IMAX guns for VR market with StarVR and Google partnerships
IMAX has released more information about Google’s announcement at yesterday’s I/O conference that the companies would pair up to develop a cinema grade VR camera.
According to IMAX, it’ll be called the IMAX VR camera and built to use Jump, Google’s platform for creating and viewing 3D, 360 video.
IMAX will also provide Google with...
VicoVR is crowdfunding to bring affordable positional and body tracking to mobile VR
A bluetooth peripheral that brings wireless, Kinect-like motion tracking to Android and iOS head mounted devices without a PC, wires or wearable sensors is crowdfunding on Indiegogo.
The campaign is aiming to fund full 3D body tracking for mobile VR.
VicoVR comes in three parts: a reasonably affordable sensor which looks a lot like Microsoft's...
Google I/O 2016: Google confirms it will build own VR headset
Google has made more VR announcements at day two of its IO conference in California.
Delving deeper into yesterday’s Daydream announcement, Google said as well as providing reference designs to others, they would build a headset and controller themselves.
Another exciting announcement was that they’re building a cinema grade Jump camera with IMAX. Last year, it partnered with GoPro to build the...
Steven Spielberg thinks VR is going to 'take hold in a profound way'
Director Steven Spielberg has told a Chinese news channel that he thinks the industry is moving into a “dangerous medium” with virtual reality (VR).
Speaking in a video interview with CCTV News at Cannes Film Festival, Spielberg said the freedom VR gives film viewers may take something away from the storyteller.
“I say it’s dangerous, because it...
eBay Australia launches 'world's first' VR department store
eBay Australia and retailer Myer have created what they're calling the world’s first VR department store.
The store connects to the existing eBay.com.au API which allows Myer’s product range, pricing and stock information to be updated in real time.
Customers can apply to receive one of 15,000 pairs of free shopticals (a Google Cardbord-like device) to start shopping in VR.Users need to download the eBay VR...
Google announces Daydream platform for mobile virtual reality
Those on tenterhooks waiting for an announcement about Android VR at Google’s IO conference weren’t entirely disappointed yesterday, when the tech giant announced Daydream, a platform for high quality mobile virtual reality (VR).
The platform "has all the ingredients you need to create immersive VR experiences," according...
Manchester City football club getting to grips with VR for fans
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The potential of VR to transform how people view and interact with sports is huge. Just take games such as EA’s FIFA franchise and numerous other sporting titles released every year. If simple video games can make such waves in sport, imagine what fully immersive VR can do for the sector?
It’s not just sporting games who are capitalising on the opportunity. Clubs, such as Manchester City, have spent time...
YouTube on iOS gets Google Cardboard support for VR videos
YouTube users on iOS can now experience VR videos on Google Cardboard, thanks to the app’s latest update.
Version 11.18 has launched Google Cardboard support, so viewers can “watch any video in VR”.
YouTube has supported 360 degree videos since May 2015, and late last year the functionality was released for the Android version of the app.
But now, iOS device owners only need...
Level of investment in augmented and virtual reality 25 x higher than two years ago
Tech M&A adviser Digi-Capital has released a report analysing venture capital investments over the last 12 months to the first quarter of 2016.
It found that $1.2bn (£1.1bn) was invested in the first quarter of this year alone, 25 times the level of augmented and virtual reality investment two years ago in the second quarter of 2014.
A large chunk of this ($800m or £553m)...
Live Nation partners with NextVR to livestream concerts
Ever fancied being fully immersed in a live concert, without all the pushing, shoving and ridiculously tall people standing in front of you?
Going forward, you may well be able to. Global concert search engine Live Nation recently announced a partnership with VR broadcasting startup NextVR, which means it’ll begin streaming “hundreds of live, cutting-edge performances in virtual reality to music fans worldwide”.
It’s unknown yet what concerts and...
Acer partners with Starbreeze for entry into VR market
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Acer has a diverse consumer technology portfolio, although the company has become most
Is an 'Android VR' announcement imminent?
Adobe Summit: Increasing number of consumers want VR experience from brands
Virtual reality is making huge waves in the gaming industry, but the conversation of how it’s going to shape other areas - from beauty to medicine - seems to be taking off.
At Adobe’s EMEA Summit this week, augmented and virtual reality were themes that sounded more and more relevant to every industry. Research unveiled by the marketing tech giant this week revealed that 32% of...
How this architecture firm is using VR to engage clients with its work
Being a young architectural and design firm, we are very keen on innovations and new technologies that can help us do our job better, more efficiently and to answer our clients' needs as accurately as possible.
We started using VR extensively about a year ago when the Samsung Gear VR was released. At the time, we were starting our design process on an office refurbishment and having briefly tested the device in a nearby shop, we were immediately convinced that it...
Manus VR trials full arm tracking on the HTC Vive
VR hardware company Manus VR is trying out the first ever full arm tracking on the HTC Vive headset.
The Dutch startup has spent years iterating and developing its hand-tracking glove, compatible with many VR headsets.
The gloves are pretty impressive looking kit and track hand movement via high-tech sensors. They’re washable, built with an open source SDK, wireless and include an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer along with a...
New report highlights US tech-lovers' thoughts on virtual reality
A report into how tech-loving Americans feel about virtual reality (VR) has shown over 60% have no plans to buy hardware over the next year or two.
The survey, carried out by app and software download platform Softonic, included results from primarily students or full-time workers aged from 15 - 24 years of age.
Price is cited as the top reason for not wanting to buy the technology, but it could also be because 72% of the...
Man spends 25 hours inside a HTC Vive and sets world record
There’s a common sense element to using virtual reality; most of us know it’s a bad idea to spend too long in a virtual world, both from a physical and a mental perspective.
But actual studies into how the technology affects the brain are few and far between. Back in 2014, a UCLA scientist who headed a study on exactly that topic called for more research into the area.
VRidge enables Oculus VR games on Cardboard
A new app has been launched that will adapt the Oculus Rift output for use with a Google Cardboard headset.
The new software, VRidge, enables smaller and cheaper virtual reality (VR) headsets such as Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard to be modified to run games like higher-end machines like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Developed by Riftcat, VRidge adapts the head-tracking input and stereoscopic output of the Oculus Rift to an Android smartphone app. Once set up, it can...
Oculus hires Fitbit chief operating officer
In the midst of backlash against Oculus’ product delays, the company has announced that it’s hired Hans Hartmann, formerly of Fitbit as its new chief operating officer (COO).
He’ll replace current COO Laird Malamed, who will take on a new executive role to help Oculus scale.
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