Vikings VR App Launches Ahead of Season 5 Premiere

The hugely popular television series Vikings will return with a two-hour premiere on 29th November 2017, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con International today. Accompanying this new season will be VIKINGS VR, a wholly original virtual reality (VR) app that will transport viewers inside the drama for the first time. Launching in conjunction…

How Will VR Gaming Change Us?

Virtual Reality appears to be the next step for mankind. 2017 has seen a host of major developments that enable a large section of the population to take advantage of this technology. Despite advances across many industry verticals such as healthcare, training, and retail, the most widely understood application of VR so far has been games. With cheaper…

Catch these CONAN360° LIVE Pre-Shows from Comic-Con

Conan is no stranger to Comic-Con, and this year he’s expanding his 360° presence with the CONAN360° LIVE Pre-Shows. For the past two years, Conan O’Brien has relocated his entire talk show two hours south from Stage 15 on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, CA down to the Spreckels Theater in San Diego during Comic-Con. Beginning in 2015, he pioneered the…

Umphrey’s McGee and Lettuce Coming To VR Music Platform Endless Riff

Described by its creators as ‘the ultimate music festival’, Endless Riff allows users to enjoy live music content in virtual reality (VR), reliving favourite concerts or enjoying video tour diaries and music documentaries. Now rock band Umphrey’s McGee and funk revival group Lettuce are bringing their content to the platform. Oculus Rift users who download…

It’s Always Shark-Hunting Season in ‘Sharknado: ShARkmented Reality’

Bring the absurdist magic of Sharknado to your front lawn with this new AR game. Syfy’s Sharknado franchise, now approaching the launch of its fifth installment, has become for many a staple of the summer. The series, which focuses on what happens when a tornado sucks up sharks and floods the streets of LA, is an oddball mix of disaster and…

Google Expeditions Rolls Out For Everyone

Google have been offering virtual reality (VR) field trips to students with the Google Cardboard and the Expeditions app for quite some time, allowing students to visit landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, or see famous objects such as Michangelo’s David come to life in augmented reality (AR). Google are now opening up a ‘Solo’…

Google’s Expeditions Educational VR Platform Is Now Available To All

Much of Google’s work in VR has been consumer-facing, but one of the first initiatives the company launched with the tech was education-focused. Expeditions was a platform to take entire classes on virtual field trips using Google Cardboard. From this week it’s available to everyone with an Android handset. Expeditions has a new standalone app…

‘Halos’ Facial Recognition Comes to Blippar App

Blippar, the augmented reality (AR) company that lets users ‘blipp’ real world objects for more info, has today launched a new beta social feature called ‘Halos’, that brings a new facial recognition tech feature to its iOS and Android app. In December 2016 the company launched Public Figure Facial Recognition, allowing users to scan 70,000 famous…

Competition: Watch The Jetwalls In Cyberpunk Motorcycle Game Qbike

When people are first introduced to the concept of virtual reality (VR) many tend to think of something they’ve seen in TV or in a movie, or those that have had experience of it in previous generations of the technology might think it is purely that.  For tha majority though it’s the memory of the…

Mira Opens Pre-Orders for $99 AR Headset Prism

Augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) tends to fall in one of two categories, really cheap like the popular AR title Pokemon GO or the very pricey, such as Microsoft HoloLens. Soon there will be another option, an AR headset that costs $99 USD and uses a smartphone – a kind of AR version of Gear…

What Will Advertisements Look Like in VR?

As VR entertainment and experiences continue to grow each year, the growth of VR advertisements seems inevitable—but will they be immersive or interruptive? This past week, Unity Technologies unveiled key components of its advertising strategy, notably including the “Virtual Room,” a customizable mini app for brands to create their own integrated experiences. In seeking to further the conversation around how creators can…

Bovington Tank Museum Is Using VR/AR For An Exhibit

Museums are homes to so many facets of the world’s history, but many don’t realize the efforts that go into recreating and/or acquiring the different items on display. If somehow a certain challenge to acquire a rare artifact is insurmountable, as was true when the Bovington Tank Museum was unable to obtain one of the…

Google Glass Resurrected As New Enterprise Edition

Google Glass might be considered a sort of precursor to everything we write about on UploadVR today. Long before Cardboard, Daydream, and Tango, Google aimed to give the world a normal pair of glasses that presented simple AR overlays; far more primitive than what we see now with Microsoft’s HoloLens, but still very promising. The…

This $99 AR Headset Is A Game Changer

You can pre-order the Prism headset today. Fresh out of stealth-mode, Mira is looking to bring augmented reality (AR) to the masses. Dubbed Prism, this untethered AR headset is powered by an iPhone and comes in at an accessible price of $99. In comparison to other higher-end mixed reality headsets like Meta and Magic Leap that…

Sony Music and MelodyVR Agree Licensing Deal

MelodyVR, a virtual reality (VR) music content platform which is a subsidiary of EVR Holdings PLC, has announced a new licensing and distribution agreement today with Sony Music Entertainment. This will give MelodyVR the right to produce and distribute VR content created with Sony Music artists. Sony Music’s current roster of artists includes both local musicians…

JigSpace With ARKit Gives You AR Manuals For Just About Anything

We’ve seen how AR can thrive as an instructional platform before, but what if there was a singular AR app that could teach you how to work with practically anything? JigSpace wants to be that app. You can think of JigSpace as a sort of ‘How To’ manual that aims to cover practically any product…

Meet the Google Blocks VR 3D Modeller

Image Credit: Google In general we tend to think of VR as a place to experience and consume content. However, we have seen a number of applications aimed at making things while in VR. The most famous of these is probably Tilt Brush by Google. With Tilt Brush it’s possible to paint in VR using…

Here’s Six More ARKit Projects to Get Excited About

Apple’s ARKit has taken the internet by storm. Here are six more projects we think will blow you away. Since its launch just over a month ago, amateur and professional developers alike have used Apple ARKit to create experiences ranging from practical (AR measuring tape, anyone?) to out of this world (this interdimensional portal is still blowing…

This ARKit App Uses Virtual Footsteps To Show You How To Dance

Got two left feet? Want to wow your partner with your best moves? This new app built on Apple’s ARKit debuts a brilliant new way to teach people to dance. All you’ll need is an iPhone. Dance Reality, as the app is called, was concieved by two Seattle-based salsa dancers following the debut of Apple’s…

Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 Preview with Mixed Reality Improvements

Microsoft released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with shell, gaming, Task Manager, mixed reality, and delivery optimization improvements. This is the seventh build of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which is slated to arrive later this year (likely in September). Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way from its predecessors…

Facebook Launch VR Talk Show with Facebook Spaces

As adoption of virtual reality (VR) grows, we are seeing more content developed exclusively for VR platforms. Facebook is, of course, keen to join in on this, and is getting ahead of the curve by producing a weekly talkshow produced entirely in VR. Produced in conjunction with Slate, ‘Conundrums’ will feature actors and other celebrities…

Re-Thinking VR Market Adoption in 2017

The next 12 months could be the year of VR. 2016 was supposed to be the year for VR. As many of us who work in the VR industry know, it most certainly wasn’t. Headset sales were much lower than every research report ever made on the subject, the killer VR app was not discovered…

This Week in VR Sport: Motor racing, Skateboarding and BMX

It’s the weekend again, with Formula One qualifying and Wimbledon tennis happening in the UK, so VRFocus is getting into the spirit of things with its weekly look at things that cross over virtual reality (VR) and sports. ESPN’s X Games Streams In VR Happening over this weekend, having begun on the 13th July, and…

Heathrow Airport Introduces AR Technology

Two other UK airports have already embraced augmented reality (AR) technology, with Gatwick using AR to help passengers navigate the complex layout of the airport, while London City Airport is installing AR tech to help air traffic controllers with the vital job of keeping planes safe. Now the UK’s biggest airport is also introducing AR…

Meitu And Facebook Team Up For Camera effects Beta

Meitu is one of the most popular internet brands in China, with its photo and video editing tools used by more than 450 million people monthly, creating more than 6 billion photos and videos every month. Facebook, who have themselves begun serious investment in augmented reality (AR) photography apps, are introducing Meitu AR camera effects…

Jump Is A New Subscription Service For Indie Games Including VR

A new gaming subscription service wants to take the mantle of Netflix for indie titles, and it looks like VR experiences are included. Jump surfaced online this week in a beta testing phase. This new service is designed to promote many of the games that might slip under the radar in between playing the year’s…

Playstation VR – Sony’s 23 Years of Virtual Reality Ambitions Realised

In the world of high end consumer Virtual Reality, there are currently three major players, and each is seeking something very different from VR. For Oculus, the goal is the culmination of a well-publicised journey from start-up to acquisition from the biggest social media company on Earth, and the hope for clearer waters after a…

VRobot Developer Luden.io Reveals AR Tribe Made with Apple’s ARKit

Today, Luden.io, the developer behind virtual reality (VR) titles such as InMind 2 and VRobot, has announced its first foray into the world of augmented reality (AR), unveiling AR Tribe, a videogame that utilises Apple’s ARKit technology. AR Tribe is a god simulator where players have to look after and guide their tribe, just this time it’s using AR, so these…

How Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent are Investing in VR

The BAT web companies — Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu — are using their war chests for a different take on virtual reality (VR) than their overseas competitors. Instead of building and investing in headsets like Facebook of the US, Sony of Japan and HTC of Taiwan, the Chinese trio are becoming middlemen: creating platforms and…