Life In 360°: Ready For War Or Peace

On Wednesday we took to the skies with Lockheed Martin for Life In 360° thanks to some aerial photography inside an F-16 Fighting Falcon.  That however was then. Today we’re sticking with flight, but are slightly more concerned with the landing aspect. Normally this is relatively straightforward – the ground is the ground, a factor…

Crytek Launches CRYENGINE 5.5 Adding new VR Features

There are a number of big videogame engines that developers can use to create their projects with Unity and Unreal Engine tending to be the two major third-party applications. Robinson: The Journey creator Crytek has its own version on the market, CRYENGINE, and today the company has released its next big update, version 5.5. Having released a…

New Sony Patent Reveals PlayStation VR Motion Sickness Technology

For any users virtual reality (VR) is a pleasant time that allows them to escape from reality and enjoy a range of new experiences. For some though, motion sickness can cause a host of different problems which can put a real damper on the level of enjoyment someone might get out of a title. Though…

Size Up Your Baggage With Kayak’s new AR Feature

We’ve all experienced it at some point, you go to the airport looking forward to a nice relaxing holiday but before the chilling can begin you need to get there. The only trouble is that bag you thought was small enough to take on the plane isn’t. Either you’ve crammed it full, the airline has…

PSVR Exclusive Astro Bot Gets Plenty Of New Gameplay In Latest Trailer

We’re not too far from the launch of anticipated PlayStation VR (PSVR) exclusive, Astro Bot Rescue Mission now. Before launch, though, there’s just time for another look at the gameplay. In the video below members of developer Sony Japan are on-hand to discuss making the game, and what makes it different to more traditional third-person…

Visbit and Kandao Demonstrate 8K VR Video Live Streaming

Both virtual reality (VR) 360-degree video use and video live-streaming are becoming increasingly popular among consumers. 360-degree video allows for a degree of ‘presence’ and immersion not possible with traditional 2D video while video streaming offers convenience and ease of access. Immersive media company Visbit have worked with VR camera maker Kandao to present an…

VR’s Killer Apps Will Be Created By The Next Generation Of Developers

The virtual reality (VR) industry has had its share of fits and spurts in recent years, and technology is just now at a level to consistently bring a developer’s vision to life, their work complimented by a complex network capable of beaming their immersive experiences to millions of VR headsets worldwide. But despite the recent and significant evolution of…

Augmented Reality Comes to the World of Tanks

Since the launch of Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore, a number of developers have sought to experiment with augmented reality (AR) technology. Though AR apps already existed, the new toolkits give them a scope that was not previously possible, such as turning the immensely popular World of Tanks mobile videogame into an AR experience. Nina…

Augmently Partners With 360Booth To Transform The Way Automotive Dealerships Attract Buyers

Lost Angeles based augmented reality (AR) agency specializing in three-dimensional/life-like AR technology and creative virtual world innovations, Augmently, has announced a new partnership with 360Booth. This means that Augmently will be able to leverage 360Booth’s patented car dealer photo studio solution to bring multi-dimensional experiences to automotive dealerships across the globe. 360Booth allows car buyers…

Augmented Reality To Tackle Face-Blindness

Imagine you are at a party, someone greets you by name and enthuses about seeing you again. However, you have no idea who they are. This is a problem regularly experienced by those who suffer from prosopagnosia, more commonly known as face blindness. A start-up company called SocialRecall thinks that augmented reality (AR) could help…

L’Oréal Paris Launches New AR Tool For Trying Out Make Up

A number of companies and brands have begun using augmented reality to allow consumers to try out products and see how they might look in the home or about your person. There have even been a number of make up brands which have launched virtual try-on apps for testing out new looks, however most of…

Dolphin Image & ARwall Introduce Large-Scale AR To Hollywood VFX

Orlando-based film studio Dolphin Image closes a $2M seed funding to further develop ARWall’s motion picture effects tools. Despite its heavy role in a vast majority of major motion picture productions, green screen technology is far from an ideal . A hefty price tag, considerable post production, and the need for a sizable amount of…

Apple Teases New ARKit 2 Experiences At 2018 Keynote

Science-based basketball training and oldschool Galaga with a multiplayer twist heads to iOS via Apple’s advanced augmented reality platform. Apple’s 2018 keynote event has officially come to a close and it appears as though iOS fans have much to look forward to over the coming months. The California-based technology company had no shortage of fresh…

Jaunt Acquires Personify’s Volumetric Capture Tech ‘Teleporter’ & Talent to Build Out XR Platform

Jaunt was once a cinematic VR company which produced high-quality 360 video, and to boot even a professional-grade 360 camera dubbed NEO. Taking a step in a decidedly more AR direction with its recently revealed volumetric video capture solution, Jaunt further announced it’s also acquired both Personify’s ‘Teleporter’ volumetric video streaming tech and the engineers behind it….

The Fourth VR Diversity Initiative Announced for 19th October

The last VR Diversity Initiative (VRDI) held on the 31st July was a huge success, with 80% of participants rating the workshop excellent. The VRDI is a one day free event for participants from under-represented groups and has grown in popularity amongst individuals looking to learn practical 360 film, Unity and Web VR skills. Two…

Dolphin Image and ARwall Partner To Augment Visual Effects

The techniques and technology used to create virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are starting to appear in Hollywood, either as part of efforts to create 360-degree films, or to help devise new techniques for creating visual effects. Dolphin Image, an independent film studio have partnered with ARwall, an immersive technology company to develop…

Supernatural Victorian VR Thriller The Awakened Announced

To anyone who studies that era of history, it becomes plain that the Victorians appeared to be somewhat obsessed with death and the supernatural. Ghost stories proliferated, fuelled by the rise of Spiritualism which claimed to offer proof of life after death. Developer Raylight Games is tapping into this in its upcoming Victorian virtual reality…

New Video Showcases Gravity Sketch 1.5 Features

Earlier this week Gravity Sketch announced their latest update which brought with it a ton of new features and saw the software move up to version 1.5. Now, to help showcase the new feature and encourage more artists to use the software the team have released a video that gives a detailed look at how…

Scotland In 3D A Victorian VR Tour Is Now On Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter has gone live which aims to produce a book that will give viewers a chance to explore the beautiful landscape and history of Scotland all within 3D. Created by Peter Blair, Scotland in 3D – A Victorian Virtual Reality (VR) Tour is a celebration of the 170th anniversary of Sir David Brewster’s…

A Free AR Baby Raptor In Retail Copies of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

A number of immersive videogames and experiences in both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) were announced in the run up to the theatrical release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It seems that Universal Pictures have decided this was a winning approach, and have taken a similar AR tack with the home release of…

‘Firewall Zero Hour’ Tops PSVR’s Most Downloaded Game List in August

Firewall Zero Hour (2018), the tactical team shooter from ROM: Extraction (2016) developers First Contact Entertainment, has apparently celebrated some serious notoriety since it launched late last month on PlayStation VR; Sony has ranked it the top most downloaded PSVR game of August. What’s more, Firewall Zero Hour launched on August 28th, giving it only four days…

AR App Seeks Crowdfunding to Enhance Travel

When travelling abroad where you may not know the language, it can sometimes be difficult to find out information about the points of interest that may be around you. The founders of Worldee are seeking to solve this issue using augmented reality (AR) to provide information on various tourist attractions. Founder Connor Hoare and co-founder…

Sony Introduces Two Game Bundles for PlayStation VR

PlayStation VR is less than two years old yet its managed to become the most popular high-end headset with sales surpassing 3 million units. That’s been largely thanks to Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE’s) massive PlayStation 4 user base and aggressive pricing of the headset, with almost continuous deals and discounts. Those continue today, with SIE…

New PSVR bundles include Creed, Astro Bot, Superhot and Moss

There are going to be some great new ways to pick up PSVR very soon. Sony today introduced two new bundles for its PS4 VR headset, which it recently confirmed had sold over three million units. Both bundle the kit with some of its best games along with some of its most anticipated titles for…

Augmenting Dinner – Pizza Hut Gets AR Packaging

This year will mark the first time that Pizza Hut has been an official sponsor of the National Football League (NFL). To mark this, the food chain has launched a number of programs to get the attention of NFL fans and bring American Football and pizza closer together – including its new interactive augmented reality…

Proze: Prologue Is A Tiny But Curious Glimpse Of A New VR Adventure

Is it just me or do lots of developers struggle with scale in VR? Sure it’s amazing to see massive spaceships and enormous cliffs towering above you for miles beyond, but texture work and lack of focal variation can often make things seem a little awkward. Proze’s brief prologue, though, has no such issues. There’s…

VR Experience from Figment Productions Nominated for Two Raindance Awards

As has been covered a number of times on VRFocus, an increasing number of film festivals and award committees are recognising the contribution of immersive media. The Raindance Film Festival is due to be held in London later this month, and some virtual reality (VR) experiences have made the cut. Notably, a VR experience from…

QooCam 360 Camera Begins Shipping to Kickstarter Backers

Having launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its 360-degree camera the QooCam, Kandao Technology in May that saw success within hours, the team have now announced that deliveries have begun to early backers. Anyone well versed in backing Kickstarter projects knows that not all of them are a success, even if funding goals have been…