New Patent Reveals LG VR Headset Final Design

We’ve known for some time that electronics company LG have been working with Valve on a new VR headset. A recent Trademark application revealed the name of the device as the LG UltraGear VR. Now a patent application has shown what the final design will look like. Previously only the prototype version of the headset…

VR Coaster and Sensics Unveil RideVR Headset Specifically for Theme Parks

Theme parks have been experimenting with virtual reality (VR) for a while now, generally tending to utilise Samsung Gear VR headsets in conjunction with a pre-existing rollercoaster to offer guests a new virtual ride. Now VR Coaster and Sensics have unveiled RideVR, a brand new headset specifically designed for theme park use. RideVR is the…

2018 Samsung Gear 360 4k Camera Showcases New Playful Design

2017 has almost come to an end and with the start of 2018 looming there’s going to be the usual influx of new gadgets and gizmos from events like CES and Mobile World Congress (MWC). Yearly updates aren’t an unusual thing anymore – just look at smartphones – and it seems as though tech giant…

Tactai Wants To Bring Better Touch Feedback To Virtual Reality

Virtual reality and augmented reality have delivered realistic visuals and sound to virtual experiences, but they’re completely lacking a sense of touch. Tactaiwants to change that with a new kind of multi-modal touch feedback technology. If it works, it could lead to a new generation of VR and AR headsets that can add a new sense…

Project Beyond Gets Reborn As The Samsung 360 Round

You’d be forgiven for thinking it was a dark time for 360 degree filmmaking, following the recent announcement by Nokia to withdraw funding from its virtual reality (VR) endeavours. Resulting in the loss of a number of jobs and the shutting down of further development on its professional grade 360 degree camera, the OZO VR….

Pimax’s 8K VR Headset Smashes Kickstarter Goal In Hours

It looks like a lot of people are hungry for Pimax’s 8K VR headset. We first heard about this new device, which is said to support Valve’s SteamVR platform, ahead of the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in January and subsequently went hands-on with it. We found that some major improvements needed to be made before…

Kandao Update 360-Degree Camera Range With Obsidian GO

Earlier this year, Chinese tech firm Kandao announced its new hardware product, the Kandao Obsidian 360-degree camera. Kandao have now announced a new version of the camera is being launched – the Obsidian GO. In contrast to the Obsidian R and S models, which were launched for early adopters in July, the Obsidian GO is…

There Will Be No Proto Awards In 2017, Return Planned In 2018

The organizers of VR’s biggest awards ceremony, The Proto Awards, say they won’t be hosting an event in 2017. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 The Proto Awards were held to recognize some of the groundbreaking efforts pushing forward the emerging medium of VR content. The event is organized by The Virtual Reality Foundation, which is…

ThirdEye Gen Launches AR SmartGlasses

There has been a recent rise in the use of augmented reality (AR) smartglasses for use in business environments such as manufacturing, quality control and warehousing. Google have begun to tap this market with the re-launch of Google Glass, as have Vuzix with the M300 smart glasses system. US company ThirdEye Gen is also hoping…

AR Becomes Physical as Merge Cube Launches

During CES 2017 in January, virtual reality (VR) headset maker Merge VR unveiled a new product and a toy that uses augmented reality (AR) called Holo Cube. Since then it’s been renamed the Merge Cube, and the company has announced that it’ll be available to purchase exclusively from Walmart this week. With AR gaining more…

HTC’s Vive Tracker Has Brought Out The Best In VR Innovation

HTC’s Vive Tracker presents an elegant solution to the VR peripheral problem. Instead of releasing hundreds upon hundreds of different controllers that replicate real world items, why not just stick a single tracked object onto the real thing to bring it into the virtual world? When it was announced at CES back in January, we…

The Red and Black legacy of the Virtual Boy

The innovative minds at Nintendo launched the Switch on 2nd March 2017. The aim and indeed the marketing is that it’s both a pretty powerful handheld console that docks into a charging station and becomes a full games console. Like many Nintendo systems the aim is not necessarily to bring people the latest and most…

Kandao Announce New 360-Degree Camera – Kandao Obsidian

Chinese tech company Kandao has announced the launch of their latest hardware product designed for 3D and 360-degree image capture, the Kandao Obsidian. The device has already gain praise and even an award, named as a ‘Best of Innovation Honoree’ at CES 2017. The Kandao Obsidian has two variants, the R and S. Th Obsidian…

Intel’s Wireless Vive Headset Comes To E3

Wigig technology introduces more options for wireless VR. Initially revealed back in January during the 2017 Consumer Electronics Showcase, aka CES, Intel’s new wireless solution for the HTC Vive has finally emerged from the shadows and was being shown at the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo, currently taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Labeled the…

DisplayLink to Show ‘XR’ WiGig Wireless VR System at E3 Capable of Dual 4k @120Hz

Another entrant in the rapidly burgeoning wireless VR segment appears as DisplayLink prepares to present their new WiGig 60Ghz wireless VR technology at next week’s E3 convention and, according to a recent hands-on, it’s looking pretty impressive. Given recent opinions shared by the founder of Oculus, that current generation virtual reality headsets would not see…

AR Company Meta Sues Competitor For Alleged IP Theft

Augmented reality startup Meta is suing a competitor called Dreamworld for alleged intellectual property misappropriation in a case that mentions fake identities and this very publication. Stay with us. A few months ago, I took a trip to San Mateo to visit a new AR startup called Dreamworld. One of their founders, a man who…

The Virtual Arena: From Silver Screen to Silicon Dreams! (Part 1)

With the Digital Out-of-Home entertainment (DOE) applications of virtual reality (VR) gaining momentum, along with the announcement of more VR arcades scheduled to open, developments in the serious business opportunities for VR have started to galvanize. In this two-part feature, industry specialist Kevin Williams looks at the continuing impact that the movie business aligned with…

Merge VR Launches $1 Million Fund for VR/AR Developers

Merge VR, the company best known for its soft purple virtual reality (VR) headset for mobiles, has announced the launch of a $1 million USD fund for VR and augmented reality (AR) developers building apps for Merge platforms. The company already has several studios involved with the fund including React VRX, Draw & Code, Steelehouse Productions and…

Microsoft Reveals Asus Mixed Reality Headset, New Design from Dell

Today at Computex 2017, the annual IT expo held in Taipei, Taiwan, Microsoft revealed more from their line-up of affordable Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ headsets, including Asus’ headset and an updated design from Dell. While solid specs or pricing information aren’t available for either headset just yet, the company today revealed Asus’ headset which sports an interesting low-poly front cover…

$2.1M Seed Funding Secured By Antilatency

It may not be close to the $400m investment announced earlier today by developers of the Unity Engine, Unity Technologies. But another virtual reality (VR) company has cause to celebration today after it became the latest to reveal seed funding success. Antilatency, which works with positional tracking for movile VR, announced it had received over…

Google’s Standalone Headsets Use Snapdragon 835 VR Platform

Yesterday we learned that Google is teaming up with Qualcomm to produce a new line of standalone VR headsets, made in partnership with companies like HTC and Lenovo. But what’s actually powering these headsets? As we suspected, the headsets run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 VR platform, which wasn’t outright stated at yesterday’s I/O keynote speech….

VESA Creates AR and VR Special Interest Group

Many people don’t actually know who VESA is, but they’re responsible for a lot of the display standards that we use every day. They’re responsible for the most crucial digital display standards that have existed in the past and even into the future including VGA, DVI, LVDS and DisplayPort. The extremely popular USB Type-C uses…