UK startup develops 'wafer thin' virtual reality tracking sensors for headsets

A UK based startup that’s only been around for under a year has developed a tech that tracks facial expressions in virtual reality devices.

Emteq, based in Brighton, uses artificial intelligence  (AI) and tiny sensors to read the electrical signals generated by muscle movement.

This in turn allows someone’s digital avatar, for example, to respond to the changes, without the need for face-tracking cameras.

The tech - or Faceteq, as the company’s calling it - is being developed with an...

By Rachael Power, 07 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hardware.

Virtual reality and the classroom: How it's working in education


Virtual reality is coming to the classroom. After the release of Engage last week, yet another platform is about to bring educational VR content to students.

Children can now use a headset to travel to the other end of the world, beneath the ocean’s surface or to outer space. “Some of our students have never really left the bubbles of their own town”, says Jaime Donally, presenter and creator of virtual global events.

“Virtual reality...

By Susanne Krause, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications.

Intel acquires Movidius to boost its VR, AR and MR offerings


Intel has announced its plans to acquire IoT visual sensing company Movidius to bolster its augmented, virtual and mixed reality offerings.

The company’s senior VP and general manager of Intel’s New Technology group wrote in a blog that the acquisition was part of a series it was undertaking to build a suite of capabilities around its RealSense depth sensing technology, which allows cameras to ‘see’ the world in 3D.

Last month,...

By Rachael Power, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications.

Our top five 360 videos this week 31/8/16


This week, we've been watching a mixture of the educational and the bizarre. Below, we've embedded five of our favourites from YouTube, including a pretty awesome offering from Google.

1. Night Fall: The first 360 ballet 

If this is your thing - and even if it isn't - it's worth a watch. It's also got spatial audio and is filmed by the Dutch Royal Ballet. 


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2. New York Times: The fight for Fallujah 

An interesting news piece from the...

By Rachael Power, 31 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications.

Syfy virtual reality series Halycon launching in September


A new series which sits across virtual reality, mainstream TV channels and online is launching in late September. 

Futuristic series Halycon will be available on Syfy's television and online channels as of 26 September. Its 15 episodes will alternate between 10 on Syfy channels and websites, as well as five virtual reality episodes on VR platforms. 

Those who wish to view the extra episodes in virtual reality can do so via Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. 

For viewers who are only...

By Rachael Power, 24 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications.

Ford launches VR storytelling app


It seems cars and virtual reality have found a sweet spot for immersive experiences, as Ford joins the slew of auto brands getting on board with VR.

The famous car company has just launched its first virtual reality app for Android and iOS devices, after a content partnership with award-winning Tools of North America.

The VR and 360 content specialist production...

By Rachael Power, 24 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Applications.

Fundsurfer seeing rise in companies asking about VR/AR investment


The current major players in the VR headset and software space are slowly creeping worldwide. With Oculus Rift’s launch in Europe and Canada this autumn, Intel and Microsoft’s announcements to make VR experiences available on mainstream PCs and more, it’s clear access to the tech will open up for a wider net of the global population.

And where there’s enterprise, there are startups and companies wanting a slice of the action. The major players aren’t the only pieces...

By Rachael Power, 18 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hardware.

Can VR help kids conquer fear of swimming?


The Swedish Swimming Federation recently revealed a new VR experience with the help of energy provider and main sponsor, E.ON. It’s designed to help the one in five Swedish children that can’t swim, by getting them to face their fears directly without having to even get their feet wet.

The experience features members of the Swedish swimming team; Jennie, Erik and Simon, encouraging the viewer to join them in a pool, constantly reassuring them and asking them to join in. You...

By Martin Cedergren, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Brands.

Ministry of Defence looking for VR and disruptive tech businesses to pitch for investment


Fancy pitching your virtual reality idea or business to the British Ministry of Defence, Dragons’ Den style for a chance to be backed by part of a £800m fund?

From next month, the government is launching an Innovation Initiative, aimed at finding the best disruptive technology talent and ideas to help bolster the British Military.

Smaller companies it is already working with include hyper-reality training tech company Close Air Solutions, which uses specialised headgear...

By Rachael Power, 15 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications.