Audi launches ‘hyper-reality’ experience for ‘innovative’ awareness of electric mobility

Audi has introduced its new hyper-reality experience, called “The e-tron room: the Future Paradox”, in Spain to raise public awareness of its electric propulsion technology.

By using the escape room format for the first time, the German automaker is trying to educate participants through an entertaining series of trials and challenges helping them understand the Audi e-tron concept.

By VR 360, 01 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands, Platforms.

Network Rail app to use AR to show passengers the next generation of railway footbridges

Network Rail has introduced an augmented reality-based smartphone application, called ARki, which supports the railway company’s engagement with passengers by allowing them to see the replacement of footbridges at train stations.

The app, developed by London-based Darf Design, highlights 3D visualisations of planned buildings in place helping passengers and local communities to see their future as the railway firm...

By VR 360, 29 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands, Ecosystems.

Brown University develops software which turns smartphones into AR portals

Researchers at Rhode Island-based Brown University have developed a new software system which turns smartphones into AR portals, allowing users to position virtual building blocks, furniture, and other objects into real world settings.

The developers believe that this new system, called Portal-ble, has the potential to be used as a tool by artists, designers, game developers and others to experiment with AR.

By VR 360, 21 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR.

Solving the two biggest problems in AR could lead to a $10 billion increase in value by 2026

Augmented reality (AR) can be seen as a major trend – indeed, its potential is set to outstrip that of virtual reality (VR). But a technical challenge lies ahead.

According to a new whitepaper from Adlens, a provider of adaptive focus lens technologies, alongside analyst Greenlight Insights, solving the two key issues plaguing augmented reality could unlock an incremental $10 billion in addressable market value by 2026.

By James Bourne, 09 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Developers, Hardware, Platforms, Regulation, Research.

University of Nottingham argues how virtual reality training could improve employee safety

A new report from the University of Nottingham has argued virtual reality (VR) has great potential to improve employee safety at workplaces.

The research, titled “Immersive Virtual Worlds: Multi-Sensory Virtual Environments for Health and Safety Training”, aimed to produce evidence-based guidance for the development and use of virtual environments in engaging and effective training. The researchers conducted...

By VR 360, 17 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Enterprise, Hardware, Research.

AR and blockchain technology is creating the perfect storm in gaming – it’s time to get involved

Opinion ‘Digital convergence’ was the major buzz phrase during the nascent days of what we’ll call ‘mobile content’. In the early-2000s, you couldn’t open a trade magazine (remember those?), visit a tech website or attend a conference without being bombarded with the word and what it would mean for myriad industries specialising in creating content, its means of distribution or the devices for consumption.

By Tony Pearce, 12 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Gaming.

WaveOptics closes series C funding round at $39 million after additional investment

Here is proof the virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) market is thriving: WaveOptics, a UK-based designer of optical components for augmented reality devices, has announced an additional $13 million (£10m) in funding to close an oversubscribed series C funding round at $39m.

The company aims to solve three primary problems associated with AR wearables; design, cost, and optical...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Developers.

Why breaking the one metre barrier is key to unlocking the true potential of VR

Much like Twitter’s original 140 character limit, the vergence accommodation conflict (VAC) is responsible for one of the defining limitations of VR content today, ‘the one metre barrier’.

So what is the problem? It is uncomfortable to spend time up close and personal in a VR environment because of the decoupling of the natural vergence and accommodation responses in our eyes. As objects get closer, our eyes naturally turn...

By John Kennedy, 06 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Devices, Ecosystems.

Ario Technologies gets $2m in seed funding for AR software platform

Virginia-based augmented reality (AR) software as a service platform developer Ario Technologies has raised $2 million (£1.64m) in a recently held seed funding round led by Richmond-based venture capital firm NRV.

The secured funds will be used by Ario to capitalise further on its position as an emerging player in the enterprise AR industry and across the globe, where companies struggle to increase worker efficiency, reduce...

By VR 360, 02 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Enterprise.

