Back in June 2015 VRFocus reported on the news that Bellevue, Washington-based team Envelop VR had raised some $2 million USD in a new round a seed funding. The company raised the money through a range of investors and is using it to help create its ‘VRinVR’ software, enabling other developers to create VR experiences from within the medium itself. This week the company has announced that it has now hired some veterans of the videogame industry to help further its work in this area.
Joining the company is J.J. Housing and John Root. Housing now serves as Principal Software Engineer, boasting more than 20 years of experience in professional graphics and real-time simulation experience. He previously worked at Unreal Engine 4 creator Epic Games as a VR engineer, so has plenty of experience in the field.
“I believe VR will be revolutionary for content creation, collaboration and learning,” Hoesing said of his appointment. “Done right, I think that VR will amplify interactions with other people rather than being an isolating experience. I’m thrilled to be working on the tools that will help make these possibilities a reality.”
Meanwhile, Root is one of the co-founders of the Virtual Reality Foundation, having helped to put on shows such as VRLA and the Proto Awards. He comes on board as Director of Developer Relations and will be using his 25 years of experience – which includes working as the motion capture lead at Magic Leap – to establish and maintain relationships with partners.
“As a motion capture guy, I’ve been using virtual reality for years,” said Root. “Bringing Envelop’s software tools to the developer community is going to move the industry so far along, and drastically increase the productivity and quality of content developed.”
VRFocus will continue to follow Envelop VR’s work closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.