Whether consumers will hit a tipping point with VR headsets has yet to be seen, but VR production company Jaunt, has built a technology to allow viewers to experience guided virtual reality from a desktop computer.
Called “Compass” the patent-pending tech brings a viewer into an auto-piloted experience based on certain pre-determined “points of interest” within the virtual world.
For those eager to test out what that means exactly, Jaunt, and its partners are rolling out four series enabled with Compass starting today including “Escape the Living Dead,” “Home Turf: The Needles,” “INVASION! Sneak Peek,” and “Zoolander Infinity.”
“With Compass, we’re giving our users a more relaxed experience, whether they choose to let Compass guide them through the whole experience, opt to pan back and forth between various areas of interest highlighted for them, or take control themselves — even there, the areas of interest Compass highlights reassures viewers they’re not missing out on anything,” said Andrew Walkingshaw, principal software engineer at Jaunt.
Walkingshaw and his team have also developed a seamless audio experience for web-based viewing that is authentic to a head-set immersive VR environment.
As the wave of popularity continues around VR, Jaunt is aiming to be the premier cinematic producer of virtual reality content and technology, while capturing data on user behavior and interaction.