Massive Vive Focus System Update Adds Phone Calls & ‘Surroundings Mode’

A host of game-changing features could put HTC’s 6DoF headset at the top of the stand-alone food chain. Despite the fact it won’t be hitting consumers stateside until later this year, HTC’s answer to standalone VR, the Vive Focus, is already receiving a generous amount of updates and fixes for its strictly Chinese audience. Revealed…

NCTech Launches The iSTAR Pulsar Virtual Data Capture System

Data is big business. If you’re not sure how big, just aswk yourself how many emails you’ve had relating to GDPR in the run-up to that regulation coming in. Understanding how to utilise virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is also big business, but in another way. Since there is still much to explore…

Here’s a Look Inside Both Samsung & JDI’s High Pixel Density VR Panels

SID Display Week played host to a number of big names in display technology showing off their respective high pixel density VR panels. UploadVR’s Ian Hamilton was on the scene, and managed to get a pretty good capture of both Samsung’s and JDI’s panels with his iPhone 8 camera. Samsung showed off their 2.43-inch, 3,840 × 2,160…

Hands-On: Vacation Simulator For PSVR Retains Owlchemy’s Signature Charm

Vacation Simulator from Owlchemy Labs may look a lot like Job Simulator, but it packs a whole lot more than the studio’s first VR game. Designed as a direct successor to the comedic menial labor simulation experience, Vacation Simulator puts players in a wide range of stereotypical “relaxing” situations. At a recent pre-E3 preview event…

Zone of The Enders 2’s VR Support Is As Confusing As It Is Thrilling

VR has a welcome habit of resurrecting the most unexpected of franchises. Gungrave is ending its 16-year hiatus later in 2018, for example, and even Double Fine’s dormant Psychonauts series found a new home inside PSVR. Perhaps even more surprising than these two, though, is the return of the Konami’s Zone of the Enders: The…

MIT Researchers Test Autonomous Drones Using VR Training Grounds

Researchers at MIT are using VR to train autonomous drones in safer, less expensive environments. Commercial drone use has skyrocketed over the last four years. Breakthroughs in unmanned aircraft technology have lowered the prices of key components to the point that filmmakers, researchers, even casual hobbyists have been able to join the fray, resulting in…

HTC U12+ Includes Vive Focus Compatibility

HTC has today announced a new flagship smartphone handset, the HTC U12+, cited as the ‘biggest and boldest flagship phone ever’. The device features a 6″ display with cinematic 18:9 widescreen, Edge Sense 2 and dual front- and rear-facing cameras. However, one of the most interesting features has had little fanfare: the HTC U12+ includes…

Here’s Google And LG’s New 1,443 PPI VR Display

One of the most anticipated features of this week’s Display Week event in LA is a new screen built by Google and LG, designed specifically for VR. At its booth LG is showing off a 4.3-inch OLED panel with a pixel density of 1443 pixels per inch (PPI). We’ve just gone hands-on with it and…

Lucid & RED Partner to Build Next-Gen 3D Camera With Dual 4K Sensors

Lucid, maker of the stereoscopic point-and-shoot LucidCam camera, is partnering with RED, the professional-use camera company, to produce a 180-degree stereoscopic camera for 8K video and image capture. The camera is said to give users the ability to capture 8K video and picture, and convert to RED’s four view (4V) “holographic” file format in real-time…

LucidCam and RED Partner on Prosumer 8K 3D Camera

Before Google and Lenovo released their VR180 camera earlier this month Lucid had got there first with its 180-degree, 3D camera the LucidCam. Today, Lucid has announced a new venture partnering with professional camera maker RED to create a 180-degree, 8K, 3D/4-View (4V), prosumer camera.  The new dual camera will not only give users full…

A Free Demo of WipEout Omega Collection is Now Available

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) launched virtual reality (VR) support for the WipEout Omega Collection a couple of months ago, bringing high speed racing to the PlayStation VR. Today, SIE has announced a free demo for all PlayStation 4 owners, allowing them to sample the iconic racer before purchase. The US PlayStation Blog has announced that the WipEout Omega…

‘WipEout Omega’ For PSVR & PS4 is Getting a Free Demo Tomorrow

Ever since WipEout Omega Collection (2017) added support for PSVR back in March, it became the de facto gold standard of anti-grav VR racing on the platform. Now, users looking to pop their head in to see what all the fuss is about should have their eyeballs pointed to PSN starting tomorrow, as Sony is tossing out a free…

Meitu Displays Achievement Of Globalization Process At Google I/O

At the recent Google I/O 2018 developer conference held in Mountain View, California, China’s leading mobile internet company Meitu was a key partner and contributor during the Firebase presentation session during the conference. Meitu have collaborated with Google on a number of global advertising campaigns and on the Firebase platform. The two firms have plans…

OmniVision And Smart Eye Introduce 2-Megapixel Solution For Gaze And Eye Tracking

Leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, OmniVision Technologies, has announced a collaboration with Smart Eye to integrate OmniVision’s latest 2-megapixel image sensor with Smart Eye’s sensing algorithm library in a turnkey driver and cabin monitoring solution. The new OV2311 is the industry’s first 2-megapixel senor with global shutter and an ASIL B rating in…

ArcelorMittal South Africa Using VR To Test For Fear Of Heights In Staff

A new virtual reality (VR) experience is being used to help test for fear of heights in works who would be responsible for repairing and maintain the two blast furnaces on the Vanderbijlpark plant nearly 50 miles outside of Johannesburg. The VR training is dubbed the Blast Furnace Experience and draws from the gaming world…

Report: Google is Developing a Standalone AR Headset to Rival HoloLens

Google is allegedly developing a standalone augmented reality headset that aims to offer users a tethereless AR experience, German tech publication WinFuture reports. WinFuture maintains they’ve obtained documents proving the existence of the Google AR headset project, which internally carries the code name ‘A65’. The headsets is said to rely on processors built by Qualcomm, and much like…

Worlds at War Multi-Vehicular Mayhem Comes to Oculus Store

Last week indie developer Muddy Pixel released its first virtual reality (VR) title via Steam Early Access, Worlds at War. The action packed, vehicle-based experience has now arrived on Oculus Store, saving Oculus Rift owners a little bit of cash in the process. A purely single-player experience, Worlds at War puts you in the aftermath of an alien invasion…

‘Reality Portals’ Allow Real-Time Communication Between The Real World & VR

SVVR’s first project under their ambitious MULTIVERSE initiative links VR with the real world via mixed reality live events. Since 2013, independent global VR community SVVR has worked tirelessly to develop a thriving global community for VR enthusiasts, developers, professionals, and entrepreneur looking to sink their teeth into immersive technology. The company recently crossed their…

RED’S Hydrogen Phone Slated For AT&T And Verizon Launch In 2018

Camera maker RED is planning to bring its holographic phone to Verizon and AT&T later this year. The Hydrogen One is said to have a display that shows depth without any glasses required, and a PDF on the RED website outlines its planned feature set for around $1,300. That same sheet lists a Q1 planned…

Hands-on: VR Goes Skydiving at iFLY – The Ultimate Haptic Simulation

iFLY, a leading provider of indoor skydiving facilities, today launched their iFLY VR initiative which combines the company’s indoor skydiving experience with immersive visuals powered by a Gear VR headset. I got to try to experience for myself at the company’s SF Bay location. Now available at 28 locations in the US, the iFLY VR…

Growth of Volumetric Video Market Driven By VR and AR

According to a new market research report delivered by MarketsandMarkets titled ‘Volumetric Video Market by Volumetric Capture & Content Creation (Hardware (Camera & Processing Unit), Software, and Services), Application (Sports & Entertainment, Medical, Signage, Education & Training), and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023’, the market for volumetric video is growing considerably, driven by demand…

VR vs. Cheese

Last week on VR vs. I discussed all things immersive at this year’s F8, which took place now two weeks ago. About Facebook’s role in not only having to get through the event without disaster, but having to address all the fallout from Cambridge Analytica and – from our point of view – provide a…

Preview: ManMade – A Sci-fi Thriller Without the Thrill

Third-person virtual reality (VR) titles can be an odd affair. While most developers choose a first-person perspective for maximum immersion, having an overhead view of your character can still work well, just look at Lucky’s Tale, Chronos, Term1nal, Starbear: Taxi, and Moss for example. Today, indie developer CBILAB VR Studios has released a demo for…

God of War’s Kratos Comes To VR Using Virtual Photogrammetry

Sony’s God of War might not be playable in VR, but one fan has brought its iconic protagonist, Kratos, into headsets in a project worthy of the gods. Reddit user d_cay recently shared the below video, which makes incredibly clever use of God of War’s newly-released Photo Mode, paired with photogrammetry. For those that don’t…

Fit For Purpose – The AR Body Scanning App For Clothing Sizes

Finding clothing that fits properly is not an easy task. It’s not always possible to try on an outfit, and of course it is impossible for those doing their shopping online. SevenTablets and Rebel Athletic think augmented reality (AR) is the answer, and to prove it they are releasing Fit Freedom, a body scanning app…

Recap of Everything AR and VR at Google I/O

The Google I/O conference is over for another year. Though this year’s event was a little lighter on news and announcements concerning virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) than expected, there were still a few interesting bits and pieces. Nina looks over the event to provide an overview of everything immersive that was discussed…

ThirdEye Gen Showcasing AR SmartGlasses For Enterprise Use

There has been an upsurge in interest among businesses, brands and manufacturers regarding augmented reality (AR) technology. One company taking advantage of this interest is ThirdEye Gen, who have worked for some time with the US Department of Defence on AR applications and are now turning their attention to AR for the enterprise market. ThirdEye…