XR Games Board Joined by Jane Whittaker

Videogames industry legend Jane Whittaker has joined the board and executive team of new virtual reality (VR) specialist studio, XR Games, it was announced today. In a 34­year career which includes work on the likes of GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64), Alien vs. Predator (Atari Jaguar), The Sims, HR Giger’s Darkseed and major contributions to Microsoft…

Oculus Start Is Facebook’s New Program To Help Small Dev Teams

Oculus is launching a new program targeting self-funded independent developers, promising developer kits, beta tools and a direct line of communication with Facebook’s VR experts. Developers who have already released VR software, but might have been overlooked or unable to grab the attention of Oculus, could use the Oculus Start program as a way to…

Microsoft Garage Launches Reality Room For Employees

The Garage Reality Room is a place where Microsoft employees and volunteers can learn, experiment, and hack on XR (Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality). Its goal is to be a platform to explore XR technology and encourage employees to develop and launch new and innovative ideas. 2017 was a busy year for Microsoft and Mixed…

Japanese University Uses ‘Building Scale VR’ For Disaster Training

Forget Room Scale VR; the Nagoya University in Japan is using ‘Building Scale VR’ for disaster training. In a recent talk hosted by Microsoft Research (available at the bottom of this page), the University’s Katashi Nagao outlined its work with this ambitious form of VR. Using a room scanning robot that can create 3D maps…

Eye-Tracking Is Both Incredibly Important And Very Risky

At CES last week one of my first demos was with Tobii and its eye-tracking technology. I left the demo convinced that once you’ve tried a VR headset with eye-tracking included you’ll never want to wear one without it again. Google, Facebook and Apple all purchased eye-tracking companies over the last few years because these…

Microsoft Launches Sci-Fi ‘Reality Rooms’ For Employee VR/AR Development

VR and AR can both still be considered experimental technologies, so Microsoft is letting its employees experiment with them. This month the company’s Garage division revealed what it calls Reality Rooms. These spaces, located at the company’s Garage sites, are designed for Microsoft employees to come in and play around with the latest augmented and…

Has Facebook Given Up on Oculus Rift?

Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR back in 2014 came as a surprise to near-everyone in the virtual reality (VR) industry. Many predictions of a large company moving on the hardware developer had been circulated prior, with the likes of Microsoft and Sony Interactive Entertainment banded about as potentials, but as a company with no prior…

Bring Doom to the Earth in Day of Destruction

Embrace your inner alien and rise as the destroyer of cities; conqueror of galaxies. Empower yourself with alien technology as you can on the feeble powers of the human race and bring destruction to the Earth, plus many other planets in Day of Destruction, now available for HTC Vive. The planet’s communication systems have received…

This HoloLens Childbirth Simulator Helps Train Medical Students

The first childbirth AR simulator. Whether learning how to play the piano or training crews to fly an Airbus, industries are quickly figuring out different ways augmented reality can be used for training and education. One such field we’ve seen the most experimentation within is medical. A field that demands regular training and requires students…

Microsoft Introduce The Garage Reality Room to Employees

Microsoft’s Garage project has made spaces around the world available to their employees where they can go hands on with specialised hardware, such as 3D printers, and create and experiment in their own time. Now, the Garage is getting expanded with Reality Rooms, where employees can experiment with the latest augmented reality (AR), virtual reality…

Microsoft Partner Vectorform to Expand HoloLens Technology to Aid Ford Motors

We’ve seen virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) infiltrate and advance a number of industries, and it seems like the automative industry are adapting to the technology quickly. We’ve seen other automative companies get involved and adapt, but now Ford Motor Company are the next to modernise their workflow, with help from Microsoft partner,…

This AR App Teaches You How To Play The Piano

AR piano learning system with improvised jam sessions. Learning to play the piano is getting an immersive upgrade with a new augmented reality (AR) piano training software called Music Everywhere. The HoloLens app aims to help students of all talent levels build fundamental music theory and performance skills. While traditional piano lessons can cost upwards…

Petersen Automotive Museum Showcases Mixed Reality Exhibit

The car industry has already begun to embrace the capabilities of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in design, manufacturing, training and customer engagement. The Petersen Automotive Museum is also following this trend with its new Mixed Reality (MR) exhibit, An American Supercar. The Petersen Automotive Museum has worked with Ford and HoloLens application…

Realmax Qian AR Glasses Come to CES 2018

For CES 2018, Shanghai, China-based tech company Realmax has unveiled two new products that it’ll be showcasing during the world’s largest technology convention. The first being Realmax Qian, a pair of augmented reality (AR) glasses and the other is Realmax Studio, an AR creation platform. With the mission to “deepen human understanding by making Augmented…

Digital Realities App Provides Unified AR, MR & VR Solution for Engineering

Using augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) or virtual reality (VR) in engineering or manufacturing is still in its infancy. Whilst there are large Automotive, Aerospace and Defence companies already using VR Caves or Powerwall’s, most organisations are just starting to figure out if, and why, they need the technology. Following a two-part event in…

CES 2018: Watch Samsung’s Press Conference Right Here

Samsung finds itself in an interesting spot in the VR industry. The Gear VR, fresh off the release of a new controller, remains likely the best-selling headset out there, but the partnership between Oculus and Samsung looks to be at a crossroads. Oculus is releasing the standalone Go, which will utilize content previously only available…

CES 2018: NextVR Is Adding Full Movement Freedom To Its Broadcasts

Newport Beach-based NextVR will start using its cameras to capture reality in such a way that viewers in VR will be able to move around the scene in any way. NextVR was an early startup working to develop camera rigs and streaming tech to capture reality and deliver it to VR headsets live anywhere in…

TIME Release Augmented Reality Issue with RYOT Lab

Reading magazines on your tablet is one thing the digital age has brought us, but now print has found a way to win us back, and TIME is moving into the future. In TIME’s latest issue, you can use a smartphone app to turn the pages into an augmented reality (AR) feast for the eyes….

Renault Trucks Integrates Mixed Reality into Production Process

Augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) have already proven their worth when it comes to productivity in busy environments with complex machinery, small, complicated devices or even the surgery room, and Renault Trucks have been working with virtual reality (VR) technology in its design and production process for years, but now they’re looking to…

4% of Steam VR Users use Windows Mixed Reality After Less Than 2 Months

Steam has released the results of their most recent Hardware Survey, detailing what kinds of machines, monitors, OS and head-mounted displays people are using to access Steam, and the results are incredibly enlightening – and sure to bring a smile to the faces of Microsoft’s Mixed Reality (MR) team. Windows Mixed Reality launched in October,…

Mercedes-Benz Joins the AR Manual World With Ask Mercedes

2017 was certainly a year that was instrumental in the development of augmented reality (AR) technology, whether that was through headsets and smart glasses like HoloLens and Vuzix, or software such as Google’s ARCore and ARKit by Apple. This helped developers create new AR videogames as well as more functional apps. The automobile industry has…

Pac-Man Recreated in Mixed Reality

There has been a minor trend in developers re-creating iconic videogames in immersive formats recently. From the HoloLens developer who managed to make the original Super Mario Bros into an interactive mixed reality (MR) experience in New York’s Central Park, to the high-end virtual reality (VR) arcade offering Mario Kart VR. Another Japanese arcade has…

NOLO VR Reveals Universal Motion Tracking System

Motion tracking is often considered one of the key components of modern high-end virtual reality (VR). The lack of accurate positional tracking is one of the marks against mobile VR, but positioning systems are also one of the trickiest things to get right. LYRobotix is offering a possible way for mobile and PC VR with…

This HoloLens App Brings Doctors To Life-Threatening Situations

HoloLens takes doctors to you. What if a doctor miles away could save your life? That’s the idea behind Nomadeec — a HoloLens telemedicine app French medtech company Exelus has been developing for three years. Telemedicine virtually connects you with a doctor miles away who diagnoses a patient and oversees treatment in real-time. Nomadeec makes telemedicine possible…

VR vs. 2017 (Predictibly) – Part 1

So here we are again everyone. Welcome to 2018 on both VR vs. and on VRFocus. I hope you all had a very good holiday period and new year celebration. I was off playing silly board games and enjoying the company of some friends in what is now something of a tradition. In what is…

VR vs. 2017 (Predictably) – Part 1

So here we are again everyone. Welcome to 2018 on both VR vs. and on VRFocus. I hope you all had a very good holiday period and new year celebration. I was off playing silly board games and enjoying the company of some friends in what is now something of a tradition. In what is…

Drop Is A VR Productivity Environment For HTC Vive

Drop Software Inc. wants to change the way people access information in virtual reality. Its flagship VR title, Drop, provides a 360-degree environment that folks can use to browse the internet. It raised a seed round of an undisclosed amount in August, drawing investments from HTC as well as firms such as Macro Ventures, Autochrome…

This Week in VR Sport: Virtual Vikings and Augmented Cricketers

It’s almost the end of 2017, a year that has seen many new developments in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) along with its related technologies. A dizzying number of sports teams covering a very wide variety of sports have taken to these technologies to engage with fans, train players and even help with…