Positron, a Los Angeles-based VR expertise studio, introduced at Sundance that it closed a $1.4 million seed funding deal to additional develop the subsequent technology of the corporate’s VR movement chair, Voyager. Funding was offered by Lazar Ventures co-founders Cathleen Ihasz and Nicole Ihasz, and OWC.

Voyager was used at Sundance 2018 to debut the world premiere of Felix & Paul Studios’ space-themed VR expertise made in collaboration with NASA, Space Explorers: A New Dawn. An earlier prototype of the chair premiered finally yr’s Sundance, and was later utilized in The Mummy Zero Gravity Stunt Experience with Tom Cruise.

the 2017 prototype of Voyager, picture courtesy Positron

Positron says on their web site that the Voyager VR chair platform has a full vary of yaw movement (360 diploma turning) with 35 levels of pitch movement (reclining). The chair additionally comprises a built-in PC with GTX 1070 GPU to drive the expertise. As seen at Sundance, the viewing expertise will be synchronized throughout quite a lot of Voyager chairs for ‘communal’ viewing.

Jennifer Rundell, Positron COO and co-founder, says the funding will enable the corporate to additional develop their  Voyager platform “to incorporate state-of-the-art options corresponding to interactivity, 6 DoF monitoring, scent, wind, and AI movement monitoring.”

The firm says Voyager VR chairs will probably be coming to cinemas, VR facilities, resorts, museums and airports later this yr as a part of the launch of the Voyager Network, an out-of-home distribution community for premium VR.

 

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