The Gallery And Vive Pro Take Home Top Honors At 2018 VR Awards

The 2018 VR Awards just wrapped up! Whether you watched it live with us here at UploadVR or decided to check things out for yourself in VR using Altpsace VR, all the announcements have officially been made. There were tons of worthy nominations, but only a select few could be crowned as winners. We’ve gone…

CVS Partners With OmniVirt for 360-Degree Ad Campaign for BeautyIRL

Since virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video has become more popular, a number of companies have emerged seeking to find ways of monetising these new mediums. One of the most prominent is OmniVirt, who have announced its work with CVS to create an immersive advertising campaign for BeautyIRL. The BeautyIRL is described as a ‘shop…

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…

Lightweight Haptic VR Gloves Announced

In the ongoing search for increasing realism and immersion in virtual reality (VR), haptic gloves are one of the more popular avenues of research, with several different variants being displayed by various companies at trade shows during 2018. Researchers at EPFL and ETH Zurich have developed new lightweight haptic gloves. Though various types of haptic…

Lightweight Haptic VR Gloves Announced

In the ongoing search for increasing realism and immersion in virtual reality (VR), haptic gloves are one of the more popular avenues of research, with several different variants being displayed by various companies at trade shows during 2018. Researchers at EPFL and ETH Zurich have developed new lightweight haptic gloves. Though various types of haptic…

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…

Jaunt Changes Focus From VR To AR

Launched as a virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video company, Jaunt became known for its commitment to providing high quality 360-degree and VR experiences through its app. More recently, the company started working on ‘cross reality’ or XR content and volumetric capture technology. Now Jaunt has announced that it is shifting focus from VR to…

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…

This Group is Giving Away Art Robots to Public Schools

PaintBots The Conru Foundation wants to get kids hooked on high-tech art. Andrew Conru, the Robot Art Competition’s founder and organizer, told Futurism last week that his organization will award 40 public schools with free, easily-programmed robots that can grab paintbrushes and create portraits, landscapes, and other computer-aided designs. 2D Printer The device looks sort of…

Jeff Bezos: Amazon Won’t Stop Helping the Military

DOD + Amazon 4Ever You might not think Amazon should work with the U.S. government, but guess what? Jeff Bezos don’t care. The CEO channeled his inner honey badger during a WIRED event on Monday, telling the audience that, despite both internal and external protests, Amazon would continue to work with the U.S. military on…

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…

VR vs. Subtle Moves

Agreement is not a prerequisite of co-operation. Which is to say that you do not have to agree with a person’s point of view in order to work with them. As it happens, the VRFocus team differs quite a fair bit in not only our interests but our opinions on where virtual reality (VR) is…

Vuzix Confirms App Developer Partners For CEATEC 2018

The Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC), Japan’s largest conference dedicated to electronics and information technology in general kicks off today in the Chiba prefecture of Japan, continuing through until October 19th. As you can imagine virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies are set to feature during the conference. Such as Mitsubishi subsidiary…

God of War Creator David Jaffe Is Interested in Making VR Horror

David Jaffe is known to videogame fans as the creator behind both Twisted Metal and the God of War franchise. Recently, Jaffe spoke to Cary Barlog, who acted as writer and director of the most recent God of War title, and they discuss a number of subjects, including virtual reality (VR). Barlog and Jaffe discuss…

Solve A Spooky VR Puzzle In Halloween Maze VR

The entire month of October has been embraced by much of western internet culture as ‘spooky season’, a celebration of the run-up to Halloween. As the leaves turn orange and pumpkins start appearing on porches and in windows, many customers are looking for some suitably spooky immersive experiences. Developer MyPad3D hopes to cater to this…

Solve A Spooky VR Puzzle In Halloween Maze VR

The entire month of October has been embraced by much of western internet culture as ‘spooky season’, a celebration of the run-up to Halloween. As the leaves turn orange and pumpkins start appearing on porches and in windows, many customers are looking for some suitably spooky immersive experiences. Developer MyPad3D hopes to cater to this…

Mitsubishi’s Trading Company Present VR Platform VR-STATION

Online trading is big business, which can allow its users to make a fortune or make themselves go bankrupt without ever leaving the comfort of a PC chair. Virtual reality (VR) offers users a different way of looking at the numbers involved in this complex business, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group subsidiary Kabu.com is offering…

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….

MIT Pledges $1 Billion to Develop Ethical AI

Machine Learning When one of the most influential technical research institutions on the planet claims a new technology could badly misfire, you might want to listen. On Monday, officials from the venerable Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced a billion-dollar initiative to confront the rise of artificial intelligence. According to university administrators, this will involve supporting deep interdisciplinary research…

MIT Pledges $1 Billion to Develop Ethical AI

Machine Learning When one of the most influential technical research institutions on the planet claims a new technology could badly misfire, you might want to listen. On Monday, officials from the venerable Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced a billion-dollar initiative to confront the rise of artificial intelligence. According to university administrators, this will involve supporting deep interdisciplinary research…

Insta360 Goes Halvsies, Bringing 180° Capture To Pro Series

At the end of last week on VRFocus we brought you news of how innovative camera firm Insta360’s announcement of their new ONE X 360-degree camera, which the company touted as the “future of the action camera”. The 5.7K camera bringing not just 360 degree video capture but a number of other very attractive features…

The Percentage of Unvaccinated U.S. Toddlers Has Quadrupled Since 2001

Disease Please Things vaccines do: train our immune systems to battle life-threatening diseases. Things vaccines don’t do: cause health problems. Yet like bed bugs in a seedy motel, the anti-vaccination movement in the U.S. simply refuses to die. In fact, based on a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the…

China Wants Google’s Help Persecuting Muslims. Google Appears Ready to Give It.

Targeted Focus Government surveillance is a way of life in China, but the situation is even more intense for the nation’s Muslim population. On Tuesday, the government of a region of China with a large Muslim population passed new local laws detailing exactly how it expects tech companies to facilitate surveillance — and they could foreshadow the role…