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Virtway offers a unique social experience via 3D

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The lowdown on the Spanish startup Virtway and how it has used 3D to take the concept of virtual communities to the next level...

 

virtway imageWe have written previously about startups utilising virtual reality to improve this and that, and to make things more immersive.

From virtual events to meetings, virtual reality can bridge the gap between two or more otherwise disconnected people in a way that having some floating heads on your computer screen cannot do. We have written as well about how it can be used for training, again bringing that bit more realism and practicality to sections of training that otherwise would only be shown in video.

These are some of the things we wrote about in 2019 when we first had a look at Spanish startup Virtway. Virtway was, at the time, a platform that allowed you to attend virtual events and rub shoulders with peers, talk to investors, discover other entrepreneurs and the like, all while sitting at home slurping cereal and whiskey. At that time, we reported that they had just raised €4 million to launch in the UK. Well, as of April, they are here!

And just in time for a global pandemic that shut everything down. That would be terrible timing for a lot of startups, but Virtway is just what is needed at a time like this, because it was specifically designed for people to get together virtually when they can’t physically. Schools and universities had closed - and have now closed once again in many places - and so a platform that allows people to gather together for seminars, lessons, business meetings, concerts, and socially distanced duels at dawn is of clear benefit.

virtway picThousands of people can be present at the same digital event, while up to 500 can be present in a single virtual room, complete with 3D avatars. With access with or without a VR headset, video playback within the 3D space, integrated PowerPoint presentations, and real-time voice, it’s just like being in a real classroom. Except the teacher’s face is more polygonal and your cat’s walking over your keyboard.

Virtway’s 95 current clients include Holland’s Leiden University, AirFrance, and Accenture, and they have so far held a total of 650 virtual events since launch. We think these numbers are about to skyrocket with the current situation as the startup’s benefit is discovered by more and more businesses and places of education.

 

 

 

 

 


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Published on: 18th October 2020

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