By Eric Auchard LONDON (Reuters) - Virtual reality is set to get a boost among industrial product designers as Finnish firm Varjo raises $31 million (24 million pounds) in a funding round led by European venture capital firm Atomico and joined by the corporate venture arm of Siemens <SIEGn.DE>. Varjo is developing high-end virtual reality (VR) headsets that would allow product designers to design real-world products within a virtual reality studio, testing features as they work. The funding will be used to launch the company's first product and expand Varjo's workforce to more than 200 from 80 over the next 12 months, it said on Monday. The product will be an industrial-grade VR and "mixed reality" headset that will allow designers to work in fields where extreme precision and visual fidelity are required and go significantly beyond consumer VR gear, the company said. Current prototypes boast visual resolution that is 20 times greater than consumer VR devices, Varjo said in a … [Read more...] about Finnish virtual reality firm Varjo raises 24 million pounds
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Updated 8:09 am, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Photo: Aleksandar Furtula, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, views a new virtual reality presentation of the secret rooms where teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from the Nazis during World War II, in Amsterdam on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. To mark what would have been Anne Frank's 89th birthday, the museum dedicated to her life has launched the virtual reality tour of the cramped quarters where the Jewish diarist and her family hid from Nazis during World War II. (Aleksandar Furtula/AP Photo) less Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, views a new virtual reality presentation of the secret rooms where teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from the Nazis during World War II, in ... more Photo: Aleksandar Furtula, … [Read more...] about Anne Frank House museum unveils virtual reality tour
Jun 05, 3:50 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Mike Luces 06/05/18 AT 9:05 AM Samsung is believed to be rebranding some of its products in the near future. A new report claims the South Korean tech company’s virtual reality headset’s name will be changed from Gear VR to Galaxy VR. On Tuesday, sources exclusively told Sammobile that Samsung’s Gear VR headset series will be rebranded as the Galaxy VR. However, the news site admitted that it isn’t sure when Samsung will actually announce and implement this change. Sammobile speculates that the new name of the VR headset series could be announced alongside the Galaxy S10 — the 10th anniversary installment in Galaxy S-branded series. The upcoming flagship is currently expected to be announced at the Mobile World Congress in February 2019.The site also indicated that while it’s possible for the Galaxy VR name to … [Read more...] about Samsung Ditching Gear VR Branding For Galaxy VR?
If all the hype about virtual reality were true, you'd be reading this column through VR goggles.But in actual reality, tech's next big thing has been stuck as tech's niche market thing. When VR for homes arrived two years ago, it required strapping on a $600 face computer with a cable slithering down your back into another, even more expensive computer. Or you needed a special phone slipped inside funny headgear. The tech got in the way of non-gamers even trying VR.Now VR's getting another shot called the Oculus Go. This new headset is the product Facebook's Oculus division should have sold the first time around. After testing one for a week, the Oculus Go is the first VR gadget I actually want to buy.It costs just $200. It has no cables. It's easy to use. It works for iPhone people and Android people, Mac people and PC people.And it's for more than just playing games. Call it Oculus and chill: The Go lets you curl up and watch TV virtually along with a faraway friend. Or on a … [Read more...] about Review: Oculus Go is the first virtual reality gadget you might actually buy
News / UK and world by Press Association April 26, 2018, 11:34 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Samsung has made pilot episodes of six new virtual reality TV shows as part of a scheme to bring more content to VR. The new bundle of content is called Pilot Season, and is part of a Samsung plan to mix exclusive, original content with virtual reality, the company said. The first episodes of the six shows, which include a cartoon comedy called Bro Bots and the Sigmund Freud-inspired The Interpretation of Dreams. All the episodes can be found in the Samsung VR Video service of the Oculus Store – the virtual content store on the Gear VR headset. The shows were all created through indie filmmakers receiving a grant from Samsung, as well as access to the tech giant’s 360 Round 360-degree camera. Samsung says it wants to continue “expanding VR content offerings while driving growth within the independent VR filmmaker … [Read more...] about Samsung is trialling TV shows in virtual reality