Virtual Reality

Facebook paid $88 million this year to build out its Seattle area Oculus hub

Facebook continues to expand its VR ambitions in the Pacific Northwest. The company has been quietly growing its footprint 16 miles East of Seattle, in Microsoft’s backyard. A new analysis by re

Penrose Studios nabs $10M as the startup continues to create some of VR’s most beautiful stories

It’s been an interesting past few years for the virtual reality industry and while there is still plenty for insiders to pin their hopes on in 2018, it’s no secret that things have been pr

Facebook’s virtual reality sculpting platform gets a 2.0 upgrade

Eighteen months since its initial release, Oculus is delivering some major updates to its Medium “immersive sculpting tool” in a free 2.0 update that’s being released today. The artistic tool is

VR blockchain startup founded by Second Life co-creator raises $35M

Oculus launches its first app focused on watching television

Oculus is launching a TV app for users to check out streaming video content on a big virtual screen on the Oculus Go headset. The company highlighted Oculus TV at Facebook’s F8 developer confere

Plexus gloves bring VR sensations to your fingertips

Bringing a user’s hands into VR has been a pretty logical move for ambitious companies in the space. The mouse and keyboard just don’t make sense, and while more conventional physical cont

How Facebook’s new 3D photos work

In May, Facebook teased a new feature called 3D photos, and it's just what it sounds like. But beyond a short video and the name, little was said about it. But the company's computational photography

Facebook announces Oculus Connect dates Sept. 26-27

The Oculus Connect developer conference is back for its fifth year of chasing the VR dream. Facebook VP or VR Hugo Barra announced that the company’s virtual reality-centric conference would be

Play for the Philadelphia Eagles? Take a virtual tour of the White House with this new app

There is now a free app that lets Android and iOS users virtually tour the White House and surrounding area. Developed by Cuseum and the White House Historical Association, the app provides three sepa

Come mix your realities at our AR/VR event in LA in October

TechCrunch is hosting one of our single-topic Sessions events centered on AR/VR and mixed reality in Los Angeles on October 18th at UCLA’s Royce Hall. We’re going to be doing some very cool stuff

Oculus launches Venues app with a robust lineup of summer events

Oculus wants VR to bring its users into magical worlds dreamed up by game developers, but the company also needs people to see the headset as a way to access the far corners of the real world alongsid

Google Expeditions app now offers augmented reality tours

Thanks to Google’s AR tech, you’ll soon be able to throw a skeleton onto your kitchen table and take a guided tour of the bones. Google is bringing AR tech to its Expeditions app with a ne

HTC adds some bells and whistles to the Vive Focus ahead of Western rollout

As HTC gears up for a stateside launch of their Vive Focus standalone headset, the company announced a number of changes that they’re bringing to the device currently available in China. The com

Google’s new Tour Creator lets students make their own VR tours

Google today launched a new tool for teachers and their students called Tour Creator, which allows anyone to create their own VR tour using imagery from Google’s Street View or their own 360-deg

Oculus Research is now the ‘Facebook Reality Lab’

Oculus Research is getting a new name. As the AR/VR-focused research group grows more instrumental to the future of Facebook at large, the group will now be called Facebook Reality Labs. The announcem

Google open sources Seurat, a tool for reducing mobile VR complexity

Today is the day Google makes good on a lot of its 2017 I/O VR promises. The company just announced that it will be open sourcing Seurat, a tool designed to reduce complexity in high-fidelity mobile V

The first 3D camera built on Google VR180 tech arrives

Timed with the release of the Mirage Solo headset, Lenovo is also releasing the first camera based on Google’s 180 tech. The Lenovo Mirage Camera, which seems to be geared heavily toward YouTube

Review: Lenovo Mirage Solo headset with Google WorldSense tracking

Only a couple of days before Google I/O 2018, one of the biggest VR announcements from last year’s developer conference is finally coming to light. Lenovo’s Mirage headset is now on sale f

Google’s VR180 cameras get their own app that live streams to YouTube

Just ahead of Google’s big developer conference next week, Google I/O, the company has rolled out a new mobile app for its VR180 point-and-shoot cameras, allowing users to set up their device,

China could beat America in AR/VR long-term

America delivered more AR/VR revenue than China last year, but Chinese growth in the next five years could see it dominate AR/VR long-term -- and not by a small margin.
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