Virtual Reality: The conversation about virtual reality is so heavily influenced by Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and HTC.
But there are also many small guys! Check out our collection of cutting-edge VR hardware and software produced by lesser-known businesses and start-ups.
Virtual Reality Hardware:
- ControlVR is a hand motions-based replacement keyboard.
- With Cyberith, a VR controller, you can move about, crouch, jump, and sprint.
- The eye-tracking VR headgear that Fove has been working on since 2015
- A VR motion controller called Leap Motion
- Nod Labs is a VR controller and tracking system.
- Developing hand-tracking technology called Pebbles Interfaces
- A headset that competes with Vive and Oculus is Samsung’s Gear VR.
- A wireless, motion-tracking controller called Sixense was funded by a Kickstarter project.
- Using the PS4 VR Platform, Sony’s Project Morpheus is a VR device.
- A new headset with a very wide field of view is called StarVR.
- Sulon Technologies has developed a gadget that combines VR and AR.
- Reactive Grip Motion Controller, a very sensitive VR controller from Tactical Haptics
- A VR-compatible controller called Valve Controllers (for use with HTC Vive)
- The VR-compatible treadmill Virtuix Omni (for use with Oculus)
- A gizmo called virZOOM transforms a stationary bike into a VR controller.
- A whole-room VR system called Visbox is intended to serve as such.
Virtual Reality Software:
- AltspaceVR is a network that enables users to share online virtual reality experiences like performances, concerts, and movies.
- Using VR games for rehabilitation and pain management, Deepstream VR
- Discover, a virtual reality (VR) experience for historical research
- Drashvr, a startup that creates VR learning applications
- A platform for user-generated VR content, EmergentVR
- Felix & Paul Studios, a company creating VR content for the entertainment industry
- NVIDIA VR development platform GameWorks VR
- IrisVR, a business that develops VR solutions for 3D modeling
- A professional camera system called Jaunt VR is used to record VR experiences.
- Kolor is a program that turns 2D photos and videos into 3D words.
- A network called Littlstar collects content for virtual reality
- VR production geared toward live sports footage and livelike VR
- Utilizing Matterport, a VR program, users can recreate actual environments.
- A business called MindMaze is creating VR stroke healing experiences.
- NextVR records and provides on-demand live virtual reality content (concerts, movies, sports).
- An open-source VR software platform is called OSVR.
- a 3D environment creation, rendering, and streaming pipeline called Otoy.
- An app called Panorics uses items and immersive 360-degree video technology.
- Psious, a VR experience that treats anxiety disorders via virtual surroundings
- SDK Lab, a business that develops VR training materials (mining, drilling, etc.)
- a VR flight simulation called spaceVR
- The VR Company, a company that creates VR content
- a VR development platform with a lot of support called Unity
- VR functionality is available on the game creation platform Unreal Engine.
- Using video stitching tools like VideoStitch, you can make live VR content.
- A technology and content development studio called Visionary VR
- A game called Vivid Vision was made to treat strabismus and amblyopia (lazy eye) (crossed eye)
- A YouTube-like VR experience network called Vrideo
- A firm called VRse creates VR content for the film industry.
- Wear VR, a platform for VR content and an app store
- Educative virtual reality art experience Woofbert
- Vizard, a VR toolkit from WorldViz
- A VR experience for STEM teaching called Zspace
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And that’s just the beginning! VR technology has only recently developed. Who knows what the future will bring as gadgets get smaller and screen resolution improves?