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…

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….