BBC turns to World War II for latest VR experience

The BBC’s VR Hub for virtual reality experiences has launched a new interactive VR experience based on World War II bombing raids on Berlin. BBC Northern Ireland teamed up with VR production outfit Immersive VR to stage 1943: Berlin Blitz, based on BBC sound archive recorded during war on a Lancaster bomber raid over Berlin. […]

BBC to launch first virtual reality Proms experience

The BBC is set to release a BBC Proms virtual reality experience that will commemorate this year’s World War One centenary. Nothing to be Written is due to premiere on August 21 and is the BBC’s first VR Prom. The seven-minute experience is a contemporary response to the First War World and takes the ‘field […]

Chinese VR headset maker Pico raises US$24.7m

Chinese all-in-one virtual reality headset manufacturer, Pico, has raised US$24.7 million (€21.2 million) in Series A funding. The funding round was led by GF Qianhe and GF Xinde Investment, with contributions from Jufeng S&T Venture Investment and other backers. Pico said it will continue focusing on all-in-one VR. Its six-degrees of freedom Pico Neo headset is its […]

Digital Catapult and Arts Council fund five VR and AR projects

Digital Catapult and Arts Council England have selected five projects that will receive further funding from Creative XR, a programme to support the development of VR and AR products in the creative industries. The five projects will receive a total of £350,000 in funding and will also receive support from a range of creative technology […]

YouTube VR launches on more platforms, adds new features

YouTube is launching its YouTube VR app on more platforms and is adding new features and tools that it says will make virtual reality “feel even more immersive”. From this week Gear VR users will be able to access the YouTube VR app by downloading it from the Oculus Store. The app is already available […]

BCC: VR and AR market to reach US$142bn by 2023

The global virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) technologies market should reach US$142.4 billion (€121.6 billion) by 2023, according to new data from US-based BCC Research. The report estimates that the VR and AR technologies market will expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 60.4% for the period 2018-2023, from US$13.4 billion […]

AT&T backs mixed reality firm Magic Leap

AT&T has invested in Magic Leap, completing the mixed reality firm’s previously-announced Series D funding round. While the value of AT&T’s investment was not disclosed, the deal establishes AT&T as the exclusive wireless distributor of Magic Leap products for consumers in the US. “We’ve joined with AT&T because we believe in a combined vision of […]

VR firm Penrose Studios raises US$10m, gets backing from Will.i.am

Virtual reality entertainment company Penrose Studios has raised US$10 million in Series A funding, which included investment from musician and entrepreneur Will.i.am and SalesForce founder and CEO Marc Beniof. TransLink Capital led the round and participation also came from Korea Telecom, design studio Co-Made and returning investors Sway Ventures, 8VC, and Suffolk Equity. Penrose said […]

BBC announces two new VR projects

The BBC has announced two new virtual reality projects for the BBC VR Hub that will shine a light on the past by focusing on the suffragette movement and the Berlin Blitz. Make Noise is a VR experience inspired by the suffragettes that lets viewers follow Emmeline Pankhurst’s advice and ‘make more noise’ via a […]

CuriosityStream moves into VR and 360° video

CuriosityStream, the SVOD service launched by Discovery founder John Hendricks, has made its first steps into virtual reality and 360° video content. The company is premiering Nefertari: Journey to Eternity, an immersive VR exploration of an Egyptian tomb, which is available now for the HTC Vive. Alongside this it has launched five 360° videos produced […]

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