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….

‘I Expect You to Die’ Reaches $3 Million Revenue Mark Across All Platforms

I Expect You to Die (2016), the spy-themed puzzle game from Schell Games, was a big earner last year, achieving $1 million in revenue since its late-2016 until August 2017. Now a little over a year later, the studio reports they’ve recently closed in on the $3 million mark. Developed specif­i­cal­ly for VR, I Expect You To Die puts you…

Lenovo’s Windows VR Headset Down To $99 Right Now

It’s finally happened; you can pick up a decent PC VR headset for less than $100, though there’s a bit of a catch. Lenovo’s Explorer headset, which is part of Microsoft’s ‘Mixed Reality’ line of Windows-based devices, is down to just $99 on B&H right now (and it’s in stock at the time of writing). For…

Vancouver’s VR/AR Global Summit Puts Content First

In 1996, Bill Gates first coined the phrase “content is king”. Today, his statement is truer than ever. Every day last year, the average North American consumed over 10 hours of digital media. On-demand streaming and the internet have transformed how individuals interact with screens, with most spending more time in front of a monitor…

This Magic Leap One Demo Offers a Peek into the Future of Multiplayer AR

Magic Leap One, the company’s long-awaited AR headset, has been out for a month now. While we’ve been teased with some pretty interesting upcoming content for the platform, such as Weta GameShop’s shooter Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders and a newly announced mocap project with Andy Serkis (Gollum from Lord of the Rings) performing as an “orc-like character”, you’d…

Chinese Ministry of Education Partners with Microsoft to Promote VR in Classrooms

Center One, Microsoft’s innovation demonstration center, the Education and Management Information Center, part of the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Education, and Microsoft China jointly announced that they will start application, training and laboratory construction of virtual reality (VR) in Chinese colleges, universities and vocational schools. The project focuses on developing new technologies, cultivating relevant…

A Virtual Reality Press Conference Will Be Hosted by Taiwan Machine Tools

A number of products and applications have been made available that allow people working in the same company or industry to collaborate on a design or project by using virtual reality (VR). VR has advantages in this area in that it provides a sense of physical presence, instead of just showing flat images. Taiwan Machine…

The New York Times Debuts Its first Volumetric AR Experience

The New York Times has been a publication which has eagerly embraced immersive technology such as augmented reality (AR) as a means of enhancing its news coverage, such as giving readers a better look at the various NASA Mars missions. The NYT has now moved into what it believes is the next phase of visual…

Dark Fantasy Comes To Life In New The Witching Tower Trailer

Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall. For the Kingdom of Nemean invaders from another land had brought with them terror, death and destruction. Six years ago, a wave of mysterious sickness swept through the ravaged kingdom. It brought with even more death, but it also brought about something worse – undeath. From the Nemean capital skeletal…

Spatial Eyes Up Game Licenses After Kickstarter Success

Last month saw startup Spatial Games launch a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its augmented reality (AR) table-top gaming device. Looking to achieve £25,000 USD over the course of a month, the campaign smashed through its target in a couple of days and now the team are looking towards their first stretch goal, shopping for licensed…

Terminal 3 Finally Showed Me AR Can Be As Powerful A Tool For Change As VR

Inside London’s Barbican Centre sits a pop-up room, white, spotless and sterile with Microsoft’s HoloLens resting on a table. In any other location, you might assume you’d be putting the augmented reality headset on to organize virtual furniture or fix some broken plumbing, but what you get here is unlike anything else you’ve yet seen…

Sony CEO on VR: ‘You Will See The Change And Improvement’

Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida is confident that issues with current VR headsets will be improved upon in the future. Speaking to The Independent at the IFA technology conference in Berlin last week, Yoshida outlined many of the common problems with early VR headsets like the company’s own PlayStation VR (PSVR), noting that the tech was…

Speakers Announced For The VR/AR Global Summit 2018

The VR/AR Global Summit have revealed their list of speakers for the upcoming event which will see industry members from around the world talking about all things virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). Taking place in Vancouver, Canada on September 21st and 22nd, 2018, the two day event will feature a…

How Apple’s Acquisition Of Akonia Holographics Will Redefine AR

It’s no surprise at this point that Apple is actively working on augmented reality glasses. A secretive project has been underway for years under the management of former Dolby executive Mike Rockwell, and Apple has broadly hinted that its AR ambitions extend beyond the iPhone’s and iPad’s ARKit software. While Apple’s acquisition of Akonia Holographics apparently took place months ago, the…

VR Headsets Need To Become Easier And Quicker To Use

If you look deeply into recent VR announcements, past the high-level spec changes and aesthetic considerations, you’ll notice an important developing trend: Headset makers are actively trying to make VR easier for new users to experience — quickly. Over the past year, many VR companies have pivoted either fully or partially to embrace the technology’s…

AR Startup Akonia Holographics Bought by Apple

Being one of (if not) the biggest technology companies in the world, Apple has a fair amount of cash when it comes to spending on research and development. However, that doesn’t mean that occasionally it won’t purchase the odd smaller company or two which are specialised in areas the iPhone maker has interests in. Most…

GIPHY World Might Be VR’z Strangest App, But You Should Try It

The Microsoft Paper Clip is talking to me. Or at least a more colorful version of him is. He’s ordering me to paint pizza around the room and I have no choice but to comply, so I do. Glorious, stodgy slices of pizza dripping with cheese and lined around the walls, folding towards the end…

Acer Reveals OJO 500 Detachable Windows VR Headset

Less than a year on from the release of Acer’s first Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headset, the company is introducing its successor, the Acer OJO 500. Last year’s MR headset was considered to be on the lower end of a range of devices Microsoft introduced with the help of several companies. The OJO 500, meanwhile,…

HP Partnership Expands Advanced VR Training

From utilities companies to first responders, more industries are adopting rich virtual training experiences There is a growing plethora of Industry 4.0 use cases for Immersive Technologies, and companies like Microsoft have partnered with various developers to launch collaborative and remote assistance applications. Tech like Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality leverage cognitive embodiment to reinforce…

What Magic Leap One And Facebook’s Half Dome Have In Common

iFixit revealed a full teardown of Magic Leap One Creator Edition recently along with some long-awaited clarity about how the system operates. The teardown from iFixit credits Oculus founder (and former Facebook employee) Palmer Luckey with helping tear down the “Lightwear” glasses, which rely on a “Lightpack” processing unit that’s wired and worn on your…

Microsoft’s Xbox VR Headset Put On Hold – Report

A new report from Cnet claims what we’ve long suspected; Microsoft’s Xbox VR headset has been put on ice. The tech site cites sources familiar with the matter in saying that Microsoft was indeed working on a VR headset for its Xbox One console and had even partnered with a few developers to bring games…

Steam Can Now Run Some Major VR Apps Without Microsoft Windows

Valve released an update for Steam on Linux  that should allow some of the most popular VR games to run on VR-ready computers without Microsoft Windows installed. The new feature could hold enormous potential for Valve to support next generation standalone VR headsets based on Linux or SteamOS. In the near-term, the feature could also…

Psychsoftpc Announces Upcoming PCs with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series GPUs

Gamescom 2018 has only just begun, but big news has already emerged from Cologne, Germany with the announcement of the latest line of consumer-grade graphics cards, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series. PC manufacturers Psychsoftpc are taking advantage of this announcement to reveal plans to upgrade its available PCs with the new cards. The new…