Half of SteamVR Tracking Course Attendees Using Tech for Non-gaming

In August of last year, Valve created the SteamVR licensing program to allow any developer to create their very own SteamVR tracked object. At that time, Valve partnered with Synapse, a Seattle-area product development firm, to provide a mandatory training program for all SteamVR licensees. Road to VR met with Synapse’s electrical engineering program lead…

Fly to the Moon and Beyond with Spacetours VR Now on Oculus Home

Want to travel to space? Well currently there’s no easy way – unless you’re really loaded – to do that in real life, but with virtual reality (VR) there a plenty of options available. Launched back in March, Spacetours VR – Ep1 The Solar System enables you to travel to our closest planetary cousins on HTC Vive…

Microsoft Shows AR/VR Concept That Could Revolutionize How We Work

Microsoft owns the enterprise computing space. Windows-powered PCs run a huge portion of the global workforce. Today, the company demonstrated how its Windows Mixed Reality initiative could potentially be used in that massive market. During the keynote address of its annual Build conference, Microsoft invited members of the Cirque du Soleil team up on stage. The members…

Paramedics in Florida Using VR for Training

Paramedics, Firefighters and other emergency services personnel must go through vigorous training before they head out into the field to save lives. Even then, however, those men and women can be shocked by the experience. Using virtual reality (VR) is perhaps one way to tackle this problem. Firefighters in Palm Beach, Florida have added a…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 to Feature Event’s Largest Selection of Immersive Content

The annual Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 will return this June featuring an extensive film and Alternate Realities programmes, talks, sessions and marketplace. Alternate Realities is set to include its biggest lineup yet of immersive content, with 26 exhibits from thirteen different countries. The programme aims to demonstrate how virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology can change…

VR Film To Feature Heavily At Stockholm’s VR Scientific Festival 2017

There continues to be a lot of discussion about virtual reality (VR)’s place in the future of the film industry, big names and big studios continue to dip their toes and make encouraging noises about the technology but the decrease in price and increase in availability of 360 degree cameras has meant a growing interest…

Make-A-Wish Grants Incredible Wish Using VR

The first wish granted by Make-A-Wish using VR is an intergalactic trip on the ‘Zayden 7’ rocket ship. History was made this past monday as Make-A-Wish Georgia granted the first ever virtual reality wish to seven-year-old Zayden Wright in an attempt to fulfill his request of flying to the planet Saturn in a red rocket…

Unity Vision VR/AR Summit 2017: Courtside for the Convergence of Realities

Virtual Reality continues to evolve, Constrained Reality is a Renowned Biologist’s take on the mind’s VR “software,” Mixed Reality is bringing it all together—and Vision Summit 2017 is where the industry’s ideas and the innovators came together. When it comes to changing the game for XR, Unity Technologies just can’t stop. At the company’s Unite ’16 LA…

Frontier VR, MakeVR And More Added To Viveport Subscription

As of today HTC’s Viveport Subscription service is one month old, meaning those that signed up at launch have used up their free month and are now able to download a new set of experiences (or choose the same ones from last month) for $6.99. New apps are coming to the service, too, including some…

Superhot VR Wins Best Game At Unity Vision Summit 2017

Today is Unity’s Vision Summit in Los Angeles. The event is a chance for the 3D visuals company to focus on its support for the VR/AR industry and encourage creators to develop using its tools. The show also includes an awards portion and this year one of the top honors is going to a familiar face. Superhot…

Apple Hires NASA Expert To Help Build Augmented Reality Glasses

According to a Bloomberg story published this week, Apple hired Jeff Norris of NASA to work on augmented reality initiatives. Norris has reportedly been an employee of Apple since earlier in the year, according to Bloomberg’s unnamed sources. Now at Apple, Norris is reportedly working as a member of a team run by Mike Rockwell, formerly…

Discover Hidden Figures at Tribeca Film Festival

The augmented reality (AR) app Outthink Hidden was launched in February 2017 to tie in to award-winning 2016 movie Hidden Figures and would allow visitors and residents of certain US cities to learn more about the people featured in the film. Now, visitors to the Tribeca Film Festival will have the same opportunity. Hidden Figures…

