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….

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…