Back in March 2017, Summit Tech announced it was launching a new product called VRCalling, which used Rich Communications Technology, or RCS to allow smartphones and high-end virtual reality (VR) headsets to be linked together. This technology has since evolved, and is being demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Summit Tech’s RCS solution allows smartphone users to get a glimpse of the kind of high-end VR experiences that are available on platforms such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The AR/VR Calling systems allows for voice and video calls and chat messaging to and from any smartphone.
The technology also allows users to share 360-degree video in real time. This allows users to invite friends and family to share a holiday, sporting event or concert, and comment upon what they see in voice or text. For more professional use, users can enter a 3D environment such as a conference room to take part in RCS-powered group chat.
The company is demonstrating the technology at its booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Live musical performances in the booth will be used to display to visitors how an event livestream can be used to engage with performers and spectators as well as those watching remotely be making the experience more interactive, including such features as video walls showing video calls and messages from virtual spectators.
Alido Di Giovanni, President of Summit Tech commented: “It’s a fascinating time to be a mobile network operator. Opportunities seem endless with the advent of 5G, IoT and RCS services. Imagine your mobile network offering VoLTE/ViLTE users with Augmented & Virtual Reality Calling through a unified user experience. Well you don’t need to imagine it, come and experience it at MWC,” Di Giovanni concluded, “In a market which in the past was resigned to innovation coming from OTT players, we have come up with a whole new way for wireless operators to re-take the initiative with awe-inspiring services.”
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