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…

Canada’s Biggest VR and AR Conference is Returning to Vancouver

The organisers behind Canada’s largest event dedicated to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have announced that CVR will be returning to Vancouver for 2017. The three-day event will feature a host of industry experts and displays of new technology. CVR 2017 is sponsored by a number of recognisable names from the VR industry,…

360 Promo Video Released for NASA’s Singularity University by FluidCast VR

Virtual reality (VR) production and software development specialist, FluidCast VR, has announced the completion of its most difficult 360-degree video to date. Its a promotional video for Singularity University, a NASA funded global community using technology to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. The immersive video is designed to showcase classrooms, labs and a campus tour of…

NVIDIA to Present Latest Foveated Rendering Research at GTC 2017 in May

Held from May 8-11th in Silicon Valley at the San Jose Convention Center, NVIDIA’s GTC 2017 session schedule is chock full of deep tech talks that we’re looking forward to. Among them, Senior NVIDIA Research Scientist Anjul Patney will overview the company’s latest learnings from their study of the ‘perceptually-based’ approach to foveated rendering. Simply…

HTC Invests in 33 More AR/VR Startups Through Vive X Accelerator

HTC’s Vive X accelerator is a $100 million fund for AR/VR companies that the company announced last year. Today HTC is revealing the second batch of companies that will receive investments and mentorship from the program. 33 seems to be the magic number. After investing in 33 startups in the first batch of Vive X…

Vive X: Here Are The 33 VR Startups HTC Vive Just Funded

HTC’s Vive X accelerator program is welcoming more than 30 new VR and AR startups to the fold with investments in North America and Asia. The companies join the inaugural group of 33 startups funded in July last year. This second batch represents the latest group backed by HTC’s growing VR arm, which is investing…

Life in 360°: Fire, Steam, Smoke & Thrust

Space, science and engineering. We do like a bit of that here on VRFocus, and so do you judging by the interest in a recent story on the site. Which brought news about NASA creating, via Unreal Engine, a virtual simulation of the International Space Station (ISS) for the education and training of astronauts. So…

NASA Use Mixed Reality for International Space Station Training

NASA have revealed details of how they have created an incredibly detailed mixed reality (MR) replica of the International Space Station (ISS) to use when training new astronauts. The space agency is using Unreal Engine to power a representation of the ISS that can be used by astronauts and engineers alike to do things train…

AWE Issues Call for Nominations for Auggie Awards

Organisers of the Augmented World Expo has issued a call for nominations for the Auggie Awards, a prize awarded to those who contributed extraordinary innovation to the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries. The awards ceremony will be held at the Augmented World Expo, a conference for AR/VR technology. This year will be…

The Science Museum and Tim Peake introduce spaceflight VR experience

Astronaut Tim Peake will guide people through a high-speed flight back to earth in a Soyux space capsule in a new virtual reality (VR) experience at the Science Museum. The experience, Space Descent VR, was created by VR content creators Alchemy VR. Museum visitors will be able to use a Samsung Gear VR to take a…

Earthlight Tested at NASA Johnson Space Centre

Space exploration simulator Earthlight has been successfully tested as part of NASA experiments with its Hybrid Reality Laboratory and the Active Response Gravity Offload System (ARGOS) at the Johnson Space Centre in Texas. Opaque Media Group developed the virtual reality (VR) game to accurately depict the experience of human spaceflight. The NASA Hybrid Reality Lab…

Space Station Simulator ‘Mission: ISS’ Launches on Rift

All the fun of being an astronaut, minus the nauseating trip up to space. At some point I feel as though everyone dreams of being an astronaut. So it’s only natural that we obsess over the mysterious dark void we find ourselves drifting through on an enormous, rotating ball. Unfortunately for most of us, the…

Become an Astronaut as Mission:ISS Launches onto Oculus Rift

Last year at the Oculus Connect 3 event the company announced that Oculus Rift users would soon be able to get their hands on Mission:ISS, a true-to-life simulation lets them explore the International Space Station (ISS) in virtual reality (VR). Created in collaboration with NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, Mission:ISS has now launched for free…

Mission: ISS Is A Free Space Simulation That Makes You The Astronaut

Virtual reality is a great platform for users to experience fantastic worlds and wonders, but it’s also a portal into the real life wonders very few humans get to enjoy. Outer space is one of, if not the, most incredible of those wonders and VR users are getting an opportunity to be an astronaut. In Mission: ISS, visitors…