Microsoft's affordable VR headsets to start appearing next spring

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A free update to Windows 10 early next year will bring “3D and mixed reality to everyone”, claims Microsoft.

The Windows 10 Creators Update will be brought to over 400 million devices running Windows 10 in 2017, and with it Windows users can start printing, capturing and creating in 3D as well as experiencing mixed reality.

Within the update, the classic, much-loved Paint app is getting a makeover and will become Paint 3D. The art studio will connect with a new online community, Remix3D.com, where...

By Rachael Power, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices.

Developers in the UK can now pre-order Microsoft's HoloLens

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Developers and commercial bodies in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand and Australia can now pre-order Microsoft’s mixed reality HoloLens kit.

It’ll set you back $3,000 (over £2,700) and ship in late November, but at last, developers this side of the pond can now try out Microsoft’s MR offering.

HoloLens launched in the US for commercial...

By Rachael Power, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices.

HP and HTC launch Vive-ready bundle

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HTC and HP have partnered up to produce the Vive Ready HP Computer Bundle, meaning a full system, headset included, will cost you just under £1,500. 

The bundle consists of a VR-ready HP ENVY 750-470na alongside a full Vive VR system in a brushed-metal finished. 

It also comes packaged with a USB drive, which contains hardware set up instructions and required software allowing for a one-click installation.

The HP ENVY has some pretty...

By Rachael Power, 11 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices.

Gamers will drive VR hardware adoption to over $50bn by 2021

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Research from Juniper has provided insight on the expected revenues which VR hardware is expected to generate within the next five years.

While there's a question over the power of current games consoles to deliver high-caliber gaming experiences, the pre-orders for the first PlayStation VR (PSVR) sold out within minutes. Whether this indicates significant interest or lack of...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Gaming, Hardware, Research.

HoloLens is giving this elevator company a lift

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Hot on the heels of a story we posted earlier today which reveals Apple CEO Tim Cook believes AR will be bigger than VR, Microsoft has announced that its own AR device, HoloLens, is now being used by elevator company ThyssenKrupp.

The AR headsets will be put to work by 24,000 elevator technicians around the globe and the firm says it’s...

By Ryan Daws, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Devices, Enterprise.

Smartphone VR device sales 'surpassing expectations' in 2016

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Virtual reality devices for smartphones - like the Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR - are predicted to sell in their millions by the end of this year. 

CCS Insight said sales of these products are surpassing their expectations and on track to sell 14.5 million units, worth over $500m this year alone. 

This is backed up by figures from...

By Rachael Power, 30 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices.

Magic Leap headset beyond research mode, CMO says

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Magic Leap’s lightweight headset debut may not be too far into the distant future, according to CEO Rony Abovitz

Speaking with Fortune magazine at the Brainstorm Tech conference this week, the founder of the billion-dollar startup company based in Florida, which until recently has been quite secretive, said a launch “isn’t a decade out”.

The company now employs 600 people, and thousands have reportedly tried the light field...

By Rachael Power, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Hardware.

Samsung ramps up VR offering with new initiative, camera and VR video platform

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Samsung is going gangbusters for VR, with a raft of announcements in the US this week.

The Gear headset maker has launched the Samsung Gear 360, a high-res camera developed for creating 360-degree videos for smartphones and VR content. 

It'll come in at about $349.99 in the US, and those going to VidCon in California will able to get their hands on a limited few. We're expecting ot hear more news about the camera's availability later in the year. 

The company has also launched

By Rachael Power, 23 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Devices, Ecosystems.

Robotics company crowdfunding for 360-degree video drone on Indiegogo

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While drone cameras are no new thing, one company’s crowdfunding for what it claims is the first drone capable of capturing ‘4K UHD 360-degree video’ on Indiegogo.

The campaign’s going very well; it’s raised 115% of its $25,000 (£17,700) target and still has 15 days left to run.

The Exo 260 Drone is a product of Queen B Robotics, based in the US. The matte...

By Rachael Power, 16 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Hardware.