Mural Artists Use Augmented Reality To Highlight Effects Of Climate Change

The power of graffiti and street art has been used by generations of young people in order to make a name for themselves or make a powerful statement on the state of society. But isn’t paint on a wall a bit old hat? Exactly, we need some modern technology to spruce things up, and that’s way augmented reality (AR) is being used in the latest street art pieces and murals to bring attention to a global issue that threatens us all; climate change.

Now, a new mural is going up near the City of Miami Cemetary which can be viewed through your smartphone in order to see the possible side effects of climate change. Curbed Miami reports that the mural was painted live in front of a small audience of gatherers and passers-by.

The company who put the mural in place, Before It’s Too Late, are using art, virtual reality (VR), simulations and science in order to make a statement about climate change. They’re a group founded by MIT graduate students who want to make people more aware of the dangers of climate change and what they can do to prevent it. You can learn more about them on their website.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen street art and graffiti cross paths. In the AR app WallaMe you can leave AR art and messages on any wall space virtually, allowing other app users to view it when they visit the same space.

The AR graffiti app Gif-iti also altered real graffiti, by using special patterns which enable the phone to make the images pules and move like a real life gif.

Of course, if you want to get creative in the virtual world there are also options like Kingspray Graffiti, which can immerse you in a digital world that you can decorate and design at will.

It’s fascinating that street art has moved towards AR technology like this, but it makes sense. It’s natural though, as so many traditional art forms are moving further into the digital space. As more things like graffiti and street art make the jump to AR and VR, you’ll read about it on VRFocus.

Merge’s Mini VR Head-Mounted Display Launching Summer 2018 For $30

The market for light weight and cheap virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) is growing, as is demand, so it only makes sense that more companies would step up to the plate in order to deliver everything customers need. In this case, customers want small, light weight VR HMDs that their kids can use, at an affordable price so they don’t have to worry about trusting children to use equipment that costs more than a week’s salary. This is where Merge VR step in, and they’ve brought with them the Merge Mini.

We took a look at Merge’s 6 Degrees of Field (6DoF) augmented reality (AR) blaster, in addition to the Merge Mini HMD at CES 2018, Las Vegas. Aimed at children ages 10 and up, it’s a markedly younger market than what other HMDs aim toward, but this makes sense. Merge have been offering HMDs in classroom bundles, indicating that HMDs built for a younger market – and therefore smaller heads – is definitely there.

The Merge websites describes the Merge Mini as such; “Merge Mini is the perfect introduction to virtual and augmented reality! Small, lightweight marshmallow-soft, and compatible with most Android and iOS smartphones, kids 10+ can comfortably explore virtual and augmented worlds.”

What’s nice is that owners of the Merge Mini HMD will be able to visit and see a variety of titles that they can download and use for their new HMD.

Of course, the biggest point here is that the Merge Mini HMD will be on sale for only $30. This is, of course, a HMD that you slide your phone into – it doesn’t have its own display or processor, thus the price – but it’s still competitive with other smartphone HMDs, and of course the form factor is perfect for children, giving them a great introduction to VR technology, while not weighing down the wallets of parents too much.

You can test whether your device is capable of running Merge Mini applications right here, and see the Merge VR website for more information. It’s certainly fascinating, and we’ll have more information on Merge’s Merge Mini as we get it, so make sure to keep reading VRFocus.

Augmented Reality Dimensioning App PLNAR Gets New Software Development Kit

Unfortunately, it’s difficult for a person on the phone to help customers and clients in real time. Instructions down the phone can only help so much, and it can delay sales calls for a long period of time if your employees don’t know the specific information they need. PLNAR is built exactly for these kinds of situations – no more pencil and paper, no more awkward inaccurate instructions down the phone, PLNAR make things much easier.

Download PLNAR on your phone, and you can quickly use the augmented reality (AR) features to make recreations of the room you’re in, including dimensions. This information can then be sent to sales representatives, who can use the information to suggest furniture or custom build equipment according to the dimensions they’ve been provided with.

