Facebook Launches Social VR App ‘Facebook Spaces’ in Beta for Rift

On stage at Facebook’s F8 conference this morning, CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the company will today launch their first social VR application. Back in October, Facebook Social VR Product Manager Mike Booth said that the company intended to launch their social VR application “as soon as possible” and it seems he wasn’t joking. Zuckerberg said…

F8 2017: Facebook Launches Augmented Reality Camera Platform

“We’re making the camera the first augmented reality platform.” Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference kicked off today with Mark Zuckerberg taking the stage and announcing the company’s latest efforts in augmented reality. “Augmented reality is going to help us mix the digital and physical together and that’s why it’s such an important trend,” said Zuckerberg….

Samsung Gear VR Apps Now Support SD Card Installation

Storage space on smartphones has always been a juggling act, managing apps, videos, photos, video games and more. While internal storage has got larger, so has the amount of content users want to store, and companies tend to get round this by offering cloud-based solutions or expandable memory. If you own a Samsung Gear VR…

Jaunt ONE Camera Now Available to Consumers

Virtual reality (VR) production company Jaunt has become one of the biggest names in immersive content and distribution, with its app available on most platforms and regular experiences making their way to the service. Jaunt has also been busy developing its own 360-degree camera, ONE, which was previously codenamed NEO. Since 2015 the Jaunt ONE…

Google Earth VR Adds Search and Oculus Rift Support

VR’s killer app just got a major update. It was six months ago when Google launched a VR version of Google Earth for the HTC Vive. And still to this day, Google Earth VR remains one of the best, if not the best, app experiences available in VR. An app with such a mass appeal…

Social VR Start-up Pluto VR gets $13.9 Million Cash Injection

The world is more connected than it has ever been. We are used to being able to contact friends, family and business partners all over the world without needing to leave our PC chairs. Conversely, one of the criticisms of virtual reality (VR) is that it is inherently isolating as an experience. Pluto VR is…

Improve Your Fishing with VR and an Underwater Drone

For those who enjoy fishing, there are days when the fish just don’t seem to be biting. The elusive underwater inhabitants can be lurking just out of reach, which is where the new product from drone maker PowerVision can come into play. It is probably much easier to catch the fish if you know where…

NASA will Livestream Orbital ATK’s Cygnus Spacecraft Launch in 360

NASA has announced that this Tuesday’s launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft will be livestreamed in 360-degrees for viewers around the world. It’ll be the first live 360-degree broadcast of a rocket launch, with the mission carrying cargo to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). The Cygnus spacecraft will launch on a ULA Atlas V rocket carrying more than…

‘Mindshow’ Creative App Launches Open Beta in Q3 2017, Watch New Trailer Here

Mindshow, the app from Visionary VR that lets you make animated movies in VR with your body and voice, has revealed they are launching into open beta sometime in Q3 2017. Revealed in the description of the new promo released today on the company’s YouTube channel, the makers of Mindshow haven’t cranked down on a definite release date yet, but…

Killswitch Engage’s House of Blues Concert to be Broadcast in VR

Fans of American metalcore band Killswitch Engage will want to grab a virtual reality (VR) headset next Monday 17th April as NextVR and Live Nation will be livestreaming the band’s concert from the House of Blues. Providing a front row seat to experience the free exclusive, NextVR and Live Nation will allow fans to get up close to the…

RE’FLEKT Announce Drag and Drop 360-degree Video Platform

Content that includes 360-degree video is becoming more common as a means to promote and publicise events and places as VRFocus notes in its regular Life In 360 feature. A barrier to wider adoption of this technology is the difficulty in creating worthwhile 360-degree experiences. Tech company RE’FLEKT believe they have an answer for that. RE’FLEKT…

Tourists Will Soon Be Able to Augment Mexican Ruins

Historical sites are places of great interest to both archaeologists and tourists, but while professional historians and archaeologists can piece together what an ancient site might have looked like with very few clues, most people don’t have those advantages. Augmented Reality (AR) may help overcome those problems. Tulum in Mexico is one of the most…

Gorillaz Throwing A House Party In New Mixed Reality App

This is also your ticket to a live virtual listening party of their new album. Since officially announcing their new album Humanz back in March, the mega popular virtual band Gorillaz have released four new singles, a record-breaking 360-degree music video, announced a series of live haunted houses in Brooklyn, Berlin & Amsterdam AND confirmed…

