As Varjo and MeetinVR team up, can VR provide the human touch videoconferencing lacks?

Virtual and extended reality headset manufacturer Varjo has announced a partnership with MeetinVR, providers of virtual enterprise collaboration software, to help deliver more realistic experiences.

MeetinVR will release a dedicated version of their application which supports all Varjo's headsets, from the VR-2, to VR-2 Pro and the XR-1 Developer Edition, as part of the partnership. New buyers of any Varjo headset will receive MeetinVR free for six months for up to five...

NexTech to acquire Jolokia for AR holograms in web conferencing

NexTech AR Solutions announced that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire interactive video solutions provider Jolokia in an all-stock transaction.

According to the deal, on closing, NexTech AR would require an initial payment of 1 million shares in restricted stock priced at $1, with a 12-month earn out if certain revenue milestones are hit of an additional $4 million in restricted stock.

As corporate meetings and events are happening online these days by medium of...

AR to overtake VR as dominant platform for healthcare, finds GlobalData

While healthcare assistance for virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies remains nascent, AR is expected to move ahead over time as capabilities increase.

That’s according to a new report from GlobalData. The paper states that as the technology advances and with the availability of cheaper, more user-friendly VR and AR headsets, the barriers to widespread use in healthcare are beginning to fall. Though the technologies are in their early stage of adoption,...

Pinterest launches AR feature to allow users to virtually try on shades of lipstick

Pinterest has introduced a new AR feature that enables users to try and apply different shades of lipsticks virtually on their smartphone application.

Dubbed as Try On, the application is the first AR filter on the social networking site’s mobile application that will build on its other product discovery tools, such as visual search that can match items in a picture to product catalogues.

To allow its users to “try on” a variety of lipstick shades,...

Health Scholars raises $17m in funding to continue research for VR tech in healthcare

VR-enabled clinical training firm Health Scholars has successfully completed its series B funding round to the tune of $17 million (£13.1m), which will be used by the company to continue its R&D in new virtual technologies in hospital and public safety market.

The fundraising round was participated by Arboretum Ventures, Venture Investors, Capital Midwest Fund, OSF HealthCare. The raised funds will majorly help Health Scholars to expand its VR content library and further...

Accenture and Qualcomm collaborate to pilot extended reality product for event planning

Accenture and Qualcomm Technologies have partnered with InterContinental Hotels Group to assess a solution that uses augmented and virtual reality to reinvent the event planning experience.

Accenture’s extended reality (XR) practice has developed the XR Event Planner solution in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, which will place event planners, buyers and hotel sales staff side-by-side in a virtual reconstruction of an event space, allowing them to remotely envision...

NexTech AR to bring augmented reality to the mining industry with new deal

NexTech AR Solutions has announced that Romios Gold Resources will be using its augmented reality (AR) technology to demonstrate exploration projects. The latter has contracted for NexTech’s 3D/AR omni-channel services to help drive its marketing and client-education activities in 2020.

As reported by Proactive Investors, according to NexTech CEO Evan Gappelberg, its AR technology will enhance Romios to “bridge the gap by showing what actual core samples look like in...

UCI School of Medicine studying psychological effects of AR medical simulation training

The UCI School of Medicine has collaborated with Chenega Healthcare Services and MedCognition to examine the psychological effects of AR medical simulation training.

The study, titled, Assessment of the Psychological and Physiological Effects of Augmented Reality, has been provided with a $1.2 million fund by the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium.

The two-year study, which began in December, focuses on whether pre-existing psychological traits or past stress...

New research finds ways to reduce physical risk while using VR

A study conducted by Oregon State University has tried to assess some common movements in virtual reality (VR) that may contribute to muscle strain and discomfort.

The aim of the study was to make sure that users who are not just into gaming, but also into education and industrial training, are safe.

Participants wore an Oculus Rift headset and were tasked with pointing to specific dots around a circle, or colouring in a particular area with their finger. The tests were...

Mozilla adds new features to its Firefox Reality VR browser – from Bluetooth to bookmarks

Mozilla’s latest product launch now allows its users to sign into Firefox Reality with their Firefox Account credentials, which means that users will now be able to get the benefits of new features that includes Bluetooth keyboard support and the ability to share history, bookmarks, and tabs between devices.

Users who want to avoid bookmarking and directly send an active tab from another device to their Oculus Quest, can now do so without any hesitation. Anyone who is watching...