Immersive Tech Startup Pixvana Completes $14m Series A Funding Round

Pixvana, the tech startup that specialises in cloud-based video content creation and distribution has announced the completion of a Series A funding round of $14 million USD. The round was led by Vulcan Capital with participation from new investors Raine Ventures, Microsoft Ventures, Cisco Investments and Hearst Ventures, and existing investor Madrona Venture Group.   The…

Airbus Launches HoloLens App to Train Future Airline Crews

Jet engineering is going holographic. Passenger jet maker Airbus has created a Microsoft HoloLens app to train engineers and cabin crews. The app lets you train from anywhere while wearing the standalone headset “via a holographic coach or an interactive, shared 3D virtual system,” according to a press release. The app is part of Airbus’s…

Holo-Light Are Creating A Whole Series Of Mixed Reality End-User Applications

VRFocus went to Cologne’s Gamescom event earlier this year looking for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), but surprisingly found a company specialising in mixed reality (MR). VRFocus spoke to Luis Bollinger, Co-Founder of German company Holo-Light about the applications they’re building for MR which includes Holo-View, Holo-Expo and Holo-Stylus. Currently these would be…

SteamVR Integration For Windows VR Headsets Goes Live In Preview Today

Starting today SteamVR is officially accessible using Windows Mixed Reality (aka Windows VR) headsets like the Acer, HP, Lenovo, and others. Previously the Windows VR headsets could only access and launch apps that were natively available within the Windows store. Last week we got the chance to try out this functionality for ourselves at an…

Lenovo Windows VR Headset Drops To $299 This Black Friday

Getting into PC VR will be the cheapest it’s ever been this Black Friday thanks to Microsoft’s Windows-based ‘mixed reality’ VR headsets. Microsoft this week announced its deals for its upcoming Black Friday sale, and they include a huge $100 off the Lenovo Explorer headset with bundled motion controllers. That makes the kit just $299;…

View Products at Home With Amazon AR View

Augmented reality (AR) has plenty of applications outside of videogames, one of which is now being employed by online retailing giant Amazon. This month the company has released AR View through its mobile app, allowing users to place items in their homes prior to purchase. Using Apple’s ARKit, AR view helps customers make better shopping…

HTC Vive Conference Reveals HTC Vive Focus

This year’s HTC Vive conference in China has begun today, broadcasting its opening keynote, which contained a reveal about the standalone headset, the HTC Vive Focus. HTC President Alvin Graylin showed the audience the first look at the HTC Vive Focus as part of his keynote speech at the conference. Graylin also spoke about the…

Revinax Using HoloLens for Surgical Training

Microsoft’s HoloLens appears to have emerged as the preferred device for use within a medical setting. Doctors have already begun using the mixed reality (MR) device for applications such as consultation, surgical planning and sports medicine. Now Revinax are using the technology for live surgery. A surgical procedure was performed successfully at the Montpellier University…

Black Friday Deals Drop Oculus Rift To $350, Acer Headset To $300

A pair of tempting discounts are being promoted for VR headsets heading into the busiest shopping week of the year. The Oculus Rift packaged with its Touch controllers will be just $350 at Best Buy from Nov. 23 to 25. Meanwhile, the Acer VR headset and controllers will be around $300 from Microsoft starting Nov….

Microsoft’s Black Friday Deals Include $100 off Windows Mixed Reality Headsets

In just over a week’s time the annual Black Friday sales event happens, bringing with it plenty of discounts on technology that you’ve been after, just in time for the festive period. Today Microsoft has announced its Black Friday deals, which include the newly released Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs). The headsets only launched…

What are Investors Looking for in Virtual Reality?

The biggest problem facing start-up companies working in virtual reality (VR) is finding the money to fund their projects. VR is expensive and to get an experience made requires high-end PC’s or laptops, expensive head-mounted displays to test prototypes on, developers that comprehend videogame engines such as Unreal or Unity and with no real proper…

Ubisoft’s Rabbids Are Back In VR With Virtual Rabbids – The Big Ride

When it comes to French videogame publisher Ubisoft and virtual reality (VR) you could say they have been quietly quite the supporter of the technology. Certainly, one of the most engaged of the major videogame players. It’s probably easiest to recall the company’s involvement with projects such as Star Trek: Bridge Crew – perhaps the…

Digital Domain Expands Into India

While Digital Domain are probably best known fro their work on the digital effects on Hollywood blockbusters such as Titanic or Deadpool, they are also heavily involved in virtual reality (VR) having launched its own VR and 360 degree video content app and creating VR content such as Monkey King. Now the company is expanding…

Touch Surgery Doubles Its Funding As It Looks To 2018

There have been many ongoing stories throughout the year for both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), we mentioned just some of these earlier this week in a news post relating to how VR and AR are gaining momentum in academic circles, and how companies are using these new courses as a way to…

Run With Sonic or Mario Using Walk-O-Motion

Nostalgia is a powerful thing, generating stacks of money for those who know how to properly harness it. Is it powerful enough to help people get fit? Perhaps, since that is the concept behind Walk-O-Motion, a virtual reality (VR) system that uses two classic 90s titles to try and encourage people to exercise in VR….

