The growth and development of virtual reality trend have provided an excellent opportunity for various startups and small enterprises to give life to breakthrough projects and business plans. Thanks to the fact that many larger companies “expect and see” a position regarding immersion technology, VR startups get the lucky chance to prove themselves.
World-known companies like Magic Leap, Niantic, Improbable, and Unity have received some of the most impressive funding. And Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream View, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR have caused a furor around the virtual reality, quickly proving its viability. For example, escape games by ARVI using the virtual reality system HTC Vive / HTC Vive Pro is an excellent confirmation of this. Thanks to the latest VR technology implemented in these games, human capabilities are expanded, allowing players to fully submerge themselves in the process and enjoy the amazing atmosphere.
Let’s consider some of the most promising virtual reality startups that are predicting the future of escape rooms:
- Magic Leap
Magic Leap is working on a device that can project objects into a person’s field of view. At the same time, the realism of the picture will be higher than that of existing options on the market. The product will consist of two parts: a pair of glasses and a small pocket projector. Its shape and size will be similar to an ordinary phone. And the accessories will be interconnected by cable.
The company has raised $ 1.888 billion.
In turn, Magic Leap is a company that creates technologies of mixed reality (translucent glasses allow you to see the real environment). One of the first investors was Google, then Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, and others.
Magic Leap creates the illusion that virtual objects exist in reality. The founder of the company, Roni Abovitz, is an eccentric – perfect for the role of the creator of such superpower.
- Holodeck VR
The Munich-based HolodeckVR offers technology for multi-player virtual reality. It uses geolocation to allow people to interact with each other in VR.
In other words, HolodeckVR allows you to place many people in one dynamic VR event, where they can cooperate. The technology was developed at the Fraunhofer IIS Research Institute. Now it allows locating about 100 people in one VR-space.
The startup does not plan to limit itself to the market of games and entertainment. HolodeckVR already thinks out to introduce its technology for exhibition halls and classrooms.
Today, the concept of controlling physical objects by the power of thought is no longer a fantasy; this ability has been proved experimentally. Startup Neurable offers a wireless brain-computer interface platform – using it, people can interact with virtual and augmented reality applications, making only mental efforts, without pressing buttons, tracking eye movements or voice commands.
Neurable technology is based on machine learning and electroencephalography. And since there is no heap of intermediaries like muscles, buttons and any transitional instruments between the brain and the device, such interfaces of the brain-computer can be considered as a kind of ideal future for VR-technologies in escape rooms.
The project of this company is the game Awakening. This VR game is managed by brain activity. It works based on a headphone pad with electrodes that connects to the HTC Vive virtual reality headset.
- Nomadic VR
This startup develops arcade games in virtual reality. It has already received the first positive reviews from the media. Nomadic VR has raised $ 6 million in investments from Horizons Ventures, Maveron, Vulcan Capital and others.
Modern technologies allow us to control actions in virtual reality not only with a keyboard, a mouse, and a game controller. For example, Microsoft Research technology uses the achievements of Kinect and the method of intelligent recognition of finger and hand movements. And EyeSight startup development is a virtual reality management system using gestures.
Thanks to these startups and their newest technologies, the perception of the virtual world is reaching a new level, predicting a fantastic and unbelievable future to the escape rooms.
So, welcome to the games of the Future!