Mixed Reality Map travels to Kickstarter

In a global society, it’s important that people learn about other countries and cultures from a young age. But what if you don’t have the resources required to travel long distances? The designers of WorldMapPortal think they might have the solution. WorldMapPortal is an interactive augmented reality (AR) map that works with a smartphone app…

Coachella Brings Augmented Reality To Festival-Goers

The legendary festival adds AR features to its VR mobile app. The annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is one of the most influential events on the planet. The double-weekend spectacle has been graced by some of the biggest names in music and set a certain standard of artistic creativity that all music and…

Jaunt launches Indie Pic World celebrating Independent Filmmakers

Prolific producer and distributor of 360-degree content, Jaunt, has announced the launch of the Indie Pics world, aimed at promoting indie filmmakers whilst providing a dedicated resource for creatives. For the launch today, Indie Pics will home a dozen immersive experiences from filmmakers including Steye Hallema, Boston McConnaughey, and John Hudson. Jaunt envisioned the new portal as a place…

Artheon Might Be The Most Ambitious VR Art App Yet

Fittingly, we’ve seen a lot of different approaches to art in VR. While some imitate real world locations, Woofbert has been making virtual galleries that pay respect to historic masterpieces, and Art Plunge is actually recreating those works inside of headsets. Then there are entirely original works of VR art that are only just starting to…

WeMakeVR unveils new surreal 360 short Ashes to Ashes

WeMakeVR, a virtual reality (VR) production company based in Amsterdam has launched its latest project, a 10-minute immersive film that mixes CGI with live-action filmmaking called Ashes to Ashes. Shot entirely in one take, Ashes to Ashes began as an internal experiment before being further developed at the VR Days Europe in 2015. The film tells the story of a…

YouTube Is Improving The Quality Of Its VR Videos

YouTube offers thousands of hours of content for your VR headset with its 360 degree videos, but the massive amount of data these clips require means they often show up blurry. Google is working to fix that. The search engine giant this week announced that its YouTube and Daydream divisions are working together as part…

New Samsung Gear 360 Camera Coming Soon

Is this the new Samsung Gear 360? FCC filing suggests the consumer 360 camera is on its way. We are two weeks out from Samsung’s March 29th Unpacked event where the company is expected to launch their new Galaxy S8 mobile device. But at the same time, we could see the unveiling of an updated Gear…

Benchmark your GPU for free with NVIDIA’s FCAT VR app

There are several ways PC users can test their systems to see if they can handle virtual reality (VR). Oculus has its own, and there are benchmarking apps from companies such as Futuremark that can also do the job. Back in 2013 GPU manufacturer NVIDIA launched its benchmarking tool FCAT for free and now its…

Vuze VR prosumer camera now shipping to customers

At SXSW today, HumanEyes Technologies will be officially launching its Vuze VR camera, with shipments already dispatched to consumers who’ve pre-ordered. Priced at $799.00 USD/€995.00 EUR, the Vuze VR camera is being marketed at the higher end of the consumer market, above rivals such as Samsung Gear 360 and Ricoh Theta S. While these are 360-degree…

Scene Fusion Brings Multi-User Development To Unity’s Editor VR

Back at GDC 2017 at the start of this month Unity gave us a brief update on Editor VR, its new platform for developing 3D content within headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The company showcased some of the new tools that were supporting the platform, including Scene Fusion from KinematicSoup Technologies This…

Virry VR Is PSVR’s First Paid-For 360 Video

Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) has embraced 360 video with surprising readiness since launch last October with a suite of free apps and, more recently, support for YouTube 360 content. This month, though, the platform gets its first premium 360 app. That app is Virry VR, a nature documentary set in the Kenyan Savannas that gives viewers…

Microsoft’s HoloLens Readiness Partner Program Comes To The EU

Mixed reality is set to dominate the working world in the years to come, arguably even more so than virtual reality. But a lot of companies that want to use the tech lack to expertise to actually develop for it. That’s where Microsoft’s HoloLens Agency Readiness Partner Program comes in. Just as its long-winded title…

Life In 360°: The City In The Clouds

Ever since I first played the videogame Sonic Adventure I’ve been interested in the Maya civilisation. If you think that’s quite a leap from hedgehogs to ancient tribes, then to give you a quick SEGA crash course the videogame introduced back story to the character of Knuckles The Echidna. Introducing his ancestors, the ancient Knuckles…

