Pixar Magic: How Magnopus Brought The Wonder Of Coco To Life In VR

“Pixar originally didn’t want to do the project [Coco VR] because they didn’t think we could hit the quality bar that they found acceptable,” said Ben Grossman, Co-Founder of Magnopus. “We had to prove ourselves.” And they did just that. Magnopus is a visual effect and experience company founded by people that have decades of…

VR vs. Spitting Feathers

It’s a rarity indeed for you to start the working week with a blessed sigh of relief. But whatever happens, this week can’t possibly be as bad as the last one. For a start we have Mr. Peter Graham back in the fold after he disappeared off to *gasp* enjoy himself for a week. How…

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…

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…

Life In 360°: Old Traveller

It seems like only yesterday when I was writing on VRFocus  about how American institution The Smithsonian seems to be cropping up on VRFocus with increasing regularity. (Although as it happens it was only last week.) The internationally renowned archive, research complex and museum covers all manner of topics from art and design through to science…

Take Selfies In Space And Explore The Stars In VR With New NASA Apps

NASA have released two new apps that allows users to take selfies in space and even visit a star system that has seven Earth-size exoplanets in virtual reality (VR). The release of the apps mark and celebrate the 15th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope which has images features in both of…

Explore A System Of Exotic Planets With NASA’s Exoplanet Excursion VR App

Take a trip lightyears across the galaxy for a guided tour through five of TRAPPIST-1’s seven-planet system.  Located approximately 39.6 light-years from the Sun somewhere in the constellation Aquarius, TRAPPIST-1, better known as 2MASS J23062928-0502285 for short, is a massive red dwarf star forming an exoplanet system composed of seven Earth-like planets. While too far…

Seven VR Titles Nominated At This Year’s Emmy Awards

VR continues its mainstream invasion as a new pack of virtual content makes its way to the prestigious award ceremony. This September the Primetime Emmy Awards will celebrate its legendary 70th anniversary, once again honoring the absolute finest in U.S. television entertainment. For the last two years, VR content has managed to quietly infiltrate its…

Lockheed Martin Is Manufacturing Spacecrafts With The Help Of AR

Lockheed Martin is using AR to build NASA’s Orion spacecraft on their mission to Mars. Lockheed Martin Corp’s engineers thoroughly understand the of power of AR technology and its potential as a revolutionary tool in the work environment as a digital infrastructure. So much so that the American based global technologies company is turning to…

Take A Virtual Tour Around The Solar System With ‘Overview’

A French company is using VR to create the next generation of educational space simulators. From outlandish ideas involving sensory deprivation chambers housed inside a Burning Man art installation and a location-based VR experience launched as a partnership between NASA and Samsung in commemoration of the Apollo program’s 50th anniversary, to multiplayer moonwalks and actual…

Take A Virtual Tour Around The Solar System With ‘Overview’

A French company is using VR to create the next generation of educational space simulators. From outlandish ideas involving sensory deprivation chambers housed inside a Burning Man art installation and a location-based VR experience launched as a partnership between NASA and Samsung in commemoration of the Apollo program’s 50th anniversary, to multiplayer moonwalks and actual…

Samsung Partners With NASA To Launch 4D Lunar Gravity VR Experience

One small step for man, one giant, virtual leap for mankind. In celebration of the Apollo Program’s historic, 50th anniversary, NASA has teamed up with Samsung to develop an out-of-this-world, location-based VR experience powered by the Gear VR. “Starting this year, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program that landed a dozen…

Samsung Partners With NASA To Launch 4D Lunar Gravity VR Experience

One small step for man, one giant, virtual leap for mankind. In celebration of the Apollo Program’s historic, 50th anniversary, NASA has teamed up with Samsung to develop an out-of-this-world, location-based VR experience powered by the Gear VR. “Starting this year, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program that landed a dozen…

Samsung Teams With NASA For A Moon For All Mankind VR

Here’s one type of VR movement we haven’t seen before; low-gravity leaping with the help of a harness to simulate moving on the Moon. That’s how you get around in A Moon For All Mankind, a brand new VR experience developed by Samsung in partnership with NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston that celebrates the…

