Top Tech Companies With VR Interests

Virtual reality or VR is poised to be the next big thing in technology. Although people are already enjoying the fruits of this innovation, mostly through head-mounted displays, these headsets are only the beginning.

As the tech industry continuously evolves, the world may expect more mind-blowing VR innovations in the years to come. Top tech companies are investing heavily in this technology, for a myriad of purposes for both personal and professional use.

Facebook

Facebook has come a long way from simply being a social network into one of the world’s leading companies, which push the boundaries of innovation. It acquired the VR company Oculus two years ago, and allotted at least $500 million to be used for research and development.

Facebook is mainly eyeing the social virtual reality experience, which will be linked to its platform. Mark Zuckerberg recently held a live demo showing how social VR will work for Facebook users. People will be able to meet with friends in a virtual environment and interact as if they’re actually together, doing various activities from simple hang out sessions to official meetings.

Microsoft

Microsoft has committed to this technology as well and released the HoloLens, its first VR headset described by the company as a self-contained, holographic computer. The HoloLens’ top-notch quality for both software and hardware passed very high standards as it’s now used by NASA in space aboard the ISS. It shows how serious Microsoft is when it comes to VR.

Google

Google also proved their capabilities in this tech through the success of Google Cardboard, which began as a standalone project. Now the tech titan has set up a whole department fully committed to this new technology, and it’s reportedly developing a VR version of their mobile OS, Android.

The company is looking at VR for wide scale use such as positional tracking and geographical mapping. These technologies are slated for application in various machines including mobile devices. In fact, Lenovo has partnered with Google’s Project Tango to manufacture smartphones based on virtual and augmented reality.

Apple

Apple, on the other hand, seems to be taking a moment to have a long look at this technology before fully engaging in producing VR devices. Nonetheless, the company has plans of its own, including smart glasses that will connect wirelessly to iPhones. With their latest handset, iPhone 7, having entirely new features like a dual-camera system that shoot as one and a single lightning port for all wired connections as listed by O2, there’s no doubt that Apple isn’t short of innovative ideas either.

Qualcomm

The telecomm equipment and semiconductor manufacturer is also set on conquering the VR landscape. Qualcomm’s latest plans involve heterogenous processors which will manage different functions of a device containing its SoC’s, some of which will be dedicated to virtual reality processing as well as spacial and vision sensors. The installation of exclusive chips will ultimately result in a richer, fuller VR experience.

Samsung

Samsung devices are consistently receiving high ratings from consumers, and items like the Galaxy S7 Edge bundled with Gear VR are faring very well in the market. The South Korean firm’s venture in VR has been relatively smooth thus far and recently proved how useful the innovation is by live streaming the birth of a child to the father through VR goggles when he wasn’t able to be at the hospital in person.

Sony

In terms of VR hardware, Sony is dominating the global market, holding one-third of the share due to the huge number of PlayStation 4 users that are potential customers for a VR upgrade. The competitive pricing relative to quality of its headsets also contribute to the overall appeal of the products.

But even though the Japanese tech firm’s VR presence is in gaming, it has also filed over 360 patents related to this new domain. That said, it has more in store than just providing a new kind of entertainment for PS players.

These are the top companies investing in VR, with many more just slightly behind, all focused on riding the next big wave in tech. Seeing how rapid the pace of advancement in technology, the world will soon get more groundbreaking developments in virtual reality which might someday blur the lines between our two worlds.

 

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