Facebook Is Working To Bring VR To Its News Feed

Despite the company purchasing VR specialist Oculus all the way back in 2014, you still can’t access VR in your Facebook News Feed. But that may be changing soon. In a post shared on Friday, Oculus confirmed that it has started to test native React VR support for the News Feed on its social platform….

AR Education Book 100% Funded By Kickstarter

Books have been around for thousands of years in various forms, and when it comes to education, despite the proliferation of online resources, nothing has yet displaced the textbook from its prominent position in the educational field. However, one company is seeking to transform the humble textbook with the power of augmented reality (AR) technology….

Guides to Become a Google Street View Trusted Photographer

A market research conducted in July 2015 on the impact of virtual tours on increasing consumers’ interest in local businesses showed that when searching for businesses, consumers use mapping products 44% of the time. On average, 41% of these searches result in an on-site visit. Listings with photos and a virtual tour are twice as…

Pixar’s VR Debut Takes You Into The Stunning World of ‘Coco’

Explore new worlds with friends in this jaw dropping Pixar VR experience. Disney Pixar’s first ever VR experience, Coco VR, isn’t just a game or VR experience with a story unfolding around you as the observer. Instead this visually stunning masterpiece of an adventure is one you can take with friends—an idea that Pixar sees as…

Oculus Fund Researching on VR for Social Pressure

There has already been some attempts to utilise virtual reality (VR) technology for social good. In particular, various companies, government bodies and health authorities have been looking at using VR to change behaviour. Oculus is now funding these aims with the Play4REAL lab. One of the first beneficiaries of this funding is Preview Labs Inc,…

The Biggest Gear VR Releases For The Week 11/12/17

There’s only one Gear VR app that looks worth your while this week, unless you want us to talk about yet another 360 degree photo app. But hey, we do at least have on edutainment app that you can trick your children into playing. And don’t forget you can check out our list of the…

Artist Builds VR Game In Two Weeks Using Google Blocks And Unreal

Artist Jarlan Perez recently worked with Google to test out a VR-first creation process. Perez built a fully interactive game in two weeks that started in intuitive VR creation tool Blocks, with another week spent polishing and squashing bugs. You can now download the short puzzler, called Blocks Isle, and play it in an HTC…

BigScreen Partners With Paramount For Top Gun 3D Screenings

Virtual desktop app BigScreen continues to find new ways to push its social VR platform to new limits. This week, the company behind the app announced a collaboration with Paramount Pictures to screen Tom Cruise classic, Top Gun, in 3D on a virtual movie screen in promotion of the impending Blu-Ray release. Deadline reports that…

Ctrl Studio Breaking Fourth’s Three Next VR Films Are Now Live

Breaking Fourth’s Ctrl remains one of our favorite VR productions and, this week, the studio has much more to share. The team’s three latest projects are now available via the Samsung VR app, meaning you can either watch them in the Gear VR or on a browser of your choice (we’ve got them all embedded…

Life in 360º: MTV European Music Awards

The 2017 European Music Awards ceremony was held at London’s SSE Wembley on Sunday 12th November, with whole constellations of music stars performing on stage for the benefit of the audience. Not just the audience in attendance, either. With the power of 360-degree video music fans all over the world could watch. Virtual reality (VR)…

Go Behind The Scenes Of Austin City Limits With New VR Series

Austin City Limits is back for its 43rd season celebrating music from some of the world’s biggest artists, and you can go behind the scenes with the help of VR. ACL: Backstage is a new 360-degree documentary series from Subvrsive, made in partnership with both Apple Music and Google. As you’d expect, the series is…

The Quantum Storey Company Launches VR Book Series Operation YOU at Walmart

There have been various ways publishers and developers have tried to combine both books and virtual reality (VR), to make for an immersive unique experience. Curiscope recently partnered with book publisher Dorling Kindersley on All About Virtual Reality, or then there’s Masters of the Sun graphic novel by hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas. The latest comes from The Quantum Storey Company with a…

Fusion Lens 360 Camera Secures IndieGoGo Funding

Consumer 360-degree cameras come in all shapes and sizes, from standalone units like Samsung Gear 360 to devices that attach to smartphones like the Insta360 Air or Nano. Currently running an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign are NoMatterWhat Technologies for its Fusion Lens camera designed for iPhone. Featuring a duel lens system where one lens sits on…

