Jeff Bezos: Amazon Won’t Stop Helping the Military

DOD + Amazon 4Ever You might not think Amazon should work with the U.S. government, but guess what? Jeff Bezos don’t care. The CEO channeled his inner honey badger during a WIRED event on Monday, telling the audience that, despite both internal and external protests, Amazon would continue to work with the U.S. military on…

The VR Job Hub: In The News & In Your Future?

The race towards 2019 has begun in earnest and for some, that also means it is time to move on to pastures new. If that desire has hit you, and you’re interested in the immersive technology sector, then you’ll probably be interested in this week’s edition of The VR Job Hub. Since it’s been a…

Two Years On: PlayStation VR – The Future

While the PlayStation VR might be a mere whippersnapper at only two years old, the PlayStation 4 is looking like an OAP in console terms, since the PlayStation 4 was originally released towards the end of 2013. Recent releases have also shown that the console is starting to reach the end of its life-cycle, with…

NASA Use Microsoft HoloLens for Assembling New Spacecraft

When building something that needs to take human beings into space, getting it right first time is completely vital. This is very challenging when building a completely unique device, something which has never been built before. Lockheed Martin engineers working on building the latest NASA spacecraft have turned to the HoloLens mixed reality (MR) headset…

NASA Use Microsoft HoloLens for Assembling New Spacecraft

When building something that needs to take human beings into space, getting it right first time is completely vital. This is very challenging when building a completely unique device, something which has never been built before. Lockheed Martin engineers working on building the latest NASA spacecraft have turned to the HoloLens mixed reality (MR) headset…

Sony CEO Confirms Company Is Working On ‘Next-Generation Hardware’

According to an interview posted on the Financial Times (and referenced by IGN) Sony’s CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said, “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware”. The company isn’t calling it a PlayStation 5 yet and there’s no word of PSVR or PSVR 2 at all, but some sort…

Upskill Announces Early Access Release of Skylight for HoloLens

A number of businesses are taking advantage of the capabilities of augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). Enterprise AR company Upskill is offering these capabilities to more companies by making its Skylight AR platform available for public early access for the Microsoft HoloLens. Skylight for HoloLens provides employees with the ability to visualise necessary…

Adverty Announces Release of Advertising Network for Mixed Reality

The use and popularity of augmented reality (AR) has increased greatly since the release of Pokemon Go, and the subsequent release of Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore. A number of companies are looking to take advantage of this new medium for branding and advertising. Adverty is intending to allow for advertising in AR and mixed…

The Virtual Arena: VR’s Bonanza for Commercial Entertainment (Part 1)

It seems that while consumer virtual reality (VR) sits at a crossroads, the digital out-of-home entertainment (DOE) sector has exploded with new developments – not one day seems to pass without major announcements, partnerships or acquisitions hits the wire. Industry specialist Kevin Williams of KWP, gives his unique perspective on the recent developments and offers…

Varjo Raises $31 Million For Industrial VR Headset With Human-eye Resolution

Varjo, a Finnish startup that’s building a high resolution virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (XR) headset that promises clarity comparable to the human eye, has announced it has raised $31 million in a series B round of funding led by Atomico, with participation from Next 47, EQT Ventures, and Lifeline Ventures. “Traditional” VR headsets are…

New Infographic Explores The History Of AR And VR

The immersive technology industry is ever growing as both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) continue to become more widely used and adopted. Now a new infographic from HistoryDegree brings together a number of different sources to showcase not only the future of the technology but also the history of both VR and AR….

Glimpse: Why Are Tech Companies Pouring Money Into Instant Translators?

