Theorem Solutions Preview AR/VR App

British engineering solutions firm Theorem Solutions will be displaying a new hybrid VR/AR/MR app at the Develop3D Live event on the 28th March 2017. The new application uses the Unity 3D graphics engine to produce graphical representations of data, such as CAD drawings, on a variety of commercial virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and…

Digital Catapult Announces New Head Of Immersive

As we often say on our regular Sunday feature, The VR Job Hub, the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries are always changing, always moving and there are always new opportunities in each for those looking for a change for those either already in it or looking for a change. And as we…

Watch These Schoolchildren Discover the HoloLens for the First Time

For the first time in Norway, students at a primary school have experienced one of the Microsoft HoloLens’ greatest applications — education. The science lesson, presented by Pointmedia, took kids at Åssiden Elementary School to outer space to learn about our Earth and Solar System. “It was a little strange,” student Casper Hansen said. “I could…

VRX Europe Returns to London

Over 600 of the biggest names in the virtual reality (VR) industry will descend upon London for the VRX Europe Conference and Expo. The event is returning to London after its successful debut in 2016. There are over 60 speakers set to be featured over the event, with representatives from Sony, Oculus, HTC Vive, Unity,…

More than 17,000 Visitors Expected at Laval Virtual

The calendar for events dedicated to virtual reality (VR) just keeps filling up. The end of March will see the conference return to Laval in France, where the organisers are expecting a crowd of 17,000 visitors. Laval Virtual begins today 22nd March and run until 26th March 2017. The first three days of the conference are…

AWE Issues Call for Nominations for Auggie Awards

Organisers of the Augmented World Expo has issued a call for nominations for the Auggie Awards, a prize awarded to those who contributed extraordinary innovation to the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries. The awards ceremony will be held at the Augmented World Expo, a conference for AR/VR technology. This year will be…

Omnichanel Realities

In my last VRFocus article from September, I stressed the importance of Virtual Reality (VR) applications in focusing on usefulness and superseding reality. Then going on to highlight how content should be delivered via accessible (cheap and easy-to-use) hardware such as VR headsets connected to media boxes (e.g., Netflix) to reach mass market adoption. Well,…

Omnichannel Realities

In my last VRFocus article from September, I stressed the importance of Virtual Reality (VR) applications in focusing on usefulness and superseding reality. Then going on to highlight how content should be delivered via accessible (cheap and easy-to-use) hardware such as VR headsets connected to media boxes (e.g., Netflix) to reach mass market adoption. Well,…

HoloLens Sees Use in Norway Classrooms

The Pointmedia company in Norway are experimenting with new ways to teach children, including using mixed reality (MR) to help them learn more about the solar system. Jo Jørgen Stordal a MR producer for Pointmedia is the major driving force behind the project, with the cooperation for Stig Halvorsen, who have together written a report…

Alibaba invests in Augmented Reality car dashboards

Chinese Internet company Alibaba recently announced it will be investing in WayRay, a company that makes holographic augmented reality (AR) dashboard systems for cars. WayRay, founded in 2012, is behind the technology that created Navion, an AR navigation system that projects the directions and other important information onto the driver’s view of the road. WayRay…

Xbox Cofounder Seamus Blackley Takes R&D Post at AR Firm Daqri

Seamus Blackley, the cofounder of the Xbox, has teamed up with augmented reality startup Daqri to run a new research and development effort for them. The initial work will focus not on AR. Rather, it will look into the commercial applications related to an instant 3D printing technology that Daqri makes possible. Daqri is working…

Tammeka will be taking PSVR version of Radial G to VRWC

British developer Tammeka will be offering attendees at the VR World Congress (VRWC) in April the chance to try out the PlayStation VR (PSVR) version of racing game Radial G. This will be the first time this version of the videogame will be demonstrated for the public, the studio confirmed on Twitter. Radial G: Racing Revolved…

VR World Congress Investor Showcase accepting submissions

Virtual Reality World Congress (VRWC) has announced it is accepting applications for it’s Investor Showcase. The showcase allows start-ups specialising in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR) to apply for up to £2million (GBP) in investment funds. Entries open from 13th March until 6pm on Monday, 20th March and is open…

Microsoft HoloLens Partner Program expands to Europe

European companies including REWIND and Black Marble have been chosen to become part of the Microsoft HoloLens Agency Readiness Partners Programme. Approved partners go through extensive evaluation and training by Microsoft to begin creating mixed reality (MR) applications for the HoloLens. REWIND is one of six companies that have been approved for the programme, and…

