VR Vs. DOOOOOM! Pt 2: The Flip Side Of The Headline

You take a regular coin out of your pocket. The coin has two sides. You flip it. At this point you’ll likely think there are two obvious outcomes, but you and I know that’s not how reality works. There’s, more likely, three possibilities as to what can happen. The first is it lands on heads, the…

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…

Improve Your Fishing with VR and an Underwater Drone

For those who enjoy fishing, there are days when the fish just don’t seem to be biting. The elusive underwater inhabitants can be lurking just out of reach, which is where the new product from drone maker PowerVision can come into play. It is probably much easier to catch the fish if you know where…

Try and Carry a Tune in SingSpace for Gear VR

This week Samsung Gear VR owners can now enjoy some virtual reality (VR) karaoke either on their own of with friends thanks to Harmonix’s SingSpace.  The Rock Band VR developer originally announced SingSpace for the mobile head-mounted display (HMD) in October 2016, and since then has only demoed the experience with a few select songs. With the…

NASA will Livestream Orbital ATK’s Cygnus Spacecraft Launch in 360

NASA has announced that this Tuesday’s launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft will be livestreamed in 360-degrees for viewers around the world. It’ll be the first live 360-degree broadcast of a rocket launch, with the mission carrying cargo to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). The Cygnus spacecraft will launch on a ULA Atlas V rocket carrying more than…

PlayStation VR Puzzler Statik to Feature Tablet-Based Co-op

In March Tarsier Studios announced the released date as well as opening pre-orders for its single-player puzzle title Statik for PlayStation VR. Now the studio has revealed that Static will in fact have a multiplayer option built-in allowing an additional player to join in via a tablet or smartphone. In a PlayStation.Blog posting, Dave Mervik, senior narrative designer at Tarsier…

Killswitch Engage’s House of Blues Concert to be Broadcast in VR

Fans of American metalcore band Killswitch Engage will want to grab a virtual reality (VR) headset next Monday 17th April as NextVR and Live Nation will be livestreaming the band’s concert from the House of Blues. Providing a front row seat to experience the free exclusive, NextVR and Live Nation will allow fans to get up close to the…

A Paper Controller To Combat VR Motion Sickness

There are advantages to using cheap, readily-available materials when creating new products, as has already been proved by Google with its Google Cardboard headset. One inventor has taken the concept a step further and claims to have invented a motion controller that is not only made out of paper, but also helps prevent virtual reality(VR)-induced…

Tourists Will Soon Be Able to Augment Mexican Ruins

Historical sites are places of great interest to both archaeologists and tourists, but while professional historians and archaeologists can piece together what an ancient site might have looked like with very few clues, most people don’t have those advantages. Augmented Reality (AR) may help overcome those problems. Tulum in Mexico is one of the most…

Life In 360°: SpotX And OmniVirt Invite You To Take A Break

We’ve Easter around the corner we’ve some 360 degree news, as opposed to a vbideo, to end things this week. And it’s related to something we’ve seen on the increase in mentions for virtual reality (VR) related content – advertising. The latest to announce their intentions are SpotX, who through a new partnership with Omnivirt…

Brookstone Encouraging Shoppers to Get Hands-On With ReTrak VR Headsets

Retailer Brookstone have begun experimenting with bringing in-store virtual reality (VR) experiences to their customers in partnership with VR headset manufacturer ReTrak. In stores located in malls and airports across the USA, Brookstone have been featuring ReTrak Utopia headsets and encouraging customers to try on the headsets and some of the relaxing experiences available when…

Pokémon GO Launches Easter Eggstravaganza

Wildly popular augmented reality (AR) mobile game created by Niantic Labs, Pokémon GO, is celebrating the returning warm weather with further encouragements for players to go outside with its latest seasonal celebration, The Pokémon GO Eggstravaganza. The inevitable Easter-themed pun brings with it the chance for trainers to find a greater variety of Pokémon from…

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…

Visbit Launches Open Beta For VR Video Streaming Service

High-quality, reliable streaming for 360-degree video and other virtual reality (VR) content is a goal that is difficult to achieve. The nature of VR means that a lot of data must be sent very quickly in order to keep up and not cause buffering or frame-rate drops that can not only break immersion, but even…

‘Planet Whack’ is a Multi-user VR Demo Showcasing PhaseSpace Motion Tracking

A short video (heading this article) of two people wildly hitting a giant ball with foam swords (captured by Super Ventures) is an amusing showcase of PhaseSpace’s motion tracking technology. Planet Whack, is a whac-a-mole-inspired game, where two players participate in the same VR space trying to hit cartoon worms emerging from a sphere, with the giant…

‘Rick and Morty’ VR Game is Releasing on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive April 20th