They tell us the weather, DJ our morning shower, and time our eggs while they cook. The world’s AI assistants, once a gratuitous novelty, are growing up fast. For their next act? They will let us communicate in every language on Earth. The limits of which are seen in Esperanto, the fourth episode of Glimpse, a new…

Luminous Group Signs On As Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner

Luminous Group was originally founded at Digital Surveys some 30 years ago, and in recent years have radically changed focus to work in the area of 3D mapping, along with virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) for a range of industries, rebranding to reflect this new direction. The company has now…

The Business of VR – A guide for startups and investors

Virtual Reality (VR) is a steadily growing market with a promising future in raising seed capital through equity crowdfunding. Jason Ballor, CEO of SeedingVR – the only equity crowdfunding platform specific to the VR industry – explores the current and future opportunities of VR for startups and investors. The evolution of VR Investors are always…

RemoteSpark Offers Mixed Reality Remote Worker Platform

Despite Microsoft’s HoloLens still technically only being available as a developers version, a number of industries and sectors are exploring the use of the mixed reality (MR) device to improve safety and efficiency. Now Kognitiv Spark is offering an industrial worker support tool as a free demo for the HoloLens. The communications platform, called RemoteSpark…

Hellblade VR Developer Ninja Theory Is Working On Star Wars: Vader Immortal

Here’s an interesting detail we missed when Star Wars: Vader Immortal was announced for Oculus Quest last week; Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice developer Ninja Theory is working on the series. A mention of the UK-based studio is dropped right at the end of the press release, simply stating that developer ILMxLAB is “proud to be working…

Digital Surgery Designated As A Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner

Digital Surgery, a health technology company working to reshape the future of surgery, has announced that its designation as an official Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner (MMRP). This exciting partnership will allow Digital Surgery the means to create mixed reality (MR) solution to improve the delivery of surgical care as part of the MMRP. Studies show…

OC5: Facebook Demos Mixed Reality On Oculus Quest

Facebook’s new standalone VR headset, Oculus Quest, has been shown running mixed reality similar to what’s seen with Microsoft’s HoloLens and Magic Leap One. A demo video shown at Oculus Connect 5 today showcased the new headset using cameras to display the real world inside the headset and augment it with virtual assets. Facebook’s Andrew…

This AI Stops People From Lighting up Cigarettes at the Gas Pump

DUH The Darwin Awards exist for a reason: some people aren’t great at making sure they, you know, stay alive. Case in point: People still smoke cigarettes, even at the gas pump (it’s dangerous because gasoline is highly combustible and cigarettes require a light. Just don’t do it). Oil company Royal Dutch Shell and software…

When Will We Have Artificial Intelligence As Smart as a Human? Here’s What Experts Think

“Star Wars,” “Her,” and “iRobot.” What do all these movies have in common? The artificial intelligence (AI) depicted in there is crazy-sophisticated. These robots can think creatively, continue learning over time, and maybe even pass for conscious. Real-life artificial intelligence experts have a name for AI that can do this — it’s Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). For…

Mirage Solo Is Getting Pass-Through Support With Depth Perception And AR

Google is making it easy to play ping pong whilst wearing the Lenovo Mirage Solo headset, whether you’re in VR or not. Alongside today’s announcement of a pair of experimental six degrees of freedom (6DOF) controllers for the standalone Daydream headset, Google also introduced a new pass-through camera system that will be coming to developers…

Apple Buys Akonia Holographics

Oh Apple, everyone always gets excited even when you make a mere sneeze. The company has now reportedly bought up Akonia Holographics. An outfit which specialized in holographic waveguides and display elements. This is just the latest acquisition in a string of purchased hinting at VR and AR products on the horizon for the trillion-dollar…

Apprentice.io Secures Multi-Million Dollar Series A Funding

New Jersey augmented reality (AR) firm Apprentice.io is the latest immersive technology company to announce the results of a funding round, this time Series A, led by Pritzker Group Venture Capital and which also saw investment from Silverton Partners and Hemi Ventures as well as another name common to these types of stories The Venture…

NASA’s 360 Livestream Of Final Cassini Orbiter Mission Scores Emmy Nom

And the award for most impressive 360-degree live stream of an unmanned interplanetary spacecraft goes to… 20 years ago, The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory launched the Cassini orbiter into space. By 2004, the revolutionary spacecraft was in orbit around Saturn, providing researchers back on Earth with the first comprehensive data of…

Leaders In VR and AR Set to Appear at Virtual Reality Strategy Conference

Conferences and expos are events that allow developers, hardware manufacturers and start-ups to mingle and exchange ideas and show off their newest creations. Greenlight Insights has announced that its Virtual Reality Strategy Conference will return for a third year to enable an exchange of insights into the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industry….