XRI: Cross-Reality Interaction

Widespread consumer adoption of XR devices will redefine how humans interact with both technology and each other. In coming decades, the standard mouse and QWERTY keyboard may fade as the dominant computing UX, giving way to holographic UI, precise hand/eye/body-tracking and, eventually, powerful brain-to-computer interfaces. One key UX pattern that must be answered by designers…

Microsoft Gains New German Partners for Mixed Reality Partner Program

Four new firms have joined the Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner Program in Germany. All four companies are specialists in their field and will be able to take advantage of hands-on training and technical support from Microsoft. The four firms are Data Experts, Medialesson, Riflekt and Viscopic, who will strengthen the German-speaking mixed reality partner network…

How To Balance Gameplay And Realism When Creating A VR Sim Experience

My team at MarineVerse just spent two years making VR Regatta, a virtual sailing experience that rides the narrow boundary between authentic simulation and entertaining game. Finding the sweet spot between authentic simulation and fun entertainment product is always a challenge, and here is how we found that balance. When game developers try to recreate…

Virgin Galactic Rolls Out VR Website

Though Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been grabbing headlines recently, another commercial space effort is still continuing. Under the auspices of Richard Branson’s Virgin brand, Virgin Galactic have partnered with Microsoft to showcase its efforts in mass-marked space flight in virtual reality (VR). Virgin Galactic have recently rolled out a new and upgraded version of its…

Microsoft Confirms Follow-Up To HoloLens Mixed Reality Headset

HoloLens enters spotlight with new updates from Microsoft and a new ad featuring actor/rapper Common. Despite having released a developer edition all the way back in 2016, the Microsoft HoloLens has remained a relatively niche device. However, this hasn’t stopped the immersive mixed reality headset from capturing the hearts and minds of a growing group…

Microsoft To Push Social VR/AR ‘Forward In New Ways’ In 2018

Microsoft is teasing big things for its work in the social VR and AR space this year. Last year, as the company launched its new line of Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headsets, Microsoft acquired social VR app, AltspaceVR, which had been facing closure just months beforehand. This seemed to confirm the company’s interest in the…

Microsoft Worker Confirms New Version of HoloLens In Development

There have already been some indications that a new version of Microsoft’s mixed reality (MR) headset will be undergoing significant revision, but this has now been confirmed thanks to a blog post. On LinkedIn, Alex Kipman, part of the Operating System Group at Microsoft wrote an extensive blog post talking about what developments can be…

Asus Windows VR Headset Finally Launches, Priced at $430

Asus was among a handful of Microsoft partners who planned to launch a VR headset as part of Microsoft’s “Mixed Reality” platform. While those other headsets became available late last year, Asus’ own Windows VR headset is finally launching today. Aside from Samsung’s Odyssey headset, the Windows VR headsets are largely based on the same…

Microsoft Affirms New HoloLens Headset is in Development

Despite some reports last year suggesting that Microsoft may have discontinued HoloLens, the company has affirmed its work on a new version of the AR headset. Back in July of 2017, HoloLens’ Director of Science, Marc Pollefeys, wrote that the company was working on a new version of HoloLens’ so-called “HPU” (holographic processing unit) chip, which is the…

Microsoft Affirms New HoloLens Headset is in Development

Despite some reports last year suggesting that Microsoft may have discontinued HoloLens, the company has affirmed its work on a new version of the AR headset. Back in July of 2017, HoloLens’ Director of Science, Marc Pollefeys, wrote that the company was working on a new version of HoloLens’ so-called “HPU” (holographic processing unit) chip, which is the…

ASUS’ Windows Mixed Reality Headset has now Gone on Sale

When Microsoft unveiled the range of Windows Mixed Reality headsets last year one of the more striking designs came from laptop manufacturer ASUS. While the launch went ahead in October the ASUS headset was notably absent having announced a delay the previous month. A Spring 2018 launch window was given at the time. Today, the…

ASUS’ Windows Mixed Reality Headset has now Gone on Sale

When Microsoft unveiled the range of Windows Mixed Reality headsets last year one of the more striking designs came from laptop manufacturer ASUS. While the launch went ahead in October the ASUS headset was notably absent having announced a delay the previous month. A Spring 2018 launch window was given at the time. Today, the…

Early Bird Tickets now on Sale for AWE USA 2018

Now in its 9th year, the Augmented World Expo (AWE) will be returning to the Santa Clara Convention Centre, California this May. Today, early bird tickets have now gone on sale, offering big savings for those wishing to attend 2018 event. Tickets for the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) event are split into four…

Facebook Brings 3D Content To Newsfeeds

3D creations have a home on Facebook starting today. The social media giant is embracing a new type of content for you to upload alongside text, photos and videos. 3D objects or scenes saved in the industry standard glTF 2.0 format can be dragged straight to a browser window to add to your Facebook account….

