This article showcases our top picks for the best Washington 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 Washington Virtual Reality Companies
Rec Room is an augmented and virtual reality software company that operates in the technology industry. They share a passion for VR, AR, social, and multiplayer experiences.
The company was founded in on April 1, 2016, and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, USA.. .
HaptX® makes technology that simulates touch sensation with unprecedented realism. HaptX Gloves enable natural interaction and realistic haptic feedback in virtual reality for the first time.
Built with patented microfluidic technology, HaptX Gloves feature 130 points of touch feedback, apply 4 lbs. of resistive force feedback per finger, and track hand motions with sub-millimeter precision.
Founded by Jake Rubin and Dr. Bob Crockett, HaptX has 35 employees, with offices in Seattle, WA and San Luis Obispo, CA..
They live in an increasingly connected world. With video-conferencing, social media, and online gaming, They can communicate and play with others like never before.
However, talking into a phone, sharing a video, or looking at a webcam aren’t natural ways of communicating and don’t come close to what it is like to sit across the table from someone and share an experience. With augmented and virtual reality technology it is now possible to feel a sense of presence with other people, allowing you to communicate, collaborate, and connect from anywhere in the world, as if you were there in person..
Manifest® is an end-to-end, cross-platform solution developed with the ideals of simplicity, consistency, and scalability. Subject matter experts use augmented reality or iOS devices to capture knowledge and create content that increases team-wide efficiency, effectiveness and collaboration.
All without the need for consulting or programming. Out of the box, Manifest empowers your experts to author job instructions that are immediately distributed to your organization..
Innovega Inc. develops a display technology based on eyewear and contact lenses that enhances human vision.
The company provides components, technology, and reference designs to develop personal media eyewear. Its technology allows the wearer to access digital media while remaining engaged in normal activities.
The company outsources and licenses its video eyewear technology and platforms to digital media and consumer products companies for manufacturing and delivering personal displays in compact form-factors. It serves consumer, defense and covert operation, and low vision markets.
The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Bellevue, Washington with additional offices in Seattle, Washington; and San Diego, California.. .
VRstudios offers the only commercially viable wireless, full-motion, fully immersive experience in the VR industry. It is a lightweight wireless headset paired with their DesignWand and a system of positional tracking cameras delivers a fully customizable full-body virtual reality environment that avoids the motion sickness that many VR experiences suffer from.
Much more than a system of hardware, though, VRstudios is a complete platform for designing and implementing virtual reality experiences. Their expertise combined with their client’s vision will yield a unique set of solutions for their commercial needs..
ABOUT VIAR We help people experience things that they never thought possible by providing easy-to-use authoring & distribution tools for Virtual & Augmented Reality. OUR MISSION We are an innovative startup on a mission to help anyone go to places that they never imagined they will ever go.
We will achieve this by developing solutions for virtual reality and augmented reality that will empower businesses around the world. OUR TEAM We’re a team of more than a dozen virtuosos with deep knowledge about the VR & AR industry and decades of experience in technical development and computer graphics.
In the past, we worked for Disney, Microsoft, Samsung, Bosch, and others. We surround ourselves with people that worked on visionary projects like Microsoft’s Hololens and held top executive potions.
PRODUCTS Viar360: www.viar360.com REWO: www.rewo.io. .
RevelHMI has developed the industries only complete haptic solution consisting of next-generation haptic actuators, new motor drivers, software and APIs that providing better performance than any existing technology, in a smaller package that costs less to implement. RevelHMI’s solution is capable providing better haptic response in today’s devices with a smaller and better performing solution that costs less and is easier to implement.
In the long run, our technology enables the next-generation of haptic interface allowing devices to communicate high-bandwidth information with touch. This next-generation human-machine interface has huge implications on the form of devices and how people interact with devices.
It enables a new haptic language that we can define and own, making our technology extremely sticky and allowing us to convert vibration from a commodity feature to an extremely valuable branded component.. .
Novaby is a global, digital art production company specializing in 3D/AR/VR. We are the industry leader in world scale, mobile Augmented Reality Placemaking.
We work closely with brands, studios and organizations to understand your goals and craft virtual 3D solutions for AR/VR, web and print. Our killer assets communicate vision, capture attention and drive conversions.
We love what we do and it shows – in our work and in our relationships. Our talented artists, developers and project managers are from top art and engineering schools around the world.
We offer full-service, team-extension and outsourcing options. We take pride in matching you with the artistic talent you need to realize your vision and providing the creative direction, project management and technical expertise you need to get the job done..
Streambox provides its clients with various ways to capture live video feeds via its software and hardware solutions. Through its Avenir products such as Drone and Micro, users have the ability to broadcast live in the field using 3G, 4G, or LTE; Wi-Fi; BGAN; and other IP networks, enabling their clients to get consistent SD and HD streaming with better quality.
The company’s primary product, 9200 Rackmount, is an encoder and decoder all in one, and maintains better video playout. Streambox specializes in the areas of enterprise, education, house of worship, and federal or military industries.
Based in Seattle, Washington, the company was founded in 1999 by Alex Telitsine and Bob Hildeman.. .
Since 1995, Firsthand has been creating interactive Virtual Reality applications for education, training, business, research and therapy. Their services include creative design, application development, immersive displays, and customized turnkey VR hardware systems.
Their name, Firsthand, embodies their mission to create interactive and enagaging experiences with VR technology.. .
Doghead Simulations are the creators of rumii. rumii is a social-virtual reality space that enables people to collaborate and communicate in one room from anywhere in the world – as though they’re all in the same physical location.
Step into your virtual reality office or classroom. rumii can be used across virtual reality headsets and desktops for collaboration, classes and meetings.
Great for remote teams, education and digital nomads.. .
bVisual® is a revolutionary service featuring high-quality, real-time video communications. With a click of the mouse, a wave of the hand, and a smile, you can communicate to others anywhere on the globe.
If you have a computer and broadband Internet, bVisual® lets people connect to you. They will be able to see you and anything you open on your screen.
bVisual® gives you the ability to share anything which can be displayed on your computer screen: like a photo, a document or a favorite web site. bVisual’s® Direct Connect Streaming Protocol allows for end users to connect directly to each other without the requirement for the standard central server based technologies.
Allowing for a high quality real time audio/video experience bVisual’s® purpose is to provide affordable direct connect high quality video telephony.. .
Peeka is a mobile app where children’s books come to life in virtual reality, giving kids new ways to engage with books, reading and education, and offering publishers relevancy in an ever-changing media landscape. Peeka creates, hosts and distributes VR children’s content on a mobile platform.
On our platform, kids can jump into the pages of their favorite books and let the stories happen to them. Our mission is to create VR books that increase reading comprehension and engagement.
We work with authors and publishers to create VR picture book experiences on mobile phones. Our experiences define what reading is like in virtual reality, and bring books like life in ways that engage children beyond the page or tablet.
Watching Peeka experiences is easy with our cardboard headsets made specifically for children, but it’s possible to experience Peeka with any mobile VR headset.. .
Allstream is a Canadian leader in IP communications and the only national provider that works exclusively with business customers. Supported by its more than 30,000-kilometer nationwide high-performance fibre-optic network, Allstream’s communications technologies and services include a range of innovative, highly-scalable IP, Cloud, and Security solutions that help organizations communicate more efficiently and profitably.
Allstream is recognized for offering solutions that its competitors will not and for delivering the best customer experience among national providers.. .
EarthViews uses a custom-built automated mobile mapping system that captures thousands of 360 degree panoramic images above and below the water, creating virtual tours of entire rivers, coasts and shores to help people better understand and communicate about aquatic environments. EarthViews tours are a platform for information exchange.
Add information and share your ideas and experiences at the virtual location where they occurred – from an intuitive, water-level perspective. To make this possible EarthViews provides tools for extracting, indexing and analyzing waterway data collected by us and others that is then layered into the imagery.
EarthViews tours are hosted in the Cloud for High Availability, enhanced scalability and global access – an evolving Internet of Waterways. EarthViews can also deliver content to operate locally on a stand-alone computer, office network or virtual environment.
By creating online virtual waterscapes, EarthViews delivers immersive experiences of waterways that enable science, conservation and recreation uses.. .
MoCo Engineering and Fabrication Inc.
MoCo is a manufacturer of sawmilling equipment, specializing in stickering lumber stackers and stick recovery systems. MoCo was established in 1995 because of the growing need for greater customer support in the lumber industry.
Erik Humble and Chuck Moles, the company founders and principals, started the company with the goal to create a business based on customer service. With this goal in mind, MoCo has since grown to be the industry leader in the lumber handling industry, specializing in lumber stackers and related equipment..
iJet Onboard is an aerospace company with a passion for innovation. We are enabling the intelligent aircraft by building a platform and applications for the future of aviation.
Current point solutions require costly hardware and extensive custom software development. Our approach delivers an open platform to collect and disseminate aircraft data during all phases of flight.
Together with our partners we leverage this data to provide software-based solutions, which transform airline processes, increase revenue, and reduce costs for our airline customers. iJet’s platform will result in the emergence of a thriving ecosystem of third- party developers and applications for the aviation industry.
These developers will be able to address areas where they have deep domain expertise, without the need to construct complex hardware and software systems on board the aircraft. This approach is a substantial departure from the traditional structure currently present in the aviation industry, where each new solution requires its own proprietary avionics system..
Emacula is a revolutionary new augmented reality and virtual reality system designed by Innovega. The emacula contact lenses and display eyewear were designed, patented, developed and then clinically tested by a team of optometrists, ophthalmologists, optical physicists, engineers, and nano-fabrication technologists.
emacula solves a problem inherent to head mounted augmented reality systems. The human eye doesn’t like focusing on screens that are too close, and can’t focus on the foreground and background at the same time.
emacula gets around this using a combination of spectacles and contact lenses which allow the user an unimpeded view of the real world, while simulaneouslydelivering a clear view of rich media that is displayed on dual micro-displays embedded in the glasses. This means that media on the screen merges with the outside world, creating a seamless augmented reality experience.
emacula goes beyond any other system available today. The product has massive potential for both leisure and professional use.
emacula has already entered the US Food & Drug Administration market clearance review process.. .
MXTreality, (pronounced “Mixed Reality”), is a technology company specializing in Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences and solutions for both B2B and B2C environments. Founded in 2015, the company has offices in both Seattle, WA, and London, UK with clients throughout the world.
MXTreality believes in creating immersive and engaging experiences for everyone, on every device. In the consumer space, the company has over 2 million mobile app downloads.
Business services include consulting, digital media production and end-user VR & AR application publishing. MXTreality has produced over 100 XR experiences for training, medical institutions, art galleries, museums, tourist attractions, architecture firms, government agencies and more.
Joined by a wide array of partners, MXTreality uses the latest technological innovations to offer deeply immersive multi-sensory experiences for all with a vision to improve future decisions, solve problems and enhance lives. For more details, visit www.mxtreality.com..
Franchise Ball is a baseball fantasy game for players to own and manage a virtual baseball team and franchise. With in depth access and control of a team or multiple teams, you compete with other teams around the world.
It is an ongoing game similar to fantasy leagues, but more realistic and challenging, and not based off major league players. You control every detail about your team(s) and players, and are able to watch game updates in real time.
Every season is a month long. Work your way up to a division championship, the top of your league, and your on your way to the world playoffs where you’ll compete to reach the world series.
Users bid for players from other teams, and earn credits by performing well from various revenue sources such as attendance for example. The game has a strong capitalistic element allowing franchises to manager player contracts, and purchase other teams for sale, etc.
Users compete for division, league, and world titles to earn credits and money as they develop to improve their team (or teams) season by season.. .
Virtar is revolutionizing augmented and virtual realities with fully persistent shared reality points®. Adding our shared reality points to your augmented and virtual reality location based products has never been easier.
We are Platform agnostic meaning you can build us into any back end structure of your choice.. .
QBeo, formerly Q-Research, is developing digital imaging technology to help people enjoy and share their memories through pictures and video. The privately held company has offered consumer imaging applications for personal computers since 1998.
QBeo recently applied its award-winning technology to digital video and the Internet, and is now bringing consumer imaging to the broadband cable environment. QBeo recognizes that everyone sees the world differently.
The company’s ImageOp™ technology lets people quickly and easily enhance images to their preference by comparing and rating them against a series of variations. QBeo has also developed editing tools such as cropping, red-eye reduction and dewarping, as well as fun, artistic effects to add to images such as texturing, painting, layering and blending.
Founded in June 1998, QBeo has more than 20 employees and a management team experienced in the technology industry. The company’s PhotoGenetics™ software was honored as “Consumer Product of the Year” for 1999 by the Washington Software Alliance..
eLoupes is a platform intended to offer visualization technologies. eLoupes provides a real-time surgical imaging system for the operating room.
Combining light field rendering and head mounted displays, hospitals can bring surgeons a solution that is superior to traditional imaging systems like microscopes while saving costs and improving patient outcomes.. .
Inclusive Reality is a digital experiences company that specializes in developing software for extended reality technologies across mobile, PC, web, and HMD devices. We enable business customers to convert sales, captivate audiences, and drive traffic by creating digital experiences using extended reality (XR) technologies.
We specialize in creating inclusive experiences on augmented reality (AR) devices like phones and HoloLens, and virtual reality (VR) experiences on devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Services: • Strategic planning and consulting for XR content and applications • AR/MR application development (mobile devices and HoloLens) • VR application development (Oculus, Vive, and WMR) • AR/VR web application development.
Hyperspace XR is a platform enabling massive virtual environments to become fully physical and virtual at the same time. They build portals to new immersive realities through large scale VR extended reality experiences.
A new wave of interactive story-telling allowing guests to step foot into the action. Touch, smell, and feel the landscapes and scenery as you take part in a long-form walk-through adventure through a virtual story layered onto a physical set.
Journey into the most immersive form of virtual entertainment available.. .
With wearable technology they are at the cusp of a new era for technology and right now is the time to define it in a way that will help us be more connected, healthier and live joyful lives. If they don’t, they’re at risk of creating technology that turns us into cyborgs and disrupts their lives.
At Electricfoxy, I want to inspire a direction toward creating products and services that are seamlessly integrated into the fabrics of their lives.. .
Truth to Power
Truth to Power is about the control of information. It is based on the premise that information is truth, and knowledge is powerâ€”both in business systems and in their heads.
It is dedicated to helping IT, business, legal, and audit managers unlock the potential of information, allowing companies to dramatically improve performance and reduce risk.. .
We develop IP for the improvement of surgical workflow – from surgical planning to performance – ultimately to improve patient outcomes. There are several components, including using artificial intelligence (AI) to assist with diagnosis, image analysis, virtual surgery, and surgical planning; the use of virtual plans that can be then utilized in the operating theater to guide the surgeon using Augmented/Mixed Realty or Virtual Reality systems; as well technology to compliment robot-assisted surgery.
A virtual surgical toolset that augments hand-held surgical instruments and can complement MR/VR -assisted surgery will be a mainstay in the surgical theater in the future.. .
At the Neurobotics Lab, They focus on creating bio- and neural-inspired robotic algorithms and systems and use them to understand human movements, advance robotic control, and rehabilitate/assist human movement capabilities. They are motivated to provide solutions for people who have difficulty moving around or manipulating objects, while They take pleasure in scientific and engineering contributions They make.
Their primary target population is individuals with strokes, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, amputees, and other injuries and disorders that inhibit daily activities. They are also interested in sports medicine, military, and entertainment applications..
RealityNext is an education technology studio-lab where teens create and share immersive stories and games from inside the Virtual World by means of motion capture technologies and 3D tracking systems. Their vision is to blend education with maker spaces, storytelling, and theater while letting students generate content as an uninhibited curiosity stream, fueled by the magic of VR.
Their mission is to transform learning from a passive practice of absorbing facts to learning through active, hands-on participation in making. If they succeed, the education of the future will provide mixed modes of interdisciplinary experiences that make kids eager to learn and have fun doing it..
Studio Capon is a virtual reality and animation company, creating stimulating properties for your eyes. They are creators who love making dreams come true.
The world of technology is changing and they are giving it a personality by creating engaging, interactive and entertaining content. Their greater Seattle based production team has the abilities to take your concept and turn it into a reality…
or virtual reality.. .
Vizualiiz is the most advanced datacenter asset visualization company. We provide customers a unique management solution that brings total visibility, analysis and transparency to their datacenters spanning the life of their critical assets.
Through our state-of-the-art LightsOn solution, we integrate modern RFID technologies with advanced software on a robust, scalable and pre-built platform. This combined with a comprehensive set of value-added services provide our customers a best in class solution that delivers efficiency and effectively gains in the datacenter, lowers of total cost of ownership and increases return on investment..
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