Competition: Move Fast To Enter This Ludicrous Speed Prize Draw

The end of the week is here once again, and that of course means (now that E3 is out of the way for another year) that it’s competition time here on VRFocus. This time you’ll be wanting to probably stretch your muscles in advance because the virtual reality (VR) videogame we’re offering codes for is…

Editorial: Google’s Long-Term Strategy Could Dominate VR/AR

Confidence is a prerequisite to enjoy VR’s magic. There are so many things that can go wrong wearing a VR headset and most of us know this before the goggles come down over our eyes. “Discomfort” doesn’t quite encapsulate the risk of wearing something that blocks your view of the real world. Just trying to…

UK Food Delivery Service Just Eat Looks Into AR

The UK-based food delivery service is looking into using augmented reality (AR) to advertise its service across social media sites such as Facebook. The plan is to test how effective AR ads are in convincing people to order. The AR advertisement campaign was developed by agency Byte London, and the campaign will run over Facebook…

Krikey Add New AR Soccer Mini-Game To Celebrate The World Cup

Augmented reality (AR) mobile app Krikey have announced a new networked mini-game as part of the FIFA World Cup 2018 celebration. This new update will allow players to go up against each other to see who can score the most goals and, if they so wish, see who really is the best team. The Krikey…

New AR App Set To Enhance Dining and Nightlife

While augmented reality (AR) has already seen use in retail, with companies such as IKEA using it for assisting customers in making decisions. The technology has yet to see a great deal of use in the area of food, but that might be about to change with a new app called ‘Aug-It!’. Liverpool-based start-up company…

Apple Details Latest VR Optimizations Coming to macOS Mojave (10.14)

Earlier this month at Apple’s annual WWDC conference, the company introduced their latest operating system, macOS Mojave (10.14). Due to roll out as a public beta later this month, and launching widely this Fall as a free update, Mojave brings further VR-specific optimizations to Apple’s Metal graphics API, which the company detailed in a session…

Golfshot AR Brings Augmented Reality To The Course

Golfshot is an application for mobile devices that is designed to help players manage their game and gain valuable data to improve their golf game. Now following an update the app now features a number of augmented reality (AR) features to give users even more options to improve their golf game. The new AR features…

NextVR Release Third Episode In Their Paranormal Evidence Series

Fans of NextVR’s paranormal investigation series will be happy to hear that following enthusiastic fan feedback that the virtual reality (VR) series is getting a third installment. This new episode is titled “Paranormal Evidence: Missouri State Penitentiary” and as the title points towards, this episode will take viewers inside the Missouri State Penitentiary to look investigate for…

Ever Wonder What The Inside Of A Dog Looks Like? There’s An AR App For That

From animal anatomy to digital twinning and mining simulations, this Canadian company is bringing game development know-how to VR experiences After meeting Charles Lavigne and Kevin Oke at the BCTECH Summit last month, we were enticed to visit their headquarters on the beautiful Island of Victoria and try out their latest VR demos. But it…

VR Memory Palace Platform Macunx Hits Rift, Vive For Free Today

Macunx VR is set to deliver a new way to learn inside the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive later today. This new app from Aleksandar Kojic, Milos Kojic and publisher Linguisticator was funded on Kickstarter last year. It allows users to create their own virtual memory palaces. A memory palace is a way of organizing…

John Cusack & Christina Ricci Make Their VR Debut In ‘Distorted Reality’

Another VR project starring AAA talent shows how the immersive medium is continuing to attract more of Hollywood’s biggest names. To compliment the theatrical film release of Distorted on June 22nd, Minds Eye Entertainment and SkyVR have partnered to produce Distorted Reality, a scripted, live-action cinematic VR distributed through OneTouchVR on Google Daydream, Oculus Go,…