The app even create CAD file versions of the rooms it scans, allowing teams plenty of flexibility in building furniture, carpets and more for the specific dimensions customers specify. PLNAR is just the beginning for the company who believe in AR solutions to a variety of established business issues.

Of course there’s a software development kit (SDK) available for the PLNAR app now, allowing anyone to be able to customise the PLNAR experience to their business model. Andy Greff, CEO of PLNAR creators SmartPicture Technologies has said; “After listening to feedback from our professional users, we saw an opportunity to provide existing enterprises with a quick, easy way to implement AR dimensioning technology into their business models without requiring additional, extensive and costly iOS development. PLNAR helps companies close more opportunities by empowering their customers to measure spaces themselves.”

SmartPicture Technologies highlight a short list of perceived benefits for businesses and clients;

  • Condense development time from months or years to weeks;
  • Create their own branded solutions with a fully realized, customizable user interface to be “virtually there” for their customers;
  • Streamline user friction during the data capture process;
  • Measure objects, rooms, walls, windows, doors, islands and floors in 2-D and 3-D;
  • Easily plug into any sales process to assist customers as they are browsing products and determining space;
  • Self-configure the app, which was designed for AR with non-technical end users in mind;
  • Connect to PLNAR algorithms and APIs in the cloud.

Tim Schneider is a business leader at Genpact, and his testimony certainly makes PLNAR sound like an essential tool for many businesses; “The PLNAR SDK will allow us to quickly implement AR technology into our existing Genpact Inspection Assistant product and stay at the forefront of emerging digital technology while continuing to redefine the insurance claims experience. By digitizing the dimensioning experience, we have created new efficiencies in how end users utilize our product and as a result, we’ve optimized the time that our inspectors spend onsite.”

PLNAR certainly sounds like the kind of application that will make life easier for a variety of businesses. For more information on PLNAR and how AR can help your business, make sure to keep reading VRFocus.

C360 Camera Technology Used In Televised Broadcasts Of Olympic Games

We’re always eager to have live broadcast television content available in virtual reality (VR). Whether it’s 3D movies, 360 degree videos, or panoramic experiences, VR can open up traditional media formats to a wide range of different kinds of experiences. Future proofing the kind of content we can get through broadcast channels, C360 Technologies is now putting their high end 360 degree and VR cameras to work during the Winter Olympic Games.

It’s a massive boon to the company to be able to work with at the Winter Olympic Games, and the technology is sure to come in handy. As we all probably know by now, Intel is powering the streaming technology to bring the Olympics to VR head-mounted display (HMD) owners the world over.

This continues the business plan outlined by C360’s CEO Evan Wimer last year; “Since the inception of our company, we’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best organizations in the world, integrating C360’s technology into sports telecasts viewed by international audiences.”

This year, Wimer has said more on C360’s new opportunity, and shares his excitement at having C360’s technology used on a world stage; “We are extremely honored by the opportunity to bring an added viewing dimension through our camera technology to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. We believe in the value that immersive video can bring to traditional sports broadcasts, and the PyeongChang Olympics is perfect event to introduce our newest GEN2 Immersive Camera System camera to a global audience.”

C360 Technologies’ cameras will be used during events such as short track speed skating, figure skating and hockey. There will be multiple cameras providing unique viewpoints for each sport, delivering content in live streams around the world or for on demand streams later. Should you want to watch the games yourself in VR, make sure to investigate which broadcaster holds the rights in your region. Many Europeans will be watching Eurosport, while American friends should look at the NBC Sports VR app.

Watching the Olympics in VR will make the experience much more immersive and interesting for many users – we know for a fact that we’ll be tuning in to our favourite events through VR displays. For all of the latest on VR sport and technology, make sure to keep reading VRFocus.

