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.

Scandit secures $30 million to further augmented reality and computer vision platform

Switzerland-based scanning software provider Scandit has raised $30 million in a series B funding round led by GV, along with existing investor Atomico, and NGP Capital – a venture capital arm of Nokia Corporation.

The accrued funds will be used by Scandit to expedite its process of expanding the business across the world, and further develop its mobile computer vision platform to support advanced capabilities across any camera-equipped device. It will also help the company to boost its long-term vision...

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

VR therapy for neurological conditions to be rolled out across UK

A “pioneering” virtual reality (VR) therapy, which has proven to reduce blood pressure and pain levels among people with neurological conditions, is going to be rolled out across the UK.

According to BBC Scotland, the therapy has been trialled at the Sue Ryder neurological care centre in Aberdeen, where it has been used to support people with conditions such as cerebral palsy, MS and motor neurone disease, as well as those with brain...

By Mark Jones, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Devices, Research.

NVIDIA, Oculus and Microsoft lead industry standard for VR headset and PC connection

A new open industry standard aims to enable next-generation VR headsets to connect with PCs and other devices using a single USB connector.

A new open industry standard, called VirtualLink, has been introduced by a consortium led by NVIDIA, Oculus, Valve, AMD, and Microsoft, to enable next-generation VR headsets to connect with PCs and other devices using a single, high-bandwidth USB Type-C connector rather than a range of cords and connectors.

This new connection is an Alternate Mode of USB-C that simplifies...

By VR 360, 20 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Regulation.

Future concepts, spacewalks and drone deliveries: Airbus launches fleet of hands-on VR experiences

Aeronautics and space manufacturer Airbus yesterday released five new multi-user VR (virtual reality) experiences at Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) in the UK.

Known for producing the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the A380, Airbus teamed up with immersive technology specialist Render to show off its expansive and diverse range of projects through VR, including future aircraft concepts, drone-based deliveries, and even a virtual spacewalk mission.

The five new VR experiences focus on a...

By Mark Jones, 19 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Brands, Developers, Enterprise.

New report explores greater accessibility for VR games and content

A new detailed report recently released by The Independent Game Developers' Association (TIGA) has noted how to face challenges and grab the opportunity to make VR content available to the widest audiences possible.

The report, titled ‘Accessibility and VR’, is authored by veteran video game accessibility specialist Ian Hamilton. The report covers topics that will better serve those with motor and visual impairment, understanding hearing loss relative to VR, considering simulation sickness,...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Gaming.

French startup tests VR in hospitals as anesthetic replacement

A French startup is exploring the use of (VR) virtual reality in hospitals as an alternative to anesthetics for minor operations, reporting “positive” feedback from early trials.  

Healthy Mind, the brainchild of three graduates in collaboration with psychiatrists and doctors, uses virtual environments to help ease the pain of smaller operations without the use of drugs while reducing the anxiety commonly felt in hospital environments.

From “Zen gardens” to snow-capped vistas,...

By Mark Jones, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research.

Apple reveals key updates to AR developer framework ARKit

Opening its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) this week, Apple announced a string of updates to its AR (augmented reality) framework ARKit - a key development in a field the tech company is pitching its long-term success on.  

The update comes after Apple announced that 13 million apps had been downloaded using the framework since its debut in September 2017, with some 47% of that figure driven by a surge in the popularity of

By Mark Jones, 06 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Developers, Gaming.

Does full-time ‘extended reality’ suggest an architecture for confirmation bias?

Extended-reality (XR) technologies suggest a future of cinema-calibre, interactive content that enhances our physical environment in inspirational and useful ways. The positive potential of XR is vast, and many applications are clearly beneficial, especially in vertical markets.

The experience of using an augmented-reality (AR) headset on an assembly line, for example, so as to superimpose digital content over the physical environment in order to aid performance and safety, is a finite and circumscribed user...

By Jay Iorio, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Applications, AR.

VR social network vTime raises $7.6 million in series A funding round, aims to introduce AR version

Virtual reality (VR) social network vTime has secured $7.6 million in a series A funding round that will be invested in the R&D of a new augmented reality (AR) version of the app coming towards the end of 2018.

In addition, the funding will be utilised to speed up the worldwide growth of vTime as well as in product development.

Martin Kenwright, CEO of UK-based vTime, commented: "vTime offers users the most immersive and intuitive way to engage with others in VR from wherever they are. The...

By James Bourne, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Brands.

ODG formulates smartglasses for emergency landings in aviation industry

Smartglass manufacturer Osterhout Design Group (ODG) has formulated an all-in-one vision and oxygen solution in the form of a heads-up display (HUD) mask that uses the same AR technology from its smartglasses to help pilots in emergency landings in an unlikely situation where the cockpit is filled with smoke.

ODG has worked with FedEx Express to develop the easy-to-use and reusable prototype mask named SAVED (Smoke Assured Vision Enhanced Display) for their pilots. The smartglass maker aims to market its...

By James Bourne, 13 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR.

AR can help Parkinson’s sufferers through ‘freezing’

People who suffer from Parkinson’s disease can feel a lot of social fear or shame with regards to their symptoms. A recent study by Parkinson’s UK found that 40% of sufferers feel the need to try and hid their symptoms in public.

The reasons behind this are not wanting to be embarrass others (63%), the fear of being judged (34%) or thinking that their symptoms are not socially acceptable (32%). The...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 11 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR.

VR could be big in schools, but teachers want more content

Say goodbye to school libraries that are little more than dusty rows of books. Slowly but surely, they're becoming “maker spaces” where kids learn through hands-on tools and technologies. Schools are stocking these spaces with everything from Raspberry Pis to 3D printers to LEGO building stations.

The latest technology to find its way into schools’ maker spaces? Virtual reality. Without leaving the library or classroom, students using VR can take “field trips” across the world and...

By Melissa Pelletier, 26 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications.

MWC2018 – Experts think VR/AR will really benefit from 5G

The theme of this year’s MWC in Barcelona may have been sustainability, but it was definitely unofficially 5G. All over the mammoth conference space, there was excited talk of how the emergence of 5G networks would affect everything from IoT to smart glasses.

In a panel on the future of immersive experiences on Monday, HTC Vive’s president of Viveport Rikard Steiber said that 5G will really enable the integration of AI into a range of services. With the spread of intelligent computers, Steiber...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 01 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Developers.

BBC Earth launches VR experience

Its safe to say the BBC’s Blue Planet II series was a landmark TV event. The spectacular nature series was the most watched programme of 2017 in UK, and its currently stunning audiences around the world.

The series not only highlights the very cutting-edge of camera technology and filming techniques, it has also sparked interest in the state of the world’s oceans and the teeming variety of wildlife that lives there.

BBC Worldwide and Google have teamed up to give viewers itching for more immersion...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 14 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications.

Will healthcare be where the killer VR apps will emerge?

Virtual reality (VR) technology offers new opportunities for clinical research, assessment, and intervention. Since the mid-1990s, VR-based testing, training, teaching, and treatment approaches have been developed by clinicians and researchers that would be difficult, if not impossible, to deliver using traditional methods.

During this time, a large and ever maturing scientific literature has evolved regarding the outcomes and effects from the use of what we now refer to as Clinical VR. This term subsumes VR...

By Skip Rizzo, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Ecosystems.