VR Expo Reveals Healthcare Showcase

At VRFocus we’ve covered a number of immersive technologies that have been designed for healthcare uses, from technology to help surgeons perform complex procedures, to VR headsets to help distract from pain, or overcome phobias and addictions. The VR Expo has announced a specific day focusing on virtual reality (VR) for healthcare. On Friday 9th…

This All-Female Founders Pitch Event Was Held in VR

Hailing from 26 countries across the world, people came together in virtual reality to cheer on these top female founders in the XR industry. An orange robot head whizzes by me, powered by a propellor hat and gestures with floating mechanical arms. It settles in next to another bot by the stage. Although this second…

HoloLens Units Can Now Be Rented Instead Of Bought

At $3,000, Microsoft’s HoloLens is an expensive proposition, limiting the number of people that have been able to get their hands on one over the past two years. But a new scheme from Abcomrents is looking to make the device more accessible for all. The rental company, which specializes in providing elaborate and expensive devices…

Eye-Tracking Is Both Incredibly Important And Very Risky

At CES last week one of my first demos was with Tobii and its eye-tracking technology. I left the demo convinced that once you’ve tried a VR headset with eye-tracking included you’ll never want to wear one without it again. Google, Facebook and Apple all purchased eye-tracking companies over the last few years because these…

Hackers Use Ultrasonic Waves To Disrupt VR Headsets

Sonic guns set to headset frequency can send you into a spin and cause sickness. Are you one of the many people who loves virtual reality, but wish there was a way to make it even more vomit-inducing? Well boy are you in for a treat! According to Forbes, researchers at China’s Alibaba have created a sonic gun…

The Mk Player360 Turns Your Room Into A 360-Degree Media Screen

Your bedroom is a place of peace and expression and there are a handful of ways to make it resemble the dreamscapes you occasionally wake from. Art on your walls and ceilings, 3D domes that project stars all over, and more. The Mk Player360, from Broomx Technologies, is a powerful and compact device that takes this…

The Price Is Rift: $399 Is The Sweet Spot For Gamers

You may have already noticed this, but we like VR. We like it a lot, in fact; enough to write about it day-in, day-out for years now. But, let’s be honest here, would we really recommend that your average everyday consumer run out to throw down $599 on an Oculus Rift with Touch or $799…

Legion MR HoloLens Experience Coming to San Diego Comic-Con

The San Diego Comic-Con has become a popular place for unveiling virtual reality (VR) experiences based on TV shows and films. The latest comes from FX Networks, announcing that its critically-acclaimed series, Legion, will be going down the mixed reality (MR) route with a 10-minute piece using both Microsoft HoloLens and live actors. Titled Sessions: The Legion Mixed…

Take A Look A Microsoft’s Home Space For Windows Mixed Reality

Oculus Home and the new SteamVR Home offer cosy spaces to launch into your VR experiences, so why should we expect Microsoft to offer anything less? The company’s upcoming mixed reality headsets will offer their very own home space, and we recently got a better look at it. The company’s Nadia Steer-Mobley introduced the home…

Microsoft Launches the Mixed Reality Partner Program

Ever since Microsoft launched its enterprise focused mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD), HoloLens, back in early 2016, its been gradually expanding those companies using the device through the HoloLens Agency Readiness Partner Program. Today, the Redmiond-based company has announced the expansion of the programme, renaming it the Mixed Reality Partner Program. The programme is designed to…

Virtual Reality: Exploring the Business Applications

For decades, we have dreamt of transporting ourselves to alternate realities with the power of virtual reality (VR). As the hardware and software needed to create truly immersive, three dimensional worlds becomes more inexpensive and accessible, that dream comes ever closer to reality. Once widely perceived as nothing more than a gimmick and a toy,…

SEGA To Reveal Sonic The Hedgehog Augmented Reality Experience At SDCC

When it comes to virtual reality (VR) the usually highly experimental SEGA have been a tad hesitant to embrace the new technology. With the exception being the releases on PlayStation 4 of the PlayStation VR compatible games relating to Hatsune Miku. But Miku and her Vocaloid brethren are still licenced characters, and SEGA have yet…

This AR Firefighter Helmet Will Save Lives

How augmented reality can help assist firefighters in saving lives. One of the trustiest tools firefighters have in burning buildings is a thermal-imaging camera, a device that allows them to see through dense smoke. Unfortunately, to use it, a firefighter has to stop, take a photo, and then evaluate the information they see on-screen. In normal environments, those few seconds…

Despite The ‘VR Desert’ Developers Can Still Find Ways To Survive

Virtual reality developers aren’t making as much money as they expected. Just ask Vander Caballero, founder of Minority Media, creator of the VR game Time Machine VR. Montreal-based Minority Media, which also created the groundbreaking PSN title Papo Y Yo in 2012, created the dinosaur undersea adventure game that launched on the Oculus Rift and HTC…