Varjo, the provider of professional-grade VR/XR hardware and software, has announced the addition of cloud streaming to its Varjo Reality Cloud platform, marking progress toward the company’s vision of bringing real-life collaboration into the metaverse.
With Varjos’ new service, select early access users can deploy virtual and mixed reality applications and experiences entirely from the cloud for the first time and stream human-eye resolution VR/XR content directly to Varjo headsets. This unlocks new levels of scalability and productivity as professionals look to expand their use of immersive workflows.
By utilizing Varjo’s proprietary foveated transport algorithm, users can stream immersive content from Varjo Reality Cloud to VR/XR devices with a bandwidth of only 35 megabits per second. Additionally, all the traffic between the local PC and the servers, including the stream itself, is encrypted and has been developed with industry best practices.
“Being able to achieve the same quality experience through Varjo Reality Cloud with less powerful local PCs is a game-changer for companies looking to scale their use of virtual and mixed reality,” said Urho Konttori, founder and CTO of Varjo. “Now, with our new cloud streaming service, users can join photorealistic virtual experiences with almost any laptop with a dedicated NVIDIA GPU and a Varjo headset and start collaborating in an immersive environment.”
Technologies powering the Varjo Reality Cloud
The Varjo Reality Cloud is powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and NVIDIA GPUs. By streaming content directly from Varjo Reality Cloud, local computing requirements are significantly reduced, and the need to have supported software applications installed on every user’s local PC is diminished. Instead, users can simply put on any Varjo headset (XR-3, VR-3, or Aero) and, with a simple link, join a cloud-hosted session to begin collaborating instantly across the globe.
“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,” said Lisa Bell-Cabrera, Director of Business Development XR at NVIDIA.
Rivian, the electric vehicle manufacturer, is among the first customers who have received early access to Varjo Reality Cloud to conduct automotive design reviews with Autodesk VRED software. Varjo has been working closely with the Rivian, Autodesk VRED, and AWS teams to transform the automaker’s design review process into a cloud-streamed, immersive workflow.
Source: Varjo, Helsinki, January 19, 2022. The images are courtesy of Varjo.