3D Sound Labs VR Audio Kit Introduces Bluetooth Support

3D Sound Labs are one of the best-known specialists in the area of immersive 3D audio. Proper use of sound can make a he difference in the immersiveness of a virtual reality (VR) experience. In order to make creating 3D soundscapes easier, 3D Sound Labs have released an update to its VR Audio Kit SDK…

AR Title Reality Clash to Use Crypto Coin To Raise Funding

Upcoming mobile augmented reality (AR) title Reality Clash is planning on using a novel way of raising funding for further development. The developers at Reality Gaming Group are planning on raising money by launching an ‘Initial Coin Offering’ using Ethereum blockchain crypto currency. Reality Clash will be free-to-play, using the camera on a smartphone to…

Submissions Are Open For Unity Awards

Unity is one of the most popular videogame engines currently available. Many virtual reality (VR) titles, such as SuperHot VR were made using Unity. The people behind Unity 3D strive to recognise talent within the Unity creator community with the Unity Awards, and the 2017 Unity Awards have just opened nominations. Nominations for the 2017…

Upcoming LG V30 Smartphone Might Have Google Daydream Support

Since the start of 2017 electronics manufacturer LG have taken an interest in virtual reality (VR). There have been indications that LG are partnering with Valve, perhaps to make a new version of the Vive headset, and new information now indicates that LG’s forthcoming smartphone, the V30 will be including Google Daydream support. Rumoured specifications…

daystAR is Lenovo’s New Concept Design For An AR Headset

Lenovo is clearly hungry to make its mark in VR and AR; the company’s just announced a new AR headset, making it the fourth head-mounted display we’ve seen from it so far this year. daystAR, as the device is called, was revealed at the TechWorld conference this week, though it’s only a concept right now….

From Legend To Augmented Reality – Legendary Pokemon Come to Pokemon Go

Since the launch of augmented reality (AR) mobile title Pokemon Go, players have been speculating on if any when the famous Legendary Pokemon would make it into the game. Now, in celebration of Pokemon Go’s first year anniversary, developer Niantic Labs have announced that Legendary Pokemon will soon be available. Trainers will be able to…

HoloGrid: Monster Battle Brings Star Wars’ HoloChess to the HoloLens

HappyGiant has today has launched its critically-acclaimed HoloGrid: Monster Battle on Microsoft’s HoloLens. A tactical strategy videogame that combines elements of chess, board games, and collectible card games, HoloGrid: Monster Battle is now on five leading augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) platforms.   Tailored specifically to take advantage of the HoloLens platform’s…

Google’s Expeditions Educational VR Platform Is Now Available To All

Much of Google’s work in VR has been consumer-facing, but one of the first initiatives the company launched with the tech was education-focused. Expeditions was a platform to take entire classes on virtual field trips using Google Cardboard. From this week it’s available to everyone with an Android handset. Expeditions has a new standalone app…

uSens Unveils SLAM-Based 6DOF Tracking for Mobile VR/AR

uSens, the tracking technology specialist behind the Fingo, has announced development of a Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) based mobile inside-out 6DOF positional tracking solution. Designed specifically for mobile devices, using advanced machine learning and computer vision techniques, uSens’ algorithm constructs a virtual map of an environment without the need for markers. This environment can then be customised…

Hands-On: The VRHero Is A 5K Resolution Headset From VRgineers

VR currently does a lot of different things well across a variety of devices. The Gear VR is a great mobile headset but it’s underpowered and lacks positional tracking. The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have good content and roomscale capabilities, but they’re tethered and the resolution isn’t great. PSVR is affordable given its relative…

Xenoma to Launch Kickstarter for its e-Skin Clothing for Gesture Tracking

With these being the early days of consumer virtual reality (VR) plenty of companies are experimenting with how to make experiences ever more immersive. Next month Japanese firm Xenoma will be launching a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a product that aims to do just that, e-Skin clothing. Xenoma’s e-Skin clothing incorporates stretchable sensors and electronics which detect…

Your VR and AR Event Guide to Comic-Con 2017

San Diego Comic-Con kicks off this week, and if last year is any indicator, we can again expect VR to make a major showing during the four-day conference. Comic-Con 2016 introduced VR to fans from all over the world last year, with brands like MTV, DC Comics, Conan, FX, Suicide Squad, and Mr. Robot making…

Mira Opens Pre-Orders for $99 AR Headset Prism

Augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) tends to fall in one of two categories, really cheap like the popular AR title Pokemon GO or the very pricey, such as Microsoft HoloLens. Soon there will be another option, an AR headset that costs $99 USD and uses a smartphone – a kind of AR version of Gear…

uSens Reveals Improved 6DOF Inside-Out Positional Tracking For Mobile VR

It’s been nearly a year since we’ve heard from uSens. Back then, we wrote about the company’s new mobile SDK, offering positional tracking for smartphone-based headsets as well as hand-tracked input. Today, the company is announcing a new technology that offers better inside-out mobile positional tracking using simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology. Using a…

What Will Advertisements Look Like in VR?

