House artist deadmau5 launches own VR app with Absolut

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It does make a lot of sense for music artists to get on board with 360 degree and VR video content. What fan wouldn’t want to ‘join’ their heroes on stage, and see a unique first-hand view from a perspective they could only dream of truly being in?

Varioius artists from Duran Duran to U2 to Avicii have produced VR experiences and 360 videos - and now it’s progressive house artist deadmau5’...

By Rachael Power, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Gaming.

US company launches VR courtroom offering

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Virtual reality in the courtroom could happen a lot quicker than we think, thanks to trials such as the one being carried out by Staffordshire University in the UK. 

The use of VR could not only cut court costs, a leading digital lawyer had previously told VRTech, but really show jurors the full picture of what happened at a particular event and help them make potentially a more informed...

By Rachael Power, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research.

Top five 360 videos this week: Tour de France, Grand Canyon and more

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There's nothing quite like a 360 degree video, is there? Even when watching on a flat computer screen, being able to hold and drag the world inside the video makes watching normal clips a bit dull. 

Following on from our last round-up, we've seen a few videos this week that we really like the look of. Grab some headphones and your headset, and jump in below. 

1. Travel: Hidden village in Grand...

By Rachael Power, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications.

Darth Vader could be getting his own VR story

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ILMxLab at Lucasfilm is reportedly working on a Darth Vader virtual reality experience, after showing off a teaser trailer at a recent Star Wars conference.

The immersive entertainment arm of Lucasfilm was launched last year and focuses on creating AR, MR, VR and theme park entertainment for a range of platforms.

At the annual Star Wars Celebration in London - a convention for fans of the franchise - ILMxLab held a session on immersive experiences and what the future was...

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

Why VR needs wider industry participation for its success

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When I first started hearing a buzz about recent developments in VR, I was intrigued but never gave it enough serious thought. As a result, the idea of VR sort of hovered around in the back of my mind for a while until it re-surfaced again while watching some VR reaction videos. 

Seeing the way people responded to the experiences they were having with beta versions of the technology, I was intrigued enough to take another look. After an evening of YouTube exploring I was...

By Thomas Dewis, 18 July 2016, 3 comments. Categories: Applications.

VR would have positive effect on students, US teachers say

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VR is getting a lot of airtime within the education sector in the US, from this morning’s HTC-Lifeliqe partnership to Google’s Expeditions rollout.

And rightly so, it seems. A survey commissioned by Samsung has shown that 85% of US teachers agree that virtual reality would have a positive effect in the classroom.

The research sought the views of over 1,000 primary and secondary school teachers (K-12) on the use of VR within education.

It found that currently, only...

By Rachael Power, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications.

AltspaceVR is breaking the virtual reality isolation barrier

Virtual reality is certainly shaking up certain industries: VR gaming is going to be huge over the next 12 to 18 months, and sectors such as defence and healthcare are slowly but surely trialling and adopting the tech.

But one argument against VR is that it’s very singular and even isolating, perhaps one of the reasons augmented reality is set to outgrow it over the next few years.

One company seeking to break down this isolation barrier is Silicon Valley startup and virtual social interaction company...

By Rachael Power, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Platforms.

AMD launches affordable VR graphics card

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AMD has unveiled its Radeon RX 480 graphics card, which boasts the “world’s most advanced graphics technology” with Polaris architecture.

It’s offering value for money, starting at $199 for the 4GB card and $239 for 8GB and is aiming to democratise virtual reality with its future proof tech. They'll be available in the UK in the likes of Maplin and Currys, both for under £200.

PC partners Alienware, HP and Lenovo, along with VR developers EA,...

By Rachael Power, 29 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers.