New study shows how VR and AR can enhance brand perception

A new study conducted by Magid, a consumer-centred business strategy and research company, has revealed that both VR and AR can play a crucial role in enhancing brand perception.

The study, which comprised a series of focus groups in Los Angeles and New York along with tech enthusiasts who had earlier experience of VR, revealed that while VR content was found to drive emotion, the AR content was making more sense for daily...

By VR 360, 18 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands.

Oz aims to bring AR environment to biopharma with new initiative

Consulting company Oz has launched what it has described as a first-of-its-kind application aiming to bring an augmented reality (AR) environment to physician detailing.

AR-Detailing will allow biopharma sales representatives to have a lot more immersive detailing experience with physicians on treatments. It will also educate them on health conditions and diagnostics. This becomes essential for specialised treatments where...

By VR 360, 16 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Platforms.

100 million consumers will shop with AR online and in-store by 2022, says Gartner

An optimistic analysis on the augmented reality (AR) market from Gartner: the analyst house has predicted 100 million consumers will shop in AR online and in-store by 2022.

The findings appear in the company’s latest report – ‘Include 5G and Next-Generation Wireless in Roadmaps to Elevate In-Store Retail Customer Experience’ – whose title is more of a command than a comment. Gartner argues...

By James Bourne, 01 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Brands.

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey: Rift S is great – but 30% of users won’t be able to use it

The Oculus Rift S is set to be a considerable upgrade on what has come before and aims to give gamers and enthusiasts ‘the most immersive content that VR has to offer’ when it launches later this year.

One enthusiast who probably won’t be shelling out, however, is Palmer Luckey. The Oculus co-founder has argued in a...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Ecosystems, Hardware, Platforms.

HTC reveals pricing and availability details for VIVE Focus Plus headset

HTC VIVE has announced that its latest Focus Plus headset will be available for sale from April 15.

The product can be ordered from Vive's website and will cost $799. Vive Focus Plus features the latest fresnel lenses that offers a sharper visual to reduce any screen door effect meeting the needs of enterprise customers. The newly added dual 6DoF controllers help users to blur the lines between reality and VR in addition...

By VR 360, 26 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Devices, Enterprise, Hardware.

I’m Fine VR project aims to raise awareness and educate around suicide prevention

VoidVR, an independent virtual reality (VR) development studio, has announced the launch of I’m Fine, a new educational project aimed at suicide awareness.

The project, which will be available for free on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive from July, is aimed at being ‘used as a means of experiencing what sufferers of suicidal thoughts go through in their darkest hours… [to] better understand [them].’

By James Bourne, 25 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Ecosystems.

New VR solution helps engineers detect early design risks in product and process lifecycles

French software firm ESI Group and AR software solutions provider Diota have vowed to solve issues related with factory assembly and in-service maintenance via an end-to-end solution, which leverages digital data to provide improved productivity, quality and traceability, thereby negating operational risk.

The solution, called IC.IDO, is a dedicated VR solution designed to help engineers identify design risks as early as...

By VR 360, 20 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Enterprise, Platforms.

Executives see bright future for VR, AR and XR particularly in gaming – but barriers to adoption remain

The vast majority of technology executives surveyed by global law firm Perkins Coie say they expect immersive technologies of virtual, augmented and mixed reality to become as ubiquitous as mobile devices within six years.

The research, conducted alongside the XR Association, noted the state of investment in the space, which surged in late 2018. Q4/2018 saw spike in global venture capital deal value to $1.7 billion in AR and...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Ecosystems, Gaming, Research.

Man spends entire week in VR headset, notes strength of community despite missing nature

Jak Wilmot, co-founder of Atlanta-based VR agency Disrupt VR, spent an entire week locked into a VR headset – and while he missed the ‘energy’ of the natural world, his conclusion was that virtual reality was “whatever you want it to be.”

The experiment – or publicity stunt, delete as appropriate – came with a couple of caveats. Wilmot could take up to 30 seconds out to switch VR...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Ecosystems, Research.

Nissan and NTT DOCOMO test ‘invisible-to-visible’ technology in moving vehicle using 5G

Nissan and NTT DOCOMO have put Nissan’s 'invisible to visible' technology through its field test in a moving vehicle, using DOCOMO’s fifth-generation mobile communications connectivity.

