As the Virtual Reality continues to grow and emerge, the pool of VR tech companies and ventures continues to expand as well. The future potential of VR technology has opened up countless venues for the tech companies to identify and capture the market opportunities. However, at the moment, the VR hardware remains at the center of it all to give it a greater push in making it a commercially viable technology.
Among the giants, Homido is a well-respected, internationally recognized name in the field of Virtual Reality. Headquartered in Lille, North of France, Homido specializes in mobile app development, 3D cinema, product design, manufacturing and logistics. Homido offers cutting-edge VR headsets in three different categories called Homido V2, Homido Grab, Homido Mini.
Homido V2 and Homido GRAB are wireless VR headsets for smartphones (Android & iOS), with 100 degrees FOV (Field of View), a built-in action button that makes it possible to operate the smart phone without having to remove it from the viewer as well as a transparent front which makes them compatible for Augmented Reality Apps. V2 also features adjustable focal settings and a repositionable foam band that ensures optimal comfort and support for lengthy use. Grab is comparatively compact and lightweight, and a certified Google Cardboard. Homido Mini is an amazing little handy product – compact, affordable, adjustable and extremely convenient VR glasses that are ideal for experiencing VR anywhere, anytime.
Homido will be joining VRXOne for taking Google Expeditions to schools in the Middle East region as well. In the UK, Homido has already been involved with Expeditions (link). Homido Grab headsets will be part of the Virtual Reality kits used for the program in the classrooms.
Moreover, fortunately for VR enthusiasts in the Middle East, they will now be able to enjoy these amazing VR gadgets as Homido products will very soon be available in the ME market. Spurred by governmental pursuit of green technologies as well as renewed corporate focus for innovation, the Middle East is one of the fastest growing and most promising region for Virtual Reality, in gaming, enterprise applications and, increasingly, in edu-tech as well. As per the regional sources, only the MENA computer gaming market accounts for almost US1.5bn, and is expected to keep growing at a rapid rate, attracting most of the revenues from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. (link)
Top Virtual Reality Apps
Let us now look at some of the top VR apps, compatible with Google Cardboard, which can be explored for education purposes using Homido headsets.
Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world — get up close with historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit outer space. Built for the classroom and small group use, Google Expeditions allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way.
Unimersiv is one of the largest platforms for VR educational experiences. By downloading the app, you will have access to multiple experiences that will let you learn about history, space or the human anatomy.
The Discovery VR app has always been about driving curiosity – exploring new places, characters and ideas. With VR videos, Discovery embraces a new opportunity to tell these amazing stories immersing you in experiences like never before. We’re excited about what virtual reality will show us, and we’ll be adding new content regularly.
Virtual tours of landmarks from Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Morocco, Kuwait, Yemen, Macedonia, Holland, Belgium, France and Space. Examine the marvels of Islamic architecture, visit mosques, tombs, palaces of sultans, museums, inns, baths, castles, towers, old houses, squares, parks, nature, religious sites, ancient cities, space and other places with more than a thousand 360 degree panoramic images in high quality
InMind 2 is an adventure game which places emphasis on the chemistry behind human emotion, greatly inspired by the Pixar/Disney movie “Inside Out” and (more scientifically) Lövheim’s theory of emotions. You’ll take part in the process of one teenager named John becoming an adult, and help shape John’s future self, while experiencing an exciting journey inside the human brain.
Bringing the arts to life through innovative VR technology. Boulevard is reshaping the landscape of storytelling and revolutionizing the way the world looks at art and culture.
The VirtualSpeech app helps you practice your public speaking, interview skills, sales, networking and mindfulness, by providing immersive virtual reality environments to train in.
Create and animate your own virtual worlds. Add coding to your creations in the companion web app and watch your worlds come to life, even in virtual reality.
An interactive way to teach your students about the solar system, Titans of Space provides an in-depth tour of planets and stars in the galaxy. With great music and entertaining visuals, it makes learning about the solar system much more exciting.
A unique and totally immersive learning experience, using Anatomyou is like taking a non-invasive trip inside the human body to learn more about its various systems (i.e. respiratory, digestive, circulatory and more).