Totem at Virtual Laval 2016- Only as good as the French say it is


After Vrvana attended this year’s annual conference in France, Virtual Laval, Nicolas Germouty wrote an article giving feedback on his experience.    We began with Epic’s famous Showdown demo giving him a taste of virtual reality and he was impressed with the perfectly executed head tracking that required no external help but only the two frontal cameras on the Totem.  Which led to trying the passthrough mode, allowing anyone wearing the HMD to switch from VR to reality without removing it, or even fading half-way from one world to the other so he didn’t feel completely isolated from the rest of the world.  His associates were also very pleased with our AR function with its 120 degrees field of view.  Augmented reality is definitely not a new concept, but with Totem, you can see a life-size hologram which like he said, immerses you in a science-fiction universe.

Questions you may have for us, well here are your answers!

Our CEO, Bertrand Nepveu, was recently interviewed by Nasdaq and provided his view on the potential applications that can be addressed by our technology.  The article offers you exclusive insight on just the beginning of what is possible with our HMD – from gaming to training, shopping for a car, projecting the final product of a kitchen renovation or looking at a 3D full size building before it’s construction!

Telefilm Canada on the Streets of Cannes to Promote Canadian VR

Aliens on the red carpet? Nope. Telefilm & Canada Media Fund’s cool campaign to promote the Canadian Virtual Reality intiatives at MIPTV! A big thank you to Mtl-based Vrvana for the fantastic custom-made headsets!‪ – Telefilm Canada

Wearing headsets custom designed by Vrvana, Telefilm Canada was out on the streets of Cannes today promoting Canadian innovation in Virtual Reality, as part of its #VueSurCanada (Eyes on Canada) series.

Modelled off Vrvana’s Totem headset, the demo units provided to Telefilm Canada point to our enhanced future reality. The Totem headset has powerful front facing cameras that allow users to see what is happening around them while interacting in blended worlds that mix the real and the virtual.

Two well dressed hosts, wearing Vrvana branded empty headsets (no electronics), spent the day inviting people into the Canadian pavilion showing of virtual reality.

Learn more about Vrvana and Totem this week at the Nvidia GPU Tech conference, where Vrvana CEO Bertrand Nepveu, is demonstrating the latest in Totem blended reality.

Then later in the month, Vrvana is proud to present at VR Expo SVVR April 23rd – 24th.

As we approach the first round of Totem headsets being released to developers this summer, Vrvana will be showing off Totem technology at E3 and AWE in June. Contact us to arrange a meet up! 


Photos: Loïc Thébaud

Jesse Schell outlines 40 predictions for VR and AR at GDC

The future of Augmented and Virtual reality is bright, says Jesse Schell, as he outlines 40 predictions for VR and AR at the Game Developers Conference. The market has arrived and it is here to stay. Schell predicts steady growth in the industry, which he sees centering around Augmented reality technologies:

“By 2025, AR market will be dominated by video AR systems like Vrvana Totem and Google Tango.”

 – Jesse Schell

What do you think of Schell’s predictions? Will more than 8 million headsets be sold by the end of 2017? Are you ready for VR tv shows? We are looking forward to presenting Totem at the GDC. Contact us if you’d like to arrange a meet up!

New Totem Prototype in the Works

The Totem headset was presented to developers at the E3 conference, and our engineers are hard at work integrating hardware and design improvements to the soon to be released consumer edition of the Totem headset.

The new Totem prototype, with a sleak industrial design, and state of the art positional and motion recognition technology.

Faster and smarter: Totem continues to stand apart from simple cell phone designs, and thanks to a recent partnership with SoftKinetic, it now incorporates state of the art hardware that improves Totem’s positional tracking and hand gesture recognition capabilities. The state of the art SoftKinetic Time-of-Flight camera, combined with Vrvana’s 1440p OLED displays and new industrial design, pushes the Totem ahead. The new design is much more comfortable, letting you play longer! New alpha test units will be shipping to developers in the next few months, in preparation for next year’s consumer release.

Next stop: Boston VR on June 30th, and the Gamescom trade fair in August, where the Totem headset will be presented to even more virtual reality developers at one of the largest gaming conferences in Europe.