Santas get to grips with new tech in VR training school

It was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, nothing was stirring - except Santa, who was busy playing Minecraft on his Samsung Gear VR. 

Santa and virtual reality is really not a pairing you would put together, but then again 2016 is a year of many surprises. 

And indeed, Santas from all over the UK have been attending a VR Santa Training School from Carphone Warehouse, to get to grips with virtual reality technology before they head to grottos, stores and shopping centres ahead of...

By Rachael Power, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands.

RT releases 360 experience from International Space Station

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Most of us will only ever dream of getting a real bird's eye view from the International Space Station (ISS), but thanks to 360 video, you can at least get a taster of what the astronauts see.

Russian news agency RT (previously Russia Today) sent a 360 camera into space, which cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko used to capture a view of the Earth from the ISS.

The Space360 experience is presented by RT, who has worked with Russian space agency Roscosmos...

By Rachael Power, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands.

Oculus gives 11 content creators Launch Pad scholarships

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Oculus has given 11 virtual reality content creators a share of $250,000 in funding to develop unique VR experiences.

The 11 are winners of Oculus’ first ever Launch Pad group, and will receive a share of the scholarship.

Since the project was launched, Oculus has worked with over 100 developers to deliver virtual reality experiences that “more accurately represent its global audience”.

The...

By Rachael Power, 24 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands.

Happy Finish 'significantly expands' Asia VR and AR operations

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VR content specialists Happy Finish have "significantly expanded" their business in Asia, the company said. 

The marketing for virtual and augmented reality content in Asia is said to be thriving, and has experienced 91% growth driven by production capabilities in the last 12 months.

Gaming in particular is set to be a hard hitter in China according to the IDC, along...

By Rachael Power, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands.

Vive add-on will make headset tetherless

Vive is reportedly rolling out an add-on product that will make its headset wireless, according to UploadVR

According to the publication, the VR upgrade kit is for Vive's SteamVR device and will go on sale from Vive's Chinese website at 3pm UK time. 

It's thought the product will be available to pre-order with a standard battery, cost about $220 (£175) and will ship in the first few months of next year. 

The company behind the tetherless...

By Rachael Power, 11 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands.

Oculus launches asynchronous spacewarp this week

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Oculus has launched asynchronous spacewarp (ASW) this week, meaning lower-end PCs can more easily power Rift.

The new tech is aimed at reducing system hardware requirements while maintaining content quality across a wider array of hardware.

ASW is a technique that extrapolates frames and lets VR titles run at up to half rate, while delivering a visual experience that is almost as good as 90hz rendering.

It builds on asynchronous timewarp, which was...

By Rachael Power, 10 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands.

John Lewis and Children in Need bring out 360 experiences

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Every year in the UK, people wait on tenterhooks to see what heartstring-pulling TV advertisements the major retailers will come out with for the upcoming festive season.

John Lewis is one company that’s outdone itself year after year. In 2016, it brought tears to many people’s eyes with Man on the Moon, something that’s quite powerful for an advertisement to do.

This year, it’s gone for a similar approach with its Buster the Boxer ad,...

By Rachael Power, 10 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands.

Google's Daydream View released this week

If you need a welcome distraction from today’s US presidential election news, you may do well to get in line for Google’s first Daydream View headsets.

The cloth-covered VR viewers will be available from tomorrow on the Google Store, from Verizon and Best buy in the US for $79 and from EE and the Carphone Warehouse for £69 in the UK.

You will however need a Daydream-ready phone to use the headset, such as the Pixel, and

By Rachael Power, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands.

Planet Earth 2 releases extra 360 video footage

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BBC’s popular world-showcasing programme Planet Earth 2 has also launched a 360 video mini-series.

The channel is giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at various locations the series covers, including the Galapagos Islands and a closer look at some snow leopards atop vast mountains.

The first series aired 10 years ago, but since then there have been massive advances in the tech used to film wildlife documentaries, including the availability of 360 video. It’s...

By Rachael Power, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands.

Welsh firm bags deal to distribute 360 content worldwide

Watching rollercoasters, or climbers scaling jaw-dropping heights or parachute jumps are, even on static video, enough to make your palms sweat, but getting your thrills in 360 is a whole other ballgame. 

Orchard Media and Events Group, one of the first companies in the UK to own and use a Nokia OZO camera, has announced it'll be sharing its adrenaline-inducing 360 content worldwide, under a new partnership...

By Rachael Power, 08 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands.