This article showcases our top picks for the best Illinois based Virtual Reality companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Virtual Reality industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Illinois Virtual Reality Companies
InContext Solutions is the global leader in scalable web-based virtual reality (VR) shopping and retail solutions, allowing manufacturers and retailers to simulate real in-store shopping situations to ideate, evaluate and activate all types of merchandising, display, layout and other in-store shopping experiences within a VR store environment. Use of InContext’s ShopperMX™ platform delivers substantial cost savings and reduces capital expenditures by allowing clients to test and evaluate ideas in the VR store environment—as opposed to doing so in physical stores—while reducing competitive visibility.
Founded in 2009, we provide a unique, in-depth perspective on what consumers see on the shelf, how this drives their purchase behavior, and why. With custom virtual reality research and ShopperMX™—the world’s first cloud-based virtual reality simulation and shopper insights platform that enables users to create and manipulate 3D simulations of shopper experiences and retail environments—InContext Solutions provides the data and insights needed to make faster, smarter and more profitable business decisions.
We show clients how their ideas will play out in the real world—before they invest. From ideation of new in-store concepts, to evaluation with test shoppers, to activation in the market, our goal is to give clients confidence in their ideas so they can create winning in-store ideas and make smart business decisions.
It’s hindsight, upfront.. .
Resultly a website and mobile app, allowing its users to follow virtually any interest they have from across the internet. Its real-time web platform allows its users to find, share, and access the latest information it offers.
Resultly enables its users to connect with friends, celebrities, and expert bloggers to help them uncover their perfect buy, through its website. It also creates collections to share their personal style with friends and helps its users to discover the best deals, get notifications when the latest styles become available from any retailer, and when they go on sale.
Resultly was launched in 2011 and is based in Chicago, I.L.. .
Telepathic is redefining storytelling for the Snapchat generation. They believe there is a billion-dollar opportunity in bringing “lean” principles to the development and distribution of mass-market fiction, and in presenting stories as a mobile-first experience.
Their first product is HOOKED, a “twitter for fiction” mobile app that makes reading addictive for teens. Their longterm vision is to release stories across multiple channels, including apps, video and virtual reality.
The founders are Prerna Gupta and Parag Chordia, veterans from the mobile app world. They previously built music apps, like AutoRap, that have helped over 150MM people experience the joy of music creation.
They’ve also produced several viral videos totaling over 300MM views. You can read more about the journey that led us to founding a storytelling startup in this piece they wrote for Vogue..
OWC (Other World Computing) and Macsales.com
Other World Computing (OWC) provides hardware products and support services to the computer industry. Its e-commerce, www.macsales.com, also features a large catalog of computer, iPod, iPhone, and iPad enhancement products.
As a member of the Apple Developer Program, OWC also provides extensive U.S.-based technical support for Macintosh users around the world as well as Internet access via www.fastermac.net and www.owc.net. OWC’s industry awards and recognition include Crain’s Chicago Business 2011-2012 “”Fast 50″” List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; 5,000 “”Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America”” list honoree 2007-2013; Crain’s Chicago Business 2008-2013 “”Largest Privately Held Businesses in the Chicago Area””; Reseller Ratings Elite Member 2009-2013; Better Business Bureau Top Rating of A+ 2010-2013; About.com 2012 & 2013 Readers’ Choice Award for best Mac Peripheral Reseller; 2013 Green Tech Company of the Year by Business Intelligence Group; CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree; Excellence Recycling Award 2009; Computerworld Magazine Top Green-IT Companies for 2008; and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation Business Champion Award for 2008 and 2011.
Other World Computing was founded in 1988 and is based in Woodstock, Illinois, United States.. .
Founded by Stephen Wolfram in 1987, Wolfram Research is one of the world’s most respected computer, web, and cloud software companies—as well as a powerhouse of scientific and technical innovation. As pioneers in computation and computational knowledge, we have pursued a long-term vision to develop the science, technology, and tools to make computation an ever-more-potent force in today’s and tomorrow’s world.
Over the course of more than a quarter of a century, we have progressively built an unprecedented base of technology that now makes possible our broad portfolio of innovative products. At the center is the revolutionary Wolfram Language, which defines a unique convergence of computation and knowledge..
TimeTraveler is a consumer electronics company that offers hardware and software for virtual reality. It features a technology device and software that leverages smartphones with compact / user-friendly hardware and 360°VR content to deliver immersive VR experiences that take users back in time.
The company was founded in 2019 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.. .
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (Cabot Microelectronics Corp) is the supplier of polishing slurries and a CMP pad supplier used in the manufacture of advanced integrated circuit (IC) devices within the semiconductor industry, in a process called chemical mechanical planarization (CMP). CMP is a polishing process used by IC device manufacturers to planarize or flatten many of the multiple layers of material that are deposited upon silicon wafers in the production of advanced ICs.
The Company develops, produces and sells CMP slurries for polishing many of the conducting and insulating materials used in IC devices, and also for polishing the disk substrates and magnetic heads used in hard disk drives. The Company also develops, manufacture and sells CMP polishing pads, which are used in conjunction with slurries in the CMP process..
DigsFact uses Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) to CREATE a Digital Twin of any 3D SPACE and Enable Our Customers To Remotely MEASURE, INSPECT and EXPERIENCE any 3D SPACE – within minutes, using only your smartphone. Examples Of 3D Space Can Be a Real Estate (Residential or Commercial), a Tourist Spot, a Scenic View, or any other Place of Interest.
Please contact us to learn more.. .
Nissha Co., Ltd.
Nissha is a listed Japan-based printing technologies company which operates in the industrial materials, devices, life innovation, and information and communication sectors in Japan and internationally. The company’s industrial materials segment offers in-mold decoration.
The devices segment is involved in the design, development and sale of input devices. The life innovation business aims to contribute to safe, secure and healthy lifestyles worldwide, while the information and communication business provides media services that support general communication strategies..
Ravinia Plumbing & Heating
Ravinia Plumbing & Heating is a plumbing and HVAC specialist serving the North Shore of Chicago, IL. Based in Highland Park, we are family owned and operated, and have provided high quality repairs and remodeling services to North Shore residents since 1928.
We provide excellent repair and installation services for plumbing, heating, cooling, ventilation and more.Ravinia Plumbing & Heating services and repairs include.. .
HeadRehab is a software design and development firm that develops virtual reality systems with a focus on neurocognitive performance and enhancement tools. Its target markets for its commercial software include contact sports, military training, and research institutes.
The company’s product portfolio includes HeadRehab Comprehensive Performance Software and SideLine Performance System, each based on years of research and development in neurocognitive performance tracking in the areas of attention, balance, memory, and reaction time. HeadRehab was founded by Vera Anderson, Elena Slobounov, and Semyon Slobounov and is based in Chicago, Illinois, the United States..
Anarchist is a Chicago-based software startup focused on developer tools and virtual reality. Smart phones have become ubiquitous, driving down prices of high resolution mobile displays and sensors.
These technologies have finally enabled manufacturers to create immersive virtual reality head-mounted displays for the first time (e.g. Oculus Rift).
We believe that the adoption of VR technology will represent a sea change in how people interact with computers and collaborate with each other. Anarchist OS desktop enables you to use intuitive hand gestures to interact with the computer with less friction than ever.
Some controls use physic simulation to allow you to interact with objects the way you have your whole life, through the force of motion. You’ll spin wheels and grab objects.
Some gestures work as if you had the super powers you’ve always wanted—like spawning objects out of thin air or moving them from a distance. Our developer tools allow you to code within VR using a Clojure REPL.
No more taking your glasses off and putting them back on every time you want to check your code.. .
Pro-Line Safety Products
PRO-LINE SAFETY PRODUCTS is a manufacturer of utility marking products for both underground and above ground utilities that including gas, water, sewer, fiber, and electric. Their main product lines serve one common purpose; to detect, locate, identify, and protect all underground utility structures from accidental dig-ins.
They are the largest manufacturer of underground tracer wire in the market with over 11 different constructions to meet the requirements of every utility market. Their newest tracer wire products include: PRO-TRACE HF-CCS and HS-CCS tracer wire for open trench, and PRO-TRACE HDD-CCS tracer wire for directional boring and pipe bursting.
Both products utilize a copper clad steel conductor that outperforms copper at a lower cost.. .
Visbox is a leading provider of CAVE immersive 3D displays and high resolution display walls. They also provide fully customized solutions for customers with special needs.
Their continuing mission is to make advanced display and interaction technologies more affordable and easier to use.. .
On Demand, Personal & Multimedia Entertainment. Move over, repetitive stationary cycling.
CYCMODE is the only immersive and virtual indoor cycling experience on the planet, paired with bikes that move. And, we’re racing to disrupt the front of the pack with an experience like no other.
Gamification is engrained in our experience as encouragement for achieving fitness goals – creating healthy communities. The studio design includes a 40ft x 12ft curved video wall and indoor cycling bikes that allow you to lean, turn, steer and balance through three essential planes of motion.
Indoor Cycling Just Got Real – a CYCMODE trademark.. .
ArrowPCB | PCB Manufacturer
ArrowPCB is a customer-centric organization giving unmatched PCB items and answers for OEM’s and electronic contract producing organizations across the United States. We realize that innovation today requests quick idea to completed item lifecycle with solid quality and least cost to contend in the worldwide commercial center like never before previously.
Our 30+ years of PCB fabricating background encourages our clients to use manufacturable outline before securing PCBs. We are equipped for conveying basic low tech PCBs to high layer check, covered visually impaired vias and HDI innovation..
Wet pet food feeder robot for dogs and cats. PawBot is the only device on the planet which can be loaded with multiple pet food cans which will be automatically opened and served to your pet as and when needed.
No human intervention is required. Fully automated robot arm will serve as your helper robot.
Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_cgH4HUI8E. .
Alive Telecom provides exceptional services and products to the telecommunications industry and our customers. We are committed to providing the highest level of professionalism, service response, and quality workmanship to achieve long-term growth in the industry.
Alive Telecom is a company that is dedicated to their customers and their commitments. With the ever-changing world of telecommunications, we offer the support that is needed to help guide our customers in the right direction tailored to their own specific requirements.
We pride ourselves on having the experience and knowledge to offer custom products and services that we stand behind.. .
ASAP Aero Supplies
ASAP Aero Supplies is a complete purchasing solution for National Stok numbers (NSN) Parts. We have dedicated sourcing of Aircraft NSN components & hardware.
We provide millions of aircraft components supplies for the Aerospace Industry. We are premium source to find FSC, NIIN & NSN number.
ASAP Aero Supplies has comprehensive NSN parts databases, including all Aircraft & Military National Stock Numbers. We are leading FAA compliant aviation, NSN parts distributor..
Zienon founded in 2005 in Illinois, and in 2013 set up the Nanjing Yi-chi Information Technology Co., Ltd. in China.
The company has the world’s advanced image recognition technology, has been committed to research and development applicable to a more natural control technology and interactive systems smart TV, set-top boxes, smart home, digital interactive signs, and other fields.. .
Novacom wireless is your source for two-way communication. Located at 100 south 13th street Herrin, Illinois.
They provide customers with Harris Product, Motorola product, Zetron product, Avtec product, as well as Kenwood/Icom/HYT parts and accessories! Novacom is also a repair center for all brands of two-way radios. Are you interested in a pager? Novacom is the only company in the area that owns and maintains a wide coverage paging system that offers not only numeric and voice paging, but alpha paging and email and cellular forwarding as well.
If you’re a local business looking for local area two-way communication coverage you should try their LTR trunking radio system! Novacom also offers computer networking,communication microwave hops, full system designs, and full system repairs.They also equip police cars and fire trucks with all lighting,video,computer and communications! If you have a need for video surveillance Novacom with Swann and Sony can take care of you on that as well! Give us a call and see what they can do for you!. .
Founded in 1996, Intravation has grown to become the premier provider of easy-to-use, collaborative proposal management tools. They are dedicated to helping their customers increase their productivity and improve their quality through more efficient proposal management.
They provide a flexible, easy-to-use, web-based, collaborative content development solution. They constantly enhance their product based on feedback and suggestions from their customers.
They appreciate customers that will push us to the limit. Intravation is known for their fanatical focus on their customers.
Customer service is not just talk. It is deeply embedded in their DNA..
Tech Shield is an IT solution provider that is focused on fulfilling its client’s networking and application needs. It assists in the design, implementation, and support of its client’s technology programs.
Its clients range from small single building entities to large county based systems interconnected by wide-area network connections. Tech Shield’s objective is to build a long-term relationship with its clients as it assists them in solving their technology needs and offering its client’s Network management services.
It is approved for services that include IT management and planning consulting, systems integration, and on-going services such as maintenance and support; desktop asset management consulting, systems integration, and on-going services such as maintenance and support; PC systems management consulting, systems integration and on-going services such as maintenance and support; and local area network consulting and systems integration. Tech Shield’s staff draws on wide experience with all types of systems from single workstations to large multi-user systems and networks.
It was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Chicago, I.L.. .
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