Invisible-to-visible (I2V) is a future Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology that merges the real and virtual worlds. Combining information from sensors outside and inside the vehicle with the data from the cloud helps...

By VR 360, 14 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands, Ecosystems.

Nintendo to launch Labo kit for 'simple and shareable' VR experience

Nintendo’s gaming and construction toy platform, Nintendo Labo, will be launching the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit next month.

The Nintendo Labo: VR Kit, which is the fourth kit in the Nintendo Labo series, aims to create a simple and shareable VR experience for users. It provides tools that allow them to make DIY cardboard creations, called Toy-Con. This allows them to play a variety of games and discover how Nintendo Switch technology brings it all to life. 

The VR Kit offers six new Toy-Con creations...

By VR 360, 11 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Developers, Gaming.

NexTech AR Solutions announces upgraded UX for web-enabled AR platform

Canadian software firm NexTech AR Solutions has upgraded the user experience (UX) for its patent-pending web-enabled augmented reality (AR) platform.

Users, with the help of the newly improved UX, feel as if they are inside an app through 3D virtual AR objects in a location and then “placed”. As soon as the virtual 3D object is “placed”, users can move their camera left and right whereas the object...

By VR 360, 06 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Brands.

Toyota allows customers to see inside C-HR model with AR Brandwidth initiative

London-based digital agency Brandwidth has created a new Toyota hybrid augmented reality (AR) application for Toyota GB, which will give Toyota customers an inside look of the car brand’s C-HR model.

The application uses AR and objective recognition software to overlap graphics of the inside of the Hybrid drivetrain onto physical vehicles, which will help customers understand the working of the system through an iPad app...

By VR 360, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, AR, Brands.

Microsoft launches HoloLens 2 at $3500 - but the real power is in the cloud-connected add-ons

MWC19 Microsoft has announced the launch of HoloLens 2 at MWC Barcelona, with the augmented reality (AR) headset being described by the company as an 'important milestone.'

The headset, which will be available later this year at a price of $3500,  has been launched with focus on three specific areas of improvement; immersion, comfort, and time-to-value. HoloLens 2 has a more than doubled field of view combined with holographic density of 47 pixels per degree of sight, alongside eye-tracking sensors and...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Devices, Microsoft.

AT&T, Ericsson, Intel and Warner Bros team up for mixed reality Batman experience

MWC19 The upcoming MWC19 in Barcelona will evidently be a treat for DC Comics’ fans, as they will be able to witness Batman in action and fighting his nemesis The Scarecrow in mixed reality (MR).

The demonstration, which is a joint work between AT&T, Ericsson, Intel, Warner Bros., and DC, is a combination of VR and AR, coupled with 5G technology and edge computing. This show will run on a fully integrated 5G network, which...

By VR 360, 22 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Brands, Gaming.

VR in healthcare: Great Ormond Street Hospital launches VR tool, Rescape secures funding

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) has launched a virtual reality tool aimed at highlighting the impact of its fundraising on the hospital.

The tool, which was put together with creative agency Rewind, offers a VR tour which offers users the opportunity to explore the hospital’s facilities and wards. Also included are services such as the chapel, play and sensory rooms, which have all benefited...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Platforms.

USA Today launches augmented reality experience in run up to Oscars

USA TODAY has launched its first entertainment AR experience, called “Oscars AR: The Costumes and Creators”, ahead of the approaching 91st Academy Awards. The technology will allow audiences to get up-close and personal with the costume designers and their creations from major nominated films.

The partnership between USA TODAY’s emerging technology team and USA TODAY’s life team would give viewers...

By VR 360, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands.

Iberia to incorporate virtual reality on-board with new initiative

Spanish airline Iberia and German VR tech firm Inflight VR have collaborated to incorporate the latter’s technology in the airliner’s fleet. After completion of trials, VR glasses will be available on Iberia’s two daily flights to New York, operated by A350-900 aircraft and the Madrid-Tel Aviv route, offered every day with an A330 -200.

The agreement between the companies will last for six months, which will...

By VR 360, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands, Platforms.