VR Startup Vr-on Delivers Affordable Virtual Reality Collaboration For Businesses

Posted: May 22 2018, 9:21am CDT | by , in Technology News


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VR Startup vr-on Delivers Affordable Virtual Reality Collaboration for Businesses

A Bavarian startup makes meetings in virtual reality easy and affordable.

The decades-old promise of Virtual Reality to make traveling to meetings unnecessary is now an affordable reality. German Start-up vr-on developed STAGE, a VR collaboration solution for business users. Stage enables real-time communication, immersive visualization, and awareness of atmosphere.

The VR tool allows users to upload objects such as products or designs into a customizable virtual world. Participants are represented with avatars and can interact with virtual objects and with each other using full VR equipment such as Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Virtual objects can be changed or replaced with different iterations. There is also an option for participants to join just via a browser.

I have tested STAGE earlier this week and the easy to use virtual menu system. I was able to quickly learn how to move around and interact with objects, move them and change their attributes. It’s ideal to meet in virtual buildings created based on BIM data or discuss "hands-on" product prototypes or designs.

A very powerful feature is the presenter role that enables one participant to lead all others (with spectator role) through a VR Session. This way you can have larger groups of attendees or show off the progress to the executive team.

vr-on puts special emphasis on data security. The data transmissions are encrypted and STAGE is delivered as intranet module. All data resides with their customers, an important aspect in regards to keeping proprietary information safe.

STAGE renders its vr-session with the Unreal Engine by providing a plugin called STAGE showroom. The company develops currently a plugin for Unity as well due at the end of 2018. Customers can use the Unreal Engine plugin to create the content for the VR sessions in Stage. The concept of using popular game engines as basis cuts VR content development costs for users of Stage.

The ease-of-use in STAGE stands out and is key for the adoption by employees. The solution is sold as concurrent user licenses priced at 199 Euro/month (~$235). vr-on STAGE is available also in the US. For evaluations of Stage, vr-on provides STAGE Pocket (affectionally called internally Vroni), a Raspberry PI-based server. Hooked up to a local network, customers can right way experience the virtual reality demos provided by vr-on with their VR setups.

The video below demonstrates how participants can collaborate in the Stage VR solution. vr-on raised 1.3 million Euro in summer of last year. The virtual reality startup will be at the Siggraph 2018 in Vancouver this August (booth #333).

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