VR Helps Burn Victims With Pain

Virtual reality (VR) and its related immersive technologies has seen a variety of uses in healthcare, from assisting in surgical procedures to helping overcome addiction, but some researchers believe one of the most promising is in pain relief. Burns are some of the most agonising and traumatic things a person can suffer, and for many…

Life In 360°: Riding The Waves

It’s funny how talking about the past can apparently summon it. Have you ever had one of those situations where you’re reminiscing, perhaps about an old friend you’ve not seen in apparently forever and then scarcely a hand full of days later you bump into them somewhere entirely unexpected? Strange as it may seem I’ve…

Review: Psychonauts In The Rhombus of Ruin

Double Fine has become know for its unique approach to creating videogames, which usually boast an individual style and look that makes them stand out. One of its most beloved properties is Psychonauts, which has gained a substantial cult following. Psychonauts In The Rhombus of Ruin came out on the PlayStation VR in March 2017,…

Zara AR Brings Fashionable Looks to Life in Stores

Your local Zara may be looking a little bit different these days. The uber popular fashion retailer has temporarily ditched traditional mannequins and window displays for an augmented reality fashion show, featuring the fast fashion brand’s best looks on top international models. A bold window display encourages shoppers to download the Zara app available on…

Cirque Say They Are Designing The Future of VR Controllers

As virtual reality (VR) develops, many companies and manufacturers are searching for the best way to interact with the VR environment. Though motion tracked controllers were a step forward, they are still limited in some ways. Cirque believes it has a solution with its VR Grip platform. One of the goals for the next generation…

Oculus Faces ‘Existential Crisis’ In Handling Personal Data

Facebook is overhauling the Oculus privacy policy and terms of service as the company prepares to launch its first standalone VR headset. The change comes amid new European privacy regulations and an international movement calling into question Facebook’s platform and business model. Earlier this month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress to answer questions about…

Full Sail University Announces VR Learning Software for Classrooms

Education is one area that has started to experiment with virtual reality (VR), with various schools and colleges exploring the benefits of VR for learning and training. Full Sail University is becoming the latest educational institution to embrace VR with the announcement of a licensing deal with VR software firm Doghead Simulations. Full Sail University…

The Best VR Sports Games for the Oculus Rift

After digging into nearly 20 titles, we’ve pulled together the top five VR sports games for the Oculus Rift that will scratch that itch for anyone looking for VR gameplay that’s both active and competitive. When anyone mentions sports video games, your mind is immediately going to go to the heavy hitters such as football,…

Award-Winning Actress Gets Cast In Latest Penrose Studio VR Piece

Penrose Studio have been attempting to push the boundaries on virtual reality (VR) storytelling for several years, trying to bring immersive experiences to the Hollywood mainstream. The studio are taking this a step further by casting renowned actress Alicia Vikander in its latest VR project. Vikander has been cast as the main character, named Meena,…

Everything We Know About Oculus Santa Cruz (so far)

Oculus Santa Cruz is a VR prototype that brings many high-end features of the Oculus Rift and Touch, most notably positional (6DoF) tracking on both headset and controllers, into a self-contained, standalone design. What follows is a brief overview of everything we know about the headset so far. What is Oculus Santa Cruz? Image courtesy…

Wyoming Newspaper Introduces VR Adverts

In a world where traditional print media is struggling and ad-blockers have been rising in popularity, many businesses and brands are seeking new approaches to advertising and revenue generation. The Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming has turned to virtual reality (VR) advertising firm OmniVirt to offer 360-degree adverts. The Casper Star-Tribune is a locally-based Wyoming newspaper…

AR Functionality Comes To Vive Pro With New Front-Facing Camera Tools

The Vive Pro gets new SDK tools unlocking advanced AR capabilities. The Vive Pro is one hell of a VR headset. A combined 2880 x 1600 pixel resolution, dual AMOLED 3.5″ diagonal screens, a 90 Hz refresh rate, high quality integrated headphones, the list goes on. However one feature in particular, the stereo front-facing cameras,…

Preview: Gates of Nowhere – Who’s Trapped in With Who?

