Record broken for largest wireless synced VR screening
WeLens has set a new record for the largest number of people wirelessly synched into a single VR viewing in one location.
The tech startup managed to allow 425 viewers at a Conversation International event to watch the VR film Under the Canopy together. The film, which was directed by filmmaker Patrick Meegan, was made in co-production with Jaunt and Conversation International transports viewers into the Amazon rainforest.
The company was founded in 2016 with the aim of making immersive technologies like VR more communal. The screening looks to be an important step in the right direction. Previous large-scale group VR screenings, such as Mark Zuckerberg’s famous keynote at the 2015 Oculus Connect conference, have required each individual headset to be tethered.
Untethering group content
The company’s VR Kit service is designed to make it as easy as possible to screen shared VR experiences. The content is already preloaded and tested before it is shown to the audience so that content producers can be confident that they are not going to spend their time trying to manage hundreds of individual pieces of VR hardware.
In a blog post, the company states:
“And in less than two years of offering our VR kit service, we’ve seen a substantial change in the patterns of how our customers and partners are using VR. At first, it was experimentation and one-off events, but our customers are now much more frequently investing in ongoing campaigns that incorporate VR in more meaningful ways. They have learned that immersion is a truly powerful storytelling tool, and not just a novelty.”
The company has also launched LensPass, which has already been used to screen synced group screenings around the world.
"WeLens has developed this new wireless technology to sync audiences together in VR and our LensPass remote control software brings the experience to a whole new level," said James Levy, WeLens's founder and CEO.
"With LensPass, you can monitor how many devices are connected as well as tract their status and health stats like battery and temperature, not just for one or two devices but several hundreds."