During OC5, Oculus announced a new SDK feature called Hybrid apps. This allowed software developers to enable the same desktop app to run on the desktop and in VR.  For those that create VR content, this will dramatically speed up development, as it opens the door to ending the painful workflow...
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    Samsung Electronics Australia has partnered with netball stars, Laura Geitz, Sharni Layton and Caitlin Bassett to launch Train like a Diamond. As part of Samsung’s sponsorship of Netball Australia, the Diamonds are captured in 360-degree video, which is then consumable on YouTube, or for the ultimate immersion and the feeling...
  • Boeing using HoloLens to fight fires

    Boeing are best known for building the planes that you and I fly on, but they’re actually a company that leverages technology in a number of ways. Boeing us an ecoDemonstrator simulation program, combined with big data from their network of aircraft to find efficiencies in fuel and flying...
  • Watch the Olympics in Virtual Reality

    The 2016 Rio Olympics is offering a very new experience, VR. Those people who have a Samsung GearVR headset and compatible Samsung phone can install a dedicated 7VR app that allows you to experience up to 100 hours of live events and highlights from Rio in Virtual Reality. As the Olympics...
  • Another spectacular HoloLens demo will make you want AR even more.

    Microsoft have once again amazed crowds with a brilliant, albeit slightly stretching the truth, demo of HoloLens. At the worldwide partners conference in Toronto, Canada, Windows and HoloLens Program Director Arantxa Lasa Cid showed off the latest in a growing list of live demonstrations of the Augmented Reality headset....
  • Oculus Rift support coming to Dirt Rally next week

    Dirt Rally is without a doubt one of the best racing games ever created. That game is about to get even better with an update next week that’ll add support for the Oculus Rift. Developers Codemasters get a lot of credit for making a game that’s actually really hard,...
  • Samsung Gear 360 is now available, costs A$499 RRP

      Samsung’s crazy eyeball-like 360 camera, is now available in Australia. The Samsung Gear 360 is a camera that can be used to create, view and share experiences through 360-degree images and videos. If you’ve been envious of those friends sharing 360 degree images on Facebook, you can now create and...
  • Turnbull and Pyne try out Microsoft HoloLens

    Malcolm Turnbull and Christopher Pyne have tried out Microsoft HoloLens. The Prime Minister and Minister for Industry, Innovation & Science, visited SAAB Australia in Adelaide to check out the mixed reality headset (previously augmented). Saab Australia have been working with Microsoft to build simulation and education solutions in civil and military applications. During...
  • Android N has a VR mode, Google Play, YouTube will support VR

    Google just announced Daydream, their new Virtual Reality platform. There’s 2 real components to this strategy. Daydream for Mobile is essentially built into the N release, but you will need a new phone that supports their specs to ensure latency is 20ms. The second part of the Google VR...
  • Watch Google I/O 2016 in Virtual Reality

    At 3AM AEST tomorrow morning, Google will hold I/O, their famous developer conference. Remember how 2016 was going to be the year of VR, well Google are getting on-board with the announcement they’ll live stream the I/O keynote in 360 degrees, allowing VR owners to experience the event in an immersive...
  • Next Adobe Premiere update will bring VR editing tools

    In the next update to Premiere Pro CC, Adobe are adding a great new set of tools that will give video editors the ability to create and edit immersive VR & 360 video experiences. In light of the announcement, Adobe have released a video preview of the VR workflow that will...
  • You can now play Minecraft in Virtual Reality

    Overnight Mark Zuckerberg announced Minecraft Gear VR Edition is now available. This means Minecraft is now available in Virtual Reality. While we’ve seen demonstrations of Minecraft on the HoloLens, this is the first AR/VR version that is shipping to consumers. Everything in VR is more immersive, but one of the...
  • Oculus Rift is now shipping, Zuck happy

    Today the Oculus Rift has started reaching customers in more than 20 countries. The fully-immersive VR has been a long time in the making with the the technology starting way back on August 2nd of 2012 with a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign was successful, with 9,522 backers pledging US$2,437,429 to help bring this project...
  • Mercedes F1 demo Epson Augmented Glasses at AusGP

    Yesterday I spent the day in Melbourne with Epson and what you may not know is that they make smart glasses. The Moverio BT-300 is the 3rd generation of their glasses and will ship later this year. Thanks to their partnership with the top Formula 1 team Mercedes, during a garage tour,...
  • PlayStation VR costs $549.95 in Australia, coming October

    Virtual Reality doesn’t come cheap, and at more than the price of the PS4, the A549.95 PlayStation VR will arrive in October 2016. While the price may seem steep, it is worth noting, Sony have managed to keep the price hundreds of dollars under the Oculus Rift. While other VR devices...
  • Listen to your Spotify and SoundCloud playlists in VR with GROOVR

    Good news virtual reality fans, you can now listen to your Spotify and SoundCloud playlists inside the Oculus experience. Since getting the GearVR, there’s been a slew of new apps, both free and paid, arrive in the Store for download. One new app experience is called GROOVR (a play...
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    Review: Metricon’s GearVR display homes experience

    Earlier this year we told you about Metricon’s use virtual reality to show off their display homes. Well now thanks to the GearVR and Metricon, I’ve been able to get hands-on with the experience from home. Thanks to Android’s flexibility, sideloading allowed for the necessary content files to be...
  • Review: Samsung Gear VR, the hype is real

    Virtual Reality is about to go mainstream and there’s one company responsible, Oculus. Their technology was so impressive, they got bought by Facebook. With their focus on the high-end of the market, they partnered with Samsung to create a consumer friendly Gear VR, that’s available for just US$99, you...
  • Virtually walk through The Block apartments with Scann3D

    The Block Grand Finale was watched by over 2 million viewers last night and included a first for the show, a VR experience for the contestants. Scann3d is a Melbourne based 3D tour specialist partnered with Matterport, a 3D hardware provider, who came together to create an experience where...
  • Metricon using VR for new home previews (Updated)

    Australia’s largest home building company, Metricon Homes is giving potential home buyers the opportunity to experience their future home in virtual reality. On offer is a ‘Virtual Display Experience’ which lets people place a Samsung Gear VR on their head and look around the environment which will be a...
  • NextVR is bringing live sports and virtual reality together

    By all accounts, 2016 will be the big year for Virtual Reality. With VR products from a number of hardware vendors (Oculus Rift, Sony PlayStation VR, Samsung GearVR) next year, most at an affordable price point, your next question will be content. The most obvious source for content is...

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