Figment Products Announced Next Generation Virtual Reality Experience

Figment Productions have announced that following several years of developing virtual reality (VR) content for use in the leisure industry, what it considers to be the ultimate, next generation, immersive experience, codenamed Project Helix. The company, which is based just outside London along with an office in Orlando, Florida, have worked on some world famous…

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…

Watch A Lifelike Striptease In Augmented Reality With Newly Released Demo

As the industry continues to integrate augmented reality (AR) into our daily life, there are some areas where the technology is being used for more entertainment focused purposes. AR pioneers ARPorn.com have teamed up with virtual reality (VR) adult entertainment studio BaDoinkVR to create a new AR demo that is being used to showcase some…

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…

Microsoft Introduces The HMD Exerciser Kit For Microsoft HoloLens

Earlier this week Microsoft introduced the new head-mounted display (HMD) Exerciser Kit, a new tool that is used to validate Windows Mixed Reality PC’s and HMDs. This new HMD Exerciser Kit extends the Microsoft USD Test Tool (MUTT) Connection Exerciser, offering developers a number of ways to preform tests and functions. The HMD Exerciser consists of…

Mozilla Enters the VR Chat Market with “Hubs”

Image Copyright: Mozilla Foundation (Used under Fair Use) One of the most fun applications of consumer VR has to be the humble VR chat room. There are a lot of options on the market now. Altspace nearly got closed down, but was saved at the last minute by Microsoft. Facebook has Spaces, which will likely…

Eight Finalists For Global AR Online Pitch Revealed

Sometimes in order for something to truly succeed and create something bigger you have to work together. This is true in any line of business, even the immersive technology sector. After all where would the Gear VR – arguably virtual reality’s (VR’s) most prolific headset – be, without the partnership between both Samsung and Oculus?…

How Businesses Are Cutting Employee Training Costs With VR

VR could be the future of employee training, and businesses are beginning to take notice. It’s no secret that an increasing number of businesses have begun turning to virtual and augmented reality for their employee training needs. One of the primary reasons companies have doubled-down on their use of this immersive technology is its unarguable cost-effectiveness….

Amazon’s VR/AR Creation Tool ‘Sumerian’ Now Available to General Public

Amazon today announced that Sumerian, a tool that aims to make creating web-based applications for VR/AR and traditional monitors an easy process, is now available to the general public. First announced at last year’s AWS re:Invent, Amazon Sumerian touts the ability to easy publish 3D content to any browser that supports WebGL or WebVR graphics rendering, including Daydream,…

Growth of Volumetric Video Market Driven By VR and AR

According to a new market research report delivered by MarketsandMarkets titled ‘Volumetric Video Market by Volumetric Capture & Content Creation (Hardware (Camera & Processing Unit), Software, and Services), Application (Sports & Entertainment, Medical, Signage, Education & Training), and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023’, the market for volumetric video is growing considerably, driven by demand…

ANTVR Launches Kickstarter for its Compact AR Headset

Having first displayed a new augmented reality (AR) headset design at CES 2018 in January, Chinese technology company ANTVR has today launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to support the device’s development.  Called MIX, the new AR headset promises to not only offer a small, comfortable form factor but one of its biggest selling features is…

New Windows Mixed Reality And HoloLens Features Showcased In New Video

In the Windows 10 April 2018 update a number of new experiences were introduced including a number of additions to the Windows Mixed Reality platform and HoloLens. To help make things more clear to users, Microsoft’s Alex Kipman has highlighted a number of the new features that users will be able to take advantage of…

Samsung Reportedly Developing Their Own Wireless AR/VR Headset

Not so fast, Apple. It appears as though the hybrid headset market is shaping up to be the latest trend in immersive entertainment as it’s now being reported that Samsung may in the process of developing their own AR/VR headset similar to that of Apple’s recently announced device. According to The Korean Times, the South…

Microsoft Introduces HoloLens Mixed Reality To The Job Site

Microsoft teases practical MR worker tools for Hololens at 2018 Build Developer Conference. Call me strange, but of all the mixed reality demos I tried at this year’s Microsoft Build Developer Conference in Seattle, Washington, the one I actually found the most fun had me repairing an electric panel. To truly comprehend the deep sense…

Where’d the VR go at Google I/O?

Yesterday Google held its main keynote address to mark the start of its annual I/O conference in California. If you watched the livestream or were actually there then you’ll have heard lots about AI, machine learning, Google Assistant and even a little mention of augmented reality (AR) integration in Google Maps. However, there was one…

Report: Samsung Working On Wireless AR/VR Headset With Microsoft

It sounds like Samsung is working on a new headset that will utilize both virtual and augmented reality technology. That is according to the Korea Times, which cites a Samsung official familiar with the company’s plans. Apparently, this new headset is a premium, wireless device that is being made in partnership with Microsoft. If true,…

Microsoft Store to Lead Industry in Revenue Share to non-Game VR App Devs

Later this year, Microsoft is increasing the cut developers earn when publishing on the Microsoft Store. The raise in revenue share is slated to affect developers of non-gaming apps, amounting to between 85-95 % of revenue going to the creator of the application depending on how customers find the content. Microsoft says in a blog…

Matt Miesnieks on the State of the AR Ecosystem

Matt Miesnieks is creating an AR cloud with 6D.AI, which aims to “synchronize 3D computer vision data across devices, time and space” in order to enable “persistent content, occlusion, and real-time shared experiences.” Miesnieks has founded a number of AR startups including Dekko, and he’s also a partner with the early-stage AR fund Super Ventures….

Microsoft’s Newest HoloLens Apps Enhance The Workplace

Microsoft’s latest apps for its HoloLens mixed reality headset show you exactly why it’s a perfect tool for the workplace. At yesterday’s Build conference the company introduced two new apps for the device, which projects virtual images into the real world. The first of these is Remote Assist, which is designed to deliver fast, intuitive…

VR vs. The Drunken Wasp

Well it’s finally here and here with a vengeance. No, I’m not talking about Summer, though that said as I’m writing this you could be – in the UK anyway. It is the May Bank Holiday and for those outside there’s record temperatures for this time of year, children are laughing and playing, barbeques are…

VRLA 2018 Highlights

The largest XR-focused conference in the United States returns for another year of VR & AR madness. Despite only having existed three short years, VRLA has already managed to cement itself as the one of, if not the most impactful annual immersive entertainment events in the United States. The Los Angeles-based conference has become a…

VRLA 2018 Highlights

The largest XR-focused conference in the United States returns for another year of VR & AR madness. Despite only having existed three short years, VRLA has already managed to cement itself as the one of, if not the most impactful annual immersive entertainment events in the United States. The Los Angeles-based conference has become a…

Microsoft Remote Assist Announced For Microsoft HoloLens

During the companies Build Developer Conference 2018, Microsoft revealed a new mixed reality (MR) application that is designed to bring people together to allow for improved workforce productivity. The new application, Microsoft Remote Assist, gives Hololens users the ability to share their point of view with remote experts and co-workers, no matter their location, in…

Microsoft Layout is a new Mixed Reality Tool to Design Spaces

It’s now time for Microsoft’s annual developer conference Build 2018, with the company announcing its latest developments. The keynote today has just revealed the first virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) news with the company revealing a new tool called Microsoft Layout. Microsoft Layout is a tool for MR developers using HoloLens to design…

Microsoft Introduces New AR/VR Apps for Remote Assistance, Layout Visualization

Microsoft appears to be seeing strong traction with HoloLens in the enterprise space, and the company continues to expand its “Mixed Reality” platform in that sector, promising businesses time and money savings. Two new applications from the company aim to bring useful underlying functionality to enterprises. Revealed on the Windows 10 Blog today, Microsoft Remote…

VR’s Path: How Businesses Are Benefiting From VR

Though the majority of attention is devoted towards entertainment and videogames when it comes to virtual reality (VR), but there is a huge number of different use cases for the technology, as a report and infographic compiled by web service company Fullestop has shown. Fullestop is a web design and web solutions company that has…

Oculus Unveil Oculus Go for Business

It has been reported many times on VRFocus that virtual reality (VR) in many forms is being utilised by businesses for a variety of applications. Oculus have long offered a version of the Oculus Rift for business use, and now the Oculus Go is joining it. The Oculus Go for Business is priced at $299…