Oculus Update: Import Objects To Home, 5K Video Method Released

Oculus is supporting the glTF 2.0 file format in its Home environment and allowing users to import 3D objects with the latest update. With the 1.26 update rolling out today users get to import 3D objects and use virtual computer monitors, TVs and arcade cabinets to display traditional windows and applications from their computer. Later…

Wunder360 Cameras Launches With New Imaging Technology

Virtual reality (VR) imaging specialist, Wunder360, have revealed their new 360-degree camera which includes a number of key features such as an all new view pilot, point-to-frame feature for effortless editing, sharing and storage. All of this in a pocket sized, light weight model offering users a compact and affordable 360-degree camera. Featuring a host…

Apple Doubles Down with Announcement of ARKit 2.0

When Apple released the first public version of its ARKit API, I admit that I was gushing about it. I’m not sorry in the least however, since it was without a doubt the biggest leap in mainstream consumer AR so far. While other AR leaders, like Microsoft and Google, were messing around with expensive hardware-based…

Epson’s AR Flight Simulator App Awarded 1st Place In AUVSI XCELLENCE Award

Epson, provider of the Moverio augmented reality (AR) smart eyewear platform have revealed that it received an XCELLENCE Award by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI). This award was given to the company after they were selected from a pool of accomplished applicants. The award was given for the company’s AR Flight Simulator app…

Enlist The Power Of The Ancients In The Ancients AR, Now Available

You may have heard about a n augmented reality (AR) title by the name of The Ancients AR, being developed by Warsaw based studio Immersion, which promises to give players the thrill of intense battles on the ocean complete with giants. The title has now released onto iOS devices thanks to Apple’s ARKit meaning players…

Someone Ported A Game Boy Emulator To Oculus Go

Nintendo’s Game Boy was one of the first all-in-one portable gaming systems in the world, and now you can play its huge line-up of games on one of the first all-in-one portable VR systems in the world. Reddit user CidVonHighwind has ported Gearboy, a Game Boy and Game Boy Color emulator, to the new Oculus…

How Virtual Reality Can Transform Language Teaching

In the connected world that we live in, having command on multiple languages can be a great plus for anyone. In some countries, learning English serves as a way for people to find jobs in foreign countries to achieve financial stability. However, these people are often faced challenges when it comes to grasping command on…

Red Rover Is A Mars Driving Sim Using Real Life Imagery

There are lots of VR experiences that take us to Mars, but Red Rover from indie developer Alan Chan is using real-world imagery of the red planet to deliver a surprisingly authentic experience. Set to release tomorrow with optional Oculus Rift support, Red Rover is a Mars driving simulator. You control a land rover on…

Moviebill Brings AR Dinosaurs From Jurassic Park To Life

Jurassic World has been one the recent Hollywood releases which has completely embraced immersive technology, seeing a host of virtual reality (VR) location-based experiences as well as an augmented reality (AR) app. Now entertainment magazine Moviebill will offer another way to get acquainted with Jurassic World’s cast of prehistoric beasts. Moviebill has worked with Universal…

Ex-Apple Designer Joins Mapbox Team To Lead AR Work

Augmented reality (AR) technology has several interesting implications for navigation, which has already been demonstrated on a small scale. Mapping services start-up company Mapbox has tapped former Apple employee Avi Cieplinski to head up its efforts in integrating AR into its platform. Maps powered by Mapbox are found in many places, such as Snap Inc…

Shortening the Distance Between Family and Friends With Oculus Go

The inexpensive VR headset is the latest way to help connect with loved ones. Almost 50% of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce, with even higher divorce rates in Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Belgium. And when children are involved, it can be even more difficult and trying for everyone. Custody agreements split the children’s…

This Week In VR Sports: Coca-Cola Planes, eSports Dreams, And AR Games

As the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018 comes to a close, it is time for another entry of This Week In VR Sport. VRFocus brings you a number of sports related virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) stories every weekend and this week, there are some goodies. Byond have created a virtual tour of the FIFA World Cup Trophy…