Magic Leap appoints former Microsoft exec Johnson as CEO

Magic Leap has appointed Microsoft executive Peggy Johnson as its new chief executive officer, replacing Rony Abovitz.

Johnson was previously executive vice president of business development at Microsoft. In an interview with the New York Times (NYT), she said the time was right amid the Covid-19 pandemic to explore the promise of spatial technology, comparing it with the early bubble of cellular technology and cloud computing.

"It just feels to me that it's at that same...

VR motion sickness survey reinforces gender gap

In spite of virtual reality's benefits and hype, one of its primary inhibitors remains the threat of motion sickness. A new survey finds it still plays a prominent role - with women more at risk than men.

The survey, put together by VR Heaven and which polled almost 300 respondents, found that more than half (57.8%) said they experienced motion sickness in VR at some time. 13.7% of those polled said they experienced it frequently, compared with 19.1% for sometimes and 24.9% for...

Facebook says farewell to the Oculus Go and goes all-in on 6DOF products

Facebook has announced it is discontinuing the Oculus Go, its least expensive VR headset, to go all-in on Quest as part of the 'next chapter' of virtual reality.

An update on the Oculus blog spoke of a 'fond farewell' to Go, which will end sales this year, though the devices have been out of stock for some time. The primary reason for its demise, according to the blog, is user demand for more sophisticateed 6DOF (six degrees of freedom) products.

"Just past the one-year...

AR visualisations can help in spinal treatments, research suggests

A new study has suggested how augmented reality (AR) can be applicable for spinal treatments.

The study, published in the Global Spine Journal (no opt-in required), explored 42 spinal procedures, with AR implemented using operating microscope head-up displays (HUDs), and concluded all tests were successful.

The tests used AR to provide preoperative image data to automatically segment the vertebra, with each being assigned a unique colour, and aided in various procedures,...

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...

Carnegie Mellon research aims to combine touch with useability in VR: A winning approach?

Virtual reality (VR) is able to create stunning immersive visual experiences - yet they remain an alternative dimension, with the user experience somewhat obtrusive. Research into haptics - the area of interaction between virtual and physical forms - is ongoing. Yet new research from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has aimed to unlock the challenge of simulating touch in VR.

The device uses multiple strings attached to the hand and fingers to simulate the feel of obstacles and...

Magic Leap announces layoffs as company realigns focus on enterprise and hardware

Virtual and augmented reality (AR) may well signal the future of online collaboration with the 'new normal' promised by the Covid-19 pandemic - but it may have come a little too late for Magic Leap.

The AR hardware firm has announced major layoffs and a move towards the enterprise ahd hardware markets, with some reports suggesting that up to half of the company's workforce is to go.

In a blog post, Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz outlined the 'painful process' of...

Threekit unveils configurable AR for retail with ‘millions’ of customisations promised

As many consumers cannot get to physical stores right now amid the coronavirus pandemic, the time to explore augmented reality (AR) initiatives for retail may be nigh.

Threekit, a product visualisation software provider based in Chicago, certainly believes so. The company has announced the launch of a configurable AR feature, which allows shoppers to see and customise 'millions' of product variations in augmented reality.

This is by no means the only offering which...

Survey: More than half of manufacturers plan to adopt real-time 3D technologies within two years

According to a new survey by Unity Technologies, 55% of manufacturing and AEC (architecture, engineering, construction) companies plan to adopt real-time 3D technologies (RT3D) in the next two years.

The report, which was put together by Forrester and explored digital experiences in the physical world, explored adoption trends when put alongside Unity's own RT3D offering.

Unity’s RT3D technology is used by more than half of the top fifty AEC companies and top ten...

Tribeca Film Festival to stage immersive set after earlier postponement

The Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan is no longer fully postponing its event - at least virtually, anyway.

The festival is reviving part of its virtual reality (VR)-focused Immersive programme after it was initially postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic by releasing fifteen of the VR short films it had chosen as a part of this year’s festival as free downloads on Facebook's Oculus Quest and Oculus Go headsets.

A statement from the festival read: "While New York...