Varjo Launches Reality Cloud Software Platform For Human-Eye Resolution Metaverse Streaming and VR/XR Workflows
Reality Cloud Will Allow Access to Virtual and Mixed Reality Anytime, Anywhere, with Support for Autodesk VRED, Unity and Unreal Engine, as well as VR/AR headsets from Other Manufacturers Plus iOS/Windows Devices
April 28, 2022 – Helsinki – Varjo – the industry-leading provider of professional-grade VR/XR solutions – today announced the immediate availability of its Varjo Reality Cloud platform, which allows even the most complex metaverse to stream in real-time to supported devices for both professional and prosumer users.
Originally acclaimed for delivering the industry’s most advanced VR/XR hardware, the commercial availability of the Varjo Reality Cloud platform is a significant milestone on the company’s long-term journey to build the ultimate hardware/software stack for scaling high-performance immersive computing across all headsets, regardless of manufacturer.
Varjo Reality Cloud is powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) in addition to state-of-the-art NVIDIA GPUs and is future-proofed for running graphically-intensive virtual- and mixed-reality applications across any device. With Varjo’s proprietary foveated transport algorithm, users can stream immersive content from Varjo Reality Cloud to devices with a lossless visual fidelity via a compression rate of 1000:1, and a bandwidth of 35 megabits-per-second via highly secure, enterprise-grade data encryption.
Through this, professional customers can at last safely and securely stream their most complex immersive VR/MR applications and models (as well as human-eye resolution VR/XR content) from the Reality Cloud directly to Varjo’s headsets. This use case specifically unlocks new levels of scalability and productivity for virtual and mixed reality workflows in one of the most demanding industries for VR/MR – automotive design using Autodesk VRED™.
Later this year, users will also be able to use the platform with other supported applications incorporating the leading 3D engines – Unity and Unreal Engine. To make this an industry-standard, Varjo intends to expand device support beyond its own portfolio of headsets to enable any user to join collaborative immersive sessions from a variety of iOS and Windows devices, including phones, tablets, and PCs in the second half of this year.
The launch of Reality Cloud is a major milestone towards Varjo’s ultimate vision of allowing real-world workflows and applications to move into photoreal-immersive environments that can be experienced across the Web in real-time. Starting today, Varjo Reality Cloud with cloud streaming support for Autodesk VRED is available for up to five concurrent users per company at $1495 per month. For professionals interested in using Varjo Reality Cloud, please visit www.Varjo.com/realitycloud.
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“We’re excited to step beyond delivering the world’s highest quality VR/XR hardware to offer a pioneering software service that makes human eye-resolution metaverse (as well as virtual and mixed reality workflows) possible to experience in nearly real-time. This can be on practically any device, platform, or headset with the necessary resolution, not just our own,” said Urho Konttori, co-founder and CTO of Varjo.
“With Varjo Reality Cloud, our automotive customers such as Rivian®, Volvo®, and KIA® will be the first to easily deploy and scale immersive workflows and collaborate in global multi-user environments without needing locally-installed software or high-end PCs. Using Reality Cloud for real-time, human eye-resolution metaverse streaming is of course our ultimate goal and we look forward to offering this unique solution to that market as well.”
“Varjo Reality Cloud enables us to work together seamlessly through both virtual and mixed reality. This virtual space allows us to review design models together as if we are standing there physically together in the same space,” said T. Jon Mayer, Head of Exterior Design at Volvo Cars. “The technology is a significant step towards democratizing the use of VR and XR for collaboration through ease of use and lower PC hardware requirements.”
“Varjo Reality Cloud opens the access to immersive design collaborations for everyone, everywhere at KIA. Reducing the complexity and technical requirements is key for the success of immersive technology in the future,” said Thomas Unterluggauer, Visualization Manager, KIA.
“Varjo Reality Cloud enables professional users to easily access and benefit from the highly scalable NVIDIA A10G Tensor Core GPUs to power the photorealistic and collaborative visualization service,” said Lisa Bell-Cabrera, Director of Business Development XR at NVIDIA. “This is the first time Varjo software runs in the cloud on an NVIDIA GPU, and it’s a great step forward in bringing scalable, true-to-life virtual reality experiences to professionals across industries.”
“Varjo Reality Cloud is a pioneering platform that will allow creators everywhere to access and work with Unity’s real-time 3D platform more easily than ever before,” said Will McDonald, Senior Director of VR and AR, Unity. “By streaming the highest-fidelity immersive content made with Unity from Reality Cloud, Varjo expands access to photorealistic virtual experiences and empowers developers, artists, architects, designers everywhere to collaborate more efficiently to bring their creations to life.”
“Automotive manufacturers are often amongst the first to adopt cutting-edge technologies and many are turning to virtual and mixed reality to ease the many business challenges they face today,” said Lukas Fäth, Senior Product Manager at Autodesk. “With Varjo Reality Cloud, users can create collaborative Autodesk VRED sessions on-demand and easily invite key decision-makers to join. Combined with the human-eye resolution built into Varjo’s headsets, users can collaborate around realistic, real-scale virtual models in real-time, making immersive workflows more efficient than ever before.”