The Unspoken VR Tournament Coming Soon to Microsoft Stores

Today Oculus has announced a collaboration with Microsoft, Insomniac Games, Intel, ASUS, and ESL for The Unspoken VR Tournament. Taking place in Microsoft Stores across the US and Canada, The Unspoken VR Tournament will allow participants to test out their sorcery skills on the Oculus Touch. Beginning on 13th May, 80 stores across the two countries will…

Lenovo’s VR Headset Could be Arriving this Summer

The competition in the virtual reality (VR) headset space looks like it’ll be hotting up over the course of 2017, with new details emerging that Lenovo’s Windows Holographic head-mounted display (HMD) looks set to arrive this August at a highly competitive price. Via Twitter, Ross McDougall, a Lenovo Insider, has detailed several unreleased specs…

Watch How the Vive Tracker Enables Same-Room Multiplayer VR Gameplay

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 and Pokemon GO for HoloLens. Check back each weekend for new prototypes! You can see the…

How Fashion Brands Are Using VR

Who said VR was just for gamers? From Sephora’s latest AR app update, a VR perfume commercial starring the one and only Kate Moss, to a HoloLens powered dressing room–the fashion industry has proven that VR and AR is en vogue through a range of experiences over the years. Here’s a roundup of some of VR’s more glamorous…

UK Defence Solutions to Talk VR at the Virtual Reality Show

UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC) will be appearing at the Virtual Reality Show in London to discuss disruptive technologies and innovation with Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). UKDSC will be sending Capability Development Leader Afzal Ali to speak during the Defence Conference portion of the Virtual Reality show, where Ali will address how non-traditional…

Snapchat Pushes Further into AR Announcing New World Lenses

Since its launch Snapchat has been consistently innovating, adding augmented reality (AR) functionality allowing users to become animals or swap faces with friends. Today the company has expand upon that principle with New World Lenses, adding content to scenes that users walk around. Using a device’s rear-facing camera, the new function allows World Lenses to…

Report: Lenovo’s Windows MR/VR Headset to Launch Mid-August or Earlier

One of the first in a line of Windows Holographic powered immersive devices, Lenovo’s first mixed reality headset will be here in time for US “back to school”, according to Lenovo’s North America VP of Consumer Products Mike Abary. Windows Holographic, a set of APIs integrated into Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system, was first touted…

Warner Bros. File Patent for AR/VR Movies

Entertainment giant Warner Bros. have filed a patent for a technology that allows for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology to be utilised in movie theatres and at home. The patent filing from Warner Bros. Entertainment describes a system that will allow movie goers to experience VR and AR content at the movie…

Avegant Secures a Further $13.7m After Light Field Technology Improvements

Back in March, Avegant announced a possible breakthrough in mixed reality (MR) with its Light Field Technology, a system that allows virtual objects to appear far more solid and real than the opaque holograms usually seen. For the back of this announcement the company has raised $13.7 million USD in funding. The funding round, which closed in…

Virtual Fitting Rooms With The HoloLens

It’s official: the future is now. The world’s first ever holographic dressing room launched at London Fashion Week earlier this year thanks to a collaboration with designer Sabinna Rachimova, Pictofit, The Fashion Innovation Agency, and Fashion Scout. The Russian-born, Austrian-raised Sabinna has always done things her own way; she is known for her unique “buy…

Magic Leap Receives Praise from Ricky Gervais

Mixed reality (MR) is something that multiple companies such as Microsoft and Vuzix have been experimenting with. This includes tech start-up Magic Leap, with the company allowing a select group of celebrities to try out a version of the firm’s upcoming MR glasses. Celebrities who have already experienced the prototype include singer Beyonce, who was apparently not…

VRLA 2017: Hunt Easter Eggs in Mixed Reality via AfterNow and HoloLens

Who said hunting Easter eggs is just for kids? Even those who stopped believing in the Easter bunny’s magic years ago can delight in the mixed reality egg-hunting experience brought to the VRLA crowd by AfterNow, FLARB, and HoloLens. The fun begins as you put on your HoloLens and walk into the pastel forest (built IRL)…

Canada’s Biggest VR and AR Conference is Returning to Vancouver

The organisers behind Canada’s largest event dedicated to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have announced that CVR will be returning to Vancouver for 2017. The three-day event will feature a host of industry experts and displays of new technology. CVR 2017 is sponsored by a number of recognisable names from the VR industry,…

Sony Is Hoping VR Will Support Company During Slow in Smartphone Sales

It’s not a secret that the smartphone sector is dominated by two names: Samsung and Apple. Not even the alliance of former mobile giant Nokia and Microsoft could challenge them. Sony (formerly SonyEriksson) have been a respectable runner-up, but that area of its business has never been a colossal money-maker. Sony is apparently hoping that…

Liveblog: VR World Congress 2017 – “VR For Positive Change”

VRFocus is back for our second day at this year’s VR World Congress (VRWC), set to be another packed conference with over 2000 attendees from across the globe representing all fields of virtual reality (VR) and its related industries to Bristol in the UK. Crammed full of talks, experience, software and hardware. With representatives from Microsoft,…

Liveblog: VR World Congress 2017 – “Ghost In The Shell VR – A Deep Dive”

VRFocus is back for our second day at this year’s VR World Congress (VRWC), set to be another packed conference with over 2000 attendees from across the globe representing all fields of virtual reality (VR) and its related industries to Bristol in the UK. Crammed full of talks, experience, software and hardware. With representatives from Microsoft,…

Liveblog: VR World Congress 2017 – “Vive and the Evolving Ecosystem of VR”

VRFocus is back for our second day at this year’s VR World Congress (VRWC), set to be another packed conference with over 2000 attendees from across the globe representing all fields of virtual reality (VR) and its related industries to Bristol in the UK. Crammed full of talks, experience, software and hardware. With representatives from Microsoft,…

Liveblog: VR World Congress 2017 – Insights from AMD’s Roy Taylor (Keynote)

VRFocus is back for our second day at this year’s VR World Congress (VRWC), set to be another packed conference with over 2000 attendees from across the globe representing all fields of virtual reality (VR) and its related industries to Bristol in the UK. Crammed full of talks, experience, software and hardware. With representatives from Microsoft,…

‘HoloLems’ Makes Your Room into a ‘Lemmings’ Level with HoloLens

Canadian technology company Globacore have created an AR homage to video game classic Lemmings (1991), now for Microsoft HoloLens. HoloLems, which is free on the Microsoft Store, uses HoloLens’ spatial mapping technology to generate an obstacle course from the player’s real environment. This gameplay video (heading this article) shows Globacore have managed to reproduce the basics…

School Children Get Virtual PenPals in Pakistan

Education technology company PenPal Schools has partnered with virtual reality (VR) content creators Chocolate Milk & Donuts to give children a new way to experience other cultures using VR. PenPal Schools have released a new course named VR Field Trip to Pakistan. The course allows students in the US to collaborate with students in Pakistan…

Sci-Fi London Film Festival Introduces New VR Experiences

The Sci-Fi London film festival has been running for 17 years now, and has introduced its attendees to many innovative new films and live performances. The event is now including immersive virtual reality (VR) experiences in the line up. Four VR shorts will be shown at the festival alongside regular events such as the 48…

Bill Gates Posts his Adventures on Gear VR

The founder of Microsoft and self-proclaimed super-nerd Bill Gates has launched a 360-degree video channel on Gear VR to show his travel and adventures with technology. The new channel is called Gates Notes, and so far features four videos in which Gates explores the potential for technology to improve the world we live in. Such…