Switch Seamlessly from 360 to VR180 With Vuze XR Dual Camera

There are a number of products out there that cater to creators who want to capture 360-degree video footage, or those who prefer to use the stereoscopic power of VR180, but so far, not many products are capable of doing both. HumanEyes Technologies is hoping to fill that gap with the upcoming Vuze XR Camera….

Nickelodeon Combines Live TV With AR For Screens Up

Nickelodeon’s latest AR project has you using your phone in conjunction with its live broadcasting. Revealed this week, the new Screens Up app is a new initiative from the company that will encourage you to get your smartphone out at specific moments during a show to augment your experience. Starting with Kid’s Choice Sports, which…

AR and MR Training Firm Re’flekt Secure Investment Money

Munich-based company Re’flekt are one of a growing number of businesses that are tapping into the emerging market for augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) training. The firm has seen some early success, and has recently announced a new funding injection from technology company BASF. Re’flekt focusses on developing enterprise-level applications for training and…

Unreal Engine Gets Official Mixed Reality Video Support With Version 4.20

Developers working with the Unity toolset to build VR experiences have enjoyed solid support for mixed reality video capture for around two years now. A mixed reality video seamlessly merges two realities in real-time, so this means that many Unity-based VR games, starting with Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption, include features that let enthusiastic players…

Unreal Engine 4.20 Released With Robust AR Support

After its usual process of releasing several previews, Epic Games has today launched the next version of its popular videogame engine, Unreal Engine 4.20, making it easier and more seamless for developers to build realistic characters and immersive environments across videogames, film and TV, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) and enterprise…

Germany’s Galaxy Erding Water Park now has a VR Attraction

Theme parks using virtual reality (VR) is nothing new, with locations like Six Flags and Alton Towers utilising the technology to enhance rollercoasters with immersive imagery. Combining high-tech VR equipment with water on the other hand might seem like a foolhardy attempt to bring water parks into the 21st Century but that’s exactly what Galaxy Erding…

One of Europe’s Largest Water Parks Now Has a VR Water Slide

One of Europe’s largest water parks, Therme Erding’s Galaxy Erding water park in Germany, has a new claim to fame: a water slide that outfits guests with a VR headset. Dubbed VRSlide, the system includes a water-resistant VR headset powered by a Samsung Galaxy S8 for a deep dive through the waters of the digital unknown. As…

Life In 360°: Fishy Weather

In the last year or so the BBC’s Blue Planet series has received an awful lot of praise, not just for its stellar camerawork and status as a natural history documentary series. The latter has been well established since the very first Blue Planet series back in 2001. Blue Planet II‘s highlighting of the realities…

Pro 3D 8K 360° VR Camera Detu MAX Sails Past Kickstarter Goal

Last month 360-degree camera specialist Detu launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its latest top-of-the-range product, the Detu MAX. Designed purely for the professional market, being able to record in 3D at an 8K resolution, the Detu MAX has easily achieved its funding target with plenty of time to spare. While more and more 360-degree…

Life In 360°: Remote Control Menace

It’s easy to imagine what virtual reality (VR) could become to the videogame scene.  As I’ve discussed before on VRFocus it is easier to write a fiction than create a reality when it comes to technology and though the fiction can inspire it can also lead to disappointment in the reality of the situation. That…

Facebook Are Testing Augmented Reality Adverts In The News Feed

Facebook have been invested in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) for some time now, being a driving force in pushing the technology forward. Now the company is looking to bring AR to more users by bringing new tools to the Facebook platform that will make it easier for marketers to create AR adverts…

Rémy Martin Promotes Latest Cognac Release With AR Art Tour

The French cognac producers team with abstract artist Matt. W. Moore for an international augmented marketing campaign. As AR advertising continues to capture the attentions of various companies looking for more engaging forms of brand awareness, we’re beginning to see the creative possibilities AR technology can bring to conventional marketing. Rémy Martin, one of the…

Magic Leap: Released Tech Specs and New Demo Still Fail to Impress

Opinion on Magic Leap remains very much divided, with some people predicting it will change the face of immersive technology forever, while many other dismiss it as a pie-in-the-sky project that can never live up to its hype. Whatever the truth, the Magic Leap has now come closer to Earth with the reveal of its…

Episode Two Of Felix & Paul’s Space Explorers Series Is Now Avaiable

Felix & Paul, the Montréal based pioneers in cinematic virtual reality (VR) experiences have been delivering impressive documentary’s for some time now including The People’s House: Inside the White House With Barack and Michelle Obama. The studio has also being working on a two-part cinematic series that explores the new age of space exploration and…

Report: 360-Degree Camera Market To Reach $1.5 Billion by 2023

Creating 360-degree video has become one of the most popular and accessible means for creators to become involved in creating virtual reality (VR) content. Not only individuals but brands, businesses, marketing and creative industries have all embraced the technology as a new means to engage with audiences. According to a report by MarketsandMarkets, this trend…

Magic Leap Reveals Developer Demo, Confirms NVIDIA TX2 Hardware

Today during Magic Leap’s developer livestream the company offered the first details on the compute hardware that’s built into the device, confirming that an NVIDIA CPU/GPU module, and also showed a brief developer sample demonstrating world meshing and gesture input. Speaking during a developer livestream today, Magic Leap’s Alan Kimball, part of the company’s developer relations…

Add VR 180 Photos to VR Videos

Immersive videos such as 180-degree or 360-degree videos are rapidly becoming one of the most prevalent ways for users to discover virtual reality (VR) content. It is also one of the easiest ways for creators to get involved with creating their own VR content. As such, any new tools are services that make the creation…

Tiny Tank Is An Action-Packed 360 Video From SoKrispyMedia

There’s still a lot to figure out about 360 video, which means filmmakers tend to stick to slower-paced experiences. Tiny Tank is no such experience. This new VR short, launched today by SoKrispyMedia in partnership with Madison Wells Media, is the first in a new series titled SoKrispy Daydreams. It’s an action-packed piece that envisions…

Tiny Tank Is An Action-Packed 360 Video From SoKrispyMedia

There’s still a lot to figure out about 360 video, which means filmmakers tend to stick to slower-paced experiences. Tiny Tank is no such experience. This new VR short, launched today by SoKrispyMedia in partnership with Madison Wells Media, is the first in a new series titled SoKrispy Daydreams. It’s an action-packed piece that envisions…

Full-Body VR Haptic HoloSuit Shipping This November

If you’ve ever felt that your body would be a better controller in virtual reality than a joypad or wand, you’ll understand why Kaaya Tech’s HoloSuit just reached its funding goal on Kickstarter. Offered in multiple versions, the wearable haptic controller uses a considerable array of sensors to control VR apps, and promises to start shipping this…

MixCast Livestreaming Application Now Available

MixCast, the livestreaming program for virtual reality (VR), has finally released making its powerful streaming features available to anyone. MixCast allows users to create, share and broadcast mixed reality (MR) content to any audience, with almost any equipment, application and filming environment. With livestreaming being such a popular entertainment source and marketing tool for developers and…

Watch Steven Spielberg Use An HTC Vive To Direct Ready Player One

Behind-the-scenes footage of this year’s Ready Player One shows director Steven Spielberg using an HTC Vive to bring the film to life. The video below, taken from the extra content on the upcoming home video release, shows the legendary director adorning the popular VR headset in the early stages of production. With the help of…