Final Fantasy XR Ride Opening Soon In Japan

The Final Fantasy series remains one of the most enduring, beloved and popular videogame franchises, getting innumerable spin-off videogames, merchandise, films, and now, a theme-part ride at Universal Studios Japan. In a move seemly designed to make Western Final Fantasy fans cry with envy, The Final Fantasy Ride at Universal Studios is set to only…

Animating Emotion – Polyarc Talks About Creating Moss at GDC 2018

It is nigh-universally agreed that Quill, the mouse protagonist of Moss, is incredibly adorable. Creating a character who has such charm and range isn’t just something that pops out of thin air, though, it is a labour of love, as one of the development team from Polyarc will be discussing at a upcoming talk. Moss…

VR Used By Wounded Warriors To Support Veterans

For those armed services personnel who are returning home from active duty in war zones, getting back to normal life can be hard. For those who have suffered injury or trauma, things are much worse. The Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) has begun using virtual reality (VR) as a means to help those veterans and their…

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…

Petersen Automotive Museum Showcases Mixed Reality Exhibit

The car industry has already begun to embrace the capabilities of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in design, manufacturing, training and customer engagement. The Petersen Automotive Museum is also following this trend with its new Mixed Reality (MR) exhibit, An American Supercar. The Petersen Automotive Museum has worked with Ford and HoloLens application…

Tickets For XR Connects London Now Available

For those who are part of the immersive technology scene, or who wish to become more involved with it, getting to attend the right industry events is important, in order to meet the people who can help move your project along. One such event is taking place later this month, and tickets are now on…

Google Reveal Details on Standalone Daydream Headset

Standalone virtual reality (VR) headsets have a lot of appeal. You don’t need a specific type of, of expensive, smartphone and you don’t need to worry about time in VR eating up your phone’s battery. It’s also portable, so can be easily taken on a train or plane without needing cumbersome cables. Not surprising, then,…

Sixense Partner With Penumbra for Medical VR Venture

With virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) in healthcare a rapidly growing sector of the overall immersive technologies, several companies are seeking to enter the sector. As such, Penumbra Inc and Sixense Enterprises have partnered for a new joint venture in the VR healthcare area called MVI Health Inc. Sixense Enterprises have done a…

Send Hologram Messages With New AR App

One of the most iconic images in Star Wars history is the tiny hologam of Princess Leia, pleading for help from venerable Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi. If you have ever wanted to send a similar type of message, Holo Messenger from AiFi might be worth trying out once it gets its official release. Inspired by the…

Panoramic 8K Camera With Real-Time Stitching on Display at CES 2018

Creators of virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video will be all-too-familiar with the painstaking process of editing and stitching together footage. Even with modern editing software, this process often take a long time, and usually requires either a PC or powerful smartphone. Pisofttech are introducing a Panoramic VR camera that will avoid all of these…

HTC Vive Pro Brings a Visual and Audible Upgrade to VR for CES 2018

It’s CES 2018, the largest consumer electronic convention in the world, and naturally virtual reality (VR) has an ever growing part to play. As is customary for the event, videogame announcements will be few and far between as a lot of the focus is on hardware and that’s no exception when it comes to HTC…

Peraso Introduces New Wireless VR Reference Design

Peraso Technologies are one of the main industry names in WiGig technologies, and have been working on applying its research into 60 GHz WiGig in various areas, including wireless virtual reality (VR). The company has now unveiled its latest V125 WiGig Reference Design for wireless VR. The V125 platform is designed to allow VR headsets…

Cortopia Raises Over $2m In Funding

Virtual reality (VR) developers Cortopia launched its first title in August 2016. Titled Wands, it aimed to provide PC-level quality on mobile VR platforms, and even won awards for its efforts. The company has now succeeded in raising investment to continue its work in VR development. Cortopia is hoping that the $2.4 million (USD) of…

LetinAR Showcase New AR Optic Lens At CES 2018

There are a couple of technical limitations that have been holding back augmented reality (AR) smart glasses back from widespread adoption. One of which is the weight and bulk of the devices, the other is the potential eye-strain and dizziness. LetinAR have developed a new optical solution that it has integrated into smart glasses. The…

How To Keep The VR Newbies

At the time of starting with VRFocus I was a relative newbie to the virtual reality (VR) world. I didn’t own a dedicated VR head-mounted display (HMD), though I had dabbled with mobile VR. I’m also old enough that I remember playing Dactyl Nightmare at the arcade back in the 90s on the old Virtuality machine….