As VR entertainment and experiences continue to grow each year, the growth of VR advertisements seems inevitable—but will they be immersive or interruptive? This past week, Unity Technologies unveiled key components of its advertising strategy, notably including the “Virtual Room,” a customizable mini app for brands to create their own integrated experiences. In seeking to further the conversation around how creators can…

Research Shows VR Can Improve Vision In Young People

Parents have often chiding their offspring for sitting too close to the TV, warning that doing so would ruin their eyesight. With the advent of virtual reality (VR) and head-mounted displays (HMDs) that put the screen right next to your eyeballs, some were concerned over the effect this could have upon children and their eyes….

Nokia and Xiaomi Team Up for VR and More

It may seem a little weird that two companies who both make phones and should be in competition with each other have teamed up, but that’s just what Nokia and Xiaomi have done in a surprising bit of news. The two companies have signed a cross-licensing patent deal and say they will be looking at…

Mobile Retailer Sees 300% Increase in Demand for VR

Whilst the biggest virtual reality (VR) news generally tends to revolve around high-end head-mounted displays (HMDs), it’s mobile VR that’s driving adoption with Samsung Gear VR leading the way and Google Daydream starting to pick up the pace. In a recent report by online retailer Mobiles.co.uk has charted a sharp increase in demand for VR,…

Unity Is Creating VR Ads For A New Film In The Saw Horror Franchise

Various industries are regularly embracing VR’s potential to expand their business and film has been heavily active in a variety of ways. In addition to several tie-in VR experiences we’ve seen, the dawn of immersive VR ads are now a thing as well. Today, we’ve learned that Lionsgate is embracing that concept by partnering with Unity…

Sony Music and MelodyVR Agree Licensing Deal

MelodyVR, a virtual reality (VR) music content platform which is a subsidiary of EVR Holdings PLC, has announced a new licensing and distribution agreement today with Sony Music Entertainment. This will give MelodyVR the right to produce and distribute VR content created with Sony Music artists. Sony Music’s current roster of artists includes both local musicians…

Become A Jedi, Play Holochess With This Star Wars AR Headset

Disney reveals an exciting augmented reality partnership with Lenovo at D23 conference. With every new Star Wars film comes new tie-ins, video games, merchandise and pretty much anything else you can slap a picture of R2D2 or Finn on. So naturally Disney’s D23 conference in Anaheim, California was filled to the brim with new content from a…

Finger Tracking Specialist Leap Motion Completes $50m Investment Round

Today, Leap Motion – the motion tracking technology specialist – has announced a $50 million USD funding round, led by clients advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Founded in 2010, Leap Motion’s tracking technology can be used to make virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experience more immersive by allowing users to actually grab virtual objects…

Leap Motion Raises $50 Million For Its Finger Tracking Technology

VR and AR headsets are heading to market from Microsoft, Google, Facebook and others that have a wide range of capabilities. Just last week we learned about Facebook’s plan for a $200 headset that occupies the low end of the market while Google continues work on a six degrees of freedom standalone headset. What’s unclear…

Summer Movie Blockbuster Dunkirk Gets WebVR Videogame

Last week VRFocus reported on director Christopher Nolan‘s summer movie Dunkirk getting a virtual reality (VR) experience that takes the viewer into each of the film’s three perspectives: land, sea and air. Warner Bros has announced a second piece of VR content, an online multiplayer called Dunkirk WebVR. Available via desktop in browsers like Chrome, via mobile devices, or using…

JigSpace With ARKit Gives You AR Manuals For Just About Anything

We’ve seen how AR can thrive as an instructional platform before, but what if there was a singular AR app that could teach you how to work with practically anything? JigSpace wants to be that app. You can think of JigSpace as a sort of ‘How To’ manual that aims to cover practically any product…

Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 Preview with Mixed Reality Improvements

Microsoft released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with shell, gaming, Task Manager, mixed reality, and delivery optimization improvements. This is the seventh build of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which is slated to arrive later this year (likely in September). Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way from its predecessors…

The Force Comes to AR with Star Wars: Jedi Challenges

A slightly surprising amount of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) information has emerged from Disney’s D23 event taking the place this weekend. From the announcement of Marvel’s first full VR videogame, and now word that Disney and Lenovo are developing their own AR headset for a Star Wars AR experience. The headset uses…

Oculus Planning on a ‘Spectrum’ Of Standalone Headsets

Oculus have already revealed plans to release a standalone headset to sit in-between the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift. Now further information has emerged that Oculus are in fact planning to make various different options available for consumers who are interested in standalone virtual reality (VR) headsets. Ars Technica has reported that Oculus is…