When innovative minds come together.
Here at VR360 we see ourselves as pioneers in the Virtual Reality space, we have been involved in virtual reality since 1998, when we created one of the first “Google Street views” like map systems. We mapped several cities and from the map you could go into the streets and view panorama images “similar to google streetview” during this time we also mapped the inside of businesses and people could walk from the street into several restaurants, guesthouses, hardware stores and computer shops. We also mapped Events, concerts and airshows, which allowed people from anywhere to view these events and capturing the history of such events.
Obstacles in Virtual Reality which doesn’t exist today
“Everyone who seen the virtual reality stuff at the time, thought that it was really cool” – However technology at the time made this awesome technology almost worthless since there was no easy way to distribute the content to a large audience.
- There was no easy way to distribute content to the masses.
- Internet speeds did not permit the easy distribution of Virtual Reality.
- Camera systems had low resolutions and image sizes where big and fussy.
- Equipment was very expensive.
- a lack of computing power made it difficult to render images and video.
Today Virtual Reality is Booming
Today Virtual Reality is going strength to strength and Marketing Agencies, Software Development companies, Manufacturers, Medical and Educational institutions are using virtual reality technologies to enhance their businesses across the globe!
New Commercial Virtual Reality technologies allow people to be immersed into a Virtual Reality environment where they can touch, interact, work and learn. Some of the biggest companies in the world have invested Billions of Dollars into the industry and year on year more people and businesses start using Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality.
We even see this in the South African Virtual Reality space, where we have done work for clients like ABSA Bank, Standard Bank, DSTV, CNA, AGCO, Massey Ferguson, NEC XON, Mastercard, Anglo American and many more.
Smartphones changed EVERYTHING for Virtual Reality
Well almost everything, today’s smartphones are very clever devices and most have more processing power than almost any pc that came from the 90’s. Mobile phone screen technology have also advanced in such a way that some smartphone screens today are much higher quality than the average television or computer screen. Smartphone developers have revolutionized the way that people communicate and view content over the world and it is mainly because of these advancements that Virtual Reality is now mainstream and accessible to anyone in the world with access to a computer, tablet or smartphone.
Some Smartphone Technology we needed to make Virtual Reality a Reality
- High Quality Camera and Video Camera’s – Now every one has it in their hands, some people all the time! – There was a time that we didn’t walk around with camera’s
- GPS Systems – Most smartphones today comes standard with GPS systems
- Gyroscope – an important technology allowing us to move the scene and move with the scene when turning your smartphone up or down.
Virtual Reality Software and Applications
Initially we developed our own custom virtual reality software for stitching and combining images and video together. This pioneering background provides us with a unique skill set to develop custom virtual reality games, applications and software today.
Today we use the latest commercial technologies and software to create virtual reality solutions from scratch. Typically we use Unity, Unreal, 3D Max, Maya, Blender, ZBrush, Adobe, Kolor, Mistika, Autodesk and other software as part of our Virtual Reality developing processes.
Being pioneers and on the cutting-edge of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality also offers us the luxury of quickly learning new Software packages and technologies to accomplish tasks that we haven’t done before.
Here at VR360 we have developed our own Virtual Reality hardware and also teamed up with pioneers in 3D Printing, 3D Product development and additive manufacturing to design and create our own Virtual Reality Glasses, Virtual Reality Hardware and camera systems. To enable us to create virtual reality content, virtual tours and virtual reality software solutions.
Today the world has caught up and companies like HTC VIVE, Oculus, Facebook, Samsung, Insta, GoPro and Google have created far superior products than which we initially developed. We now mostly use these products but can still create custom hardware and solutions for projects.
About VR 360
We have extensive experience in Virtual Reality and Virtual Reality Software development and application. We also have experience with the various hardware options available in virtual reality. Our knowledge fused with passion drives our interest in virtual reality it is something that we are extremely passionate about. If you want to get involved in virtual reality talk to us and perhaps we can find a way forward that could be mutual beneficial.