The Reality Wire is dedicated to stories that you might have missed. Here is the latest from HTC Vive, Engage, NuEyes, Varjo and Red 6.
Watch a recap of the HTC Vive launch event for Vive XR Suite
Readers of The Reality Wire might have seen last month that HTC Vive has launched a cloud software solution combining tools for remote collaboration, productivity, events, socialising and cultural content called Vive XR Suite.
As VRWorldTech reported, Vive XR Suite is aimed at all users working and living under social distancing measures in a post-coronavirus (Covid-19) world.
Crucially, the suite of tools developed in partnership with Engage maker Immersive VR Education, VirBELA, VRChat and Museum of Other Realities will be accessible via desktop, laptop and mobile devices.
This means the cloud software solution will have a much broader appeal beyond users of immersive hardware, although PC VR or standalone VR devices will deliver a “superior immersive experience”, according to HTC Vive.
Vive XR Suite was launched physically in Shanghai and online through Engage platform, and HTC Vive has helpfully distributed a recording of the VR event, as well as a handy two-minute recap, and The Reality Wire has them both for you below.
Update to Engage brings platform to Android devices
Speaking of Engage, a very useful update to the platform might have fallen under your radar.
This version of Engage is focused on attending meetings, events and collaborative work sessions.
A new content creator tool will also empower users to create more comprehensive VR experiences, lessons and events. Both are in beta but are absolutely worth checking out.
NuEyes adds to advisory board ahead of product launches
Low-vision technology company NuEyes, which recently partnered with headset maker ThirdEye on a hardware-software bundle for people with visual impairments, has bolstered its advisory board.
Rob Chen has “extensive clinical knowledge matched with his exceptional entrepreneurial skills” that will help speed up the launch of the NuLoupes surgical product as well as its new telemedicine software platform.
Varjo and Silverdraft Demon partner on headset special offers
Anyone on the lookout for a top-of-the-line headset from Varjo should check out the new bundle available via Silverdraft Demon.
The Silverdraft Demon VR Mini + Varjo VR-2 Pro headset bundle, or the XR-1 version, are available at a 10% discount.
Prices aren’t listed but with the 10% discount, you’ll pay less for the bundles than if you bought the items separately. The Reality Wire can attest that the visuals of Varjo’s headsets are well worth investing in.
Lockheed Martin invests in Red 6
Military applications for immersive tech continue to become apparent and Lockheed Martin is funding some of the latest developments, The Reality Wire is able to report.
Red 6 has received an undisclosed investment from Lockheed Martin Ventures, the strategic investment arm of Lockheed Martin, to speed up the development and commercialisation of ATARS, its Airborne Tactical AR System.
“ATARS allows real pilots in real airplanes to fly and visually manoeuvre against any synthetically generated enemy in real time, which is a new paradigm in training and operations,” explained Daniel Robinson, chief executive officer of Red 6.
“The Red 6 team is passionate about providing the quantity and quality of training that our warfighters deserve. Working with aerospace leaders such as Lockheed Martin, who understand the value of our technology and how to integrate it into current and future platforms, is incredibly important.”
“In that sense, we view Red 6’s relationship with Lockheed Martin as an important long-term working relationship.”
On the investment, Chris Moran, executive director and general manager of Lockheed Martin Ventures, said: “Our charter is to strategically invest in smaller companies focused on innovative technologies that can be utilised within Lockheed Martin’s existing businesses. Red 6 fits this mission.”
“We are excited to add Red 6 to our investment portfolio and look forward to working with their team and gaining access to their synthetic training capability that could be applied to both current and future platforms.”
Red 6 has been working with the US Air Force for the past two years through AFWERX, a programme with the goal of fostering a culture of innovation within the service.
Its technology has received praise from the US Air Force and is the first AFWERX-backed company to be awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III.
Previous investors include Moonshots Capital, Starburst Accelerator and Irongate Capital Partners.
The investment by Lockheed Martin Ventures builds on Red 6’s continued momentum following the recent award of a gant from Epic Games, a key collaborator in the ATARS development process.
Robinson said: “I couldn’t think of a stronger team of players for simulation and training development than the ones we have now.”