Theorem Solutions Preview AR/VR App

British engineering solutions firm Theorem Solutions will be displaying a new hybrid VR/AR/MR app at the Develop3D Live event on the 28th March 2017. The new application uses the Unity 3D graphics engine to produce graphical representations of data, such as CAD drawings, on a variety of commercial virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and…

Robo Recall Gets Locomotion Mod From 3dRudder

How to move in a natural way continues to be a hot topic within virtual reality (VR) mainly because moving about at speed is a big factor in many cases of sim sickness. There are a number of different movement methods that are being used in the current crop of VR videogame titles, including various…

Sephora’s AR App Update Lets You Try Virtual Makeup On At Home

Sephora Virtual Artist adds virtual try on of thousands of eyeshadow shades, expert looks and an expanded library of virtual tutorials. If you break out in hives at the thought of navigating Sephora’s seemingly endless rows of beauty products, ranging from your run-of-the-mill lipstick to high-end luminizing products that you can’t even pronounce, you may…

SC Johnson Produce VR Film to Promote Rainforest Conservation

Maker of household products such as Glade and Pledge, SC Johnson have produced a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) film called Under The Canopy as part of their campaign to promote conservation of the rainforest. Under The Canopy is a journey through the Amazon rainforest, in which the viewer is guided through the lush tropical landscape…

Power Rangers Morph onto Mobile VR

To tie in to the upcoming release of the new Power Rangers movie, Lionsgate has partnered with Reel FX and QuiverVision to create a mobile VR experience for Google Cardboard users. The new mobile VR experience is named Zords Rising and is based on a Power Rangers VR experience that was previously demonstrated at the…

NCAA March Madness Live VR Now Available

Oculus have partnered with NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS Sports for the second year to bring Basketball’s March Madness to virtual reality (VR) users. Users of Oculus Rift and Gear VR will be able to use the March Madness Live app to get a courtside seat to six live games. There will be two premium…

Oculus Is Broadcasting The NCAA March Madness Finals In VR

Facebook’s Oculus shared with us that, of the people who actually use their Gear VRs on a daily basis, 80 percent use it to watch video. Samsung shared that 5 million Gear VRs have been sold so far, but many were given as freebies with the purchase of a phone and it is unclear how…

InstaVR To Produce Content For Hello Kitty Theme Park

Likely due to the costs and complexity of virtual reality setups, theme parks are often referenced as prime homes for VR installations and rides. Amusement parks not only have the funding that can go into individual attractions providing fully immersive VR, but also the square feet to do so with few barriers. Companies like Optitrack…

Disney Shows How VR Can Teach You To Catch A Ball

You might think Disney is too busy making blockbuster movies to spend time researching how VR can help teach you to catch. Well, strangely, you’d be wrong. The company’s research division this week posted footage of experiments it’s been working with in VR regarding the human perceptual system. Specifically, its work explores if VR could…

HTC’s Official Vive Video App Adds Oculus Support

We know, we know, we’re drowning in VR video apps, filled with 360 degree content. But on the off chance that Jaunt, Oculus Video, Facebook 360, YouTube, Littlstar apps and many others don’t quench your thirst, HTC has its own solution – Vive Video. This free app hit Viveport back at the start of the…

Google Tango Brings Mobile 3D Photography to Life

If you look at the evolution of capturing the world around us, it started with painting, then photography, then film and video. We’ve kept working to get closer and closer to what the world actually looks like. But the world is three-dimensional, and so 3D capture is the next big frontier in reflecting our surroundings….

