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.

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.

New study shows how VR and AR can enhance brand perception

A new study conducted by Magid, a consumer-centred business strategy and research company, has revealed that both VR and AR can play a crucial role in enhancing brand perception.

The study, which comprised a series of focus groups in Los Angeles and New York along with tech enthusiasts who had earlier experience of VR, revealed that while VR content was found to drive emotion, the AR content was making more sense for daily...

By VR 360, 18 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands.

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.

Nissan and NTT DOCOMO test ‘invisible-to-visible’ technology in moving vehicle using 5G

Nissan and NTT DOCOMO have put Nissan’s 'invisible to visible' technology through its field test in a moving vehicle, using DOCOMO’s fifth-generation mobile communications connectivity.

Invisible-to-visible (I2V) is a future Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology that merges the real and virtual worlds. Combining information from sensors outside and inside the vehicle with the data from the cloud helps...

By VR 360, 14 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands, Ecosystems.

Nintendo to launch Labo kit for 'simple and shareable' VR experience

Nintendo’s gaming and construction toy platform, Nintendo Labo, will be launching the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit next month.

The Nintendo Labo: VR Kit, which is the fourth kit in the Nintendo Labo series, aims to create a simple and shareable VR experience for users. It provides tools that allow them to make DIY cardboard creations, called Toy-Con. This allows them to play a variety of games and discover how Nintendo Switch technology brings it all to life. 

The VR Kit offers six new Toy-Con creations...

By VR 360, 11 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Developers, Gaming.

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.

Toyota allows customers to see inside C-HR model with AR Brandwidth initiative

London-based digital agency Brandwidth has created a new Toyota hybrid augmented reality (AR) application for Toyota GB, which will give Toyota customers an inside look of the car brand’s C-HR model.

The application uses AR and objective recognition software to overlap graphics of the inside of the Hybrid drivetrain onto physical vehicles, which will help customers understand the working of the system through an iPad app...

By VR 360, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, AR, Brands.

AT&T, Ericsson, Intel and Warner Bros team up for mixed reality Batman experience

MWC19 The upcoming MWC19 in Barcelona will evidently be a treat for DC Comics’ fans, as they will be able to witness Batman in action and fighting his nemesis The Scarecrow in mixed reality (MR).

The demonstration, which is a joint work between AT&T, Ericsson, Intel, Warner Bros., and DC, is a combination of VR and AR, coupled with 5G technology and edge computing. This show will run on a fully integrated 5G network, which...

By VR 360, 22 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Brands, Gaming.

VR in healthcare: Great Ormond Street Hospital launches VR tool, Rescape secures funding

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) has launched a virtual reality tool aimed at highlighting the impact of its fundraising on the hospital.

The tool, which was put together with creative agency Rewind, offers a VR tour which offers users the opportunity to explore the hospital’s facilities and wards. Also included are services such as the chapel, play and sensory rooms, which have all benefited...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Platforms.