HTC Partners with Unity for One-Click Vive Focus Publishing on Viveport

HTC has delivered a comprehensive Vive Focus proposition for developers, and the contribution to on-boarding new content continues with a newly announced partnership with Unity Technologies. The Unity engine will incorporate a one-click solution for publishing on Viveport, targeted at Vive Focus content but also including PC-based head-mounted displays (HMDs). The Vive Focus was announced…

Never get Lost With the Groovy HotStepper AR Wayfinding App

A growing application of augmented reality (AR) has to do with navigation, with American Airlines and Gatwick airport both using the technology to help visitors find their way around. Now, to celebrate the opening of its new US office in Los Angeles, Nexus Studios has released HotStepper a wayfinding app that aims to add a…

Vodafone Qatar Launches AR App Competition

Since the introduction of ARKit and ARCore, the amount of augmented reality (AR) content that’ve appeared covering videogames and apps has steadily increased on mobile devices. The latest comes from Vodafone Qatar, utilising the technology to run a competition where you can win a Samsung Galaxy S8. Firstly, you need to download the Vodafone AR…

Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay VR App Coming To Nissan Dealerships

It’s just about a month until the world goes Star Wars crazy again and, sure enough, there’s going to be at least one new VR experience to look out for. Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay is coming to Nissan dealerships in promotion of the next film in the series, The Last Jedi. Automotive News reports…

EVE: Valkyrie Dev: ‘VR doesn’t need a killer app’

In the two years leading up to the consumer launch of virtual reality (VR) hardware, CCP Games’ EVE: Valkyrie was often positioned as the poster child for modern VR. Even this wasn’t enough to consider the title that all-important ‘killer app’ however, but moreover the title’s lead game designer doesn’t believe VR needs one. As…

View Products at Home With Amazon AR View

Augmented reality (AR) has plenty of applications outside of videogames, one of which is now being employed by online retailing giant Amazon. This month the company has released AR View through its mobile app, allowing users to place items in their homes prior to purchase. Using Apple’s ARKit, AR view helps customers make better shopping…

Art Gallery User AR To Display Hidden Paintings

Artist Clyfford Still had a fairly specific set of rules for the curators who were to display his artworks after his death – only his artwork could hang on the gallery walls. The gallery and museum is now seeking to circumvent those rules with the use of ‘invisible’ augmented reality (AR) artworks. The very specific…

Official Street Fighter II VR Experience Puts You In A Classic Stage

Capcom’s Street Fighter II is the next gaming classic to get the VR treatment. Next weekend will see the Capcom Pro Tour North American Finals get underway at Red Bull’s Battle Grounds in Boston. The event will see the best Street Fighter V players in the US gather to decide who takes home the grand…

Get into the Holiday Spirit by Throwing VR Snowballs

Hatrabbit Entertainment has revealed intentions to explore the future of mobile virtual reality (VR) videogame development with a free release designed for the whole family. Merry Snowballs is coming to Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard in December 2017, and will be freely available to all. After first releasing the videogame on Steam…

AEG To Launch Magic Mirror AR Experience At Kings Cross Station

Home appliance bran AEG are leveraging the power of augmented reality (AR) to demonstrate its latest products to the British public with the installation of the ‘Magic Mirror’ AR experience at London’s Kings Cross station. AEG will be partnering with AR content creators 3rockAR to create the AR experience, which will be presented to passengers…

Augmented Reality Revives 300-Year-Old Boston Bookstore

Bookstore from 1718 meets the future past. A bookstore in Boston celebrated its 300th birthday with an augmented reality makeover. Historic Boston Incorporated (HBI) debuted an AR app last week that overlays 3D virtual signs dating back to 1850 on the historic Old Corner Bookstore. The AR displays avoid “having to slap a bunch of…

Scalpel VR Wants To Bring Realistic Medical Simulation To Everyone

There are a lot of companies working on medical apps for VR headsets right now, but they’re mainly designed to work with expensive haptic peripherals or to be sold to hospitals at a high price. Scalpel VR wants to bring realistic surgical training to everyone. Scalpel VR is developed by Przemyslaw “Kay” Korzeniowski, a postdoc…