Play Mindshow For Free And Win Yourself $25 On Steam

We love getting creative in virtual reality (VR). Whether it’s dancing along to our favourite songs or literally creating dreams and wishes, we love being able to express ourselves, and few experiences allow for that kind of expressive experience quite like Mindshow. Mindshow is a VR application where you can create all kinds of CGI animations all within the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD) and it’s way easier than learning to animate CG models anywhere else.

Now, Mindshow are running a small competition where you can win a $25 Steam gift card – ooh la la! They’ve kept the instructions for the competition pretty simple, as all you need to do is…

  • Add Mindshow as a friend on Steam (if you haven’t already) so you can view the shows in the Feed.
  • Look for shows labeled “2Improvatar[1-3].” Open each one, respond to the prompt, and have fun!
  • When you’re done with each show, select the yellow gear icon on the hand menu and click “Share.” It’ll be uploaded to the Feed for us to film and compile into one episode (like the embedded example above).

Produced by the Mindshow community, Improvatar is a game show for avatars that the Mindshow community can get involved in using VR Sharing. The first episode already includes a selection of users in the Mindshow community and you can get your own entries in now in order to win the jackpot of $25.

We’ve looked at Mindshow before on VRFocus, and the interesting and intuitive ways that users can customise and create their own animations is truly fascinating. Hopefully the competition will encourage more people to download and use Mindshow, and get involved in Improvatar, since it’s free to play.

You can download Mindshow right here for free for HTC Vive on Steam VR. It’s still in early access for now, but clearly the developers are looking to the community in order to ascertain what they should be adding and adjusting next.

In all seriousness, $25 might not be much but it’s more than enough reason to give a free to play game a try. Improvatar looks like an interesting way to enjoy communal VR, and if it gets people invested in creating animations and more in VR then it’s well worth it. For more on Mindshow, make sure to keep reading VRFocus.

Woody Guthrie Center Takes Visitors Back To The Dust Bowl-Era With Virtual Reality

Exploring different time periods is definitely one of the most fascinating aspects of virtual reality (VR). We’ll never be able to hop back in time 20, 40, or 100 years, but modern technology can replicate the experience. Town layouts, street signs, and weather can all be replicated in VR, and together can be used to create immersive experiences that can give viewers a true to life representation of what it may have been like to live there long ago. Now, the Woody Guthrie Center is debuting a brand new VR experience built to help you what understand what life was like in Dust Bowl America.

For those who don’t know, the Dust Bowl era, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a period where servere dust storms damaged American and Canadian ecology and agriculture during the 1930s. There were even severe droughts that in some places lasted eight years, severely harming the people living nearby. Some dust clouds even travelled to New York City and Washington DC, making it a problem that effected the entire country.

The new VR experience will be multisensory, and will mimic an approaching dust storm, Tulsa World reports. Deana McCloud is the executive director of the Woody Guthrie Center, and explains why they chose VR for this experience; “Rather than viewing the events on a flat video screen, we want for the user to feel as if he or she is actually part of the scene and fully experience the impact of this man-made ecological disaster.”

The experience will follow Black Sunday, which takes place on April 14th 1935, which had one of the worst dust storms in US history. In VR, users will be able to view the action on the western Oklahoma prairie as the horizon darkens and the massive storm approaches, swallowing up homes, along with the audience.

The experience should be available on the Woody Guthrie Center’s fifth anniversary celebration, opening April 24th to the public. McCloud said of the event; “As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of Woody’s work returning to his home state, we are proud to focus on the theme ‘This Land is Your Land’ as we promote Woody’s message of diversity, equality and social justice.”

We’ll report on all of the interesting VR experiences we hear about, so make sure to keep reading VRFocus for all of the latest high tech experiences.

The VR Job Hub: Developers. University Lecturers And Writers Wanted!

Need a new career? Current job getting stale? Not looking forward to going to work tomorrow? I can completely understand how you feel, and that’s why we’ve put together for you a complete list of jobs that you can look at, some perfect for those with experience, and others great for anyone looking to get their foot in the door of the virtual reality (VR) industry.

