Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey: Rift S is great – but 30% of users won’t be able to use it

The Oculus Rift S is set to be a considerable upgrade on what has come before and aims to give gamers and enthusiasts ‘the most immersive content that VR has to offer’ when it launches later this year.

One enthusiast who probably won’t be shelling out, however, is Palmer Luckey. The Oculus co-founder has argued in a...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Ecosystems, Hardware, Platforms.

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.

Executives see bright future for VR, AR and XR particularly in gaming – but barriers to adoption remain

The vast majority of technology executives surveyed by global law firm Perkins Coie say they expect immersive technologies of virtual, augmented and mixed reality to become as ubiquitous as mobile devices within six years.

The research, conducted alongside the XR Association, noted the state of investment in the space, which surged in late 2018. Q4/2018 saw spike in global venture capital deal value to $1.7 billion in AR and...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Ecosystems, Gaming, Research.

Man spends entire week in VR headset, notes strength of community despite missing nature

Jak Wilmot, co-founder of Atlanta-based VR agency Disrupt VR, spent an entire week locked into a VR headset – and while he missed the ‘energy’ of the natural world, his conclusion was that virtual reality was “whatever you want it to be.”

The experiment – or publicity stunt, delete as appropriate – came with a couple of caveats. Wilmot could take up to 30 seconds out to switch VR...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Ecosystems, Research.

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.

Phiar raises $3 million to develop computer vision and deep learning navigation app

Machine learning and augmented reality provider Phiar has announced a seed funding round of $3 million to develop a computer vision and deep learning navigation app for smartphones, to be launched in app stores in mid-2019. Unlike traditional GPS apps, the Phiar app displays the driver’s real-world surroundings augmented with an easy to follow painted path.

The seed round, co-led by the Venture Reality Fund and Norwest...

By VR 360, 06 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Developers, Ecosystems.

BAE Systems invests £20 million in AR and AI to develop future naval combat strategies

BAE Systems has recently made an investment as part of its commitment to innovate and deliver the best systems and products to tackle evolving threats and deliver the most effective solutions to customers. The British firm will be investing £20 million in AR and AI that will be used in warships to optimise their combat ability.

The investment will see innovations that will aid naval personnel to enhance their decision...

By VR 360, 23 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Ecosystems.

Resolution Games secures $7.5 million series B funding to further innovation for AR and VR gaming

Sweden-based Resolution Games has closed a $7.5 million Series B round of funding led by MizMaa Ventures.

The investment also includes new capital from GP Bullhound and Fly Forever, as well as industry thought leader and Unity founder, David Helgason. Investors from previous rounds, such as GV, Partech, Bonnier Ventures, Creandum and Sisu Game Ventures, also partook in this latest series B round.

By VR 360, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystems, Gaming.

Embracing extended reality for technology adoption and harnessing opportunities

Today, the terms augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality are used in industry very interchangeably, and there is a very thin line separating all three technologies. When we look at XR, we’re really considering it as the “umbrella technology” that these other technologies come under. Each technology holds its own promise individually for new, beneficial use cases, but they can also be coordinated to work together in new applications,...

By Raj Tiwari, 22 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Ecosystems.

Varjo raises $31 million in series B funding to launch first human-eye resolution XR product

Finnish tech startup Varjo has announced a $31 million Series B investment to introduce the world’s first human-eye resolution virtual reality and mixed reality (VR/XR) product, which is aimed at industrial use.

The product holds the potential to transform complex and design-driven industries, such as architecture, engineering and construction, simulation and training, engineering and construction, aerospace, and industrial design.

The Helsinki-based firm now has a total of $46 million in accumulated...

By VR 360, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Data & Analytics, Ecosystems.

New HaptX gloves development kit allows VR users to create realistic touch feedback

Seattle-based realistic haptic technology provider HaptX has introduced the new HaptX Gloves Development Kit, which is an industrial-grade product for advanced simulation in VR. Professional VR users can develop simulations with realistic touch feedback and natural interaction with the help of the HaptX Gloves.

Built with the company’s patented microfluidic technology, the HaptX Gloves Development Kit consists of a set...

By VR 360, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystems.

How 5G technologies will drive adoption of AR and VR

There are high hopes for the potential of VR, AR and mixed reality applications, with a stream of organisations from startups to more established names announcing plans for the technology. Indeed, the UK Government announced investment of up to £33 million in the space as part of its Industrial Strategy earlier this year.

Requirements for ultra-low latency and reliable, high-speed data connections mean that the full potential of these applications has yet to be realised.

Fortunately, 5G is set to...

By John English, 21 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Ecosystems, Regulation.

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.

Research explores VR, AR and mixed reality as the ‘new realities of business’

In its latest review into global market tech trends, international technology M&A advisory Hampleton Partners has said that manufacturing, retail and healthcare industries are at the forefront of integrating augmented, virtual and mixed reality into the workplace to eradicate some of their complex challenges.

The Hampleton Partners M&A report on AR/VR predicts the global market size of the VR sector to grow at a CAGR of 44.5% to $17.8 billion in 2022. On the other hand, AR is expected to grow at...

By VR 360, 23 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Ecosystems, Research.

Digital Catapult’s Augmentor programme to help UK firms adopt AR and VR

Digital Catapult is allowing 10 early-stage VR and AR businesses to join its Augmentor programme, which aims to expedite business adoption and investment in the immersive sector in the UK. Under the 10-week long programme, these businesses will receive technical and business guidance, access to state-of-the-art facilities and backing for confidently pitching their ideas at an exclusive investor showcase in September 2018.

The companies are: HoloMe from London; KageNova from Guildford, Lume VR from London UK;...

By VR 360, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Ecosystems.

High Fidelity raises $35 million in series D funding to further global VR infrastructure

San Francisco-based privately held Virtual Reality (VR) specialist firm High Fidelity has raised $35 million in series D funding round which will be used for the further development of a global infrastructure for VR experiences.

The fundraising event was headed by blockchain investment company Galaxy Digital Ventures, who invested $20 million from its Galaxy EOS Ecosystem Fund, was also assisted by Blockchain Capital among new investors. Existing investors, such as Breyer Capital, IDG Capital Partners and...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystems, M&A.

AR and VR spending in Canada set to ramp up this year, says IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) Canada has announced the latest release of its IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Augmented and Virtual Reality Spending Guide forecasting Canada's hardware, software and services spending on the two technologies combined is set to total C$602 million by 2018, increasing to $8 billion by 2022 at a CAGR of 90%.

Consumer, healthcare, and retail, powering immersive and realistic images, sounds, and experiences that simulate physical presence in a virtual environment will lead...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Devices, Ecosystems.

SteamVR Input makes VR control schemes adaptable for users and devs alike

Building games for VR is hard. As well as making sure your game is fun and interesting, you've also got to ensure that your users don't puke after they put a VR headset on. Valve can't do too much about these three issues, but they can help solve another bugbear: control schemes.

VR gamers have a wide range of input options, from traditional console gamepads and racing wheels to VR-specific controllers made by giants like Oculus or hand-assembled by enthusiasts. Even if a developer supports the...

By William Judd, 16 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices, Ecosystems, Gaming, Hardware.