4% of Steam VR Users use Windows Mixed Reality After Less Than 2 Months

Steam has released the results of their most recent Hardware Survey, detailing what kinds of machines, monitors, OS and head-mounted displays people are using to access Steam, and the results are incredibly enlightening – and sure to bring a smile to the faces of Microsoft’s Mixed Reality (MR) team. Windows Mixed Reality launched in October,…

Mercedes-Benz Joins the AR Manual World With Ask Mercedes

2017 was certainly a year that was instrumental in the development of augmented reality (AR) technology, whether that was through headsets and smart glasses like HoloLens and Vuzix, or software such as Google’s ARCore and ARKit by Apple. This helped developers create new AR videogames as well as more functional apps. The automobile industry has…

Pac-Man Recreated in Mixed Reality

There has been a minor trend in developers re-creating iconic videogames in immersive formats recently. From the HoloLens developer who managed to make the original Super Mario Bros into an interactive mixed reality (MR) experience in New York’s Central Park, to the high-end virtual reality (VR) arcade offering Mario Kart VR. Another Japanese arcade has…

NOLO VR Reveals Universal Motion Tracking System

Motion tracking is often considered one of the key components of modern high-end virtual reality (VR). The lack of accurate positional tracking is one of the marks against mobile VR, but positioning systems are also one of the trickiest things to get right. LYRobotix is offering a possible way for mobile and PC VR with…

This HoloLens App Brings Doctors To Life-Threatening Situations

HoloLens takes doctors to you. What if a doctor miles away could save your life? That’s the idea behind Nomadeec — a HoloLens telemedicine app French medtech company Exelus has been developing for three years. Telemedicine virtually connects you with a doctor miles away who diagnoses a patient and oversees treatment in real-time. Nomadeec makes telemedicine possible…

VR vs. 2017 (Predictibly) – Part 1

So here we are again everyone. Welcome to 2018 on both VR vs. and on VRFocus. I hope you all had a very good holiday period and new year celebration. I was off playing silly board games and enjoying the company of some friends in what is now something of a tradition. In what is…

VR vs. 2017 (Predictably) – Part 1

So here we are again everyone. Welcome to 2018 on both VR vs. and on VRFocus. I hope you all had a very good holiday period and new year celebration. I was off playing silly board games and enjoying the company of some friends in what is now something of a tradition. In what is…

Drop Is A VR Productivity Environment For HTC Vive

Drop Software Inc. wants to change the way people access information in virtual reality. Its flagship VR title, Drop, provides a 360-degree environment that folks can use to browse the internet. It raised a seed round of an undisclosed amount in August, drawing investments from HTC as well as firms such as Macro Ventures, Autochrome…

This Week in VR Sport: Virtual Vikings and Augmented Cricketers

It’s almost the end of 2017, a year that has seen many new developments in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) along with its related technologies. A dizzying number of sports teams covering a very wide variety of sports have taken to these technologies to engage with fans, train players and even help with…

Multiplayer Comes to HoloLens in Buggy Blasters

PreviewLabs has announced the release of Buggy Blasters, a videogame prototype to be played in augmented reality (AR) using the Microsoft HoloLens. Buggy Blasters is the first multiplayer videogame for HoloLens available on the Microsoft Store, and can be downloaded for free now. In the Buggy Blasters prototype, two players play a capture-the-flag style gameplay…

How This Remote AR Assistance App Wants to Transform Business

Scope AR offers cross-platform live support video calling on the HoloLens, for real-time, 3D remote collaboration. A few months ago I went to the Microsoft offices in London to try out a few of their new HoloLens applications. But even though I got to do some pretty cool stuff—like seeing the inside of a working…

How VR Helped Make The World Better In 2017

2017 has been quiet a year for VR entertainment as Oculus, HTC and Sony continue to push their respective headsets as gaming devices first and everything else second. That said, everything else has had a pretty good year too; VR has started to prove its worth as a tool for positive change in 2017. Over…

VeeR VR Launched on Windows Mixed Reality

In October 2017, Microsoft officially launched Windows Mixed Reality and a line-up of third party headsets for use with Windows 10, which include Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo, and future products from Asus and Samsung. These immersive headsets are compatible with VR software and applications from Microsoft Store. As VeeR is now available in Microsoft Store, you…

Betting On Gambling to Drive Mixed Reality Adoption

Zappar has announced a partnership with a major European gambling to develop Mixed Reality visualization tool to analyze sports data. There are plenty of compelling business use cases for the use of immersive technologies across the spectrum. From training Astronauts and surgeons to enabling radical savings and industry efficiencies—be it in construction, cleaning or retail….

The VR Job Hub: Christmas Wishes For A New Beginning

It’s Christmas Eve! But that doesn’t mean there isn’t various roles relating to virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR) available for you to submit your applications to. Who knows, perhaps Santa Claus has a new career in his sack for you? Perhaps a promotion? Who knows. There’s certainly no harm in…

DoubleMe Uses AR Holograms To Unite Families

Much has been written about the business use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), particularly in areas such as design or teleconferencing. What is sometimes overlooked is the power that immersive technology has to promote human connections by uniting people who are seperated by time, distance, cost or disability. DoubleMe, Orbital Media and…

Bigscreen Is Hosting Top Gun 3D Screenings Dec. 29-30

Bigscreen is partnering with Paramount Pictures for Top Gun 3D screens later this month. Starting at 3 pm Pacific on Dec. 29 you can watch Top Gun for free in Bigscreen. According to the startup, there will be “multiple showtimes in a 24-hour period between December 29th and December 30th.” You can pick up Bigscreen…

Magic Leap Finally Unveils Mixed Reality Headset: Here’s What We Know

The wait is over. It’s here. In an email this morning, secretive startup Magic Leap gave the public a first look at its mixed reality headset. The first version of the headset to be available for purchase, called the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, is aimed at software developers. The headset and its “creator portal”…

Magic Leap One Creator Edition Finally Unveiled, Shipments to Begin in 2018

Well it’s finally happened, after years of covering prototypes and continued investments VRFocus can now report on Magic Leap’s first actual product, officially revealed today as the Magic Leap One Creator Edition.  The first inkling that the company was gearing up for a reveal came several months ago with a complete redesign of the website. Then…

Exelus to Demonstrate Telemedicine Technology at CES 2018

In medicine, getting accurate images is a very important part of treatment, especially when it comes to surgery. This information forms a vital reference when it comes time to operate. Traditionally, surgeons were restricted to flat, 2D images of the patient, but augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) such as the technology offered by…

Remote AR Video Calling Platform Brings Live Support to HoloLens

Augmented reality (AR) solutions specialist Scope AR, has announced the official launch of its enterprise-focused video calling solution Remote AR for Microsoft HoloLens. Designed specifically with business customers in mind, Remote AR is the company’s remote assistance AR application that enables real-time, remote collaboration at companies such as Lockheed Martin, Siemens and Eaton. With Microsoft…

Acer, Lenovo Mixed Reality Headsets Discounted To Just $199

Microsoft’s new Windows-based ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headsets may be less than two months old but you can already save a massive $200 by picking one up this week. Over in the US the Microsoft Store is hosting a sale on the five headsets that have launched for its new platform thus far. The cheapest devices…

The Virtual Arena: The Attraction Industry’s VR Future! (Part 1)

As more and more investment pivots towards Digital Out-of-Home Entertainment (DOE) applications of Virtual Reality (VR), in his latest column, Kevin Williams, charts some of the pivotal developments that were seen at the leading International amusement and attraction convention in Orlando last November. The 99th anniversary International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo (IAE),…

Dimension Studio: the First Microsoft Mixed Reality Capture Stage in the World

Having a state-of-the-art volumetric and 3D capture studio doesn’t come easy. However when it came to the setting up Dimension Studio, it only took about a year. It lead to Dimension Studio being opened on the 24th October 2017, in London through the partnership of Hammerhead VR, Digital Catapult and Microsoft Mixed Reality Capture Studio….

Where Thoughts Go Is An Anonymous VR Social Space On An Alien Planet

Where Thoughts Go is a social network that takes the form of an ethereal virtual reality world. Visitors leave anonymous voice logs that appear in the dreamy environment as little creatures that flit around in the air. It’s the latest VR project from indie developer Lucas Rizzotto, who plans to release an early version sometime in 2018…

AR Laser Pointer And Cat App Is Internet Gold

Laser Cat AR is a simple unfinished experiment. So why can’t I stop thinking about it? Another day, another independent developer blowing minds on the internet with yet another intuitive ARKit application. Apple’s augmented reality developer platform has continued to be the birthplace of some of this years most interesting AR experiences from both amateur…