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 version of OSVR standard released

What a summer! Building on the latest Totem prototype, our engineers have integrated superior head motion tracking and continued to innovate with the Totem’s front facing cameras, all while supporting important open standards for developers. Want to check it out? Vrvana is proud to be presenting the new Totem prototype at the following events: MTLVR, @Mixx Canada, Plug n Play acceletrator in Sunnyvale California (September to December), Ecommerce-Quebec, the VR Salon @ Mutek and the Volkswagen Group Conference Virtual Technologies in Germany where we will showcase a mixed reality experience.

Upcoming events:
Sep 24th: @MIXX Canada 2015 in Toronto
Sep 24th: Plug n Play Accelerator kickoff
Oct 1st: eCommerce-Quebec @ PDC
Oct 1st: VR Salon @ Mutek
Oct 6th: KTVT in Germany for VW
Oct 7&8: Volkswagen Group Conference Virtual Technologies in Germany

New version of OSVR standard released

Open standards are important. With so many groundbreaking technologies being introduced into Virtual Reality devices, development can be difficult across devices. For this reason, Vrvana is committed to supporting OSVR so that developers can easily make use of our virtual reality displays. This month a new version of the OSVR standard was released, and new partners joined in support:

Today, in addition to announcing a new developer kit, OSVR also announced a whole bunch of new program partners, 65 of them to be exact, bringing the total to 230 partners.