SteamVR Comes To Windows Mixed Reality

The range of mixed reality (MR) headsets being made available under the Windows Mixed Reality banner have opened up a new avenue for many people who might be interesting in trying out virtual reality (VR) and MR applications. The addition of compatibility with SteamVR will likely make it even more of a tempting prospect. Windows…

Market for Mixed Reality To Be Worth $187m By 2025

A new report on the rise of mixed reality (MR) by Transparency Market Research shows that demand for the technology will continue to grow, fuelled in particular by the videogame and entertainment markets. Mixed reality (MR) is a relatively newcomer to the technology field, though is usually filed alongside the related technologies of virtual reality…

Steam Preview For Microsoft VR Headsets Arrives Nov. 15

Microsoft is planning to make a preview of its SteamVR integration available on Nov. 15. The preview should make hundreds of VR apps available on Steam playable on headsets from Acer, Lenovo, HP, Dell and Samsung. So far, Microsoft has only offered access to developers through closed access to a Steam app. We recently reviewed…

Report: Apple AR Headset Coming In 2020 With Brand New OS

Apple’s ARKit marks the start of a long journey for the company’s work with augmented reality technology, but the long-rumored AR headset the company may be working on may still be years away from release. A new report from Bloomberg claims that Apple is aiming to have its AR headset ready in 2019 and possibly…

Review: Acer’s $400 Windows VR Headset And Controllers

I had a strange feeling the first time I packed the Acer VR headset into a bag with two hand controllers, a laptop and earbuds, and realized that’s all I needed to enjoy a walk-around virtual world. It was a bit like when you pat your pockets for your phone only to realize you’re already…

Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Creates VR experience for new Single “Aeronaut”

Musicians have been experimenting with virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video for the last couple of years now with the latest to utilise the technology being ex-frontman for Smashing Pumpkins, two-time GRAMMY Award winning artist William Patrick Corgan (aka Billy Corgan). Corgan collaborated with teams from Isobar and Viacom NEXT alongside San Francisco based filmmaker and…

Billy Corgan Teases VR Experience With ‘Aeronaut’ Music Video

A volumetric captured Corgan soars through Tilt Brush and Blocks by Google created VR art. Two-time GRAMMY Award winning artist William Patrick Corgan is teasing us with a music video for his new VR experience. The 2-D preview version is for Corgan’s new VR video “Aeronaut,” a single off his recently released solo album “Ogilala.”…

Asad & Assad AR Documentary Seeks Funding on Kickstarter

Last week saw several Kickstarter projects emerge and succeed with various forms of success, such as Pimax and its 8K head-mounted display (HMD) or ZephVR’s fan accessory. Another to launch wasn’t for hardware, instead 1RIC the studio of augmented reality (AR) artist Asad J. Malik has launched a funding campaign for an AR documentary Asad & Assad….

TPCast Opens US Office, HTC Vive Wireless Adapter Ships this Month

TPCast has announced the opening of its US Office in Sunnyvale, California at the heart of the Silicon Valley. Headquartered in Beijing, TPCast is set to introduce a commercial wireless adapter for PC virtual reality (VR), the TPCast Wireless Adapter for HTC Vive, to North America this month. The product has been commercially available in…

VR Could Still be on the Cards for Xbox One X Hints Microsoft

When Microsoft officially announced Xbox One X – Project Scorpio as it was back then – during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2016, Xbox chief Phil Spencer didn’t shy away from announcing that the console would deliver ‘high fidelity VR’ experiences. Since then however any mention of virtual reality (VR) has been actively snubbed by…

Microsoft is Bringing HoloLens to 29 new European Markets

While augmented reality (AR) is now gaining ground on virtual reality (VR) in the consumer sphere thanks to developments such as Apple’s ARKit or Google ARCore, when it comes to enterprise customers Microsoft’s HoloLens is still a dominant force. But the AR headset hasn’t always been the easy device to get hold off depending on…