I can still remember my trip to Uppstart, a special tech startup conference in a castle in Uppsala. There’re startups giving pitches in the main hall from morning to night, also there are exhibitors advertising their showcases on the way to the hall. The whole conference is informal and relaxing.
Some of the pitches are interesting, the one attracts me most is about Virtual Reality. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are the future pattern of our life, the research, products development and investments are accelerating day by day. With VR, we create new world that we can never imagine before. People will have new experience or even easily to be scared. The pitch focused on VR gaming and gave us a live onstage demo of SVRVIVE. Also we are facing the problems such as the high price of VR devices .The conclusion is that VR is the new smartphone. It will be common in our daily life and change the world. I bought my own VR device recently, so I can tell how I’m shocked with my use. I believe VR is a new opportunity for startups.
The video of the whole pitch can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/uppstart.co/videos/1811385082442588/
Except for the pitches of startups, people also talk about how immigration process for technical talents could be improved in Sweden, which is important to students of EIT. Anyone who focuses on these issues could watch the whole video: https://www.facebook.com/uppstart.co/videos/1811375699110193/
Uppstart is now a popular annual event for startups in Sweden, check the websites below if you want to know more
Hay Yiming! Nice article!
What VR device have you bought? The HTC Vive? Oculus Rift?
Also note that access to VR is getting broader with cheaper smartphone based applications. You probably heard about the Google Cardboard which enables you to build a VR headset with a cardboard frame and two lenses. It holds your smartphone that runs VR applications. You can move your head around thanks to the embedded accelerometer of the smartphone.
Also, some manufacturer try to introduce VR as a feature for their smartphones : I’ve bought lately the Alcatel Idol 4 and it is delivered with a VR headset for the smartphone. The result is very impressive! Not much motion sickness and good reactivity! 🙂
I bought a Gear VR for my Samsung Note5.
The main problem for the smart phone based VR devices is the PPI of screen. But it’s already good enough for an experience, especially considered about the price 🙂