Summit Tech have announced a new product called VRCalling, which allows users of devices such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Gear VR to share their experience with anyone who has a compatible smartphone.
The product uses Rich Communications Technology (RCS), which is already being used by some Mobile Carriers for enhancing messaging and calls with apps like joyn, Message+ and Advanced Messaging.
Summit Tech are using the RCS technology to link smartphones and VR headsets together for a range of experiences such as:
- Immersive live-streaming entertainment by connecting to 360° streams from sporting events or music concerts.
- Immersive meetings/training that bridge the divide between telepresence sessions and physical attendance.
- Immersive edutainment – students can explore educational locations like museums, galleries and observatories and interact with students in distant locations through overlaid video calling and group chat.
Alido Di Giovanni, President of Summit, commented: “We want to empower operators to rapidly launch VR/AR services and secure new revenue streams. To facilitate carriers in piloting RCS VR, we are also demonstrating a white-label IMS cloud service.”
VRFocus will bring you further information on VRCalling once it becomes available.