Four-Sided VR Cave Installed At French University

A number of educational institutions have begun to include virtual reality (VR) equipment among the tools used to educate students. The Compiègne University of Technology (UTC) in France has perhaps gone a bit further with the installation of a VR Cave. Created by European VR solutions company Antycip Simulation, CAVE or the Cave Automated Virtual…

Woolmark and Start VR Team Up To Promote Wool In VR

An increasing number of brands and businesses are turning to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) as a means of engaging with customers. One of the latest to engage with immersive technology is Australian brand The Woolmark Company, who have teamed with Start VR to showcase its product in VR. Woolmark VR have created…

Pennsylvania Police Get Grant For VR Training

Police face many scenarios where they must make life-or-death decisions in an instant. As a result, much emphasis is placed on training, and how to react to reprieved threats. In an effort to increase the quality of training given to police officers and guide them on how to react in complex situations, a police department…

Mixed Reality Lets Any Surface Become A Touch Screen

The market is still awaiting a consumer version of the Microsoft HoloLens, which is currently one of the most expensive mixed reality (MR) devices on the market, priced at $3000 (USD). This hasn’t stopped developers and researchers experimenting with the device to see what it can do. According to a team of Microsoft Researchers, the…

MLB Home Run Derby VR Out Now

Fans of baseball can rejoice as today sees the launch of MLB Home Run Derby VR on the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. The title has been developed by the Games and Virtual Reality team at Major League Baseball, so fans can expect and authentic experience. MLB Home Run Derby VR will feature three All-Star…

Outdoor Voices Aims to Use AR To Get Customers Outside

It was noted when Pokemon Go released that many people were drawn by the app into exploring the outdoors, with crowds of people hunting for elusive Pokemon in parks or public spaces and engaging in ‘Pokewalks’. Outdoor-wear retailer Outdoor Vices is also engaging with augmented reality (AR) to sell its product and get customers enjoying…

Real-Time VR Views Of Earth From Space

With Elon Musk’s Space X project aiming to bring the fantasy of space travel for everyone into reality, this has led to a renewed interest in the concept of space travel and what it would be like to view out planet from space. A new project called SpaceTime Enterprises plans to give everyone a chance…

Fast Travel Games Talk About Moving Into Mobile VR

Fast Travel Games is a small, independent development studio based in Stockholm, Sweden. The company has recently seen its first success in the virtual reality (VR) sphere will the release of Apex Construct, which received a positive response. Nina speaks to Kristoffer Benjaminsson, the CTO of Fast Travel Games about the origins of the company,…

VR Medical Company Vicarious Surgical Closes Series A Funding

With numerous opportunities opening up for use of immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in the medical field, a number of companies have risen to this challenge. One of them is Vicarious Surgical, which has recently closed a Series A funding round. Vicarious Surgical uses VR along with surgical robots…

Channel 4 Commission VR Film – Grenfell: Our Home

With the horrific images from the Grenfell Tower Fire still very much in the public consciousness in Britain, Channel 4’s Current Affairs department have commissioned a virtual reality (VR) film titled Grenfell: Our Home. The film is being produced by independent production company Parable and is set to premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternative Realities exhibition…

Snapchat Unveil Puggerfly AR Pet

Snapchat has shown a definite willingness to embrace augmented reality (AR) recently, and has now gone a step further with the announcement of a new kind of Snapchat AR pet called the puggerfly. The pug has become beloved to many denizens of the internet thanks to its cheerful nature and faintly ridiculous appearance that makes…

Remembering The Alamo With Augmented Reality

The battle of The Alamo is one of the most famous in American history, and the site of that 1836 conflict has become a popular tourist attraction for visitors to San Antonio in Texas. Visitors will now be able to peer into the past to see how the historic site would have looked during the…

VR Vision Report Shows Demand Remains High for PlayStation VR

A new report and infographic released by immersive technology innovation company VR Visions shows that demand for virtual reality (VR) devices remains high, with the expectation of further market growth and a forecast of 1 Billion VR and augmented reality (AR) users by 2020. The report was compiled by VR Vision, a company that specialises…

TPCast Sign Distribution Agreement With Fry’s Electronics

For those who are eagerly awaiting the chance to upgrade their PC-based virtual reality (VR) rig into a wireless unit in order to ditch the cables, the latest news might be of interest. TPCast has signed well-known North American electronics retailer Fry’s Electronics as a channel distributor partner. The agreement between TPCast and Fry’s Electronics…

Virtual Banking: China Construction Bank Experiments With Cutting-Edge Technology

A state-owned Chinese bank has opened a branch that claims to be fully-automated, featuring a host of cutting-edge technology, including facial recognition, talking robots and virtual reality (VR). The new branch of China Construction Bank opened in Shanghai’s Huangpu district, and has been designed with the aim of making banking more personal, convenient and efficient….

