Modding The Red Planet Thanks to Mars 2030 Editor

Fans of PC videogames tend to love modding. From fixing persistent bugs that the developers couldn’t eliminate, or adding cut content back in, or just doing something crazy, mods have become an integral part of the PC videogame scene. That added value now comes to virtual reality (VR) with the availability of the Mars 2030…

Two Years On: HTC Vive – Apps

We’ve already established how important content is to a given platform, but in virtual reality (VR), not all content is a videogame. There are plenty of non-gaming apps and tools that can be exceptionally useful, creative or just fun to use.With the HTC Vive being the first modern VR platform to offer motion controls in…

Life In 360°: The Frontier Before The Final One

Apologies for the lack of a Life In 360° post this last Monday, unfortunately I wasn’t around beforehand to prepare one. So instead let’s get down to business with Wednesday’s selection and it’s another relatively new one involving the wonders of outer space – once again provided by the team at NASA. Or. more precisely…

Review: Overview

Our solar system and the universe beyond is a fascinating subject that has inspired countless individuals to look up to the stars and seek answers. In this day and age humanity seems to know more about the cosmos than the deepest reaches of the ocean, so there’s been a number of virtual reality (VR) experiences…

Life In 360°: Cloud On The Ground

Monday begins as always- well, if we ignore the news about Mapbox AR earlier which was embargoed at the somewhat unusual time of 8AM on a Monday- with our first visit of the week into the world of 360 degree video. Now we’ve had quite the mix of videos in recent weeks, and plenty of…

The Best 360º Cameras: VR Professionals Weigh-In

11 filmmakers give us the 360° camera low down. As the founder of eevo, an interactive VR / 360º video company, I speak every day with filmmakers exploring the world of VR. They are hungry to learn more about creating interactive 360º video and spatial audio experiences. Whether for the sake of storytelling, real estate…

Explore the Cosmos When OVERVIEW Launches Next Month

The universe is vast and wondrous, filled with planets, galaxies, stars, black holes and much more, some of which mankind understands and a lot we don’t. There are a number of virtual reality (VR) apps that let you explore and learn about our solar system and the cosmos in general. Due for launch next month…

Competition: Win A Copy Of Drone Hunter VR Evolved For Gear VR

After a number of seasonal giveaways on VRFocus at the end of December, we’ve had a little break from competitions for a while. Now that we’re in February however, and indeed rapidly coming to the close of it. So, we thought that it was high time that we had another. As such we’ve a new prize…

IKinema Officially Launches Orion 1.0 Motion Capture Solution

IKinema’s motion capture technology has been used in numerous virtual reality (VR) experiences including The VOID’s Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, Supermassive Games’ VR projects, and Linden Labs’ Sansar. Today, IKinema has announced the official launch of its motion capture and full body solving solution, Orion 1.0. IKinema’s Orion can be used with any OpenVR hardware like the…

Explore The Moon With AR Lunar Model

The human race has been dreaming about visiting the Moon for centuries. Piles of speculative fiction has been written about The Moon and what it looks and feels like, and with only a very small number of humans ever having the chance to walk in the lunar dust, it still holds some mystique for many….

NASA Testing TENZR VR Gesture-Control Strap

NASA have been enthusiastic about testing virtual reality (VR) and related technologies with the NASA Virtual Reality Laboratory (VRLab) trialling innovative ways to train future astronauts. NASA are now testing the TENZR gesture control system as a hands-free controller as part of VR astronaut training. The TENZR strap is produced by BIT Technologies. Resembling a commercial…

5 Impressive VR Companies From ViveX Batch Two Demo Day

This week we went to an HTC-hosted Demo Day for the second batch of ViveX funded VR and AR companies. With 26 different companies on display in San Francisco ranging from game developers, hardware manufacturers, utility creators, and everything in between there were a lot of different projects to try. Most of the companies were…

ViveX Demo Day Batch 2 Featured 26 VR And AR Companies

Today at an event in San Francisco HTC hosted a Vive X Demo Day for its second batch of funded company demos. The event featured 26 different companies ranging from game developers, enterprise applications, ease-of-use convenience tools, and a litany of other projects. To date Vive X has funded over 60 different companies with over…

See Mars Up Close In This Mars 2030 Trailer

Fusion Media Group and NASA have partnered to take virtual reality (VR) fans, students and teachers everywhere to the red planet Mars. Mars 2030 simulates the first manned mission to Mars, with the planet and technology featured based on real NASA innovations. The experience will launch in July 2017 for $14.99 USD on HTC Vive,…

Set foot on the Red Planet Next Month with Mars 2030

Today, Fusion Media Group (FMG) has announced that its virtual reality (VR) experience Mars 2030 will be arriving for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR in July 2017. Developed in partnership with NASA, FMG first announced the project back in 2015, simulating what it would be like to be one of the first astronauts on Mars. Allowing users to…

StarVR and ZeroLight Showcase New Innovations At London Tech Week

Virtual reality (VR) headset manufacturer StarVR has announced a new partnership with automotive visualisation company ZeroLight and are planning to demonstrate new technology innovations coming from the partnership at VR & AR World, part of London Tech Week. Part of the demonstration planned by StarVR and ZeroLight will involve an ultra-high definition automotive VR experience…

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…