CNN Launches New Immersive Journalism Initiative, CNNVR

CNN has officially launched CNNVR, a new immersive journalism unit and virtual reality platform with CNN Digital. Capturing major news events in 360 video, the global team will produce weekly virtual reality experiences and live streams. News organisations have tested the VR waters over recent years, for instance CNN’s work with NextVR on a live…

GIPHY Arts Introduces Museum of GIF Art to HTC Vive

For creative fans of virtual reality (VR), this week GIFHY Arts has launched its own app for HTC Vive, GIPHY Museum of GIF Art, allowing users to checkout its first exhibition Loop Dreams. Last year GIPHY Arts held a one day exhibition in New York’s SoHo neighborhood featuring 25 artists from its community. The Loop Dreams exhibition covered a wide array…

This Week in VR Sports: NextVR and NBA Presents Free Preview of Lakers vs. 76ers Game, Canelo Alvarez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Try Knockout League, NCAA March Madness Returning to VR

For this weeks run down of virtual reality (VR) in sports, NextVR and the NBA once again make their presence known, boxers Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr try their hand at some virtual boxing, and the NCAA March Madness will be returning to VR for 2017. NextVR and NBA Presents Free Preview of Live Lakers…

Samsung drops price of Gear VR and Gear 360 camera

For those who’ve not yet dived in the world of virtual reality (VR) or 360-degree video Samsung has now made that prospect even more affordable. Through its UK shop, Samsung has dropped the price of the most recent Gear VR model and its Gear 360 camera. If you own a compatible device – Galaxy S7,…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 03/05/17

There may not be any major new AAA releases for the HTC Vive this week, but if it’s the only VR headset you’ve got then there are plenty of good things worth picking up. AirMech Command is one of VR’s best strategy games and it finally makes its way over to the Vive, as well…

New Oculus Rift and Gear VR Releases For The Week Of 03/05/17

Last week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) is officially in the books. We saw a lot of great games last week that we’re having trouble waiting to play, but alas, that’s the nature of big industry events. Many of the games we saw are several weeks or months away from release, so in the mean time,…

Mortal Blitz Arcade Version Gives You A Gun Controller And Backpack

As virtual reality becomes less and less the purview of wealthier players, those who find themselves stuck in apartments are continuing to look for attractions that might satiate their taste. Already, facilities like the Void, Urban Safari, and Dave & Busters are throwing their weight into the ring, but plenty more competitors are popping up…

More scares await PlayStation VR as The Persistence Confirmed

It’s just been announced that Firesprite, the Liverpool, UK-based developer behind The Playroom VR on PlayStation VR, is working on another title for the head-mounted display (HMD). Taking a somewhat different direction to the family oriented videogame, the studio is working on horror experience The Persistence.  Horror has become one of the most popular genre’s for virtual…

Epic Games Release 3 Official Mod Packs for Robo Recall, Includes New Level

If you missed the big news last week, Epic Games, the creators of Gears of War and Unreal Engine, launch its first fully fledged virtual reality (VR) title Robo Recall. The successor to tech demo Bullet Train, Oculus Touch owners get to play the videogame for free, and now the studio has expanded the experience further with three official mod packs….

Will VR Transform Remote Work?

Remote work is on the rise. According to a recent Gallup poll, 37% of the US workforce have worked remotely for their job in some capacity. It’s no mystery as to why telecommuting is increasing in popularity. It has been shown to decrease stress and increase productivity considerably. Remote workers typically feel more relaxed and…

AR Company Proxy42 Secures $2 Million Investment from Lenovo and iDreamSky

Proxy42, an augmented reality (AR) company specialising in laser tag experiences, has announced investment round lead by Lenovo Capital and Chinese game publisher iDreamSky securing $2 million USD. The funding will help Proxy42 continue software and business development, as well as accelerate manufacturing capabilities of the Inceptor, a keychain-size device that attaches to and augments an iOS or Android…

Giphy Just Launched a VR Museum of GIF Art

The Giphy Arts VR app lets you explore a gallery of animated work from over 20 artists. The animated gif platform that finally brought meaning to office Slack chats through an endless selection of shareable GIFs is now surprising us in VR. Giphy has launched a new VR app, Museum of GIF Art (MoGA), that looks…