Texan Pilots Use Oculus Go For In-Flight Navigational Guidance

Co-founders of Thrust Vector aim to create safer flights by introducing VR to the cockpit. Piloting an aircraft isn’t easy. Inclement weather, sudden malfunctions, not to mention actually landing your plane without tumbling into an unstoppable ball of fire. In response to these challenges, John Nagle and John Paul Sommer, co-founders of Texas-based AR &…

Oculus Launches 10% Off Referral Program For Rift

Despite how far the Oculus Rift’s price has come down since launch, for many potential buyers it’s still a little too expensive to justify. If you’re an owner, you’ll often find yourself wishing that your friends had one too so you could play co-op and multiplayer VR games together. Games like Raw Data, Arizona Sunshine,…

Intel Announces Tech Learning Lab With VR Features

A number of schools, universities and educational institutions have experimented with virtual reality (VR) as a means to enhance and improve the educational experience for students. Now technology company Intel is taking VR education on the road with its Tech Learning Lab. The Tech Learning Lab is a custom-built mobile container truck which has been…

Oculus Hosts Halloween Pumpkin-carving Contest in ‘Oculus Medium’

There’s only a few days left until the trick-or-treaters come knocking at your door, but as you break out the dull kitchen knife and inevitably cut yourself on your real pumpkin this year to make a haphazard Jack-o-lantern, you might consider entering in Oculus’ spooky pumpkin-carving contest instead. It’s certainly less messy. Two new categories…

Qualcomm Announces New WiFi Chips For Better VR

Qualcomm is a brand name that is well-known among virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts, with its Snapdragon line of processors being used in a number of VR and augmented reality (AR) devices. Now the company has announced a new family of 60GHz WiFi chips that are set to improve the VR experience. The new family of…

Gartner Identifies Immersive Experiences As Among 2019 Technology Trends

Marketshare analysis company Gartner is known for its work in charting the emerging technology scene and tracking what companies and technologies will have a wider impact. Gartner have now published its Top Ten Strategic Technology Trends for 2019. Gartner identify a number of areas of interest, including Blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles and immersive…

NBA & NextVR Announce 2018-19 VR Livestream Lineup

The NBA and NextVR, the VR video and livestreaming company, announced the 2018-19 schedule, which will let even more basketball fans experience games in VR. Now livestreaming its third NBA season, NextVR announced in a blogpost that they’re expanding the distribution of live NBA League Pass VR experiences to include Oculus Venues, the app that allows Oculus…

NextVR Releases Streaming Schedule For Critical 2018-2019 NBA Season

Startup NextVR is preparing to stream the 2018-2019 NBA season across all platforms. NextVR’s focus is on live capture and streaming content in 3D and the startup’s partnership with the NBA has offered basketball fans in VR courtside seats at games for the last couple years. NextVR’s capture and streaming technology is generally some of the…

Scraper: First Strike Interview And Combat Gameplay Footage

We first saw Labrodex Studios’ first VR project — the futuristic shooter Scraper: First Strike — earlier this year when we had a chance to go hands-on with the game at their office on Long Island. It’s been a few months since our first playtest, and the game has not only gotten more polish, but…

Rec Room Could Be An Oculus Quest Launch Title, Devs Hint At Port

Rec Room, from Seattle-based ‘Against Gravity’, is one of the most popular and highly regarded social VR apps to date. It stands apart as more structured than something like VRChat thanks to predefined room types and activities, and more gaming focused than AltSpaceVR, with games ranging from paintball to a battle royale mode similar to…

Sixense Announces Refunds For Controller Kickstarter Backers

It has been over five years since Sixense launched its campaign for an STEM motion controllers designed for virtual reality (VR). Despite the crowdfunding campaign being successful, the project has been mired in delays, and now the company are offering refunds to backers as well as people who pre-ordered the controllers after the Kickstarter campaign…

Artist Behind Famous Obama “Hope” Poster Launches VR/AR Exhibit

Shepard Fairey’s largest ever solo exhibit preserved in VR/AR using volumetric photogrammetry. Last year, street artist Shepard Fairey, best known as the founder of OBEY clothing and the creator of the prolific “Hope” image featuring former President Barack Obama, launched “DAMAGED,” a wildly popular, limited run art exhibit in Los Angeles. It was the artist/activists…

