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Digital Catapult’s Augmentor Programme Reveals 10 new XR Startups

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Now in its fourth year, during the summer Digital Catapult’s Augmentor programme announced an open call for UK-based XR startups. They’ve now been chosen, selecting 10 companies working across the immersive industry spectrum, from training platforms to augmented reality (AR) books.

Fracture Reality

They will now begin a 12-week programme to help grow their products and enhance their business model, meeting and learning from leading industry mentors and investors to attract more financing in a bid to scale.

The teams selected for the 2020 Augmentor programme are:

  • Emperia – “Is creating virtual reality experiences that boost sales and customer engagement for businesses in art and luxury fashion.”
  • Evidential – “Has produced EVITA, an incident training platform which provides large scale environments where multiple training scenarios can take place.”
  • Fracture Reality – “Developing an online mixed reality platform called Join specifically for engineering and data-intensive users that includes immersive 3D features like gestural sketching and avatars.”
  • MagicBeans – “It has developed Roundhead, a platform for creating and delivering six degrees of freedom spatial audio experiences at scale, so users can create, share and listen to spatial audio across multiple devices.”
  • MOONHUB – “Has created a high quality, immersive training product which uses virtual reality to convert e-learning solutions into interactive training scenarios to improve engagement in employee training.”
  • Overview Ark – “Created a tool for production designers and event coordinators to build 1:1 replicas of a live show without the need of programming knowledge.”
  • Percept Imagery – “Developed a unique augmented reality platform called Sprie that enables retailers to personalise online shopping experiences by allowing shoppers to try products in the real world before buying them.”
  • Retinize – “An award-winning content studio based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, that specialises in the creation of cutting edge immersive VR content as well as interactive and geolocative AR applications.”
  • Slanted Theory – “Through the power of 3D technology (XR) and immersive analytics, Slanted Theory has created “Alaira”, a cloud data analysis and visualisation platform which provides views of data unparalleled in 2D dashboards.”
  • VIKA Books – “Using augmented reality to promote British Sign Language (BSL) as a language for deaf and hearing children alike.”
Vika Books - Baby BSL
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“At a time when access to entertainment venues is restricted, online shopping has soared, and remote collaboration for work is more important than ever before as many of us remain working from home for the foreseeable future, this year’s Augmentor cohort are providing innovative, commercially viable solutions to issues that are important to us all,” said Jessica Driscoll, Head of Technology – Immersive at Digital Catapult in a statement. “What’s more, because Augmentor has always been about bringing investors and industry along for the journey, the teams see tangible results, from business support all the way to investment. We’ll be watching the next three months very closely and look forward to seeing the results.” 

In the past three years, 27 companies have taken part in Digital Catapult’s initiative, helping them raise a combined total of over £6.7 million GBP. These have included Somewhere Else which developed soft skills training platform BodySwaps, so it’s always worth keeping an eye on participants for the next big thing. For further updates, keep reading VRFocus.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/10/digital-catapults-augmentor-programme-reveals-10-new-xr-startups/

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XRI Launches Survey Examining Diversity & Inclusion Within XR Industry

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Just like any other industry, XR needs to be a diverse and inclusive place for everyone, but that can vary wildly based on a number of factors. So a new initiative called XR Inclusion (XRI) led by industry professionals has launched a survey to collate data from across the globe alongside a startup kit to help companies reduce discrimination and inequity.

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For the survey and startup kit XRI has partnered with experts like Stacey Gordon, CEO of Rework Work and Kristen Nesbit, from national labour and employment law firm Fisher Phillips. Together with XRI’s global members, the free XR Startup Kit offers checklists, templates and training focused on vital business areas such as job descriptions, hiring, unconscious bias, code of conduct, safe channels of communication and much more.

While the kit can help new businesses, the XRI wants professionals to take part in its free, anonymous survey, to help give a clearer view of the ecosystem at present. Thus helping highlight where it’s doing well and where improvements can be made.

“With startups, there is typically less structure, less awareness around inclusive processes and biases, and less red tape in general,” said Gordon in a statement. “By taking an active approach to creating diverse and inclusive company cultures from the start,  barriers to progress can be reduced and business performance can flourish, which makes the startup stage a perfect time to not only do what is right on a human level, but also to do what is best for the long term success of the business.” 

“As a founder in XR, I wish I’d learned the things in this kit sooner,” said Taylor Freeman, a founding council member of XRI. “Our goal at XRI is to provide startups with resources and systems to support the development of inclusive, professional and safe cultures for both the employees and the company. These foundations should be essential and I believe investors shouldn’t even fund companies without ensuring they have these things in place.”

Tackling diversity and inclusion is vital for any company large or small, wherever they are in the world. When details of the report are made publicly available, VRFocus will let you know.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/11/xri-launches-survey-examining-diversity-inclusion-within-xr-industry/

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The VR Game Launch Roundup: Breaking out the Big Guns

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As it’s Black Friday you might be more interested in what deals are to be had today but don’t spend all your money. Next week a new selection of virtual reality (VR) titles are on their way, set to provide varied gameplay experiences.

Shuttle Commander

Shuttle Commander – Immersive VR Education

Originally slated for release last week, Shuttle Commander is an educational title where you command NASA’s Space Shuttle taking it on various missions to the Hubble Space Telescope. Part physics-based flight simulator you will need to land it at a number of real-world locations, such as Kennedy Space Centre, White Sands Air Force Base and Edwards Air Force Base.

Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds – inXile Entertainment

A team-based multiplayer shooter from the studio behind The Mage’s Tale, Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds offers 10 vs 10 tactical battles across an abandoned military base in Antarctica. With realistic weapon physics, both teams also have to tackle an alien race of biomechanical creatures who are gunning for everyone.

Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds

Project Wingman – Sector D2

A dogfighting experience which is geared towards action rather than a full-blown simulator, Project Wingman has over 20 different aircraft and 40+ weapons to swap between. For those who love to immerse themselves in flight combat videogames, Project Wingman supports HOTAS peripherals.

Prison Boss VR – Trebuchet

Trebuchet’s comedic take on becoming the boss of a prison originally came to PC VR headsets back in 2017, and now it gets the Oculus Quest treatment. Craft and trade with the other inmates to improve your living conditions whilst upping your reputation, just don’t get caught by the guards.

  • Supported platforms: Oculus Quest
  • Launch date: 3rd December
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ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos – MyDearest Inc.

The sequel to Tokyo Chronos, ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos takes place 300 years later where humans are hiding underground from deadly creatures known as Meteora. Part comic, part interactive experience, you’ll be able to pilot giant mechs whilst trying to unravel the mysteries of these beasts.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/11/the-vr-game-launch-roundup-breaking-out-the-big-guns/

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All the Best VR Deals for Black Friday 2020

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Retailers began their Black Friday deals at the start of the week but now its the big day itself, where all the limited-time deals come together for a bonanza of savings (hopefully). Virtual reality (VR) fans can get in on the action too, albeit more on the software side than the hardware for 2020. So here’s VRFocus’ roundup of the best deals available online.

Oculus Black Friday 2020

Headsets

When it comes to headsets you might be hoping to pick up an Oculus Quest 2 or HP Reverb G2 a little cheaper. Alas, they’re way too new to be discounted during this sales season, even the Valve Index from 2019 isn’t discounted anywhere that VRFocus could find.

Whilst it’s not a Black Friday deal for those after an Oculus Quest 2 currently any purchase until 31st Jan will include PC title Asgard’s Wrath for free.

HTC Vive – UK

  • Vive Cosmos – Now £599 (previously £699)
  • Vive Cosmos Elite – Now £799 (previously £899) + Half-Life: Alyx free
  • Vive Cosmos Elite (HMD only) – Now £449 (previously £549) + Half-Life: Alyx free
  • AORUS 15G Cosmos Bundle, now £2,289 (originally £2,549)
  • AORUS 15G Cosmos Elite Bundle, now £2,459 (originally £2,749)

HTC Vive – US

  • Vive Cosmos – Now $599 (previously $699) + 2 Months Viveport Infinity
  • Vive Cosmos Elite – Now $799 (previously $899) + 2 Months Viveport Infinity
  • Vive Cosmos Elite (HMD only) – Now $449 (previously $549) + 2 Months Viveport Infinity

PlayStation VR

PlayStation VR Mega Pack 2020

Games

If you’ve already got a VR headset then it’s software you’ll be after and this is where most of the deals can be found. Oculus Store, PlayStation Store and Steam all have various discounts going on, plus there are some physical deals to be had on PlayStation videogames.

Oculus Store

  • PlayStation VR
    • Physical
      • Marvel’s Iron Man VR – £19.99 – Smyths (check local stock)
      • Blood & Truth- £14.99 – Smyths (check local stock)
      • Blood & Truth- £15.99 – Amazon
      • Star Wars: Squadrons – £19.99 – Amazon
      • The Walking Dead Onslaught – £24.99 – GAME
  • SteamVR – Autumn Sale
Star Wars: Squadrons

Accessories

  • Cybershoes – PC VR
  • Kat Walk C
Knox Labs - KATVR

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/11/all-the-best-vr-deals-for-black-friday-2020/

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A Wake Inn Pulls Those Trailer Strings Ahead of a 2021 Release

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There were plenty of virtual reality (VR) titles announced during the week that would normally have been the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), VR Bros’ A Wake Inn being one of them. An immersive horror experience originally slated for this year, the team has just released a new trailer moving the launch to early 2021.

A Wake Inn

A Wake Inn is a scary title featuring a classic horror staple, mannequins, those lifeless, dead-eyed entities which work so well at terrifying almost everyone. The twist here is that not only is the art deco hotel where the gameplay is set filled with an army of living dolls, you also happen to be one. And then there’s the mysterious Doctor Finnegan, owner of the estate who talks to you via a shortwave transmitter.

The story revolves around you finding out who you are, how you ended up here, and how to get out whilst avoiding the other not so friendly dolls. As VR Bros puts it: “Is it time for the player to take revenge on their maker and set themselves free, or perhaps they’re just a puppet being pulled by its strings?”

In a similar fashion to Last Labyrinth, you’re bound to a wheelchair, making A Wake Inn an entirely seated experience. That’s where the similarity ends, as in this experience you’re given free rein to explore the hotel and figure out its various escape room-style gameplay elements. You operate it just as you would any manual wheelchair, moving the controllers as if pushing the wheels.

A Wake Inn

Further thought has been put into the gameplay interactions as well, a flashlight for lighting up the darkness which does run out of batteries, a radio with custom stations, and the cinema room where you can watch tapes found around the building.

A Wake Inn will support HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Valve Index when it launches next year. For further updates on this wheeled horror, keep reading VRFocus.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/11/a-wake-inn-pulls-those-trailer-strings-ahead-of-a-2021-release/

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