Virtual Reality Companies: Top 20 VR Companies to Watch: Page 2

Virtual reality companies are certainly enjoying a hot market. Yet some VR companies are far better positioned than others.


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11. Wevr

Startup Wevr is building what it hopes will become the YouTube of virtual reality with its Wevr Transport. Transport, which is in private beta, is an online virtual reality content network where creators can publish their work and users will be able to experience them, just like publishing a video on YouTube.

Content will be a mix of free and paid and it will be accessible to owners of any VR headset, such as all the popular ones: Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, etc.

12. Retinad Analytics

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.

13. Mechdyne

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. NextVR

NextVR produces live virtual reality broadcasts of professional sports, music, and more. In 2016, the company scored a major deal with Turner and NBA Digital for a weekly live VR broadcast of an NBA game for the entire 2016-2017 season. It also works with Major League Baseball, the NFL, and other sports teams. It develops its own cameras, processing technology, and the distribution system.

16. Virtalis

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.

17. AMD

AMD's graphics business has been far more successful than its CPU business, although that is finally coming around. Its Radeon RX 480 is a VR-capable card for just $199, much cheaper than the competition. Also, AMD continues to supply chips to console makers Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony, and Microsoft and Sony have both announced plans for VR powered consoles.

18. Osterhout Design Group

Osterhout designs virtual reality and augmented reality glasses similar to Google Glass, offering features like showing you information on an object you are looking at, the biography of a person you are looking at, instructions on something you are assembling or simply display a movie. Its newest glasses are capable of showing what looks like a 100-inch high definition screen from 10 feet away. Its glasses are used in many industries, including health care, automotive, energy, mining, warehousing, and aerospace.

19. Prenav

Prenav makes drones that can fly safely in close proximity to structures and in complicated environments where a GPS cannot navigate or cover. It has been designed primarily as a commercial drone system intended to assist organizations in inspecting and maintaining their infrastructure, cell phone towers and wind turbines. It creates engineering-grade 3D reconstructions of the structures as it flies around it.

20. Nvidia

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.

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