Sixense's STEM (Sixense Tracking Embedded Module) goes one step beyond the usual headset to offer a headset with hand-held controllers and a central base station to create an electromagnetic field with an 8-foot radius. Unlike a camera-based motion tracker like Microsoft's Kindle, it detects the movement of the hand-held sensors for immersive gameplay.
One of the few enterprise-oriented VR companies, Retinad provides companies with a "heatmap" of users' browsing, navigation, purchasing behavior, and other analytical data on an e-commerce website, allowing companies to get a 3D visualization of behavior and statistics. This allows you to see "hot zones," where there may be problems or popular features alike. VR advertisers can track, monitor and analyze the data and improve and change their ad strategy and placement accordingly.
Mechdyne uses Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE), which projects a virtual reality environment on three and six of the walls of a room-sized cube, to visualize data in a number of vertical industries. It specializes in modeling and simulation, Big Data visualization, and collaboration.
14. Virtually Live
Can't get tickets to the Super Bowl? Virtually Live creates a VR version of the stadium and images of the players are generated, allowing you to be there. It recreates the actual arena, so you actually walk through the stadium, and can invite friends and all sit together just like you would at a real life game.
VR without the headset, Vega is designed for furniture and home décor companies to scan their products and then convert them to 3D models. Customers can then place and arrange the models to scale in a virtual room, so they see how it will look when placed or positioned. This VR company’s solution allows for an immersive online shopping experience.
The core system for this VR company, ActiveWorks, allows customers to create 3D displays or virtual visualizations of data, CAD designs or other data sources. Its specialty, though, is very large data sets. It is designed for large-scale CAD models, including ships that let the designers "walk through" the ship before they ever build it. In addition to design reviews, the software also lets users rehearse in-depth training tasks, validate maintenance procedures or verify assembly and manufacturing processes.
AMD's graphics business has been far more successful than its CPU business, and two recent announcements further that reputation. It announced Sulon Q, a spatially aware headset that combines VR and augmented reality (AR). It's powered by an AMD CPU and GPU, plus an SSD and Windows 10, all crammed into the headset.
In March AMD also introduced the Radeon Pro Duo, high-powered graphics card specifically designed for VR content creators. It comes with the LiquidVR SDK for building all kinds of VR apps, entertainment to business.
18. HTC Vive
Similar to Sixense, Vive is a complex system of a headset, two hand-held devices and sensors you place around your room so it can track your movements. HTC partnered with Valve to create "room-scale" games, so you don't just sit on the couch to play the game, you get up and move around. The box comes with 16 different components, making setup a little daunting.
19. Samsung Gear VR
Samsung – clearly a top VR company – product Gear VR was designed with Oculus as a consumer device for $199, and it works just with the newest generation of Samsung phones. In fact, you slide a Samsung phone into the headset holder and it acts as the compute device. The headset is meant for consumers and the only apps on it so far are games from third-tier developers.
Besides being the leading GPU maker, Nvidia is a now VR company – it offers VRWorks, a developer suite for building all kinds of VR apps. VRWorks helps developers create high resolution imagery with lower latency and provide more realistic imaging and quicker adjustments of the images when the user moves their head.