XTend Aims To Gamify Real-Life Activities With Drones And Augmented Reality

Two of the founders of the 3D company Replay Technologies Inc, which was acquired by Intel in 2016, are setting up a new augmented reality (AR) venture called XTend Reality Expansion Ltd. The company will focus on developing a drone-based app that promises to gamify real-life activities. Having recently raised several million dollars from Tel…

Robots Communicating Through AR To Make Better Coworkers

With augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology being used more in parallel with robotics it is not surprising that the relationship between robot workers and their human counterparts is improving. In a paper published entitled “Improving Collocated Robot Teleportation With Augmented Reality“, roboticists from the University of Colorado Boulder are exploring how AR…

Finding Small Parts Is Easier Than Ever With Amazon AR

If you have ever been in the middle of making, assembling or repairing something and suddenly realised that you are short one crucial, but very small component, you might know what a pain it is to find an exact match for the tiny piece you are missing. The updated Amazon augmented reality (AR) app might…

VR for Training Orthopaedic Surgeons

Virtual reality (VR) in both training and healthcare areas has been seeing a surge in growth as an increasing number of companies and providers adopt the technology. One of those has been the Johnson & Johnson Institute, which recently launched a VR training program to help prepare orthopaedic surgeons and nurses for some common procedures….

An Estimated 53.6 Million Steam Users Now Have VR Ready GPUs

High PC hardware requirements are one reason why VR’s initial buy-in cost is often cited around $1,200, but as GPUs get more powerful and cheaper over time, more people are ending up with ‘VR Ready’ hardware, perhaps without even meaning to. Today an estimated 53.6 million Steam users already have one of the most expensive…

Oculus Announces First Retail Bundle: Rift + ‘Marvel Powers United VR’

Oculus today announced plans to launch a new retail bundle which adds the upcoming Marvel Powers United VR to the usual retail box including the Rift headset and Touch controllers. Taking a cue from the console world where it’s fairly common to see retail bundles that are coupled with major game releases, Oculus has announced its…

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….

Join VRFocus For A Post Gamescom XR Review This September

Events are tricky, sometimes there’s just only so much you can do to get to them or see everything there when you do. The next major event on the horizon is, of course, Gamescom next month and after a somewhat lackluster feeling E3 earlier this year, there’s a lot of expectation going in to it.…

Vuzix Sees Order Numbers for Smart Glasses Rise

Vuzix have emerged as a leader in the field of enterprise-focussed augmented reality (AR), offering its services to various industries, seeing particular success with its M300 Smart Glasses system. The company reports that it has recently received on of its largest orders for M300 Smart Glasses, which came from AMA XpertEye Inc. AMA XpertEye are…

A Look Inside Consumer Perceptions of Oculus Go

More than just the latest in a long line of niche gadgets, Oculus Go represents the linchpin of Facebook’s lofty goal of putting one billion people into virtual reality. Built with the new or casual user in mind, the device’s non-intimidating tether-free design and Snapdragon 821 mobile processor (which will be two years old in…

Leap Motion Looks To Combine AR & VR With ‘Mirrorworlds’

Leap Motion dreams big with an ambitious new project that could open ‘alternative dimensions of reality, layered over the physical world.’ AMerican computer hardware manufacturer Leap Motion has released a series of concept videos teasing a technological future where augmented and virtual reality have collided to form a ‘parallel reality’ of sorts. Dubbed ‘Mirrorworlds,’ these…

Get $100 of Gift Cards When Purchasing the HTC Vive Pro for Amazon Prime Day

Earlier today VRFocus reported on some of the virtual reality (VR) deals available during today’s Amazon Prime Day discount spectacular for UK customers. HTC also happens to be getting in on the discount celebrations with an exclusive deal on the HTC Vive Pro, netting customers $100 USD in gift cards.  Available now until 8:59pm PT on…

Scope AR Comment On The Consumer Technology Association’s First AR/VR Standard

Last week the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced last week that it would be addressing augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) into their free standards library. This resource provides transparency and insight on standard used through the industry and is intended to give support to those looking to gain greater understanding of the technology….

Magic Leap Headset Hits FCC Ahead of Confirmed Summer Launch

Magic Leap is soon to launch its first AR headset, the Magic Leap One. We don’t know exactly when or how much, but following the company’s confirmation that the headset is due to launch this Summer, the product has hit the FCC for certification. While we already saw the Magic Leap controller pop up at…

Second Version of Pimax 8K Headset Being Sent To Testers

The Pimax 8K headset attracted a great deal of attention when the Kickstarter campaign was launched, quickly meeting its target before massively overshooting it. As a result, backers and analysts are expecting much from the device, but word from early testers has raised some concerns about build quality. As a result of this feedback, Pimax…

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…

Hands-On with the HP Omen X: A Beast Made for VR, But Not for Portability

While the virtual reality (VR) community eagerly awaits the inevitable tether-free future, the demand for high-end PC hardware to power the current generation of head-mounted displays (HMDs) has never been higher. The launches of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive early last year put some demand on the wallets of early adopters, but 16 months…

Facebook Spent Over $88M This Year on Oculus’ Seattle Area Satellite HQ

Oculus has been on quite the hiring spree as of late, with over a hundred positions currently advertised on the company’s career website aimed at bringing hardware and software engineers into the Seattle area. Now, a report from real estate analysis firm BuildZoom estimates parent company Facebook has spent over $88 million in Redmond-based labs and…

Google, HTC and SuperData to Discuss Current State of VR & AR in Free Webinar

Twice a year VR Intelligence holds its flagship VRX events, one in San Francisco during December and VRX Europe in May. Occasionally the company holds small events concerning virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies, one of which will be taking place next week featuring Google, HTC and SuperData. The free webinar will see representatives…

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…

Virtual Boy Emulator Brings The Cursed System To Oculus Rift

Nintendo’s awkward attempt at 90’s VR returns, minus the headaches and back pain. Discontinued less than a year after its initial release, 1995’s Nintendo Virtual Boy is a textbook example of how not to handle VR. The bizarre device, while an admirable attempt at stereoscopic 3D gaming, was a colossal failure selling only 770,000 units…

Amazon to Begin Selling VR Apps Through New HTC Partnership

Amazon will soon begin selling VR apps on its massive digital marketplace through a new partnership with HTC. While Steam generally functions as the Vive’s defacto app store, HTC runs its own VR app store called Viveport. The company’s partnership with Amazon will allow customers to buy Viveport apps directly on the Amazon marketplace. Developers…

Compare The VR Kit

There are many websites that compare various products and deals so consumers can match up various features and prices and decide which product is right for them. Thanks to a recent injection of seed funding, start-up company Aniwaa is preparing to offer the same type of service for comparing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality…

Samsung Looks to Anti-SDE AMOLED To Improve Mobile VR

While smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) remains one of the most popular routes into VR for consumers, there are problems with the experience, even for those who are lucky enough to be using high-end handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S9 to power the VR experience. Samsung are working to improve the situation with a technology called…

Samsung “Anti SDE” Trademark Suggests New VR Display Tech Coming to Market

Samsung filed an interesting trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office recently which suggests the company is working on a new AMOLED display for VR that specifically addresses the screen door effect (SDE). The screen door effect is a visual artifact of displays such as those used in the Rift and Vive. Because there are unlit gaps between…