Black Box VR Receives CES Innovation Awards For VR Fitness Experience

Even most health fanatics and regular gym visitors will admit that exercise can be boring, thoughtless running on a treadmill or doing reps can be pretty dull. The minds behind successful supplement retailer Bodybuilding.com are aiming to change that by using virtual reality (VR) technology. Ryan DeLuca and Preston Lewis, self-confessed ‘fitness fanatics’ and the…

FCC Listing For Oculus Go Suggests 32GB and 64GB Models

The race is on to capture the market for standalone virtual reality (VR) headsets. HTC Vive are planning to begin sipping its HTC Vive Focus standalone headset at the end of January, and while Oculus have promised an early 2018 release for the Oculus Go, no details on its launch have yet emerged. Yet, the…

Touching The Future of Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR), for the most part, tends to be restricted to one sense – vision. It acts as an overlay on the real world, changing how it looks, but not how it feels. That might be about to change thanks to a partnership between Ultrahaptics, ZeroLight and Meta. The three companies have worked together…

HTC Vive Teases ‘New Resolution’ At CES 2018

There have been a number of interesting developing coming from HTC Vive recently, such as the announcement of the upcoming standalone virtual reality head, the HTC Vive Focus, as well as a price drop for its existing headset. Now HTC Vive is teasing its audience with a potential big reveal for its press conference at…

Virtual Worlds Become Real With Teslasuit at CES 2018

A common depiction of virtual reality (VR) in cyberpunk and near-future science fiction involves the user wearing a full-body rig to allow them to be truly ‘present’ in the virtual environment. The Teslasuit Project brings this idea out of the realm of science fiction and into the real world, as will be demonstrated at CES…

Irish Collaborative Project Shows Potential Of VR Data Glove

Data and haptic gloves are starting to enter the market as a more precise and flexible alternative to traditional controllers or motion control wands. Though their advantages in terms of immersion are obvious, it is only recently that technology has begun to catch up with the ideal. A team of researchers and developers in Ireland…

TwoEyes Tech Takes Cues From Human Eyes

The popularity of 360-degree video continues to grow, remaining one of the biggest ways that people experience virtual reality (VR) content. As such, many companies are searching for ways to improve the experience for 360-degree video viewers. TwoEyes Tech are taking lessons from human vision with its new binocular 360-degree field-of-view VR camera. TwoEyes Tech…

Vuzix Enhances Vision For High-School Student

For people who grew up watching sci-fi shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, one of the dreams of vision and imaging technology is to bring sight to those who are blind or partially sighted. Smart glasses company Vuzix have taken a step towards that goal with the use of its M300 smart glasses….

Hyperfair Aims to Be New Face of Enterprise Social VR

Much has been said about the rise of social apps in virtual reality (VR), experiences such as Facebook Spaces and Rec Room getting considerable attention for letting friends and family play and interact. Social VR has implications for business and enterprise sectors as well, as Hyperfair demonstrates with its newly launched user interface for enterprise…

Vaki Makes Creating VR Movies Easier

Anyone who has worked on creating a film project of any sort knows that being able to view what the audience sees is a vital part of the process. This is difficult enough with traditional film and animation, adding virtual reality (VR) creates a whole new realm of complexity. Vaki are aiming to make this…

Pac-Man Recreated in Mixed Reality

There has been a minor trend in developers re-creating iconic videogames in immersive formats recently. From the HoloLens developer who managed to make the original Super Mario Bros into an interactive mixed reality (MR) experience in New York’s Central Park, to the high-end virtual reality (VR) arcade offering Mario Kart VR. Another Japanese arcade has…

NOLO VR Reveals Universal Motion Tracking System

Motion tracking is often considered one of the key components of modern high-end virtual reality (VR). The lack of accurate positional tracking is one of the marks against mobile VR, but positioning systems are also one of the trickiest things to get right. LYRobotix is offering a possible way for mobile and PC VR with…

Ubisoft Makes In-Car Entertainment Virtual

It is gradually becoming more common to see passengers on a train or airplane wearing a virtual reality headset such as a Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream to escape the tedium of long-distance travel. Ubisoft are taking this idea a few steps further by putting a VR headset in a car. A great deal…

BeBop Sensors To Display VR Glove At CES 2018

Motion controllers such as the Oculus Touch or Vive wands do a great job in letting virtual reality (VR) users control and explore the VR environment, but no controller can quite match the precision and versatility of the human hand. Recognising this, BeBop Sensors will be exhibiting its wireless data glove at CES 2018, a…