Cutting the wires of virtual reality
A Brisbane-based company that is transforming virtual reality by making it wireless, has received $100,000 through the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas program.
Immersive Robotics co-founder Tim Lucas says the funding will help refine their wireless virtual reality technology with a view to creating a BETA prototype to demonstrate to key industry leaders such as Facebook and HTC.
"We have designed the world’s first transmission medium specific to VR, which comprises of an algorithm and specialist hardware that is suited to making the current and future Head Mounted Displays wireless," Mr Lucas says.
“"his a game-changing innovation, which pushes the boundaries of what is technologically possible.
Our technology solves what has become the VR industry’s number one hold back - it simply and expertly makes the existing wired technology wireless."
The founders of Immersive Robotics have many years of experience with product design, prototyping and production as well as Unmanned Aircraft design and operation, a large component of which involves high-end wireless data transmission over long distances.
Mr Lucas says this experience is critical in guiding the project and the company objectives.
"The clever part is in the code and how it runs on our custom hardware that has been heavily optimised for latency and other VR related requirements.
It is not only the most powerful wireless link on the market but also one of the most cost-effective and easy to manufacture," Mr Lucas says.
"The wireless link was designed from the ground up to handle the demanding data rates of Virtual Reality and provide a full experience without compromise to the user."
Ignite Ideas aims to help small businesses in Queensland who are ready to take their innovative ideas to the next level and potentially create products and services with huge global market potential.
A total of 39 applicants were successful in the program’s first round, representing a funding commitment of $5.65 million.
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