There’s multiple jobs going for University lecturers, QA testers, and lucky applicants might even find themselves working at Oculus or Facebook. Take a look below for all of the latest roles in the world of VR.





Global  VRFocus

News Writer

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London, UK  Facebook

International Lead Counsel, AR/VR Research

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London, UK

Oculus VR

QA Lead

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Ormskirk, UK

Edge Hill University

Professors wanted in AR, VR, Videogames, Computer Science, Tech and more.

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Brayford, UK

University of Lincoln

Lecturer in Computer Science (Games Computing)

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Manchester, UK

Explore Group

iOS Developer

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London, UK

RDF Group

Unity Developer

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Chelmsford, UK

Tidywork Studio

3D Architectural Visualiser

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Cambridge, UK

Client Server

C++ Developer C/C++ Virtual Reality

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London, UK


Senior Software Engineer

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London, UK


Graduate Photo Editor, Virtual Reality

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You can check out last week’s VR Job Hub for further listings and if you are an employer looking for someone to fill an immersive technology related role – regardless of the industry – don’t forget you can send us the lowdown on the position and we’ll be sure to feature it in that following week’s feature. Details should to be sent to and also

The VR Job Hub will be back on VRFocus next week.

Something For The Weekend: DOOM VFR, Fallout 4 And Gal*Gun VR, All On Sale Now

The weekend is here again, and once again we’ve got a big bundle of videogames for you to ogle. These are all on sale and you might not see them this cheap again for a while, so if you’re looking for something light on the wallet but with plenty of entertainment value, take a look below.

This week we’ve got Fallout 4 VR, DOOM VFR, Skyfront VR, Gal*Gun VR and a bunch more, so browse below for everything you could’ve ever wanted from your virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD).

Skyfront VR

Skyfront VR screenshot

VR videogames often need new modes of locomotion, and Skyfront VR tackles that problem while leaving all the others in the dust. Shoot to move, shoot to shoot and hunt down your enemies in a fully 3D environment you can fly around.

Skyfront VR is now only £9.29.

Batman: Arkham VR


Become the Bat. In this adventure with the caped crusader you really feel like the world’s greatest detective as your piece together crime scenes using his advanced technology.

Batman: Arkham VR is now £8.99.

Gal*Gun VR

Gal*Gun VR screenshot

Bring girls to euphoria and spread your pheromones in one of the most questionable VR titles that will send your heart doki doki over a bunch of waifus.

Gal*Gun VR is now only £15.40.

Eagle Flight

If you haven’t heard of Eagle Flight then you’re in for a world of pure wonder as you feel the adrenaline from swooping through town, cities and forests.

Eagle Flight is now £17.49.

Superhot VR

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Feel your heart beat in your ears in what has to be the most intense shooter in VR. Your movements effect time itself in this high octane gunslinger.

Superhot VR is now £12.72.

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

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If you’ve been eager to hold a plumbus in your own hand, then this Rick and Morty VR experience is pretty much essential – and somehow, the events are even canon to show. Now that’s schwifty!

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality is now £16.09.

Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope

Serious Sam is our last hope. Again. The guy is just never done shooting down alien scum, and in this game they just won’t stop charging at him, leaving you to smash through waves of alien creatures while shooting countless bullets.

Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope is now £14.99.

Fallout 4 VR

Fallout 4 VR screenshot

You’ve already played in the world of Fallout 4, but have you played in VR? Strapping in to the HTC Vive gives Fallout 4 a completely different vibe from what you’ve experienced before, as you shoot down mutants in the most immersive way yet.

Fallout 4 VR is now £27.99.


DOOM VFR screenshot

DOOM VFR might look familiar, but it’s not just the game you’ve already played. A brand new campaign built just for VR, with incredible new movement options and some massive weapons. If you need more demon slaying, this is the best place for it.

DOOM VFR is now £13.99.

To The Top

This game is all explained in the title. Use your hands to climb and bounce yourself through a variety of stages that’ll see you inside volcanoes and hovering over massive gaps. Not one for vertigo sufferers.

To The Top is now £11.39.

We collate all the best sales and cheap videogames every weekend here on VRFocus, so make sure to check back for even more offers next week at the same time!

VOLO Is The Augmented Reality Wishing Well You Can Share With The World

We’ve all had a good think about what we’d wish for if we had a genie and magic lamp or a wishing well that actually delivered the goods. Wealth? Fame? Power? Everything you could ever dream of? Well unfortunately we still don’t have a supernatural object capable of giving you super powers quite yet, but what we do have will do for now. VOLO is a brand new augmented reality (AR) wishing well that will let you see the dreams and wishes of others come to life.

At least, that’s the pitch. We can see VOLO in action in the video embedded above and, well, those aren’t quite like any of the dreams I’ve had. VOLO creates spirals and patterns in the air resemble stars and surreal shapes and formations. You can create these of any size, all that’s needed is a circular well in order for the AR technology to understand the space you’re in.

You can then send your creations, patterns, dreams and wishes to others anywhere in the globe, and you can all share your creations and wishes with one another. VOLO is Latin for ‘to wish’ so the inspiration behind the experience is in the name itself.

The experience is created by HUSH, an expoerience design agency. One of their partners, David Schwarz, has said; “We want the concept of VOLO to join people from around the world who can’t literally be together in a very simple, and positive way. While this is easy to do through purely digital platforms – as plenty of websites and apps do this at scale already – AR provides the right technological solve that allows us to design beautiful physical centerpieces that collect and showcase a world of digital sentiments and wishes.”

It’s a fascinating idea, and their footage and ideas surrounding communal, large wishing wells that people can stand around the experience together is truly interesting. Though I would personally question the worth of a wishing well that doesn’t spit out cash or gold, it seems like it’s an excellent creative endeavour that could work as a good bonding experience. For more on AR apps like VOLO, make sure to keep reading VRFocus.

Holodance Gets Brand New Time Dilation Updates Allowing Players To Control Time Itself

We love to dance. Who doesn’t? That’s why we’ve been following Holodance since it’s inception. All the way from initial announcement, to IndieGoGo and beyond, we’ve been dancing away to Holodance’s continued successes and updates. Now, the latest update might be the most exciting one yet as Holodance is adding Time Dilation.

Time Dilation is a new feature, and once this mode is activated players can control passage of time by pacing the movement speed of their hands. It’s not quite a Stand ability, but we’ll take it.

You can activate Time Dilation in the videogame’s settings. If you play with a standard tempo, the music will play out at a standard tempo. Should you speed up or slow down however, the tempo of the videogame will too, adjusting the music and the speed at which orbs will approach the player. Interestingly this can actually increase the difficulty of the game, as forcing yourself to break rhythm and slow down or speed up on purpose can be quite challenging. If players stay entirely still, they can even seem to stop the videogame entirely.

Even more interestingly, if players are able to keep their hands entirely still, they will still be able to move their head or the rest of their body, allowing for some cool dancing improvisation, or the ability to expertly smash through the videogame’s orbs.

Holodance players will know that movement speed and controller rotation matter in Holodance, but Time Dilation is only sensitive to controller movement, and not rotation. This makes the Laserblades mode even more interesting than ever.

You can see a video of Time Dilation in action above, while some intense tunes play out. You can see the player slowing their body and hand movements to adjust the speed of the songs and even freestyle their own tempo and patterns. It’s an interesting dynamic that could be incredibly creative in the right hands.

It’s good to see Holodance continuing to get support years after its initial announcement and IndieGoGo campaign. Since we love to dance so much, we’ll be writing about all of the Holodance content coming out as soon as we hear about it, so for more keep reading VRFocus.