Rick and Morty are finally making their way to VR in Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. Coming to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets on Steam and Oculus Home, you can take part in the dimension-hopping adventure starting Thursday, April 20th for for $29.99. Created by Adult Swim Games and Owlchemy Labs, makers of the tongue-in-cheek VR game Job Simulator…

Gorillaz Invite Fans to Join a Mixed Reality House Party

British virtual band Gorillaz have ended their five-year hiatus with a bang, announcing a new album called Humanz, an upcoming TV show and now an opportunity for fans to explore the Gorillaz house via virtual reality (VR). Gorillaz were formed back in 1998 and consists of four animated characters, 2D on lead vocals and keyboard,…

China Releases Group Standard for VR Industry

The first VR Summit forum for International Cooperation: Opening Up Opportunities for Mutual Progress was held in Beijing on 6th of April, during which a group standard was developed for virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) by representatives of the Chinese VR industry. The new group standard is titled ‘General Specifications for Virtual Reality Head-Mounted…

Life In 360°: Don’t Text And Drive

Being distracted while driving can cause serious, even fatal accidents. Some research has shown that up to seven in ten people have used a smartphone while driving. A US campaign called It Can Wait is using a 360 degree video to demonstrate the dangers. The It Can Wait campaign was created by telecoms company AT&T…

Using Google Cardboard To Improve Pedestrian Safety

A professor at the University of Alabama in the US has been focussing his research into ways to use technology to help children cross the road safely. His results have lead him towards virtual reality (VR). Statistics have shown that pedestrian road accidents are a leading cause of death among children, both in the USA…

Epic Games To Bring Robo Recall to ECGC

This year with be the ninth year of the East Coast Game Conference, also known as ECGC. In 2016 the conference introduced a new programme track for virtual reality (VR), along with a specific ‘VR Villiage’ area for VR technology on the Expo floor. The VR village is returning in 2017, and Epic Games will…

SculptrVR Rebuilt for Google Daydream

World-building and crafting virtual reality (VR) videogame SculptrVR has been out since the 4th April for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Developer Nathan Rowe has now announced that the titles is now available for users of Google Daydream. Creation can happen on several scales, from massive God-sim style perspective of changing landscape, altering river beds,…

Gnomee’s Egg Hunt Brings AR To Retail

In a follow-up to the successful Christmas augmented reality (AR) game, British Land are launching a new AR Easter Egg hunt for shoppers at it’s locations called Gnomee’s Egg Hunt. British Land are a UK company that own and operates 21 retails sites around the country. The company previously worked with developer Harmony Studios to…

Race The Sun Gets Set For PlayStation VR Support

The PlayStation 4 version of endless runner Race The Sun will be getting a significant upgrade on 18th April, which will include virtual reality (VR) support for the first time. Race The Sun developer Flippfly have announced that their abstract endless runner will be getting support for the PlayStation VR along with a new game…

The VR Job Hub: Coatsink, Epic Games, YouVisit and More

The virtual reality (VR) industry is growing all the time, reaching areas such as construction, healthcare, advertising, engineering and lots more. Roles are available for community managers, programmers, designers and lots more. See the listings below for further information: Location Company Role Link Sunderland, UK Coatsink Senior Animator Click here to apply Sunderland, UK Coatsink…

Almost 50% of VR Professionals Reporting Growth [Updated]

A recent survey of over 500 virtual reality (VR) professionals conducted by VRX Event and VR Intelligence has found that almost half respondents reported industry growth over 2016 had been positive. 46% of respondents said that their growth had been ‘strong’ or ‘very strong’. Less than a third reported growth as ‘weaker than hoped’, reports…

Samsung Opening Two-Story ‘Experience Store’ In Canada

Toronto will soon be home to Samsung’s sixth and largest immersive retail store. Set to open this summer at the Toronto Eaton Centre, Samsung’s “Experience Store” will be its biggest yet featuring 21,000 square feet of mobile technology spread across two jam-packed floors. Much like the other five locations, the new center will serve as…

Strong Sales Don’t Guarantee Success For VR

Sony is surprised by how well its virtual reality (VR) headsets are selling. Senior executives inside its video game division, Sony Interactive Entertainment, were initially cautious when settling on how many headsets it should manufacture, so reports of sales far outstripping expectations are very welcome to all in the VR community. But while we have…

SuperData Research Expects VR Consumer Revenue to Hit $40 Billion by 2020

SuperData Research has been one of the more prolific companies looking at the virtual reality (VR) industry and its potential growth. In conjunction with Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR), the two have now released a new infographic showcasing who the audiences are and what they’re buying. The infographic leads with figures dealing with revenue, with…