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…

Nickelodeon Release AR Mode For Sky Whale Mobile Videogame

Nickelodeon have launched a new update for their mobile videogame Sky Whale that allows user to experience a new augmented reality (AR) mode. The Sky Whale AR mode transforms the allows players of the number-one mobile app to enjoy it in a completely new way. By using a mobile device players can enriched the Sky…

Smartphone Powered AR Headset Seeks Crowdfunding Support

Augmented reality (AR) has been gaining traction in recent months, with the profile of the technology being raised by products such as ARKit and Pokemon Go. AR headsets and smartglasses have also been attracting interest, but most versions of this technology remain out of reach of the majority of consumers. A new product is aiming…

Smartphone Powered AR Headset Seeks Crowdfunding Support

Augmented reality (AR) has been gaining traction in recent months, with the profile of the technology being raised by products such as ARKit and Pokemon Go. AR headsets and smartglasses have also been attracting interest, but most versions of this technology remain out of reach of the majority of consumers. A new product is aiming…

NBC Universal Chief Claims Location-Based VR Will Lead The Way

The current virtual reality (VR) market is seeing something of a split, with companies and consumers torn between what to support in the coming moths and years. In the midst of this, Chris Heatherly, EVP for Games and Digital Platforms at NBC Universal says that Home VR still has work to do before it becomes…

Open For Business: Reality Clash Armoury Sees Cryptocurrency Price Jumps

Reality Gaming Group have launched the online store that will allow users to explore a list of available weaponry and buy them using the Reality Clash in-game cryptocurrency, RCC Gold. The online store will support an economy for the augmented reality (AR) title Reality Clash. Reality Clash is a AR first-person shooter title which allows…

AR Drawing Tool Comes To Facebook Camera

Bring your art to the third dimension with 3D drawing functionality on the Facebook Camera, available on smartphones now. Since day one, Facebook has always been about making communicating a breeze. Whether you’re reaching out to an old college buddy, making the bold first move on a crush, or finally sending out invites to that…

New Images of Leap Motion’s AR Headset North Star Surface

Earlier this week VRFocus reported on hand-tracking specialist Leap Motion revealing work on an augmented reality (AR) headset dubbed Project North Star. Now there’s several more images and gifs to showcase Leap Motions ongoing development of the project. Up until now Leap Motion has worked with several manufacturers to integrate its hand-tracking technology into various…

Ever Needed an AR Smartphone Projector? Now There’s Kickstarter Project Count

During CES 2018 in January Yinscorp Ltd. unveiled a new projector, one that’s been designed to work with smartphones as well as offer an interactive element. Called Count, the company has now launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the device. The idea behind Count is to take a format everyone knows – smartphones and tablets –…

The Guardian Continues Its VR Work With New Experience Celestial Motion

UK newspaper The Guardian has already proved itself to be an enthusiastic supporter of virtual reality (VR), having produced several VR experiences, including an affecting tribute to Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi. The latest, titled Celestial Motion, is a VR dance experience. Celestial Motion was made with the Alexander Whitley Dance Company, in association with Sadler’s…