Virtual reality

Huawei launches VR OpenLab to promote cloud VR

Huawai has launched a Virtual Reality (VR) OpenLab industry cooperation plan in a bid to promote the development of the cloud VR industry. VR OpenLab will focus on four research areas: business application scenarios; service solutions; bearer network innovations; and operator service implementations. “Cloud VR development is still in its infancy and requires a joint […]

Ericsson ConsumerLab: half of all viewing to be on mobile, one in three to use VR

Half of all viewing will be on a mobile screen in three years, with half of this on smartphones alone, according to the latest ConsumerLab report from technology giant Ericsson. The report also predicts that by 2020, one in three consumers will be Virtual Reality (VR) users, and that VR “will reignite the campfire experience […]

Discovery partners with Google on VR series

Discovery Communications and Google have partnered on a new immersive series called Discovery TRVLR. The 38-espisode, 360-degree series is designed to give viewers a glimpse of the lives of “fascinating locals in every corner of the globe”. Discovery said that TRVLR explores “mind-blowing rituals, obscure traditions and life-threatening quests” from around the world, immersing viewers […]

Blend Media appoints former Google exec Matt Chaplin

London-based 360˚ video specialist, Blend Media, has appointed former Google executive Matt Chaplin to the newly created role of chief revenue officer. Chaplin will be responsible for Blend Media’s global commercial strategy, helping it to take advantage of opportunities to monetise VR and 360˚ content. He joins from Dugout, a digital video platform that provides […]

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 […]

IDC: VR has suffered from ‘unrealistic expectations’

Virtual reality has suffered from “unrealistic growth expectations” but the market is still expanding at a “reasonable rate”, according to research firm IDC. The company’s latest ‘Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker’ estimates that the the combined virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headset market will reach 13.7 million units in 2017. […]

Report: Intel shelves ‘Project Alloy’ VR headset plans

Intel is reportedly shelving plans to launch Project Alloy as an open platform for developers and partners to launch their own branded VR headsets. According to a report on virtual reality site RoadtoVR, Intel has dropped plans to launch the VR headset open reference design due to lack of interest from partners. “Intel has made […]

Report: HTC may look to sell VR unit Vive

Mobile technology giant HTC may look to sell off its Vive virtual reality unit as one of a number of strategic options that also include a full sale of the company, according to Bloomberg. According to the report, citing unnamed sources, Taiwan-based HTC is working withy advisers to explore options that include striking a deal […]

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 […]

Disney and Lucasfilm launching Star Wars augmented reality event

Disney and Lucasfilm are to launch a Star Wars augmented reality event as part of an initiative to celebrate the launch of new products associated with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Find the Force, a pop-up AR treasure hunt, will be part of Force Friday II on September 1. Star Wars fans attending the three-day […]