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Former Discovery VR boss co-founds new VR studio

A new virtual reality (VR) studio co-founded by two former Discovery executives – including the former head of Discovery VR – has launched. Previously in “non-public stealth mode,” San Francisco-based Tomorrow Never Knows describes itself as is a content, technology and research studio. The company was co-founded by former Discovery VR chief, Nathan Brown, and Discovery […]

CCS Insight: 22 million VR and AR headsets to be sold this year

Virtual and augmented reality headsets and glasses will reach sales of 22 million units this year and will grow fivefold to 121 million in 2022, according to CCS Insight. The research firm forecasts that smartphone VR will account for the bulk of the sales volume but dedicated VR devices will drive more revenue. The VR […]

Mozilla unveils Firefox Reality browser for VR and AR headsets

Mozilla has announced Firefox Reality, a new web browser designed for the next generation of standalone virtual and augmented reality headsets. The company gave its first glimpse of Firefox Reality in a video posted on the Mozilla blog and said that it will release regular updates on its work in the coming weeks – including details of […]

UK makes major VR pledge in £150m Creative Industries Sector Deal

The UK government has made a major commitment to virtual reality (VR) and immersive technologies as part its Creative Industries Sector Deal. Unveiled yesterday, the deal will see the government and industry jointly invest more than £150 million to help cultural and creative business thrive across Britain. As part of this, the Sector Deal aims […]

IDC: VR and AR shipments to return to growth in 2018

Virtual and augmented reality headset shipments will return to growth in 2018 and reach 68.9 million units globally in 2022, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). The research firm said that although the VR and AR headset market retreated in 2017 – primarily due to a decline in shipments in screenless VR viewers – it […]

CNN launches VR app on Oculus Rift

CNN has launched its virtual reality news app, CNNVR, on Oculus Rift headsets, promising users a deeper sense of ‘connectedness’ with the news. The app was created in partnership with visual development and experience company Magnopus and offers breaking news video in a VR environment, as well as immersive 360° video. CNN said the app […]

Telefonica unveils virtual reality TV project

Telefonica has unveiled a pilot scheme that will allow users to access TV content in virtual reality (VR). The TV Virtual Experience project was unveiled at Mobile World Congress and lets users watch Movistar+ content on a large 2D screen in either in a private virtual room or with others in a public virtual room. […]

Axel Springer invests in Magic Leap

Axel Springer Digital Ventures has invested in US-based Magic Leap, a company that is focused on integrating digital content into real world environments. Axel Springer said that the investment marks part of its efforts to participate in innovative technologies that have the potential to “present journalistic content and classifieds in new formats and environments”. The […]

‘VR broadcast platform’ provider Vreal secures funding

US-based virtual reality startup Vreal has secured US$11.7 million (€9.5 million) in funding to launch what it describes as the “first virtual reality broadcast platform”. The Series A round will bring Vreal’s total funding to US$15 million. The company plans to use the cash to launch its VR broadcast platform targeted at gamers. Lead investor […]

BBC to launch first AR app for new Civilisations series

The BBC is to launch its first augmented reality app to accompany its new arts and culture series, Civilisations. The UK public broadcaster has teamed up with over 30 museums from across the country to create content for the app. ‘Civilisations AR’ is being developed by BBC Research & Development and Nexus Studios, enabling people […]

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