Google set to bring augmented reality models to search engine

At the recently held 2019 I/O event, Google announced that it is adding a mix of camera and augmented reality (AR) to its search engine that will generate 3D AR models as search results. For instance, users can have look at “realistic” pairs of shoes they are trying to buy online; similarly, shopping clothes online can also be previewed with one’s existing wardrobe. One can also simply put an animated shark in their living room.

By VR 360, 10 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, 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.

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.

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.

Google gives sneak peek of Maps-enhancing AR visual positioning system

Of all the exciting, time-saving and useful apps out there today, mapping sits somewhat between a rock and a hard place. The maps themselves are vital, but the direction sometimes isn’t.

If you take a look on any busy high street with people staring at their phones, several will be working out just in which direction they have to go from their map. Increasingly – as this reporter can testify from personal...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, AR.

Lyft looks to augmented reality to help drivers find their passengers

It’s an increasingly common sight on pavements and roads; people standing semi-aimlessly, phone in hand, frequently checking the GPS and wondering where their taxi is. Lyft is looking to switch this up with a new system which aims to utilise augmented reality (AR) to give greater insights.

The information, which appears in a patent filed in June

By James Bourne, 18 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR.

EFF launches VR tool to help users understand surveillance technologies

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a virtual reality (VR) experience on its website, teaching people how to spot and understand the surveillance technologies that police are using on its communities.

Spot the Surveillance, which works best with a VR headset and can also work on standard browsers, places users in a 360-degree street scene in San Francisco.

The...

By VR 360, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Platforms, Regulation.

Walmart deploys augmented reality to improve barcode scanner

Walmart shoppers can now use augmented reality (AR) thanks to the launch of a new tool for iOS – as the company says it wanted to do ‘so much more’ with its current mobile app barcode scanner.

The retailer has given a shot to augmented reality and has launched a new AR scanning tool in its iPhone application which will help customers with product comparisons. This AR scanner can be panned across store shelves,...

By James Bourne, 02 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, AR, Brands.

Novarad AR HoloLens system gets FDA approval for medical use

The FDA has cleared OpenSight Augmented Reality System, making it the first AR medical solution for Microsoft HoloLens receiving 510(k) clearance for use in pre-operative surgical planning.

OpenSight renders 2D, 3D and 4D images of patients interactively, while accurately overlaying them directly on the patient’s body. The solution, in combination with the patented virtual tool technology and an integrated targeting...

By VR 360, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR.

VR reduces pain during exercise, finds study

A research paper published by the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent argues that using VR headsets during exercise can reduce pain and increase the level of sustaining an activity.

The research, which was led by PhD candidate Maria Matsangidou from EDA, was set out to determine the effect of using VR on certain inner-body functions like heart rate, including pain intensity, perceived exhaustion,...

By VR 360, 02 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Platforms.

Exploring innovations for VR in the cinematic realm

The Virtual Reality Industry Forum (VRIF) has announced that it will be exhibiting its latest VR innovations at the IBC2018 event in Amsterdam. At the VRIF Future Zone booth, visitors will be able to witness all the cutting-edge interactive demos from companies such as Qualcomm, Nokia/Fraunhofer HHI, and Imeve.

Demonstrations by the abovementioned companies include Imeve’s high-quality live streaming VR360 solution,...

By VR 360, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Brands.

VR headset shipments go down year on year – but it’s only a blip, says IDC

Shipments of VR headsets went down 33% year on year, according to IDC – but the analyst firm expects this to be merely a blip as the market finds its footing.

The figures, which appear in the company’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker, found declines in each of the primary markets.

Screenless viewers went down from 1 million headsets...

By James Bourne, 06 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Devices, Hardware, Research.

How virtual reality is helping art galleries and real estate businesses with their customer experience

Virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences are being used to attract customers by retailers – as new case studies have shown.

One Toronto-based business, The Slanted Door Art Gallery, Café, and Lounge, has become a part of the new frontier in eCommerce. This trendy café has introduced an interactive 360° virtual tour for its visitors who can actually study and purchase pieces of art via their...

By VR 360, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Brands.

Vicon’s new Origin location-based VR system aims for ‘unbreakable’ tracking

UK-based Vicon Motion Systems has introduced the “Origin”, a comprehensive location-based virtual reality (LBVR) system that is designed to empower all levels of VR developers.

Vicon’s new fully scalable solution is a combination of its Academy Award-winning tracking abilities with tools that make it easy for anyone to setup and operate. It has been developed on nearly 35 years of industry-leading R&D that has made it the leader in engineering, healthcare and motion capture for...

By VR 360, 14 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Ecosystems.

Magic Leap One Creator Edition is finally launched – with $2295 price tag

It has certainly taken its time – but Magic Leap has finally taken the leap and announced the availability of its augmented reality (AR) headset.

The Magic Leap One Creator Edition, in the words of the company, is ‘a spatial computing system that brings digital content to life here in the real world with us. Its unique design and technology lets in natural light waves together with softly layered synthetic lightfields, enabling creators to build unbelievably believable interactive experiences and...

By James Bourne, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Devices.