Y Combinator XR Roundup: Winter 2018

Y Combinator XR Roundup: Winter 2018

This article is part of our “Y Combinator XR Roundup” series. In this entry, we cover the extended reality companies from batch Winter 2018. Get them on your radar, because you never know when the next tech titan will appear!

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Jido

Jido uses spatial context to make AR “stick” across users and devices. That way, a virtual item placed somewhere in the real world stays there, and could even be viewed by others. Their research team came out of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Cornell Robot Learning Lab, so they have no shortage of genius.

There’s no question: their simple API could be the groundwork for many apps of the future. By leading the way in “sticky AR,” their tech might be a key ingredient in XR multiplayer online games.

You can learn more about Jido here.

Psylaris

Psylaris is a Netherlands-based company that aims to improve therapy with virtual reality. They created the EMDR-VR app, an e-health tool for providing eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

EMDR is a form of psychotherapy where the patient is asked to recall distressing images while generating one type of “bilateral sensory input”—like side-to-side eye movements or hand tapping.

By supplementing this technique with virtual reality, they believe they can improve the results. They mention a study where 42 people participated and experienced a reduction in “subjective unrest.”

Based on their site imagery, it appears they use the Oculus Go as one of their headset choices.

Psylaris partners.

Psylaris partners.

Sketchbox

Sketchbox is a design and collaboration tool for augmented and virtual reality. Their B2B model is exciting and it has already gotten some solid reviews from industry leaders...

“Sketchbox is a great AR & VR design tool and it helps get from an idea to a prototype that an entire team can understand a lot faster.” -Michael Ludden, Director of Product, IBM AR/VR Labs

With their platform, you can easily prototype VR spaces and even host VR meetings with your co-workers. Up to 16 people can collaborate on the same project simultaneously!

Supermedium

Supermedium aims to be the browser for the virtual reality internet. With Supermedium, you don't browse two-dimensional sites. Instead, you browse interactive VR applications, that are on the open Web. The founding team is strong, too. The creators of A-Frame had a hand in building this new internet experience.

Right now, they have mini-games, journalistic pieces, modeled environments, dance parties. And they liken the experience to the flash games of the early 2000s.

Another very cool feature they offer is Supercraft—a way to develop VR Sites with your hands.

Right now the company only supports HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets, but they plan to support the upcoming standalone, the Oculus Quest.

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