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.

Microsoft launches HoloLens 2 at $3500 - but the real power is in the cloud-connected add-ons

MWC19 Microsoft has announced the launch of HoloLens 2 at MWC Barcelona, with the augmented reality (AR) headset being described by the company as an 'important milestone.'

The headset, which will be available later this year at a price of $3500,  has been launched with focus on three specific areas of improvement; immersion, comfort, and time-to-value. HoloLens 2 has a more than doubled field of view combined with holographic density of 47 pixels per degree of sight, alongside eye-tracking sensors and...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Devices, Microsoft.

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, Healthcare, Platforms.

USA Today launches augmented reality experience in run up to Oscars

USA TODAY has launched its first entertainment AR experience, called “Oscars AR: The Costumes and Creators”, ahead of the approaching 91st Academy Awards. The technology will allow audiences to get up-close and personal with the costume designers and their creations from major nominated films.

The partnership between USA TODAY’s emerging technology team and USA TODAY’s life team would give viewers...

By VR 360, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands.

Iberia to incorporate virtual reality on-board with new initiative

Spanish airline Iberia and German VR tech firm Inflight VR have collaborated to incorporate the latter’s technology in the airliner’s fleet. After completion of trials, VR glasses will be available on Iberia’s two daily flights to New York, operated by A350-900 aircraft and the Madrid-Tel Aviv route, offered every day with an A330 -200.

The agreement between the companies will last for six months, which will...

By VR 360, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands, Platforms.

Accenture, Qualcomm and Kellogg’s to develop and pilot VR retail solution

A recent collaboration between Accenture, Qualcomm Technologies and Kellogg Company to develop and pilot a solution that is embedded with eye tracking technology in a mobile VR headset is set to reinvent performing market research and gathering of critical consumer data by brands and retailers.

The solution, Accenture Extended Reality (XR) practice, developed the VR merchandising product with the help of Qualcomm VR...

By VR 360, 15 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Platforms.

Canadian VR developer Dark Slope accrues more than £1.17 million in seed funding round

Toronto-based VR and AR developer Dark Slope recently closed a seed-funding round in which it accrued more than £1.17 million.

These funds will be utilised to increase the company headcount and develop the company’s free roam technology and its enterprise product line, along with supporting the release of future VR and AR experiences. The company also announced the launch of its first product, the Scarygirl Mission...

By VR 360, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Developers, Gaming.

Google gives sneak peek of Maps-enhancing AR visual positioning system

Of all the exciting, time-saving and useful apps out there today, mapping sits somewhat between a rock and a hard place. The maps themselves are vital, but the direction sometimes isn’t.

If you take a look on any busy high street with people staring at their phones, several will be working out just in which direction they have to go from their map. Increasingly – as this reporter can testify from personal...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, AR.

New British Army programme set to use VR, MR, and cloud software

The British Army is working with Bohemia Interactive Simulations, a US-based developer of advanced military simulation and training software, to demonstrate the potential of virtual reality (VR), machine learning and cloud computing for the Army’s Collective Training Transformation Programme (CTTP).

A series of training events will be provided by BISim for the pilot programme that will demonstrate VR and mixed reality...

By VR 360, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Platforms, Security.

Niantic raises $245 million in series C funding round to ‘help build the future’ of augmented reality

US software firm Niantic has announced that it is raising $245 million (£190m) in a series C financing round to help broaden its gaming offerings and ‘maintain its lead in augmented reality (AR) experiences’.

The funding round will be led by California-based Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), along with strategic investors like Samsung Ventures, aXiomatic Gaming, Causeway Media Partners, Battery Ventures,...

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

Lyft looks to augmented reality to help drivers find their passengers

It’s an increasingly common sight on pavements and roads; people standing semi-aimlessly, phone in hand, frequently checking the GPS and wondering where their taxi is. Lyft is looking to switch this up with a new system which aims to utilise augmented reality (AR) to give greater insights.

The information, which appears in a patent filed in June

By James Bourne, 18 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, AR.

Revenues from VR-specific games to reach $8.2 billion by 2023, says Juniper Research

A lesser-spotted optimistic research study focusing on virtual reality; Juniper Research has predicted revenues from VR-specific games will rise from $1.2 billion to $8.2bn by 2023.

The report, titled ‘Virtual Reality Markets: Innovation, Disruption & Future Prospects 2019-2013’, argues that the development of smartphone VR content is key to increasing consumer confidence in VR – which as regular...

By VR 360, 17 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: eSports, Gaming, Research.

Vuzix and ST Engineering introduce AI biometric-powered smartglasses platform

US tech firm Vuzix and Singaporean integrated engineering group ST Engineering have introduced an AI biometric-powered smartglasses platform that will enhance productivity of enterprise customers and increase global public safety against the backdrop of rising urbanisation.

The AI biometric-enabled platform, which the companies claim is the world’s first, has been developed as a PaaS (platform as a service) by ST...

By VR 360, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Security.

DigiLens announces ‘Crystal’ augmented reality smartglasses

Silicon Valley-based startup, DigiLens, which specialises in smartglass optics for AR applications, has introduced a reference platform called ‘DigiLens Crystal’ at the CES 2019 event in Las Vegas. The new product offers OEMs a customisable, cost-effective waveguide-based eyeglass style solution for industrial and consumer applications.

Workers in logistics, manufacturing or maintenance functions can use...

By VR 360, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands.

Dreamscape Immersive details their first permanent VR centre

US entertainment and tech start-up Dreamscape Immersive is doubling-down its efforts to develop location-based VR, where the company sees a lot of potential for the technology.

The firm is trying to explore various options as more and more people get excited about VR’s potential. Though location-based VR is said to be a popular industry, it all depends on how things will transform and progress in the coming months and years to come.

Dreamscape Immersive has now opened its first permanent location inside...

By VR 360, 19 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Brands.

WaveOptics raises $26 million to improve vision for AR wearables

WaveOptics, a designer and manufacturer of waveguides for use in augmented reality (AR) wearables, has raised $26 million from existing shareholders and new investors, which was led by Octopus Ventures, one of WaveOptics’ largest shareholders and one of Europe’s most prominent venture capital firms.

The fundraising was supported by other existing shareholders including IP Group, Robert Bosch Venture Capital and Gobi...

By VR 360, 13 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Research.

National Geographic provides virtual experience of natural world in new series

National Geographic wants its audience to experience the beauty and wonder of nature in a different way – with the  globally renowned TV channel joining hands with YouTube to offer its editorial content through VR.

The two companies’ partnership will be launching three new projects in 2019, of which the first leg will be a four-part immersive series about one of the last wild places on earth, the Okavango Delta,...

By VR 360, 12 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Brands.