Mixed reality


Microsoft: mixed reality will help spur ‘fourth industrial revolution’

Mixed reality (MR) will be one of the technologies that will help spur a “fourth industrial revolution,” according to Cindy Rose, CEO of Microsoft UK. Speaking at the Microsoft Future Decoded conference in London this week, Rose spoke about new capabilities that will help Microsoft take its customers, partners and its own business “into a […]

Arts Council England backs new VR and AR content project

Arts Council England and technology innovation centre Digital Catapult have launched a new programme that will see VR and AR content makers pitch to the BBC and Google. Virtual, augmented and mixed reality content creators can apply to get support and funding through  the CreativeXR scheme, with up to 20 companies to be supported by […]

Microsoft buys AltspaceVR

Microsoft has agreed to buy virtual reality social network, AltspaceVR, securing the future of a service that was due to close in August due “unforeseen financial difficulty”. Microsoft announced the deal alongside a number of other developments as it outlined its commitment to mixed reality at an event in San Francisco. Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow […]

Microsoft CEO: mixed reality to transform collaboration

New technologies like virtual and augmented reality could fundamentally transform collaboration and teamwork, according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking at Microsoft’s Ignite event in Orlando, Florida yesterday, Nadella used Ford as one example of a company that is using mixed reality (MR) to help in its design and engineering processes, and hinted at the […]

Inception signs up for Microsoft MR and Facebook Camera Effects

RTL Group-backed virtual and augmented reality specialist Inception has joined Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality Programme and has been chosen as a beta partner for Facebook’s augmented reality Camera Effects Programme. The Microsoft move will seen Inception add Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality to the list of platforms it supports. Inception has incorporated Cortana, Microsoft’s personal digital […]

Cloud computing and mixed reality to have ‘massive impact’ on future of TV

The long-term growth in internet bandwidth and computing, combined with the “detachment” and “low attention span” of millennials for classic TV, will have a massive impact on the traditional media industry over the next few years, with ‘mixed reality’ likely to play a major role, according to Kai-Christian Borchers, CEO of TV technology outfit 3Screen […]

Mixed reality entertainment still ‘future gazing’ but tech advancing rapidly

The application of ‘mixed reality’ to consumer-facing entertainment services is still some way off, but the technology is advancing rapidly, attendees at MIPTV heard today. Speaking on a panel session on mixed reality at the show, Luke Ritchie, head of interactive arts at Nexus Studios said mixed reality – mapping objects in the real world […]

O2 launches mixed reality rugby experience

Telefónica-owned UK mobile operator O2 has unveiled a raft of new virtual reality experiences, including one built around the English rugby football team and one enabling music fans to explore the O2 Academy.  A third experience showcasing events at The O2 will be coming soon. In what it describes as a “world first”, the mobile […]

Google works on ‘removing headsets’ in mixed reality

Google is working on ways to reveal a person’s facial expressions when they are wearing a virtual reality headset. Using a combination of machine learning, 3D computer vision, and advanced rendering techniques, Google claims it can now “remove” headsets to show a person’s identity, focus and full face in mixed reality. Mixed reality is a […]

Intel unveils new integrated ‘merged reality’ system, teams up with Microsoft for VR

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has used his company’s Developer Forum in San Francisco to unveil a new integrated virtual reality system – Project Alloy – that allows users to untether themselves from computers and other external devices and interact with the real world. Intel has also teamed up with Microsoft to optimise Windows-based content on […]