Oculus Chief Scientist Dives Deep Into the Near Future of AR & VR

In his latest presentation at Oculus Connect 5, Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash took a fresh look at the five-year VR technology predictions he made at OC3 in 2016, using his insight as the head  He believes his often-referenced key predictions are “pretty much on track,” albeit delayed by about a year, and that he…

Skonec Entertainment Prove They’re All About Location-Based VR

If you’ve never been to South Korea then you should know its a very technologically forward focused country – hardly surprising with tech giant like LG and Samsung based there. VRFocus recently went there and found an impressive amount of virtual reality (VR) there, where we spent time with location-based entertainment (LBE) specialist Skonec Entertainment…

Synaptics Reveals VR Display Chip Targeting 1,000 PPI & Foveated Rendering

Synaptics, a developer of input and display components for computers, smartphones, and other devices, recently introduced a new version of its ClearView display driver chip which has been optimized for head-mounted displays with high density displays, including a specialized feature for foveated rendering. Display driver ICs are the chips that tell a display exactly what…

Urbanbase Release AR Presentation Tool for Architects

Architecture, by its very nature, is much involved in the creation of 3D spaces, so the advent of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), which can better convey the sense of 3D space has been a great boon to architects everywhere. To further cater to this market, Urbanbase has announced a 3D, cloud-based presentation…

Report: 360-Degree Camera Market To Reach $1.5 Billion by 2023

Creating 360-degree video has become one of the most popular and accessible means for creators to become involved in creating virtual reality (VR) content. Not only individuals but brands, businesses, marketing and creative industries have all embraced the technology as a new means to engage with audiences. According to a report by MarketsandMarkets, this trend…

Report: Next-gen NVIDIA GPUs Will Boost VR Bandwidth With New Connector

A report from Tom’s Hardware states that NVIDIA’s next-generation GeForce GPUs, tentatively being referred to as the GTX 11-series, will include a new connector with enough bandwidth to support future VR headsets much higher resolutions and greater refresh rates. According to a report by Tom’s Hardware, citing anonymous sources, Nvidia’s next generation of GPUs will be capable of 120Hz…

Create Floor Plans with iStaging VR Maker

There are a number of professionals who would find the ability to quickly and easily create floor plans to be extremely useful. Estate agents, interior designers and event organisers would all no doubt find such a capability to be extremely valuable. For those users, the new feature added to iStaging’s VR Maker app might be…

Create Floor Plans with iStaging VR Maker

There are a number of professionals who would find the ability to quickly and easily create floor plans to be extremely useful. Estate agents, interior designers and event organisers would all no doubt find such a capability to be extremely valuable. For those users, the new feature added to iStaging’s VR Maker app might be…

LG Develops AI-based Tech to Reduce Latency & Motion Blur in VR Displays

South Korean tech giant LG Display and a team from Sogang University in Seoul have collaborated on a new AI-based content creation technology that’s designed to address the issue of latency and motion blur in VR headsets – well ahead of the mounting race for higher and higher display resolutions. For good reason, VR hardware developers…

LG Bets on AI to Help Ease Simulation Sickness

Several companies are working on attempting to improve the display quality for virtual reality (VR), with many concentrating on attempting to improve the resolution and refresh rate, but this does come with an attendant additional load on the processor and graphics card. Electronics company LG are trying out a different solution, one which involves artificial…

Display Week 2018: New Samsung, JDI and LG Panels For VR Compared

Google worked with LG to develop a display panel providing an astonishing 18.1 megapixels of detail per eye in a VR headset. While Facebook wasn’t ready to show its Half Dome varifocal prototype in-person, the new panel from LG as well as similar ones from Japan Display Inc. and Samsung were shown during Display Week…

Facebook Explains Why It Engineered The Half Dome Varifocal VR Headset

At Display Week in Los Angeles Facebook revealed why its researchers and engineers built a varifocal VR headset. Over the last few years researchers at Facebook’s Reality Labs (formerly known as Oculus Research) developed a series of prototypes designed to solve a fundamental problem facing current VR headset design. The event opened Tuesday with a keynote…

Here’s Google And LG’s New 1,443 PPI VR Display

One of the most anticipated features of this week’s Display Week event in LA is a new screen built by Google and LG, designed specifically for VR. At its booth LG is showing off a 4.3-inch OLED panel with a pixel density of 1443 pixels per inch (PPI). We’ve just gone hands-on with it and…

World of Tanks AR Experience Rolls Out At GDC

We’ve been following Wargaming’s increasing love for all things immersive for some time here on VRFocus. Be it teaming up with a museum to tear down the wall (literally, in this instance) between the real and gaming worlds, or in more recent times as to how their new firm Neurogaming has been working to bring…

Learn a new Language With Your Mobile Using MondlyAR

Whether its for business, education or you just like travelling, learning a new language can have all sorts of benefits. Last year, ATi Studios released MondlyVR, a virtual reality (VR) version of its language learning platform Mondly for mobile headsets. With the rise of augmented reality (AR) thanks to ARKit and ARCore, the developer has just announced …

What to Expect From Top AR/VR Companies at GDC 2018

GDC is here once again, all next week we’ll have boots on the ground bringing you the latest VR/AR news. Held annually in San Francisco, Game Developers Conference has undeniably been a focal point for VR the industry, and as augmented reality continues to heat up, we expect it to be increasingly important for AR…

LG Patent Eye-Tracking Technology for LG UltraGear VR

LG has been working on a new virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) head-mounted display (HMD) for some time now. Thanks to a recently published patent it looks like the HMD will include a new eye-tracking technology. Titled ‘Personal immersive display device and driving method of origin’ the patent details a HMD with a built-in…

18-Megapixel Display To Be Unveiled In May From Google And LG

During the Display Week tradeshow in late May, Google and LG are reportedly set to reveal a highly-detailed 18-megapixel 4.3-inch OLED VR headset display. You can see the session, which will take place from 11:30AM – 11:50AM on Tuesday, May 22nd, listed in this advance program here. According to the session summary: An 18 Megapixel…

Google Announces ARCore 1.0 Update and New AR Experiences

ARCore 1.0 makes AR development faster and easier; launching soon on more devices. Google’s ARCore is getting an update that brings improved environmental understanding and lets developers now publish AR apps to the Play Store. Launching at Mobile World Congress next week, ARCore 1.0 is out of preview and comes with a ton of new…

Could Google’s VR180 Camera Revolutionize Photography?

Image Copyright: Google/Lenovo (Image Used under Fair Use Rationale) These days we all take having a camera with us for granted. Every single phone has one built in and a culture of social media photography is deeply entrenched globally. Photographic content for consumption on VR headsets is a little harder to make. You either have…

Top 10 VR Highlights at CES 2018

Another January brings us another dose of the Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and CES 2018 is one of if not the biggest showcases for tech in the world this year. The last couple of years have been rather interesting for VR, with 2016 being the grand party to celebrate the first true…

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…

Future or Flop? The RED Hydrogen One AR/VR Smartphone Announced

Image Credit: RED Digital Camera RED Digital Camera are famous for their incredible cinematic camera technology beloved by the likes of James Cameron (who has bought heaps of the things) and Peter Jackson. Given how expensive their video cameras are, they haven’t really made a name for themselves as purveyors of consumer products. A…