Microsoft’s HoloLens Readiness Partner Program Comes To The EU

Mixed reality is set to dominate the working world in the years to come, arguably even more so than virtual reality. But a lot of companies that want to use the tech lack to expertise to actually develop for it. That’s where Microsoft’s HoloLens Agency Readiness Partner Program comes in. Just as its long-winded title…

Hazel Moore: Top 5 British VR/AR Companies

The UK, historically strong in the gaming and creative industries, has a leading role to play in the VR landscape in Europe, and has the largest number of up and coming VR companies of any European country, as featured in the recently launched European VR Landscape (available on www.thevrfund.com) published by the VR Fund and…

CNH Industrial Uses VR To Design New Tractors And Industrial Equipment

Agricultural manufacturing company CNH Industrial is using virtual reality (VR) to model tractors and industrial machines that currently do not exist by using VR to work out design flaws. Designers and engineers at CNH Industrial are using VR prototypes for optimising new product designs, which enables them to reduce number of physical prototypes that need…

Targeted Guided Surgery AR System Cleared For Use In USA

Berlin-based company Scopis has won clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US for its augmented reality (AR) navigation system for ENT surgeries. The technology provides visual guide paths superimposed over live imaging from the endoscope to guide surgeons towards difficult targets that may be hard to find with traditional methods. The…

HoloLens and Oculus Story Studio Co-Founder Coming To VRWC

The revolutionary mixed reality (MR)/virtual reality (VR) headset has already seen use in a number of applications, and attendees at VR World Congress 2017 (VRWC) will have the opportunity to test one out. Microsoft will be bringing the HoloLens for hands-on demonstrations at VRWC on 11th-13th April 2017 at Millennium Square in Bristol, UK. The HoloLens…

The VR Doctor: Where Virtual Reality Meets Artificial Intelligence For Healthcare

In the next instalment of feature series Dr. Raphael Olaiya, a NHS doctor and medical education academic, who works with the NHS on virtual reality (VR) immersive training programmes for doctors and nurses. Discusses the meeting point of VR and A.I. for healthcare. We can see it, feel it, touch it, taste and even smell it, virtual reality (VR) is very…

Chinese Search Engine Baidu To Expand AR Into Travel & Healthcare Industries

Popular Chinese search engine Baidu has announced it is expanding its augmented reality (AR) focus into areas such as travel, architecture and healthcare and moving away from online advertising. Baidu says that artificial intelligence (AI) and AR are two key strategic points for the company as it shifts funding into AI and AR research, including…

59% of VR Developers Use Unity, But Devs Make More Money With Unreal

Unity Technologies and Epic Games are in a grudge match for the hearts and minds of game developers. And so when you ask which one of them has a bigger or a better business, you get some very different answers. I interviewed both John Riccitiello, CEO of San Francisco-based Unity, and Tim Sweeney, CEO of…

Art Exhibit Launches Virtual Museum Using Microsoft Hololens

Augmented reality brings this seemingly empty Manhattan gallery to life. Thanks to a collaboration between online art platform Artsy and Pace Galleries Amsterdam design firm Studio Drift, the long-running Armory Show will be home to an completely digital museum only viewable in augmented reality. Running now until March 5th, the Concrete Storm uses the Microsoft…

This HoloLens Prototype Brings Golf to AR

CapitolaVR, as described on their website, is a digital agency all about action. They “don’t talk, buy prototype” and have built relationships through this ideal with clients such as Samsung and Ford. Via email, CapitolaVR’s Head of Digital David Robustelli shared a new development that was the result of the team charging forward with a…

Get 20% Off Any Tickets To VRWC With VRFocus

As you may well know, for the last week plus we’ve been holding a competition for a lucky VRFocus reader to nab a pair of tickets to this year’s VR World Congress (VRWC) event. That particular contest came to an end at the beginning of Sunday and the lucky winner will be contacted by VRWC…

Cloud-Based Development Program SpatialOS Hits Open Beta

Gaming and the fabled power of the cloud has had a checkered history. Game-streaming service OnLive has come and gone, and Microsoft over-hyped the effect its Azure platform would have on Xbox One games, but that’s not stopping one company from using the cloud to unlock the power of its tools. Improbable, the company that…

Microsoft Reveals Acer Mixed Reality Headset

Acer will be first to ship a $300 mixed reality headset for Windows developers. Microsoft is showing some commitment to the idea of Windows Mixed Reality (formally known as Windows Holographic) with not just a single headset, but with five headsets. Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo are all on board with Microsoft to put mixed reality into…