a powerful thing, generating stacks of money for those who know how to properly harness it. Is it powerful enough to help people get fit? Perhaps, since that is the concept behind Walk-O-Motion, a virtual reality (VR) system that uses two classic 90s titles to try and encourage people to exercise in VR….

SteamVR Comes To Windows Mixed Reality

The range of mixed reality (MR) headsets being made available under the Windows Mixed Reality banner have opened up a new avenue for many people who might be interesting in trying out virtual reality (VR) and MR applications. The addition of compatibility with SteamVR will likely make it even more of a tempting prospect. Windows…