VR/AR


AR and VR headsets return to growth

Sales of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets saw an upturn in Q1 2019, following a year of decline. According to IDC, shipments of the headsets reached 1.3 million, up 27.2% from the same quarter last year.  This growth is thanks to a surge in shipments of standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs) and tethered […]

ProSiebenSat.1 takes stake in VR outfit

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has taken a 20% stake in local-based virtual reality experience provider Holodeck VR. Holodeck focuses on providing VR experiences around events and public buildings. The Nuremburg-based company currently provides experiences at seven locations but plans to increase this to around 350 over the next three years. ProSiebenSat.1 plans to increase distribution […]

Mediapro acquires VR specialist Visyon

Spanish producer and broadcaster Mediapro has acquired local Catalan VR specialist Visyon. Visyon was founded in 2012 and has been working on immersive technology solutions including virtual, augmented and mixed reality. The company currently employs 70 full-time staff, mostly at the main Barcelona headquarters, and has offices in Madrid, London, Dubai, as well as a […]

Facebook’s VR head is stepping down from his role

Hugo Barra, the vice president of Oculus VR at Facebook, is leaving his role to focus on building a “global AR/VR partner ecosystem” at the company. Barra, who joined Facebook from Chinese electronics company Xiaomi in January 2017, will be succeeded in the position by Erick Tseng, Facebook’s current product management director. This reshuffle coincides […]

BBC to take VR to British libraries

The BBC has announced a tour of British libraries to showcase its VR video content. From early May to late July, the BBC will bring the BBC VR Hub to more than 40 local libraries across the UK. Members of the public will be able to try out experiences, with the hardware being supplied by […]

Telefónica showcases augmented and mixed reality in Segovia

Spanish telco Telefónica has teamed up with the city of Segovia. Natoural Digital Solutions and Samsung to showcase a virtual tourism experience based on 5G and augmented and mixed reality technology. The presentation in Segovia, part of the Ciudades Tecnológicas 5G project, taps into augmented and mixed reality to offer a virtual tourism experience that […]

YouGov: VR adoption grows to 11% of US adults 

US adoption of virtual reality has increased after a period of stagnation, with 11% of adults claiming to own VR hardware or software as of November 2018. This is according to YouGov research, which found that VR ownership hadn’t surpassed 7% of the US general public until now. It previously pegged adoption rates of roughly […]

Syfy to launch new VR and AR experience

NBCUniversal’s science fiction channel Syfy is to launch a new experience for VR and AR platforms in late May. Eleven Eleven is being pitched as an original science fiction story designed for virtual reality and augmented reality. The series has been selected by the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, where it will have its world premiere […]

Microsoft unveils HoloLens 2 headset

Microsoft has unveiled its second-generation HoloLens mixed reality headset at a press event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Microsoft said that the HoloLens 2 has double the field of view of its predecessor, contains a new display system and eye-tracking sensors, and enables “direct manipulation of holograms with the same instinctual interactions you’d use […]

BBC preps Doctor Who VR spin-off

The BBC has developed an animated virtual reality (VR) spin-off of Doctor Who that will allow fans to step inside the show’s iconic fictional time machine, the TARDIS. Doctor Who: The Runaway is a 12-minute long immersive experience that is due to launch on selected VR headsets in the coming months. It was produced by […]

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