Google releases ARCore

Google has announced the release of its new SDK ARCore which was made available for download on 28 August 2017.

ARCore brings AR capabilities to existing and future Android phones. The release marks a subtle shift in the Google’s AR strategy, which formally began with the launch of Project Tango in 2014.

While Tango worked by loading user’s smartphones up with custom sensors, ARCore uses software to...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 30 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Android, AR.

3D imaging tool helps home renovators see ‘through’ walls

European consumers who are looking to take on some DIY can now call on VR to help see through walls and other objects.

WalabotDIY, developed by 3D imaging sensor company Vayyar Imaging, gives renovators ‘Superman-vision’ that allows them to see up to 10 cm into drywall, cement and other materials. No longer will there be that moment of anticipation as you drill into wall, hoping that you won’t be knee-deep in water 10 minutes later.

The app is designed to help people determine the location...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Hardware.

VR-optimised Android Nougat 7.0 starts to roll out

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Android's latest operating system that's optimised for Google's VR platform Daydream as well as 3D rendering API VulkanTM has started to roll out. 

Android 7.0 Nougat is being launched on Nexus devices first over the coming weeks, as well as LG's upcoming V20 handset. 

Other Android devices, such as Samsung's offerings, will probably see the update come in in a few months. 

It offers 250 major features, including better notifications,...

By Rachael Power, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android.

VicoVR is crowdfunding to bring affordable positional and body tracking to mobile VR

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A bluetooth peripheral that brings wireless, Kinect-like motion tracking to Android and iOS head mounted devices without a PC, wires or wearable sensors is crowdfunding on Indiegogo.

The campaign is aiming to fund full 3D body tracking for mobile VR.

Three parts

VicoVR comes in three parts: a reasonably affordable sensor which looks a lot like Microsoft's...

By Rachael Power, 20 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Gaming.

Google I/O 2016: Google confirms it will build own VR headset

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Google has made more VR announcements at day two of its IO conference in California.

Delving deeper into yesterday’s Daydream announcement, Google said as well as providing reference designs to others, they would build a headset and controller themselves.

Another exciting announcement was that they’re building a cinema grade Jump camera with IMAX. Last year, it partnered with GoPro to build the...

By Rachael Power, 19 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android.

VRidge enables Oculus VR games on Cardboard

A new app has been launched that will adapt the Oculus Rift output for use with a Google Cardboard headset.

The new software, VRidge, enables smaller and cheaper virtual reality (VR) headsets such as Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard to be modified to run games like higher-end machines like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Developed by Riftcat, VRidge adapts the head-tracking input and stereoscopic output of the Oculus Rift to an Android smartphone app. Once set up, it can...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, Devices, Gaming.