Five Strange, Hilarious, And Downright Terrible Pokemon GO Rip-Offs

They say imitation is the sincerity form of flattery. If that’s the case then Niantic’s augmented reality hit, Pokemon GO, has been complimented quite a few times over the past few months. Few things are certain in the unpredictable app market but, one thing is for sure: if you make something even remotely successful, you…

CaptoGlove Launches Kickstarter for Wearable VR Controller

CaptoGlove today announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for its new wireless, wearable controller. The controller has been in development for five years and last month was demonstrated to GDC. The device was originally designed to assist victims of stroke recover the use of their hands. From there, CaptoGlove have developed the technology into…

SXSW 2017: Swapbots Brings Toy Collector Culture To Augmented Reality

Augmented reality caught a flash of exposure with Pokemon Go and continues to get mentioned regularly alongside it, but the technology still has a way to go before it becomes a household constant. Children have access to mobile phones and tablets nearly as much as adults these days and encounter gaming ecosystems geared toward their…

EmbodyMe Is A Social VR App That Uses Your Own Face

Social VR apps are a big part of the industry’s future, but everyone’s got their own ideas as to what they should offer. Avatars are a big part of that discussion, as how we represent ourselves inside VR forms a big part of the connections we can make with others. We’ve seen plenty of interesting…

Life In 360°: Take A Tour Of Your Future Home With iStaging

With another weekend consigned to the history books welcome back to VRFocus for another week, another Monday, and another trip into the world of 360 degrees with Life In 360°. Today though we’re not taking you off into the skies or under the sea, or even dealing with video for that matter as we’re simply reporting…

O2 Launches Rugby & Music VR Experiences

O2 Telefonica, one of the UK’s largest mobile networks has launched a series of brand new VR experiences for subscribers. For the first time, O2 customers and fans can go head to head against the England Rugby team or explore an O2 Academy venue as a star or fan. In addition to the two POV 360° videos, a third…

Panorama’s showcase UK Parliament’s 360 App

Earlier this week VRFocus reported on Aardvark 360, specialist 360-degree content creators, launching an immersive app that takes viewers on a tour of the UK Houses of Parliament. To promote the app several panoramic images have now been released. The images below showcase the iconic Houses of Parliament and the Palace of Westminster, from the House…

Disney Brings ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to VR

Be our guest, or V-R guest, with this interactive Beauty and the Beast virtual experience. After months of anticipation, Disney’s modern live action version of Beauty and the Beast was released in theaters on March 17th. To celebrate the release, Disney launched Lumiere’s Dress Rehearsal, a VR tie-in to the film now available on the…

Zappar showcase ZapBox Mixed Reality device at SXSW

Augmented reality (AR) provider Zappar will be showcasing its affordable AR/mixed reality (MR) solution, the ZapBox at the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference this week. The ZapBox consists of a headset similar to the Google Cardboard into which a smartphone with the ZapBox app is loaded, as well as handheld controllers and ‘pointcodes’ – position…

Ghost in the Shell AR experience launched by YouCam Makeup and Paramount Pictures

Perfect Corp., the company behind apps such as YouCam Makeup, YouCam Perfect and YouCam Fun, has announced a partnership with Paramount Pictures creating an augmented reality (AR) experience to promote the upcoming theatrical release of Ghost in the Shell. As part of the collaboration, YouCam will be introducing in-app virtual filters inspired by the film’s female characters. In…

Lone Echo, Karnage Chronicles and Narcosis: The Week In VR Gaming

Even a relatively slow week for the VR industry as a whole is stacked full of new releases and announcements. Until we’ve got the definitive VR multi-tasking app it’s going to be hard to keep up with everything that’s going on, so let us help you out with a weekly wrap-up of the latest news,…

Be Our (Virtual) Guest: Disney Brings Beauty and The Beast to VR

Today, Disney is announcing a new virtual reality experience for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift with Touch, and Gear VR. To coincide with the release of its latest live action remake, the legendary studio is giving you a front row seat to one of Beauty and the Beast’s most iconic scenes. Lumiere’s Dress Rehearsal puts…

Disney brings Beauty and the Beast experience to VR

Disney announced today that a virtual reality (VR) tie-in to the recently released Beauty and the Beast live-action movie is being launched on the Oculus Rift with support for Oculus Touch. The interactive VR experience is out now for the Oculus via the Disney Movies VR app. The experience, titled Beauty and the Beast: Lumiere’s Dress Rehearsal, allows…