It’s been a busy week for AltspaceVR and its virtual reality (VR) communication platform. The company has already announced that it will be expanding support for its platform beyond the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) bringing it to both the Gear VR mobile HMD and the HTC Vive PC-based HMD too. Today sees another significant update, as AltspaceVR has launched the first version of its software development kit (SDK), allowing developers to easily create VR applications.
The SDK provides APIs that enable developers to utilise social interactions, synchronized multiplayer capabilities, networking, VOIP and immersive virtual environments. Apps built using the kit will be compatible with a number of web browsers and creators will retain full ownership of their creations.
“Many developers are interested in creating content for VR but get stopped short by the steep learning curve of developing for virtual reality,” said Gavan Wilhite, Founder and Director of Engineering at AltspaceVR. “Using only standard web technology and our SDK, developers can now quickly and easily import their creation into VR. Whether you have a game, hobby project, architectural model, museum exhibit, art gallery, retail store, or something else entirely, AltspaceVR offers a way to reach your audience online in the most natural and effective way possible – VR.”
Also new is AltspaceVR’s developer initiative program, which is offering $150,000 USD for grants. Hopeful developers can apply by sending a prototype and plan for their project. Successful applicants will go on to create full versions of their ideas. The newly posted AltspaceVR Developer Portal will allow developers to both download the SDK and apply for this program.
VRFocus will continue to follow AltspaceVR closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.