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Tom’s Hardware Awards Totem Best in Show at CES

“By far, the device that feels the most complete and most advanced is Vrvana’s Totem mixed reality HMD.” says Tom’s Hardware as it awards Totem its Best in Show award!

Tom’s Hardware awards Totem Best in Show at CES!

What separates Totem from the rest? Tom’s Hardware comments on the Totem advantage: “… inside-out, 6DOF tracking; both VR and AR capabilities (that transition smoothly between one another); hand tracking; butter-smooth camera passthrough; and undetectable lag and latency. Incredibly, this is all on a prototype device.”

We look forward to more exposure as the Totem headset is recognized as the most advanced mixed reality technology around. 2017 is already proving to be an exciting year!

Read Tom’s Hardware’s full review here… 




Toms Hardware reviews the latest Totem prototype

Vrvana at GDC

“I expected good things from the Totem, but I wasn’t expecting it to knock my socks off the way it did.”

– Kevin Carbotte, Toms Hardware

The Vrvana team took Totem on the road this past month, showing off the latest prototype at Gitex, Sportel Monaco, and Immersed 2016. Great reviews are pouring in: “The Vrvana Totem mixed reality HMD is the most impressive thing I saw at the show” writes Kevin Carbotte from Toms Hardware. Totem’s custom lenses that provide a significantly wider field of view than competitors displays were a hit, as was the video passthrough functionality that our engineers have long been improving. Carbotte describes the combined experience:

Moments after putting the Totem on my head, Nepveu told me to reach out and press start, which demonstrated the hand tracking system. He then handed me a booklet of papers and told me to flip it over. The pages each have 12 unique QR codes, and when I glanced at them at the correct angle, a 3D object appeared on top. The first page was a model of the Delorean from Back To The Future, into which I could lean and inspect the interior. The model wasn’t interactive, but Nepveu said that it eventually would be.

The subsequent pages included a model of a Pikachu, a 3D rendering of some Dewalt tools, and a lightsaber. Nepveu used the Dewalt drill to demonstrate that Totem can replicate presence in AR. He took the page and tried to stick the drill into my face, which made me lurch backward.

The final page featured an attack helicopter, and just when I thought it was over, Nepveu blew my mind once again. He handed me an Xbox 360 controller and said, “Want to fly it?” When he took away the QR codes, the chopper was left in front of my face. I could fly this 3D model of a helicopter anywhere in the room with no restrictions (aside from the physical space that I was in). The helicopter could reach the ceiling above or fly below the table. Once I had the controls worked out, Nepveu hit the space bar to transition the environment to full VR.

Suddenly I found myself flying a digital RC helicopter in a canyon and firing at turrets that opened fire on me first. The demo featured a projected first person view of the chopper’s perspective that I could use to make aiming easier.

Read the whole review on Toms Hardware…

Next stop: The Montreal International Game Summit
November 13th-14th-15th, 2016

Vrvana presented Totem at the Sportel Monaco conference last month. The Prince of Monaco gives Totem two thumbs up!

“The Montreal International Game Summit brings together hundreds of international experts to one of the largest hubs of video games development in the world so that they can share their knowledge with the local and international developers attending the event.

Learn from them during conference sessions, masterclasses and one-on-one coaching sessions before rubbing shoulders with them during the MIGS networking cocktails and other special events over the 3 days.”

Come visit us!

See you in the metavrse!

The Vrvana Team

Vrvana at SEMA nov 1-4th 2016

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VR was the new trend at this year’s Cannes film festival

A number of VR companies were in attendance at this year’s Cannes film festival.  Attendees had difficulty containing their excitement of the1193478-invitee-majeure-cette-annee-marche possibilities VR has to offer the film industry.  How would you like to watch your favorite movie with the lead actor seemingly standing right next to you?   Scary movies just got a whole lot scarier if you ask me!

About 35 movies from all over the world were available for viewing in 360°.  Among them – “I, Philip”, by Pierre Zandrowicz  places the viewer in the head of an android whose mind has been implanted with the memory of famous science-fiction author Philip K. Dick and the memories of his last love.  There was also a short film inspired by the opening chapter from the The War of the Worlds.

The article also discusses the lack of quality content and other issues that plague the VR scene.  The creative aspect of VR is clearly moving at a much faster pace than distribution.


What goes on in Totem

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]We’ve been able to do this sort of mixed reality since November 2015. The camera introduced a few artifacts which are not visible when wearing the headset: the field of view is larger (restrained here by camera’s lens), there is no visible dark line scrolling vertically, and there is no glitching in the image.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGVDhCTDM3N1JOX00lMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]The famous Showdown demo from Epic viewed through Totem using our little Sony camera. FOV is usually wider (limited here by the camera lens) but it gives you an idea of the perfect positional tracking. Mixed in with the matrix mode function demonstrating how we can blend in VR and reality.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGOWxsVjRieDVUYTglMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]Inside our downtown Montreal office, we filmed the inside view of our HMD, while switching to the Matrix mode (contour delimitation) by simply pressing once on a little button to the side of the totem.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGczg5MXRUVldVVnMlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Stay put, we’ll be posting videos filmed through the latest version of the headset shortly.  You’ll see the quality of the pass-through is much better![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

On the field at SVVR Ca

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery interval=”0″ images=”805,820″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]20160426_043219Vrvana is at the Sillicon Valley Virtual Reality conference in California since Wednesday April 27th, showing off our new version of totem!!  We are proud to present improved AR and VR thanks to features such as higher camera resolution and better sensitivity, finer accuracy in tracking system and optics. For those who value aesthetics our new HMD is also lighter and more ergonomical.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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


Vrvana showing off the totem head set at the Virtual Laval

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.

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

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]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!

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Telefilm Canada on the Streets of Cannes to Promote Canadian VR

Telefilm Canada hits the streets, wearing custom designed headsets by Vrvana, to promote Canadian innovation in VR.

Telefilm Canada hit the streets of Cannes to promote Canadian innovation in VR. The actual Totem headset, to be released this summer, needs to be connected to a computer.

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.

vrvanatot2Learn more about Vrvana and Totem this week at the Nvidia GPU Tech conference, where Vrvana CEO Bertrand Nepveu (Twitter @vrvana, @BertrandNepveu ) 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