59% of VR Developers Use Unity, But Devs Make More Money With Unreal

Unity Technologies and Epic Games are in a grudge match for the hearts and minds of game developers. And so when you ask which one of them has a bigger or a better business, you get some very different answers. I interviewed both John Riccitiello, CEO of San Francisco-based Unity, and Tim Sweeney, CEO of…

Manus VR Announce Launch Of Development Kit For Data Glove

We have covered the development of the Manus VR Data Glove on VRFocus before, but Manus VR have just announced the release of the Development Kit for their hand-tracking Data Glove. Costing €1000 EUR, the development kit included the following: One Pair of Manus VR Gloves with USB RF Dongle SDK for C++ and C#…

Featured 360°: NASA, The Arrival and Heroes from Sundance

Featured 360° is an ongoing series to highlight some of our favorite videos from creators and brands for you to enjoy during the week. For this week’s installment of Featured 360°,  explore NASA’S newly discovered planetary system, take a step inside the Arrival’s other worldly spacecraft and get up close and personal with the dancers from Heroes….

Oculus Rift In Space Will Be Used For Hand-Eye Coordination Experiment

An Oculus Rift is set to arrive at the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX cargo ship, according to a report by Air & Space Magazine. Microsoft’s HoloLens previously made a trip to the space station after a failed launch, and custom VR headsets have been used by astronauts in the past. The arrival of a…

Quixel Discusses Upcoming Sci-fi Experience Homebound

This week Swedish developer Quixel is set to release its debut virtual reality (VR) experience Homebound for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. A sci-fi adventure where players find themselves in space about to go through an astronauts worst nightmare, crashing into the Earth, they have to deal with a series of catastrophic events to survive. VRFocus…

NASA and Caltech Alums Raise $3 Million to Create The Microsoft Excel of VR

Virtual reality can do a lot of things. It can make gaming incredible, communications immersive and education fun. Now, VR is conquering one more territory, big data, thanks to a new startup from a group of founders that include alums from NASA and the prestigious California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The company is called Virtualitics and it…

NASA Announces VR Mars Ride With Actual 90-Foot Drop

Those lucky enough to attend the Super Bowl Live festival in Houston have the chance to travel to Mars in virtual reality. The Super Bowl is just around the corner, and unsurprisingly the multiple promotional events dedicated to the massively-popular spectacle have begun to kick off. One of the biggest of these events, Super Bowl…

Virtualitics Closes £3 Million Funding Round, Launches VR/AR Platform for Big Data Analytics

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) data analytics startup, Virtualitics, has announced the closure of a $3 million USD investment round, as well as launching a closed beta for its data visualisation platform. The Virtualitics platform combines VR and AR data visualisation with artificial intelligence to provide insights and discover actionable knowledge hidden in big and complex data….

NASA & Caltech Leaders Aim to Revolutionise Big Data Visualization with VR

Virtualitics is new company started by NASA JPL and Caltech alum. offering a new platform to leverage the immersive properties of virtual reality in order to better aid human comprehension and use of ‘Big Data’. You’ve likely heard the term ‘Big Data’. Despite the phrase being coined perhaps as early as the mid nineties, with…

IBM And The New York Times Unveil AR Experience ‘Outthink Hidden’

The New York Times’s (NYT) T Brand Studio in collaboration with IBM, has revealed the launch of a new augmented reality (AR) app called Outthink Hidden, inspired by the 20th Century Fox film, Hidden Figures. Hidden Figures recounts the true story of three female African American mathematicians as the heroes at NASA during the 1960s Space Race….

Faraday Future Used VR To Design Their Flagship “Fully Connected” Car

Like NASA’s experiments with mixed reality, entities are using VR and AR to increase efficiency and lower cost in big ways. NASA is using VR as a training space for astronauts, but also testing out components for different mechanisms in mixed reality without having to manufacture things that may or may not work or fit…

Hunt Drones on HTC Vive This Week

VR Visio has announced the launch of its debut virtual reality (VR) videogame, Drone Hunter VR, coming to HTC Vive next week. The videogame will test the reflexes of players as they attempt to prove their worth in defending the Earth using the DH125 alien hybrid weapon. In Drone Hunter VR, NASA has detected an…

Homebound Set to Land on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in 2017

Since the early days of virtual reality’s (VR) resurgence, space has always been a highly popular topic for developers, whether its been for realism or or pure sci-fi fantasy. Today Swedish studio Quixel has confirmed its space-survival VR experience Homebound will be arriving on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs) in 2017, complimenting the announcement…