Artist Behind Famous Obama “Hope” Poster Launches VR/AR Exhibit

Shepard Fairey’s largest ever solo exhibit preserved in VR/AR using volumetric photogrammetry. Last year, street artist Shepard Fairey, best known as the founder of OBEY clothing and the creator of the prolific “Hope” image featuring former President Barack Obama, launched “DAMAGED,” a wildly popular, limited run art exhibit in Los Angeles. It was the artist/activists…

Sixense Will Refund Its VR Controller Backers, Switch To Enterprise

Sixense pioneered hand controllers for virtual reality applications in 2013, but the company hasn’t been able to produce its Stem consumer product for VR. And so the company is announcing today that it will refund all of the money raised from its Kickstarter campaign backers and preorder customers. Amir Rubin, CEO of Los Gatos, California-based Sixense, said in…

Oculus Go Used For In-Flight Pilot Training Demonstration

Co-founders of a Texas-based company called Thrust Vector, which does contract development and consulting for both AR and VR, used Oculus Go while piloting an aircraft and say they have flown “probably 2 dozen full approaches in full VR, all the way down to about 50 feet above the runway.” CTO John Nagle wrote in an…

Sixense to Refund STEM Kickstarter Backers After More Than 4 Years of Delays

In what might be the longest Kickstarter campaign conclusion to date, more than four years following estimated deliveries of the STEM VR controller, Sixense says they will fully refund all backers and pre-orders. Sixense was once a name central to the early VR community. The company built the technology behind the magnetically tracked Razer Hydra…

Wrench Gives You A Different Kind Of Car Simulator

Few genres seem to fit VR better than racing simulation, letting you jump into the driver’s seat of just about any car without spending millions of dollars. But Missing Digit’s Wrench wants to offer a different kind of car simulator. Wrench is all about getting under the hood of fast and furious machines. It’s a…

VRHealth Secures CE Registration, Looks To Move Into EU Market

For some considerable time now on VRFocus we’ve covered developments in immersive technology that affect the healthcare or ‘MedTech’ industry. These developments have been highly varied and wide-ranging in their scope, affecting education and training, diagnosis, surgery, recovery and rehabilitation as well as other forms of treatment. Last month we brought you news about healthcare…

Oculus Chief Scientist Dives Deep Into the Near Future of AR & VR

In his latest presentation at Oculus Connect 5, Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash took a fresh look at the five-year VR technology predictions he made at OC3 in 2016, using his insight as the head  He believes his often-referenced key predictions are “pretty much on track,” albeit delayed by about a year, and that he…

No Man’s Sky Survey Player Support For VR Port

The journey of No Man’s Sky has been one of ups and downs. The initial promotional hype and the promises that the players said the developers made not being fulfilled led to disappointment upon the initial launch. Since then, its content updates and tweaks have drawn a positive response from those who stuck with it….

The Virtual Arena: VR’s Bonanza for Commercial Entertainment (Part 2)

Industry specialist Kevin Williams of KWP, concludes his report on the latest developments shaping the digital out-of-home entertainment (DOE) sector and all things to do with Commercial virtual reality (VR) deployment seen internationally. In this final part we see the drive for new investment and the realities and speculation on the market’s true worth. With…

Lenovo Mirage Solo on Sale for $320 at Amazon US

Launched right on the heels of the Oculus Go earlier this summer, the Lenovo Mirage Solo, the company’s standalone Daydream headset, is currently selling for an $80 discount off the original $400 price tag on Amazon US. The headset, which includes inside-out positional tracking, is one of the first standalone VR headsets to accomplish six degrees of…

Carmack vs ZeniMax Lawsuit Ends

The story of the legal wrangling between ZeniMax, Oculus (and Facebook) and former Zenimax employee and now CTO of Oculus VR John Carmack is quite extensive, with a number of different twists and turns. The saga is still not yet over entirely, but for John Carmack at least, there is some good news, as legal…