It must be said that VRFocus has done its fair share of dungeon crawling in its time. Whether that’s on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, The Mage’s Tale, Left-Hand Path or one of the many other virtual reality (VR) titles that put you in a Dungeons & Dragons style fantasy realm. Currently in Steam…

Get $50 Off Oculus Rift + Touch at Microcenter Today

Microcenter is known for knocking down prices ahead of its competitors, even if it’s just by a little to draw in the crowds. Today, Microcenter stores are selling Oculus Rift + Touch for $50 under the suggested price, putting the whole system at $350. Although not stated in the listing itself, once you add the…

Open Source HoloLens Haptics Lets You Feel What You Touch

Though haptic force-feedback has seen some use in virtual reality (VR) with devices such as haptic controller gloves, there is yet to be much integration of haptics into augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR). That all be about to change thanks to a new prototype device for Microsoft HoloLens. Hasso Plattner Institut (HPI) is…

VR Haptics Development Firm exiii Secures $750K In Funding To Support Work

Generating funding for virtual reality (VR) and other immersive technology-related projects can be somewhat hit and miss. It’s certainly not an easy proposition for many. Yet for every cancelled Kickstarter and canned project there is a developer or studio who acquire funding from either the public, specific organisations or private hedge funds/investors. The latest company…

Creating A Virtual Universe With Blockchain Power

A number of companies have been turning towards Blockchain to solve a variety of problems. Also rising in popularity is use of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technology. A new virtual reality (VR) developer Ukiedo is seeking to combine the two technologies to create a new virtual universe, appropriately named VU. The goal of…

Mixed Reality and Medicine: Virtual Practice Makes Perfect

Mixed reality is becoming an increasingly useful tool for surgeons, but can it also help to train the next generation of doctors? Prestigious medical institutions such as Imperial College London are using HoloLens devices in operating theatres to spot key blood vessels, bones, and muscles helping to make procedures quicker and safer. Patients who have suffered an accident…

BISim Created VR Compatible Visual Earth Simulation For Military Market

BISim, or Bohemia Interactive Simulations have been experimenting for some time with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) with the aim of enhancing training for military personnel. The company has now moved to a grander scale with the release of VBS Blue IG, a 3D whole-earth image generator for the military market. The new…

Improved AR and VR Features Available to All with Unreal Engine 4.19 Release

Unreal Engine remains one of the most popular engines for creating in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), and is considered powerful and versatile enough that it has even seen use in Hollywood. The latest version is introducing a host of new features and improvements to make the engine even more indispensable to developers…

“Skinneeeeer!” The Simpsons’ Steamed Hams Gag Gets A VR Experience

These days your meme isn’t really a meme until it’s got a VR experience that turns your entire reality into a shrine of silliness. The Simpsons’ Steamed Hams gag just graduated to that status. If you’ve held a smartphone in your hands at some point in 2018 you’ve probably noticed the internet has resurrected one…

Researchers Electrically Stimulate Muscles in Haptic Designed for Hands-free AR Input

Researchers at The Human Computer Interaction Lab at Hasso-Plattner-Institut in Potsdam, Germany, published a video recently showing a novel solution to the problem of wearable haptics for augmented reality. Using a lightweight, mobile electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) device that provides low-voltage to arm muscles, the idea is to let AR headset-users stay hands-free, but also be…

Coachella Streaming Live In VR With VR180 Cameras

Not hip enough to make it to Coachella? Worry not, you can virtually visit the festival with the help of Google’s VR180 initiative. YouTube is livestreaming the first of this year’s festivals, which takes place from April 13th – 15th (the second weekend from 20th – 22nd will not be streamed). Viewers will have the…

AR Mobile Title UnicornGo Begin Offering First Generation Unicorns

Last month the team behind UnicornGo, the videogame featuring cryptocurrency, augmented reality (AR) and unicorns revealed their title to the world and now they are ready to let users become owners of the mythological cryptocreatures. UnicornGo is a title that takes advantage of the latest technology to deliver a unique gaming experience that features cryptocurrency and collectible unicorns…