Fly Through Fireworks And A Cyclone 100 Floors Up In Hong Kong

No matter what we do as humans, and no matter what technologies we develop there are still some basic things that we are programmed to do. Instinctual reactions, the desire of fight or flight, being wary of certain combinations of colour and finding others calming. It’s a combination of the primal force along with what…

Creating 3D App Launchers is Easy in Windows Mixed Reality

How long have we had 2D icons for shortcuts on our home desktops? Centuries. Eons. It’s about time we upgraded, frankly, and thankfully Windows Mixed Reality understands the urge for modernisation. In mixed reality (MR) we no longer have to worry about rubbish 2D icons for our programs and applications, as it is simple as…

Accessible XR Development After VRTK

As a developer moving from the web and app world into 3D and XR, I’ve had to constantly re-evaluate my platform and tool choices as the industry evolves at tweetstorm velocity. Today’s XR development pipeline is clogged by a glut of proprietary hardware and software APIs and SDKs by competing firms like Oculus, HTC Vive,…

Get Horrific with Meitu’s new Insidious Inspired Filters

One of the most popular features and applications of augmented reality (AR) has been filters for apps such as Snapchat, Messenger and Instagram. Meitu is one of the more popular “beauty” apps that use AR technology, and now thanks to Insidious: The Last Key, things are getting spooky in your Meitu filters. The filters come…

NUSHU Makes News Accessible to Children in Augmented Reality

Getting kids interested in learning can be difficult, but try to throw some current events at them and they melt down, and anyone who has ever grilled a five year old on why their dad voted for Brexit will attest to this. But now we might have a way to get the kids up to…

Communicate in Augmented Reality with Snaappy, the 3D Animated Bear

Ringing someone using a landline? Old school. Text messaging? Retro. Skype video calls? What is this, 2008? No, the future of digital communication is much more advanced than such old fashioned technology; the future is most definitely communication using augmented reality (AR). As such, Snaappy is here to pave the way for the future of…

VR Trends To Be Excited For In 2018

Despite the apparent burst of the virtual reality (VR) hype-bubble, we’ve learned a lot about the technology’s capabilities and limitations throughout the past couple years. We learned that hardcore PC players just aren’t jumping on the technology as much as people had hoped. Steam’s own statistics shows less than 0.3% of all users owning or…

Rift Core 2.0, Oculus Desktop App Get Improvements in January Update

Oculus’ first monthly update of 2018 is here, though it’s as slight as they come. For starters, anyone that hasn’t yet jumped into the beta version of Rift Core 2.0, which introduces a new Oculus Home, desktop app and the Dash UI, will now find it easier to do so. Using the updated Oculus Desktop…

Oculus Announces Oculus Start, a Scheme to Help New Developers

With a CES full of hardware announcements where Oculus took on something of a cameo role thanks to their partnerships with both Qualcomm (creators of the Snapdragon series of processors) and Xiaomi (creators of what is essentially the Oculus Go’s Chinese twin in the Mi VR Standalone headset), now over. The Facebook owned virtual reality…

Oculus Start Is Facebook’s New Program To Help Small Dev Teams

Oculus is launching a new program targeting self-funded independent developers, promising developer kits, beta tools and a direct line of communication with Facebook’s VR experts. Developers who have already released VR software, but might have been overlooked or unable to grab the attention of Oculus, could use the Oculus Start program as a way to…

AR App Brings Amazon Fashion & Fitness To Life

Browse Mission fitness apparel while learning the hottest workout routines from a personal trainer that fits in your pocket. As droves of health-conscious millennials continue piling into their local gyms by the masses, it’s becoming clear that fitness has found itself at the top of this generation’s list of priorities. The movement has found its…

Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena Coming to iOS With ARKit Features

A couple of months ago Camex Games launched a monster battle title called Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena for PC and Android devices with no virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) capabilities. Now, the studio has revealed the combat role-playing game (RPG) is coming to iOS devices, and with it support for ARKit. As the name suggests, Tactical…

NextVR’s Resolution Upgrade Is A Game-Changer

Newport Beach-based NextVR offered a trio of updates as CES announcements last week. The first announcement was that the company is planning gradual support for full freedom of movement. The second was that the company will be streaming WWE soon. The third update was, in my opinion, the biggest of all — a resolution bump…

This ARKit Game Transforms Your Office Into a Zen Garden

There’s nothing sinister about “feeding the fish” in Orbu, except that you might find it quite addictive. There seems to be a trend in VR gaming towards using the immersive properties of the medium to induce relaxation and facilitate something of a meditative, Zen-like state. Flutter VR was one such title we looked at just…

This HoloLens Childbirth Simulator Helps Train Medical Students

The first childbirth AR simulator. Whether learning how to play the piano or training crews to fly an Airbus, industries are quickly figuring out different ways augmented reality can be used for training and education. One such field we’ve seen the most experimentation within is medical. A field that demands regular training and requires students…

Try on Bags and Phone Cases in Augmented Reality

Trying on clothes and accessories with the help of augmented reality (AR) seems like the new trend. It was only the other day we saw Amazon patents that allude to an AR armoire to try on digital clothes with, and now we see STM Goods and Element Case are both creating AR apps to try out…

Kia Unveils New Virtual Reality Test Drive of the Kia Stinger

We’ve had virtual reality (VR) driving simulators and even VR tours and test drives, but Kia promise their new VR experience for the 2018 Kia Stinger is a “four-dimensional virtual reality test drive.” It certainly sounds grand. Being debuted at the North American International Auto Show, Detroit, the presentation puts users behind the wheel of…

CES 2018: Hands-On With The 6DOF Standalone Pico Neo Headset

Companies like Facebook’s Oculus, HTC, and Sony pioneered the realm of powerful consumer-facing VR in 2016 with the launches of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR (PSVR) respectively. But the one thing that all of these headsets have in common is that they’re connected to a machine such as a PC or PS4…

This AR App Teaches You How To Play The Piano

AR piano learning system with improvised jam sessions. Learning to play the piano is getting an immersive upgrade with a new augmented reality (AR) piano training software called Music Everywhere. The HoloLens app aims to help students of all talent levels build fundamental music theory and performance skills. While traditional piano lessons can cost upwards…

High School Gets Lowe’s Toolbox Grant For VR Kit

Hardware store Lowe’s might not seem like the most obvious place for pushing forward the frontiers of technical advancement, but the company has already shown its willingness to try out virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology. Lowe’s are also keen to share its benefits with others, as revealed by a grant awarded to…

Mayweather Boxing & Fitness VR Program Debuts At First Gym This Month

Take a closer look into what the world-class boxer promises to be the “future of fitness.” No matter what your opinion of Floyd “Money” Mayweather may be, there’s no denying the man knows exactly what he’s doing. The super star athlete has accumulated fifty wins and zero losses in his 20 plus years of boxing,…

WWE Is Coming To A Headset Near You Via NextVR

Fancy ringside seats to the biggest matches in the WWE? They’re only a VR headset away. NextVR this week announced that it had formed a partnership with the wrestling brand to bring highlights from its biggest matches to its app later this year. As reported by Variety, six episodes are to be produced, running around…

Who’s Watching You When In VR? An App For Cardboard Will Let You See

As we, and other have said before on VRFocus do not count out the humble cardboard headset just yet. We may be moving into an immersive world where wireless technology and Standalone virtual reality (VR) are going to dominate the 2018 conversation. Certainly if the end of 2017 (the Vive Focus, Oculus Go and Santa Cruz)…