The Virtual Arena: The Attraction Industry’s VR Future! (Part 1)

As more and more investment pivots towards Digital Out-of-Home Entertainment (DOE) applications of Virtual Reality (VR), in his latest column, Kevin Williams, charts some of the pivotal developments that were seen at the leading International amusement and attraction convention in Orlando last November. The 99th anniversary International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo (IAE),…

The VR Job Hub: Weta, NASA, Bosch & More…

The variety of roles available in the field of immersive technologies mean that every week when we come to discussing them in The VR Job Hub there’s always something – be in in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR) – that takes us by surprise. So, what new beginnings await this…

Sundance New Frontier Announces 2018 Line-up

It’s that time of the year again and Sundance Film Festival has announced their 2018 lineup for the New Frontier Exhibitions. The showcase is packed with 20 VR/MR experiences, two AI projects and live performances, exhibited between three venues in Park City. This is the first time New Frontier is highlighting an Artificial Intelligence section in…

BBC Takes You To Space In VR

Launch into space with this BBC spacewalk experience. Have you ever dreamed of walking in space? Well now your dreams can finally come true, thanks to the latest release of a VR spacewalk experience from the BBC. Inspired by NASA and ESA training programs and the experiences of real astronauts, Home – A VR Spacewalk…

Life In 360°: The City Of Wisdom On A Planet Called Mars

When it comes to 360 degree video, and virtual reality (VR) in general we often find ourselves talking about space. Be it learning about space, watching the people and machines that go into space, playing VR videogames about space travel, fighting in space, the colonisation of far away planets, and so on and so forth….

Vuze Camera Goes Into Orbit

The Vuze Camera was designed to offer a high-quality 360-degree image capture at an affordable prize to consumers and has proved popular for this reason. The Vuze camera has now gone stratospheric as it was selected by NASA and National Geographic to capture 360-degree footage from the International Space Station. The International Space Station was…

The VR Job Hub: Unreal Engine, Rebellion, More…

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat – and if you’re the goose you might not be quite so happy with this Christmas temp job. Turns out it might be very temporary indeed. Just because we’ve hit December that does not mean that here isn’t a vast array of jobs out there for those…

Jaunt’s Free the Night now Available for Windows Mixed Reality

Cinematic virtual reality (VR) company Jaunt VR debuted its latest project, an interactive experience called Free the Night at the The Future of Storytelling Summit (FoST) in New York City last month. Today the experience has been made publicly available, exclusively for Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Free the Night is the brain child of award-winning interactive filmmaker Nicole McDonald, who’s…

Life in 360°: One Small Step for Vuze

It’s Friday so you’re expecting VRFocus’ regular weekly dose of 360-degree video goodness to start the day. Alas, as today is somewhat different. It’s only on rare occasions that Life in 360° doesn’t actually include some sort of immersive video, with today’s article looking towards the future in preparation of a 360 video that’s yet to…

Explore the International Space Station as Mission:ISS Lands on Gear VR

There are plenty of virtual reality (VR) experiences available for those who enjoy heading out into the stars, some more realistic than others. In March developer Magnopus launched true-to-life simulation Mission:ISS for Oculus Rift, made in collaboration with NASA. Now Samsung Gear VR users get to try the experience for themselves, completely free for the mobile headset….

Felix & Paul Show What Having The Right Stuff Involves

For anyone who has ever had the dream of becoming an astronaut and exploring space, an upcoming 360-degree film from acclaimed filmmakers Felix & Paul will soon be showing what it takes to be one of the privileged few who make it into space. Felix & Paul are continuing their partnership with Oculus, who have…

Early Access now Available for NVIDIA’s Holodeck VR Platform

During NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) earlier this year the company revealed Project Holodeck to the world, a virtual reality (VR) platform that would allow users to build and explore creations together in a VR environment, wherever they are in the world. Today it has announced that applications are now open for the early access…

Insta360 Pro Review: The 8K 360 Camera The VR Industry Needs

I have spent a lot of time with 360-degree cameras over the course of the last year, but things have really heated up in the last six months. The market is starting to evolve and meet consumer and professional demands. More importantly, the breadth of these cameras is finally starting to allow artists to offer…

Noitom Launches VR Location-Based Education Platform

Virtual reality (VR) has already seen significant use in education, allowing students to travel to distant countries, or explore the solar system. Also seeing significant growth is location-based VR, which Noitom specialises in, and are combing out-of-home VR with educational VR for its new product, Alice Space. Alice Space was created as a complete hardware…

‘Greenland Melting’ Uses VR To Shine A Light On Global Warming

Journalism meets VR in this PBS funded film highlighting the gradual melting of Arctic ice. I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the environment isn’t doing so well. Ridiculous levels of carbon emissions, a heavy reliance on fossil fuels and a lack of general concern to rising temperatures across the globe have begun showing their…

How Merge is Building an XR Ecosystem for Kids

Merging the digital and physical worlds is not just for scientists, technologists, content creators, and grown-ups. In fact, future sci-tech pioneers (AKA kids) are getting in on truly immersive experiences once only available to adults. With more than $2 billion invested in augmented and virtual reality over the past year and $800 million of it…

NASA Offers a 360-Degree View of Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse that took place on 21st August, 2017 was a once-in-a-lifetime event for many. Those who were not in a country or region where they could view the eclipse used technology to get a good view of the event, including a livestream offered by NASA. NASA have now gone a step further and…

Oculus Connect 4 Reveal Details on Guest Speakers

For those who were a little disappointed at the lack of Oculus at E3 this year, there is still hope for some big announcement from the Facebook-owned virtual reality (VR) company, with some further detailed being revealed about the upcoming Oculus Connect event in October, 2017. The Oculus Connect event will be the fourth time…

Experience What the First Manned Mission Could be Like as Mars 2030 Launches

It was back in 2015 that Fusion Media Group (FMG) announced a partnership with NASA on a virtual reality (VR) experience called Mars 2030 in an attempt to simulate the experience of being the first astronaut to arrive on Mars. For those keen on heading to the Red Planet, Mars 2030 has launched on Steam for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and…

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…