Global smart AR glasses market ‘poised for rapid growth’, says Tractica

The global market for smart augmented reality (AR) glasses has struggled taking off even after few years of pilots, implementations, and a lot of hype. A new report by Tractica has revealed that smart AR glasses market is gaining traction as it inches away from being a niche product to becoming an industrial and enterprise problem solver.

While consumer adoption is elusive, the market is building its ecosystem, refining...

By VR 360, 27 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Devices, Hardware.

Khronos publicly releases OpenXR 1.0 specification for VR and AR ecosystem

The Khronos Group has publicly released the OpenXR 1.0 specification, along with openly available implementations and substantial ecosystem momentum.

According to the Oregon-based non-profit industry consortium, the OpenXR 1.0 is a unifying, royalty-free, open standard that provides high-performance, cross-platform access to extended reality, also known as XR, supported platforms and devices.

By VR 360, 08 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Ecosystems.

Apple opens registrations for augmented reality art initiative

Apple is inviting people to register for its series of new art-based ‘Today at Apple’ augmented reality (AR) experiences, called [AR]T.

Offered at Apple Stores globally, the [AR]T sessions comprises of an interactive walk featuring works by some of the world’s renowned contemporary artists, an in-store session on basics of creating AR through Swift Playgrounds, and an AR art installation in every Apple Store across...

By VR 360, 05 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands, iOS.

SK Telecom launches new 5G-enabled AR and VR services for eSports

South Korean telecom operator SK Telecom has launched three 5G augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) services, called ‘Jump AR’, ‘LCK VR Live Broadcasting’ and ‘VR Replay’, which aim to offer a more realistic and immersive experience while watching eSports games.

The summary of the products are:

  • Jump AR: Users can use their smartphones to access Jump AR that transports them to an eSports stadium, LoL Park. When they are accessing the...

By VR 360, 31 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, eSports, Gaming.

ABI Research finds increasing competition in AR and VR – fuelled by new verticals and collaboration

A new report from analyst firm ABI Research has suggested that more than 80 new companies have joined the augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) spaces – all looking at new services and verticals as key to an immersive future in which they want a part.

The trends surrounding enterprise digitisation are continuing to push the market forward owing to the increasing collaborative efforts by AR/VR companies with hardware...

By VR 360, 29 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Hardware, Platforms, Research.

Kopin, North and RealWear named as IDC innovators for head-mounted displays

In its latest report, titled IDC Innovators: Augmented Reality Head-Mounted Displays for Commercial Use, 2019, market intelligence firm IDC has profiled three companies, namely Kopin, North, and RealWear, that have developed AR head-mounted displays (HMDs) for commercial use.

  • Kopin is a Massachusetts-based electronics manufacturer whose HMDs feature a voice interface for hands-free interaction  
  • North is a Canadian firm backed by Intel Capital, Spark Capital, and the Amazon Alexa Fund. North is known for developing eyeglasses that look...

By VR 360, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Enterprise, Hardware.

Microsoft joins XR Association in ‘significant milestone’

Microsoft has joined the XR Association (XRA), joining Facebook, Google, HTC Vive, Samsung and Sony as members.

The trade association, which represents technology manufacturers across virtual, augmented and mixed reality, ‘further signifies the Association’s broadening scope and representation of the XR industry’, according to the press materials.

This is not overly surprising...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands, Ecosystems, Microsoft.

FORM launches swimming goggles with AR display

Sports technology provider FORM has announced the launch of a pair of premium swim goggles with a transparent AR display that delivers performance metrics in real-time.

With an aim to make training smarter and more purposeful, FORM collaborated with top competitive swimmers and coaches, including ex-Olympians to develop its unique product. The FORM Swim Goggles eliminates the frustration of swimmers who tackle with current...

By VR 360, 09 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Platforms.

Consumers believe in ‘extended reality’ for future entertainment and retail ecosystem

The majority of consumers in the UK believe in an ‘extended reality’ (XR) future according to new research – although comparatively few have tried it out.

The findings appear in a new study from SYZYGY Extended Realities, which polled more than 1,000 UK citizens on their knowledge and perceptions of virtual, augmented and mixed reality.

Almost three quarters (71%) of...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands.