Accenture and Qualcomm collaborate to pilot extended reality product for event planning

Accenture and Qualcomm Technologies have partnered with InterContinental Hotels Group to assess a solution that uses augmented and virtual reality to reinvent the event planning experience.

Accenture’s extended reality (XR) practice has developed the XR Event Planner solution in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, which will place event planners, buyers and hotel sales staff side-by-side in a virtual reconstruction...

By VR 360, 24 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Brands.

PwC predicts AR and VR to add $4.1 billion into UAE economy by 2030

A recent study by PwC has predicted that augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) will together add $4.1 billion into the UAE economy by 2030, which will enhance the country’s GDP by 1%.

It says that AR and VR would significantly influence employment in the UAE, which will generate over 42,000 jobs in the country over the next decade.

Ali Al Hosseini, chief digital officer...

By VR 360, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands, Platforms.

Mastercard reveals new augmented reality app to show card benefits to users

Mastercard has revealed its latest augmented reality (AR) app that aims to allow cardholders to see, explore and access the various benefits of their credit card.

The app, announced at CES last week, offers a photorealistic AR experience to its users taking them to a 360-degree virtual environment, where a series of interactive portals brings their card benefits to life. It was found in the ‘J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Credit...

By VR 360, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, AR, Brands.

Abu Dhabi culture and tourism department secures world record for largest AR screen

Abu Dhabi has been awarded the Guinness World Record for installing the world’s largest augmented reality (AR) screen in London.

The AR screen, which used the Piccadilly Lights digital billboard and ran across 5,904 square feet, captured images of people near the statue of Eros in the city’s Piccadilly Circus and placed them digitally by using 3D AR overlays, among some of Abu Dhabi’s most famous tourism landmarks.

Ali Al Shaiba, acting executive director of tourism and marketing at DCT for...

By VR 360, 03 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands, Case Studies.

The New Yorker launches augmented reality cartoon series

The New Yorker has launched an augmented reality-based (AR) series of cartoons in addition to its previous campaigns around the technology.

The offering, called ‘Animate Objects’ and part of the revamped New Yorker Today app, allows users to point their smartphones at various everyday items and see an animation in return from New Yorker cartoonist Liana Finck.

The product...

By James Bourne, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands.

Snapchat to create augmented reality experiences through Verizon 5G collaboration

A partnership deal has been signed between Verizon and Snapchat creator Snap, where the former’s 5G Ultra Wideband technology will support the Snapchat’s creator’s AR, visual communications, and content experiences.

Under the agreement, both will work as official 5G innovation partners at the telecom giant’s 5G Labs to develop new experiences, such as experiencing live events in newer ways through...

By VR 360, 22 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands, Ecosystems.

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.

From Silicon Valley to Hollywood: Sandbox VR secures $11 million in funding round

Silicon Valley and Hollywood has joined forces to invest $11 million (£8.6m) in Sandbox VR to help its rollout across the US.

The company’s goal is to provide an immersive experience where, by using full body motion capture and virtual reality, players can ‘go anywhere together with their friends.’ The California-based startup has just opened in Los Angeles and will soon expand to New York, Austin, San...

By VR 360, 28 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Ecosystems, Platforms.

Live Planet launches world’s first claimed blockchain VR network

California-based production company Live Planet has announced its Blockchain Virtual Reality Network (BVRN) that will feature in-depth and engaging VR programming from major blockchain industry influencers, including Bad Crypto Podcast, Crypto Trader, Boxmining, BLOCKTV, Decentralized Films, YEN.io, and CoinCentral.com.

The Blockchain VR Network is the world’s first VR network built specifically for the blockchain sector, the...

By VR 360, 09 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Brands, Gaming.

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.

URW collaborates with The VOID to bring VR to shopping centres

French commercial real estate firm Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) is bringing more than 25 permanent, immersive VR destinations to its shopping centres in the US and Europe by collaborating with US-based mixed reality entertainment specialist, The VOID.

The partnership will benefit both companies to expand their footprints across different regions. For instance, The VOID can scale its global presence with the help of...

By VR 360, 30 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Brands.

Mozilla brings Firefox Reality VR web browsing experience to Oculus' newest headset

Mozilla has announced the introduction of its Firefox Reality VR web browsing experience to Oculus' newest headset.

The widely anticipated move will make it possible for all the owners of Facebook's standalone headset to watch videos, surf sites and get the best virtual reality experiences through a browser. Users can also try the new featured content on the FxR homepage or build their own to see what they can do in the next...

By VR 360, 26 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Platforms.

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.

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.

CBS Interactive partners with Unity Technologies for AR-related ad solution

CBS Interactive has collaborated with real-time 3D developer Unity Technologies to enable advertisers to build and scale augmented reality (AR) campaigns across a variety of mobile apps of CBS, including CBS Sports, CBS News, CNET, GameSpot and TV Guide.

At present, AR technology is enabled on over a million mobile devices and is likely to grow to more than 3.4 billion in 2020. Now by partnering with Unity, CBS will provide...

By VR 360, 27 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands.

YouTube rolls out augmented reality for users to virtually try makeup products

YouTube will be using augmented reality (AR) for its users so that they can ‘virtually’ try on makeup as they are watching videos.

The AR feature, which is dubbed as AR Beauty Try-On, will allow viewers to see how a shade of lipstick looks on them. They can use this feature while watching a video of their favourite creator reviewing it and explaining them the application of the product, which they can buy it simply by clicking on the...

By VR 360, 24 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Brands.

BMW looking to augmented reality for maintenance and manufacturing repairs

BMW of North America (BMW NA) has introduced new dealership and workshop communication technologies that will help BMW Centres and MINI Dealerships in the region to mitigate repair and maintenance time, eventually increasing the workshop efficiency and improving customer satisfaction.

The technologies include the all-new Technical Information System TIS 2.0, along with the Technical Support & Research Assistant TSARA and...

By VR 360, 14 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands, Enterprise.

Go beyond for blended engagement: Why mixed reality offers a compelling future

How many times have you walked to work and had to pull out your phone to check train times, or been mid-conversation with a friend and gone to look up restaurant options for a brunch you’re planning? Or have you been in a business meeting using the latest virtual tool to include Bob from Ohio and Paula in Beijing, but when it comes to discussing your latest project, that flat digital presentation just doesn’t get the message across?

By Kelly Allison, 29 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR, Brands.