May 23, 2016 0 Comments
Virtual reality and mixed reality are about to transform everyday life. Thanks to technologies being developed by VR startups like Magic Leap, Blippar and Jaunt, new visualisations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact with one another, are now possible. Last week, VR startup SPACES received $3 million in funding led by Comcast Ventures. The company is founded by DreamWorks Animation veterans Shiraz Akmal and Brad Herman, the same executive team who led the development and creation of DreamWorks VR app, Dreamworks Color, and Oculus Rift’s Dragon VR flying experience. SPACES helps companies leverage the power of virtual reality and mixed reality. Currently, it is collaborating with Microsoft, NBCUniversal and Big Blue Bubble, among others, to produce a wide range of projects across all VR and mixed reality platforms.
You can read about the funding here.
May 2, 2016 0 Comments
Last year, SpaceVR used Kickstarter to fund the idea of sending a virtual reality satellite camera into space. Now the company has raised $1.25 million to finally send it into orbit. According to SpaceVR founder Ryan Holmes, its first VR satellite camera, Overview 1, will be sent to the International Space Station and launched into orbit in 2017 via a NanoRacks launcher. Once in orbit, the camera will give users immersive panoramic views of the planet and outer space, and it will allow them to see and and experience 360-degree video content. According to SpaceVR, its VR content is available for space fanatics for $35 for 12 months.
February 17, 2016 0 Comments
MindMaze, one of the top 10 healthcare companies in Switzerland, has raised $100 million in funding so it can continue to create VR devices for stroke patients. The company is now valued at $1.1 billion. A spinoff from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, MindMaze is considered as the world’s first multisensory computing platform. Its breakthrough technology combines virtual reality, augmented reality, neuroscience and motion capture to create a medical-grade “neural virtual reality platform.” It has a VR/AR headset called MindLeap that can train a stroke patient’s brain to regain motor function. MindLeap technology is now being used for stroke victim therapy in European hospitals.
You can read more about MindMaze here.
March 31, 2014 0 Comments
A sci-fi future
Last week, Facebook made a leap from software to hardware. For $2 billion, Facebook is now the proud owner of Oculus, the creator of Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset that allows players to step inside their favourite games. Oculus Rift creates a 3D view with infinite fields of depth, giving the user a truly immersive experience. Analysts predict that this acquisition could be Facebook’s most ground-breaking deal, with the potential to affect the way we work, play and communicate. Mark Zuckerberg imagines a future where people can sit courtside to watch a game, study in a classroom with other students or even consult with a doctor just by simply putting on a pair of Oculus goggles. He also imagined a world where Facebook users will no longer just share photos but entire experiences. This deal is sure to change the game for existing VR players Sony and Google that have Morpheus, the PlayStation virtual headset; and Google Glass, which most feel pales in comparison to Oculus Rift.
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