Investors Holding Contest For Best Augmented Reality Pitch

Twenty-seven venture capital funds and investors have come together to hold a contest to find the best augmented reality (AR) pitch from impressive startups. The content is dubbed as the Global AR Online Pitch Event and the winning contestant can be sure to gain investment from one or more of the partaking groups. Global AR Online…

PeerWell Brings Augmented Reality Fall Prevention Feature To Mobile Devices

San Francisco-based PeerWell has added an augmented reality (AR) feature to its app platform which will help post-surgical patients manage their recovery. The feature allows users to take advantage of their mobile devices camera to scan and analyze their home environment and be provided with suggestions on how to minimize the risk of falls. The…

This Week In VR Sport: Investments, Trendsetting And Business Shuttering

Another week comes and goes and it is once again time for VRFocus to bring you another edition of This Week in VR Sport. With a number of sports related virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) stories, this week has three stories that are sure to peak your interest. With multiple successful investments, a discussion on the market…

Oculus Offers Up Developer Quick-start Guide for Bringing Apps to Go

With the impending launch of Oculus Go, the company’s first standalone headset, Oculus has shared with developers a handy cheat sheet for bringing Gear VR applications to the Go. Oculus writes in a new post on their developer blog that Oculus Go is binary-compatible with Gear VR, and most applications can be launched on the headset without…

The Oculus Go Could Change Everything… But Not For The Reasons You Think

If you follow the virtual reality (VR) space at all, you’ve probably heard about Oculus Go – the much anticipated ‘all-in-one’ headset set to revolutionize mobile VR. No phone required, no awkwardly fitting your phone inside the goggles and hoping it’s secure, no cables to entangle you. Just…go. And that’s the intended magic of VR…

Artist Mark Farid To Spend 28-Days In Virtual Reality

As technology continues to become more a part of our daily life the debate over how much of this embrace of technology is right is an on going one. Now, as a means to make a comment on the topic artist Mark Farid will spent one month living within virtual reality (VR) to explore what…

Vive Focus Hits the FCC, Suggesting Dev Kit Soon to Launch in US

After launching the Vive Focus standalone headset in China in late January, the company announced in March that the headset would be launching in the US, EU, and other Western markets later this year, beginning with the launch of a dev kit. With the device appearing in the FCC this, the device is one step…

VeeR Brand Update: VeeR 2.0 – Create beyond boundaries

We are excited to introduce the upgraded VeeR with a whole new logo, brand identity, and product experience. After a year of development, we have become one of the biggest 360/VR hubs by both content and creator volume. With the trust and support from VR lovers all over the world, we took one step further…

Amazon Embraces AR and VR With Sumerian Platform

Amazon is no stranger to changing company direction and expanding into new markets. Starting out as an online bookstore, Amazon is now one of the giants of technology, with fingers in almost every conceivable pie. Small wonder, then, that the company is working towards a new platform for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)….

Neko Atsume VR Gets Japanese Release Date

Japanese cat lovers can rejoice as the release date for the virtual reality (VR) adaptation of cat collecting simulator Neko Atsume has its release date on PlayStation VR announced. First announced back in September 2017, it has now been revealed that Japanese fans of the title will be able to get their paws on the…

Justin Timberlake Connects Fans to Music and Merch With AR

American Express is using augmented reality (AR) to create a new way for music fans to buy merchandise from their favorite musicians — starting with Justin Timberlake. On April 6th, the American Express Music app released a new mobile AR experience called Outside In, in partnership with Timberlake. In the app the you are navigated…

Everything We Know About Oculus Santa Cruz (so far)

Oculus Santa Cruz is a VR prototype that brings many high-end features of the Oculus Rift and Touch, most notably positional (6DoF) tracking on both headset and controllers, into a self-contained, standalone design. What follows is a brief overview of everything we know about the headset so far. What is Oculus Santa Cruz? Image courtesy…

Pastimes For Pirates Developer Diary #2 – Navigating The Early Waters

In the first dev blog for VRFocus, we looked at the creation of the initial mobile virtual reality (VR) prototype and how this evolved into a full VR design, ready for pitching to publishers alongside the high-level design document and pitchdeck. Following on from the high of XR Connects and the XR Indie Pitch 3rd…

