Ford Using Microsoft HoloLens for Car Design

Several businesses have been exploring the possibilities offered by Microsoft’s mixed reality (MR) headset. Several car manufacturers such as Volvo and Audi have been experimenting with augmented reality (AR) and MR, and now Ford is joining them. Ford were already using the HoloLens in a limited capacity, but now the company is expanding its use…

Windows Mixed Reality: Hands-on with the Lenovo Explorer

The forthcoming launch of the Windows Mixed Reality platform has birthed nearly as much confusion in the naming strategy as it has from the suggested quality of the hardware. While the specifications are up-to-scratch on paper, there’s been some doubt as to whether such a hardware agnostic approach can deliver the results demanded by virtual…

After Successful Pilot Testing Ford Is Expanding Its HoloLens Program

Over the past year car maker Ford has been one of a handful of companies to try out Microsoft’s HoloLens headset through pilot testing in the company’s design center. This week, the company is announcing that it’s expanding its testing after positive early results. You can get a sense for what this expansion means in…

Microsoft and Google Both Holding Launch Events in October

The festive season is almost here and as you may expect major companies are preparing for the busiest consumer spending period of the year. Two of the biggest tech firms looking to attract customers are Microsoft and Google, both of which will be holding special events within a day of each other. Microsoft has announced…

Microsoft Schedules VR Event For Early October

It looks like we’ll be finding out a lot more about Microsoft’s plans for VR and more in a few weeks’ time. The company this week announced that it will be holding a ‘Mixed Reality event’ on October 3rd. Mixed reality is Microsoft’s broad term encompassing everything from its HoloLens augmented reality device to the…

Developer Brings Minecraft To AR With ARCore/ARKit

For years now Minecraft has been empowering millions of users by allowing them to create pretty much whatever they want in virtual worlds. But what if you could bring it into the real world? That’s exactly what South African developer Speak Geek is working on. Using Google’s new ARCore and Apple’s ARKit platforms, which enable…

HoloGrid: Monster Battle Recreated With ARKit

Since the release of Apple’s ARKIt, many companies have been keen to take advantage of its enhanced augmented reality (AR) capabilities. Tippett Studio have announced they are also using the ARKit to make a new version of HoloGrid: Monster Battle. HoloGrid: Monster Battle is inspired by the holo-chess scene in the original Star Wars movie,…

Pre-Orders For Dell Visor Mixed Reality Headset Now Available

Many people are excited about the upcoming consumer release of the various Windows 10 Mixed Reality (MR) headsets. Its good news if you are one of those people, since pre-orders for the Dell Visor MR headset are now open. Due to begin shipping on 17th October, the headset is available for pre-order in the US…

Microsoft Launches PC Check Tool For VR Headsets

Planning to pick up one of Microsoft’s new virtual reality headsets when partners start rolling them out next month? You’ll want to make sure you’ve got a PC powerful enough to run them. Fortunately, Microsoft has a new tool that will help you with that. Windows Mixed Reality PC Check is now available in the…

Defining Windows Mixed Reality Ultra: VR for the Core Audience

It was recently revealed that many of the Windows 10 Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs), including those from Lenovo and Acer, would operate with integrated graphics chips without the necessity of a dedicated GPU. However, alongside the launch of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Mixed Reality will come ‘Windows Mixed Reality Ultra’:…

Web-Based Development Platform Rodin Wants to Make VR/AR Creation Easy for all

For virtual reality (VR) to be truly successful it not only needs decent affordable hardware, there needs to be plenty of content for consumers to immerse themselves in. Whilst that is certainly happening, with more developers coming on board at a regular pace, there still needs to be a much greater influx. Web-based development platform Rodin…

Become A Star Wars Hologram With Help From R2-D2 And ARKit

Everyone remembers the first time R2-D2 suddenly projected Princess Leia’s desperate plea for help in Luke Skywalker’s home on Tatooine. It was one of the first of many iconic ideas we’d see in the first Star Wars movie. Now, some 40 years on, you can record one of those messages for yourself. Holo Messenger is…

Unite Austin Reveals What’s In Store

Unity is one of the most popular engines in use for creating virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences. Unity Technologies will be celebrating the achievements of Unity creators at Unite Austin, where several AR-related events are lined up for attendees. The event is due to take place at the Austin Convention Centre in…

Unlock Full Body VR Tracking Using Driver4VR and Kinect

Virtual reality (VR) motion controls already do a very good job of immersing players inside virtual worlds, but more can still be done. These controls can only track a persons hands, for true immersion the whole body needs to feature. Solutions to this problem are already appearing, like the Vive Tracker or actual suits like…

VR Vs. AAA Videogames & Their Publishers

To many virtual reality (VR) aficionados, last week’s announcement that Rockstar Games would be bringing L.A. Noire to the HTC Vive is the latest in a long line of AAA videogame publishers taking their time to recognise the potential of the medium. To most however, it’s an early bet on a technology that isn’t yet…

Vertigo Games On How Skyworld Is A New Type Of VR Strategy Game

In 2015 Vertigo Games announced that they’d be working on a Steam VR title Skyworld. VRFocus managed to get hands on with Skyworld and speak to VR videogame designer Paul van der Meer of Vertigo Games. Designed for virtual reality (VR), Skyworld is a turn-based strategy videogame revolving around a circular table where you take command…

Microsoft Hosting Live Windows 10 VR Demonstrations Next Month

As we all know, the best way to sell VR is to show VR, and Microsoft is taking that rule to heart with its new Windows 10 VR headsets. Job listings for a UK-based agency known as Wave reveal that Microsoft will be hosting live demonstrations of its new devices, made in partnership with companies…

Create VR and AR with No Experience in SpatialStories

apelab, a Swiss-American company, partnered with Technicolor to deliver SpatialStories earlier this year. A tool that will help optimise your virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications without coding, SpatialStories currently works for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and HoloLens, with support for Apple ARKit and Google ARCore coming soon. SpatialStories is…

More Windows 10 Mixed Reality Devices To Run on Integrated Graphics

It was previously reported on VRFocus that the upcoming Windows 10 mixed reality (MR) device from Lenovo, the Lenovo Explorer, would be able to run some MR applications using integrated graphics. Now information has emerged suggesting other Windows 10 MR devices might also be able to use integrated graphics. According to investigations by Digital Trends,…

TPCast’s Vive Upgrade Kit US Pre-Orders Now Online

Late last week we reported that TPCast’s wireless upgrade kit for the HTC Vive was now available to pre-order in Europe. From this week, you can pre-order it in the US, too. The Microsoft store has now listed the device for $299, set for release on September 25th. That’s a good bit cheaper than the…

Lenovo MR Headset Can Run On Integrated Graphics

One of the barriers to high-end virtual reality (VR) at the moment is cost. For those who wish to experience VR using a device such as a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, it is necessary to invest in a powerful PC, with most VR-capable cards alone costing over £200 (GBP). Lenovo’s Windows 10 Mixed Reality…

Never Forget a Name Again Thanks to Microsoft HoloLens and Cubera

Ever bumped into a familiar face, an old acquaintance or work colleague for example, but you can’t remember their name? This situation will have occurred to most people at some point, so now with the wonders of augmented reality (AR) this may prove to be a thing of the past. Swiss company Cubera has designed…

WebVR: Taking The Path Of Least Resistance To Mainstream VR

While we were distracted with VR hype cycles and the “when will VR go mainstream?” debate, the understated and overlooked WebVR snuck up on us. If you are wondering why you’ve started seeing more and more discussion of WebVR in the headlines, you’re not alone. This year alone, we’ve seen major announcements from Google and Firefox,…

Microsoft Selling TPCast for HTC Vive in NA, Pre-Orders Now Available

The TPCast Wireless Adapter for HTC Vive opened European pre-orders last month, and today the pre-order campaign for North American has begun. The unlikeliest of partners, Microsoft, has kicked-off pre-orders through its online store. The TPCast Wireless Adapter is an easy-to-install wireless solution for HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) experiences. The head-mounted display (HMD) receiver…