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 […]

Supermedium browser for web-based VR goes live

Supermedium, a new startup from members of the original Mozilla VR team, have launched a virtual reality browser for web VR content. The Supermedium VR browser was created by developers Diego Marcos and Kevin Ngo and technical artist Diego Goberna and is designed to let users experience VR without downloading large native apps. “We are […]

Eurosport to offer VR Winter Olympics coverage

Eurosport is due to make more than 50 hours of live Virtual Reality (VR) coverage of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics available through a dedicated app. The Winter Olympics Eurosport VR app will offer live immersive coverage of a range of sports including alpine skiing, curling, figure skating, ice hockey, short track, ski jumping, skeleton, and […]

Lenovo launches first standalone Daydream VR headset

Lenovo has unveiled the first standalone virtual reality (VR) headset to run on Google’s Daydream VR platform at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream is an all-in-one headset that does not need to be tethered to wires, PCs or phones. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 […]

Sky selects Jaunt to power VR app

Sky’s VR Studio has selected Jaunt’s XR Platform to deliver virtual reality content to consumers via the Sky VR app. The move marks the Sky as the first media company to adopt the Jaunt XR Platform – a white label immersive content distribution solution targeted at media companies, brands and content aggregators. Sky first launched […]

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