VR Film Reveals The Secrets of Design

Respected architecture and design curator Paola Antonelli had an idea to create an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience that could bring life to the design process. To realise this, Antonelli teamed up with content creators Sibling Rivalry to create an episodic VR experience called &Design. The creators hope that &Design will help explore universal themes…

VR Film Reveals The Secrets of Design

Respected architecture and design curator Paola Antonelli had an idea to create an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience that could bring life to the design process. To realise this, Antonelli teamed up with content creators Sibling Rivalry to create an episodic VR experience called &Design. The creators hope that &Design will help explore universal themes…

How Digital Infrastructure Is Holding VR Back

In today’s connected world, many of us are online 24/7. The realm of virtual reality (VR) much of the features that the technology relies on require and active internet connection to work. Some analysts think this dependence is holding VR back, but perhaps its the flaws in the communications infrastructure that are letting down modern…

VRStudios Announces New Wireless Multiplayer VR Solution

Location-based virtual reality (VR) centres are becoming more popular as places where players can try out the latest in high-end VR experiences without the expense of buying your own VR kit. However, those centres still face challenges in creating fully fledged multiplayer VR experiences. VRStudios is offering a solution with its latest product, the VRCade…

Mindshare UK and Zappar Release Report Into the Influence of AR

Augmented reality (AR) has become hot property in the past few months. The upward trend in interest began with the release of Pokemon Go, and accelerated with the release of Apple’s ARKit. Now Mindshare UK and Zappar have released a report into how brands need to adapt to the rise of AR. Several retailers and…

Filmmakers Launch New VR Company At Tribeca Film Festival

Among film festivals, the Tribeca Film Festival has one of the strongest relationships with virtual reality (VR), with several VR and 360-degree movies getting premieres at the event Now a new VR content company has been announced at the event. Filmmakers Jacob Wasserman, Adam Donald and Ant Gentile have announced the creation of a new…

VR Film Examines Consequences of Climate Change

As the scientists of the world become increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change, it can be difficult for people to relate to such a huge, sweeping issue. To bring the problem down to a human level, Contrast VR and the European Forest Institute (EFI) announce the release of The Disappearing Oasis, a virtual…

Dead Secret Circle Reveals New Trailer

Back in 2015. developer Robot Invader released its first virtual reality (VR) title for the Samsung Gear VR, titled Dead Secret. The horror/mystery titled was subsequently expanded to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, where it was well-received by critics. The development team have now revealed the trailer for the sequel, Dead Secret Circle. Dead Secret…

Giant Mecha Combat In Action With Code 51: Mech Arena

In a world reeling from a devastating world war, the accumulation of resources has become the paramount task of everyone, especially when it comes to gathering sources of the mysterious Code 51 energy, which powers the huge and powerful mechs. Code 51: Mech Arena is a title created by Chinese developer Smellyriver. There has been…

Developer Playsnak Announces New Shooter Wanted Killer VR

Berlin-based developer Playsnak have announced that it will be releasing a new fast-paced virtual reality (VR) shooter called Wanted Killer VR on to Steam in May 2018. Wanted Killer VR puts the player in the role of a secret group who are opposing the evil corporate empire of Genetic Minds Corp and its maniacal private…

Time to Get In the Cockpit As Code 51: Mech Arena is Out Now

After noting the regrettable dearth of good mech combat titles available in virtual reality (VR), Chinese developer Smellyriver have arrived to fill that particular niche with new title Code 51: Mech Arena, which is available now on PlayStation VR. Code 51: Mecha Arena takes place in a world that has been ravaged by a devastating…

VR Shooter Archangel Gets Free Multiplayer Update

Skydance Interactive are opening up the world of its action-shooter title Archangel to multiplayer introducing both cooperative and competitive multiplayer with a free update that will also introduce new maps and new mech classes. The new update is called Archangel: Hellfire and will be made available to all players who have a copy of Archangel…

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality Physical Release Arrives On Shelves

Fans of the incredibly popular animated series from Adult Swim, Rick and Morty will now be able to get hold of a physical copy of the PlayStation VR version of critically acclaimed virtual reality (VR) spin-off, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. Developers Owlchemy Labs teamed up with Adult Swim Games and Other Ocean Group to…

Fast Travel Games Announce Physical Release For Apex Construct

For hardcore videogame collectors there is little more satisfying than seeing a physical copy of a favourite title on your shelf. This is often a pleasure that virtual reality (VR) fans must forgo, as VR relies mostly on digital distribution. Fast Travel Games will be plugging as last one hole in your physical videogame library,…

Pimax Announce New Design for Controllers

Pimax attracted a great deal of attention with its Kickstarter campaign that aimed to fund the creation of an 8K virtual reality (VR) headset. The crowdfunding campaign went well over its initial funding goal, and customers are keen to get their hands on the headsets. A question still remained, however, and that was regarding the…