Nat Geo Built a Mars VR Theme Park in New York

Visitors got an immersive taste of living on Mars. In advance of their new Mars docu-series that premieres November 14, Nat Geo created a red planet habitat on an empty downtown Manhattan lot last month. The tented activation, called “Experience Mars,” was part of the company’s effort to show us what it might be like…

Escape Technology Attending VRTGO 2016 With NVIDIA

There’s only a couple of days to go until the third annual VRTGO conference, held in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. Exhibitors already confirmed for the event include Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), Framestore, Hammerhead VR and NASA, as well as Epic Games demoing its recently announced virtual reality (VR) title Robo Recall. Today VRTGO organiser Secret…

Augmented War: New Combat Helmets Are Equipped With Microsoft’s HoloLens

Safer In Battle Currently, the primary market for most virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) systems is gaming, and for good reason — gamers are used to sitting behind screens and virtual readouts. Other industries are rapidly finding their own uses for VR/AR tech, however, and one of those is the military. Now, a Ukrainian company, LimpidArmor,…

Robo Recall’s First UK Demo to be at VRTGO 2016

At the Oculus Connect 3 conference in California last month the latest virtual reality (VR) title from Epic Games was announced, Robo Recall. The spiritual successor to the studio’s much vaunted tech demo Bullet Train, Robo Recall is a first-person shooter (FPS) set in a world where robots are rebelling. Next week the annual VRTGO event will be…

Life In 360°: The Power Behind The Piece

It’s Friday yet again, and as we get set to bid farewell to October and welcome in November we come to the end of a trilogy of more serious pieces with a brief look at the people and services behind the growing wave of 360 degree adverts and other virtual reality (VR) pieces. Companies like…

Remembering VR Innovator Randy Pausch

Something about the book drew me in. While perusing the local second hand bookstore I noticed several copies of a small, squarish book with frayed pages stuffed between yet another “For Dummies” book and a nameless textbook.  Intrigued, I pulled a copy off of the shelf and the title immediately rung a bell. “The Last…

NASA Could Use Virtual Holographic Messages To Combat Mission Isolation

However glorious the life of an astronaut may seem, there are realistic pitfalls of the incredible missions they undertake. The journey into space is an isolated and claustrophobic one, but company 8i is hoping to combat that. A company on a mission to “make virtual reality human”, 8i, has partnered with TIME Inc. to bring…

VR/AR ‘going to be a standard tool’ in 10 Years, States NASA

NASA has been one of the biggest proponents of both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology for awhile now. The space agency has sent Microsoft’s mixed reality (MR) headset, HoloLens to the International Space Station (ISS), and combined the HTC Vive with the Manus VR gloves to train its astronauts. And these are…

Buzz Aldrin and Reggie Watts Send Messages to Mars

NASA experiments with virtual reality as a communication tool to combat the negative psychological effects of isolation on astronauts for future missions to Mars. The Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) is a NASA research program simulating planetary surface missions. After initial tests at four and eight months, the program’s most recent “mission” lasted…

Microsoft HoloLens Availability Expands to Six More Countries

When Microsoft launched its mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) HoloLens earlier this year the rules for getting hold of one were quite restrictive. At the time only developers in the US and Canada were eligable to apply for the $3000 USD device. Today the company has announced its expanding the amount of countries the…

Microsoft Opens Up HoloLens Pre-orders In 6 Countries

One of the most well known mixed reality devices, Microsoft’s HoloLens, has had a pretty good year. Though HoloLens is not a consumer-oriented augmented reality device just yet (device is currently $3000), that’s simply because this groundbreaking tech is still in its early stages. Developers are charging forward with various entertainment and productivity applications (over…

IMAX To Launch VR Center in Europe

The IMAX VR Center will open later this year. With a test pilot center already under development in Los Angeles, IMAX has announced they will also be launching their first European center in Manchester, England. In partnership with European exhibitor ODEON and UCI Cinemas Group, the first pilot IMAX VR center will open by the…

Virtual Reality Helps NASA Astronauts Train for Emergencies

Heading to space? You’ll need some training in virtual reality first. The post Virtual Reality Helps NASA Astronauts Train for Emergencies appeared first on Futurism. Source: Virtual Reality Helps NASA Astronauts Train for Emergencies

Ninja Theory’s Senua Studio ‘Has the tech to drive live VR concerts and social experiences’

Virtual reality (VR) has been championed by videogames since the inception of the modern head-mounted displays (HMDs), however there’s much more to the medium than interactive experiences. Healthcare, education, industrial and enterprise sectors have all shown interest, but there’s also other areas of entertainment that could benefit; UK development studio Ninja Theory are clearly aware…