Display Week 2018: New Samsung, JDI and LG Panels For VR Compared

Google worked with LG to develop a display panel providing an astonishing 18.1 megapixels of detail per eye in a VR headset. While Facebook wasn’t ready to show its Half Dome varifocal prototype in-person, the new panel from LG as well as similar ones from Japan Display Inc. and Samsung were shown during Display Week…

vTime’s Partnership With Jaunt, DTS and 2018 Plans

vTime is a free virtual reality (VR) social network that can be enjoyed on various different HMD’s. Create an avatar and enjoy social VR with others in various different environments from 360 film to virtual spaces such as a bar. VRFocus spoke to Julian Price the Chief Marketing Officer at vTime about their new partnerships…

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…

VR Comedy ‘Door No. 1’ Available Now On Hulu

Smoke weed with Snoop Dogg or chase after the girl of your dreams in this outrageous 360 experience centered around a high school reunion. Brought to us by writer/director Nora Kirkpatrick (The Office, Greeks) and produced by AOL VR production company RYOT, Door No. 1 is a comedic, multi-narrative VR experience loaded with various branching…

Why Media Molecule’s Dreams Could Be PSVR’s Most Important Game

I’ve been following Media Molecule’s Dreams with cautious optimism for three years now, not because I doubt the LittleBigPlanet developers’ ability to make a robust, accessible creation platform, but because I was worried the team wouldn’t realize the full potential of the app on PSVR. Creative platforms like Tilt Brush, Medium and Tvori make for…

Facebook Explains Why It Engineered The Half Dome Varifocal VR Headset

At Display Week in Los Angeles Facebook revealed why its researchers and engineers built a varifocal VR headset. Over the last few years researchers at Facebook’s Reality Labs (formerly known as Oculus Research) developed a series of prototypes designed to solve a fundamental problem facing current VR headset design. The event opened Tuesday with a keynote…

NOLO VR Completes $10 Million Series A Financing Led by BlueRun Ventures

Nolo VR, the China-based company behind the 6DOF mobile tracking system Nolo CV1, today announced they have successfully completed a $10 million Series A financing round. The Series A was led by the Menlo Park-based BlueRun Ventures, and included Nigeria-based Lotus Capital. Previously, Nolo VR had secured financing from Lotus Capital and Galileo Capital. With…

Bring Space to Life with AstroReality’s Mini Set

Augmented Reality (AR) can be used to be informative, entertaining and educational. So far AR has predominately been used to create filters for applications such as Snapchat, but more companies are combining different technologies to create something new. AstroReality are using AR to create interactive posters and notebooks – similar to how Shazam and Blippar…

VR Diversity Initiative Participants Share Their Thoughts

When signing-up to the VR Diversity Initiative (VRDI) participants might often come in being sceptical of virtual reality (VR). However in general, at the end of the day most participants come away with feeling inspired, curious and driven to start their own immersive tech company. VRFocus spoke to several participants to get some feedback on…

Hulu’s VR Comedy ‘Door No. 1’ Launches Today, Catch the Trailer Here

Hulu’s new VR comedy Door No. 1 launches today on the Hulu VR app. Written and directed by Nora Kirkpatrick (The Office, Greeks) and produced by AOL’s immersive film studio RYOT, the single-episode VR comedy will be available on Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR, PSVR, Google Daydream and Oculus Rift. Presented in 360 degrees, Door No. 1 strings…

Examine The International Space Station In ABC’s Tie-In Augmented Reality App

Attentive VRFocus readers will have noticed that there’s been an awful lot of immersive technology stories emanating out of Australia over the last few weeks. The second such flurry of stories from the land down under we’ve seen this year. In April Unity announced their augmented reality (AR) ‘Center of Excellence’ for Australia. Earlier this month a…

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…

VR Firm Formerly Known As Daydream Acquired By ValueSetters

Buy and sell. Chop and change. Release and re-evaluate. When it comes to the world of virtual reality (VR) it really doesn’t stay still. Just compare where we are now in terms of the technology to where we were, say, when VRFocus was launched back in the tail end of 2014. Even compare it to…

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…

One Piece Grand Cruise Arrives On PlayStation VR

Ten months after it was revealed by Shonen Jump magazine, that a PlayStation VR exclusive videogame set in the One Piece universe was in development; fans of Monkey D. Luffy and his quest to discover the famed ‘One Piece’ which would see him crowned the King of the Pirates can finally raise the anchor on their voyage. One Piece: Grand…

Along Together Coming to PlayStation VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and More

US developer Turbo Button has made a name for itself with some unique virtual reality (VR) content, such as SMS Racing and Floor Plan. A year ago the developer debuted on Google Daydream with Along Together, and this month the critically acclaimed VR videogame will launch on a multitude of new formats. Along Together tasks…

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…

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…

NBA 2017-2018 VR Highlight Reel Arrives Free On NextVR

Go courtside for this season’s most incredible MVP moments in NextVR’s latest partnership with the NBA. Since its initial transition into VR content back in 2012, NextVR has become one of, if not the leading provider of live VR event broadcasts. The company has provided  immersive live streaming services for multiple high-profile clients, from the…

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…

This Week In VR Sport: Ice Hockey, NBA Highlights And BT Sport

The weekend is here and VRFocus is back once again to bring you another entry of This Week In VR Sport. With a number of sports related virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) stories, there is plenty to enjoy this week with the reveal of VR ice hockey, NBA highlights and even the UEFA Champions League in 360-degree. Step…

NextVR Introduces NBA 2017-2018 MVP Highlight Reel in Virtual Reality

NextVR, the VR video streaming platform the brings live events to headset users, is introducing the 2017-2018 season NBA MVP highlight reel on the NextVR app. The VR highlight reel brings headset users courtside with this season’s MVP favorites, including epic shots, dunks and assists of this season from MVP contenders James Harden, Lebron James,…