The end of November 2017, in Helsinki Varjo Technologies (“shadow” in Finnish, pronounced “Var-yo”) brought unprecedented levels of Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality (VR/XR) realism a step closer for professional markets through its new development partner program. The company’s first public technology demonstration occurred at one of the world’s leading startup events, at Slush.
Varjo will start shipping Alpha Prototypes to its first technology partners before the end of the year. Beta Prototypes will begin shipping to existing and new partners in the design, engineering, simulation and entertainment sectors during Q1 2018, allowing the next wave of VR/XR innovators to join the “Resolution Revolution”. The partners will provide feedback on product experience, features, and usability, and combine their industry insights and expertise with Varjo’s product development.
Together with our world-leading partners, we are now perfecting the technology and plan to launch a profoundly revolutionary VR/XR headset by the end of 2018.
Global brands including 20th Century Fox®, Airbus, Audi®, BMW®, Technicolor® and Volkwagen® will now be collaborating with Varjo to optimize the company’s human-eye resolution VR/XR Bionic Display for their respective business sectors.
The company’s recent $8.2m Series A round, led by EQT Ventures (with new, additional funding of $6.7m Tekes, the Finnish funding agency for innovation, has enabled Varjo to begin the early access programs for its partners as well as ramp up R&D capabilities.
Collaboration with NVIDIA® and AMD®
Varjo is working closely with both of the industry’s leading graphics chip manufacturers—NVIDIA® and AMD®—to provide the best possible VR/XR experience for its partners. Varjo prototypes are also shipped with both Unreal and Unity plugins to enable content creation on all major platforms.
“I’m incredibly proud of the team that took a proof of concept into a custom-built technology prototype in just a few short months,” said Urgo Konttori, CEO, and founder of Varjo Technologies. “Together with our world-leading partners, we are now perfecting the technology and plan to launch a profoundly revolutionary VR/XR headset by the end of 2018.”
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