Open Source HoloLens Haptics Lets You Feel What You Touch

Though haptic force-feedback has seen some use in virtual reality (VR) with devices such as haptic controller gloves, there is yet to be much integration of haptics into augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR). That all be about to change thanks to a new prototype device for Microsoft HoloLens. Hasso Plattner Institut (HPI) is…

Google Partners With CyArk to 3D Scan the World’s Historical Sites, Provide Open Access to Data

Google has partnered with CyArk, the non-profit studio behind VR app MasterWorks: Journey Through History (2018), to expand CyArk’s mission to 3D laser-scan the world’s historical sites and provide open access to the data. Called the Open Heritage Project, Google and CyArk aim to preserve the historical sites digitally for future generations in case disaster strikes Google has published…

Creating A Virtual Universe With Blockchain Power

A number of companies have been turning towards Blockchain to solve a variety of problems. Also rising in popularity is use of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technology. A new virtual reality (VR) developer Ukiedo is seeking to combine the two technologies to create a new virtual universe, appropriately named VU. The goal of…

Mixed Reality and Medicine: Virtual Practice Makes Perfect

Mixed reality is becoming an increasingly useful tool for surgeons, but can it also help to train the next generation of doctors? Prestigious medical institutions such as Imperial College London are using HoloLens devices in operating theatres to spot key blood vessels, bones, and muscles helping to make procedures quicker and safer. Patients who have suffered an accident…

Lightstream Racer Accelerates On To iOS

If you ever played with Micro Machines or Hot Wheels toys, you may have spent some time crafting an intricate racing course for them around your bedroom, living room or kitchen. This experience is recreated in augmented reality (AR) with new ARKit-powered experience Lightstream Racer. Created by developer Virtual Arts, Lightstream Racer uses a smartphone…

They Suspect Nothing Is The Perfect Introduction To Oculus Go

Oculus Go was made to be simple. Facebook’s first standalone headset doesn’t require a high-end PC, nor room for external trackers or space to walk around in. It wants to bring in millions of newcomers with an affordable price and a pickup and play interface. But the many hundreds of hours Oculus has no doubt…

“Skinneeeeer!” The Simpsons’ Steamed Hams Gag Gets A VR Experience

These days your meme isn’t really a meme until it’s got a VR experience that turns your entire reality into a shrine of silliness. The Simpsons’ Steamed Hams gag just graduated to that status. If you’ve held a smartphone in your hands at some point in 2018 you’ve probably noticed the internet has resurrected one…

Researchers Electrically Stimulate Muscles in Haptic Designed for Hands-free AR Input

Researchers at The Human Computer Interaction Lab at Hasso-Plattner-Institut in Potsdam, Germany, published a video recently showing a novel solution to the problem of wearable haptics for augmented reality. Using a lightweight, mobile electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) device that provides low-voltage to arm muscles, the idea is to let AR headset-users stay hands-free, but also be…

AR Mobile Title UnicornGo Begin Offering First Generation Unicorns

Last month the team behind UnicornGo, the videogame featuring cryptocurrency, augmented reality (AR) and unicorns revealed their title to the world and now they are ready to let users become owners of the mythological cryptocreatures. UnicornGo is a title that takes advantage of the latest technology to deliver a unique gaming experience that features cryptocurrency and collectible unicorns…

New Image Compression Standard JPEG XS Focuses On VR And AR

One of the main causes of users feeling nauseous when using virtual reality (VR) is the latency in the image being displayed on the headset unable to keep up with the movement of the users head. The Joint Photographic Experts Groupd (JPEG) have now revealed a new image compression standard that could resolve this problem…

New Image Compression Standard JPEG XS Focuses On VR And AR

One of the main causes of users feeling nauseous when using virtual reality (VR) is the latency in the image being displayed on the headset unable to keep up with the movement of the users head. The Joint Photographic Experts Groupd (JPEG) have now revealed a new image compression standard that could resolve this problem…