Virtual Reality & Beyond

By Luis Sotillos | Content and applications for Oculus Rift, Gear VR an other VR devices

The Gift Economy Dynamics of ‘Anyland’ & Social VR Anecdotes

<i>Anyland</i> is a social VR experience focusing on worldbuilding and avatar creation tools that allow you to create interactive experiences while in VR. …

Virtual Reality

3 Impressive WebVR Examples Worth Checking Out With Firefox’s New Support for Vive and Rift

Now that the latest release of Firefox supports WebVR on the Vive and Rift by default, you may be wondering what you can do with it. Here’s three …

Virtual Reality

Google is Exploring Ways to Let You Animate Your 'Blocks' Creations

Google’s team at Daydream Labs have been prototyping ways of animating objects and characters in <i>Blocks</i>, the company’s recently released VR modelling …

Google

Firefox soon will help you lose yourself in the VR web

Mozilla's next version of its browser, due Tuesday, brings WebVR support to personal computer browsing. Eventually, AR could be the bigger deal.<p>Mozilla plans to release a version of its Firefox browser Tuesday that embraces a version of virtual reality for the web.<p>Back in 2014, Mozilla developers …

Virtual Reality

VR’s answer to relaxation? Meditation experiences

The videos capture what it’s like to come to a meditation center<p>Mindfulness has become a flourishing industry, worth some $1 billion, and now, a New York production company called m ss ng p eces (the spaces are deliberate) has launched VR meditation experiences, including one that puts users …

Meditation

‘Second Life’ Successor ‘Sansar’ Launches Open Beta Today, Pricing Revealed

Linden Lab, the company behind the virtual world <i>Second Life</i>, is today launching successor <i>Sansar</i> into open beta, this time built for the VR era. …

Augmented Reality

New York City Invests in AR/VR Incubator to Bolster City's Jobs, Tech Talent

New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, Alicia Glen, recently announced the selection of NYU Tandon School of Engineering …

Innovation

Oculus 1.17 Update Will Let You Launch SteamVR Apps From Oculus Home

Until recently, Oculus Rift owners have had to maintain two separate repositories for games; Steam and Oculus Home. And depending on where you bought …

Oculus Rift

Watch the Trailer for Spielberg's VR Blockbuster 'Ready Player One'

The year is 2045, and Columbus, Ohio is the fastest growing city in the world—if you can even call the fragile-looking iron frames with trailer homes stacked up top of one another a city. Overpopulated and polluted, the world is in an energy crisis, and no one goes anywhere because "there's nowhere …

Ready Player One

Apple Support Staff Confirms Upcoming AR/VR Headset

Apple has long been rumored to be working on its own standalone augmented or virtual reality device. Today, we might have received the first official …

iOS

Using Experiential Design to Expand VR Presence Theory

Dustin Chertoff has pulled experiential design insights from the advertising world to come up with a more holistic theory of Presence in virtual …

Virtual Reality

JigSpace With ARKit Gives You AR Manuals For Just About Anything

We’ve seen how AR can thrive as an instructional platform before, but what if there was a singular AR app that could teach you how to work with …

Using Apple’s ARKit, This Company Built Inside-Out Tracking for a VR Headset

Nexus Interactive Arts, an immersive media division of VFX production studio Nexus Studios, have used Apple’s ARKit working on an iPhone 7 in an …

Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift and Touch controllers on sale for $399 through summer

The best current hardware experience for VR is also now one of the most affordable: Oculus Rift and the Oculus Touch Controllers are reduced to just $399 for both for the remainder of the summer, or the next six weeks. The deal brings the Rift and Touch Controllers to price parity with the …

Virtual Reality

Google’s stunning Blocks app lets anyone create a world in VR

Google launched a new tool today that will make it easy for anyone to create 3D objects for virtual reality.<p>Blocks is a free VR app for the HTC Vive …

Virtual Reality

‘Bigscreen’ Overhaul Brings High-Quality Multiplayer Video Streaming, More Users Per-room to Follow

<i>Bigscreen</i> is a social VR app which lets VR users bring their PC desktops into virtual reality, as if sitting at their computer next to friends or …

Virtual Reality

Apple Developers Join WebVR Community Group Shaping the Future of VR on the Web

WebVR is an in-development open standard that aims to define how browsers should communicate with VR hardware, allowing developers to create VR …

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality Trends

Virtual reality is still in its early stages, but the transformative potential is clear. Here’s a look at some virtual reality trends right now.<p>For …

Here’s a first look at Samsung’s prototype standalone VR headset

The prototype has eye-tracking as well as hand-tracking capabilities and can power dual WQHD+ displays at 90 Hz.<p>We’ve been hearing about Samsung-made standalone VR headsets for some time now, with the most recent rumor suggesting that the company might be preparing to launch a VR device with a …

Virtual Reality

We're Close to Entering the Virtual Reality Metaverse, For Real

"There are a lot of definitions and visions for how all this can play out."<p>Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel <i>Snow Crash</i> focused on what he called the …

Virtual Reality

Hands-On With Sansar, The New Second Life

In 2003, when <i>Second Life</i> launched, all it took was a few customization bars and the promise of infinite possibility to get users hooked on the idea …

IBM Watson’s Interactive Speech now Integrated into Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Last month Ubisoft released its biggest title yet for virtual reality (VR) platforms with <i>Star Trek: Bridge Crew.</i> <b>VRFocus</b> reported that the studio …

VR helped a terminally ill diver swim the Great Barrier Reef from a hospital bed

One day, technologies like 3D bioprinting and artificial intelligence could all but halt death. Today, we can’t necessarily do that — but …

YouTube Now Offering Heatmaps for 360 Video Analytics

Spherical YouTube videos with over 1,000 views now include ‘360° Heatmaps’ within the Analytics section of the Creator Studio. The new feature …

Analytics

Virtual Reality’s iPhone Moment

People are expressing disillusionment with the VR industry. This is a mistake. It’s exactly where it needs to be. Every new technology industry needs …

The Crazy VR Goggles in HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Are Not a Prop but a Real Prototype

HBO’s show <i>Silicon Valley</i> entertains with tales of the pervasive startup culture of California’s San Francisco Bay Area. While virtual reality has …

Silicon Valley

Does VR Have a Future?

Last year, it seemed like we were seeing an endless parade of articles about virtual reality’s future. MIT invented video you could touch, …

How serious is Apple about VR?

I was really excited to see Apple talk about VR at WWDC this year. It's a sign that Apple can embrace a market it doesn't entirely control, or possibly even fully understand.<p>Microsoft, Google, and Facebook all now offer some form of AR or VR hardware and software stack, and the ways they're …

Kopin Reveals “Smallest VR Headset” With 2k x 2k Per Eye Resolution @120Hz

Display specialists Kopin in partnership with Chinese company GoerTek have announced a new reference VR headset design that it claims is the smallest …

Virtual Reality