One Small Step for Samsung VR

Samsung Electronics is a name already much associated with virtual reality (VR), largely thanks to the Samsung Gear VR and the associated Samsung smartphones that power the device. The company is taking that a stage further with launch of ‘A Moon for All Mankind’ an immersive 4D VR experience. The experience has been designed to…

Episode Two Of Felix & Paul’s Space Explorers Series Is Now Avaiable

Felix & Paul, the Montréal based pioneers in cinematic virtual reality (VR) experiences have been delivering impressive documentary’s for some time now including The People’s House: Inside the White House With Barack and Michelle Obama. The studio has also being working on a two-part cinematic series that explores the new age of space exploration and…

Rick And Morty, Coco And Blade Runner Nominated For VR Emmys

A pair of projects built for Oculus VR headsets by Los Angeles-based studio Magnopus — Coco and Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab — are nominated for an Emmy this year in the Outstanding Original Interactive Program category. Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab The projects are nominated alongside Google Spotlight Stories’ Back to The Moon, NASA JPL:…

Brie Larson Narrates Latest ‘Space Explorers’ VR Series

Episode two now available on the Oculus Store. Before Academy Award winning actress Brie Larson blasts off in Marvel’s upcoming Captain Marvel feature film, she’ll take us on a VR journey into how us Earthlings are exploring and colonizing space. Narrated by Larson, Space Explorers: Taking Flight is the second episode in a multi-part VR…

‘Ocean To Plate’ Uses VR To Reveal Waste In Our Seafood Harvesting

Explore every step of seafood production in Daydream Impact’s latest VR documentary. More than a third of the global harvested seafood is lost or wasted on its journey to your dinner table. In the U.S. it is closer to half, with most fish being wasted by consumers. Ocean to Plate: A Journey into the Seafood Supply…

‘Ocean To Plate’ Uses VR To Reveal Waste In Our Seafood Harvesting

Explore every step of seafood production in Daydream Impact’s latest VR documentary. More than a third of the global harvested seafood is lost or wasted on its journey to your dinner table. In the U.S. it is closer to half, with most fish being wasted by consumers. Ocean to Plate: A Journey into the Seafood Supply…

NASA’s New Travel Bureau Lets You Visit Far Off Exoplanets In VR

Forget Mars; NASA’s new Exoplanet Travel Bureau lets you travel to new planets much, much further away. This new website puts exoplanets — planets that are outside of our solar system — within reach with the help of VR. You can journey to three new worlds and explore a 360 degree rendition of each. Note…

Brie Larson Narrates New VR Series From Felix & Paul Studios

Felix & Paul Studios has pulled in some A-list talent to narrate its latest VR series. Space Explorers: A New Dawn, a new series produced in partnership with Oculus and NASA, features the voice of soon-to-be Captain Marvel star, Brie Larson, Deadline reports. The actress narrates the first two episodes of the series which made…

New York Times Celebrates Launch of NASA Insight Spacecraft With AR

The New York Times has eagerly sought out the benefits that augmented reality (AR) can bring to the world of journalism with its NYT app, which provides a number of AR features to enhance the news and articles featured on it. To commemorate the launch of NASA’s InSight spacecraft, NYT have launched a new AR…

Modding The Red Planet Thanks to Mars 2030 Editor

Fans of PC videogames tend to love modding. From fixing persistent bugs that the developers couldn’t eliminate, or adding cut content back in, or just doing something crazy, mods have become an integral part of the PC videogame scene. That added value now comes to virtual reality (VR) with the availability of the Mars 2030…

Two Years On: HTC Vive – Apps

We’ve already established how important content is to a given platform, but in virtual reality (VR), not all content is a videogame. There are plenty of non-gaming apps and tools that can be exceptionally useful, creative or just fun to use.With the HTC Vive being the first modern VR platform to offer motion controls in…

Life In 360°: The Frontier Before The Final One

Apologies for the lack of a Life In 360° post this last Monday, unfortunately I wasn’t around beforehand to prepare one. So instead let’s get down to business with Wednesday’s selection and it’s another relatively new one involving the wonders of outer space – once again provided by the team at NASA. Or. more precisely…

Review: Overview

Our solar system and the universe beyond is a fascinating subject that has inspired countless individuals to look up to the stars and seek answers. In this day and age humanity seems to know more about the cosmos than the deepest reaches of the ocean, so there’s been a number of virtual reality (VR) experiences…