Broadcaster RT Ties Up Multiple 360 Content Licencing Deals

The proliferation of departments dedicated to producing 360 degree content within the mainstream media – both in television and the print press – has been something of a growing narative of virtual reality (VR). One of the earliest examples being last year’s takeover of RYOT by AOL on behalf of The Huffington Post.  Indeed, last week on VRFocus…

Gorillaz Invite Fans to Join a Mixed Reality House Party

British virtual band Gorillaz have ended their five-year hiatus with a bang, announcing a new album called Humanz, an upcoming TV show and now an opportunity for fans to explore the Gorillaz house via virtual reality (VR). Gorillaz were formed back in 1998 and consists of four animated characters, 2D on lead vocals and keyboard,…

Life In 360°: Don’t Text And Drive

Being distracted while driving can cause serious, even fatal accidents. Some research has shown that up to seven in ten people have used a smartphone while driving. A US campaign called It Can Wait is using a 360 degree video to demonstrate the dangers. The It Can Wait campaign was created by telecoms company AT&T…

Social VR Will Be Awesome If Diverse Voices Create It

On April 1st, 2017, We Make Realities gathered teams of unicorns, jackalopes, pixies, owls, dragons, red pandas, pegasus-es, and sasquatch-es to discuss social VR. And that’s no joke! These magical creatures represented the 36 designers, domain experts, and cognitive researchers that attended the Mindful Realities Makeathon, a one-day event that unites diverse fields of thought…

Using Google Cardboard To Improve Pedestrian Safety

A professor at the University of Alabama in the US has been focussing his research into ways to use technology to help children cross the road safely. His results have lead him towards virtual reality (VR). Statistics have shown that pedestrian road accidents are a leading cause of death among children, both in the USA…

ProSense Introduces Multi-Platform Ice Hockey Streaming

The sport of ice hockey has previously been involved in virtual reality (VR), from virtual tours of stadiums to live broadcasts. Developer ProSense are working on breaking down barriers between platforms with an app that can broadcast 3D Ice Hockey games to most of the popular VR platforms. From 12th April 2017, Continental Hockey League…

Gnomee’s Egg Hunt Brings AR To Retail

In a follow-up to the successful Christmas augmented reality (AR) game, British Land are launching a new AR Easter Egg hunt for shoppers at it’s locations called Gnomee’s Egg Hunt. British Land are a UK company that own and operates 21 retails sites around the country. The company previously worked with developer Harmony Studios to…

Bill Gates Posts his Adventures on Gear VR

The founder of Microsoft and self-proclaimed super-nerd Bill Gates has launched a 360-degree video channel on Gear VR to show his travel and adventures with technology. The new channel is called Gates Notes, and so far features four videos in which Gates explores the potential for technology to improve the world we live in. Such…

Competition: Win A Copy Of Korix, Command Legions & Save Your People

It may have started out life as an experiment on the Oculus Rift DK2, but now of course it is out as a full blown title for the PlayStation VR. A virtual reality (VR) based real-time strategy (RTS) videogame with elements of tower defence mechanics anda a retro isometric styling. As the commander of what…

Yours, In 60 Seconds: RelayCars Updates To Version 6.0

Most everyone growing up fantasises about owning a particular car. Cars are just one of those things that capture the imagination. An evocative mix of speed, expense, beauty and freedom. Of course for many of us we can never live the dream, and if you do end up driving it will be something far less…

BigScreen Releases Performance Update, Prepares For Version 1.0

It has been a while since we’ve reported on updates on BigScreen since its release almost a year ago, but that does not mean the team at BigScreen Inc have not been busy. The social app, available for free on Oculus Home and Steam allows a desktop to be viewed as a giant screens in…

Meitu BeautyPlus Selfie App Gets Augmented Reality Filters

Popular photo manipulation app Meitu is getting an augmented reality (AR) upgrade with the introduction of new real-time AR filters. Meitu’s BeautyPlus selfie app has a staggering number of users worldwide with almost 450 million people actively using the app to touch up videos and photos. The company are now adding over 20 new AR…

Google Brings Berlin Techno Club to Life in VR

Google, in a partnership with underground music broadcaster Boiler Room, has launched a new VR experience for Daydream-ready smartphones that teleports you to a pop-up “industrial night club” in Berlin — a city with arguably the most thriving nightlife in all of Europe (if not the world). The 15-minute experience, called VR Dancefloors: Techno in Berlin,…

Strong Sales Don’t Guarantee Success For VR

Sony is surprised by how well its virtual reality (VR) headsets are selling. Senior executives inside its video game division, Sony Interactive Entertainment, were initially cautious when settling on how many headsets it should manufacture, so reports of sales far outstripping expectations are very welcome to all in the VR community. But while we have…